Bucks Demolish Iowa in Sloppy Affair

By Chris Lauderback on January 19, 2011 at 8:31p
AP PHOTODefense was the theme of the night.

In a game apparently sponsored by Pillsbury, Ohio State forced 23 turnovers while committing 20 themselves but still had more than enough to bake the Hawkeyes 70-48 tonight in an all-too-empty Value City Arena.

The win improved Ohio State to 19-0 overall and 6-0 in conference play.

Challenged by Thad Matta to turn up the defense after some sketchy efforts as of late, the Buckeyes did exactly that holding Iowa to 36% shooting in the 1sthalf and 40% overall (17% 3FG) in addition to forcing the 23 turnovers leading to 20 points. Aaron Craft was front and center of the defensive charge, as usual, recording a career high seven steals in 25 minutes of action.

David Lighty led the way with 18 points including an uncharacteristic 6/7 from the stripe while William Buford added 15 points and Jared Sullinger 13 points and nine rips.

Deshaun Thomas added nine points while Jon Diebler struggled hitting just 1/8 shots, all threes, in a three point, five rebound, four assist night.

Looking to avoid another close shave with the Hawkeyes, Ohio State got going early thanks to the artist formerly known as Dallas Invisidale. The big fella that had scored just two points in the last three games threw down back to back hammer dunks of feeds from Buford and Sullinger, respectively, as OSU jumped out to a 6-0 lead.

After Iowa countered with two buckets the Buckeyes went on a 14-4 run started by a Diebler triple from the corner, his 400thcareer field goal, off a nice feed from Craft and finished with a Craft trey from the top of the circle giving OSU a 20-8 lead with 11:00 left in the half. Excellent ball movement saw the Bucks assist on their first seven field goals.

The Hawkeyes cut the lead to eight after a Bryce Cartwright drive but the Buckeyes responded with another run, this time a 12-4 spurt giving OSU a 35-19 lead with 4:40 remaining. Lighty fueled the run with a conventional three point play before assisting on a Buford three. Moments later, he capped the burst with a high flying baseline drive and dunk.

Buford led the first half charge with 11 points (3/4 FG) while Lighty added eight points and pulled down three boards, the first giving him 500 for his career. Dallas was indeed offensive with seven points (surpassed 500 pt plateau with 1stbucket) and Sullinger chipped in six points and five boards.

Despite a 40-23 halftime edge, the Buckeyes were careless with the ball turning it over eight times though they were hot from the floor connecting on 54% overall and 46% from distance.

Iowa struggled to keep pace after Melsahn Basabe picked up his 2ndfoul at the 7:26 mark. They switched to zone and even employed a 2-2-1 press at times but it didn’t slow the Buckeyes from building the insurmountable 17 point lead at intermission.

The 2nd half was slightly damaging to the eyes as the teams combined for 25 turnovers with Ohio State winning the scoring battle 30-25. One particular sequence saw the teams combine for six turnovers before a point was scored. Despite OSU’s sloppy play, Iowa never got closer than the 17 point halftime spread meaning intermission guests Quick Change were easily the most exciting thing to happen after the opening 20 minutes.

For the game, OSU shot 47% overall and hit 80% from the stripe (12/15) while edging Iowa on the glass 34-30.

Andrew Brommer led Iowa with 12 points and Melsahn Basabe was held to 11 points and four boards after hurting OSU the first time around.

Next up for Ohio State is a 12:00 noon, Saturday showdown at Illinois.


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ColdBuckeye's picture

Saturday's game, I expect, will go to the wire.

The_Lurker's picture

Sloppy is right. Wow were the Buckeyes careless with the ball. Defense played well. Diebs was cold but still hit a 3. Craft was crafty. We had a Jordan Sibert sighting and a Lenzelle Smith Jr. sighting. Weird game. 19-0. Lots of big games coming up.

nickma71's picture

Diebler didn't seem to have a rythm, and forced a couple. If he is on, OSU wins by 30+ instead of 22.

KenK's picture

If we cut our turnovers in half, we win by 30+.

Johnny Hooker: "He's not as tough as he thinks". Henry Gondorff: "Neither are we".

andyr78's picture

Very sloppy game.  Glad to come away with a easy victory still.  How many jersey's are they going to use this year?  I didn't like these unis at all.

O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

20 turnovers was ugly, but loved seeing the bench get to break their shoes in.

