The 5th seeded Ohio State Buckeyes (23-8, 10-8) will begin defense of their 2013 Big Ten Tournament Championship with a Thursday afternoon game against the 12th seeded Purdue Boilermakers (15-16, 5-13). This is the second game of the day and is scheduled to start 25 minutes after conclusion of the first game. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:30 or so, and television coverage will be provided by BTN.
The Boilermakers staggered home at the end of the season; they went 2-11 over the last seven weeks, and ended the regular season on a 6-game losing streak. So, it’s safe to say that the Boilermakers aren’t exactly peaking going into the B1G Tournament. This is the first time that Purdue has finished last in the Conference, so it’s been a season-long challenge for them. Here’s the aggregate statistics of key players against Ohio State in regular season play:
A.J. Hammons also blocked 8 shots in the two games. Clearly, Hammons will continue to present a challenge to Williams/McDonald. Let’s hope that LQR doesn’t get matched up defensively against AJ.
Well, not really- it’s still sunny and eighty degrees here in California. But our Ohio (and TSUN and Buffalo) readers certainly could use a break from all of the snow and ice, and might enjoy a trip to some warmer climes. So, perhaps we can celebrate Ohio State’s break with a soundtrack that will encourage and enlighten your Winter Wednesday.
The Buckeyes play their last regular season game of the year today, taking on the Michigan State Spartans in Columbus. This is the second meeting between the two teams, the first having ended in a Spartan victory in overtime in East Lansing.
The game is scheduled for 4:30 PM Eastern Time on CBS. Don’t forget spring forward was last night, so change your clocks accordingly. We look forward to chatting with you through the game! Go Bucks!
After rolling #1 seed Penn State 99-82 on Friday afternoon, the Buckeyes advanced to the B1G semifinal game against Iowa, an 87-80 winner over Purdue in the second afternoon game. This game tips off at 3:30 PM EST on Saturday.
Ohio State dropped it’s regular season games against Iowa, 81-74 in Columbus and 65-61 in Iowa City. However, as we saw earlier on Friday, Penn State rolled Ohio State twice during the regular season, but come “tournament time”, it didn’t mean anything at all.
In their win over Penn State, OSU placed 5 players in double figures with some blistering hot field goal shooting. This could be an interesting game for Ohio State, as Coach McGuff has changed his Center rotation with Lisa Blair supplanting Ashley Adams as the #2 center this week. However, is Ashley’s 8 minutes of play against PSU, she filled up the stat sheet with a very productive and determined performance. Cait Craft’s scoring outburst will certainly provide another player for an opponent to guard; Alston, Ferguson and Ellerbe are already a handful. The reemergence of Adams and Craft may lead to some interesting results this weekend.
The Iowa game will be another fast paced affair, as Iowa put up 70 FG attempts. By comparison, in their win over PSU, Ohio State had 58 FG attempts. Iowa also had 14 offensive rebounds, so the Buckeyes will need all three of their centers to be productive against the Hawkeyes.
Tip-off is scheduled for 3:30 PM EST, with television coverage provided by BTN.
Based on a strong 2nd half performance yesterday against Northwestern, Ohio State’s Friday opponent was #1 seed Penn State. The Nittany Lions had no trouble with the ‘bye’ to move into the 2nd round.
That “thud” you heard was Penn State’s Big Ten Tournament coming to a convincing end as Ohio State avenged two regular season losses by upsetting the Lions 99-82. The Buckeyes built upon yesterday’s 2nd half 51 point blitz of Northwestern with a season high half score of 58 points half against the Nittany Lions to have a 58-34 lead at the half.
Ohio State ended the game shooting 62% from the field (36-58) and a blistering 55% from the perimeter (10-18) and 71% (15-21) from the foul line. They grabbed 37 rebounds, 8 offensive. But then, if you’r shooting over 62%, you wouldn’t have too many opportunities. Penn State shot 37% (26-71) from the field, 20% (3-15) from the perimeter and 77% (27-35) from the foul line.
