The Ohio State men’s basketball team hits the court Thursday evening against Texas Southern (0-2) at 7:01 pm at Value City Arena.
The game will air live via BTN. Yes, you’ll actually get to watch this one.
The Buckeyes defeated Radford 82-72 this past Sunday.
Redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop led Ohio State with 22 points and 10 rebounds. It was his second double-double this season.
[Up next: Northeastern, Sun. Nov. 19, 2:00 pm BTN+]
Who: Texas Southern (0-2) at Ohio State (2-0)
What: Men’s Basketball
Where: Columbus, Ohio – Value City Arena
When: Sunday Nov. 16, 7:01 pm (BTN)
Why: Because Texas Southern’s gotta eat too.
Three Point Territory
[Leaderboard Namedropping] Keita Bates-Diop is currently second in the Big Ten in scoring (20.5 ppg) and fourth in rebounds (10.5 rpg). He is No. 14 in three-point field goals made per game (2.0), No. 12 in blocked shots (1.5 bpg), No. 1 in offensive rebounds (5.0 orpg), and No. 12 in defensive rebounds per game (5.5 drpg). The season is still way, way, way too early to put any stock in all of these numbers, but it is good to see an aggressive Bates-Diop dictating his game to the opponent, rather than allowing things to come to him.
[Stopping Turnovers] Point guard C.J. Jackson has turned the ball over nine times this season, and forward Jae’Sean Tate has turned it over 10 times. Tate said after the Radford game that he knows they need to clean up their mistakes. This week has been spent on making sure that happens. Texas Southern is only forcing 12 turnovers per game this season, so Jackson and Tate should have an easier go of it Thursday night. Backup point guard Andrew Dakich still hasn’t turned the ball over yet and has handed out seven assists.
[Need a Stronger Start] Kam Williams has gotten off to a slow start in each of the Buckeyes’ first two games. He made up for it in the second half of the season opener, and is still averaging 12.5 points per game, which is third on the team. Not that the schedule has made it necessary yet, but eventually Williams is going to need to be involved immediately. He is shooting well enough (9-of-19), but his .333 shooting from three-point range needs to improve.
Texas Southern Probable Starters
What You Should Know
+ Ohio State and Texas Southern are meeting for the first time. Ohio State is 6-0 all-time vs. teams currently representing the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Texas Southern is in the West Division of the league along with Arkansas Pine-Bluff, Grambling (1-0), Prairie View A&M and Southern. Ohio State is 5-0 vs. the East Division of the conference: Alabama A&M, Alabama State (1-0), Alcorn State (1-0), Jackson State (2-0) and Mississippi Valley State (1-0). The Buckeyes last played a team representing the conference Nov. 17, 2015 when Grambling traveled to Columbus as part of the Hall of Fame Classic. The Ohio State won that game 82-55.
+ The TSU Tigers basketball team will take on Ohio State and Syracuse this week as they continue non-conference play on the road. Since becoming the head coach at Texas Southern Mike Davis has captured five championships and in 2014 he led the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament marking the programs first appearance in the Big Dance in over a decade. No stranger to championship success in 2002 Davis led Indiana to the NCAA Title game. This years team is headlined by SWAC Freshman of the Year Trae Jefferson. During the offseason Texas Southern also added several quality players to a roster that should be built for success in and out of conference play. Texas Southern will play its first 13 games of the season on the road.
+ The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) has recognized Texas Southern guard Demontrae Jefferson as the SWAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for his outstanding performance during week one of the regular season. Jefferson averaged 21 points per game to go along with 3.5 assists, and one steal as the Tigers fell to Gonzaga and Washington State on the road to open the season. He also shot a combined 7-of-14 from 3-point range in the two games. The sophomore guard scored 22 points with six assists with two steals at Washington State on Sunday.
[Jae’Sean Tate photo courtesy ohiostatebuckeyes.com]