Court Report: Buckeyes to face Fightin’ Blue Hens in final home game of Gotham Classic

On Wednesday night, the No. 3/2 Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens from the Colonial Athletic Conference in the third and final home game of the BlackRock Gotham Classic. Tip-off at Value City Arena is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised on BTN with Kevin Kugler and Jim Jackson. On your terrestrial radio dial, WBNS-FM 97.1 The Fan is the flagship station for the 56 outlets on the Ohio State IMG Sports Network. Paul Keels will call the play-by-play with analysis from former Buckeye Ron Stokes. The game can also be heard live via satellite on Sirius 92 and XM 190.

Marc Loving #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes catches an inbound pass while being defended by TrayVonn Wright #32 of the North Dakota State Bison during the second half at Value City Arena on December 14, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated North Dakota State 79-62. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Marc Loving #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes catches an inbound pass while being defended by TrayVonn Wright #32 of the North Dakota State Bison during the second half at Value City Arena on December 14, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated North Dakota State 79-62. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

So far in the Gotham Classic, Ohio State has already hosted Bryant and North Dakota State. The last game is this Saturday as the Buckeyes will take on Notre Dame at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The Buckeyes enter Wednesday night’s non-conference match-up with a perfect 10-0 overall record with wins over Morgan State (89-50), Ohio (79-69), at then-No. 17 Marquette (52-35), American University (63-52), Wyoming (65-50), North Florida (99-64), Maryland (76-60), Central Connecticut State (74-56), Bryant (86-48) and North Dakota State (79-62).

In Ohio State’s last game against the Bison, senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. and junior forward LaQuinton Ross both scored 18 as the Buckeyes defeated North Dakota State 79-62 on Saturday.

The Blue Hens are 5-5 overall with wins over Hampton (90-79), Army (89-74), Delaware State (80-70), Robert Morris (86-67) and Charleston Southern (85-80). The five losses were to Richmond (71-69), Charleston Southern (95-93), Villanova (84-80), Notre Dame (80-75) and North Dakota State (85-66).

In Delaware’s last game on Dec. 16, the Blue Hens were 25-of-63 on field goal attempts in the 85-66 loss to the Bison. Devon Saddler scored a team-high 24 points and Carl Baptiste had 12 with nine boards.

This is the third meeting between Ohio State and Delaware. The Buckeyes took the first meeting, 109-38, on Jan. 11, 1960 at St. John Arena in Columbus. It’s the largest margin of defeat in Blue Hen history. The fourth-ranked Buckeyes raced out to a 57-16 halftime lead despite missing forward Jerry Lucas, who was averaging 28 points per game, but sat out the contest with an ankle injury. Bobby Knight scored a team-high 15 points while John Havlicek added 13 for Ohio State, which set a school record for most points scored in a game at that time.

On Nov. 21, 2004 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio State began the campaign with a 74-49 win over Delaware. The Buckeyes scored the first nine points of the game and eventually took a 41-19 lead into the half. Delaware never got closer than 24 points in the second half, while Ohio State led by as many as 34 points in the contest. Tony Stockman scored a game-high 26 points for the Buckeyes.

2013-14 TEAM STATISTICS

No. 3/2 OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
10-0, 0-0 Big Ten
OSU
OPP
Points Per Game
76.2
54.6
Field Goals Made-Att.
263-540
200-547
Field Goal Pct.
.487
.366
3-Pt. Field Goals Made-Att.
74-198
39-168
3-Pt. Field Goal Pct.
.374
.232
3-Pt. FGs Made Per Game
7.4
3.9
Free Throws Made-Att.
162-243
107-152
Free Throw Pct.
.667
.704
FTs Made Per Game
16.2
10.7
Rebounds Per Game
36.2
34.1
Assists Per Game
13.4
7.4
Turnovers Per Game
10.9
15.9
Assist-to-Turnover Ratio
1.2
0.5
Steals Per Game
7.5
2.8
Blocks Per Game
4.9
2.5

DELAWARE FIGHTIN’ BLUE HENS
5-5, 0-0 CAA
UD
OPP
Points Per Game
81.3
78.5
Field Goals Made-Att.
276-608
278-602
Field Goal Pct.
.454
.462
3-Pt. Field Goals Made-Att.
81-214
54-191
3-Pt. Field Goal Pct.
.379
.283
3-Pt. FGs Made Per Game
8.1
5.4
Free Throws Made-Att.
180-247
175-248>
Free Throw Pct.
.729
.706
FTs Made Per Game
18.0
17.5
Rebounds Per Game
36.4
36.5
Assists Per Game
12.1
12.6
Turnovers Per Game
12.6
11.8
Assist-to-Turnover Ratio
1.0
1.1
Steals Per Game
5.6
6.9
Blocks Per Game
3.3
3.2
PROBABLE LINEUPS & INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. MPG PPG RPG APG FG% 3FG% FT%
C 23 Amir Williams 6-11 250 Jr. 24.4 10.0 7.3 0.3 .696 .000 .688
F 10 LaQuinton Ross 6-8 220 Jr. 24.2 11.8 4.9 0.6 .416 .390 .667
G 32 Lenzelle Smith Jr. 6-4 210 Sr. 26.8 13.4 5.4 1.8 .537 .489 .750
G 4 Aaron Craft 6-2 195 Sr. 33.9 9.8 3.2 5.1 .484 .267 .780
G 3 Shannon Scott 6-1 185 Jr. 27.4 8.6 4.2 3.8 .485 .308 .583
Key Reserves:
F 12 Sam Thompson 6-7 200 Jr. 22.4 8.5 2.9 0.9 .463 .316 .630
F 2 Marc Loving 6-7 215 Fr. 13.2 6.7 2.3 0.5 .450 .350 .828
G 33 Amedeo Della Valle 6-5 190 So. 14.3 4.4 2.0 0.2 .326 .344 .500
Bryant Bulldogs
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. MPG PPG RPG APG FG% 3FG% FT%
F 33 Carl Baptiste 6-9 260 Sr. 29.3 11.9 7.7 0.4 .580 .000 .739
F 21 Marvin King-Davis 6-7 230 So. 18.0 5.2 4.7 0.1 .432 .000 .833
G 0 Davon Usher 6-6 200 Sr. 37.0 18.1 6.4 2.8 .446 .338 .732
G 13 Kyle Anderson 6-2 200 Jr. 34.6 15.0 3.3 1.4 .495 .544 .636
G 1 Jarvis Threatt 6-2 170 Jr. 37.3 17.6 5.3 6.0 .353 .192 .714
Key Reserves:
G 10 Devon Saddler 6-2 210 Sr. 37.0 23.3 3.3 1.3 .581 .316 .700
F 11 Devonne Pinkard 6-6 205 Fr. 20.2 3.4 2.6 0.5 .333 .333 .700
G 22 Cazmon Hayes 6-4 195 Fr. 8.3 2.2 1.0 0.4 .353 .222 .889

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