by andrea cohen
It’s halftime of OSU’s first-round NIT game, here are some quick thoughts on why OSU is trailing the Salukis 26-19.
-Ice cold shooting. OSU is 0-11 from 3. Yep, ZERO of ELEVEN. And they’re shooting just 28 percent from the floor. Marcus Dove has missed at least two layups, and OSU is struggling to get high-percentage shots. The Salukis do play some defense, the stats don’t lie.
-Ridiculous rebounding margin. OSU has eight boards, SIU has 22. The Salukis have more offensive boards than OSU has defensive.
-Here’s a reason the score isn’t more out of hand than it is: OSU has committed three turnovers to SIU’s 13. Byron Eaton has been especially good, stripping the ball out of the post several times.