Orlando Buckeye's picture

Got to see the villain play against my magic tonight. He looked pretty good when he touched the ball had a chance to steal the game after a late rebound but just missed it. I woulda been happy either way.

mcollier's picture

Loved the unis! Thought the helmet stripes on the shoulders were a great look.

tomcollins's picture

Feeling a lot better about playing PSU close at home.

The_Lurker's picture

Yeah, Penn State is looking very formidable all of a sudden. They might have gotten hosed on the last out of bounds play, as it looked to me like E'twaun Moore knocked it out with the Lions up by one and 5 seconds left. Tough loss for the Nittany ones. They can hang with anyone - home or road - these days.

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No longer a possibility, 19-0, is now a fact.  Keep up the work Buckeyes!

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original buckeye's picture

Now that the competition is stepping up, the Big Ten version of Jon Diebler has arrived--1 for 8 shooting last night.

The_Lurker's picture

Just a cold night. It's not like he wasn't getting good looks. He just never seemed to be in rhythm. It happens. 

Doc's picture

Do you think the empty seats in the Schott are from poor scheduling?  Look, the tip is 6:30 on a Wednesday evening.  If you get off work at five and go home to pick up the misses, or a kid there is very little to no time to get to the arena before the tip.  I live in B.G. and would love to be able to see them play, but the only two remaining opportunities for me are Sundays.  With Mass Sunday morning and work looming for Monday going to C'bus for a game doesn't look too inviting.  I have season football tickets and very rarely miss a home game, but I have never been able to make it down to see the basketball team.  OSU and the B1G need to look at when and what time they schedule games if they want asses in the seats.


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Buckeye Black's picture

There was a pretty good crowd last night, also it was Iowa.  The seats will be filled when the good teams come.

Chris Lauderback's picture

Agree to disagree on whether last night was a pretty good crowd. The lower bowl had quite a bit of empty seats including nearly one whole empty section in between where the students sit behind the Iowa bench and behind the basket. I'm used to the upper bowl being sparsely populated, especially behind the baskets but not so much in the lower bowl, especially when you consider they've now eliminated probably 10-12 rows the entire length of the court on the student side of the lower bowl (covered with tarps) because non-students would have to stand to see over them.

I also don't buy "it was Iowa". It's a conference game against a team that took OSU to the wire just a few weeks ago. We aren't talking about Western Carolina or Tennessee-Martin.

Doc's picture

If there are empty seats in the lower bowl then bring the people from the upper bowl down.  Don't make them pay the difference in ticket price.  Fill up the lower bowl and make the Schott a little louder.  TOSU finally pullled their heads out of their butts by moving the students closer to the court.  Now lets get more people closer to the game.  I would bet that the fans in the upper bowl are more "fans" than the stuffed shirts of the rich donors and corporate big wigs.  Make the venue more loud and boisterous and less cold and sterile.  If you want quite and austere go watch the gymnastics team and clap politely.

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Chris Lauderback's picture

Doc, I think there's definitely some validity to the "poor scheduling" thought, however I don't think OSU has much control over that. The BTN tries to crank out the double-headers so I've always assumed they are responsible for earlier start times. ESPN manages to have 7pm, 9pm DH's but not the BTN. The other problem with those 6:30 tips beyond your points of working / picking up kids etc, is the traffic on 315. There were a lot of late arrivals last night for this reason.

Doc's picture

I'm sure the tip is controlled by the tv outlet broadcasting the game.  My point is it would be nice to have a few more Saturday games or even Friday evening with the tip being around 7:30 or 8:00.  There are just so many disrectionary dollars to go around.  You would think with the high level of shittyness in the economy the universities and the networks would want as many people in the venues as possible.  Having a game tip off at two o'clock in the afternoon on a Tuesday isn't good bidness.  I'm just sayin'.

I would like to see the numbers concerning attendance since the Blue Jackets came to town.  There are only so many sports fans in Central Ohio.  Basketball games on Sunday threw Thursday are for in town fans. for the most part. 

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The_Lurker's picture

For the most part, the game times are pretty normal at Ohio State. The weekday games have started at 7 pm or later except for Wednesday (6:30) and the Friday after Thanksgiving (4:00). The remaining home weekday games are either at 7 pm or 9 pm.

Bottom line is that tickets start at 10 bucks and with this good of a team it's pretty disappointing that any tickets are available at all. These games should sell out in advance.

Doc's picture

I agree the #1 team in the country should be playing to a full house, but playing at the same times as "usual" maybe keeping fans at home.  The new economy needs new tactics.

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