Ohio State Drops Old Dominion

Written November 22nd, 2013 by Ken

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The Buckeyes hosted the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs in the 1st round of the Hall of Fame Challenge. This is the first of three consecutive games for these teams, so this Challenge will prove a good mental and physical test.

Battling early game turnovers, Ohio State got off to a bit of a slow start with 3 early giveaways.  The Buckeyes did a good job of beating the OD press, but had trouble with the entry passes to the post. OSU improved their status at the under-12 timeout by pulling ahead 13-12, highlighted by a 3-pointer by Maleeka Kynard. OSU had been working on using their superior height by running a double high post involving Ashley Adams and Martina Ellerbe. At the 8:14 mark, a trey by Ameryst Alston push the score to 22-14. McGuff has a well conceived game plan with the double-high. When the feed pass when into one post player, the other broke to the basket for a pass. Nicely planned.

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Pregame Glances: Hall of Fame Challenge

Written November 21st, 2013 by Ken

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We are four games into Coach Kevin McGuff’s era, and so far I’m happy with the results. As Charles pointed out, there are still a couple things to work out, but considering it’s a new coach with a new system and a short-handed team, so far, so good, I think.

This coming weekend will be an interesting experience for this team, as the Buckeyes host a three-day round-robin as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge. Ohio State will play consecutive days against Old Dominion, Marist and Bowling Green on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively. After a non HoF game against Lehigh (in Columbus) on November 27th, the Buckeyes go to Springfield MA to square off against the UConn Huskies. No one said that it would be easy..

In addition to providing Ohio State’s roster, I’ll also provide brief profiles and rosters for Old Dominion, Marist and Bowling Green.

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Ohio State edges American, 63-52

Written November 20th, 2013 by Joe Dexter

It took getting over a first half full of errors, untimely passing, bad shots and ball movement for the Buckeyes to escape at Value City Arena with a  63-52 win over the American Patriots in non-conference play.  After making just two field goals in the first 8 minutes of play, Ohio State settled into a rhythm and played much tighter on the ball defense.

After a long range bomb from John Schoof gave American a four point lead with 12 minutes to go, Thad Matta called a time out to get his players on the right page. And from that point, screens and kicks out to the perimeter were shut down, as full court pressure was the difference.

Mr. Swoon himself got the Buckeyes back into the thick of things heading into the locker room. Up 24-20, the senior got a coast to coast layup off a LaQuinton steal to give the Bucks a six point lead. He then capped off the first half by scoring on another contested layup with less than thirty seconds on the clock.

Craft, who worked his way into the top 50 scoring list all time in the first half, passed Chris Jent for the 49th spot on the list with a total of 9 points on just 2-9 shooting. He would finish though with seven steals and 3 assists.

Despite struggling early, the rest of the guards showed up to play in the second half. Shannon Scott performed well on the glass and was a real nice compliment to Sam Thompson and the big man inside — Amir Williams. Scott finished just short of a double double, with 13 points and 9 boards.

In the first half, the only thing consistent about Ohio State’s play was that of it’s big man. Amir Williams finished strong inside. He showed glimpses of what OSU fans have been looking for from an inside banger. Williams had a solid 6/9 shooting performance to go with a 4/5 night from the charity stripe to finish with 16 points. He also ripped down five offensive rebounds to keep drives alive, which was imperative in a game where Ohio State shot 3-16 from deep and 20/56 from the floor.

After a strong ending to the first half, Ohio State closed in on defense and got their way up and down the floor — causing turnovers and fast break points to take over the ball game.

Shannon Scott, who played well offensively, also continued his defensive hot streak heading into the season. With full pressure on the back court, he fueled turnovers, tips, deflections out of bounds and recorded three steals.

The Buckeyes are now 3-0 at home and 4-0 to start the season. They will take on Wyoming on Monday night at 7:00 PM. Keep it right here all week for all your basketball coverage.

BBN Basketball LiveBlog: American

Written November 20th, 2013 by Eric

The Basketball Bucks are set to take on their next opponent, American University.

The game is set to tip at 7:30 PM, so swing by at 7 to chat with all your favorite Buckeye bloggers and friends!

Go Bucks!

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Pregame Glance: American University

Written November 19th, 2013 by Ken
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We’re all Americans..

The 2013-2014 basketball season is under way and our Ohio State Buckeyes are sitting at 3-0 after riding a very good 2nd half to defeat host Marquette University. Now, the #8 Buckeyes host the American University Eagles out of the Patriot League this coming Wednesday. Saturday it was The Golden Eagles, on Wednesday it will just be the Eagles. Feasting on raptors…

 

Here’s a profile on American University.

