Buckeyes Sweep Boilermakers in Series, Win 67-49

Written February 8th, 2014 by Eric

The Boilermakers visited the Buckeyes this evening in Columbus for the return match of their two game series. Despite a slow start, and a bit of back and forth play, the game was all Ohio State as the Buckeyes secured the 67-49 victory. Surprisingly, LaQuinton Ross led the Buckeyes in scoring with 17 points, closely followed by Lenzelle Smith Jr. with 16. For the Boilermakers, Kendall Stephens put together 12 points off the bench, while AJ Hammons and Rapheal Davis both earned 11 a piece. The win gave the Buckeyes their third straight in Big Ten play.

Things started from a defensive perspective. Both teams demonstrated good movement against the offensive motion, and forced a number of turnovers early. The first points weren’t even scored until two minutes had elapsed, and Purdue was able to net the first three buckets of the game. The Bucks simply struggled to find good shots on the offensive end, and weren’t able to score until the fifth minute of the game on a Sam Thompson ally-oop.

The momentum changed in a hurry following the first TV timeout. The Buckeyes went on an 8 point unanswered tear to put together a 10-0 run and claim their first lead of the game. It was only ended by a Kendall Stevens three pointer after four minutes had ellapsed. Things had changed as the Buckeyes settled down in their attack, focused on getting the ball low against Purdue’s man defense. OSU also worked harder on the boards and began to balance the rebounding numbers.

With both teams locked into the game, they settled down into a steady back and forth battle. For the most part, it seemed that when one team was locked in defensively, so was the opponent. If one them started to pick up on the offensive end, it was reciprocated on the other end. That said, there wasn’t much in the way of offense through the first twelve minutes. The Boilermakers shot 5-20, while the Bucks hit only 7-18 by the third TV timeout.
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BBN Basketball LiveBlog: Purdue Part 2

Written February 8th, 2014 by Eric

Purdue returns the favor this evening, joining the Buckeyes in Columbus for a little Shooty Hoops action.

The game is scheduled to tip off at 6:00 PM Eastern Time on the Big Ten Network. Come chat with all of your favorite Buckeye bloggers and friends! Go Bucks!

WBB: Boilers Hammer Buckeyes 74-58

Written February 6th, 2014 by Ken

Ohio State braved inclimate weather to travel to West Lafayette to grab a win and sweep the season series with Purdue. In their win, Ohio State shot 56% from the field, 64% from 3-point range. In OSU’s win against Purdue on January 2nd, in addition to a scorching offense, they kept the turnovers fairly close, committing 19 to Purdue’s 17.

 Things were far different tonight, as a pretty good defensive effort was in vain as the offense turned in an absolutely abysmal offensive performance. Let’s put it this way, when you hold your opponent to 35% FG and force 10 turnovers, and still get beat 74-58, your offense isn’t doing you any favors. This loss drops the Buckeyes to 14-12, 4-6 for the season. 

The Buckeyes were led by Ameryst Alston’s 26 points. Raven Ferguson, held to one point in the first half, contributed 13 points and 8 rebounds. Raven’s problem was that she was 3-15 from the field.. Martina Ellerbe had another solid night with 8 points and 8 rebounds. For the game, OSU shot 34.5% from the field, 23.5% from the perimeter and 67 % from the freethrow line. And, the fouls shooting made the difference. Both team were whistled for a similar number of fouls, OSU 19, Purdue 16. While OSU was 14-21 from the line, Purdue was  27-29. The Boilermakers were 20-20 in the 2nd half.

As in the first meeting, Purdue placed five players in double figures: Courtney Moses (18),  Liza Clemons (14), April Wilson (12), Whitney Bays (12) and Dee Williams (10). The Boilermakers shot 35.5% from the field, including 27.3% from the perimeter, and 93% from the foul line.

Ohio State trailed at the half 33-24. In the last 6:34 of the half, Purdue went on a 10-5 run due to Ohio State not having a field goal in that stretch; the Buckeyes were 0-7 from the field during that time. Neither team shot well; Ohio State was 32% (8-25) from the field while Purdue was 34% (13-38). From the perimeter, OSU was 1-6 and Purdue was 0-5, so not much good going on there. You may have noticed that Purdue had 13 more FG attempts in the half. Well, that’s because they had 10 offensive rebounds. That is a lot of quality (close to basket) possessions that went in Purdue’s favor. In contrast, Ohio State had 2 offensive boards. The turnover “battle” was won by Purdue; committing only 5 to Ohio State’s 10.

