UConn at Ohio State…2nd half….Buckeyes get the victory…

 

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  • This can’t be a game Ohio State plays well in and loses…
  • Just can’t…
  • Brimah w/a hook over Potter…left baseline…
  • UConn are walling Ohio State from rim…
  • Vital w/two…38-32…
  • Tate goes for short yardage and is tackled…fouled…makes first FT…makes 2nd…calm stroke by Tate…needed those points…
  • UConn rebound, take and power dunk along side Potter…40-34 17:53…this one is slow crawling away from Buckeyes…Bucks have to make a run…
  • 42-34 UConn…
  • Lyle gets a drive to go…42-36 UConn 16:41…
  • Vital with airball…
  • Tate goes right at 7-footer…two…
  • Buckeyes with a mini-run…timeout…42-38..UConn.

Seems like whole season is in these last 15:00…wishing my Buckeyes well…

  • I like it…Lyle going to rim…doesn’t get hoop but gets fouled rebounding…
  • What will it take to get Kam Williams going?
  • Buckeyes D upgrade…
  • Lyle..fade at FT line…42-40 UConn…now Buckeyes need a stop…C’mon Buckeyes!
  • Jackson with a three with Kam Williams hand touching his nose…
  • BAD pass from Kam Williams…I know it’s reaction but….
  • Trevor Thompson needs to get the ball more in the offense…sweeping right hand hook at 11 feet for two…bounces lightly on rim and in…
  • 45-42 UConn…12:51
  • Clock foul up…Good to see students there tonight…crowd view looks like lower bowl at least has good coverage of fans…
  • Dang…Brimah with tip…late in time clock…
  • 47-42…UConn…11:45…timeout
  • Stops!
  • Buckeyes are digging…KBD to line…need two FTs…misses second…makes second…somehow…
  • Trevor Thompson fouled on rebound…Makes 1st…makes second…
  • 47-44…UConn…10:36…now’s the time to make a run…
  • Trevor Thompson with assist to KBD for dunk…47-47…timeout..

C’mon Buckeyes…you can do this…just stay solid and focus…

  • 9:59
  • UConn’s Enoch misses two FTs
  • C’mon Buckeyes…score…
  • Kam needs to just hit one!!!! C’mon Buckets!
  • Tate drive..no…
  • UConn travel…
  • Lyle drives and dishes…it’s a simple game sometimes…Thompson is fouled..makes one…makes two…BUCKEYES lead…49-47…
  • Now a stop, please…YES…
  • WORK THE BALL…no…quick shot…clang…if that look by Thad Matta is in response to Lyle’s quick trigger then I am right there with him on that…wide open, could’ve driven the ball…drive it for show and putt it for dough…get to the green JaQuan????
  • Timeout…Buckeyes 49-47
  • Stop, please…???
  • Purvis with a three…50-49…UConn
  • KBD misses a bunny….
  • UConn turnover…
  • Lyle with a layup…
  • Buckeyes with the ball and the lead after a UConn three airball…now wis the time to get buckets….
  • Nope…block by Lyle on Adams…
  • C’mon Buckeyes…this is killing me…but in a good way…can hear the students…Tate was fouled…have to, have to, have to make FTs…
  • Tate misses badly…why is it so hard?….makes second…sorry Jae’Sean…at least I’m into it…
  • Buckeyes 52-50…4:16…
  • Brimah with that easy going hook…late in the shot clock…and after a KBD block….dang…tie game…
  • Loving with put back…grit…let’s go
  • UConn post hits a shot…tied again…
  • Loving travels…one less bounce Marc…was looking to pass…
  • Thompson 15 pts/16 rebounds…all for not if Buckeyes can’t get a win…
  • How did Lyle not score? Makes a great steal and can’t finish…
  • Thompson with another rebound…fouled….makes both FTs….
  • Buckeyes up 56-54…Buckeyes with only 7 turnovers…2:22 left…
  • FINISH BUCKEYES!!! C’mon!
  • Get a stop!  YES! Purvis travels!
  • Now…points or FTs…
  • FTs, we’ll take it…Lyle takes it at Brimah…Brimah fouls out….make the dang free throws, Buckeyes!
  • 1:45 to go…
  • First goes down….second does, too…Timeout UConn…1:41…
  • C’mon Buckeyes…now put into practice what you’ve learned…
  • 58-54…get a stop…Buckeye D has been the wall lately…
  • YES!
  • Jae’Sean Tate…take the ball at the rim…instead, steps back and banks an airball….DANG!
  • Purvis misses an open three…KBD rebounds…58-54….46 seconds left…
  • Have to make FTs….Kevin Ollie was on the court in game…10 feet on it…technical???? What the heck????
  • Jon Crispin….THAT is not good officiating…No!  No! No!
  • Lyle at line…makes one…makes two…six point lead…Buckeyes…
  • 41 seconds left…
  • Game isn’t over…Buckeyes give a foul…UConn miss…Lyle rebound…fouled…makes FT…Makes 2nd…
  • Buckeyes utilize foul to give… 28 seconds left…
  • Adams banks a three….62-57 Buckeyes…Tate fouled…make those FTs Jae’Sean.
  • Badly misses 1st….shoulder shrug…wow…makes second…
  • Jalen Adams splits Jackson and Jae’Sean Tate…Tate hacks him and complains after made basket he didn’t foul…c’mon Jae’Sean…just wow…
  • Adams converts three point play…18.1 left….63-60…
  • Loving fouled….got-to-make FTs…C’mon senior…misses first…makes second…9.5 seconds left…Adams misses layup attempt…ball out after rebound scrum to UConn…
  • Oh my goodness! Buckeyes win…

