Ohio State struggled to a 61-57 victory over Bowling Green last night in Columbus. The OSU defense was good for the second straight game (including 6 blocks from Dallas Lauderdale), but the offense was mediocre in all areas (32% from three, 46% from two, TO Rate of 23%). To be fair, Bowling Green held Minnesota under 100 efficiency earlier this year, so maybe this performance wasn't that bad. In fact, it's really strange how similar Minnesota and Ohio State played against Bowling Green:
I'm not sure what to make of that, but it's interesting nonetheless. Back to last night's game - BTG favorite Jon Diebler posted 17 points on 11 shots and, through two games, seems to have rediscovered his shooting touch (6 for 13 from downtown for 46%). Evan Turner chipped in with 12 points on 6 shots and grabbed 8 defensive rebounds, but also turned the ball over 5 times. Super frosh B.J. Mullens has been surprisingly quiet thus far, averaging only 4.5 points in 15.5 minutes of action. Box score.
*Wisconsin *couldn't keep up with #2 Connecticut in the Paradise Jam finale, falling 76-57. The Badgers played well for much of the first half until an 11-2 run gave the Huskies a 10-point halftime lead. Wisconsin would close to within 2-points early in the second half, but another UConn run put the game out of reach. The Badgers got beat on both ends of the floor, giving up a defensive efficiency (112.3) that was higher than all but three of last season's opponents (Davidson, Marquette, and Indiana). Wisconsin's offensive effiency was bad as well, and was worse than all but one of last season's games (at Duke). Clearly, Connecticut is a very good team, and Wisconsin did go toe-to-toe with them for long stretches, but ultimately this was a very rough performance for the Badgers. Jon Leuer was efficient off the bench, scoring 9 points on 5 shots. Marcus Landry had a rough night, needing 10 shots to score 9 points and turning the ball over 4 times. Box score.
Indiana got shellacked by Notre Dame in Maui, 88-50. This was a fairly fast-paced game (73 posessions), making IU's point total look even more pathetic. It's hard to find any positives in the numbers here... let's see, IU didn't foul much... that's something, right? In all seriousness, nobody expected IU to win this game, and this experience will give Tom Crean plenty of teaching opportunities with his young team. Tom Pritchard looked solid against Luke Harangody, and indeed played him to a statistical draw (Pritchard had 14/6, Harangody 14/5). Box score.
Here's today's slate of games (all times CT):
12:30pm - Indiana vs. Saint Joseph's (in Maui) - ESPNU
6:30pm - Penn State at Pennsylvania - no TV
7:05pm - SE Missouri State at Iowa - Mediacom (local), bigtennetwork.com
7:30pm - Norfolk State at Michigan - Big Ten Network