The Buckeyes were led at the half by Ameryst Alston (11 points) on only 3-9 FG’s, but she did make 5-6 free throws. Martina Ellerbe and Ashley Adams had 5 rebounds each. Unfortunately, 6th man Raven Ferguson was as cold as ice, with 1 point at half, going 0-5. Although Purdue’s April Wilson led the team in scoring wit 7 points, Liza Clemons really led them with 6 points and 6 rebounds, 3 boards at each end.

I’m sure that Coach McGuff had a few halftime words, um of encouragement, because in the 2nd half, by the under-16 timeout, OSU had 4 offensive rebounds for the half, doubling their entire 1st half performance. The came out of the locker room much more aggressive in their play.

However, midpoint in the half (9:51 mark), Purdue had outscored Ohio State 18-13, to extend their lead to 14 points, 51-37. At the under-8 timeout, a brief spurt by the Buckeyes closed the gap to 10 points, 53-43. Basket-trading then took place, and at the 2:19 point, OSU trailed 65-53.

McGuff better have his team work on some hooting drills, because their next opponent will be a still challenge. The Buckeyes’  next game is Sunday, February 9th as they host Penn State. In their first meeting, PSU won 66-42 (OSU’s lowest offensive output for the season, as OSU shot 30% from the field. Tip-off is 2:00 PM EST with television coverage provided by ESPN2.

Pregame Glance WBB: Purdue II

Written February 5th, 2014 by Ken

OSU-Purdue The Ohio State Buckeyes (14-11, 4-5) travel to Mackey Arena to try to sweep the season series with the Purdue Boilermakers (15-7, 5-5). Since the beginning of January, including a January 2nd home win against Purdue, the Buckeyes have been basically alternating wins and losses. Meanwhile, the Boilermakers had a four game win streak to close out January, but have now lost two straight games.

Here’s their Profile

  • School: Purdue University
  • Location: West Lafayette, IN
  • Founded: 1869
  • Student Population: 30,147
  • School Type: Public, coed
  • Division: D-I
  • Conference: Big Ten Conference
  • Arena: Mackey Arena
  • Seating: 14,846
  • Built: 1967, renovated 2011
  • Head Coach: Sharon Versyp
  • Year: 8th

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MBB: Ohio State defeats Iowa, 76-69

Written February 4th, 2014 by Ken

The Buckeyes rolled into cold, snowy Iowa City to avenge the January 12th loss to Iowa, 84-74. A win would get them to .500 in conference play and hoist them into a tie with Northwestern, and maybe Wisconsin, for 4th place. Well, the Buckeyes played a solid game and won 76-69, moving their record to 18-5, 5-5, and giving them consecutive road wins.

Ohio State was led by five players in double figure;sAaron Craft (17), LaQuinton Ross (13), Amir Williams (12), Lenzelle Smith, Jr. (12), Shannon Scott (11) and Sam Thompson (9). Ross also pulled in 6 rebounds while Craft  had 6 assists and 6 steals. Iowas was led by Gabriel Olaseni (14 points, 6 rebs) and Mike Gesell ( 11 points,  5 reb).

Iowa’s defense, as expected was a blend of an aggressive man-to-man, extending the perimeter, then switching back to zone. The Buckeyes shot 51% (25-49) from the floor, including 44% from 3-point range (7-16), so whatever Iowa tried, it didn’t work that well.

The 1st half ended with Iowa holding a 33-31 lead, in a half with a couple runs by each team and some helter-skelter play at the end of the half. Iowa was 42% from the field (42%) and an astounding 1-11 from 3-point range. They were led by Olasebe off the bench with 8 points in 4-4 shooting, and he pulled in 4 rebounds. The Buckeyes were led by Aaron Craft’s 14 points; 5-5 from the field (2-2 from 3-pt range) and 2 F’T's. He also craftily had 4 steals.

OSU  had a 9 point run spanning the 7 minute-5 minute marks, to take the lead 26-17. However, the tables turned rather quickly, as Iowa outscored Ohio State 16-5 over the last 5 minutes of the half.

Evidently, Thad told his troops to mentally break he 2nd half into four segments, one for each television timeout. Consider these segments as battles, and the object is to “win” each battle. In the 2nd half, play was back and forth, and at the under-16 timeout, Ohio State held a 39-38 lead. Lenzelle Smith had 5 of OSU’s 8 points in the half.