I’m drained….Buckeyes answer a bad loss with a good win…that’s so good for this team…Now they can rest their weary bones a little and get ready for UCLA…

 

UConn at Ohio State…1st half…

 

 

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  • Excited, nervous, worried, hopeful for this game…
  • Jalen Adams gets off 1st – a two…
  • Looks like an active crowd…how many are there?
  • Great look by Lyle…three by Kam goes down.
  • Brimah hooks for two…
  • Another good pass by Lyle…J.Tate for two…
  • Quick, nonsensical pass by Tate…to Potter…comes in hot, unexpected and over his head backwards…can do better than those kind of decisions…
  • Lyle is under control tonight…layup, picks up UConn turnover at half-court, waits on team to come back down court instead of shootitng quickly, feeds Loving for a deep three!!!
  • 10-4—-
  • Tate left hand two bank
  • Jalen Adams for two…
  • Lyle to Potter to Tate…nice pass by Potter…
  • (Sorry, had to take a break to help with Christmas presents)
  • 13-10…Buckeyes have cooled off a little…

So far the pace and decision making is good for Ohio State…now keep making good decisions and trust the game plan…

  • KBD drops in a three-quarter hook jump hook….5 feet from rim after a drive…
  • Is that Thompson’s 2nd foul or KBD’s?
  • Jalen Adams is really good…rolls a fast break right hand going left bank shot in…
  • Trevor Thompson with the turn around rebound for two…
  • 17-13 Buckeyes
  • Potter is shooting too quickly…take another split second to gather and then shoot, Micah…
  • Nice drive and bounce pass by Lyle to Thompson…fouled…hits one…
  • Close game…Buckeyes are okay so far…I’m okay…LOL…
  • Dang big pile in lane after Thompson falls and gets bodies on top of him
  • 18-17…7:19
  • UConn slowly getting comfortable…Buckeyes are missing shots they get…not getting the good looks they earned early…

Won’t be able to deal with aftermath of this game if Buckeyes lose…fans will rant minus any mercy…

  • Adams hits two FT shots…UConn 19-18
  • Tate dumps to Loving cutting to basket…spin and pump fake…makes one FT…
  • Lyle’s hand too much on top of the ball…
  • UConn post, rebound and turnaround two..
  • Thompson hits first FT…off foul on offensive rebound…hits second…
  • 21-21
  • Thompson turns to the baseline…TWO! (I get excited when he makes shots within the offense)  : )
  • 23-21 Buckeyes
  • Loving bounce pass to Thompson…BOOM!
  • Thompson D rebound…pass ahead to Loving…drives..hard UConn foul…
  • Timeout

Marc Loving better make two FTs here…concentrate and make two, senior…

  • 25-21 w/two FTs coming…makes first…makes second…Ah-Ha! I knew he could do it!
  • CJ Jackson running the point…
  • Vital w/too easy of a layup…what the heck?
  • Rebound by Andre…fouled makes one FT…
  • J. Tate left hand in the lane…his usual money…
  • What happened on that oop? Jackson to Loving…was open…but didn;t get it over rim…
  • Steal, drive and hoop by JaQuan Lyle…
  • 32-28…Buckeyes…Timeout

On top of Buckeye runs they need to get stops!

