Playing in the CBS Sports Classic at the Barclays Center in New York City, the Ohio State Buckeyes (6-5) beat the fourth-ranked Kentucky Wildcats (9-2) by a final score of 74-67. Although both teams shots better than 45% on 3-point shots, Ohio State’s balanced scoring stood in stark contract to the boom-or-bust performances from the Wildcats.
Highly touted recruit Skal Labissiere definitely had an off-night for Kentucky: in 21 minutes played, Labissiere only made one field goal on seven attempts. Nearly half of Kentucky’s points came from freshman Canadian guard Jamal Murray, who scored 33 points on an incredible 7-of-9 performance from beyond the 3-point arc. Entering the game, Murray was averaging 15.5 points per game and shooting 33.3% on 3-point shots in his previous 10 college games.
Ohio State had an eight-man rotation in this game, and all eight players scored at least six points, led by 14 points by Keita Bates-Diop. The Buckeyes are struggling to replace the offensive playmaking that current Los Angeles Laker D’Angelo Russell provided in his freshman season last year: their offensive rating as a team has slumped from 113.2 in 2014-15 down to 104.5 in this season.