Greetings Hoops Fans, this is Dave Horning with a review of last night’s game between the Buckeyes and the Bulldogs of Gonzaga – actually played earlier this morning – the tip off time was 12:40am Columbus Time. The Buckeyes started Jae’Sean Tate, Keita Bates Diop, Mussa Jallow, CJ Jackson, and Kaleb Wesson at Center due to an ankle injury to Micah Potter who did not start or play.
This game was part of the Phil Knight 80th Birthday Classic – the PK80 – and the Buckeyes were wearing special Nike uniforms – solid red jerseys and pants with black lettering. They looked good in the uniforms, and looked good early in the game, scoring the first points on a 3 by Mussa Jallow. The Buckeyes had the lead early at 11-8 when CJ Jackson made a 3. CJ Jackson made another 3 a minute later as the shot clock expired to give OSU a 14-10 lead. The Buckeyes looked good and were making shots, but when Josh Perkins of Gonzaga made two 3’s in a row at the 12 minute mark, Gonzaga had a 21-16 lead. Ohio State fought back and took a 22-21 lead on a Kam Williams 3, and a 25-24 lead after another Mussa Jallow 3 with 11:20 left. However, moments later, when Josh Perkins of Gonzaga made his 4th 3-point shot in a row, he gave Gonzaga the lead for good at 27-25 at about the 10 minute mark. Still, Ohio State had scored 25 points in the first 10 minutes, so the situation was promising. But the Buckeyes would only score 6 more points that half as the outside shooting by the guards cooled off and the forwards were absent. Kaleb Wesson was effective in getting fouled and making free throws, but he was unable to get shots off fast enough when given the ball down low. At half-time, the score was Ohio State 31, Gonzaga 44.
Things did not improve in the second half for the Buckeyes. Jae’Sean Tate showed great fight and energy, but his whirling dervish drives and efforts underneath were often blocked. Tate finished with 12 points as did CJ Jackson. Keita Bates Diop had just 7 points and only tried one three point shot. I’m encouraging Keita to be more aggressive and greedy – he needs to take more 3’s and shoot whenever he is open. Keita spent a lot of time playing Center this game with Micah Potter out, so that may explain the lack of scoring. Ohio State was 6 of 20 on 3-point shots, while the Gonzaga starters were 10 of 20. The Final Score was Gonzaga 86 Ohio State 59
Coming up next, I’ll talk about TV personality Dan Dakich and his comments about watching his son, Andrew, play for the Buckeyes.
Buckeyes point guard Andrew Dakich is a graduate student at Ohio State … he played the last 3 years at Michigan. He is only the third player that has played for both the Buckeyes and the Wolverines in basketball or football. His father, ESPN TV commentator Dan Dakich, said that his son was called a traitor when he returned to Ann Arbor recently. When commenting about his job as an analyst, Dan Dakich said it was his job to be critical of his son, and there were times in last night’s game when he pointed out a bad shot taken by Andrew. It was also interesting to note that Dan Dakich says he never talks to the coaches about his son … he never interferes … which means he might be the only father in America who doesn’t.
Up next for the Buckeyes – Friday, November 24th at 3:00pm Columbus Time the Buckeyes will play the Stanford Cardinal. The game is being televised on ESPN2.
This is Dave Horning for Hoops on Lane Fan Podcast. Goodbye and go Bucks!