After 2 games in Uncasville, Connecticut against Rhode Island and Washington, the Ohio State basketball Buckeyes (3-0) return home to Value City Arena to take on the University of Missouri-Kansas City (2-2) of the Summit League. It was a successful road trip for Ohio State as they won the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament beating both Rhode Island and Washington. The Buckeyes are 3-0 all-time against the Summit League and look to push that to 4-0 when they take on University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) at 6 p.m. The Kangaroos of UMKC are 0-5 all-time against the B1G as they look to get their first win against the conference. Unlike 2 of the first 3 Buckeye men’s basketball games, this game will be shown live on TV on the Big Ten Network.
Ohio State and UMKC have a common opponent this season: the Albany Great Danes. What should have been OSU’s second game of the season–but was their first game due to the cancelation of the Marquette game–was an 82-60 win over the Great Danes. Ohio State was led that game by Aaron Craft who had 20 points and 7 assists in the Buckeye victory. The UMKC Kangaroos, however, fell to Albany over the weekend 62-59 in the same Mohegan Sun Arena that Ohio State played Rhode Island and Washington in. UMKC, like Ohio State, competed in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament in Uncasville, CT, but the Kangaroos were in the Springfield Bracket and Ohio State was in the Naismith Bracket. After losing on Saturday to Albany, UMKC was able to rebound nicely on Sunday and defeat the Norfolk State Spartans 63-57. And for UMKC, sophomore guard Estan Tyler was named to the all-tournament team for his performance.
UMKC will face the third-ranked Buckeyes when they come to Columbus and the Kangaroos have not faired well against ranked foes. They are currently 0-14 all-time when playing against a ranked opponent, with 2 of those losses coming last season to B1G teams Wisconsin and Michigan State. Ohio State is the highest ranked team UMKC has faced since they squared off against the third-ranked Kansas Jayhawks on January 5, 2011. UMKC has not played a team ranked higher than third since 1992 when they fell to the second-ranked Kansas Jayhawks.
When the Kangaroos face off against Ohio State they will likely feature a starting lineup of junior forwards Trinity Hall (#23), Kirk Korver (#44, brother of NBAer, Kyle Korver), and Fred Chatmon (#21) along with junior guard Nate Rogers (#0), and sophomore point guard, Estan Tyler (#11). Korver and Tyler lead UMKC in scoring with about 12 points per game each. After scoring in single-digits in UMKC’s first game of the season, Korver has picked it up and the 6-foot-7 wing player has scored in double figures in the Kangaroos’ last 3 contests. Along with the starters, other guys that will more than likely see the floor against Ohio State are junior guard Nelson Kirksey (#1), freshman guard Mason Wedel (#4) and the lone seniors on the team, Brad Reid (#33) and Thomas Staton (#13). UMKC goes pretty deep into their bench and they have some nice size on their roster. Their starting lineup consists of two 6-foot-1 guys, two 6-7 guys, and a 6-9 center. Along with the starters, 6-11 Brad Reid is likely to see the floor and so is 6-6 Thomas Staton.
Ohio State wins if… they put 5 guys on the floor. Ohio State is far more talented than UMKC and should run them out of the gym.
UMKC wins if… Ohio State only puts 3 guys out on the floor.
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