Ohio State Loses to #6 Tennessee

A breakdown of every individual Ohio State Buckeye basketball player that played Saturday afternoon in the 74-69 loss to the #6 Tennessee Volunteers.

Evan Turner – If I had to choose a 2nd player of the game for the Buckeyes it would have been Evan Turner. Turner played a great game having a double-double with 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting and 10 rebounds. Turner started the Buckeyes run at the end of the game to have a chance to make a comeback and win the game. He is definitely playing like a true freshman and will be a phenomenal player for the Buckeyes in years to come.

Othello Hunter – It was hard to choose between Evan Turner and Othello Hunter because both had double-doubles and played well. I chose Othello because of the overall better stats in every category and aspect of the game. Othello Hunter shot 6-of-9 from the field, scored 17 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, including 6 offensive rebounds, had 5 assists, and 3 blocks to have a complete game. Othello really huscled and displayed determination around the basket for the Buckeyes.

Kosta Koufos – Did decent, finished with 13 points and 5 rebounds, but I don’t believe he had any points in the first half. Sometimes I question why is he shooting outside and taking 3 point shots? Then again, in today’s game this afternoon he was the best 3 point shooter – shooting 1-of-4 from beyond the arc – shooting better than the guards or anyone else on the team, making the only other 3 pointer, besides Jamar Butler who shot 1-of-7 from the 3 point line. The Buckeyes shot 2-of-20 from the 3 point line for 10% against Tennessee. As long as Thad Matta is okay with him shooting outside, then he can keep shooting.

Jamar Butler – Poor shooting game, only shot 2-of-10 from the field and 1-of-7 from the 3 point line. Finished the game playing 38 minutes with 8 points and 7 assists. Hopefully he can bounce back and have a good game against Illinois on Tuesday.

David Lighty – He had a decent game shooting 3-of-8 from the field and 4-for-5 from the foul line to score 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.

Now on to the the Ohio State Buckeyes bench.  None of the Buckeyes bench players scored any points against the Volunteers.

PJ Hill – Only came in and played 1 minute and the only thing I remember is seeing PJ Hill getting burnt and a Volunteer player going to the line for the and 1. Nada in every statistical category, besides the minute he played. Maybe Coach Thad Matta could try to play him at the 1 and have Butler at the 2 a little bit in games and see if that will let Butler get more shots, instead of having to control the ball and score to take a load off Butler.  Hill seems like the type of player that you a coach wants to come off the bench to help mix things up and use his huscle and defense to change it up out there.  Today, he didn’t do anything in the 1 minute he played.

Jon Diebler – Had a bad game and doesn’t seem to be able to be the type of player he was in high school to be the same type of player at the college level.  He has had maybe 2 or 3 games this season where he had good games and shot well. Lately or in general, every time he seems to get the ball its always a miss and is shooting under 30% in field goal category and 3 point field goal category for the season. In 20 minutes he shot 0-of-5 from the field and 0-of-4 from the 3 point line, had 2 rebounds, 1 turnover, 1 steal, and 1 foul. When will he be able to get the “hot hand” and start knocking down shots.

Matt Terwilliger – In 11 minutes only good contribution was perhaps 2 rebounds. He did have 2 turnovers, 1 foul and took 1 shot that missed.

Dallas Lauderdale, Eric Wallace, and Kyle Madsen should have saw some playing time. We need Terwilliger, Diebler, Hill, and whoever else coming off the bench to contribute in scoring. We need at least 4-6 points from people coming off the bench so we can win games. 

The bottom line: Ohio State’s piss poor 3 point shooting + no bench scoring = loss.

OSU tried to make another comeback at the end, but fell short once again.  This team is young and hopefully will take these games as a learning experience and the team will improve and be a better team and win some games on the road by the end of the season.

2 Responses to “Ohio State Loses to #6 Tennessee”

  1. BucksFan says:

    Good write-up. I agree that Turner should be a starter

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