Cocks Witness the Jared Sullinger Experience

By Chris Lauderback on December 18, 2010 at 4:05p
21 Comments

Ohio State once again rode a dominating effort from Jared Sullinger, easily dispatching the cold shooting South Carolina Gamecocks 79-57 this afternoon in Value City Arena. In front of a regional CBS audience, Sullinger blew up for 30 points and 19 rebounds in 30 minutes of action erasing any doubts as to exactly who is the best freshman in the country.

Sullinger barely needed any help but he got some anyway as William Buford scored 12 and Jon Diebler added 11.

The Buckeyes got off to another fast start answering a Malik Cooke triple that put South Carolina in front 3-2 with an 18-3 blitz fueled by nine points from Sullinger giving Ohio State a 20-6 lead with 10:41 left in the half. The ‘Cocks would get as close as eight after a Ramon Galloway threeball cut the lead to 22-14 with 5:55 remaining but the Buckeyes answered with an 11-2 burst that saw Dallas Lauderdale rock the rim off a nice feed from David Lighty before Diebler picked Galloway’s pocket and went coast to coast for the hoop and harm. Then, the opening act of the Jared Sullinger Experience closed with a fury as Sully putback a Deshaun Thomas miss giving him a dub-dub in the first half and OSU a 37-21 lead. After a Buford dunk and another SC turnover with 2.6 seconds to go in the half, Sullinger took the inbounds pass, turned right and nailed a 25 footer as time expired giving OSU a comfortable 42-21 lead at intermission.

Sullinger was in full beast mode racking up 18 points (6/11 FG) and 10 boards in 16 minutes of 1st half action while Diebler added eight and Buford six. Ohio State’s game plan to go right at the Gamecocks paid off as they scored 20 of their 42 points in the paint while turning nine SC turnovers into 13 points. The stifling man to man defense held SC to 27% from the floor including just 1/6 from South Carolina’s leading scorer, Bruce Ellington.

The Gamecocks tried to get back in it opening the 2ndhalf on a modest 7-1 run to close the gap to 43-28 with 18:21 to play but the Buckeyes used another run, this time a 20-7 whitewashing paced by Sullinger increasing the lead to 63-35 with 12:01 left. The big man got the run started with a bucket in the paint before finding Buford for a wide open three. Moments later, he would convert a layup off a slick pass from Aaron Craft into a three point play before capping the run with two free throws after getting mauled pulling down yet another rebound.

When the smoke cleared on yet another blowout victory, the Buckeyes harassed South Carolina into 38% shooting and 15 turnovers while winning the glass 43-31. Besides Sullinger’s 19 caroms, Lauderdale and Thomas added seven apiece with Lighty chipping in five with five dimes.

Ohio State was far from lights out offensively hitting a pedestrian 43% from the floor and just 25% from downtown (4/16) but they used Sullinger’s hot shooting (10/17) and a 21-3 edge in free throws made to keep the Cocks at bay.

The win improves Ohio State to 10-0 on the year with UNC-Asheville set to visit the Schott next Tuesday night at 8:30pm.

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RBuck's picture

Great defense most of the game...Thad is almost happy. Great showing on national TV.

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BuckeyeChief's picture

Wish they would have aired it here. I am miising alot w/o BTN; CBS showed Butler here.

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tomcollins's picture

CBS regional games are shown online at cbssports.com.  I've had to watch a few that way.

SuperBuckFan08's picture

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwFxN-jz9aI

 

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painterlad's picture

I am starting to think that the Bucks just might win the whole thing this year. So far, every team that was supposed to be a challenge has been dumped, either by the inside game or the outside. I'm not sure what a team can do to beat them, other than hope for a cold night of shooting.

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tomcollins's picture

Anyone can get hot on any night.  We are still gigantic underdogs to run the table in conference play.  We will lose.  Hopefully just not in March or April.

We were playing Morehead close, and were losing to IUPUI for a while.  Playing like that against the Duke's and Kansas's out there won't fly. 

gwalther's picture

Sullinger is exceeding the hype from my point of view. I did not think he would be this dominant this quick. His post game is way more polished than I expected. 30 and 19? Geez. More impressive than Oden was his freshman year.

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Johnny Ginter's picture

two different dudes, sully is terrific and i think he's a badass but he isn't nearly the defensive presence that oden was. the reverse is true for oden; his offensive game wasn't as polished as sully's is.

basically i think both are/were equally impressive in their own right.

Hopalong's picture

I didn't catch the game due to a buddy of mine getting married. I saw a picture though, are the students still not behind the benches? I thought that they were going to be moved to the center, or is that only going to happen for Big Ten play?

tomcollins's picture

Student tickets didn't cover games over breaks, at least when I was in school.  So that might be what's going on.

Colin's picture

I didn't get tickets but some friends of mine did, as far as I know the student tickets are for Big Ten play.

tomcollins's picture

When I went, some of the very early games were included too, but that was 8+ years ago. 

tomcollins's picture

Wow women's basketball is painful to watch.

Chris Lauderback's picture

Yeah. I've checked in a few times to see the score. I can't watch it for long stretches which doesn't say much for the sport when the best team/program of all time can't keep a legit sports nut even remotely interested as they chase history. They need to lower the rim about 18 inches. I still wouldn't watch but...

Leanenaud's picture

My friend who hates sports always says, "What's worse than watching sports? Watching women's basketball."

blazers34's picture

you have a friend who hates sports?

tomcollins's picture

I see better play out of guys at my work on lunch break.  I legitimately think that any random 5 of us that show up for pickup games would destroy either team.  We only miss about 1/3 of our open layups.

Kurt's picture

Yea, it's probably not the most exciting thing to see on TV, but I have to say the environment at MSG is great. I've been to men's college games here where there are fewer people and much less enthused. Naturally a lot of UConn fans, but a surprising number of Buckeyes came out. Too bad we're getting schooled. Everyone's just standing around!

Alex's picture

Yeah I was in the crowd there today but once Geno Auriemma started pressing when he was up 25 points I went to the concourse to watch the Giants blunder that game away to Philly...much more entertaining

BuckeyeSki's picture

ugh........

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The_Lurker's picture

Chuck Norris jokes are over. It's all about Sully.