Ohio State men's basketball | Multiple lineups led way to lopsided win against Purdue Fort Wayne
After surviving a rock fight in its season opener against Cincinnati, Ohio State faced an entirely different challenge Sunday in its home opener. Against a Purdue Fort Wayne team that entered the day as one of the nation’s fastest-paced offenses, the Buckeyes got creative early and often with their lineups.
Here’s a deeper look at what coach Chris Holtmann went with in the 107-61 win.
*Ohio State went with the same starting lineup for a second straight game, and the group was on the court until the first media timeout at 15:26 and the scored tied at 10.
*The first substitution brought a new lineup to the court when Keyshawn Woods replaced Young. It lasted only 28 seconds until Kaleb Wesson picked up his first foul and he was replaced by freshman Jaedon LeDee.
*With 13:04 left in the half and Ohio State ahead 16-13, it went with a lineup featuring just one returner in Musa Jallow. He was on the court with guards Duane Washington Jr., Muhammad and Woods and LeDee at center. It was outscored 3-2 in 1:26.
*The Buckeyes didn’t string a run together until this lineup was broken up with 11:38 left in the half and the lead at 18-16. Jackson and Kaleb Wesson returned to team with Jallow, Washington and Woods, and during the next 3:03 it put together a 7-2 run to take a 25-18 lead before Purdue Fort Wayne called a timeout.
*The lineup of Jackson, Muhammad, Kaleb Wesson, Woods and Young, which played the second-most minutes in the opener and outscored Cincinnati 18-10 in 9:01, did not appear until 6:18 remained in the first half and Ohio State lead 27-22. In the next 1:24, it was outscored 4-2.
*It only outscored the Mastodons 9-6, but the lineup of Jackson, Muhammad, Washington, Andre Wesson and Young took the court with 4:35 left in the half and played 3:22 together.
*With 25 seconds left in the half, the Buckeyes set up the final possession of the half after Andre Wesson was injured on a missed dunk attempt. It was the first such situation of the season, and Holtmann went with the following lineup: Jackson, Jallow, Muhammad, Washington and Young. Muhammad wound up turning the ball over with a bad pass from the left corner and Purdue Fort Wayne got a layup at the buzzer to set the halftime score at 41-34.
*Woods replaced Andre Wesson to start the second half. That aforementioned lineup of Jackson, Muhammad, Kaleb Wesson, Woods and Young was responsible for a hot start to the half for the Buckeyes, playing the first 3:48 together and building a 14-point lead with an 11-4 run.
*The two freshman guards ran the backcourt together without Jackson or Woods on the court with 13:02 left in the game and the lead at 57-41. Muhammad and Washington were joined by Jallow and the Wessons and had a quick 5-0 run in 53 seconds.
*I stop keeping lineups when non-recruited scholarship players or walk-ons check in, and in this game that happened with 5:33 to play.
*Ohio State used 20 different lineups before the 5:33 mark, up from 13 in the opener, and 14 of them were brand-new lineups. The Andre Wesson injury, coupled with the ballooning lead, allowed Holtmann to try some different things.
*Nine lineups were on the court for less than one minute together.
*The starters did not return to the game after playing the first 4:34. The most-used lineup was Jackson, Muhammad, Kaleb Wesson, Woods and Young, and it was on the court for 5:12. For the season, that lineup is a team-best plus-13.