Hoops Preview, Open Thread & Live Blog: No. 10 Ohio State vs. Chicago State

Date: December 29 Time: 4:30 PM ET
Venue: Value City Arena (19,049) Location: Columbus, OH
TV: BTN with Eric Collins and former Buckeye Jim Jackson.
Radio: Ohio State IMG Sports Network with Paul Keels and Ron Stokes. For a list of stations, click here.

Game Preview

Value City Arena

Ohio State will feast on their last cupcake before the Big Ten portion of the schedule begins as they take on Chicago State later today. Tip-off at Value City Arena is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised on BTN.

The Cougars, from the Great West Conference, enter today’s match-up with an overall record of 3-11. Their wins have come against NCAA Division III member Concordia (IL) University (81-65), NAIA Division II participant Trinity Christian College (81-67), and Alabama State (67-54). Nine of their first 14 games so far this season have been on the road.

While I could go on and on about this game, I’m stopping here. Today’s contest won’t be close. Ohio State might post triple digits and should win by 50. This is just one of the many reasons Thad Matta needs to up his non-conference scheduling.


2012-13 TEAM STATISTICS

Ohio State Buckeyes
9-2, 0-0 Big Ten
AP: 10
USA Today: 10
RPI: 34
SOS: 69
OSU
OPP
Points Per Game
77.5
58.7
Field Goals Made-Att.
297-656
222-579
Field Goal Pct.
.453
.383
3-Pt. Field Goals Made-Att.
85-230
63-200
3-Pt. Field Goal Pct.
.370
.315
3-Pt. FGs Made Per Game
7.7
5.7
Free Throws Made-Att.
173-243
139-199
Free Throw Pct.
.712
.698
FTs Made Per Game
15.7
12.6
Rebounds Per Game
38.6
32.5
Assists Per Game
15.4
9.2
Turnovers Per Game
10.5
15.4
Assist-to-Turnover Ratio
1.5
0.6
Steals Per Game
7.6
3.5
Blocks Per Game
4.2
2.5

Chicago State Cougars
3-11, 0-0 Big West
AP: NR
USA Today: NR
RPI: 330
SOS: 241
CSU
OPP
Points Per Game
64.9
73.1
Field Goals Made-Att.
334-818
349-775
Field Goal Pct.
.408
.450
3-Pt. Field Goals Made-Att.
101-292
94-273
3-Pt. Field Goal Pct.
.346
.344
3-Pt. FGs Made Per Game
7.2
6.7
Free Throws Made-Att.
139-193
232-332
Free Throw Pct.
.720
.699
FTs Made Per Game
9.9
16.6
Rebounds Per Game
34.5
36.8
Assists Per Game
13.1
15.1
Turnovers Per Game
16.9
15.9
Assist-to-Turnover Ratio
0.8
0.9
Steals Per Game
9.4
8.9
Blocks Per Game
2.5
3.9

PROBABLE LINEUPS & INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
Ohio State Buckeyes
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. MPG PPG RPG APG FG% 3FG% FT%
F 30 Evan Ravenel 6-8 250 Sr. 18.7 6.3 4.7 0.3 .565 .708
F 1 Deshaun Thomas 6-7 215 Jr. 32.1 20.0 6.8 1.5 .453 .411 .857
F 12 Sam Thompson 6-7 200 So. 23.1 8.0 3.9 1.1 .476 .300 .786
G 32 Lenzelle Smith Jr. 6-4 210 Jr. 27.5 11.0 4.9 2.1 .449 .413 .700
G 4 Aaron Craft 6-2 195 Jr. 31.4 8.9 3.3 4.6 .360 .333 .774
Key Reserves:
G 3 Shannon Scott 6-1 185 So. 21.0 7.2 2.8 4.6 .444 .429 .607
F 10 LaQuinton Ross 6-8 220 So. 18.8 9.1 4.0 0.6 .444 .276 .833
C 23 Amir Williams 6-11 250 So. 15.6 4.5 3.7 0.2 .727 .514
Chicago State Cougars
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. MPG PPG RPG APG FG% 3FG% FT%
F 25 Jeremy Robinson 6-9 210 Sr. 24.6 10.4 6.4 1.6 .462 .375 .656
F 42 Matt Ross 6-8 220 Jr. 29.9 9.4 7.2 1.1 .421 .350 .750
G 33 Quinton Pippen 6-4 205 Jr. 26.6 9.1 3.8 2.4 .391 .380 .714
G 35 Clarke Rosenberg 6-3 170 So. 23.9 9.6 3.4 1.9 .469 .417 .673
G 0 Corey Gray 5-11 180 Jr. 17.0 5.5 1.6 1.2 .438 .324 .800
Key Reserves:
G 2 Jamere Dismukes 6-1 175 Jr. 21.4 7.9 1.8 2.8 .360 .333 .950
G 32 Nate Duhon 6-3 185 Jr. 22.5 7.7 2.3 1.5 .382 .182 .767
G 1 Greg Tucker 6-2 175 Jr. 18.7 7.2 0.9 1.3 .383 .344 .889

Live Blog

December 29, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

BuckeyeBanter.com Best Damn Player of the Game: Amedeo Della Valle: 11 points, 3 rebounds.

December 29, 2012 @ 6:36 pm

Final from Value City Arena: Ohio State 87, Chicago State 44. The cupcakes are all gone! Well, except for Nebraska.

December 29, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

Michigan sucks. Always has, always will.

December 29, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

Shannon Scott > Aaron Craft

December 29, 2012 @ 6:24 pm

Do they not have orthodontists in Alba, Italy?

December 29, 2012 @ 6:02 pm

Not sure why people made a big deal out of the new bball floor. It looks like the original one in VCA in 1998 minus the state map.

December 29, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

11:56 to go: Ohio State 51, Chicago State 30. Thomas leads the Buckeyes with 15 points.

December 29, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

15:47 to go: Ohio State 47, Chicago State 26. The fat lady is starting to hum.

December 29, 2012 @ 5:22 pm

Halftime: Ohio State 37, Chicago State 24. Deshaun Thomas with 12 points, Lenzelle Smith Jr. has 11.

December 29, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

3:57 first half: Ohio State 26, Chicago State 17. Finally getting some separation.

December 29, 2012 @ 5:05 pm

7:34 left first half: Ohio State 16, Chicago State 14.

December 29, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

Buckeyes are 1-of-8 in threes so far. Pretty soon, they will have to start paying dues to the International Bricklayers Union.

December 29, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

Shot clock violation. Buckeye basketball. Nice D.

December 29, 2012 @ 4:54 pm

Buckeyes are 5-10 from the field, but 1-5 from three-point land. Game tied at 12-all with 11:15 left first half.

December 29, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

Sorry for the technical difficulties. 12:45 left first half: Chicago State 12, Ohio State 10. Not a good start for me and the Buckeyes.

About Matt Barker

Matt Barker began blogging on the Buckeyes for the web site, AllSports.com, back during Ohio State's championship year of 2002. Going out on his own, Mr. Barker began Buckeye Banter in August of 2003, now in its 10th year.