As far as preseason business trips go, the Ohio State basketball team couldn’t have picked a better location than the Bahamas.
The Buckeyes took advantage of an NCAA rule that allows college basketball squads to take an international trip once every four years. Along the way, Thad Matta’s bunch received 10 extra practices and dismantled the Bahamas All-Stars, 88-66, and the Providence Storm, 115-63.
They managed to have some fun also, as the OSU Basketball Twitter page pointed out:
While the most important takeaway from the trip may just be the fact that everyone escaped the snorkeling adventure without a shark encounter, there were some interesting on-court developments. They become much clearer when we look at the box scores, via Patrick Maks of Eleven Warriors:
First things first, superstar freshman D’Angelo Russell didn’t play against the Providence Storm because he wasn’t feeling well. There’s no need to panic about any potential injury when it comes to the Buckeyes’ prized freshman.
Of more immediate interest is the big-man rotations and production.
Anthony Lee started the first game alongside Amir Williams, and Williams started with returning veteran Trey McDonald in the second. Lee is capable of playing either power forward or center, but he played forward more often at Temple and seems to have a preference for it if his comments were any indication, via Doug Lesmerises of Cleveland.com:
“I prefer the four,…
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