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tBBC Pregame Glance MBB: OSU vs PSU

Discussion in 'News' started by Ken, Mar 9, 2016.

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    Pregame Glance MBB: OSU vs PSU
    Ken
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    Ohio State (19-12, 11-7) plays Penn State (16-16, 7-11) in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament. In the first meeting, the Buckeyes rolled the Nittany Lions 66-46, on the strength of Kieta Bates-Diop’s 22 points and 8 rebounds. Marc Loving contributed 11 points. Thad needs someone to fill in for Jae’Sean Tate’s 15 points/4 rebounds. I’m guessing that Kam Williams can pick up the scoring slack while Mickey Mitchell can grab the rebounds.

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

    PPG-O PPG-D RPG FG% 3PT% FT% APG TO/G
    Ohio State 71 67 37.7 44.5% 34.4% 67.2% 11.7 12.9
    Penn State 65 69 34.8 40.6% 31.4% 69.7% 10.1 11.3



    So, what do we have? At first glance, Penn State appears to be absolutely horrible at scoring. You’d be correct. The Nittany Lions rank #311 of 351 teams in “points per game”. In the previous meeting, Ohio State scored about their season average, while holding Penn State to way below their season average.

    I think the key to OSU’s win was PSU’s insistence and ineptness at hooting 3-point shots. Twenty-five of their sixty (42%) field goal attempts were from long range. They made only four (16%). That’s a lot of empty chucking it up.

    Penn State

    Let’s get this out of the way right now; the Penn State offense runs through senior forward 6’6″ Brandon Taylor and senior guard 6’1″ Shep Garner. They lead the Nittany Lions in every meaningful offensive category .

    The Nittany Lions go with a 2G/2F/1C lineup, with; 6’1″ G Shep Garner, 6’4″ G Josh Reaves, 6’6″ F Brandon Taylor, 6’6″ F Payton Banks and 7’1″ C Jordan Dickerson most likely as the starting lineup. Coach Chambers goes deep into his bench with 6’9 F Donovan Jack, 6’2″ G Devin Foster, 6’10” F Julian Moore, 6’6″ F avid Zemgulis and 6’3″ G Isiah Washington all seeing double digit playing time.

    Here are the Nittany Lions, likely starter in bold:

    Nbr Name Pos MPG FG% 3PT% FT% RPG APG PPG
    10 Brandon Taylor F 32.1 43.7% 35.6% 73.6% 1.5 1.5 16.3
    33 Shep Garner G 35.1 37.4% 36.4% 77.6% 3.2 3.4 14.5
    0 Payton Banks F 29.1 38.0% 32.0% 73.8% 4.4 1.2 9.5
    23 Josh Reaves G 23.6 37.5% 7.7% 75.6% 3.7 1.9 6.4
    32 Jordan Dickerson C 18.2 53.2% 0.0% 56.4% 3.5 0.4 2.8
    5 Donovan Jack F 13.5 49.5% 30.0% 55.6% 2.8 0.2 4.7
    3 Devin Foster G 19.1 45.7% 43.5% 58.3% 2.4 1.2 4.1
    44 Julian Moore F 15.9 44.4% 0.0% 67.3% 3.4 0.2 3.9
    1 David Zemgulis F 12.2 38.2% 25.0% 68.4% 1.7 0.3 2.9
    21 Isiah Washington G 12.3 24.1% 20.4% 69.7% 1.8 0.3 2.8
    11 Sam Halle G 1.0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1.0 0.0 0.0

    In the previous meeting, Brandon Taylor lead PSU scoring with 11 points. Payton Banks had 9 points and led the team with 6 rebounds. Shep Garner had 6 assists, but scored only 3 points on 1-9 shooting.

    Ohio State

    From a won-loss standpoint, if the Buckeyes win this game, they reach the 20-win plateau. I’m not that sure that it really means that much.

    Mickey Mitchell will be starting his 4th game since the injury to Jae’Sean Tate. He understandably struggled in his initial start against Michigan State. In his last two starts Mickey has led the team in rebounding. His aggressiveness is a welcome sight. However, in the last two games, he also leads the team in committing fouls (9). If he can just re-channel his energy…

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

    Nbr Player Pos MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
    2 Marc Loving F 33.3 41.1% 34.0% 74.5% 5.1 1.6 13.5
    33
    Kieta Bates-Diop F 31.3 46.1% 32.4% 79.3% 6.4 1.1 11.9
    13
    JaQuan Lyle G 28.8 39.2% 26.6% 69.4% 4.1 4.3 10.4
    32
    Trevor Thompson C 18.0 54.0% 0.0% 80.0% 5.1 0.2 6.6
    0
    Mickey Mitchell F 11.1 38.7% 0.0% 47.1% 2.5 0.7 1.7
    15 Kam Williams G 20.9 46.1% 48.0% 77.8% 1.6 0.7 8.1
    4 Daniel Giddens C 17.7 45.8% 0.0% 38.8% 3.6 0.4 3.7
    12 A.J. Harris G 12.7 31.3% 34.1% 68.0% 1.1 1.7 2.6
    10 David Bell F 5.9 46.2% 0.0% 58.3% 1.6 0.1 1.2
    14 Joey Lane G 1.8 14.3% 14.3% 50.0% 0.0 0.0 0.6
    1 Jae’Sean Tate F 28.6 50.2% 36.1% 50.0% 6.0 1.4 11.1



    This is one of those games where Ohio State should win fairly easily, but Ohio State does have it’s defensive vulnerabilities, as we saw during the MSU games. Of course, it was MSU, so…

    Speaking of MSU, the winner of this game plays #2 seed MSU on Friday.

    Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 PM ET this Thursday. The game will be televised on ESPN2 (check local listings) and can be followed on Gametracker and heard on 97.1.

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