Ohio State Football vs. Michigan: Keys to victory
The Ohio State basketball team leaves the Hawaiian Islands after going 2-1 in three games at the Maui Invitational. We learned a lot about this Buckeye basketball team as they were tested for the first time this season in Maui. There are a handful of takeaways from Ohio State’s recent games, but a consistent bright spot has been Chris Holtmann’s bench production early in the season.
Six games into this young Ohio State basketball season, we’ve seen a massive increase in production off the bench from a season ago. This Buckeye basketball team is much deeper than it was last year and the depth helped them tremendously in their three games in Maui. The biggest spark to come off the bench is the play of freshman forward Brice Sensabaugh.
Sensabaugh has been the main contributor on the scoreboard as he leads the team with 15.8 points per game so far this season. The first year has already seen his role increase in terms of the good scoring he can put up. The win over Texas Tech was the first game this season in which he was not the leading scorer or the second leading scorer.
Sensabaugh creates a difficult matchup for teams when he comes off the bench. What makes him so hard to guard is that he can do almost anything on the basketball court. Sensabaugh has the offensive skill set to score at all three levels, and helps spread the floor with the ability to take and make threes consistently.
While in Maui, Sensabaugh shined for the Ohio State basketball team off the bench. He averaged 14.7 points per game while shooting a very efficient 56% from the field. The freshman had 17 points against San Diego State and Cincinnati, plus 10 points in the win over Texas Tech. Holtmann called Sensabaugh’s number a couple of times in those close games to make a play and didn’t shy away from the opportunity.
It was a big question mark coming into the season whether or not some of these freshmen would step in right away and make an impact. Sensabaugh has had the biggest impact among the freshmen so far because of the energy he brings off the bench.
It is a huge advantage for this Ohio State basketball team to have a true scoring threat like Sensabaugh come off the bench. If Sensabaugh can continue to provide a spark for this team, it will help the Buckeyes greatly once they enter Big Ten play.
Sensabaugh and the Ohio State basketball team’s tough schedule continues as they return to the mainland. You’ll see them in action again on Nov. 30 when the Buckeyes travel to Cameron Indoor Stadium to face the Duke Blue Devils in a rematch of last season’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge.