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Buckeyes Win Must-Win Game in OT

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

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The gray out worked at home Tuesday night as the Ohio State Buckeyes kept their NCAA hopes alive by defeating first place Big 10 conference leader nationally ranked #15 Purdue 80-77 in an overtime thriller .   My friend and I made predictions on who would win and by how much before the game started.  My friend predicted exactly right on how much the Buckeyes would win by, saying Ohio State would win by 3, while I predicted the Buckeyes would win by 1.  (If you look close enough at the gray out picture, you can see me at the top of the picture).

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Senior point guard Jamar Butler lead Ohio State with a game-high 25 points.  Butler scored only 2 points in the first half, but really stepped up in the second half scoring 23 points including some crucial shots during crunch time.  Butler shot 6-of-8 from the field and 5-of-6 from beyond the arc, as well as 8-of-8 from the foul line.  It was about time the senior leader step up and help lead the Buckeyes.  Senior forward Othello Hunter had 15 points and freshman guard Evan Turner had some nice drives and had 15 points and 8 rebounds. 

The Buckeyes have 1 game remaining in the season as they take on another nationally ranked opponent #18 Michigan State at home Sunday afternoon.  A win on Sunday will definitely put them back on the bubble of making the NCAA tournament, a loss will mean winning the whole Big 10 Tournament.   Lets hope the Buckeyes can finish the season out at home on a positive note and send the seniors out smiling with a victory over #18 Michigan State on Sunday. 

March Madness for Buckeyes, Flyers, and Raiders

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Well, its that time of year again.  Its March!  That can only mean one thing for college basketball, March Madness!  Here is a breakdown of the Ohio State Buckeyes, Dayton Flyers, and Wright State Raiders basketball teams.

The Ohio State Buckeyes are currently tied for 5th place with Minnesota in the Big 10 Conference Standings with a 17-12 (8-8) record.  The Buckeyes are currently 55 in the RPI and have two games left against two great basketball teams – 1st place Purdue who is 28th in the RPI and Michigan State who is 14th in the RPI. 

In Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology on ESPN.com, as of February 29th, he has OSU as 1 of the 4 teams that are on the bubble and in the last 4 out category.  Unfortuantely, that isn’t updated and doesn’t include the recent 71-57 loss at Minnesota this past Saturday.   The loss against Minnesota was the Buckeyes fourth straight loss and definitely took them away from making the NCAA tourney.  However, if the Buckeyes can win their two remaining games, that would be huge and defnitiely put them right back on the bubble of making the NCAA tourney.  If the Buckeyes can win against Purdue and Michigan State, and at least get to the Big 10 Semi-finals, then my predicition is they will make the NCAA tourney.

The Dayton Flyers are currently tied for 12th place with Duquesne in the A-10 Conference with a 18-9 (6-8) record.  The Dayton Flyers are currently 35 in the RPI. The Flyers are currently projected to be NIT bound.  The Flyers need to win their two remaining games and win at least 2 games in the A-10 Tournament in New Jersey to have a chance of making the NCAA tourney.  Even though they have done sub-par in the A-10, their 14-1 start and being nationally ranked for 4 weeks in a row and 2 great non-conference wins against Pitt and Louisville makes it possible for the Flyers to make the NCAA, assuming they win at least 4 games in a row.

The Wright State Raiders are currently in second place of the Horizon League with a 20-9 (12-6) conference record.  Wright State is 72 in the RPI and should make the NIT, unless they lose their 1st game in Horizon League tournament and their RPI plummets, then they probably won’t have to much trouble getting into the NIT.  The only way they can make the NCAA tournament is if they win the whole Horizon League Tournament.  There maybe a slim outside chance Wright State could suprise us all and win the Horizon League tourney, while Dayton and OSU are playing in the NIT. 

I think all 3 teams will at least make the NIT.  It will be interesting to see and watch as March Madness starts.

#13 Indiana Hoosiers Defeat Ohio State Buckeyes

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

The #13 Indiana Hoosiers defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes 59-53 in Columbus, Ohio Sunday afternoon. Every time throughout the game when the Buckeyes would cut the lead and get the crowd going, the Hoosiers had a response every time for the Buckeyes and were able to pull away.

