Ohio State returns to action this afternoon at 4:30pm to host the Chicago State Cougars of the Great West Conference. Ohio State’s first game since the rather ugly affair against Kansas, this will also be the Buckeyes’ last non-conference game before league play begins at home with Nebrasky.
While Ohio State fans bemoan how good this team exactly is, in light of the deflating losses versus Duke and Kansas, the fans in attendance should expect an easy going against Chicago State. Chicago State has just three wins on the season, and 11 losses. Two of those three wins were against in-state teams from lesser divisions: Concordia and Trinity. The other win was against Alcorn State. Alcorn State has only one win on the season. In short, this is not a very good team. Every other game against a team whose name you know (e.g. DePaul, Notre Dame, Houston, Oregon State) was a double digit loss.
Chicago State will run a two guard, three forward line-up. The Cougars are led in scoring by forward Jeremy Robinson (#31), who averages 10 points a game while also adding 6.4 rebounds per game. The “big man” of Chicago State is 6’8 forward Matt Ross (#42), who leads the team in rebounds per game (7.2rpg) and is second on the team in points per game (9.4ppg). Chicago State has a player whose name may seem familiar. Forward Quinton Pippen (#33) is the nephew of former NBA great Scottie Pippen. The Hamburg, ArKansas native averages 9.1 points per game. Guard play is handled Corey Gray (#0) and Clarke Rosenberg (#35). Gray averages 5.5 points per game. Rosenberg is second on the team in scoring with 9.6 points per game.
Chicago State is a small team, and, well, not a very good one. Ideally, this is a game that Ohio State wins by showing up, which should be complemented with dunkslaughters from Sam Thompson and some moppy haired mayhem from Amedeo Della Valle late into the second half. It is important for Ohio State to at least be considerate, in this game, of what will be necessary to make a meaningful run toward a B1G TEN championship and high seed in March.
Live blog is below. I’ll see you there.