No. 10 Ohio State blew past Morgan State 90-57 in an oddly scheduled Friday night game.

The script was there for a significant slip-up for No. 10 Ohio State on Friday night.

One day after Thanksgiving, the Buckeyes were set to host Morgan State for a 9 p.m. tip-off on Black Friday. Undefeated Ohio State was four days removed from a dogged challenge from Kent State in a game played at former home St. John Arena, and the focus of the fan base figured to be pointed north in anticipation of Saturday's annual rivalry football game with Michigan. Oh, and a road date with No. 6 North Carolina looms on the calendar for Wednesday.

It seemed a perfect situation for the Bears, ranked No. 263 nationally according to KenPom.com, to follow the likes of Evansville, Stephen F. Austin and others who have scored significant upset wins during the first month of the 2019-20 season.

Except for one thing.

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“They played Morgan State tonight,” Bears coach Kevin Broadus said. “They didn't play against Morgan State, they played against themselves. They were preparing for something big. They've got North Carolina this week. They didn't overlook us. That's what they do. They play together and play like a top-10 team.”

If there's any lesson to be learned from another lopsided win for the Buckeyes, it might be that. Ohio State took the lead for good 2:22 into the game, led by as many as 30 points during the first half and 36 during the second while cruising to a 90-57 win in front of 10,947 fans at Value City Arena.

No Buckeye played more than 21:46. All 13 available players saw game action, and 12 of them recorded at least one field goal. The game was essentially over by the midpoint of the first half, and then the Buckeyes pushed it out of reach with a 19-3 run to make it a 33-11 lead.

The second half wasn't as impressive, and some of that has to do with the liberal substitutions coach Chris Holtmann made that allowed him to get significant minutes for multiple seldom-used players. Therein lies the nugget that could prove beneficial against the Tar Heels on Wednesday night.

“As a coach you go into games and you don't want to sleepwalk through games because you can get beat in games like this,” Holtmann said. “I do think we were not as sharp or solid as I would've hoped in the second half. There's always areas you can take from it. Overall I thought our initial approach was really good.”

That focus was hammered home during breaks in action during the second half, senior Andre Wesson said. After shooting 25.9 percent (7 for 27) and scoring 18 first-half points, Morgan State shot 48.3 percent (14 for 29) and scored 39 points after halftime.

“We definitely know that we definitely let down the standard, especially defensively, in the second half,” Wesson said. “That's something he was stressing to us in the timeout huddles, how they were shooting the ball better and they were scoring. We just needed to buckle down. I think that's something we've got to continue to work on, giving a full 40 minutes of effort because we're definitely going to need that in our next game.”

Football's shadow

When Broadus entered the postgame interview room, he glanced at the four reporters present and asked a question.

“Well,” he said. “Buckeye Country. Let me start off by saying, why are you guys here? Why aren't you in Ann Arbor already?”

The shadow of Saturday's game loomed over this game from the outset. After beating the Golden Flashes on Monday evening, Holtmann exited his press conference by saying, “Go Bucks. Beat that freaking team up north.”

Friday night, he came out for his press conference wearing a No. 1 football jersey over his dress shirt. Last season, he wore a throwback No. 45 football jersey for his postgame press conference the night before the Michigan football game.

“I just can't wait,” he said. “We've got a lot of work in the morning as a team to prepare. We're practicing (Saturday), clean up film, but all of us will be eyes glued at noon ready to support our guys.”

Despite the late tip time against Morgan State, Ohio State will get its workout in before the football game.

“We will finish practice right before kickoff, and trust me, that's for them but it's as much for me as it is for them,” Holtmann said. “We will finish right before kickoff and let them watch it and have a meal. I've got to go recruiting (Saturday) but I told the staff, if the game you want me to see starts before 3:30, I will be late. Fortunately it doesn't. I've got a couple games to see (Saturday) and I can't wait to watch that one.”

No control

The timing of Friday night's game did not seem conducive to selling tickets for all the aforementioned reasons. It begged the question: did Ohio State have any say in when this game was played, or what that out of the program's control?

“We had no say over that,” Holtmann said during a press conference that started around 11:45 p.m. “That's all TV. This is about, at this point I'm reading or I'm asleep or I'm winding down or I'm watching film or I'm kicking the dog out of the bed. This is late for me. We had no control over that.”

