Bucks Maul Bears in Season Opener

By Chris Lauderback on November 9, 2013 at 1:58p
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LQR chipped in 14 for the Buckeyes.

Thad Matta's basketball Buckeyes tipped off the 2013-14 slate with an 89-50 drubbing of Morgan State this afternoon in the Schott. 

Lenzelle Smith Jr. lead five Buckeyes in double figures with 18 on a blistering 7/11 from the floor including 4/6 from distance to go along with nine boards. 

Shannon Scott also had a big day with 16 points buoyed by 4/7 from beyond the arc while adding seven assists and four rebounds. 

LaQuinton Ross and Sam Thompson each chipped in 14 and freshman Marc Loving added 10 with five boards in his first collegiate game. 

Ohio State took a quick 11-2 lead thanks to three uncharacteristic triples from Scott and the Bears actually weathered the storm until the about the seven minute mark as they trailed just 26-16. 

From there, however, the Buckeyes closed the half on a 23-7 blitz to take a 49-23 lead into the locker room. 

Smith Jr. paced the run with three triples of his own plus a flush off a Scott steal and Ross capped it with his only field goal of the half, a tip-in, in the closing seconds though he did pull down nine rips. 

As usual, the Buckeye defense was a constant, holding the Bears to 31% from the floor while forcing 12 turnovers. The only blemish defensively came as Ohio State yielded 12 offensive caroms but I supposed that can happen when a team misses 45 shots including 15 from beyond the arc (3/18). 

Scott and Aaron Craft again started in the back court and while the pair was exceptional in disrupting the opposing guards and in dishing out 13 assists, they also combined for six turnovers. 

Thompson, coming off the bench this year, still logged 22 minutes and looked polished hitting 6/9 with a handful of those coming off uncontested alley-oops. 

I continue to believe Marc Loving is a guy to watch as the 2nd guy off the bench, ahead of Amedeo Della Valle. Loving played four less minutes than ADV in his debut (20-16) but still reached double figures on 3/7 from the floor and 4/5 from the stripe. Loving is clearly a more versatile and athletic player than Della Valle and today he was outstanding on the glass pulling down five total, including four at the offensive end.

No hate on ADV, he just can't do as many things. He did do a nice job of not just settling for threes but he hit just 1/4 from the field for two points. 

Ohio State shot 48% from the floor including an impressive 11/25 from distance (44%) and owned the glass 55-34 but coughed it up 16 times. 

You have to love the balanced scoring but Ohio State will need Ross to assert himself a little more offensively as the season wears on. Today, he missed nine of 14 shots and I would've liked to see him try to earn a few more trips to the line knowing he didn't have his stroke locked in. That said, I loved his 11 rebounds and the fact he didn't force the issue offensively. 

Next up for the Buckeyes is a visit from the Ohio Bobcats. BTN has the 8pm tip-off, so no more of that BTDN subscription crap will be necessary. 

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Seth4Bucks's picture

Posted this elsewhere, but this is where I should've posted it. Guess I got impatient . . . OSU Bball is here!
The Positives:
-OSU won
- Balanced scoring (5 Buckeyes in double digit scoring)
- 18 assists on 31 made shot
- Scott, Smith, and Thompson all found range from distance (combined 10/16 beyond the arc)
- Limited Morgan State to under 30.8% shooting overall and 16.7% from beyond the arc
- Lots of quality time for backups
 
The Negatives
- Lots of turnovers
- Craft struggled when shooting
- Bucks took too many outside shots, especially early on
- Post play on offense
 
Overall a very solid start for the 2013 edition of the Buckeyes. Some issues that can be ironed out, but hard to argue that they didn't impress. Granted it was against Morgan State, but it serves as a good tune up.

RBuck's picture

I'll take 5 players in double figures all year long.

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

bucksfan92's picture

When we are playing at the pace we are and scoring 80-90+ I am OK with 16 turnovers.  In fact it felt like a single digit turnover game since we had so many possessions.  Very good atmosphere in the Schott today for such a mismatch, with the students rining the court.  I know we won't see that set up again until B1G season starts, but it is time to be excited about Buckeye basketball.  We have a pretty big game Tuesday night vs the OU Bobcats.

shamgod's picture

Chris, when are you putting up this season's schedule?

RBuck's picture

When the site switches to a new format...coming soon. In the meantime...
http://buckeyextra.dispatch.com/content/sections/schedules/mens-hoops.html

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

ScarletNGrey01's picture

I see the Dispatch was afraid to put the date for the MSU game at the Breslin Center.  :P

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

skid21's picture

Didn't get to see the game but I'm happy with a blowout of course. Only thing that bothered me was Craft's scoring. It seems like he worked hard on his shot this summer. You can't judge anything on one game but I was hoping he'd start hot.
 

captain obvious's picture

With Slam's apparent improved offensive game I think bringing him off the bench is brilliant move by Matta.

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igo43's picture

I upvoted you for both your name and for your profile pic. Well done, sir.
Oh, and I do agree with your comment.

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Buckeye Chuck's picture

As someone who was a Shannon Scott booster here last season, I'm glad to see he's taking a step up. If he can start hitting the 3 with any regularity at all, it's going to be of huge importance.
I think the vacancy in the middle is going to put an upper limit on how good this team can be, though.
 

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Abe Froman's picture

I didn't see anything about Williams.  Not a good sign in my opinion.  If he can't dominate Morgan St., it must be the same old Amir.  

Basking in the wake of mediocrity.....

Rjpfish2's picture

I too was hopeful for something positive about Amir. He fouled out in 14 mins with 7 Reb, 2 blocks, 3 turnovers, and 4 pts. He looks pretty lost out there far too often.  I wonder if it was just his imposing size in HS that got him on the McDonalds All-America team...

Seattle Linga's picture

So many players saw playing time - it was encouraging to watch unfold.

DMcDougal24's picture

Shannon Scott is developing a three pointer? Look out B1G! That was his only weakness

kareemabduljacobb's picture

Well 3's and any sort of jumpshot for that matter... also struggled finishing, let's hope he's put it all together this season.  1st game was encouraging considering he only hit 11 3's total last season and 12 for his career.

DMcDougal24's picture

Right, I mean the perimeter jumper more so than just the three pointer. If he gets that he's a complete player: already has the defense, passing, and ability to penetrate the defense

dubjayfootball90's picture

I was so upset when I could not watch the game, but i forced myself to get caught up on school work, which I am still doing and will continue to do for the next year and a half...

Rjpfish2's picture

Definitely should have been on the Big Ten Network. Purdue football should not be televised. PERIOD.