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tBBC TBBC Men’s Pre-game Glance: Ohio State Versus Northwestern

Discussion in 'News' started by WVaBuckeye, Feb 8, 2016.

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    TBBC Men’s Pre-game Glance: Ohio State Versus Northwestern
    WVaBuckeye
    via our good friends at Buckeye Battle Cry
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    Ohio State 14-10(6-5) vs. Northwestern 16-8(4-7)
    Day: Tuesday
    Date: February 9th, 2016
    Location: Value City Arena
    Time: 8:00PM ET

    Coverage – TV: BTN – 97.1FM The FAN Radio

    School: Northwestern University
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    Location: Evanston, Illinois
    Founded: 1851
    Student Population: 8,405 Undergraduates, 11,931 Postgraduates
    School Type: Private
    Division: NCAA I
    Conference: Big Ten
    First Season: Facility 1952; Welsh-Ryan Arena at McGaw Memorial Hall
    Head Coach: Chris Collins, Third Season
    Record: 353-210 Overall; 103-51 currently
    Alma Mater: Duke, 1996
    Experience & Accomplishments Collins came to Evanston after serving on the coaching staff at Duke since July 22, 2000. He was promoted to Associate Head Coach in the summer of 2008. During Collins’ 13 seasons on the Blue Devils’ staff, Duke posted an overall record of 385-77 while recording eight ACC tournament championships, four ACC regular season titles, eight in-season tournament titles and national championships in 2001 and 2010.Collins worked primarily with backcourt players during his time at Duke and tutored All-Americans Jason Williams, Mike Dunleavy, Chris Duhon, J.J. Redick, Gerald Henderson, DeMarcus Nelson, Jon Scheyer, Nolan Smith and Austin Rivers, in addition to NBA draft picks Daniel Ewing, Kyrie Irving and Kyle Singler.Collins also served as a court coach and scout for Mike Krzyzewski, assisting the USA Basketball Senior National Team staff with on-court duties as well as game preparation from 2006-12, including during the program’s gold-medal performances at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2010 FIBA World Championships and 2012 London Olympics.

    * Information Courtesy of Wikipedia and Northwestern official site

    Buckeyes and Wildcats


    The Buckeyes are 3-5 since their seven game winning streak that was ended by an uncharacteristic blow-out loss at Indiana (85-60) on January 10th. One of those wins during the streak came at the hands of Northwestern on the road in the always tough Welsh-Ryan Arena 65-56. Kam Williams had a game high 21 points thanks to 5 three-pointers and the rest of the Buckeyes have struggled with their identity. Free throws and foul trouble have been the keys to the inconsistency of late.

    The Wildcats win over Minnesota (82-58) on Feb 4th snapped their 5 game losing streak. However, earlier in the season, Northwestern did put together a ten game winning streak early in the season with a couple good wins. The wheels on the bus have come off since B1G play started with Nebraska and have been 3-7 since that win at Nebraska 81-72 on December 30th. They earned a season sweep of Minnesota their last game out on Feb 4th, 82-58 but themselves are struggling with their own identity.

    The Match-up


    The Buckeyes are in need of something that will cure some of their ills right now. The top three scorers average in double figures in PPG with Loving leading the way 13.0 PPG, Bates-Diop next with 11.7 and then Tate with 11.2. The trio follow with rebounding averages 5.5, 6.3, and 6.0 respectively. The primary issue with these three has been ball security as their assist to turnover ratios as a group are 1:1.3, meaning they turn it over more than they assist. To put that into perspective, JaQuan Lyle has as assist to turnover ration of 1.6:1 and A.J. Harris has a ratio of 1.5:1. The Buckeyes are also shooting a horrid .653 from the charity stripe and that has to improve down the stretch.

    Northwestern has three players that have started every game and two of them lead the team. They are Bryant Macintosh and Tre Demps at 14.8 PPG apiece. The third starter all season is Sanjay Lumpkin and he has failed to produce any support in the scoring column averaging only 4.1 PPG but has helped on the boards averaging 5.6 RBG. The Wildcats third leading scorer is Alex Olah at 10.6 PPG. Olah hasn’t been starting the whole season and has really come on of late, rotating in the lineup with Joey Van Zegeren. The Wildcats aren’t much better than the Buckeyes at the charity stripe making .667 of their attempts.



    Prediction


    The first time these two teams met, they were headed in opposite directions and the Buckeyes still had a fight on their hands with the Wildcats. Ohio State is in jeopardy of not reaching 20 wins for Coach Matta, which would be the first time in his career that he didn’t achieve this amazing accomplishment. They need this win to have a chance, but the schedule down the stretch is tough.

    Northwestern has little chance to make the NCAA’s but they need this win to improve their chances since over-all they are still above Ohio State in the wins and losses column. The Buckeyes can win this game if they get back to their defensive ways and start taking care of the basketball. It’s an issue with the play makers that needs fixed immediately and it can happen against the Wildcats.



    * Some Information Courtesy of Ohio State official site

    The Buckeyes protect the home court and win another battle with the Wildcats 64-53

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