Men’s College Basketball Preview: YSU at Ohio State, 12/20

YSU's Cameron Morse is 4th in the nation in scoring (23.8).

Youngstown State Penguins vs Ohio State Buckeyes basketball

NCAA Men’s College Basketball
Tuesday, December 20 at 7 pm at Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center
Youngstown State (6-6) at Ohio State (8-3)

Series History
Ohio State leads, 3-0

Last 3 Meetings
November 24, 2006 – Ohio State, 91-57
December 1, 1990 – Ohio State, 112-67
December 16, 1982 – Ohio State, 81-53

Last Meeting: November 24, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ivan Harris scored 19 and the Buckeye defense permitted YSU to shoot just 35.8% from the floor in their 91-57 victory. The Penguins were paced by John Barber (16 points) and Quin Humphrey (15 points, 5 rebounds).

Ohio State went onto play in the National Championship game five months later against Florida (Gators won, 84-75).

Coaches
Youngstown State: Jerry Slocum, 12th season at YSU (135-216)
Ohio State: Thad Matta, 13th season at Ohio State (328-111)

2016-17 Horizon League Standings (as of 12/18)
Oakland – 9-1 (0-0)
Valparaiso – 9-2 (0-0)
Northern Kentucky – 8-3 (0-0)
Wright State – 8-4 (0-0)
Youngstown State – 6-6 (0-0)
Illinois-Chicago – 5-6 (0-0)
Green Bay – 4-6 (0-0)
Milwaukee – 4-8 (0-0)
Cleveland State – 3-7 (0-0)
Detroit – 2-9 (0-0)

Horizon League RPI (as of 12/18 at 9:45 pm)
-The conference ranks 17th (out of 32) in RPI (0.4822) but ahead of The Summit League (18th) and the Mid-American Conference (19th).
-YSU ranks 274th
-Valparaiso tops all Horizon teams at 37. The next closest is Wright State at 123.

2016-17 Big 10 Standings (as of 12/17)
Maryland – 11-1 (0-0)
Minnesota – 11-1 (0-0)
Rutgers – 11-1 (0-0)
Wisconsin – 10-2 (0-0)
Purdue – 9-2 (0-0)
Illinois – 9-3 (0-0)
Michigan – 9-3 (0-0)
Indiana – 8-2 (0-0)
Northwestern – 8-2 (0-0)
Ohio State – 8-3 (0-0)
Michigan State – 7-5 (0-0)
Penn State – 7-5 (0-0)
Iowa – 6-5 (0-0)
Nebraska – 5-6 (0-0)

Big Ten RPI (as of 12/18 at 9:45 pm)
-The conference ranks 4th (out of 32) in RPI (0.5787) behind the Big East (1), the ACC (2) and Big 12 (3).
-Ohio State ranks 83rd.
-Minnesota tops all Big 10 teams at 12th

2016 Results
Youngstown State (6-6)
Penguins 101 Niagara 97 (OT)
American 77 Penguins 62
Michigan State 77 Penguins 57
Penguins 87 Oberlin 72
Penguins 75 Robert Morris 74
Canisius 90 Penguins 84
Penguins 97 Westminster 67
Penguins 78 Florida International 73
South Alabama 84 Penguins 75
Jacksonville 79 Penguins 54
Toledo 103 Penguins 98 (OT)
Penguins 90 Akron 82

Ohio State (8-3)
UCLA 86 Buckeyes 73
Buckeyes 64 Connecticut 60
Florida Atlantic 79 Buckeyes 77 (OT)
Buckeyes 70 Farleigh Dickinson 62
Virginia 63 Buckeyes 61
Buckeyes 111 Marshall 70
Buckeyes 78 Jackson State 47
Buckeyes 66 Western Carolina 38
Buckeyes 72 Providence 67
Buckeyes 69 NC Central 63
Buckeyes 78 Navy 68

Team Statistics
Scoring Offense: YSU, 79.8; Ohio State, 74.5
Rebounding: Ohio State, 38.7; YSU 37.2
Field Goal Shooting: Ohio State, 48.0%; YSU, 45.2%
Three-Point Shooting: YSU, 36.7%; Ohio State, 32.6%
Free Throw Shooting: YSU, 70.8%; Ohio State, 66.1%
Scoring Defense: Ohio State, 63.9; YSU, 81.2%
Turnovers: YSU, 12.0; Ohio State, 13.8

Individual Stat Leaders
Youngstown State
Scoring: Cameron Morse – 23.8
Rebounding: Jorden Kaufman – 7.2
Field Goal Percentage: Devin Haygood – 63.0% (34-54)
Three-Point Percentage: Francisco Santiago – 45.2% (14-31)
Free Throw Percentage: Matt Donlan – 95.2% (20-21)
…Cameron Morse has scored 48 points in his last two games since returning to the Penguin lineup. Matt Donlan has scored in double-figures in six of his last eight games. YSU features three players who are scoring on double-figures (Morse, 23.8; Francisco Santiago, 13.6; Matt Donlan, 11.8). Morse is 4th in the nation in scoring average. The Penguins have shot 36.7% from beyond the three-point arc while allowing their opponents to shoot 32.9%.

Ohio State
Scoring: Jae’Sean Tate – 14.0
Rebounding: Trevor Thompson – 8.5
Field Goal Percentage: Trevor Thompson – 66.7% (44-66)
Three-Point Percentage: Micah Potter – 43.8% (7-16)
Free Throw Percentage: Kam Williams – 92.3% (12-13)
…The Buckeyes feature five players who have scored 10-points or better and have played in each game. Jae’Sean Tate leads the group with a 14.0 average (6.8 rebounds) followed by Marc Loving (12.2 points, 5.2 rebounds), JaQuan Lyle (11.0 points, 5.5 assists), Kam Williams (10.6 points) and Trevor Thompson (10.4 points, 8.5 rebounds). The Buckeyes’ defense has held the opponents to a field goal percentage of 39.0%.

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