OSU Photos: Buckeyes Roll -Beat Morgan State In Opener
Columbus Ohio…Story By Michael Goins….For the first time in a very long time, the Ohio State Buckeyes men’s basketball team started off a new year with many consider, no NBA stars in waiting. Gone are Turner, Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas. Gone are Jon Diebler, William Buford, and David Lighty. What’s left is a Buckeyes team made up of a lot of talent that could be real special by year’s end. No superstars? Well that all depends on how you look at it. Certainly Aaron Craft, and LaQuinton Ross are capable, but this team has more than that. This team has firepower as a collective, that I don’t think those other teams had. This team has firepower from everywhere on the court. I don’t have to single out any one player because it is a consensus. During pre-season media day interviews, that was the theme echoed by each player.
For today’s opener, enter Morgan State, paid $90,000 to come to Columbus to be sheep for slaughter for the season opener. For Morgan State it was not only a big payday, but I think it was also a credible effort. Just not enough horses to seal the deal. Morgan State boasted a credible 7 footer in Ian Chiles, that Ohio State could certainly use on their roster.
If there were any surprises in this game it was the fact that now we know the names of the Ohio State starting five. The surprise here, is that Sam Thompson will now serve in the new roll of 6th man. The new roll didn’t seem to have any adverse effects on Thompson’s game as the showman added 14 points including a couple of Thompson-like monster dunks.
Off to a quick start was Thompson’s replacement in the starting line-up Shannon Scott. Knocking down there consecutive jumpers to start the game, it looked as Scott felt comfortable in the new role.
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Even though the Buckeyes rolled 89-50, it was actually an interesting game, in that all it was suppose to accomplish was to get players acquainted with game conditions. It did that and more, as Matta cleared the bench and most players got double digit playing time.
Ohio State now off to a 1-0 start looks to this week big matchup on the road with Marquette, that will be the first true test of the 2013-14 campaign and we will then get our first glimpse of what this team is made of….