Ohio State at No. 2 UConn
When: Sunday, noon
Where: Gampel Pavilion, Storrs
Records: Ohio State (1-1), UConn (36-1 in 2017-18)
TV: CBS Sports Network
Radio: UConn/IMG Sports Network, 97-9 ESPN
KEEP AN EYE ON
Trading places: These Buckeyes look different, drastically different. The defending Big 10 champions face the tall task of replacing all five starters, including All-American guard Kelsey Mitchell, the NCAA’s second all-time leading scorer (3,402). While Kevin McGuff has attempted to patchwork the roster by bringing in five graduate transfers, the early returns aren’t overly encouraging.
The Buckeyes (1-1) have endured an inauspicious start, losing Ashanti Abshaw, a three-time All-Horizon League guard from Cleveland State, to a torn ACL in the preseason, and then dropping their season opener to No. 22 USF, 71-47.
What does that mean for Sunday? UConn assistant Shea Ralph — who helped fill in for Geno Auriemma during Friday’s practice — explained that it’s too early to glean much information from film on the new-look Buckeyes.
“They do some things that are similar [to last season] but their personnel is completely different,” Ralph said.
Room to grow: The Huskies are enamored by what they’ve seen so far offensively from freshman guard Christyn Williams, especially the way she attacks the basket. Williams, the top-ranked player in the Class of 2018, finished with 10 points and five rebounds in the exhibition game against Vanguard, and is slated to start again on Sunday.
“She has an incredible amount of talent,” Ralph said. “She’s