I watched Ohio State and Duke last night on ESPN. The jump-ball was 9:30 PM.
This game was never in doubt.
OSU jumped out to an 11-0 start and never looked back on their way to an 85-63 victory.
Thad Matta’s team has a great inside scorer in Jared Sullinger and they spread the court on offense. High ball screens were the common theme last night for Aaron Craft, OSU’s underrated point guard. Craft is great at post entry passes (lost art?) he turns the corner and puts pressure on the defense to help on his drives. Of course his selfless play enables him to kick out to open shooters on the perimeter. Did I mention he is a pest on defense too? When talking best point guards in the nation, Craft’s name needs to be added.
The Buckeyes shot 60% from the field including 8-14 from distance. Sullinger finished with 21 points, William Buford had 20 and Craft chipped in with 17 and 8 assists.
The defense in Columbus for the home team was very good last night too. They shut Duke down. Hubert Davis, a former North Carolina Tar Heel said, ”They play great defense without fouling.” Last season opponents scored 59PPG vs OSU.
The Blue Devils problems started early. It got so bad for Austin Rivers that Coach K removed him 3 minutes into the game to settle him down. Duke shot 3-15 from distance (Seth Curry 1-6).
Coach K’s team, usually an active and enthusiastic one at both ends of the floor managed only 5 offensive rebounds.
Duke’s offense produced 10 assists/12 turnovers. Ryan Kelly was 0-2 from the field for 0 points. Kelly was named MVP of the EA Maui Invite last week.
No need to worry Blue Devil fans, its November. The crew from Durham will bounce back, they always do.
Once again I was disappointed with ESPN’s coverage, mainly their announcers Dan Schulman and Dick Vitale. When we have two of the best teams in the nation shouldn’t we be treated to the two best announcers? Austin Rivers made a nice move to the basket and Vitale shouted, “he’s got more moves than Baskin-Robbins has Ice Cream flavors.”
Why not tell us how Rivers got to the basket? Did he cross-over, go inside out, refuse a ball screen?
I feel it’s a disservice when you have fans out there who want to learn about the game and you give us announcer who act like cheerleaders.
As for Schulman, he’s clueless when it comes to basketball history. He had the nerve to say Glenn Rivers wasn’t as good as his son!
I almost fell off my chair.
I had the pleasure of watching Rivers back in the 80′s with the Atlanta Hawks. The Marquette Warrior was the glue that held the Hawks teams together when Dominique Wilkins was getting all the pub. Rivers was a 6’5″ point guard that was a lock-down defender, pushed the ball in transition, could make an open jumper and attacked the rim with authority.
He was the Hawks floor general. After 8 seasons in the ATL, the man they called ‘Doc’ finished his career with the Clippers and Knicks. He helped the Clips make the playoffs in 1992 and he ran the point for Pat Riley’s Knicks team.
As the ACC-Big Ten Challenge continues tonight, I am looking forward to Wisconsin at North Carolina. I wonder how Harrison Barnes is feeling? Big Ten took 4 of 6 last night.
An interesting quote from Jim Boeheim last night at his post game press conference, ”I’ve been here (Syracuse) for 36 years and I have never worried.”
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