Washington (2-1) vs. (4) Ohio State (2-0)|
Sunday, November 18, 4:30 p.m. (et)
The Sports Network
By Nicholas DeLorenzo, Associate College Basketball Editor
FACTS & STATS: Site: Mohegan Sun Arena (10,000) -- Uncasville, Connecticut.
Television: None. Home Record: Washington 1-1, OSU 1-0. Away Record:
Washington 0-0, OSU 0-0. Neutral Record: Washington 1-0, OSU 1-0. Conference
Record: Washington 0-0, OSU 0-0. Series Record: Washington leads, 8-3.
GAME NOTES: The Washington Huskies and the fourth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes
will face off in the Naismith Bracket Championship game at Mohegan Sun Arena
as part of the 2012 Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic.
The Huskies split their first two games at home to start the year, beating
Loyola-Maryland, 85-63, and dropping a disappointing 63-62 decision to Albany.
Washington's preliminary-round showdown with Seton Hall was going its way
early as it built an 18-point lead, but it squandered the advantage in the
second half as the game went into overtime. Luckily, UW salvaged the game in
the extra session and came away with an 84-73 victory.
Ohio State began the season ranked No. 4 and so far it has done nothing to
disprove the notion that it is one of the top teams in the nation. The
Buckeyes opened their campaign at home with a 82-60 win over Albany before
capturing a 69-58 victory over Rhode Island on Friday night.
Washington leads the all-time series with Ohio State, 8-3, but the teams
haven't met since 1972.
Washington built a big lead against Seton Hall thanks to 61.3 percent field
goal shooting in the first half, but as well as it played in the opening 20
minutes is about how poorly it performed after the break, as it made just 6-
of-18 from the floor in the second half. Luckily the Huskies put it together
in overtime by shooting 4-of-5 from the field and 8-of-9 from the free throw
line. Leading five Washington players in double figures was Abdul Gaddy, who
also dished out a team-high five assists. Hot on his heels was Scott Suggs
with 15 points on 6-of-9 from the field (3-of-5 from three-point range), but
he nearly cost his team with five turnovers. Desmond Simmons tallied a double-
double with 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Aziz N'Diaye just missed one with
14 points and nine boards. Rounding out the unit's productive scorers was C.J.
Wilcox with 11 points, who went a perfect 5-of-5 at the free throw line.
After shooting better than 57 percent from the floor in its opener, Ohio State
regressed to 43.6 percent against Rhode Island. The good news is that a third
of its 24 field goals came from beyond the arc (8-of-19), it went 13-of-18
from the free throw line, and it limited its mistakes by committing just seven
turnovers. Deshaun Thomas wowed with a double-double of 25 points and 10
boards. Thomas is the Buckeyes' leading scorer on the young season with 22
ppg, and he's hitting nearly 47 percent of his three-point attempts (7-of-15).
Lenzelle Smith, Jr. put up 15 points, and Aaron Craft added 13 points, four
assists, and two steals. OSU is performing well across the board in the early
going, as it is outrebounding its opponents by an average of 5.0 rpg and it
has a turnover margin of plus-4.5.
Washington showed against Seton Hall that is can get hot in a hurry, and with
that ability it can beat nearly anyone. However, the Huskies showed in the
same game that is can go ice cold as well. This Jekyll and Hyde act won't be a
problem for an Ohio State team that already appears to be in midseason form.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Ohio State 78, Washington 65
11/18 10:45:48 ET