Buckeye Defense Suffocates No. 17 Marquette

By Chris Lauderback on November 16, 2013 at 3:05p
Marquette's offense was chasing its tail all day

Looking to pass their first road test of the young season, Ohio State leaned on a paralyzing defense to throttle #17 Marquette, 52-35, this afternoon in the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

The victory ended Marquette's 27-game home winning streak.  

Tied at 19 to start the 2nd half, Ohio State unleashed a 21-7 run over a 12 minute stretch to take a commanding 40-26 lead at the under-8 television timeout.

Shannon Scott was at the center of the action as he totaled a team leading 13 points and five steals, teaming with Aaron Craft to frustrate the Golden Eagles' backcourt.

Craft flirted with a triple-double popping 10 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds and Amir Williams chipped in five blocks.

The Buckeye defense held Marquette to an incredible 19% shooting from the floor including 1/18 from downtown. At the half, the Golden Eagles starters totaled just four points, finishing with just 12 points over the full 40 minutes. The lockdown defense helped the Buckeyes post a 16-0 lead in fastbreak points including a key 12-0 edge in the decisive final 20 minutes. 

Ohio State had offensive troubles of its own, shooting just 27% in the opening half but connected on 58% in the 2nd half, outscoring Marquette 33-16. Of chief concern for Thad Matta's offense is the lack of production from LaQuinton Ross. The kid failed to score a point today on 0/6 from the floor and looked to annoy Craft with his lack of intensity on a few occasions. The Buckeyes hit on just 5/15 from the stripe. 

Scott played just seven minutes in the 1st half due to foul trouble and when inserted back into the lineup to start the 2nd half, Ohio State looked like a different team. That said, Scott, despite the 13 points, still leaned to heavily on his jumper, taking five of his 12 shots from beyond the arc, missing all of them. 

Sam Thompson was also key during the 2nd half blitz, totaling 13 points and eight rebounds on the afternoon. 

The win improves the Buckeyes to 3-0 on the season.



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BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

Thompson really was the best player in the second half. Scott's spurt early in the half and the rebounding gave us some breathing room. Thompson's jumpers put the game away. Lots to work on and maybe Marquette is a little overrated at this point, but make no mistake this was a great win. Not just stopping the home win streak, but I figure Marquette will be tough late in the year bolstering our March resume. Still a lot to work on though.

Wayne Woodrow Hayes

chowoon97's picture

tOSU...a great defense!! Q needs to step up.

Mute's picture

I thought it was going to be the basketball team that had troubles today and it ended up being the football team for a while
A 17 point true road win over a probable tournament lock is awesome

ATXbucknut's picture

We need to figure things out on offense.  We didn't look like a team that will be able to make a deep run in the tourney.  We need at least one consistent scorer.  Defense was pretty great, however.
A win all the same.

ScarletGray43157's picture

It is very early in the season.  We don't need to look like a team ready to make a deep run now; better to be playing your best at tournament time than peaking early. The offense will get better rhythm as the season progresses.   
The flow of the game is affected by the adjustment to the new rules on defense at this point in the season.  Hopefully this will be less of a factor as all parties (including the refs) adjust to the new rules.  

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

Seattle Linga's picture

Agreed and anytime you can win ugly or not on the road over a top twenty team ............ let alone by 17 points, it's more than just a win, it's a huge confidence builder. 

xrox's picture

I have no idea how this happens to a team on its own court. A ranked team. And in a year where stricter enforcement of rules is supposed to cripple defenses.
There is only one explanation: Thad Matta is a fantastic coach, and these Buckeyes are a fantastic, disciplined, veteran team. I am in awe of what they did to Marquette.
I think the enforcement of rules was meant to stop teams like Ohio State, but obviously Matta and Craft knew they played a sound, legal game, no matter how you look at it. Craft is still stealing the ball, and only the other team is feeling serious heat from foul trouble. Really proud of this team.

sbentz4's picture

Really impressed with how OSU handled MU's bigs in the second half.  Great job on the double teams with our guards swiping away the ball.  Really impressive second half.

alust2013's picture

A 17-point road win in that low scoring of a game is a pretty nice one to come away with, especially against a solid, if not great team.

...and Michigan still sucks.

TLB's picture

THAT is how to play defense.

Ramzy Nasrallah's picture

Nice to see the Dubcast guys choosing photos for our sports articles. Finally.

Seattle Linga's picture

If only I could +1 you for that comment Ramzy

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Maybe start Thompson instead of Ross the next game just to light a fire under Q.  Don't know if that will motivate him or damage his confidence though, Coach Matta knows best of course.  Nice win over a ranked team on their home court.

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

bucksfan92's picture

I guess the entire state of Wisconsin has some kind of stranglehold on points.  Yikes that was some ugly offense, especially in the first half.  Very glad to see us keep the defensive pressure on and methodically pull away and really win in blowout fashion.  Our margin of victory was half of their point total.  That is a beatdown.  Nice to see we can handle a team that slows it down and still win - on the road, against the team that had the nation's longest home winning streak as well.  I'm feeling a lot better about this team than I did on Tuesday night.