The bigger curiosity for me is how a team for whom every player was noticeably dwarved by their counterpart on Ohio State’s roster could outrebound the Buckeyes 51-33 overall and enjoy a 21-6 advantage on the offensive glass. Siena’s two principal frontcourt players run 6’9 and 6’5, at 220 each. Both had 13 total offensive boards and 28 total rebounds for the game. Ohio State’s two big men run 6’8 255 and 7’0 275, with the latter (Mullens) serving as the team’s 6th man. Both had 7 total rebounds for the game. Both Lauderdale and Mullens combined had as many rebounds as Siena’s 5-11 point guard. Siena’s 6’3 wingman had 9 rebounds. Again: 51-33 for the game, 21-6 on the offensive glass. That doesn’t make any sense. The question that obviously follows is how in the blue hell this can even happen. Watching it, I know what happened. It’s basically everything that’s already been said before. But 51-33 (21-6) against a team comprised of dwarves compared to Ohio State’s roster? That’s… that’s like a logical absurdity. That should be something that causes the universe to collapse into a naked singularity or something.
That, or it’s just a brutal, and almost unfair satire of all the problems I’ve already seen with this team when it comes to rebounds. To take the art of satire in good spirit is a necessary gentlemanly characteristic to have. But I gotta call party foul here.
51-33, and especially 21-6. Jesus. If not for their turnovers, we might have had our asses kicked.
Other annoying parts of this game:
- Jon Diebler went 2/12, 2/11 from the perimeter, finishing with 6 points. Hmmm.
- Evan Turner almost had a triple-double and carried this team through important stretches. He finished with 25 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. That was about it for anyone else on the team, though.
- Aside from killing us on the glass, Ryan Rossiter is also skilled in the Shakespearean art of the flop.
- Ohio State ran out to a 41-30 lead with 14:28 left in the second half. They scored 5 points over the next 8 minutes.
- Again: 51-33 and 21-6. Do we not know how to boxout?
- Ohio State made lots of bad decisions in trying to break the press. PJ should know better than to trap Evan Turner in a coffin corner by the halfcourt line and the scorer’s table.
- Losing in front of basically a home crowd for Ohio State is really cold. We got a generous seed for even being in Dayton and being able to play locally and failed to take advantage of it.
Ohh well. The women tip off at 2:00PM ET on ESPN2. I’m hoping that gets some of the bad taste out of my mouth.