Silver Bullet Points Minds The Madness

Written March 19th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Sorry, Iowa and Tennessee- the tournament don’t get rolling until tomorrow, no matter what you told people yesterday. So, we’ve got one more day of work before distraction takes us all… it’s madness, I say!

Come March, Foucalt knows of which he speaks

Buckeye 411

  • Welcome Back! The Scarlet and Gray returned tanned and rested from Spring Break, and hit the field today
  • Students Of The Game- Coach Meyer announced this week that the annual “student day” will be April 5th… no foolin’.
  • Spring Game Sprung? After an article this week positing that many coaches would prefer a 15th practice to a “spring game”, Coach Meyer today said that this wouldn’t be the case at Ohio State. He talked about the value that he has in watching his team perform “in front of a crowd”.
  • We Come Here To Play Football- According to Coach Meyer, Cardale Jones is a “changed man” and leading the first string offense as Braxton heals from his shoulder injury.
  • Effusive- High praise today for Darron Lee and Raekwon McMillan, and said that Taylor Decker has taken a real obvious leadership role this spring.
  • Running On Ez? Not as of yet, as Meyer points to others that are having decent spring practices thus far. Elliott may end up being “the guy”, but it’s great to hear that the stable is still full.
  • Bell’s Toll- Missing Vonn for the spring (knee) has impacted the secondary a bit, but Cam Burrows and Tyvis Powell have stepped up their game thus far
  • More Walking Wounded? One of the whispers from Tuesday is that redshirt freshman Jalin Marshall may have also been banged up a bit in practice as well… while no injury is a good one, thank goodness it’s spring ball, right?
  • Matta Wins Again! Great three-peat for Coach in the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge... and great win for the Ronald McDonald House.
  • The Bigger Picture- Remember, these are “students”, so another solid measure of success is brought to us by Sammy Silverman: Read More

Weekend Wonderings: Ides of March Edition

Written March 16th, 2014 by Ken
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Welcome to the mid-March Weekend Wonderings. We’re finishing up some Conference basketball, before beginning some March Madness. Not that they didn’t have some madness of their own going on in Rome in 44 B.C. Grab a goblet of your favorite libation and let’s proceed.

Caesar:  Who is it in the press that calls on me? 
I hear a tongue shriller than all the music 
Cry "Caesar!" Speak, Caesar is turn'd to hear.

Soothsayer: Beware the ides of March. 

Caesar: What man is that?

Brutus: A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.

Julius Caesar Act 1, scene 2, 15-19

The James/Wexner
DoubleHelixFirst up:  A potential new gene mutation that might drive lung cancer development and growth has been identified by researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC-James).

A multi-institutional team lead by OSUCCC-James researchers reports the findings in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. The study describes a patient with advanced lung cancer who was treated with the targeted drug sorafenib while on a clinical trial. Within two months, she demonstrated a near complete response, and she remained progression-free and asymptomatic for five years while continuing to take sorafenib by mouth.

Per Dr David Carbone:

“Our study suggests that we can discover important new gene mutations that drive cancer development and progression by analyzing genes in cancer cells from patients who fare far better or far worse than others in a particular clinical trial.”

Carbone adds that using genome sequencing to identifying genetic mutations in a patient’s cancer cells can help better match patients with drugs that are most likely to eradicate their cancer.

“Knowing which mutations are present in lung tumors can help us tailor a patient’s treatment to the unique genetic features present in his or her cancer cells. That knowledge can also help us develop new drugs that target previously unrecognized gene mutations in lung and other cancers.  This is a great example of new scientific discoveries being made from clinical observations in patients, which can then be brought back to the clinic to help future patients.”

So, now we’re getting to a point where genome sequencing is providing clues on what to use, and just as importantly, what not to use in patient treatments. Read More

MBB B1G Tourney: Ohio State edges Purdue, 63-61

Written March 13th, 2014 by Ken

Yes, it was that exciting

The Buckeyes kicked off the defense of their 2013 Big Ten Tournament Championship by playing Purdue this afternoon. The winner (5th seed Ohio State/12th seed Purdue) plays 4th seeded Nebraska to morrow afternoon. Well, OSU got past the first hurdle by beating a very tenacious Purdue team, 63-61.

Ohio State held a narrow half-time margin of 30-27, in which neither team shot well (37%), but they helped their cause with a 10-1 lead in offensive rebounds. In the 2nd half, Purdue came out fast and for much of the game the team traded baskets, with OSU holding a narrow, late lead. With the Buckeyes leading 63-61, a last second 3-point attempt by Terone Johnson just missed, giving Ohio State the win.

