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Ohio State Men's Basketball:
This Week: (1-0) | Overall: (3-0)
The Buckeyes got it done in their only game of the week this past Wednesday, as they defeated Eastern Illinois 65-43. Zed Key picked up yet another double-double. He has had one in every game so far this season. Brice Sensabaugh was named Player of the Game for his 20-point performance. However, this game was not all positive for the Scarlet and Gray, as they led at the half by just six points and both teams had a terrible shooting night, combining for a 30% shooting percentage in the first half. Ohio State did get things turned up in the second half and were able to outscore the Panthers 39-23 to take home their third win of the season.
They will now head out to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational to take on No. 17 San Diego State, among others in the three day tournament. This will be a homecoming for the veteran Justice Sueing, who was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. If they hope to make any noise in this tournament and jump into the AP Top 25 next week, they will need to address their inconsistency shooting the basketball. So far this season, they are shooting 34.4% from long range, but they have shot under 50% from the field this season. A big reason of the low shooting percentage is the emphasis of the long ball, but as seen in the game against Eastern Illinois, when they go cold from deep, they can't score underneath, and that will be a problem against not just San Diego State, but their future Big Ten opponents.
39th Annual Maui Invitational Bracket
No. 8 Ohio State Women's Basketball:
This Week: (2-0) | Overall: (3-0)
On the women's side of the hardwood, Ohio State has opened the season as one of the best teams in the nation. They jumped to eighth in the polls this week following their upset of then No. 5 Tennessee last week. Their reign of terror continued against less competitive opponents this week. Through the first three games of the season, they have forced 98 turnovers.
Offensively, they are averaging over 80 points per game and are allowing 65 points per contest. Iowa was unanimously named the favorite to win the Big Ten before the season, but thanks to the great start by the Buckeyes, they have now joined the conversation alongside Iowa and Indiana to take home the conference crown this season.
This week, they handed Boston College their second loss of the season with an 82-64 victory. They were led by Slovakia native Rebeka Mikulasikova, who had 23 points and 10 rebounds. However it was Dublin, Ohio native Jacy Sheldon who took home the Player of the Game award, as she snagged 11 steals on the night to go along with 14 points of her own. Her 11 steals tied the Ohio State Women's Basketball record for most steals in a game. Lisa Cline had 11 steals against UCLA back in 1988.
Game two of the week showcased another Buckeye victory, but this time they took home the win against in-state opponent Ohio University. The Buckeyes beat the Bobcats 86-56. Sheldon would yet again take home Player of the Game honors with a team-high 16 points and three steals. She also pulled down six rebounds and dished out four assists.
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