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tBBC Basketball Preview: Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Discussion in 'News' started by Brandon Zimmerman, Jan 13, 2016.

  1. Basketball Preview: Rutgers Scarlet Knights
    Brandon Zimmerman
    via our good friends at Buckeye Battle Cry
    Visit their fantastic blog and read the full article (and so much more) here


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    When you have a young team, there are just times during the season where you chalk up a game to the inexperienced line-up the Buckeyes send out there on a nightly basis. Buckeye Nation has seen this on multiple occasions during this short season but Saturday was just a total annihilation of our Buckeye squad. From the get go, Indiana came out firing en route to an 85-60 beat down of our beloved Buckeyes. Fortunately, unlike football, the Buckeyes get a chance to get right back out there and put a win up on the board.

    Tonight, the Buckeyes welcome the Rutgers Scarlet-Stealing Knights to the friendly confines of VCA at 6:30 PM ET on the Big Ten Network.



    WHAT OHIO STATE BRINGS

    The Buckeyes had been feeling pretty good about themselves, they were riding a seven game win streak and had won their first three conference games. They were sitting at 11-5 and poised to make their run to the NCAA tournament but then this thing happened called a game.

    On Sunday, the Buckeyes were absolutely clobbered by the Indiana Hoosiers 60-85. Offensively, the Buckeyes could not get it going shooting 39% from the field. Freshman JaQuan Lyle played his best game of the year as he scored 29 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals. Freshman Daniel Giddens continued to develop into a fearsome shot blocker as he blocked two more shots.

    On the season; junior Marc Loving leads all scorers with 14.7 points per game, sophomore Jae’Sean Tate leads the team with 6.4 rebounds per game, and Lyle leads the team with 4.9 assists per game.

    WHAT RUTGERS BRINGS

    Rutgers comes into this game with a 6-11 record and riding a four game losing streak. Their six wins on the season have come against traditional powerhouses Rutgers-Newark, Howard, Central Arkansas, Central Connecticut State, Fairleigh Dickinson, and Massachusetts-Lowell.

    In their last game, the Scarlet Knights lost to Nebraska 56-90. Sophomore Mike Williams led the team with 22 points and 4 rebounds in the losing effort. Rutgers shot 33% from the field and a put on a dreadful shooting display behind the arc going 2 of 17 from three-point land.

    For the season, freshman point guard Corey Sanders leads the team in scoring averaging 13.3 points per game, sophomore forward D.J. Foreman leads the team with 5.8 rebounds per game, and Sanders leads the team with 3.4 assists per game.

    PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

    OHIO STATE

    NAME YEAR HEIGHT WEIGHT POSITION
    Trevor Thompson SO 6’11” 250 C
    Jae’Sean Tate SO 6’4” 225 F
    Keita Bates-Diop SO 6’7” 235 F
    Marc Loving JR 6’7” 220 F
    JaQuan Lyle FR 6’5” 210 G



    RUTGERS

    NAME YEAR HEIGHT WEIGHT POSITION
    Greg Lewis SR 6’9” 240 F
    D.J. Foreman SO 6’8” 240 F
    Bishop Daniels SR 6’3” 185 G
    Omari Grier SR 6’4” 180 G
    Corey Sanders FR 6’2” 175 G



    PREDICTION

    Ohio State has the talent, coaching, and somewhat of a home court advantage going for them. They are coming off of a horrific loss to a conference opponent and ready to return the favor by taking it out on someone. The Buckeyes will be able to rebuild some of their confidence and further work at tweaking the lineup to see which one does best.

    Buckeyes win 87-61



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