For the game, Ohio State shot 36% (23-64), a horrific 7% (1-14) from the perimeter and a horrendous 64% (16-25) from the free throw line. Purdue shot 41% (24-58) from the field, a pretty bad 20% (2-10) from the perimeter and 69% (11-16) from the free throw line. Ohio State out rebounded Purdue 43-39, with 20 of OSU’s boards being at the offensive end. It was tough for both teams to get shots off, as Ohio State blocked 10 shots, and Purdue blocked 7.

Oho State was led by LaQuinton Ross (19 pts, 13 rebs) [nice time for a double-double] and Aaron Craft (16 pts, 5 ast). Purdue was led by four players in double figures; A.J Hammons (15 pts, 9 rebs), Ronnie Johnson (12 pts), Terone Johnson (10 pts, 6 rebs) and Kendall Stephens (10 pts).

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Silver Bullet Points Needs A Spring Break

Written March 12th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

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.

Sun, Surf, Scarlet And Gray

Buckeye 411

  • Meaningful Awards- For the first time in a long time, no Buckeyes were named to either the coaches’ or media’s All B1G Team for men’s shootyhoops this year, which pretty much sums up what most of us have observed this season. Even All-Swoon leader Aaron Craft was second team with the press and third team with the coaches, where he joined LaQuinton Ross as well. Lenzelle was on the “sportsmanship” list, so that’s nice.
  • Getting Defensive- Senior Craft, though, was awarded his second “B1G Defensive Player of the Year” accolades on Monday… perhaps that’s why the coaches didn’t have him on the first or second teams, as he spent much of the year making their players struggle to bring the ball upcourt.
  • Welcome Home- Donte wHitner, who signed with the Cleveland Browns as a part of Tuesday’s “NFL Free Agent Frenzy”. A Glenville graduate, it will be great to see another Buckeye defending the home turf…
  • Getting Paid- Whitner wasn’t the only former Buck on the move, as safety Malcolm Jenkins signed a deal to play with Philadelphia next season as well. Jake Ballard also inked a one year deal with the Arizona Cardinals, who hope to find a quarterback to throw him the damn ball.
  • It May Be Winter- But the Buckeyes are out on the links… rough life.
  • Pay It Forward- Our favorite Buckeye from the St. Louis Area spent some time following Woody’s mantra this past week, with a visit to the Children’s Hospital to say “hello” to some young fans.  Great kid, that EzE…
  • Never EVER Too Young- You’ve got to raise your kids well, so having them understand The Rivalry from an up-close and personal perspective is crucial. Today was a step in the right direction, as the rosters for the Ohio-TSUN all star showdown was released… and the mitten state doesn’t stand a chance.
  • Fly On The Wall- That’s what I’d have loved to have been at last week’s meeting of the offensive minds in Columbus, involving Tom Hermann, Chad Morris, and Jake Spavital from aTm. That’s a lot of firepower…
  • Well, Duh- Archie Griffin, greatest Buckeye football player ever.
  • Laying The Foundation- If there was any doubt that the NFL takes Ohio State’s program seriously, last week’s “Career Day” certainly put that to rest. Here’s a reminder from Sammy Silverman: Read More

Buckeyes top Sparty, get No. 5 seed

Written March 9th, 2014 by Scott

They’ve been ranked as high as No. 3 in the country and have felt the pains of being unranked and unimpressive.

But now the Ohio State Buckeyes have a signature win and some momentum heading into the Big Ten Tournament.

Michigan State’s Gary Harris missed a jumper as time expired and OSU came from behind to beat the Spartans 69-67 at Value City Arena on Sunday.

Ohio State said goodbye to seniors Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr., and had a chance to say hello to the No. 4 seed and a much-coveted bye in the upcoming B1g money-maker, uh, tournament, but Wisconsin ruined that idea by choking against Nebraska Sunday night.

So Ohio State gets the No. 5 seed and a matchup against Purdue on Thursday. The winner gets Nebraska, which likely earned an at-large NCAA Tournament bid. That winner gets top-seeded Michigan.

LaQuinton Ross scored 22 points and had five rebounds while Craft had 12 points, 7 assists and became the conference’s all-time steals leader to help OSU overcome a pathetic 19-of-31 effort at the free throw line, which almost cost OSU in the final seconds.

Adreian Payne led all scorers with 23 points while Harris had 12 and Denzel Valentine 11.

The Buckeyes improve to 23-8 and 10-8 in the B1G. MSU, the No. 1 seed in the tourney, is also 22-8 and is 15-4 in the B1G.

It was one of those games where it felt like Sparty should have been blowing away the Buckeyes at times, but could only manage a 7-point lead as the game’s biggest spread.

More than once OSU was down at least five points but didn’t let that deter them from winning on Senior Day.

