BKB Pregame Intel: Ohio State Buckeyes

We thought we had said it all about Ohio State last week, but here they come to Evanston, and here we go with more from the Ohio State media about the Big 10's second place team.

OK, you can look at the last Pregame Intel for the #5 Ohio State Buckeyes
BKB Pregame Intel: Ohio State Buckeyes

What else can we say...?
how about a look at the Buckeye's last game:
After the Cats held him to 10 points, the Hawkeyes let Greg Oden score 29, and get a double double as he grabbed 10 boards. On offense,Oden only missed once - he was 12 of 13 from the floor and 5 of 5 from the freethrow line.

Oden apparently dunked at will - Mike Conley Jr had 10 more assists many feeding Oden the way they did back in high school.

Reserve Guard Daequan Cook continued his "super sub" role, making 4 of 6, 3 of 4 from the arc, to finish with 11 points, and 7 rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench.
What about the new Point Guard
The biggest change in OSU's lineup from last year was the emergence of true frosh Mike Conley Jr at point, despite having a point guard who was already considered one of the best in the conference, junior Jamar Butler.

According to those who know, there's no friction between Butler and the kid who is already averaging almost 7 assists and close to 10 points.a game.
The first time I saw (Conley) play I knew he could handle it. I knew he was a great point guard and was going to come in here and do a great job of running this team. [Butler quoted by Bucknuts]
Butler, now a shooting guard in OSU's 3 guard offense, was 2nd team All Conference as a point guard - a big challenge for an incoming freshman planning to fight for minutes....
Yeah, I had some questions in my head, Conley said with a smile [Bucknuts]. I didn't know if he was going to punch me or fight me in the locker room or something. He's real cool about it
The also worked out any  problems in the open gym time at OSU last summer. Conley's play on the court and breaking OSU's team record for assists didn't hurt either. Conley and Oden played together in both AAU and High School where Conley's talents were overshadowed by the big man,
Greg on the other hand would rather Michael have it than him, but both guys have an understanding of who they are and what they're about and I think that's what makes those guys special in their own right - Thad Matta
What is scary is that all of the OSU coaches think that Conley still has room to improve his game. He studies film, keeps his attitude up, and understand that he has room to grow into the PG position, one he could occupy for another 3 years if he wants to play at OSU that long.

The Buckeye Bench:
Scored 24 points against the Hawks after scoring 22 against Northwestern.  Daequan Cook continues to pour the ball into the basket.

Then again, OSU's 5 starters average 54.8 points per game, NU's team averages 57.6 but you add in the bench's 29 ppg and you can see why Ohio State is such a formidable opponent.
If you're going to beat the Buckeyes....
You do it on the road, the Bucks have a 20 game winning streak at home, but they're 1-3 on the road, 1-1 in conference play this year.

If you are going to win, you also have to address the fact that on any given night, any of the Bucks might step up and lead the team in scoring. Overall, the Bucks are shooting 58.5%, that's due to hot shooting by almost everyone on the team and you have to go deep into the season box score to find a player not shooting close to or above 50%.

A third thing is that Thad Matta likes to play man-to-man defense, but if their zone causes early turnovers, you can expect to see the Buckeyes stay in that zone. They play the 2-3 zone because it keeps Greg Oden at home under the basket, but Matta likes man defense because it forces the team to guard the basketball.

Man D is what the Bucks practice in most of the time, but don't be surprised to see them in that 2-3 a lot Wednesday night.

Injuries?
None reported although Greg Oden has dry hands, a condition that slows down his one hand dunking.
The bad thing about me is my hands are peeling, so I really can't grip the ball," Oden said. [OSU's The Lantern]"You haven't seen me dunk the ball with one hand yet because I keep on losing the ball for some reason.
Oden is trying all kinds of hand lotions in an attempt to fix the problem, including sleeping with vaseline on his hands...

Jamar Butler suffered a charlie horse late in the first half but should be OK for NU

The Last Word

NU coach Bill Carmody before OSU the last time -
We're going through a tough stretch right now.[Big 10 Teleconference]
And the Bucks may have to play a little differently against the Wildcats now that Kevin Coble is back in the mix for NU:
I think especially the first four minutes there will be a different feel to the flow of the game. They are going to try and exploit some things, we are going to try and exploit some things.

But it comes down to our guys have to make plays and we're going on the road again and I've always said you have to be about 10 points better on the road than your opponent.
-- [Thad Matta - Bucknuts]

Coach Roy's Purple Reign 'Cat'egories:
Based on all games played
The Big Gun #20 Greg Oden 15.3 ppg/9.5 rpg - 14.4 ppg in conf
Deadeye Dick Oden Makes 64.5% of FG
The Bomber #14 Jamar Butler
101 3 pt attempts 40.6% comp
Off the Boards Oden Now 9.5 rpg/8.6 in conf
Charity Stripe #12 Ron Lewis .771 on 70 attempts
Super Sub #31 Daequan Cook 13.7 ppg in 22.6 mins 51.8% comp
Pickpocket #1 Mike Conley Jr. 52 Steals
Helping Hands Conley 129 Assists
Mr. Defense Oden 46 Blocks, 74 Def Boards

Notes: + In Big 10 Play


Expected Starters
Have started all Big 10 games


PPG RPG
Guard #12 Ron Lewis [6-2 Sr] *
#14 Jamar Butler [602 Jr] *
#1 Mike Conley, Jr [6-1 Fr] *
12.5
7.9
9.7
3.6
1.5
3.4
Forward #3 Ivan Harris [6-7 Sr] 9.4
3.7
Center
#20 Greg Oden [7-0 Fr] 15.3
9.5

Totals: 54.8
21.7

Notes:  ** Have Started all 19 of the Buckeye's games - Oden was injured early in the season and has only played 12 pf 19 games


Off the Bench

[Have Played in most games, or Averaging 9+ mins]:

Games -
Starts
Mins* PPG RPG
G #31 Daequan Cook [6-5 Fr]
F #45 Othello Hunter [6-9 Jr]
G/F #23 David Lighty [6-5 Fr]
F/C #42 Matt Terwilliger[6-8 Jr]
19 - 0
19 - 8
19 - 7
19 - 0
22.6
18.8
19.0
12.1
13.7*
7.6
5.0
2.7
5.4
5.6
2.4
1.9
Totals

29.0
15.5

Notes
:  * Second in overall scoring on the team

Challenges for the Wildcats:
  • Control Oden's chances to shoot
  • NU's Bench has to step up and slow down OSU's high scoring subs
  • Don't let the Buckeyes go on any 2nd half runs the beat Iowa on a 13-0 run in the 2nd half - we won't talk about our first game with the Bucks.
  • Have to solve the Buck's 2-3 zone - although Oden likes playing zone - he has less running to do.

Game Starts at 7:00 PM Wildcat Time
Television:
  • ESPN+/WWME Ch 23 in Chicago [other clearances]:   Mike Gleason & Bill Hosket
  • DirecTV Channel 656 
Radio:
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Statistics from the Ohio State official site official release
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