  • 32.8…Didn’t get a stop…Timeout after a UConn three…Buckeye ball…23 seconds left on shot clock…32-31…Buckeyes
  • Buckeyes stunk out of the timeout out of bounds…Wide open UConn three by Adams….Tate left him to go all the way to the baseline to try and cover a Husky…UConn pulled the right trigger on the pass…halftime UConn leads 34-32…Tate’s shoulders sink in disappointment…

Buckeyes can win this…teams are evenly matched it seems…Jalen Adams is an excellent talent…UConn has momentum…

 

University of Connecticut Huskies at Ohio State | | Quick reference & Shawshank Redemption video

  • UConn is missing two starters for the season – Freshman 6’0 PG Alterique Gilbert (10.3 ppg in 3 contests) and 6’8 RS-Sophomore, G/F Terry Larrier (13.5 in 4 contests).
  • 6’3 sophomore guard, Jalen Adams, leads the Huskies in scoring at 17.8 ppg. Adams has 45 assists/28 turnovers. I assume he is the PG now that Gilbert is out. Adams was a top 25 rated player/guard in HS. Adams shoots FGs at .483% and makes threes at high .436%  rate
  • The other leading Huskie scorer is 6’4 senior, Rodney Purvis, at 12.5 ppg. Purvis owns a .363 FG%.
  • Connecticut has four players standing anywhere from 6’10 – 7’0 who are in the playing rotation. Amida Brimah is a 7’0, 230 senior and has started all 8 games. He rebounds at a 5.5 pg clip and has blocked 22 shots. Juwan Durham is a 6’11, 207 lb freshman and plays 9.1 mpg. Steven Enoch is a 6’11, 258 lb sophomore who averages 10.0 mpg. Kentan Facey is a 6’10, 227 lb senior who averages 18.8 mpg. Facey rebounds 5.5 missed shots per game and has 7 blocks. As I watched this group versus Syracuse they appear to be a fairly mobile group and are very long.
  • Christian Vital is a 6’2, 178 lb freshman guard from Queens Village, NY City. He sees 27.1 mpg of on court time and averages 7.3 ppg.  He snared a last second rebound versus Syracuse and hit two free throws with 2 seconds left on the clock to provide his teammates a 52-50 win. That game was played in Madison Square Garden in his home city of New York. I bet that was a great thrill for Vital in his 1st season of college basketball. To win a game like that for his school in the last seconds versus a long time rival had to feel great. Congratulations Christian!
  • Vance Jackson is a 6’8, 229 lb freshman forward from Los Angeles. He averages 19.6 mpg.
  • UConn has three seniors/two sophomores/three freshman – 8 active players total on the roster and in it’s playing rotation.

Keys to the gameJalen Adams is going to do some damage but it will serve the Buckeyes to limit him and not let him completely control the game.

Ohio State has to to play good enough defense to keep Adams under control and keep Connecticut’s defense from getting easy points off their defense.

The Buckeyes absolutely have to play with confidence against the Huskies. Their opponents will be more than happy to be able to create a chaotic atmosphere. They want to mix it up.

Ohio State needs to move the ball and attack the lengthy UConn front line while reducing turnovers. Defensively, the Buckeyes have to limit penetration.

Connecticut defeated Ohio State 75-55 last season in Stoors, CT. Think the Buckeyes will remember that game? Plus, need I say more? The Buckeyes laid an egg against uber-underdog Florida Atlantic in Columbus in the Schottenstein Center this past Tuesday. They have come under intense criticism from fans. I can’t imagine what their practices have been like.

My friend, Bob, sees Ohio State at crossroads.  The Buckeyes resolve to fight to win, their resolve to be aggressive and efficient, is going to be out in the open. Pretty? Efficient? Shocking? Ugly. Ultimately beautiful? No matter how things get done there won’t be any secrets.

I believe with all that is swirling around our Ohio State basketball team the players and coaches are going to rally and play loose and well tomorrow at 6 PM against UConn.

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I’m rooting hard for this Buckeye team.

If you can, get there tomorrow and support these guys. They need you to. If I lived four hours away instead of eight I’d try my best to make it to the Schott to yell and scream.

 

 

Don’t… Loss to FAU comments, even though I didn’t see the game.

Don’t.

Don’t give up on the Ohio State men’s basketball team. They need you to allow them time to prove this season will be a success.

Don’t judge the 2016-2017 team based on a single negative game result. Yes, last night’s loss to the Florida Atlantic Owls was discouraging and it hurts the team and its fans. However, one game does not make a season.

Don’t connect the result of the loss to Florida Atlantic to the result of the entire 2015-2016 Ohio State season. Failure is the best breeding ground for success. Last night’s loss was a failure. Until this team has been through the definitive sections of the schedule, though, give it a chance to overcome adversity and earn respect.

Don’t stop being passionate, but, also, step away from being the Buckeye fan who only cares about wins or losses this early in the season. Do be indignant the Buckeyes shot poorly and made bad decisions chucking up threes late in the contest. Be irritated Ohio State didn’t play defense well enough to get needed stops. Be apoplectic a leader to consistently guide his teammates through difficult stretches, especially ends of tight games, hasn’t established himself. Be irritated Ohio State lost to a team ranked by Ken Pom.com at #24o in the nation.

Don’t stop going to games. Marc Loving, Keita Bates-Diop, Kam Williams, Jae’Sean Tate, Trevor Thompson, Joey Lane, Dave Bell, CJ Jackson, Jimmy Jent, JaQuan Lyle, Andre Wesson, Derek Funderburk, and Micah Potter want to be treated like responsible young people. Expect them to recognize mistakes, learn from them, to persevere, adapt and, in the long term, improve as individuals and as a unit. During that process be at the Schottenstein Center to support them and if you can’t attend games, find an acceptable alternative to buoy their efforts.

Don’t think for one second Ohio State’s players, in all Buckeye sports for that matter, don’t need your encouragement. They are talented, but imperfect, young people representing a school many of us have deep connections to. Realize, though that Ohio State, its students, its athletes, its alumni, and its fan, in general, are a single organism that can work together in powerful ways.

Don’t stop singing ‘The Buckeye Battle Cry’ or cheering ‘O-H…I-O…O-H-I-O…Let’s Go Bucks!” Champion your team in the worst of times and someday that same team might end up a champion.

Don’t stop believing.

 

Lip-Sync it, Snoop Dogg!

 

Buckeyes host Fairleigh Dickinson

Just finished watching the Ohio State win over the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights. Wasn’t a classic but it was a victory so there’s that.

I think Ohio State’s effort was there but Buckeye minds weren’t. The Buckeyes could’ve rattled any iron suits of armor the Knights might have brought with them from their campus in Teaneck, NJ, home of Ohio State great, Tony Campbell.

Instead Ohio State won by a score of 70-62. With 40 seconds to go, after a steal and dunk by Knight Tyrone O’Garro, the Buckeyes led by just two possessions at 68-62.

We know in true tight ball games a six point lead with 40 seconds left is an eternity.

Thompson, Williams, Tate and Loving all put up good numbers for the Buckeyes but something was missing. I’ll go with the Buckeyes committing 14 turnovers as one area where the sewer smell from the Virginia game was still present.

Also, Ohio State’s foul shooting was again atrocious, making just 12/21. The team is at a .612% for the season from the line. Even a five percentage point swing would mark a positive difference.

I’m going to stay with the idea that against Fairleigh Dickinson Ohio State found themselves in a bit of a

Twilight    twilight_zone   Zone

trap game situation.

