There is no better time of the year than when the round ball hits the hardwood! The B1G basketball season is right around the corner and joining us this week on the podcast is a man that is no stranger to the best basketball conference in the country.
Big Ten Analyst Stephen Bardo stops by this week to help break down the best in the conference. Stephen talks about who he believes the most underrated player in the country, where Aaron Craft fits in the all-time list of guards at Ohio State, how he believes the Spartans are top notch contenders and much more.
Then Bardo talks about his new book, The Flyin’ Illini: The Untold Story of One of College Basketball’s Elite Teams. The book focuses on the 89-90 Illinois squad that made a run to the final four before falling to Michigan — a team they had swept in the regular season.
During the interview we had Bardo compare the conference today to back then, his thoughts on former Illinois head coach Lou Henson and who he thought was the best point guard he played against in his four years as a Big Ten floor general.
To buy Bardo’s great insight into a championship caliber team, visit Stephen’s Website. Thanks for listening!
The 9th ranked Buckeyes return to the mat Thursday night as they travel to NE Ohio to take on the Golden Flashes. This will be the first time back on the mat since the Bucks were destroyed by Penn State on Sunday.
The Buckeyes enter the match at 4-1 (0-1 B1G) and the Golden Flashes come in at 5-3 (2-0 MAC). The Buckeyes lead the overall series versus Kent State, 13-6, including the last four in a row.
Ohio State (4-1; 0-1 B1G)
Kent State (5-3; 2-0 MAC) Read More
In the “final” game in the Gotham Classic, before actually moving on to Gotham City, Ohio State hosted the University of Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens, and were admittedly, not very good hosts. The Buckeyes were initially polite enough, trailing Delaware through the first 7 minutes of the game 11-12. The teams genteelly exchanges baskets for the next 10 minutes with OSU holding a 28-26 lead with 3:15 left in the 1st half. At that point, the uncouth midwesterners tore off nine straight points to go into the half with a 37-26 lead.
LaQuinton Ross got things going immediately in the 2nd half with a 3-pointer and things went back and forth for the first 4+ minutes as OSu maintained a 45-32 lead. A Kyle Anderson 3-pointer pulled the Fightin’ Blue Hens (FBH) to within 10, 50-40 with 13:19 left on the clock. Of course, LQR answered with a jumper, followed by an Amedeo Della Valle 3-pointer. After trading baskets a Marc Loving jumper and another ADV 3-pointer had the game at 60-44.
At the nine-minute mark, OSU was “holding” on 62-50 as Delaware kept chipping into the lead. For the next two minutes, both teams flat-lined, almost as is to save energy for a late push to either seal the game or to steal the game. Finally, at the 1:22 mark, Lenzelle Smith Jr., made a jumper to cash in free fries to push OSU’s lead to 10, 70-60. At the :44 mark Jarvis Threatt’s layup pulled the FBH’s to with 10, 72-62. Clearly, it was too little way too late; but to Delaware’s credit they kept coming after the Buckeyes. Another Threatt layup with :32 remaining got the Hens to 64, but Buckeye free throw shooting, capped off by two from Aaron Craft provided the final score of 76-64.
This was an exciting game, perhaps more exciting than it needed to be. The Buckeyes only shot 41% from the floor (24-59) and an excruciating 69% (22-32) from the free throw line. Fortunately, Delaware shot even worse; 43% from the field an 47% from the charity stripe. Yikes. Part of Delaware’s shooting woes were, obviously, OSU’s defense, as the Buckeyes blocked 7 Blue Hen shots.The Buckeyes out rebounded the Hens 46-30, so that helped.
Ohio State placed five players in double figures; LaQuinton Ross with 19, Lenzelle Smith with 14, Aaron Craft with 12, Amir Williams with 11 and ADV with 10. It should be noted that Amir pulled off the double-double by snagging 12 rebounds. Although Sam Thompson only scored 3 points, he did grab 6 rebounds.
For the Hens, As guessed, Devon Saddler led the way with 17 points, closely followed by Jarvis Threatt with 14 points, the only two Hens in double figures. Threatt did accomplish his own double-double by getting 10 rebounds.
