While the football team is stealing much of the spotlight with their dominance, Ohio State basketball has quietly put together a terrific start to their 2019-20 season.
With resounding wins over # 23 Villanova and at # 7 UNC, the Buckeyes look as dominant as ever, with potential to make their first Final Four appearance since 2012.
First and foremost, the Ohio State offense looks much more lethal than years past. Per usual, Junior F/C Kaleb Wesson is leading the way, but has gotten much more offensive support than he did in 2018-19. Wesson’s 12.7 PPG lead the team, followed by 5 other Buckeyes averaging over 8 points a contest. Of those teammates, DJ Carton and Duane Washington have made the most surprising strides and have stepped up into integral roles on offense. Both are shooting over 53% from the field (incredibly high for guards), and are providing the extra scoring spark that the Buckeyes need.
Furthermore, Ohio State’s defense has been outstanding. OSU has held opponents to just a 32% FG%, good enough for 3rd in the nation. Kaleb Wesson and freshman EJ Liddell have emerged as effective shot blockers, and few teams possess nearly as much defensive depth as Ohio State.
The Buckeyes will look to continue their impressive start on Saturday against Penn State.
📷 Via: @ohiostatehoops