Preview: #4 Ohio State at #9 Florida

By Corey Carpenter on November 16, 2010 at 9:30a
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Blew them away in my debut.
Ohio State Buckeyes #4 Ohio State 1-0, 0-0 Big Ten Roster | Schedule 6:00 PM ET - ESPN —— O'Connell Center Gainsville, FL Florida Gators #9 Florida 1-0, 0-0 SEC Roster | Schedule

Ohio State travels down to Gainesville tonight for the first time since 2006, as part of ESPN's 24 hour college hoops marathon to kick off the season. In 2006, a young Buckeye team lead by the last great freshman class, pissed down their legs in a 86-60 beat down at the hands of the eventual National Champs.

Florida retuns all 5 starters from their NCAA team who posted a 21-13 record last year and an opening round double OT loss to BYU. They took care of UNC-Wilmington, 77-60 in their opener, shooting 49 percent from the field and outrebounding the Seahawks 36-22.

This is the 10th time the Buckeyes and Gators have met, with Ohio State winning 6 of them, including a 62-49 victory in 2007. Surprisingly, this is only the 6th time a top 5 team has vistied Gainsville in the last decade, with Florida going 2-3 in those games.  

# Name PTS REB ASST POS # Name PTS REB ASST
33 John Diebler 9.0 1.0 1.0 G 1 Kenny Boynton 10.0 4.0 2.0
44 William Buford 11.0 7.0 4.0 G 11 Erving Walker 9.0 6.0 0.0
23 David Lighty 10.0 7.0 3.0 F 25 Chandler Parsons 16.0 5.0 4.0
0 Jared Sullinger 19.0 14.0 2.0 F 23 Alex Tyes 13.0 7.0 3.0
52 Dallas Lauderdale 12.0 13.0 1.0 C 32 Vernon Macklin 9.0 2.0 2.0

 

Opponent

Billy Donovan will run up to 10 guys and press the entire time, while looking to take advantage of their heigth inside. The Gators will go 6'8", 6'9" and 6'10" across the front to start and then bring in a pair of 6'9" subs in Erik Murphy and Patric Young. Chandler Parsons was voted preseason first team All-SEC and lead the Gators in the first game with 16 on 7 of 13 shooting. Macklin is a fifth year senior transfer from Georgetown, who averaged almost 11 points and 5.5 rebound per game last year. He does all his work from inside the arc, so it should allow Lauderdale to stay home most the night.

The Gators heralded freshman class didn't make quite the splash Thad's did in their debut, combining for 10 points and 4 rebounds. Scott Wilbekin chipped in 5 assists and 4 steals, to go along with 3 of those 10 points, while Young, Casey Prather and Will Yeguete also saw action. In their first game, the Gators forced 20 turnovers, including 12 steals and turned that into 24 points.

Buckeye Breakdown:

The keys for the Buckeyes tonight is taking care of the ball and rebounding. As mentioned, Florida will turn up the pressure the entire time and Ohio State will have to find ways to break the press. Luckily, there are plenty of ball handlers on this team, so it is a matter of slowing things down and finding the open man. If they can break it, that should give Lauderdale and Big Sully some open looks on the offensive side of the ball.

OSU killed Florida A&T on the boards, 60-22 and though the advantage won't be that large tonight, if they can limit the Gators to one shot on the defensive side, it will go a long way in securing the road win. Both Lauderdale and Sully posted double-doubles in the season debut, with Thomas grabbing 8 and Lighty snagging 7. They tallied 30 offensive baords as a team and will look to continue that trend. The other impressive stat from Friday's game was the 24 assists on OSU's 37 made buckets, lead by Aaron Craft's 9 dimes. Again, if OSU can repeat that type of performance, they should come away with a win.

I don't know if Thad has had this many scorers in his tenure at Ohio State. Last year, Turner was Mr. Everything and the team relied on him too much for their scoring at times. With the additions of DeShaun "should have been co-frosh of the week" Thomas and Sullinger, to go along with the returning threats of Buford, Lighty and Diebler, I don't think scoring points will be an issue tonight, unless the pressure gets to them. Though the Gators are tough defensively, the Bucks have scored 102 points in each of their live action games this season.

What do you think? What's your keys for tonight? Do you think OSU comes away with the win? I think they go in and show the world how good they may be this year and fly back to Cbus with a 73-67 victory.