Next up for the Buckeyes; a Saturday evening game against Notre Dame at Madison Square Garden. Tip-off is 7:30 PM on ESPN2. Oh, you can stop in here for more livechat.
The Buckeyes are welcoming the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens to Value City Arena this evening. The game is set to tip at 7:00 PM Eastern Time.
Come join all of your favorite Buckeye bloggers and friends as we chat about the game! Go Bucks!
The Clemson Tigers await the Buckeyes in Miami to do battle in the Discover Orange Bowl on January 3rd. Meanwhile a little farther north in Georgia the Silver Bullets picked up what could be a centerpiece to the future. We’ll discuss “Youngstown Boys” and attack with quick hitters. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!
Orange decisions and Clemson (who also wears orange)
While it was unthinkable prior to, after the final gun sounded on the Big Ten Championship Game it became obvious to everyone where the Buckeye football team would be bowling this January. Outside of Dade County and the walls of the Orange Bowl committee, nobody wanted to think about or even consider the possiblity of the team being anywhere except Pasadena either on New Years Day or, more likely, the following Monday in the BCS National Championship Game. Meanwhile, all along it was a foregone conclusion that if eliminated from the games being played in the Rose Bowl the Buckeyes were going to be South Beach bound.
And while it seems like a consolation prize, and to a large extent it is, that’s something as fans we should take great pride in. With their first pick of the at-large schools (after Alabama was scooped up by the Sugar Bowl, which is an SEC tradition) the Orange quickly hopped on the Buckeyes because they know that it will get a high rating on television and there will be butts in the seats. Buckeye Nation travels and likes to spend money. Read More
One more week until Christmas! Hopefully you’re getting your shopping all taken care of… and today’s soundtrack from three of my favorite artists will help inspire you to remember the real meaning of the season. (Honestly, that wasn’t the strangest thing I found this year…)
After a disappointing loss at Cincinnati on Sunday, the Ohio State women’s basketball team saw their record fall to 7-6 on the season. With the holidays and the start of Big Ten season looming, the Buckeyes need to finish off the non-conference part of the schedule strong in order to build some momentum to carry into 2014. OSU has been 1-4 away from Columbus so it is fortunate that the last three non-conference games are all in Columbus, starting with tonight’s game against University of Tennessee Martin.
The game got off to a slow start with neither team shooting well and six minutes in the score was tied at 8. Amy Scullion’s second three pointer of the night got things going for the Ohio State offense as Cait Craft quickly followed with a three pointer of her own to put the Buckeyes up 14-8. A three pointer by UT Martin cut the lead to three but OSU responded with 13 straight points to go up 27-11 with just under eight minutes left in the half. Even when the Skyhawks managed to score to stop the OSU streak, it didn’t slow down the Buckeyes who extended their lead to 33-14 with a minute and a half remaining in the half. At that point it seemed that the Buckeyes were mentally already in the locker room and UT Martin took advantage, scoring the last seven points of the half to narrow the OSU to 33-21 as the teams headed to the locker room.
After a slow start to the game, OSU shook off their recent shooting woes and finished the half 46% from the field and 4 of 6 from three point range. Other than the last two minutes of the half, the Buckeyes played excellent defense, limiting the Skyhawks to 21% shooting.
Two in two days, and the #Dream2014 adds another member.
Today, Florida receiver Johnnie Dixon committed to the Buckeyes following a weekend that saw his Dwyer team win the Florida 7A state title, in a game where he had 5 receptions for 55 yards and a score.
The 5’10″, 187 pound Dixon held offers from Florida, Florida State, Oregon, Tennessee, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, and Notre Dame, but most believed that it came down to the Buckeyes, Alabama, and Miami in the end. The four star hinted at his decision in the picture you see on the right there, taken at halftime of the title victory.
Coach Meyer and staff were in home recently, which certainly didn’t hurt the relationship that Dixon had build with the Buckeyes. He attended The Opening at Oregon, and visited Columbus for the Wisconsin game. His highschool had a great connection with the Gator program during Meyer’s tenure in Gainesville.
You know the drill, after the jump you can check out Jonnie’s highlights from the first half of his season as well as previous season: Read More