The two man duo of DJ White and Eric Gordon was too much for the Buckeyes as DJ White had a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds including 6 offensive rebounds and freshman phenomenon Eric Gordon had 15 points. The two combined to score more than half of the Hoosiers points scoring 36 of their 59 points.

Kosta Koufos lead the Buckeyes with 18 points and 9 rebounds and Jon Diebler added 14 points off the bench. Jon Diebler had a good game and stepped up for the Buckeyes shooting 5-of-11 from the field and 4-of-10 from beyond the arc.

It was disappointing to see David Lighty and Jamar Butler have sub-par games when this was a big game and they didn’t step up for the Buckeyes. David Lighty had 0 points on 0-of-4 shooting and 3 turnovers in 26 minutes of play. Jamar Butler had 4 points on 2-of-8 shooting and 6 assists playing all 40 minutes.

Ohio State will get another chance at Indiana on February 26th. The Ohio State Buckeyes next game is at Northwestern on Wednesday night.

Dayton Flyers and Ohio State Buckeyes Lose; Wright State Raiders Win

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

This Saturday the Wright State Raiders, Dayton Flyers, and Ohio State Buckeyes basketball teams all played on the same day, except only 1 of the 3 teams came out victorious.

The Wright State Raiders were the only team to win defeating Wisconsin – Milwaukee at home 53-51 on a Vaughn Duggins last second shot with 0.4 seconds left to give Wright State the win. Wright State is 66 in the RPI and on a 5 game winning streak with a tie for 3rd place in the Horizon League with a 14-6 (7-4) record.

The Dayton Flyers lost at Rhode Island 82-70.  Even with Charles Little making his first return from an injury only scoring 5 points and 3 rebounds in 19 minutes of play before fouling out, other players stepped up and were leaders for the Flyers with 5 players scoring in double figures including London Warren who had a double-double with career highs of 13 points and 10 rebounds.   However, the difference in the game was the Flyers poor 3 point shooting (2-of-15) compared to Rhode Island’s (11-of-26) shooting.  London started again and has seen more playing time and has really stepped up and been a leader.  Dayton is 13 in the RPI while struggling lately losing 4 of its last 5 games with a 15-5 (3-4) record.

The Buckeyes suprised me by losing at Iowa 53-48. The first time the Buckeyes played Iowa at home they blew them out by 31 points 79-48. This is a bad loss for the Buckeyes and it is the first bad loss of the season. Ohio State is 25 in the RPI and currently 5th in the Big 10 with a 15-7 (6-3) record.

Ohio State Loses to #6 Tennessee

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

A breakdown of every individual Ohio State Buckeye basketball player that played Saturday afternoon in the 74-69 loss to the #6 Tennessee Volunteers.

Evan Turner – If I had to choose a 2nd player of the game for the Buckeyes it would have been Evan Turner. Turner played a great game having a double-double with 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting and 10 rebounds. Turner started the Buckeyes run at the end of the game to have a chance to make a comeback and win the game. He is definitely playing like a true freshman and will be a phenomenal player for the Buckeyes in years to come.

Othello Hunter – It was hard to choose between Evan Turner and Othello Hunter because both had double-doubles and played well. I chose Othello because of the overall better stats in every category and aspect of the game. Othello Hunter shot 6-of-9 from the field, scored 17 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, including 6 offensive rebounds, had 5 assists, and 3 blocks to have a complete game. Othello really huscled and displayed determination around the basket for the Buckeyes.

Kosta Koufos – Did decent, finished with 13 points and 5 rebounds, but I don’t believe he had any points in the first half. Sometimes I question why is he shooting outside and taking 3 point shots? Then again, in today’s game this afternoon he was the best 3 point shooter – shooting 1-of-4 from beyond the arc – shooting better than the guards or anyone else on the team, making the only other 3 pointer, besides Jamar Butler who shot 1-of-7 from the 3 point line. The Buckeyes shot 2-of-20 from the 3 point line for 10% against Tennessee. As long as Thad Matta is okay with him shooting outside, then he can keep shooting.