OSU trailed 38-36 at the half but began the second half with a 6-0 run, which ultimately sparked the Buckeyes to a 44-39 lead with about 17:30 left. Michigan State quickly answered and took a 49-44 lead with 16:56 left on a pair of Harris 3-pointers, a Payne dunk off a Harris assist and a Travis Trice dunk.

That led to an OSU timeout with 15:16 left.

Harris hit a pair of free throws to increase the lead to 51-44 and a cap a 12-0 run.

Craft hit a pair of free throws to end the run and make it 51-46 with about 14 minutes left.

Harris then hit a long catch-and-shoot bucket to increase the lead back to seven with about 13 minutes left.

But OSU wasn’t done despite having no real go-to scorer.

Amir Williams made one of two from the line and a Ross 3-pointer cut it to 53-50 after the under-12 timeout. Trice missed a shot, the Buckeyes rebounded and after a foul at the other end and Shannon Scott hit a pair of free throws to cut it to one.

That caused Coach Tom Izzo to bring his starters back in the game as he was resting Branden Dawson, Valentine and Keith Appling.

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It’s All Academic: OSU and Michigan Team Up?

Written March 7th, 2014 by Charles

Seal_of_the_Ohio_State_UniversityThere is no more heated rivalry in the country than that between Ohio State and Michigan and no matter what the sport is, to say that the Buckeyes and Wolverines, and their fans, do not like each other would be an understatement.  While the hatred for the other school extends far beyond the playing surface for many fans, for the universities the rivalry is put aside when it comes to academics and research. 

All members of the Big Ten conference, plus the University of Chicago, are members of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) – a consortium designed to improve the academic and research missions of it’s member schools through sharing of expertise and resources and fostering collaborations. 

As members of the CIC, Ohio State and Michigan have worked together on numerous projects over the years, along with other members of the Big Ten.  Now the two universities are teaming up again to found a new public-private consortium that will generate thousands of jobs and revolutionize manufacturing.

Ohio State and the University of Michigan, along with EWI (a Columbus-based nonprofit with expertise in manufacturing technology), are co-founders of the new American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII); I can’t wait to see that on business cards.  ALMMII is the newest node in the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI).  The NNMI was proposed by President Obama as a series of regional centers tasked with accelerating the development and adoption of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies and to use these technologies for making new products which can compete globally.

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tBBC WBB Roundtable: Regular Season Wrap-up

Written March 6th, 2014 by WVaBuckeye

We wrap up the Buckeyes regular season with a get together to discuss our feelings about multiple topics. We’re pleased to have Marty Bannister from The Fan in Columbus and the voice of the Buckeyes join us and give his thoughts on the regular season. We also have women’s basketball season ticket holder and superfan Jeff Howell joining us with his insight to our Q&A. I have included links in the participant’s names for their twitters, please follow if you aren’t already! Let’s get started.

Seems like yesterday that this photo was taken, hard to believe Coaches first season is almost in the books

Seems like yesterday that this photo was taken, hard to believe Coaches first season is almost in the books

What do you feel is the highlight of Coach McGuff’s first regular season in Columbus?

Marty - Two things pop to mind right away, the signing of the highly rated freshman recruiting class, led Cincinnati Princeton’s Kelsey Mitchell and Kettering Fairmont’s Makayla Waterman, and then that same week, opening with a win at then 12th ranked, and now 7th ranked, West Virginia. That win came without Raven Ferguson, suspended for the first 3 games, and the Buckeyes played the final 1:20 with only 5 eligible players. That same Mountaineer team won at Baylor this past weekend,snapping the defending champs 35 game home court win streak.

Jeff -  To me the highlight of McGuff’s first season was the ability of he and his staff to “coach up” this team.  There have obviously been more talented Lady Buckeye teams in the past, but in my 12 years as a season ticket holder I have never seen a Lady Buckeye team with more heart and effort than this year’s team.  Let’s face it – other than Ameryst Alston, this team was largely made up of role players, who provided a specific area of expertise:  a rebounder – Moore/Adams, a defensive stopper – Craft, an energy person – Scullion, a person who can take someone off the dribble – Raven, a person who can hit an open shot – Ellerbe.  None of these had the all around, everything game of Alston.  McGuff and his staff were able to get the most out of nothing from this group and for the most part were competitive in every single game.  His whole approach to practices, warm-ups prior to the game start, his engaging energy on the bench, etc. were refreshing and will bode well going forward.

Ken - The season opening win against West Virginia. In their first game, they visited a very good team and won an away game. Good times were ahead for us.

Mali - We beat Michigan at Michigan. That’s never ever a bad thing.

Charles - This is a tossup between the season opening win on the road against a good West Virginia team, always good to get a win in your first game as head coach, and the upset of 17th ranked Purdue in the first Big Ten game.  Beating a ranked conference foe is a big deal and was made better because it was against Purdue who I possibly hate more than Michigan in women’s basketball.

