Ohio 2010 NCAA Tournament Capsule

March 14th, 2010

Ohio Bobcats

Mid-American Conference (21-14,


Big Wins: 12/16 Illinois State
(75-57), 2/20 Wright State (64-59), 3/11 vs Kent State (81-64)

Bad Losses: 1/20 at Bowling
Green (57-65), 1/31 Ball State (66-67), 2/6 at Eastern Michigan (61-70)

Last NCAA Appearance: 2005,
First Round loss to Florida

Coach: John Groce (First NCAA


Why They Can Surprise:

Ohio’s offense runs through a couple
talented perimeter players. Armon Bassett leads the team with 16.3 points per
game and is a fine passer as well. His ability to score from everywhere on the
floor makes him very dangerous and nobody in the Mid-American Conference had an
easy time stopping the 6-2 junior. Yet, it is freshman D.J. Cooper that has
surprised many and really turned the group on the perimeter into something
special. Cooper is a 5-11 point guard who not only dishes out a team high 5.9
assists per game, but also scores 13.2 points and grabs an incredible 5.5
rebounds. And to add to his impressive resume, Cooper leads the team with 2.5


Bassett and Cooper are fine outside
shooters, but small forward Tommy Freeman is the pure shooter on the team.
Despite his 6-5 frame, Freeman is really a shooting guard in a small forwards
body. Most of his shots come from beyond the arc, but that works out just fine
since he connects on 46.7 percent of his attempts from long range.


Why They Can Disappoint:

However, Freeman is not a good
rebounder because he spends so much time out on the perimeter and lacks the
strength to battle on the boards. That leaves fellow starters Reggie Keely and
Kenneth van Kempen to handle a majority of the work on the glass. Keely is a big
bodied freshman at 6-8 and 263 pounds and does do a decent job on the glass when
he is in the game. The problem is his offense has yet to develop and Coach John
Groce only plays him about 17 minutes per game. That leaves van Kempen as the
main rebounder on this team. And the 6-10, 249 pound senior does a pretty good
job. The problem is he does not get much help from the rest of the team. And
considering that the rest of the team pretty much consists of forwards, that is
not a good sign.


Who To Watch:

The Bobcats have Ivo Baltic, Asown
Sayles and DeVaughn Washington all available to come in off the bench and help
supplement the frontcourt. Baltic is very raw, but he is at least good enough to
come in for ten minutes or so a game and eat up some fouls and grab a couple
boards. Since the group on the perimeter has no depth at all, Sayles spends most
of his time spelling Bassett at the shooting guard spot. Washington is the most
dynamic of the forwards. The part-time starter is the team’s best interior
scorer and can provide a healthy spark to the Ohio team off the bench.


Probable Starters:

D.J. Cooper, Freshman, Guard, 13.2
ppg, 5.9 apg, 5.5 rpg

Armon Bassett, Junior, Guard, 16.3
ppg, 3.6 apg

Tommy Freeman, Junior, Forward, 10.6
ppg, 2.0 rpg

Reggie Keely, Freshman, Forward, 5.8
ppg, 4.5 rpg

Kenneth van Kempen, Senior, Center,
6.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg


Key Roleplayers:

Ivo Baltic, Freshman, Forward, 3.2
ppg, 2.7 rpg

Asown Sayles, Junior, Forward, 2.6
ppg, 3.0 rpg

DeVaughn Washington, Junior, Forward,
11.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg


By the Numbers:

Scoring Offense: 74.4 (63rd
in nation, 1st in conference)

Scoring Defense: 69.4 (199, 10)

Field-Goal Percentage: 42.5 (217, 7)

Field-Goal Defense: 41.7 (99, 3)

Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 7.4
(56, 2)

Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage:
35.8 (93, 2)

Free-Throw Percentage: 71.7 (79, 3)

Rebound Margin: -0.3 (203, 10)

Assists Per Game: 14.3 (79, 2)

Turnovers Per Game: 12.9 (98, 3)


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