Jamar Butler – Poor shooting game, only shot 2-of-10 from the field and 1-of-7 from the 3 point line. Finished the game playing 38 minutes with 8 points and 7 assists. Hopefully he can bounce back and have a good game against Illinois on Tuesday.

David Lighty – He had a decent game shooting 3-of-8 from the field and 4-for-5 from the foul line to score 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.

Now on to the the Ohio State Buckeyes bench.  None of the Buckeyes bench players scored any points against the Volunteers.

PJ Hill – Only came in and played 1 minute and the only thing I remember is seeing PJ Hill getting burnt and a Volunteer player going to the line for the and 1. Nada in every statistical category, besides the minute he played. Maybe Coach Thad Matta could try to play him at the 1 and have Butler at the 2 a little bit in games and see if that will let Butler get more shots, instead of having to control the ball and score to take a load off Butler.  Hill seems like the type of player that you a coach wants to come off the bench to help mix things up and use his huscle and defense to change it up out there.  Today, he didn’t do anything in the 1 minute he played.

Jon Diebler – Had a bad game and doesn’t seem to be able to be the type of player he was in high school to be the same type of player at the college level.  He has had maybe 2 or 3 games this season where he had good games and shot well. Lately or in general, every time he seems to get the ball its always a miss and is shooting under 30% in field goal category and 3 point field goal category for the season. In 20 minutes he shot 0-of-5 from the field and 0-of-4 from the 3 point line, had 2 rebounds, 1 turnover, 1 steal, and 1 foul. When will he be able to get the “hot hand” and start knocking down shots.

Matt Terwilliger – In 11 minutes only good contribution was perhaps 2 rebounds. He did have 2 turnovers, 1 foul and took 1 shot that missed.

Dallas Lauderdale, Eric Wallace, and Kyle Madsen should have saw some playing time. We need Terwilliger, Diebler, Hill, and whoever else coming off the bench to contribute in scoring. We need at least 4-6 points from people coming off the bench so we can win games. 

The bottom line: Ohio State’s piss poor 3 point shooting + no bench scoring = loss.

OSU tried to make another comeback at the end, but fell short once again.  This team is young and hopefully will take these games as a learning experience and the team will improve and be a better team and win some games on the road by the end of the season.

Boilermakers End Buckeyes 19 Game Big 10 Win Streak

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

In a rough and physical game, the Purdue Boilermakers beat the Ohio State Buckeyes 75-68 to end Ohio State’s 19 game Big 10 win streak on Saturday. The Buckeyes last Big 10 loss was at Wisconsin 72-69 back on January 9, 2007.

In the game, two Ohio State players fouled out of the game, David Lighty and Othello Hunter both fouled out. Othello Hunter fouled out towards the end of the game after an illegal screen, and then arguing with an official and getting smacked with a technical foul. Othello Hunter finished the game 2-of-4 with 4 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 turnovers in 20 minutes of play and David Lighty had a bad game shooting 2-of-12 for 6 points and 6 rebounds.

It was an intense game with Thad Matta calling a timeout in the second half, taking off his jacket just to argue with the officials instead of talking to his players.

After two of the Buckeyes key players fouled out with over 2 minutes to go, it seemed like the game was out of reach, but Ohio State tried to make a valiant comeback down 69-60 with 1 minute to go. The Buckeyes would play with some aggression and play good aggressive defense. After Kosta had the offensive put back to make it 68-70 with 26 seconds to go, the Buckeyes would foul and Purdue made its two foul shots and on the next possession Ohio State would miss and Purdue would make crucial foul shots to seal the game and put the game out of reach.

It is tough to win on the road in the Big 10, but Ohio State needs these kind of wins if they want to make the NCAA tournament. Ohio State dropped to 12-4 (3-1) for the season.

Buckeyes Beat Wildcats

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

The Ohio State Buckeyes beat the Northwestern Wildcats 62-51 Sunday afternoon.