Etc

  • The 2006 game is still the most attended hoops game in Florida's home dome and Billy Donavan is 44-1 at home in November.
  • Brad Nessler, Jimmy Dykes and Andy Katz have the call on ESPN.
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Comments

BuckeyeChief's picture

Breaking news on CNN: Bomb threat on campus!!!!

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

"pissed down their legs" Well put.

Maybe I'm too excited for a Basketball game in November...

I wasn't all that impressed with how we handled the press that AT&T gave us and want to see some huge improvement with "tighter" passes. Craft was good at moving the ball fast and his handles looked good but I'm not sure how tested he was playing such a low caliber opponent. I think I can remember Sully's Father/Coach saying that he plays up/down to his potential sometime during last year. If that's the case I'm really looking forward to him in these big games. Swaterdale should live up to his moniker in this game. Bucks win a close, exciting, but controlled game.

Here's to 44-2 Billy D.

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Although Billy Donovan is a classy dude, I hope we thrash those effing Gators. I absolutely hate everything about the SEC except their super farking hot women. And even they annoy me.

Adolphus Washington is half grizzly bear and half dragon | Noah Spence kills quarterbacks, just to watch them die.

BucksfanXC's picture

I'm very excited for this game. It is good for the freshmen to get a test early. It might not be bad to see them scared or even lose this game. Inflated egos could be a bad thing. Getting them in the spotlight early could go one of two ways: gets them used to pressure or gets them full of themselves and wanting to leave early. Obviously I want them all to do well and win, but I'd like to see them stick around next year and do the same.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Corey Carpenter's picture

I'm super pumped for this game. I think I am more excited about this class than the 2006 class, just seems to be more scoring in the 2010 version, plus we all know how much they will improve between now and March.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

from the Gators perspective -- sounds like they are going to come out playing "tough"

http://www.gatorzone.com/story.php?id=19221

Bucksfan's picture

F--- the SEC.  In the words of one Captain JL Picard: "The line must be drawn HERE! No further!"

Bucksfan's picture

Sorry on the swear word.  I'll try to clean it up in the future.

Jason Priestas's picture

We try not to be too anal about it, but when the bad word is in the first couple of words of your comment, it's displayed prominently on the top of the front page in the recent comments section.

THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!1! :)

ballgame's picture

Craft has been impressive from what I've seen so far.  I'm most interested to see how he handles himself in this game.  The Gators are going to test his abilities to handle the ball and run the floor.  If he does well tonight, and shows that he can play against some real Division I talent, then I think this team is going to be scary good. 

gravey's picture

Not much apologizing needed... hate the SEC...and their gay boyfriends at ESPN.  I recall clearly their fans chanting "overrated" and "Just like football" a few years ago down there.    I hope their basketball team is a mediocre as their football team and that our freshmen don't melt on the road like Conley, Oden and co. did down there in 2006.

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

I second that. F*CK the SEC!

Adolphus Washington is half grizzly bear and half dragon | Noah Spence kills quarterbacks, just to watch them die.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

I'm okay with the bad words but I'm not okay with the homophobic comments.  Save that ignorant behavior for the SEC.

nickma71's picture

I was born being appalled by sodomy. So you better tolerate me. Back to your regularly scheduled comments. I hate Florida.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

I won't "tolerate" hateful comments based on nothing but ignorance. Neither should 11W. I won't ignore it, and I'll call it out every time. I have no issue with how you feel but keep it to yourself. That's all I'm asking.

RunTellMatt's picture

Buckeyes are 1.5 point underdogs.  I never bet on basketball, but who do you like?

ERIC OSU's picture

Wow, I was already getting nervous about tonights game, now I read this!  I think thats a pretty cut and dry way to say, "you win, you get me" lol. I mean, what are the chances that he says tomorrow...I'm going to school X, even though they got crushed by my school Y yesterday.

btalbert25's picture

Isn't it fair to say that this Buckeye basketball team is the perfect mix of talented experienced players and extraordinary young talent?  That's where I find this team is much different than the version that leaned so heavily on Oden, Connely, and other youngsters.  I think they go down to Florida and beat the breaks off of the Gators tonight.  The first half may be good, but after that I just don't see it.  With battle tested guys like Lighty, Lauderdale, Bufford, and Diebler, the team won't be shell shocked by a a road venue.  They've played at Purdue, Michigans State and other hostile environments.  This team will be poised.

