Buckeyes Begin 2013-14 Season vs. Morgan State
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Ohio State (0-0) vs. Morgan State (0-0)
|Date:||Nov. 9, 2013|
|Site:||Value City Arena (19,809)|
|Talent:||Antonio Venegas (play-by-play)|
Matt Sylvester (expert analysis)
|Radio:||OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)|
|Satellite Radio:||Sirius 139/XM 192|
|Local Radio:||WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460|
|Radio Talent:||Paul Keels (play-by-play)|
Ron Stokes (expert analysis)
USBWA Places Craft on Preseason List
Aaron Craft is among 15 players selected (Nov. 5) to the preseason watch list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, presented annually to the national player of the year by the United States Basketball Writers Association. Evan Turner (2010) was the last Buckeye to earn national player of the year honors. Jerry Lucas claimed the USBWA award twice (1961, 1962).
Buckeyes Open With Exhibition Win
Thad Matta will begin his 10th season in Columbus officially vs. Morgan State Saturday after an exhibition game win over Walsh last Sunday. The Buckeyes earned a 93-63 victory behind 15 points apiece from senior Lenzelle Smith Jr. and junior LaQuinton Ross. Aaron Craft (14), Amedeo Della Valle (13) and Sam Thompson (12) also reached double figures offensively in the win. Ohio State went to the foul line 42 times, making 29. The Buckeyes went to the foul line a season-high 30 times last year vs. Kansas City (20-30) early last year. Junior Amir Williams led the Buckeyes with 10 rebounds while the team won the battle of the boards 52-26. Craft led with five assists with Shannon Scott handing our four helpers. Williams also had five blocks.
The Morgan State Series
Ohio State leads the series with Morgan State 1-0. The Buckeyes defeated the Bears 95-74 Dec. 27, 1994 in Columbus. Ohio State placed four in double figures led by Rick Yudt's game-high 33 points. He made 13 of 15 field goals, including all five 3-point attempts while handing out three assists and recording four steals. Antonio Watson (19), Doug Etzler (16) and Otis Winston (12) also reached double digits offensively. The Buckeyes shot 64 percent from the field (33-52) and made 7 of 12 from 3-point range (.636).
A Look at the Morgan State Bears
Morgan State finished the 2012-13 season with an overall record of 17-14 with a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference record of 10-6. The Bears are coached by Todd Bozeman. In seven seasons at the Baltimore, Md., institution, Bozeman has a record of 128-100. His 10-year career record as a head coach is 163-162. Morgan State returns 13 letterwinners and four starters from a year ago. Senior guards Justin Black and Anthony Hubbard lead the returnees for the Bears this season. Black was the team`s leading scorer last year with an average of 14.2 points per game. Hubbard contributed 11.4 ppg. and was the leading rebounder with 6.5 boards a game.
Ohio State vs. the MEAC
Ohio State has faced a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 16 times previously without a loss. The Buckeyes have tipped off against 10 of the 13 conference members at least once.
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