Proceeding to the under 12 mark, OSU’s lead was 47-43. At the 10:30 mark, or so, Ohio State was in a bit of a “situation” with their frontcourt; Williams, McDonald and Thompson all had three fouls. At the 9:32 mark, Trey picked up his 4th foul. A flagrant foul on Gabriel Olaseni on Amir Williams at the 8:50 mark led to two Williams’ free throws and a FG to move OSU’s lead to 54-47. Moving ahead to the 4:09 mark, OSU still led 58-54, so things had stalled a bit for both teams.. Thad took a timeout with 2:17 remaining, and Ohio State with the lead 63-57. In the last minute of play, there was some trading of OSU free throws and the occasional Iowa field goal to bring the final score to 76-69.

Ohio State’s next game is against Purdue in Columbus. The game is Saturday at 6:00 PM EST. Television coverage will be via BTN, check your local listings. Live Chat will be at The Buckeye Battle Cry, approximately 30 minutes before tip-off. Please join us.

BBN Basketball Liveblog: Iowa

Written February 4th, 2014 by Eric

The Buckeyes are playing basketball amid the cornfields against the Iowa Hawkeyes. The Hawkeyes got the better of the Buckeyes in Columbus a few weeks ago, and have generally found themselves above the disaster that has been the rest of the conference.

The Buckeyes and Hawkeyes will tip at 7:00 PM Eastern on ESPN. Stop by and chat with all of your favorite Buckeye bloggers and friends! Go Bucks!
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MBB Pregame Glance: Iowa Hawkeyes Redux

Written February 3rd, 2014 by Ken

iowalogoThe Ohio State Buckeyes (17-5, 4-5) travel to Iowa City for a Tuesday evening game versus the Iowa Hawkeyes (17-5, 6-3). Ohio State is coming off an exciting, down-to-the last shot win over Wisconsin 59-58, while Iowa dispatched Illinois 81-74. This is the return engagement where Ohio State will try to get the win that they missed the last time these teams played.

Here’s their Profile

  • School: University of Iowa
  • Location: Iowa City, IA
  • Founded: 1847
  • Student Population: 21,999
  • School Type: Public, coed
  • Division: D-I
  • Conference: Big Ten Conference
  • Arena: Carver-Hawkeye Arena
  • Seating: 15,000
  • Built: 1983
  • Head Coach: Fran McCaffrey
  • Year: 4th

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Ohio State’s Sunday Woes Continue at Wisconsin

Written February 2nd, 2014 by Charles

Raven Ferguson came off the bench to lead OSU with 17 points but it wouldn't be enough in Madison.

Raven Ferguson came off the bench to lead OSU with 17 points but it wouldn’t be enough in Madison.

After dominating Illinois in their best offensive game of the year, the Ohio State (14-10, 4-4) women’s basketball team traveled to Madison looking to put together their first set of back-to-back wins in the Big Ten this season and to get above .500 in conference play.  Wisconsin (9-11, 2-6) had struggled for much of the season but had given Michigan State a scare in East Lansing on Thursday in a 71-67 loss.

Neither team got off to a good start offensively. A free throw and then a layup by Darryce Moore gave Ohio State an early lead but then pretty much anything resembling offense disappeared as both teams struggled to make a basket.  A three pointer by Wisconsin tied the game three and a half minutes into the game.  The Buckeyes take a 5-3 and a 7-5 lead over the next two minutes but then the Badgers got their offense going and scored 10 straight points to take a 15-7 lead eight minutes into the game.  A Raven Ferguson layup finally broke the Wisconsin run but Ohio State couldn’t get an closer than six before the Badgers scored 6 unanswered to stretch their lead to 23-11 just past the midpoint of the half.  A timeout by Kevin McGuff seemed to get things going for the Buckeyes who quickly got four points to cut the lead back to single digits only to see the Badgers push it back to double digits, 30-17 with five minutes to go in the half.  The OSU offense showed some improvement in the final three minutes of the half and managed to trim the Wisconsin lead to 36-28 as the buzzer sounded.

Shooting was the big difference in the first half as Ohio State struggled with their shooting and even with improvement in the closing minutes of the half, the Buckeyes only shot 36% from the field while going 1 of 7 from three point range.  Meanwhile Wisconsin was hard to stop at times as the Badgers shot 43% from the field while going 3 of 9 from outside.  A major surprise for the Buckeyes was that Ameryst Alston, who leads the team in scoring on the season, was limited to only four points in the first half.

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