I was looking at the box score and 2 Ohio State players had double-doubles. The interesting thing is Jamar Butler shot 0-of-7 from the field and scored 0 points, after scoring a career high 32 points against Illinois Thursday night, but still managed to get a double-double with 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Kosta Koufos had the other double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, including 5 offensive rebounds over the smaller Northwestern squad who played zone throughout the whole game.

It was a decent win for the Buckeyes, and I expected the Buckeyes to win by at least 10, but I think the Buckeyes could have won by a little more, but a win is a win and Northwestern did a pretty good job sticking with the taller Buckeyes for most of the game.

Buckeyes Win Big 10 Opener

Friday, January 4th, 2008

The Ohio State Buckeyes won their Big 10 Opener in Champaign, Illinois defeating the Fighting Illini 74-58. 

Former Dayton Flyer Trent Meacham who transferred to Illinois after his freshman year at UD after the 2004-2005 season – shot a piss poor 1-of-11 from the field and 1-of-10 from the 3 point line for 3 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4 turnovers in 33 minutes of  play.  Although Meacham had a terrible game tonight, he is the second leading scorer on the Fighting Illini team with 10.9 ppg and is shooting pretty well with 45.3% from the field and 41.5% from the 3 point line. 

The irony is that Trent Meacham transferred from Dayton to his hometown team in Champaign – which is suppose to be the “better team” – and is now a starting senior guard on this year’s so-so 8-6 (0-1) Illinois Basketball Team, a team that is worse than the current 12-1 #20/#23 Dayton Flyers Basketball team.   It will be truly ironic if Dayton makes the NCAA tournament and Illinois doesn’t make the tourney.

Many Dayton fans and bloggers discussed how the the loss of point guard Trent Meacham hurt the team. Dayton didn’t have a true point guard and fans and bloggers thought Meacham would have made an impact on the team.  Fans and bloggers now have gotten over it and have embraced a talented UD team with a lot of depth,  and have been rejoicing over the Flyers’ success so far this season.

Buckeyes Revenge

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

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Well it might not have been the same players that made up the Florida and Ohio State basketball teams that played in last season’s national championship game, but the Ohio State Buckeyes got revenge against the Florida Gators defeating the Gators 62-49.

The revenge would have been sweet had Ohio State beat Florida in the title game last season in basketball after getting blown out earlier in the season in Gainesville 86-60. Ohio State failed to get revenge at the right time when given a second chance and lost last year in the title game 84-75. The game doesn’t mean much, and the revenge isn’t as great of a feeling other than Florida fans not being able to say we own Ohio State and OSU can never beat Florida.   OSU fans can at least say we beat Florida this year and can hope OSU does better than Florida in basketball this year come March.

Both teams aren’t having their premier years like last year. Neither team came into the game ranked and didn’t have nearly any of the type of hype of last year’s game when they played each other twice last season.

My prediction for this year is that both Ohio State and Florida will at least make the postseason, whether it is the NIT or NCAA tournament.

Buckeyes Annihilate Presbyterian

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

After getting out rebounded 32-22 last game to Coppin State – with starting 7 foot center Kosta Koufous not even getting a rebound – Kosta Koufous and the Ohio State Buckeyes bounced back after struggling last game in a 47-39 win against Coppin State by taking it out on Presbyterian Saturday afternoon at Value City Arena in front of 16,569 fans.

Kosta Koufous scored 21 points and Jamar Butler added 16 points and dished out 8 assists and Ohio State never looked back as they annihilated Presbyterian 87-43.

The Buckeyes shot a remarkable 71% from the field making 35-of-49 shots, including 10-of-15 for 67% from the 3 point line, while Presbyterian only shot 34% making 15-of-44 shots and 11-of-32 for 34% from the 3 point line.

This game Ohio State was all over the boards, with Othello Hunter and David Lighty leading the team with 5 rebounds each. Ohio State grabbed 30 rebounds total and out rebounded Presbyterian who only got 14 rebounds.

Ohio State improved to 6-3 and Presbyterian dropped to 1-11. Ohio State takes on Cleveland State @ Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland Tuesday night at 7 PM.