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Buckeyes Fall in Double Overtime to Siena

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

The Ohio State Buckeyes lost a heartbreaker in a 74-72 double overtime thriller to the Siena Saints Friday night at UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio. 

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Even if the Buckeyes had won Friday night, I still think they would lose to Louisville in the second round.  The way the Buckeyes play slow-tempo, out-of-synch on offense, zone-defense the whole game, and how they had trouble handling the zone trap from Siena, no way would they have a chance against the defensive pressure and the uptempo of #1 seed Louisville.

Overall, the Buckeyes can be proud of another 20 win season and another NCAA tournament appearance and can look forward to another season with the same players (no graduating seniors this year) that will have more expereince playing together.  Hopefully next year, they will be a better team than this year’s team and can make a run in the NCAA tournament. 


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Koufos Drafted by the Utah Jazz

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

Ohio State center Kosta Koufos was selected with the 23rd pick in the first round by the Utah Jazz in the NBA Draft Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

Madison Square Garden was where Koufos played his last collegiate game as a freshman for Ohio State. He helped lead Ohio State to an NIT Championship over UMass and was named MVP of the NIT tournament.  Ohio State also played in the pre-season NIT at Madison Square Garden where Koufos had one of his best games of the season, when he led the team with a season high 24 points and a 79-65 win over then #21 Syracuse. 

In his one-and-done season with Ohio State, Koufos averaged 14.7 points a game and 6.7 rebounds per game.

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Koufos was drafted a little later than most basketball experts predicted. Some NBA pundits expected the Cleveland Cavaliers to draft the Canton, Ohio native earlier in the first round.

Koufos was the only Ohio State basketball player drafted in the 2008 draft.  Graduated seniors Jamar Butler and Othello Hunter were projected in some draft sites to be drafted in the second round, but were not selected in the 2008 draft. 

It should be interesting to see how Koufos does in the NBA with the Utah Jazz.

Buckeyes Add 2 Players for 2008-2009 Season

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

The Ohio State Buckeyes basketball squad will have two more players to the 2008 recruiting class to provide depth for the 2008-2009 season. 

Thad Matta announced this week that 6′ 2” sophmore guard Jeremie Simmons from Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan and Nikola Kecman, a 6′ 9″ freshman forward from Eastern Arizona College signed National Letters of Intent to play basketball at Ohio State.

Simmons will have 2 seasons of elgibility for the Buckeyes, while Kecman will have 3 as a Buckeye.

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Simmons, a first team NJCAA All-American last season, was a 2007-08 All-Michigan Community College Athletic Association selection as a sophomore and was named the league’s player of the year. 

An interesting fact I found out about Jeremie Simmons from a blog post dated April 10th on Hotbed Hoops was Dayton was trying really hard to recruit him. The blog made a good point that both the Flyers and Buckeyes needed a good versatile guard like Simmons after the graduation of Ohio State guard Jamar Butler and Dayton guard Brian Roberts.

Kecman is a native of Belgrade, Serbia.  He averaged 13.4 points as a freshman at Eastern Arizona. He scored 428 points, the second-highest scoring total on the squad. He made 170 of 301 (.565) field goals and 35 of 80 (.438) 3-pointers. In 32 games, he grabbed 120 rebounds (3.8 rpg) for the 30-6 Gila Monsters.

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Nikola Keckman will be a good replacement for Kosta Koufos. He will be a power forward who can add outside presence by playing on the perimeter and playing inside as well.

The Buckeyes 2008 recruiting class is now made up of 6 players, including Rivals 2008 #1 5 star basketball recruit 7 foot center BJ Mullens.  Another 5 star recruit the Buckeyes have is shooting guard William Buford, ranked #19 overall and the #4 shooting guard by Rivals.  The rest of the class is point guard Anthony Crater and shooting guard Walter Offutt.

Rivals.com has the Buckeyes as a pre-season top 25 team for 2008-2009.  The team should be good and I expect the Buckeyes to make the NCAA Tourney and be contenders for a Big Ten Title.

Koufos to Enter NBA Draft; Wallace to Transfer from OSU

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

Ohio State 7 foot freshman center Kosta Koufos declared earlier this week that he will enter the NBA Draft.  Koufos has not signed with an agent yet – leaving him the option of returning to school to for his sophmore season. 

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Kosta Koufos averaged 14.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per game for the Buckeyes during his freshman season.  During the NIT Tournament, he played his best basketball of the season averaging 18.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game and lead the Buckeyes to an NIT Championship.  His performance helped him be named the MVP of the tournament.

College basketball players like Kosta Koufos who declare but do not hire an agent have until June 16th to withdraw their name from the NBA draft.

Kosta Koufos will probably not be coming back to OSU. If he does not enter the NBA draft, it is probably because he is not a lottery pick and he will opt to play professional basketball in Greece. I feel there is a better chance that he will come back to OSU than when Greg Oden, Mike Conley, and Daquean Cook had to make their decision. The chance is slim, but most players don’t come back once they declare for the NBA draft.

Freshman forward Eric Wallace has asked earlier this week that he be released from his scholarship and that he will be transferring to another school after he finishes spring quarter. 

