(Image courtesy ohiostatebuckeyes.com, game information courtesy ohiostatebuckeyes.com, ESPN.com, stats courtesy of teamrankings.com) 

#16 Ohio State hosted #10 Villanova Wednesday evening and ran away with a convincing 76-51 win. The Buckeyes are now 3-0 and the Wildcats 1-1 on the season.

In the first three minutes, Ohio State jumped to a 17-3 lead. In this stretch, Duane Washington, Jr (D-Wash) and CJ Walker accounted for all the points with a combined 6-6 from the field and 1-1 from the line. In the same stretch, Villanova was 1-4 from the field, 0-2 from the line and committed 2 turnovers and 3 fouls.

Against Cincinnati, it took Ohio State 7:40 into the game to score. By that mark against ‘Nova, OSU had scored 25 points.

With about two and a half minutes remaining in the first half, Oho State held a 27 point, 40-13, lead. Villanova went on a 9-0 run to close the half down 40-22 and maybe had a whiff of momentum for the second half.

Nope. At the 15 minute mark, Ohio State had expanded its lead to 22 points (49-27). At the 10 minute mark, the lead was 26 (58-32), at the 5 minute mark it was 29 (70-41). 

The Buckeyes had five players in double figures. Duane Washington, Jr led with 14 points, followed by Luther Mohammad (11), D.J. Carton (11), Kaleb Wesson (10) and CJ Walker (10).  All 8 players who played significant minutes scored. Truly, a team effort.   Kaleb Wesson grabbed a 11 team high 11 rebounds for his second consecutive double-double. C.J. Walker juiced the offense with 7 assists D.J. Carton had 5 assists.

The Bearcats had three players in double figures. Keith Williams and Jarron Cumberland had 13 points each and Chris McNeal had 11. Tre Scott led Cincy with 11 rebounds. Cumberland had 3 assists.

Ohio State shot 60% from the field (30-50), 56% (9-16) from 3-point range and 58% (7-12) from the foul line.  

Villanova shot 31% (19-62) from the field, 33% (10-30) from 3-point range and 43% (3-7) from the foul line. 

What Went Right

Pretty much everything. The offense was efficient, confident and relentless. They rode 54% shooting to score 40 points in the first half and 68% shooting to score 36 points in the second half. Ohio State was more active with 3-point shooting in the first half, hence the points discrepancy between halfs.

Bench play was again solid. Three of the four players that saw time had 23 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. All that over 40 minutes of bench time, which is equivalent of one player playing the entire game. A lot of players would love to have a line score of 23, 7, 5 for a game. 

They won. That always counts for something.

What Didn’t

Foul shooting continues to be terrible. Since OSU shot 56% from the field it didn’t make a difference because ‘Nova shot 33%. At this rate, Ohio State will lose one, maybe two games this season due to poor free throw shooting.

Blocking out. Villanova grabbed 13 offensive rebounds that resulted in six 2nd chance points. OSU had five 2nd chance points. Opponents with a pulse are beating OSU to their offensive boards. Giving up easy possessions and scoring opportunities will come back to haunts the Buckeyes.

Box Scores

Villanova box score:

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Ohio State box score:

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  • Through three games, Kaleb is averaging nearly 12 rebounds (11.67) per game. His three game performance is 11, 13, 11. 
  • This was a pretty clean game in terms of personal fouls. There were only 27 fouls called and the teams were a combined 10-19 free throw shooting. That’s pretty poor, so maybe it was a good thing for the refs to keep the game moving along. 
  • Ohio State dominated inside play by outscoring Villanova 36-18 in the paint. In addition to Kaleb doing his thing, this is also a function of OSU’s guards driving to the basket for layups and short jumpers.
  • Ohio State was much more efficient in points-off-turnovers. They scored 15 points off 12 ‘Nova turnovers. They limited the Wildcats to 5 points off 10 OSU turnovers.


Up Next

The Buckeyes host the Stetson University Hatters Monday November 18th. Tip-off is set for 8:30 pm ET. You can watch the game on BTN or listen to it on 97.1 The Fan. Or both.

Located in central Florida, Stetson is a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference and currently sits at 2-0 on the season.