It was not looking very good for the Ohio State Buckeyes early in their game on Wednesday night against the Delaware Fighting Blue Hens. The Buckeyes were struggling to find their offensive rhythm and even trailed Delaware by as many as six points in the first half.
It took the efforts of their potent defense to help them find that rhythm on offense late in the half, which resulted in a 12-0 scoring run for the Buckeyes in the last three and a half minutes before halftime to give them an 11-point halftime lead.
How did the defense help them get out of their funk? It was mostly because of their aggressiveness, hustle and persistence. They put pressure on Delaware and forced them to take bad shots that resulted in defensive rebounds for Ohio State. The aggressive style of the Ohio State defense also allowed them to force Delaware to commit some fouls.
Because of their hustle, the Buckeyes were also able to get some key blocks and steals that resulted in points for them on the other end. Their persistence resulted in eight second-chance points. The Ohio State offense was able to improve their shooting percentage to 40.7 percent in the second half to lead them to a 76-64 win. The Buckeyes ended up having five players who scored in double figures as well.
For the game, the Buckeyes had eight steals, seven blocks and 46 rebounds, most of which were defensive rebounds. LaQuinton Ross once again led Ohio State in scoring with 19 points, six rebounds and three blocks. Ross is quickly becoming a great all-around player. Not surprisingly, most of their steals came from Aaron Craft, who had four steals on the night. His hustle is second to none on this Ohio State team and is the reason why Ohio State is so good on the defensive side of the ball.
Ohio State will meet the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday night in New York City. They better hope their offense finds rhythm early or they could be in big trouble.