School: American University

Location: Washington, DC

Founded: 1893

Student Population: 7,299

School Type: Private

Division: FCS

Conference: Patriot Conference

Arena: Bender Arena

Seating: 4,500

Built: 1988

Head Coach: Mike Brennan

Year: 1st

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Ohio State Suffers First Loss of Season 53-49 to Georgia

Written November 17th, 2013 by Charles

The Buckeye defense kept them in the game but wasn't enough to secure the win.

The Buckeye defense kept them in the game but wasn’t enough to secure the win.

After getting off to a 3-0 start, the Ohio State women’s basketball team faced its toughest test on the season with a trip to #22 Georgia.  The Bulldogs made the Elite Eight last season and are replacing several starters but still are a tough team that has become NCAA tournament regulars.  Injuries, suspensions, graduations, and a decision to transfer had left Ohio State short handed this season; the Buckeyes haven’t had more than 8 healthy players for any of their games so far.  Fortunately things were a bit better today as guard Raven Ferguson returned to the team after serving a three game suspension for violating team rules.

Ohio State got things started the right way, scoring the first seven points in the game and limiting Georgia to only three shot attempts, all misses, in the opening three minutes.  The Bulldogs finally got on the board thanks to a free throw that then sparked a 12 to 2 run to give Georgia a 12-9 lead eight minutes into the opening half.  The Buckeyes answered right back with back-to-back three pointers from Ameryst Alston followed by a three pointer by Amy Scullion which put OSU back on top 18-12 at the midpoint of the half.  The rest of the half would be a tight, back and forth affair with Georgia repeatedly cutting the OSU lead to 1 point.  Fortunately the Buckeyes responded each time and went into halftime with a 33-29 lead.

Georgia came out strong to start the second half while the Buckeyes looked flat; OSU failed to score for the first six and a half minutes of the second period while the Bulldogs scored 11 unanswered to take a 40-33 lead.  When OSU finally got on the board thanks to a pair of free throws, they then followed those with three pointers by Maleeka Kynard and Scullion as part of an 8 to 3 run that cut the Bulldog lead to 43-41 at the midpoint of the half.  Neither team was able to have much luck scoring from that point and with just under a minute and a half remaining in the game, Ohio State found themselves down 53-47.  A pair of Ameryst Alston free throws followed by a steal by Kynard seemed to give the Buckeyes a chance but OSU promptly turned the ball over and were forced to foul.  The Bulldogs missed the front end of the one-and-one and the Buckeyes grabbed the rebound but were unable to score as Georgia hung on for the 53-49 win.

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Buckeyes pull away in second half to defeat Marquette

Written November 16th, 2013 by Scott
Aaron Craft surpassed 1000 points for his career today.

Aaron Craft surpassed 1000 points for his career today.

Would Ohio State’s basketball team outscore it’s football team?

That was the big question as the Football Buckeyes played hapless Illinois and the Basketbucks took on Big East juggernaut Marquette.

The answer turned out to be a no, but the hoops team shook off a sluggish start to defeat the No. 19 Golden Eagles 52-35 in Milwaukee.

Shannon Scott and Sam Thompson led a balanced attack with 13 points each while Aaron Craft added 10 points and 10 assists and missed a triple double by three rebounds. Thompson added eight rebounds while Amir Williams contributed five blocks.

After shooting 26.9 percent from the field in the first half, OSU (3-0) made good on 57.6 percent of its second-half shots and smothered the Golden Eagles on defense in pulling away in an early battle of ranked teams.

Marquette shot 18.9 percent on 10 of 53 shooting and had 20 turnovers and made just four field goals in the second half while scoring just 16 points.

At times in the second half it appeared to be the Harlem Globtrotters vs. the Washington Generals as OSU hit layup after layup and then stretched the defense with timely jump shots.
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BBN Football/Basketball Liveblog: Illinois/Marquette

Written November 16th, 2013 by Eric

We’ve got a two-fer for your viewing pleasure this afternoon!

First, at Noon, the Buckeye football team travels to the space between the cornfields out in Urbana-Champaign to take on former Buckeye assistant coach Tim Beckman’s Illinois Fighting Illini.

Then, at 1 PM, the Men’s Shooty Hoopers tip-off in Milwaukee against Buzz William’s Marquette Golden Eagles.

Stop by and chat through both games with all of your favorite Buckeye friends and bloggers!

Go Bucks!

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