Ohio State was led by five players in double figures: Ameryst Alston (31 pts, 9 ast), Cait Craft (24 pts, 6 ast), Raven Ferguson (15 pts, 7 reb), Darryce Moore (11 pts, 6 reb) and Ashley Adams (11 pts, 5 reb). I want to pay special mention to Ashley Adams. Due to foul trouble by Darryce Moore, Ashley was rotated in at Center for the last eight minutes of the game. In those eight minutes, Ashley had 11 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks and an assist. This was coming up big in a big game for Ashley. Well done.
Penn State was led by Ariel Edwards (29 pts, 10 rebs), Maggie Lucas (21 pts, 6 rebs) and Dara Taylor (14 pts, 5 rebs, 8 ast).
This is it, Sunday is the regular season finale for Ohio State (22-8, 9-8) and #22 Michigan State (22-7, 11-5). Prior to their first game (preview) on January 7th, Ohio State (15-0, 2-0) was ranked #3 and Michigan State (13-1, 2-0) was ranked #5. After trailing at the half, the Buckeyes mounted a comeback to tie the game in regulation, but lost in overtime, 72-68. Please note in the Preview, my Guest Commentator exactly nailed the margin. Since that game, the Buckeyes have gone 7-7 and are now “others receiving votes” while the Spartans have gone 8-6 and are ranked #22. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
Right now, the teams are playing for Big Ten Tournament seeding. Ohio State will finish at #5 or #6 depending on results of this game, plus the Saturday Iowa-Illinois game. Michigan State, currently sitting in 2nd place, will keep an eye on Sunday’s Wisconsin-Nebraska game. The regular season championship is wrapped up, but for the Spartans, seeds #2-#4 are still in play.
The #8 seed Ohio State Buckeyes beat Northwestern 86-77; next up is #1 seed Penn State. Oh boy. The Buckeyes and the Nittany Lions met twice in the regular season, with PSU winning this game, then that game. Neither game was particularly close as Ohio State had trouble containing Maggie Lucas (41 points) and Ariel Edwards (21 points, 16 rebs) in their encounters.
The downside with Ohio State at this point is that being a bit short-handed, back-to-back games can be grueling, especially if the second “back” is against the conference’s #1 seed. Having said that, perhaps the Buckeyes can ride the out-standing performances of Ameryst Alston, Martina Ellerbe and Darryce Moore to an emotional and energetic performance tomorrow.
Not much to preview here, the team have played twice with Penn State coming out with convincing wins both times. However, if Ohio State can build on their 2nd half performance against Northwestern (51 points), an upset could be in the making. Sometimes “third time’s a charm”, so although the Nittany Lions (22-6, 11-3 ) would appear to be heavy favorites over the Buckeyes (16-17, 6-11), lightning can strike and upsets do happen.
The OSU-PSU game tips off at 12:00 PM EST with television coverage via BTN.
Ohio State and Northwestern opened up the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament this afternoon. The Buckeyes finally prevailed in a tough contest, pulling away in the last two minutes for the final margin, 86-77. Before I get into the particulars, I want to congratulate both teams on a hard fought contest. The 2nd half, especially, was an exciting contest, which really went down to the final few minutes.. Although OSU trailed by 4 at the half (39-35), a 51 point second half blitz proved to be too much for the Wildcats.
Ohio State was led by Ameryst Alston’s 30 points (20 in the 2nd half), and double ‘double-doubles’ by Darryce Moore (19 points, 10 rebounds) and Martina Ellerbe (16 points, 13 rebounds). Truly outstanding performances. Ohio State shot 41% from the field, grabbed 45 rebounds and only turned the ball over 8 times.
Northwestern was led by Maggie Lyon’s 23 points, Lauren Douglas’ 15 points, Karly Roser’s 11 points and Nia Coffey’s 17 points and 11 rebounds. Northwestern shot 40% from the field, had 41 rebounds and turned the ball over 10 times.