Ohio State vs. Memphis Prediction, Game Preview

    Ohio State vs. Memphis prediction and game preview for when the Buckeyes take on the Tigers in the Hoophall Miami Invitational.

    November 27, 2015

    The Ohio State Buckeyes will travel to Miami, Fla. to take on the Memphis Tigers in the Hoophall Miami Invitational. Below is the Ohio State vs. Memphis prediction and game preview.

    Ohio State vs. Memphis Game Preview

    Game Broadcast

    Date: Friday, Nov. 27
    Game Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
    Venue: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Fla.
    Network: ESPN2

    Why You Need To Care

    This one should be a pretty evenly paced matchup. Both the Buckeyes and the Tigers are coming into this one looking to bounce back from a loss.

    Ohio State (2-2) fell to Louisiana Tech because it simply lost the turnover battle and allowed the Bulldogs to get more good looks at the basket. The Buckeyes have lost two straight — including a five-point defeat to Texas-Arlington — after beating Mount St. Mary’s and Grambling to start the season.

    Memphis (2-2) is in a somewhat-similar boat. The Tigers fell to Texas-Arlington and Oklahoma, but have recorded wins over Southern Miss and Grambling.

    Both teams need this one to build their non-conference resume.

    Why Ohio State Will Win

    Memphis is just not a good three-point-shooting team. The Tigers are only knocking down 21.4 percent of their triples. The Buckeyes can take advantage by shutting down the paint and forcing the Tigers to rely on the perimeter game. Aside from that, Ohio State has to keep Memphis off the foul line. The Tigers have taken 135 free throws and hit on 68.1 percent of them. The last thing the Buckeyes need to do is give up free points.

    Why Memphis Will Win

    Obviously, the Tigers need to slice and dice through the paint because they haven’t been able to shoot the long ball well so far. They also have the 26th most blocks in the country (28), so contesting Ohio State’s shots can make a big difference. Memphis can’t be afraid to get physical. The Buckeyes are only hitting 58.8 percent from the free throw line. That doesn’t mean the Tigers should actively foul Ohio State, but they should certainly be more assertive.

    Players Who Matter

    The Buckeyes have three players averaging double-digit points on the season: Marc Loving, Jae’Sean Tate and Keita Bates-Diop. They’re combining for 40 points per game, but they’re also combining for 21 rebounds per game. Of course, Ohio State needs everyone else to do their parts, but that trio has to get the majority of the work done.

    Dedric Lawson has been awesome as freshman for Memphis so far. The 6-foot-8 forward is leading the team with 14.8 points on 41.5 percent shooting, but he’s only hit 1-of-18 from three-point range. Lawson is second on the team with 8.8 rebounds per game — second to senior forward Shaq Goodwin, who’s averaging 9.8 rebounds and 9.5 points per game. They both need to come up big for the Tigers.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    This feels like it’s going to end up being a win for Ohio State. Sure, the Buckeyes don’t do too well from the free throw line, but if Memphis gives them enough free points, it’ll comeback to bite the Tigers. Memphis just doesn’t shoot well enough from the outside to keep the Buckeyes honest. Tate might be looking at a double-double in this one.

    Ohio State vs. Memphis Prediction

    Robert Judin:
    Ohio State 79, Memphis 77

    Jordan Cornette:
     Memphis 78, Ohio State 72

    Line: Ohio State -1, o/u: 142

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