You’re Nuts: Which B1G basketball player was the most painful in the a $! to the Buckeyes?
To use Eminem’s words, guess who’s back? Well, that’s us. We are back. Connor Lemons and Justin Golba, BucketHeads residents of Land-Grant Holy Land (check out our podcast), and we’re here to debate yet another semi-trivial topic.
It was tough for Justin, who hasn’t won as many times as Connor. and the bleeding continued. Although Connor didn’t win either. This week, the “other” option barely snatched a win over Connor and Justin got the van on board quite comfortably.
“Other” won with 38 votes (42%) and Connor’s choice of EJ Liddell received 37 votes (41%). I hate to see him. Justin’s precise choice of Trayce Jackson-Davis received 16 votes (18%), including 10 likely from his mother.
After 10 weeks
Connor – 5
(Four weeks ago there was a tie)
As we move into another week, Connor holds a three-week lead over Justin 5-2, while “other” has gained two weeks. “Other” is officially as smart as Justin.
This week, we’re talking about the players who caused the most trouble at Ohio State and who are still with their squad right now. So before we yell at us about someone who played in the 70s, that person has yet to be in college. Basically he’s the player the Buckeyes are circling on the calendar this year.
As always, if you agree with any of us, let us know in the comments below, or respond on Twitter! We would love to hear your thoughts on this particular topic, or anything related to Ohio State hoops!
Today’s Question: Which (current) B1G basketball player has been the biggest problem for the Buckeyes?
Connor’s Pick: Trevion Williams
This one seemed like a no-brainer. At 6-10 and almost 270 pounds, Williams has been struggling at Ohio State under the basket for three years now, and we’ve got one more season with him. He was a huge thorn for the Ohio State side last season, averaging 19 points and 10 rebounds per game over three games. For his career, he averages 12.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and three assists per game when he faces the Buckeyes.
Why is the Ohio State fighting against him so much, especially recently? Well, it’s not rocket science, the man is tall as hell. He has no outside play and can’t shoot free throws for his life, but Williams requires at least two defenders every time the ball is in his hands. Over time, he improved as a passer making it a riskier game to overtake the Purdue big man’s team. This was evidenced in Ohio State’s road loss to Purdue last season, when Williams managed a rebound and two assists within a triple double. He finished the game with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists.
Purdue outperforms # 20 Ohio State Muscles (EJ Liddell DNP), wins 67-60. Whether with or without fans, the Boilermakers are hard to beat at Mackey Arena.
Trevion Williams: 16 PTS, 9 REB, 8 AST
– CollegeBB News (@CollegeBBNCAA) December 17, 2020
Plus, Williams is (indirectly) the reason Ohio State lost to Oral Roberts in the NCAA tournament. Kyle Young took a stray Williams elbow to the head in the Buckeyes’ Big Ten Tournament win over Purdue, and he was later diagnosed with concussion – his second in four weeks. Multiple concussions aren’t a problem, so Young missed the final games of the season, including Ohio State’s historic loss in tournament play.
Ohio State struggled to penetrate ORU’s home defense, often settling for three deep points. The Buckeyes shot 21.7% from depths that day out of 23 attempts, but they just couldn’t get the ball inside and score on Kevin Obanor. Obanor had a day in the field on the other end, scoring 30 points while also shooting 11 rebounds. Young alone wouldn’t have stopped Obanor, but he absolutely would have helped. And while it’s impossible to know for sure, I think a healthy Kyle Young could have made at least a three-point difference, which was the margin of loss on March 19.
Does Ohio State have the staff to manage Williams this season? Probably not! Joey Brunk is the tallest man in the Ohio State roster, but he will be a part-time player this season. Neither Young nor Zed Key are big enough to handle Williams on their own, either. The bottom line is that Williams has elevated his passing and defense to a point where his inability to shoot a basketball doesn’t matter much – his inside play is so clean it’s the only tool he has. need. And if you want to send the whole brigade after him, he’ll switch to an open Jaden Ivey or Sasha Stefanovic for an open rider.
Trevion Williams represents 265 books of trouble for the state of Ohio, and I don’t see him changing until he’s out of college eligibility.
Justin’s Pick: Hunter Dickinson
Maybe one day I’ll win. Maybe I won’t. I will never stop predicting and debating things though. Let’s drive.
For my selection of guys, I would be happy to never see again, I’m going with a guy I thought I would never see again. Michigan’s rising sophomore center Hunter Dickinson.
The 7-foot-2 Dickinson had a strong freshman season for the Wolverines, averaging 14 points per game and nearly eight rebounds per game, effectively shooting 60 percent from the field.
Dickinson decided to put his name in the 2021 NBA Draft after the season ended and I personally thought he was going to stay in the draft and see where he or who he fell too, but he decided to come back to Michigan for at least one more season to hone his skills and work on his weaknesses.
Whether you like it or not, this is bad news for the state of Ohio. Last season, the Wolverines and Buckeyes faced each other twice. In the first clash, Dickinson had 22 points, nine rebounds and two blocks on 8-for-14 shots from the field and 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
In the second clash, Dickinson recorded 21 points and eight rebounds on 9 of 14 shots from the field. He also managed to avoid foul issues in both competitions. The best ability is uptime and it didn’t hurt whenever they played with stupid fouls. Mainly because he didn’t have too many.
Dickinson only faced Ohio State twice, but he was a force to be reckoned with in both clashes. The main statistic that stands out is the efficiency of his offensive play. In both games combined, he shot 71% from the field and apparently shot at will at the massively undersized Buckeyes.
Here’s the problem for the Buckeyes. It won’t change much this season.
Kyle Young and EJ Liddell are still around and as good as they are, they’re still undersized compared to Dickinson. The Buckeyes brought in transfer from Indiana and big man Joey Brunk, but his minutes likely won’t compete with Dickinson’s, so Dickinson will have what he wants when Brunk is out.
Dickinson is a guy who stepped up the big moments for the Wolverines as well.
He’s had a strong NCAA tournament against great competition and he’s set for a huge season.
Last year they only played once against Michigan in the regular season, but this year they’ll see them with Dickinson at least twice in the regular season. They will have to get creative with him on defense or he could be an absolute nightmare for Chris Holtmann and company.
Who was the biggest pain point in the state of Ohio?
Trevion Williams (Connor)
Hunter Dickinson (Justin)
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