Surprisingly, Iowa's Seth Gorney was able to do an average job against Oden in the first half. Unfortunately after taking a charge from Conley Jr., Seth wasn't able to return to the floor. Ohio State capitalized on Gorney's absence. Fouls began to mount up on the Iowa bigs, and being down a player on an already below average front court was too much to make up. I, for one, was astounding that Gorney's presence would turn out to be a turning point in the ballgame. Looby, Angle, and Tate were no match for Oden down low. After holding Oden to 11 and 5 in the first half (I say hold will complete seriousness in my tone), Oden exploded in the second half with 18 and 5 (8 for 8 from the field and most of the FGs being huge two handed Shaq-esque dunks).
Going into the ballgame, I assumed that Oden would be able to put 20 and 10 against Iowa. He finished the game with a career high 29 points, and added 10 boards. While Oden did lead the team with 4 turnovers, he was clearly the reason Ohio State won (and handily at that). The Buckeyes' perimeter shooting was horrid (2-12 in the first half, 6-20 in the game), but Oden was there to take the game into his own hands.
While I have not been a big fan of Oden (I still feel he isn't the best freshman on his own team and isn't as complete as Durant from Texas), he was able to prove to me that he's an absolutely force in college basketball. A game like the one played on Saturday magnified Oden's game primarily because Iowa's front court is one of the worst in the Big Ten.
That said, Iowa was very much in this ballgame with 13 minutes to go, but then Oden went off. The score wasn't indicative of how competitive the game was for 30 minutes (yes, I realize games are 40 minutes and that's what counts).
STICKIES OF THE GAME (stats from the game that stick out at me):
- Points off turnovers-IOWA 8, OSU 21 *
- Bench points-IOWA 9, OSU 24
- Points in the paint-IOWA 26, OSU 46
- Ohio State: 25-33 from 2 pt FG range
- Conley, Jr. had 10 assist, dude is crazy good
- Iowa outrebounded Ohio State
IOWA'S STREAKINESS IN OFFENSIVE PRODUCTION CONTINUED ON SATURDAY NIGHT.
During their 8-0 run early in the first half, they made 3 field goals in 1 minute, 31 seconds.
The last 8:21 of the first half, Iowa only made 3 field goals, yet they had 5 turnovers in the same amount of time. Ohio State's lead went from 4 to 11. See below.
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lighty, David 08:05 23-19 H 4 FOUL by Tate, Cyrus
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lighty, David 08:05 24-19 H 5
REBOUND (DEF) by Conley Jr., Mike 07:51 MISSED JUMPER by Gorney, Seth
TURNOVR by Oden, Greg 07:41
07:05 TURNOVR by (TEAM)
GOOD! JUMPER by Oden, Greg [PNT] 06:51 26-19 H 7
ASSIST by Conley Jr., Mike 06:51
06:33 TURNOVR by Henderson, Mike
MISSED 3 PTR by Lewis, Ron 06:06 REBOUND (DEF) by Gorney, Seth
REBOUND (DEF) by Oden, Greg 05:57 MISSED 3 PTR by Freeman, Tony
MISSED 3 PTR by Conley Jr., Mike 05:46 REBOUND (DEF) by Haluska, Adam
FOUL by Terwilliger, Matt 05:12
05:10 26-21 H 5 GOOD! JUMPER by Gorney, Seth [PNT]
05:10 ASSIST by Freeman, Tony
GOOD! LAYUP by Terwilliger, Matt [PNT] 04:58 28-21 H 7
ASSIST by Conley Jr., Mike 04:58
04:38 TURNOVR by Smith, Tyler
04:38 FOUL by Smith, Tyler
GOOD! LAYUP by Butler, Jamar [PNT] 04:27 30-21 H 9
04:12 TURNOVR by Smith, Tyler
MISSED DUNK by Cook, Daequan 4:09 REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)
REBOUND (DEF) by Cook, Daequan 03:48 MISSED 3 PTR by Smith, Tyler
TURNOVR by Cook, Daequan 03:39
03:39 TIMEOUT MEDIA
REBOUND (DEF) by Cook, Daequan 03:11 MISSED JUMPER by Johnson, Justin
MISSED 3 PTR by Harris, Ivan 03:04 REBOUND (DEF) by Smith, Tyler
02:45 30-23 H 7 GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Tony [PNT]
02:45 ASSIST by Smith, Tyler
FOUL by Cook, Daequan 02:45 MISSED FT SHOT by Freeman, Tony
REBOUND (DEF) by Lewis, Ron 02:45
MISSED JUMPER by Oden, Greg 02:27 REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Tony
02:20 MISSED 3 PTR by Freeman, Tony
02:20 REBOUND (OFF) by Looby, Kurt
02:14 TURNOVR by Smith, Tyler
TURNOVR by Harris, Ivan 01:59
REBOUND (DEF) by Harris, Ivan 01:51 MISSED 3 PTR by Haluska, Adam
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lewis, Ron 01:37 31-23 H 8 FOUL by Freeman, Tony
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lewis, Ron 01:37 32-23 H 9
01:26 32-26 H 6 GOOD! 3 PTR by Haluska, Adam
01:26 ASSIST by Freeman, Tony
MISSED 3 PTR by Harris, Ivan 01:15
REBOUND (OFF) by Oden, Greg 01:15
GOOD! DUNK by Oden, Greg [PNT] 01:10 34-26 H 8
REBOUND (DEF) by Oden, Greg 00:54 MISSED JUMPER by Angle, J.R.
GOOD! DUNK by Oden, Greg [PNT] 00:44 36-26 H 10
ASSIST by Conley Jr., Mike 00:44
GOOD! FT SHOT by Oden, Greg 00:44 37-26 H 11 FOUL by Henderson, Mike
00:19 MISSED JUMPER by Angle, J.R.
00:19 REBOUND (OFF) by Looby, Kurt
REBOUND (DEF) by Conley Jr., Mike 00:11 MISSED 3 PTR by Haluska, Adam
TURNOVR by Conley Jr., Mike 00:02
FOUL by Conley Jr., Mike 00:02