Ohio State All Time Basketball Tournament

Written January 10th, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

I began a journey to do a comparison of the two greatest teams in Ohio State Basketball history. At first glance it seemed a simple task to pick two teams and write a nice article about who was better at a given skill. The more I read about teams in Buckeye lore, the more I realized I couldn’t write such an article. I had my teams picked out and as things would have it, Joe Dexter and I started brain storming. We came up with the idea of presenting tBBC readers with a challenge.

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Joe and I are going to break the teams down based on certain criteria: Playmaker, Post Presence, Ball handling, Head Coach and we’ll throw in some  other advantages to go with those. We are also planning on having a guest writer or two as we move along through the tourney. We’ll provide you with some stats to chew on between the two teams in each match up.

We had six teams we were going to go with initially and each time we looked at it we knew we had to have eight. Then that turned into nine because we found one more team we felt deserved to be in the tourney. The criteria were simple. Which teams accomplished more for THE Ohio State University were our first choices and then teams that were led by All-time Greats.

  • #1 Seed – 1960 National Champion – John Havlicek
  • #2 Seed 2007 NCAA Finalist – Greg Oden and Mike Conley
  • #3 Seed – 1992 Team – Jim Jackson
  • #4 Seed 1968 NCAA Consi Winner – Bill Hosket
  • #5 Seed 1999 Final Four – Scoonie Penn and Michael Redd
  • #6 Seed 1982 Team – Clark Kellogg
  • #7 Seed 1987 Team – Dennis Hopson
  • #8 Seed 2010 Team – Evan Turner
  • #9 Seed Current Team – Jared Sullinger and Will Buford

I am sure that our fans will not agree with our seeding and that in itself will add to the fuel of the tourney as we move forward. Joe and I honestly believe we put together a great bracket and am looking forward to getting to know all of these teams better. We welcome your comments and suggestions about each match up.

We will be kicking things off soon with the play in-game on Thursday. We felt we needed to have the two most recent teams play in for the #8 seed out of fairness to the teams in the past who have accomplished history. We will even have some match ups that we will provide analysis from What If Sports. Don’t be bashful! You fans are the ones that will help us decide who is the Greatest Team in Buckeye basketball history!

Be prepared, because we will ask for your vote in each round, to get us to the championship game. Make sure you let us know if we’re missing anything as well.

Which great team do you think will make it through the gauntlet unscathed? Stay tuned right here on The Buckeye Battle Cry to find out!



  1. GoodsonsNo Gravatar
    January 10th, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Where is the past years team seeded??? (2010-2011 Jon Diebler/David Lighty/Dallas Lauderdale)


  2. GoodsonsNo Gravatar
    January 10th, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Turner was 2009-2010
    Present is 2011-2012


    WVaBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    January 10th, 2012 at 11:14 am

    we had a very difficult time with this as you can imagine, and by default, since Evan won player of the year honors in 2010 thats where we made the split. We honestly felt that last years team was left out in the cold but Jared was the STAR of both so we went with this years squad


    GoodsonsNo Gravatar
    January 10th, 2012 at 11:21 am

    What??? How can you go agaainst a team who at thgis point in time was with a better record than this years team and ranked number one in the nation the majority of the season?and the 1987 team of Hopsons never met those standards. I am old school more than you will know and that team of last year deserves this Mythical challenge. Are you serious ???


    WVaBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    January 10th, 2012 at 11:27 am

    we value your input. Youre saying you would take last years team over this years, or over 2010?


    WVaBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    January 10th, 2012 at 11:31 am

    And I will disagree with you on Hopson’s team, he had POY type numbers, has held the all time scoring mark for this long and had just gone through a coaching change. Given their transition AND having one of the greatest to ever play at Ohio State gave them a spot in the tourney.


  3. GoodsonsNo Gravatar
    January 10th, 2012 at 11:32 am

    yes and the 1987 team.


  4. GoodsonsNo Gravatar
    January 10th, 2012 at 11:36 am

    I thought you were putting teams against team. This is a one-on-one tourney? I loved Hopson and his team but the supporting cast of Jared’s last year was much better than Dennis and Evan’s teams.


  5. WVaBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    January 10th, 2012 at 11:38 am

    yes sir, we are taking a nine team bracket. have a play in game for the 8 seed and then play it out. As a team 1987 is 7th and have a first round matchup against 2007


  6. ianNo Gravatar
    January 10th, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    No offense, but you lose all credibility when you leave out last year’s team. You realize they were the #1 overall seed in the tourney, right? And how do you come up with a 9 team bracket? I think you need to scrap it, rethink it, and come back with a better concept.


    WVaBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    January 10th, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Thank you for your input Ian, we are taking everybodies suggestions and working on a plan moving forward.


  7. ANo Gravatar
    January 10th, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    watched that IU/OSU double OT thriller from ’91 last night on ESPiN Classic — OSU won, (think 97-95)… man Jim Jackson was ridiculously good. He reminded of Magic out there.


  8. GoodsonsNo Gravatar
    January 10th, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Still reevaluating your team selections. Giving up a 43 point performance by Paul… 2010-2011 still does not make the cut???


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