Good morning, and welcome to the first Thursday of 2013, as well as your Thursday Morning Hive. It sure was fun watching Ohio State dismantle Nebrasketball last night. If you missed it, Vico’s got your recap, but this is the salient takeaway from the 70-44 Buckeye victory. It was a nice start to the B1G season with a lot to like, but there are still some glaring weaknesses with this year’s Buckeye squad, notably the tendency to clang wide open jump shots. Aaron Craft, despite being the most swoon-worthy player in the nation, scored zero points last night on 0/4 shooting, but he did contribute eight assists, six rebounds, and three steals. Craft passed Ronnie Stokes and Troy Taylor, moving into fifth on Ohio State’s all-time assists list, with 423, just one behind Mark Baker. Jamar Butler holds the school record, with 579.
What’s really interesting is that Shannon Scott and Alex Rogers also failed to score, giving the Buckeyes zero points from the point guard position on the night. I’m not sure that’s ever happened before. And just in case anyone thinks Amedeo Della Valle was the point guard when Shannon Scott went to the bench, well, he didn’t score either. Weird. But hey, the Buckeyes are atop the B1G standings! The OSU women will tip off their conference schedule tonight at Iowa. Meanwhile, how about we get to the Hive?