Here we are, another week. Grab your coffee and let’s get right to it.
A bit of a slow week, but not entirely dormant for Buckeye fans. Obviously, I’m referring to Jim Bollman being hired as OC by Michigan State after a quite brief stint as offensive line coach at Purdue. Evidently, Jim thought that he only needed a month or so to get the Purdue offensive line to the standards that we experienced in Columbus during his tenure. Since this chain of events involved Bollman, Mark Dantonio and Darrell Hazell, the Jim Tressel Coaching Tree is in full leaf.
Entering the week, the Buckeyes came off an impressive display of basketball, gouging the Gophers 71-45 in Columbus. Then Ohio State had a truly inspired effort to beat a tough, especially this time of year, Michigan State team, 68-60 on Sunday. On Wednesday OSU had an all too common experience in Evanston, toughing out a 63-53 win over a shorthanded Northwestern squad. There was quite a bit of ebb and flow until about the 3:57 mark, after ‘Zelle Smith’s 3-pointer gave OSU the lead 51-49. From that point on, 3 steals and 2 blocked shots by the Buckeyes ebbed the Wildcats into submission.
Is general, this was a tough week for Top Ten teams (for now) with #1 Indiana, #3 Duke, #4 Michigan (seriously?, #8 Florida and #9 Michigan State losing this week; #6 Kansas may have benefited from sketchy officiating against Iowa State to snag an overtime win. To wrap up the week, MSU went to UM for a Top Ten Tilt and came out on the short end 58-57.
The team came off two really improved performances, getting wins against Michigan State 67-60 and at Illinois 64-53. OSU’s aggregate field goal shooting for both wins was 50%, six points over their season average. Of course, this set the stage for Senior Day on Sunday, as the Buckeyes hosted the Wolverines.
The Buckeyes continued their success, beating the Wolverines 66-55, to end the regular season 17-12, 7-9. Aside from having four players in double figures (Hill -20, Ferguson -13, Alston -12 and Adams -12 ) the high point for me was little used Senior Forward Emilee Harmon getting an Assist in her last minute of play for the Scarlet and Gray.
Next game is first round of the Big Ten Tournament, beginning on March 7th at the Sears Center Arena in Hoffman Estates, IL
The Ohio State women’s golf team concluded the final round of the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship Tuesday in 13th place. The 18-team tournament, featuring 15 Top 50 teams, was held at the par 72, 6,105-yard English Turn Golf & Country Club course in New Orleans.
Senior Amy Meier finished tied for 13th to lead the Buckeyes, carding a 2-over 146 through two rounds of play. Sophomore Jan Chanpalangsri ended the tournament with a 10-over 154 to place 60th in the final standings. Allison Harper tallied a score of 11-over 155 and tie for 66th place. Claudia Lim totaled a 13-over 157 to tie for 74th, while Susana Benavides ended the tournament tied for 88th place with a 17-over 161 after two rounds of play.
The winning team, UCLA, finished at +4, so on the surface, being 26 strokes off the pace doesn’t sound that good. Funny thing abut golf, this team wasn’t that far away from placing a lot higher. If over the course of both rounds, each of the five golfers could have improved their score by 3 strokes per round, the Buckeyes would have been in the hunt for the win. Looking ahead, the Buckeyes will spend spring break participating in the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational Mar. 12-13 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Prepare for some serious guitar playing, courtesy of Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler; Layla
So, what do you have in store for the week?