The state of Ohio welcomed a national top-10 contender without a conference at Value City Arena for the first time in seven years on Wednesday night.
And Buceys wasted no time in showing how rude the host was.
Duane Washington Jr. of OSU struck three three-pointers before many found their seats. The Buckeyes led by 27 points in the first half to knock out No. 10 Vilanova 76-51 as part of Wednesday night's Gavitt Games series.
Washington led the Buckeyes (3-0) with 14 points and five rebounds. He was 4 of 6 in threes.
Luther Mohammed had 11 points while D.J. Cardboard had 11 points, five rebounds and five assists.
Kaleb Wesson had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
C.J. Walker had 10 points and five assists.
Bookies shot 60 percent from the floor (30 out of 50), including 56 percent from threes (9 out of 16).
This game was part of Gavitt's annual eight game
But instead of a competitive game, Ohio State's defense made Vilanova look like many of the opponents of the warranty game who go through the VCA regularly.
It was a rough night shootout for Vilanova (1-1), who shot 31 percent from the floor and 33 percent from threes.
Jermaine Samuels had 14 points, Cole Swider scored 11 and Colin Gillespie added 10 points.
Ohio State came out of the door with a pair of threes from Washington and another from Walker to go up 9-0, prompting Vilanova coach Jay Wright to call a timeout. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl of Vilanova brought his team on board with a threesome.
But OSU came back right away. Walker had a driving scheme, was fouled and made a free throw. Washington then turned Walker's theft and congestion into congestion. Walker then drove to Washington for another three and a 17-3 lead with 16:58 remaining in the first half.
Vilanova still went 21-7 after a reverse by Robinson-Earl. But Ohio State went 15-3 to take the lead to 26 points. That string included a free throw from Carton, three from Mohammed from Cardon's Pass, Young's descent from Cardon's Pass, a drive from Walker to board, a spinning shot by Wesson, another drive from Walker, and finally a three from the top of the key from Mohammed to make it 36-10 with 6:34 left in the half.
Cardboard pulled out a remarkable game a few minutes later. His shot in the left block was blocked. He came down to retrieve the ball and then threw an overhead shot that went 38-12. Moments later, Wesson hit a pair of free throws as OSU climbed 27 at 40-13 with 2:26 left in the half.
At that point, Vilanova was 4 of 23 on the floor, 2 of 10 on threes and had nine turnovers.
Villanova responded with her best move of the night, scoring the last nine points of the half. Six of them came on consecutive hard drives from Gillespie. Cole Switzer turned three with 20 seconds to reduce the halftime deficit to 40-22.
Washington had 11 points and Walker scored 10 for Ohio State in that first half.
Curiosity was big to see if those starting Buckeyes could keep their momentum in the first half. They drew first blood while Wesson threw a street at his half-young. Young then circled the smaller Gillespie to a tier post.
But Nova's Swider talks twice – including a three-pointer – to reduce OSU's lead to 49-30.
The bookies began to assert themselves again as they gradually built up the lead. This included a Washington threesome at the top of the key, Wesson located on the forehead, E.J. Liddell three times from the Walker aisle, a Carton jumper, two free throws from Washington and Carton, who took a pass out the back door and threw a single jam on one Swider. That put OSU up 28 to 60-32 with 9:28 left.
The lead went up 30 points moments later as Liddell, with the shot clock down, hitting a dropped threesome to make it 65-35 with 6:54 left.
* Ranking of the polls: Ohio State, 16th in AP poll, 16th in USA Today coaches poll; Vilianova, 10th in the AP poll, 10th in USA Today coaches.
* OSU-Villanova Series: Ohio State is 2-1 all-time against Vilanova. This will be the first ever team meeting.
This is the first school meeting since the Maui Invitational in 2003, where Ohio State won 67-66. The rest of the games came in the 1939 NCAA Tournament (won by Ohio State 53-36) and the 1974 Hawaiian Rainbow Classic (won by Wilanova 87-86).
* The Buckeyes are 30-7 at home in two -Plus years under Chris Holtman.
* This is the 22nd season in Ohio State at Value City Arena. Including released games, OSU is 40-26 continuously against ranked teams in the VCA. That includes a record of 15-7 against the top 10 teams.
* OSU last hosted a top 10 opponent without a conference on December 22, 2012, when then – no. 9 Kansas came in and took a 74-66 victory. Kansas was also ranked ninth when he visited the VCA and won in 2000. The Buccaneers beat No. 7 Florida and No. 3 Duke at home at the start of the 2011-12 final season.
* In his eight seasons as head coach of Coach, Holtman's teams have already combined 18-28 against ranked teams. That includes a 9-13 rating against the top 10 teams.
In Ohio, Holtman's teams are 5-13 against ranked teams and 3-5 against top 10 teams. Those previous wins in the top 10 were over No. 1 in the state of Michigan and at No. 3 Purdy in the 2017-18 season.
* During his three years at Butler, Holtman's teams were combined 2-4 against Vilanova. Both victories happened in 2016-17, when his Butler team won then – No. 1 Vilanova 68-58 at home and then-No. 2 Villanova 74-66 on the road.
* Gavitt Games: The Gavitt Tipoff Games is an annual series between the Big Ten and Big East conferences, named after Dave Gavit, founder of Big Vision for East and Basketball.
The series is in its fifth year and will last eight years with games played on home sites. The games will be played during the first full week of college basketball season. The Buckeyes are already 3-0 in the tournament with previous victories against Providence (72-67) in 2016 and at Creighton (69-60) a year ago.
* Next on the Docket: The Bookies will host Stetson on Monday night. This game will take place at 8:30 am and will be broadcast by the Big Ten Network.
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