This could be a very very good year for Buckeye basketball they have all the components of a champion.  Look at last years final game, it was 2 teams made up of experienced veterans.  The buckeyes have, in my opinion more talent than both of those teams, and some phenominal Freshman talent. 

Chris Lauderback's picture

I totally agree this squad has the talent and experience to be a champion. I keep saying it, but I think it ultimately think it comes down to roles being defined and carried out because not everyone can score 20 a game. These guys HAVE to accept their roles, which probably won't be fully definied until early January. The other obvious huge factor is Craft needs to be able to handle the point 20-25min a game. If those two things happen, Final Four is very realistic.

iball's picture

Pretty psyched for bball this year. Kinda guessing Florida is a tad overrated as usual. Tends to happen when you win b2b titles not too long ago. Plus the fact 4 of our 5 starters return and the new guy is a beast. im really excited to see Thomas. Haven't seen him play yet. I think Sibert will be a surprise also. kid has a silky smooth J.

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

btalbert25's picture

I never will understand Florida being rated so high.  This is the start of the 4th season since winning those titles and what have they done?  Missed the tournament 2 times and were given an invite last year while going 21-13?  They have just not been good since that group left Gainesville.  You would think at this point in time they would stop giving them love.  

iball's picture

Donovan just had the perfect group of not good enough for the NBA guys but experienced college players to win those 2 titles. Plus, there wasn't much competition during that era. Greg Odens year at OSU was the first "one year rule" season.

If anyone besides Oden had shown up in that title game we wouild have smoked UF. Oden owned Horford and Noah that night. Too bad about all the inj's.

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

Squirrel Master's picture

I think you are over estimating your "not good enough for the NBA guys" line. Noah is starting and might be allstar (might be). Horford has been an allstar. Brewer is starting to figure it out in Minnesota. I think that is pretty good compared to Conley and Oden.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

iball's picture

Maybe shoulda said not ready for the NBA at the time. But, if healthy, Oden would be better than all 3 combined.

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

btalbert25's picture

Well also with that Florida group, 4 of those kids came from pretty decent backgrounds.  They all could have left early but opted to stay to come back and win again.  But when they all come from families with good financial standing they had that luxury to stay one more year.  That was the really unique thing about that group.  4 of the 5 guys didn't need to go, they could quite literally afford to stick around one more year.

RunTellMatt's picture

http://msn.foxsports.com/collegebasketball/story/Goodman-NCAA-tournament...

 

Early predictions from Fox Sports writer.  Has Buckeyes winning it all, Michigan State in Final Four.

Alex's picture

ESPN Fail: http://scores.espn.go.com/ncb/preview?gameId=303200057

"Our intensity in practice prepares us for all of the big games," said senior forward David Lauderdale, who had 12 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks against the Aggies. "The way we practice makes all of the games easier."

ballgame's picture

Any quotes from Dallas Lighty?

Squirrel Master's picture

They may have height with their front line, but nobody has arms like Lauderdale. He's got man arms. Wish he played on the d-line!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

iball's picture

One thing I've never figured out is how guys who have played bball all their lives and been good enough for D1 or the NBA cannot shoot a free throw? DL is basically an offensive liability in close late game situations.

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

btalbert25's picture

A lot of it is mental, and there are guys who just have no touch whatsoever.  Put them close to the basket and they can dunk or kiss one off the glass, but they have no touch for a jump shot or free throws.  It takes hand eye coordination to shoot the ball but not so much to jump up and dunk one.

Chris Lauderback's picture

I think guys with GIANT hands also struggle to shoot free throws because their hands totally swallow up the ball. Think of how accurate you or I would be shooting a softball at the hoop versus a basketball. I gurantee we'd shoot a much higher percentage with the basketball because it's much easier to smoothly launch it toward the hoop with some arc and spin.

Also, one thing that irks me is that the Lauderdale's of the world would probably shoot a much higher percentage from the FT line if they used "granny shot" form but since it wouldn't look cool, dudes continue to lay bricks.  

iball's picture

Well, no worries now, Sully can stroke em.

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers