Ohio State vs. Stanford

 

When: Today at 9 p.m. Eastern

Where: Moda Center; Portland, Oregon

TV: ESPN2

Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (63 stations), WBNS-FM (97.1)

Records: Ohio State 4-1; Stanford 3-3

 

Projected starters

OHIO STATE

G C.J. Jackson, 6-1, Jr., 11.2

G Musa Jallow, 6-5, Fr., 7.0

F Jae’Sean Tate, 6-4, Sr., 14.6

F Keita Bates-Diop, 6-7, Jr., 16.8

C Kaleb Wesson, 6-9, Fr., 11.0

Key reserves: G Kam Williams, 6-2, Sr., 7.8; G Andrew Dakich, 6-2, Gr., 2.4; F Andre Wesson, 6-6, So., 2.4; F Kyle Young, 6-8, Fr., 1.4; C Micah Potter, 6-9, So., 8.8 (injured)

 

 

STANFORD

G Daejon Davis, 6-3, Fr., 7.0

G Isaac White, 6-1, Fr., 11.5

F Oscar da Silva,6-9, Fr., 7.2

F Reid Travis, 6-8, Jr., 21.5

F Michael Humphrey, 6-9, Sr., 11.8

 

Key reserves: G Robert Cartwright, 6-2, So., 9.0; F Dorian Pickens, 6-5, Sr., 10.5; C Josh Sharma, 7-0, So., 4.5

 

The big question today, aside from how the Buckeyes will hold up physical with a second game in roughly 18 hours, is how they will handle their first true taste of adversity. Ohio State hadn’t trailed for more than five minutes combined all season entering the Gonzaga game, and against the Bulldogs they only held the lead for 4:29.

 

This is a test as much of skill as it is of will for the Buckeyes,

 

With a win, Ohio State would face Chris Holtmann’s former team, Butler, on Sunday. The Bulldogs lost to Texas on Friday but edged Portland State today. With a loss, the Buckeyes would close the tournament against Portland State.

 

Noteworthy

*Sophomore center Micah Potter is doubtful for today’s game after missing the Gonzaga game with a left ankle injury. You can read the full story in the links below.

 

*This is the first meeting between the teams in nearly 44 years. The Cardinal improved to 3-0 against the Buckeyes with a 68-53 win in Lexington, Kentucky, on Dec. 21, 1973. The teams have met one before inside the building that is now called Veterans Memorial Coliseum, where they both played yesterday, but today’s game is across the sidewalk at the Moda Center.

 

*Bates-Diop was held to a season-low seven points in the Gonzaga game, although he did finish with 10 rebounds.

 

*Ohio State was held below 80 points for the first time this year. Its four-game stretch of hitting that mark was the longest since a six-game stretch during the 2011 non-conference schedule.

 

*The Buckeyes hit five of their first seven threes against Gonzaga and then missed 12 of their final 13 to finish at 30.0 percent (6 for 20). For the season, they are shooting only 28.7 percent (31 for 108) from deep with Bates-Diop (42.9 percent) the only player making more than one out of every three.

 

*After turning the ball over 15 times against Gonzaga, the Buckeyes dropped from No. 123 to No. 161 nationally in offensive turnover percentage according to KenPom.com.

 

*Kaleb Wesson had the best plus-minus of any Ohio State player to see important minutes. He was minus-7.

 

What does KenPom say?

According to the advanced statistics of KenPom.com, Ohio State has a 52 percent chance to win today’s game. After falling one spot to No. 68 in the national rankings with this morning’s loss to Gonzaga, Ohio State is projected to beat the Cardinal by a score of 77-76. Stanford is ranked No. 78 in the country.

 

Pregame reading

In case you were in bed for some reason, here's the recap from this morning's loss to Gonzaga.

From after the game, the postgame blog with notes on Kaleb Wesson, Potter and much more.

Ohio State is a win away from seeing Butler. The Bulldogs aren't too concerned with that.

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