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tBBC OSUMBB: NIT Pregame Glance – Florida

Discussion in 'News' started by Ken, Mar 18, 2016.

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    OSUMBB: NIT Pregame Glance – Florida
    Ken
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    (Image Courtesy of NIT, probably)

    Ohio State (21-13) plays University of Florida (20-14) in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). On Tuesday, Florida rolled North Florida, 97-68 in their NIT opener. The Buckeyes pulled away from Akron 72-63 in overtime in their first round game.

    In their scoring outburst, the Gators made 16-32 3-point shots, going 12-18 in the first half, which staked them to a 57-25 half time lead. They are going to have to keep that up on Sunday, because they are without starting center John Egbunu. The 6’11, 255 pound Egbunu underwent thumb surgery earlier in the week. The Gators will no doubt miss his 11.5 points/6.5 rebounds per game as well as his rather sizable inside presence. He accounted for one-third of Florida’s blocked shots.

    Let’s start by taking a look at some team comparisons.

    PPG-O PPG-D RPG FG% 3PT% FT% APG TO/G
    Ohio State 70 68 38 44.1% 33.6% 67.9% 11.4 12.9
    Florida 74 69 40 42.5% 32.0% 64.3% 13.4 11.4

    I think there are a lot of similarities between these teams. Florida is a little better offensively than Ohio State. Ohio State is slightly better defensively. Shooting percentages are about the same with Ohio State being a slightly better FT shooting team than Florida. Think about that for a second. Ball handling and rebounding are about the same, so there really isn’t anything that distinguishes one team from another.

    University of Florida

    With Egbunu’s absence, the Florida Gators likely go with a 2G/3F lineup, with; 6’2″ G KeVaughn Allen, 6’0″ G Chris Chiozza, 6’8″ F Dorian Finney-Smith, 6’8″ F Devin Robinson and (possibly) 6’8″ F Justin Leon as the starting lineup. Coach Mike White goes deep into his bench with a total of ten players seeing at least ten minutes of playing time.

    Here are the Gators, likely starter in bold:

    Nbr Name Pos MPG FG% 3PT% FT% RPG APG PPG
    10 Dorian Finney-Smith F 31.6 44.1% 37.0% 73.9% 8.2 2.1 14.9
    4 KeVaughn Allen G 26.9 39.8% 32.0% 84.1% 2.6 1.6 11.4
    3 Devin Robinson F 23.2 47.3% 35.6% 75.0% 5.6 0.4 9.3
    11 Chris Chiozza G 24.1 34.0% 32.3% 79.6% 3.0 4.4 7.3
    24 Justin Leon F 14.6 48.5% 35.5% 41.7% 2.9 0.3 4.9
    13 Kevarrius Hayes F 10.3 63.2% 0.0% 41.5% 2.5 0.2 2.1
    15 John Egbunu C 25.2 59.1% 0.0% 53.2% 6.5 0.4 11.5
    0 Kasey Hill G 23.3 39.1% 28.8% 55.1% 2.4 3.2 8.8
    5 Alex Murphy F 7.7 40.0% 25.0% 25.0% 1.3 0.0 3.3
    2 Brandone Francis-Ramirez G 10.8 20.2% 16.9% 53.8% 1.0 0.5 2.0
    1 DeVon Walker G/F 10.6 22.8% 10.5% 48.0% 1.7 0.2 1.6
    32 Schuyler Rimmer F/C 6.3 43.3% 100.0% 90.0% 1.3 0.1 1.6
    14 Lexx Edwards G 1.5 20.0% 25.0% 50.0% 0.7 0.1 0.4
    12 Zach Hodskins G 1.0 20.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1 0.0 0.3
    20 Jhonny Victor G 1.0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2 0.2 0.0


    Ohio State


    The season plods on for the Buckeyes. Their centers (Trevor/Daniel) do just enough to keep Ohio State in the game. Which is OK at this point. JaQuan shows flashes of brilliance and periods of “oh, my goodness”. Marc showed up as the senior statesman to lead OSU over Akron. Kam will give you points, rebounds and energy as a starter or off the bench. After an abysmal 1st half against Akron, the “lights went on” for Mickey and he played a tremendous 2nd half. A.J. provides spark that needs to be contained in a bottle. KBD runs hot and cold lately; let’s hope it’s not flu-like symptoms. We need him in the lineup.

    And, for the Buckeyes, likely starters, maybe, in bold:

    Nbr Player Pos MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
    2 Marc Loving F 33.8 41.1% 32.9% 75.3% 5.3 1.5 13.8
    33 Kieta Bates-Diop F 31.5 45.3% 32.4% 78.7% 6.4 1.5 11.8
    13 JaQuan Lyle G 29.5 39.5% 25.6% 70.3% 4.5 4.9 10.9
    15 Kam Williams G 21.4 45.3% 45.6% 82.6% 1.7 1.0 8.3
    32 Trevor Thompson C 18.1 52.8% 0.0% 75.0% 5.1 0.2 6.7
    0 Mickey Mitchell F 12.8 37.8% 33.3% 52.2% 2.8 0.1 2.1
    4 Daniel Giddens C 18.1 45.2% 0.0% 45.3% 3.5 0.4 3.6
    12 A.J. Harris G 13.1 32.3% 32.6% 65.4% 1.6 1.7 2.7
    10 David Bell F 5.5 46.2% 0.0% 58.3% 1.5 0.1 1.2
    14 Joey Lane G 1.6 14.3% 14.3% 50.0% 0.0 0.0 0.6
    1 Jae’Sean Tate F 28.1 52.1% 35.0% 51.8% 6.4 1.4 11.7

    Florida has a few more scoring opportunities per game than Ohio State. They average 4 more 3-pt shots and 4 more free throws per game. The Buckeyes get a break due to the unfortunate injury of Florida’s John Egbunu. Hopefully, Thompson/Giddens can have an impact with better scoring and rebounding opportunities and OSU gets to the hoop with a lesser fear of having shots blocked.

    Tip-off is scheduled for 12:00 noon ET this Sunday. The game will be televised on ESPN and heard on 97.1.

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