Lipscomb (0-3) at (17) Ohio State (3-1)
Tuesday, November 24th, 7:00 p.m. (et)
The Sports Network
By Frank Haynes, College Basketball Senior Editor
FACTS & STATS: Site: Value City Arena (19,049) -- Columbus, Ohio. Television: Big Ten Network. Home Record: Lipscomb 0-2, Ohio St. 2-0. Away Record: Lipscomb 0-1, Ohio St. 0-0. Neutral Record: Lipscomb 0-0, Ohio St. 1-1. Conference Record: Lipscomb 0-0, Ohio St. 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The 17th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes entertain the Lipscomb Bisons tonight at Value City Arena in Columbus, in what is the first-ever meeting between the two programs in men's basketball.
Lipscomb has yet to taste victory this season, losing to Elon (91-86), Vanderbilt (95-73) and Tennessee Tech (92-89). The Elon and Tennessee Tech games both took place at home, and this is the first of four straight the Bisons will play on the road. Lipscomb is a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference, and the team is 0-2 all-time against ranked opponents and 1-2 against teams from the Big Ten.
Ohio State is 3-1 on the young season, thanks to wins over Alcorn State (100-60), James Madison (72-44) and California (76-70). The team's lone setback came against defending national champion North Carolina (77-73). The Buckeyes are 2-0 at home, and this is the first of four in a row they will play in Columbus. OSU is 9-0 all-time against teams from the A-Sun.
Despite not having won a game yet this season, Lipscomb has two potent scorers in the form of juniors Adnan Hodzic and Josh Slater. Hodzic leads the Atlantic Sun in scoring at 22.7 ppg, and he also grabs 7.7 rpg. Hodzic is a 63.8 percent shooter who has thus far dominated the interior for the Bisons. Slater pours in 18.7 ppg, doing so more on the strength of 23-of-34 free-throw shooting rather than his .378 FG percentage. As a team, Lipscomb is putting up 82.7 ppg and hitting 45.7 percent of its total shots. Unfortunately, foes have been even more productive, shooting 53.9 percent from the floor, which includes an eye-popping 50.8 percent showing from three-point range, in lighting up the scoreboard to the tune of 92.7 ppg. Since 2003-04, the Bisons are just 1-14 when yielding more than 90 points in a game. Lipscomb had four players score in double figures against Tennessee Tech the last time out, with Hodzic leading the way with 24 points on 11-of-19 shooting from the field. Slater added 19 points, Michael Teller had 13 and Brandon Brown finished with 10 points and came away with a game-high eight rebounds as well. The Bisons shot 51.7 percent from the floor, but the Golden Eagles were even better, checking in at 53.0 percent, which included a 10-of-20 showing from downtown.
Timely shooting and strong defense have been the keys to Ohio State's early season success, as the team is scoring 80.2 ppg while allowing just 62.8 ppg. The Buckeyes boast some pretty potent scorers of their own, led by Evan Turner and his 21.8 ppg. A 58.3 percent shooter who is also a monster on the glass (14.8 rpg) while also serving as the team's primary playmaker (6.0 apg), Turner is on the fast track to Big Ten Player of the Year honors, although there is certainly a lot of basketball to be played between now and when the award is actually voted upon. Jon Diebler (15.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.3 apg) and William Buford (12.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.0 apg) provide support from their spots in the OSU backcourt, while David Lighty (11.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.5 apg) helps out up front. Turner posted his fourth double-double in as many outings this season with his 26-point, 14-rebound effort in Ohio State's win over California last Friday, earning his second straight Big Ten Player of the Week award. Diebler, Buford and Lighty also finished in double digits for the Buckeyes, who shot 50 percent from the field while holding the Golden Bears to 42.1 percent. A 20-8 advantage in points from the foul line also contributed greatly to the outcome.
Turner is an absolute stud, pretty much doing what he wants from virtually anywhere on the court. The rest of his teammates aren't bad either. Hodzic and Slater are players in their own right, but the Bisons aren't anywhere near the Buckeyes in terms of overall talent, depth and big-game experience. OSU wins this one going away.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Ohio State 86, Lipscomb 64
11/24 10:41:35 ET
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