The Colonels used a man-to-man to stop Asbury and a 1-3-1 to cool off East Tennessee State, but just like most coaches in the country Jeff Neubauer is wondering how to stop fourth-ranked Ohio State University.

Eastern Kentucky University (2-0) locks up with the Buckeyes (3-0), who are averaging 91.7 points a game, at 7 p.m. tonight in Columbus.

“They are really talented. They are very perimeter oriented, so it’s a really tough matchup for us,” Neubauer said. “They are so talented. They have so many weapons and no one has been able to guard them so far.”

This is the fourth meeting between the two schools with Ohio State holding the all-time series, 3-0. Back in 1995 it was a 92-88 win and in 2000 a 90-44 margin. During that game the Buckeyes forced 23 turnovers and held the Colonels to just 26.5 percent shooting.

The last ranked opponent the Colonels faced was 19th-ranked Louisville Dec. 30, 2004. They beat the Cards, 78-63.

The last time EKU started 3-0 was in 2005-2006 on its way to the NCAA Tournament. That team started 5-0.

Ohio State graduated four players off of last year’s 26-6 team, but has one of the best recruiting classes in the nation with Greg Oden highlighting the freshman class.

The big man may not be available for the EKU game as he has been sidelined with an injury thus far, but fellow rookie Daequan Cook has scored 48 points in the first three games.

“I think it will be a great challenge for our guys,” Neubauer said. “We are playing a really talented team, really talented.”

Tests in paradise

EKU’s women’s basketball team left the gloom of a late Kentucky fall behind as they hopped a plane to Hawaii early Wednesday morning.

However, the trip will not be all fun in the sun as several big challenges exist for the Lady Colonels (1-0) in the Waikiki Beach Marriott Classic in Honolulu.

First up will be No. 3 Oklahoma (1-0) at 11 p.m. tonight.

The Lady Sooners topped 20th-ranked DePaul, 105-71, to open the season, while EKU took a 97-39 victory over Ohio Valley University.

“Show them film of OU and their No. 3 ranking in the country and their size,” Lady Colonel coach Larry Joe Inman said about keeping his team grounded after the lopsided win over OVU. “And understand that (last Saturday) was just the start of the year and there are several more to go with Oklahoma being one of them. We will use it as a learning experience. Every team we play from here on out we will use as a learning experience until our first conference game.”

Sophomore Courtney Paris, who was a First Team All-American last year, leads OU averaging 21.9 points a game.

Crystal Jones put in 20 points in her first game with the Lady Colonels on 8-of-11 shooting. The junior college transfer was one of five EKU players to reach double-digits against the Fighting Scots.

After that test will be a game Saturday with either host Hawaii (0-0) or Georgetown University (0-1). The Hoyas lost their season opener 67-57 to Towson University, while the Rainbow Wahine have yet to see action.

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