November 23, 2007

A&M hoping to bring title back from NYC


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Kosta Koufos

DeAndre Jordan

PPG: 20.3 RPG: 8.0 BPG: 2.33

Freshman center Kosta Koufos has been spectacular through the first three games of the Ohio State season. He's been Ohio State's main offensive threat with 20.3 points and boards per game. The 7-footer can also move outside as he is four-of-six on 3-point attempts, which is why the Greek national team is very interested in his development before Greece hits the Olympic trials. Koufos is also a solid defender, but this will be the first game where he will face a fellow 7-footer which could spell trouble for Koufos defensively.

PPG: 10.2 RPG: 8.6 FG%: 88.9

A&M freshman DeAndre Jordan has been magnificent this season in the post through five games where he is a threat to clean up any rebound and put it back on the offensive end. He's hit 24 of 27 field goal attempts with the majority being dunks. Jordan is great cleaning up the glass, but will have problems with another athletic 7-foot freshman. Jordan's problem, however, is his touch from the free throw line where he is hitting just 14.3 percent, which is keeping him off the court late in close games against Washington and UTEP.
Othello Hunter

Joseph Jones

PPG: 13.0 RPG: 8.0 BPG: 2.33

Senior Othello Hunter has been the unsung hero in the middle for Ohio State the last two seasons after transferring from R.J. Reynolds Community College. Koufos is getting all the attention just like Greg Oden did last season, but Hunter has been a rock inside. At 6-foot-8 and 225 pounds, Hunter is a defensive stalwart and a warrior on the glass, matching Koufos in each category. So far this season, Hunter has boosted his offensive performance as a starter and is shooting 56.3 percent from the field.

PPG: 11.8 RPG: 4.6 FG%: 50.0

A&M senior Joseph Jones is one of the top power forward in the nation, and the emergence of Jordan and Bryan Davis has only helped Jones on the offensive end. He had problems with Washington's Jon Brockman in the first half Wednesday after Brockman matched Jones' strength in the paint. Jones is dangerous in the paint and outside from beyond the 3-point arc. He's also very physical defensively. Jones' priority against Ohio State, however, is to get Koufos and Hunter into foul trouble.