The Buckeyes will play the Tar Heels on Wednesday night at 9:30 p.m. That game will tip off 15 minutes after Penn State plays hosts Wake Forest as its ACC-Big Ten Challenge opponent, and the two teams will meet Saturday at Value City Arena to open Big Ten play at noon.

Holtmann said that was also out of Ohio State's control.

“It's a good question because it's not ideal,” Holtmann said. “You're playing at 9:30 and come back and play a noon tip on Saturday. It's probably the only thing I'll say about it. It's not ideal, but they're playing, albeit at home, Penn State's playing at 9 too. Bottom line is both teams are going to have to prepare and quickly prepare and turn yourselves back around win or lose and get ready for (the game). They're a really good team. We feel like we're a really good team.”

Despite the time and date of the Morgan State game, the Buckeyes still managed to draw 10,947 fans.

“I will say this: when I came out today, I anticipated that because of Black Friday, because of the game (Saturday), that it was not going to be quite what it is,” Holtmann said. “I felt good about those that came. Thank you, Buckeye Nation, for coming. I know you could've been doing other things. We appreciate you guys coming out when there's a lot going on this weekend.”

Notable

*With his performance against the Bears, Kaleb Wesson moved into No. 10 in KenPom.com's national player of the year ratings. In only 18:10, Wesson finished with 13 points and eight rebounds with two assists and no turnovers. He also took two charges, did not commit a foul and drew five.

*Senior walk-on Danny Hummer hit his second three-pointer in as many appearances. He did not play against Kent State.

*No Ohio State player has yet taken more than 10 shots in a single game this season. Duane Washington Jr. led the Buckeyes with nine shot attempts, finishing with nine points.

*Ohio State's 90 points scored and 57 points allowed were both season-high totals.

Quotable

“I didn't even recognize him. He must've lost 50 pounds, and he's moving well. I told them before the game he can shoot threes just like a guard, and first play of the game, what'd he do? Make a three. He's really transformed his body and it looks like he's bought into everything they're trying to do. I commend him. He's really playing well. He has pro potential, and I've been around a lot of pro big guys at Georgetown and Maryland and he's one of those guys. I think he took tutelage under Greg (Oden), so he's coming along.” – Broadus, who spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Maryland

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@AdamJardy

The script was there for a significant slip-up for No. 10 Ohio State on Friday night.

One day after Thanksgiving, the Buckeyes were set to host Morgan State for a 9 p.m. tip-off on Black Friday. Undefeated Ohio State was four days removed from a dogged challenge from Kent State in a game played at former home St. John Arena, and the focus of the fan base figured to be pointed north in anticipation of Saturday's annual rivalry football game with Michigan. Oh, and a road date with No. 6 North Carolina looms on the calendar for Wednesday.

It seemed a perfect situation for the Bears, ranked No. 263 nationally according to KenPom.com, to follow the likes of Evansville, Stephen F. Austin and others who have scored significant upset wins during the first month of the 2019-20 season.

Except for one thing.

“They played Morgan State tonight,” Bears coach Kevin Broadus said. “They didn't play against Morgan State, they played against themselves. They were preparing for something big. They've got North Carolina this week. They didn't overlook us. That's what they do. They play together and play like a top-10 team.”

If there's any lesson to be learned from another lopsided win for the Buckeyes, it might be that. Ohio State took the lead for good 2:22 into the game, led by as many as 30 points during the first half and 36 during the second while cruising to a 90-57 win in front of 10,947 fans at Value City Arena.

No Buckeye played more than 21:46. All 13 available players saw game action, and 12 of them recorded at least one field goal. The game was essentially over by the midpoint of the first half, and then the Buckeyes pushed it out of reach with a 19-3 run to make it a 33-11 lead.

The second half wasn't as impressive, and some of that has to do with the liberal substitutions coach Chris Holtmann made that allowed him to get significant minutes for multiple seldom-used players. Therein lies the nugget that could prove beneficial against the Tar Heels on Wednesday night.

“As a coach you go into games and you don't want to sleepwalk through games because you can get beat in games like this,” Holtmann said. “I do think we were not as sharp or solid as I would've hoped in the second half. There's always areas you can take from it. Overall I thought our initial approach was really good.”

That focus was hammered home during breaks in action during the second half, senior Andre Wesson said. After shooting 25.9 percent (7 for 27) and scoring 18 first-half points, Morgan State shot 48.3 percent (14 for 29) and scored 39 points after halftime.