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The 6′ 5” freshman forward saw limited playing time this year.  Wallace played in 15 games and averaged 4.8 minutes of playing time and scored 1.8 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.

I can understand the reason that Eric Wallace decided to transfer from OSU.  A great recruiting class coming in will not help increase his playing time.  He would probably have that much playing time his next 3 years at OSU.  Maybe another Division 1 or a Division 2 school is a better choice. It should be interesting to see what school he decides to transfer to.

Buckeyes Finish Out Like Champions

Friday, April 4th, 2008

Finally – after losing to Florida 84-75 in last year’s NCAA championship game and to Texas A&M 70-47 in this year’s NIT pre-season title game – the Ohio State Buckeyes won a basketball championship by defeating the Massachusettes Minutemen 92-85 Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. This victory secured the Buckeyes’ NIT crown.

Ohio State became the third team in history, besides Dayton (1968) and Kentucky (1976)  to lose in the NCAA title game the previous season, and win the NIT the next season.

Some people may say “Who cares?” But to finish out the season the way they did, and for an Ohio State team to win a championship, instead of keeping the reputation of a second place finisher, is good for the university.  Although they are not NCAA Champions, the Buckeyes can at least feel proud of their accomplishments. They should be especially proud of how they played and progressed at the end of the season.

As Jamar Butler quoted in an ESPN article, “This is what happens when you put an NCAA tournament team in the NIT.  Write that down and send that to the committee.” Butler finished his last college basketball game with 19 points and 8 assists. The Buckeyes proved their point and built momentum going into next year’s basketball season.  Ohio State has a great 2008 recruiting class and should be a pre-season top 25 team.

Buckeyes Are Headed to NIT Championship

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

The Ohio State Buckeyes are going to the title game again – although it is the NIT Championship and not the NCAA Championship.  It would have been ironic to see a rematch of last year’s NCAA Championship game between the 2006, 2007 back-to-back 2 time defending national champion Florida Gators and Ohio State Buckeyes in the NIT Championship. 

However, Florida lost in the NIT Semi-finals on Tuesday night to A-10 foe UMass 78-66.  Ohio State advanced by beating Mississippi 81-69 in the NIT-Semi-finals.   

Ohio State basketball has made a lot of progress since the beginning of the season and it has really started to show through March and especially in the NIT Tournament.  In the NIT Tournament, the Buckeyes have breezed by every team they have played so far winning in double digits against UNC-Asheville, California, Dayton, and Mississippi. 

Hopefully, OSU can close out the season on Thursday night with a win against UMass and an NIT Championship.  OSU better not have another meltdown in the title game with a second place finish.  The winner of the game can at least have pride and make the NCAA Selection Committee feel bad that the committee didn’t select them for the NCAA tournament.

Ohio State Defeats Dayton in NIT Quarterfinal

Friday, March 28th, 2008

The game setting seemed surreal.  After going to 6 Ohio State games and 6 Dayton Flyer basketball games this season, I couldn’t believe the 2 teams would be playing each other in an NIT Quartefinal Matchup in front of a 19,000 plus sold out crowd at Value City Arena in Columbus Wednesday night.

None of the opposing teams that Ohio State played at home this season and in recent years had as big of fanbase and as much noise from an away team in the arena as the Dayton Flyers did Wednesday night. The Dayton Flyer Faithful made up a good amount in the crowd and you could even hear the Dayton Flyer Pep Band and Dayton Flyer fans chanting D-A-Y-T-O-N! , Lets Go Flyers!, and other types of chants Dayton does at home games as loud as Ohio State chants around the arena.  It was amazing to see how many UD fans were in the crowd and it was almost as if the 2 bands and noise of both fan bases were competing with each other.

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Dayton played Ohio State tough in the first half and went into the half leading 31-30. In the second half, Dayton had some defensive lapses and fell apart as Ohio State began the second half on a 13-4 run and would get hot in the second half with Jon Diebler and Jamar Butler hitting a few threes to pull away clearly and have the game won by the 5 minute mark from Dayton. The final score Ohio State 74 Dayton 63.

Kosta Koufous was too much for the smaller Dayton squad as he could make moves and take it inside and shoot from the outside as well to lead Ohio State with 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting and 5 rebounds.  The interesting stat was Dayton outrebounded Ohio State 35-25. 

Jamar Butler added 12 points, Evan Turner contributed 11 points, and Jon Diebeler scored 10 points off the bench for the Buckeyes.

Brian Roberts finished his last game wearing a Flyer uniform with 20 points on 8-of-20 shooting and 4-of-9 from beyond the arc.  Brian Roberts finished 4th on Dayton’s all time career scoring and will go down as one of the greatest Dayton Flyer players ever to wear a uniform.  Unforutanetly Roberts never go to play in the NCAA tournament, but at least he finished 1 season in his 4 year career with a post-season appearance. 

Chris Wright scored 12 points and Charles Little added 10 points and 7 rebounds for Dayton.

The Dayton Flyers finished the season with a 23-11 overall record. 

