Key Player For Ohio State
Keyshawn Woods. Woods has a been the steady, experienced presence that Ohio State needs in a year of transition. He’ll be key to probing the gaps in the Syracuse zone and then making interior passes and kick outs to open shooters. This type of game is the very reason Woods was targeted as a graduate transfer. He’ll need to be steady and composed with the ball, score at times when needed, but most importantly make the right decisions as a one-man zone buster.
How It’ll All Go Down
I know Syracuse has struggled a bit to start the season, but the ‘Cuse matches up well with Ohio State. There won’t be a whole lot of run outs, so whichever team can execute in the half-court and get on the boards will more than likely come away a winner.
The Buckeyes will hit enough shots on the outside and out-rebound Syracuse on the offensive boards because of mismatches in the zone to pull out a close one. This one at home in a special atmosphere will be the difference.
Ohio State 64, Syracuse 58
Ohio State -5