The problem with the game feeling that way was that particular zone was one of their own making. Fairleigh Dickinson didn’t belong on the floor with the Buckeyes. Ohio State mental lapses allowed this to be too close of a game at the end.

Coach Matta and his staff often comments they wants Buckeye players to be aggressive and unafraid to make mistakes. I’m all for that. Being free to make mistakes is how players learn and grow. Question is how many mistakes have to be made in order to learn?

I’m waiting on this team to realize how good it can be.

Ohio State has large swaths of room available for improvement. The Buckeyes appear capable of making most of those upgrades to gain the ground needed to compete for a high finish in the Big 10.

Potential —> Mistakes —> Learning —> Improvement—> Potential

Go Buckeyes!

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O.T. — Miami 94 Ohio State 89 —> comments – 2nd half – Despite Cooper to Hart to Calhoun magic.

I know the Buckeyes get this one tied up in regulation to send it to O.T. That tells me the team changed up it’s quality and didn’t give up.

Buckeyes hit 1-13 threes in first half. That’s .08%. Not proficient.

One factor not in Ohio State’s favor is that mainstay post player, Stephanie Mavunga is out for this game. A steady rebounder and a physical presence, that’s not available.

Cooper grabs a D rebound, promptly hands it right back to Miami while trying to pass to Mitchell. Mitchell gets the steal and makes a high degree of difficulty bank shot going to the basket on the the other end. Adds the free throw. Miami 41-35 8:22 left in 3rd.

Mitchel with a giveaway just past half court. It doesn’t result in points but gives Miami possession of the ball. It’s called carelessness with the ball. Same kind of thing JaQuan Lyle did at Virginia.

This game is an adventure.

Miami making shots. A 3. A 2. Miami 46-35.

Sierra Calhoun with a nice drive and score under pressure left of the rim. Gets a smack in the face, too. Miami step-back miss on other end. Mitchell sees an opening and off the dribble, sends a white cloud floater up left of the lane for two.

Alexa Hart volleyball puts a a volleyball block at the net hit on a Miami shot attempt. Mitchell rolling down the left side at halfcourt. Holds up. Asia Doss dribbles under the rim and catches Hart with a pass in the lane. Alexa controls and banks in two. Miami 46-41. 5:42.

Under control and in game rhythm, there’s not many players who makes the game look fun than Kelsey Mitchell. I often expect to see little streams of fire surrounding her when she plays.

Miami scores on a drive and dish at 5:14. Here we go again. Shayla Cooper inbounds to Kelsey Mitchell. But they miscommunicate AGAIN. Miami ball on the turnover. Cooper is the one who is visibly ticked this time. Miami is pressing, but heavens to mergatroyds…

…there is no way these miscues should be happening over and over. Mitchell is too slippery for Cooper to not wait a split second more to pass to her when she has space but Mitchell is using a stop and start move to shake the defender and isn’t concentrating on helping Cooper know when and where she wants the ball.

They need to get it together.

Cooper is left to guard one on two players in the middle. Miami makes the simple pass inside. Cooper can’t guard both. Easy bucket. Miami 50-41 5:00 left in 3rd.

The commentators aren’t making a huge deal out of this but imagine if Dan Dakich was calling this game.

Cooper with a three.

Miami big with a layup, foul and made FT.

Mitchell lasers a three from 25 feet. Miami 55-49. 2:54 in 3rd.

Kiara Lewis with a right corner three. Miami 55-52.

Kiara Lewis with a beautiful transition step through layup. Miami 55-54.

McKayla Waterman with a transition layup and foul. Misses FT.

Buckeyes 56-55. Miami answers. Ohio State/Mitchell answers (3-ball). Miami answers (two) and a made FT. Final shot by the Buckeyes. Waterman drives. Miami foul. Missed both FTs.

Miami 60-59. End of 3rd.


Start of 4th.

Miami works the ball with patience. Buckeyes give up made open three. Lewis assist Tori McCoy on a layup. Miami answers with a two jumper in the lane. Lewis drives and answers. (Kiara has game, eh?) Miami answers. (These are consecutive scores by possession by both teams) Hart hits one FT. Misses second but Miami can’t get the rebound.

Miami 67-64 7:49 left in 4th.