WVaBuckeye -  I have two that are ties from my perspective. First, was the way this team came out and performed to his expectations and that definitely became the catalyst for players who just weren’t going to handle the improvement. I think that’s a positive thing. Second, is the tireless work in which he and staff put in with regards to the class that’s coming in and the two stars transferring. The season and recruiting is a testament to him because he did a lot with very little so to speak.

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WBB B1G Tourney Pregame: Northwestern

Written March 5th, 2014 by Ken

b1glogoThe Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament kicks off Thursday at 12:00 noon EST when #8 seed Ohio State  (15-17, 5-11) and #9 seed Northwestern (15-14, 5-11) face each other. Ohio State has staggered to the finish line this past month, having lost 6 of 7 games.

However, their win was against Northwestern 71-62 on February 23rd, so this appears to be a good match-up for the Buckeyes. Also during the month, Northwestern has similarly lost 7 of 8 games, so the Wildcats haven’t been finishing with momentum, either. In their previous meeting, Ohio State got out to a 41-21 halftime lead with some blistering shooting (48% FG, 62% 3Pt), and held on for the win as Northwestern stormed back with a 41-point second half themselves.

Ohio State was led by Ameryst Alston (30 points), Martina Ellerbe (13 pts, 6 rbs) and Raven Ferguson (11 pts, 9 rbs). Northwestern countered with Maggie Lyon (21 pts), Lauren Douglas (13 pts), Christen Inman (10 pts) and Nia Coffey (9 pts, 18 rbs).

Wrap-up

Here is the previous game preview and recap between these teams. Not much to add with this one; Ohio State obviously needs to break their pattern of “good half – bad half” to put together forty solid, well played minutes of basketball. It will again come down to executing the basics; shooting, ball-handling and rebounding.

The game is scheduled for Thursday, tipping off at 12:00 PM from Indianapolis. Television coverage will be provided by BTN, check your local listings. The winner of this game plays #1 seed Penn State at noon EST on Friday.

To view more of tBBC’s thoughts on the WBB B1G Tourney, make sure you check out our staff roundtable tomorrow!

Here are the rosters for Thursday’s game. 

Northwestern University Wildcats

No Player Pos. Hgt FG% 3PT% FT% R/G A/G PPG
10 Nia Coffey F 6’1″ 0.473 0.256 0.719 7.6 2.0 15.8
25 Maggie Lyon G 6’1″ 0.374 0.331 0.761 5.0 2.4 13.3
24 Christen Inman G 5’10″ 0.498 0.302 0.793 3.7 2.0 12.1
3 Ashley Deary G 5’4″ 0.333 0.250 0.649 3.4 6.8 6.9
5 Alex Cohen F 6’5″ 0.504 0.480 0.767 4.6 1.2 6.9
11 Lauren Douglas F 6’2″ 0.428 0.424 0.722 5.0 1.3 12.1
33 Devon Brookshire F 6’2″ 0.471 0.500 0.636 1.1 0.3 2.3
4 Meghan McKeown G 5’9″ 0.267 0.293 0.875 0.8 0.8 2.0
42 Karly Roser G 5’10″ 0.500 0.000 0.000 0.5 1.7 1.3
32 La’Terria Taylor G 5’11″ 0.214 0.000 0.625 0.9 0.3 0.5
31 Allie Tuttle F 6’4″ 0.333 0.000 0.000 0.1 0.1 0.3
30 Christen Johnson F 6’3″ 0.000 0.000 1.000 1.4 0.2 0.2

 

Ohio State University Buckeyes

Nbr Name Pos Hgt FG% 3Pt% FT% R/B A/G PPG
14 Ameryst Alston G 5’9″ 0.448 0.356 .836 3.4 2.9 18.1
22 Darryce Moore C 6’2″ .473 .000 .719 6.0 1.1 8.3
23 Martina Ellerbe F 6’2″ 0.423 0.304 .786 5.9 1.3 8.3
13 Cait Craft G 5’8″ 0.361 0.296 .657 2.6 1.4 8.1
25 Amy Scullion G 6’0″ 0.288 0.333 .727 4 1.0 3.2
31 Raven Ferguson G 5’11″ 0.359 0.246 .742 5.3 2.5 10.7
33 Ashley Adams C 6’5″ 0.486 .000 .684 4.8 1.5 5.9
12 Maleeka Kynard G 5’7″ .296 .343 .741 1.4 1.1 4.6
21 Lisa Blair C 6’6″ 0.467 .000 .000 2.2 0.1 0.7
15 Aleksandra Dobranic C 6’4″ .250 .000 .500 0.6 0.4 0.6