Oden and “D” lead Buckeyes past Cincinnati
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Greg Oden’s presence made a large
difference on the defensive end Saturday, as the freshman big man blocked five
shots, altered countless more and grabbed 11 rebounds to go along with 14
points in fourth-ranked Ohio State’s 72-50 thumping of Cincinnati in the
nightcap of the Wooden Tradition.
The signature event, which dates back to 2000, witnessed its most lopsided
game in the brief history. The previous mark was the Bearcats’ 79-59 trouncing
of Purdue in 2004.
Oden didn’t even play most of the second half, but had already made his
impact. Cincinnati didn’t make a field goal over the final 9:44 of the first
half, falling behind 42-14 behind the avalanche of a 26-2 burst.
Ron Lewis, Ivan Harris, and Mike Conley were big parts of the explosion, as
was Oden, who converted several easy dunks and putbacks in making 6-of-7 from
The Bearcats attacked the rim aggressively in the game’s first few minutes to
unpleasant results. They then tried their hand from the perimeter to even
poorer statistics, missing all 13 three-point attempts in the first half and
finishing 2-of-23 from long distance.
Harris donated 13 points and Lewis added 10 for Ohio State (9-1), which had a
full week’s rest for this matchup. It didn’t look ahead to a much-anticipated
bout with defending national champion Florida slated for next Saturday.
John Williamson led Cincinnati (7-3) with 17 points and Jamual Warren added
13. Cincinnati shot just 18.8 percent from the floor in the first half,
dooming its chances.
Ohio State shot 43 percent on the contest…Ohio State’s usually prolific long
distance shooting was off the mark, as the Buckeyes made only 6-of-23 from
three-point range…Bearcats leading scorer Deonta Vaughn, averaging 16.6
points entering the contest, struggled to five points on 2-of-11
shooting…Oden made his first 17 shots of the season, finishing eight short
of the NCAA Division I record set by Ray Voelkel of American University in