“We definitely know that we definitely let down the standard, especially defensively, in the second half,” Wesson said. “That's something he was stressing to us in the timeout huddles, how they were shooting the ball better and they were scoring. We just needed to buckle down. I think that's something we've got to continue to work on, giving a full 40 minutes of effort because we're definitely going to need that in our next game.”

Football's shadow

When Broadus entered the postgame interview room, he glanced at the four reporters present and asked a question.

“Well,” he said. “Buckeye Country. Let me start off by saying, why are you guys here? Why aren't you in Ann Arbor already?”

The shadow of Saturday's game loomed over this game from the outset. After beating the Golden Flashes on Monday evening, Holtmann exited his press conference by saying, “Go Bucks. Beat that freaking team up north.”

Friday night, he came out for his press conference wearing a No. 1 football jersey over his dress shirt. Last season, he wore a throwback No. 45 football jersey for his postgame press conference the night before the Michigan football game.

“I just can't wait,” he said. “We've got a lot of work in the morning as a team to prepare. We're practicing (Saturday), clean up film, but all of us will be eyes glued at noon ready to support our guys.”

Despite the late tip time against Morgan State, Ohio State will get its workout in before the football game.

“We will finish practice right before kickoff, and trust me, that's for them but it's as much for me as it is for them,” Holtmann said. “We will finish right before kickoff and let them watch it and have a meal. I've got to go recruiting (Saturday) but I told the staff, if the game you want me to see starts before 3:30, I will be late. Fortunately it doesn't. I've got a couple games to see (Saturday) and I can't wait to watch that one.”

No control

The timing of Friday night's game did not seem conducive to selling tickets for all the aforementioned reasons. It begged the question: did Ohio State have any say in when this game was played, or what that out of the program's control?

“We had no say over that,” Holtmann said during a press conference that started around 11:45 p.m. “That's all TV. This is about, at this point I'm reading or I'm asleep or I'm winding down or I'm watching film or I'm kicking the dog out of the bed. This is late for me. We had no control over that.”

The Buckeyes will play the Tar Heels on Wednesday night at 9:30 p.m. That game will tip off 15 minutes after Penn State plays hosts Wake Forest as its ACC-Big Ten Challenge opponent, and the two teams will meet Saturday at Value City Arena to open Big Ten play at noon.

Holtmann said that was also out of Ohio State's control.

“It's a good question because it's not ideal,” Holtmann said. “You're playing at 9:30 and come back and play a noon tip on Saturday. It's probably the only thing I'll say about it. It's not ideal, but they're playing, albeit at home, Penn State's playing at 9 too. Bottom line is both teams are going to have to prepare and quickly prepare and turn yourselves back around win or lose and get ready for (the game). They're a really good team. We feel like we're a really good team.”

Despite the time and date of the Morgan State game, the Buckeyes still managed to draw 10,947 fans.

“I will say this: when I came out today, I anticipated that because of Black Friday, because of the game (Saturday), that it was not going to be quite what it is,” Holtmann said. “I felt good about those that came. Thank you, Buckeye Nation, for coming. I know you could've been doing other things. We appreciate you guys coming out when there's a lot going on this weekend.”

Notable

*With his performance against the Bears, Kaleb Wesson moved into No. 10 in KenPom.com's national player of the year ratings. In only 18:10, Wesson finished with 13 points and eight rebounds with two assists and no turnovers. He also took two charges, did not commit a foul and drew five.

*Senior walk-on Danny Hummer hit his second three-pointer in as many appearances. He did not play against Kent State.

*No Ohio State player has yet taken more than 10 shots in a single game this season. Duane Washington Jr. led the Buckeyes with nine shot attempts, finishing with nine points.

*Ohio State's 90 points scored and 57 points allowed were both season-high totals.

Quotable

“I didn't even recognize him. He must've lost 50 pounds, and he's moving well. I told them before the game he can shoot threes just like a guard, and first play of the game, what'd he do? Make a three. He's really transformed his body and it looks like he's bought into everything they're trying to do. I commend him. He's really playing well. He has pro potential, and I've been around a lot of pro big guys at Georgetown and Maryland and he's one of those guys. I think he took tutelage under Greg (Oden), so he's coming along.” – Broadus, who spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Maryland

ajardy@dispatch.com

@AdamJardy