As the Yahoo sports article says, Ohio State will end the season right where the season started – A trip back to Madison Square Garden.  Ohio State played in the pre-season NIT and made it all the way to the championship before losing to Texas A&M in the title game.  Hopefully, this time in the post-season NIT, Ohio State will make it all the way to the title game and not lose in the title game like they have in football and basketball.

Ohio State to Square Off with Dayton in the NIT Quarterfinals

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

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The #1 seed Ohio State Buckeyes will take on the #3 seed Dayton Flyers in the NIT quarterfinals Wednesday night in Columbus at 9 PM at Value City Arena. 

The Buckeyes have had no trouble at all winning in the NIT tournament so far.  Ohio State crushed UNC-Asheville 84-66  in the first round at home and came off a cruising win against California 73-56 at the old St John Arena Monday night.

Dayton won the first round of the NIT at home against Cleveland State 66-57 and won the second round on the road Monday night at Illinois State 55-48

The winner of the game goes on to play in the NIT semi-finals at Madison Square Garden against the winner of the Mississippi/Virgina Tech game.  

Ohio State definitely has the home court advantage going in their favor, although there will be a decent amount of Dayton Flyer fans in the crowd.  If the game was at UD Arena, I would pick UD to win.  My prediction of the game will be Dayton stays with Ohio State the whole ball game and keeps it close, but Ohio State wraps up the game by making free throws at the end to win 68-59 to move on to Madison Square Garden.                                      

Buckeyes Lose to Michigan State in Big 10 Quarterfinals

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

The Michigan State Spartans beat the Ohio State Buckeyes 67-60 in the Big 10 Quarterfinals in Indianapolis in the Conseco Fieldhouse Friday afternoon.

Kosta Koufos lead the Buckeyes shooting 8-of-13 from the field with 19 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks.  Kosta Koufos shot the best from beyond the arc, shooting 2-of-3 and tied for making the most three pointers beyond the arc for the Buckeyes in the game.  David Lighty scored 12 points, Jamar Butler added 11 points, and Othello Hunter scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. 

However, the 4 Ohio State players scoring in double digits was not enough to beat Drew Neitzel and Michigan State.    Drew Neitzel shot lights out shooting 9-of-17 from the field, 6-of-12 from beyond the arc, and 4-of-4 from the free throw line for a game-high 28 points.

Ohio State went into the half tied with Michigan State 30-30.  The Buckeyes only lead in the game would be the first basket in the second half on a David Lighty layup to make it 32-30.  Michigan State regained the lead for the rest of the game after a Drew Neitzel 3 pointer to make it 33-32.  The Buckeyes kept it close the rest of the game, but couldn’t take the lead and capitalize.

Ohio State finished the regular season with a 19-13 (10-8) record. Ohio State will have to wait for Selection Sunday and hope they hear their name called for the NCAA tournament. 

Let me tell you why Ohio State will be in the NCAA tournament.  The Ohio State Buckeyes have AD Gene Smith as 1 of the 10 people on the NCAA Selection Committee.  Of course, any school’s athletic director is going to put their own school as 1 of the teams in the NCAA tournament.  I have more confidence and faith that even after losing to Michigan State today, that the Ohio State Buckeyes will still be playing in the NCAA tournament than I do in the Dayton Flyers playing in the NCAA tournament.

Ohio State Beats #18 Michigan State

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

Ohio State increased its chances of making the NCAA tournament as an at large team after upsetting #18 Michigan State Spartans 63-54 Sunday afternoon to close out the regular season.

Ohio State was down 31-23 at half.  Michigan State outrebounded Ohio State 30-18 and 11-5 on offensive rebounds and got a lot of easy 2nd chance points from Ohio State doing a poor job of boxing out.   The game seemed like it was going to be one of those close games where Ohio State would make a good effort and come close, but fall short and lose to ranked teams like they had been doing all season.    However, the Buckeyes didn’t let that happen and found a way to comeback and played tough to defeat Michigan State on senior day.

Jamar Butler, Matt Terwilliger, and Othello Hunter were seniors playing their last home games as Buckeyes.  Matt Terwilliger got to start and scored 4 points in 22 minutes.  Othello Hunter played 31 minutes, scored 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting and grabbed 4 rebounds, all rebounds were offensive rebounds.  Jamar Butler had another good game leading the team with a game-high 20 points and 4 assists playing the whole game. 

The #5 seed Ohio State Buckeyes will play the # 4 seed Michigan State Spartans in the quarterfinals on Friday at 2:30 PM in the Big 10 Tournament.  It will be part 3 of the teams playing each other this season.  Michigan State won at home 66-60 back on Janurary 15th and Ohio State got revenge and beat Michigan State on Sunday to close out the regular season.  The winner of Friday’s game will play in the semi-finals on Saturday at 1:40 PM against the winner of the #1 seed Wisconsin vs #8 seed Iowa/#9 seed Michigan game.

If selection Sunday was today, the Buckeyes would have about a 70% chance of being selected to play in the NCAA tournament.  A win against Michigan State on Friday will put the Buckeyes at 20 wins and definitely mark them down as an at-large team given their recent success in March.