Mitchell buries a defender with a step back for a two point score. Miami rebounds missed three. Putback. Cooper drives for two on other end. Miami drills a top of the key three with shot clock running down.

Miami 72-68. Tone of this game has turned. Ohio State playing much better minus the unforced turnovers. Miami continues to play well.

Miami’s Jessica Thomas steps back from left wing and hits a two just inside the three point line. Mitchell does what Mitchell does and hits a three on the other end. Isolated with one defender near and 23 feet out, Kelsey sets up and knocks it down. Nothing to this ballgame. Miami picks up two FTs. Sierra Calhoun shows the ball, drives, pulls up and cans a two from 8 feet.

(Commentator – Mitchell has hit 6 shots in a row for the Buckeyes)

Timeout.

Cooper assists Hart on a layup. Miami miss. Miami 76-75 4:01.

Mitchell evaluating with ball in hand from near half court. Drives right. Passes to Cooper. Drive by Cooper. Free throw line stop and pop for two.  2nd time in a row Miami misses mid lane. Ohio State 77-76.

Mitchell pushes off driving up court. Good call I think. Unfortunately. Miami hits layup on other end. Cooper charges. Miami 78-77.

Buckeyes pressing. Miami miss of a three. Alexa Hits drives baseline for two and a foul. Missed FT. Double rim. Backboard. Off the rim.

2:00 left.

Miami miss. Mitchell miss of a three. Had the ball the entire possession. Miami goes inside for two. Miami 80-79. 1:02. Timeout.

Waterman with a missed FT.  Buckeyes 13-24 from there on the night. Misses second. Timeout. 0:38.5

Miami hits one free throw. Miami 81-79.

On other end, Mitchell drives baseline and dribbles out of bounds. Unforced turnover. Miami ball. Ohio State foul. 0:11.4 left.

Jessica Thomas hits 1/2 FTs. Miami 82-79.

Foul on Miami. 0:9.8 Asia Doss hits a FT. Hits second. Miami missed FT. Misses 2nd. Mitchell throws up a BAD prayer from halfcourt trying to get a foul call. 0:2.4 left. Miami ball out of bounds. Ohio State foul on Cooper with no time running off clock. Miami makes two free throws.

Ohio State/Shayla Cooper ball out of bounds from far baseline. Hits Hart with 2/3 court pass. Hart to Calhoun. Calhoun ties with a three from left 45 degree angle. Time runs out. Overtime.

When I watched this I had already saw it once so I wasn’t surprised. That was a great throw by Cooper and a catch under pressure by Hart. Alexa’s dish to Calhoun was simply perfect. It was a beautiful play up to there and if Calhoun missed it you’d still have to give Ohio State credit for getting such a good shot out of the deal. But she made it. Congratulations to all three of those players for giving the Buckeyes a chance to win the game in overtime.

That shot made Miami’s #0 smile a very wry smile and the Hurricane’s big, blond haired reserve post player shake her head in disbelief.

That play was Valparaiso’s Bryce Drew in the NCAA all over again.

 

 


–Overtime–

I’m not going to go into much detail in the O.T.

Buckeyes take the lead on a Mitchell to Hart assist. 2:40

Miami hit’s a three on next possession to take the lead back by a point. 2:20

#21 on Miami, the head shaker at the end of regulation, hits a two/jumper. Miami 89-86 – 1:46.

Miami pushes out to 90-86 lead on a FT with 0:11.5 left.

Wow, Kelsey Mitchell hits a step back three from deep right of the basket. Miami 90-89. 0:05.5 left.

Lewis is called for an intentional foul. Miami hits two FTs. Miami ball.

Asia Doss foul. Miami two FTs. Miami 94 – Ohio State 89.

Have to think Shayla Cooper and Kelsey Mitchell will have dual mirror nightmares tonight after their turnover nonsense in the first half. My feeling is that portion of the game stood out as a major reason why the Buckeyes lost this game.

But give Miami credit, they played well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

O.T. — Miami 94 Ohio State 89 —> comments – 1st half

Miami defeated Ohio State last night in overtime in the Schottenstein Center. I already know who won the game but I’m going to watch anyway. These Buckeyes play an entertaining style so, of course, I want to see what happened instead of just read about it.

