Morgan opens hoops season Saturday at Ohio State

November 08, 2013 | WNST Staff

Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013
Opponent: No. 11 Ohio State Buckeyes (0-0)
Site: Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Game Time: Noon (ET)
Television: Big Ten Digital Network (BTDN)
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (128-100 – 8th yr)

BALTIMORE, Md. —  Morgan State opens the 2013-14 campaign on the road against the No. 11 Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, Nov. 9th at noon. It will mark the first basketball meeting between the teams. Tip-off at Value City Arena is scheduled for noon and the game will be televised by the Big Ten Digital Network (BTDN).

SCOUTING THE BUCKEYES
The Buckeyes welcomed back 10 veterans, including four starters, from a squad that posted a 29-8 overall record, finished T-2nd in the Big Ten with a 13-5 ledger and advanced to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament. Aaron Craft  and Lenzelle Smith Jr., along with juniors Amir Williams and Sam Thompson started asa  group for the final 26 games of the 2012-13 season. Craft averaged 10.0 points, 2.0 steals and is shot 41 percent from the field. Lenzelle Smith, Jr. posted 9.2 points, with 4.8 rebounds and shot 37 percent from 3-point range a season ago. Thad Matta (Catawba ’75) enters his 10th season as the Buckeyes head men’s basketball coach and he currently holds a 250-70 record, and 352-104 in 13 years of coaching.

LAST TIME OUT
March 16, 2013 — Lamont Middleton scored all 13 of his points in the second half, Austin Witter came up with a big blocked shots and Adrian Powell converted two big free throws to help North Carolina A&T defeat Morgan State, 57-54 in the MEAC Basketball Tournament championship at the Scope Arena. The game was a tightly contested throughout with both teams getting mini runs. Morgan State (17-15) got 20 points fromDeWayne Jackson, a All-MEAC first team selection, and 10 off the bench from Anthony HubbardJustin Black finished with 7 points, while Ian Chiles and Shaquille Duncan added 6 points apiece.

BEARS SET FOR PARADISE JAM
Morgan State will face La Salle in the first round of the 2013 Ezybonds Global Payments U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The Paradise Jam will take place Nov. 22-25, with the games set to be televised by CBS Sports Network.The first game of the event pits Northern Iowa vs. Loyola Marymount at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, with Maryland and Marist following at approximately 5 p.m. The evening session includes Providence vs. Vanderbilt and Morgan State vs. La Salle.The losing teams in the first round will move to the consolation bracket and play on Saturday, Nov. 23, while the winners will play on Sunday, Nov. 24. The championship game is scheduled for 10 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25.

MORGAN STATE TABBED SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL
Morgan State was picked to finish second in the 2013-14 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball preseason poll behind defending regular season champion Norfolk State.

BLACK, CHILES AND HUBBARD EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior Justin Black was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Redshirt-senior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team and Anthony Hubbard to the Third Team.

BOZEMAN LOOKS FOR ANOTHER 20-WIN SEASON
For three of the last seven seasons, all as head coach, Todd Bozeman has guided teams to at least 20 victories. Bozeman set the Morgan State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns in 2007-08 with a 22-11 record and extended it with a 23-12 campaign in 2008-09, followed by a Division I school record 27-11 record in 2009-10. The previous record was back-to-back 20-win seasons under coach Nathaniel Frazier when he guided the Bears to a 20-8 record in 1972-73, followed by 28-5 in 1973-74.

ROAD WARRIORS
Morgan State, which played its first 10 games on the road last season, has won 23 of its past 39 games held away from Hill Field House, including a 1-3 mark on neutral courts. The Bears finished 5-10 in true road contests and 0-3 on neutral floors in 2011-12 and posted a 4-4 road conference ledger, which was its worst mark since Todd Bozeman took over the program in 2006. This season’s schedule will send MSU on the road for 14 games, including a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam.

UP NEXT
The Bears will travel cross-town to face the Towson Tigers at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

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