Current point, Miami is up 13-8 and either putting the ball in the hoop or committing an offensive foul.

Both teams are getting the ball to the rim and finishing.

Seeing the graphic about Linnae Harper, which notes she was an SEC All-Defensive player in the 2014-2015 season with Kentucky, I’m wondering just how much her ability to defend will impact the Buckeyes this season?

Have to apologize, I don’t know this Buckeye roster like I do the men’s roster. I know the names but what I lack is seeing them play enough to connect faces with names.

Is it just me, or does Kelsey Mitchell, with all the talent she possesses, miss a larger amount of layup attempts than one might think she should?

Kelsey, hitting .80% of her FTs this season on 32/40 attempts, already has 6 attempts in the first quarter and has made 5. That’s a skill. A weapon.

Shayla Cooper takes a page from Jae’Sean Tate’s ability and flies in for a rebound and score to give Ohio State a 22-17 lead at the end of the 1st quarter.


Alexa Hart’s length in the post area is impressive. As a shot blocker she gets herself in position and let’s the offensive opponent bring the ball to her hand.

Miami 22-19 – Mitchell misses a shot going at the rim and Miami beats the Buckeyes down the floor for a layup.

Ball out of bounds and instantly into Mitchell.  Kelsey cruises down the floor. Her running style is that of a sprinter. Flow.

I like seeing the Buckeyes press full court.

On the other hand, it doesn’t work too well for the Buckeyes to possess the ball out of bounds, to attempt to inbound with a short looping pass to who knows, and then watch as Miami picks up that pass and scores at the other end. Don’t know who Kelsey Mitchell was throwing that pass to but there wasn’t a teammate of her moving to that passed ball.

Miami 28-23 w/6:25 left in 2nd Q.

Out of bounds, Waterman to Mitchell miscommunicates, which leads to a turnover, and an open 2 in the corner. Miami 30-23.

Buckeyes had 17 turnovers versus Miami and I’m guessing 10 of them were made in the first half, and at least three, so far, were a non-contested here, have the ball type.

Buckeyes now 0-10 from three after a Kiara Lewis miss at 6:00 left in second.

Another turnover by Ohio State. Block by Waterman on the other end. Sierra Calhoun is fouled and converts 1/2 FTs.

Miami breaks Buckeye 2-2-1 press.

Shayla Cooper shows the guys aren’t the only Buckeyes who have trouble setting a legal pick on the perimeter.

Wow. Kelsey Mitchell makes Ohio State 1st three, 1/11 so far. Her shot is beautiful. Perfect loft and arc. Like a rainbow.

6’4 Ohio State frosh Tori McCoy swats a Miami shot. Mitchell tries another three but misses. Instead, Miami hits a three on the other end.

Miami 36-27 w/2:30 left in the 2nd.

Hate to keep saying this, as I know Kelsey Mitchell plays with a good deal of correct feel for the game, but she makes a poor pass attempt from a weird angle to Shayla Cooper, which gives Miami an easy two down on the fast break at the other end. Unexpected pass timing, bad angle, high ball, and no eye contact, on that Mitchell turnover.

Going back to the huddle on the immediate timeout, the Buckeyes are frustrated. Mitchell gestures at the back of Shayla Cooper. Cooper walks to the sidelines without looking back. That doesn’t seem productive, but what do I know?

Okay, so settle down and fix it, right?

Cooper inbounds to Mitchell. Miami has been pressing, double teaming the ball handler in the back court. Mitchell returns the pass to Cooper over the top. Cooper passes half court and loses focus as she dribbles. Yep, another Ohio State turnover.

38-27 with 1:49 left.

Kiara Lewis goes behind the back, and splits defenders for a sweet layup. A really good move.

Shayla Cooper is blocked, but gets an effort rebound, puts it back up and is fouled. Makes 1/2. Miami 39-30. Miami hits two FTs. 41-30.

The theme of the 1st half rears it’s head again. Ohio State turnover. Not enough time to get a clean shot off at other end for Miami and the half ends.

Buckeyes can’t be happy with their overall play.