As the sun came up today, it was the dawn of the first day of “real” conference basketball tournaments! That’s right, folks, it is finally Day 1 of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament!
Each day this week, we will offer a brief rundown of the day’s matchups. It’s just a little something for you to whet your appetite with while you wait for the Buckeyes to take the hardwood.
Make absolutely certain you don’t take any of these predictions to your favorite betting locale. If you do, we’re not responsible for the results – unless you win.
The Big Ten tournament, as a whole has been a particularly unpredictable beast. Teams at the bottom of the seeding, knowing that their fates on in their own hands and their season is coming to a premature end, tend to play beyond themselves. It is not unusual for a team that plays in the first round to make it to the Championship game, though that’s also not particularly common either.
For our rundown of today’s games, Read More
Earlier today, the Big T1e2n announced both its division names for football and revealed a new logo. Let the branding of obedience begin:
Other options for your bootleg t-shirt needs:
Yup, we’re “Big”. You’ve got to wonder if the failure to try to build a number into the logo like with the Big T1e1n means something about future expansion. Ooooooh! Conspiracy!! Read More
Lots of rumors swirling today, including those about conference divisions for 2011.
What we’re hearing is as follows (from 97.1 FM in Columbus, FWIW):
Reports are also that The Game will remain a protected rivalry, and will be played on the last weekend of the season.
Again, nothing definitive as of yet… The official announcement will be this evening at 7 PM on the Big Ten Network.
UPDATE: ESPN is reporting the same.
According to the Omaha World Herald, the University of Nebraska has accepted an offer to join the Big T1e2n conference.
The University of Nebraska Board of Regents have approved this move as well, and there’s speculation that it may be approved by the Big Ten Conference as early as this afternoon
“By unanimous vote, the Big Ten Presidents and Chancellors are pleased to welcome the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to the Big Ten Conference,” said COP/C Chair and Michigan State President Lou Anna K. Simon. “We believe Nebraska is an extraordinary fit, reflecting the criteria we established at the beginning of the process – high academic quality, competitiveness, cultural compatibility and fiscal responsibility. The extensive and in-depth discussions my colleagues and I have had about Big Ten expansion permitted us to act expeditiously and prudently on the application submitted by Nebraska. We look forward to working with our colleagues at UNL in the years ahead.”
“We are pleased that the Presidents/Chancellors of the Big Ten universities agree that the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a proper partner from both an academics standpoint and athletics perspective,” Perlman said. “This makes sense for the future of our University. We are honored to be included in the Big Ten.”
“The Big Ten Conference has much to offer,” Osborne said. “This is a tribute to our athletic program, our academic programs and our fans. This is the right move at the right time. This is a rare opportunity that may not have been an option for us in the future.”
In order for an institution to be admitted to the Big Ten Conference, it must submit a written application, which must then be approved by at least 70 percent of the Big Ten COP/C. The University of Nebraska Board of Regents formally submitted an application to join the Big Ten Conference Friday afternoon. The Big Ten COP/C then met via conference call and approved Nebraska’s application.
“While Big Ten expansion is exciting and important both academically and athletically, what we are really excited about is building solid, long-lasting relationships with the University, its administrators and staff, its fans and the people of Nebraska,” Delany said. “We look forward to reaching out to these groups in the months and years ahead.”
We’ll continue to update this as it develops.
Hopefully this well help you all get through your day, watch each video 4 or 5 times and it will be time to go home before you know it.
I hope you enjoyed that, I know I did.
Well here we are with one week to go before the start of the college basketball season. This season is looking pretty exciting for the Big Ten with seven teams expected to make it to the big dance. Heck, this might be the conference’s first real chance to take home a Big Ten/ACC Challenge title. But we’re not here to talk about that, we’re here to talk about our Buckeyes!
Thad Matta is now entering his sixth season as Head Coach with a record of 127-46 at the helm of the Buckeyes. This is Matta’s first season the he has fielded a team made predominantly of veterans since the ’05-’06 team which included such luminaries as Ja’Kel Foster, JJ Sullinger, and Matt Sylvester. More amazing than that fact is that this team has precisely no Freshmen! The coaching staff did this intentionally so that they could save scholarships for the upcoming recruiting class, which is supposed to be on par with the original Thad Five (at least in Scout’s and Rival’s rankings).
Also on the coaching staff is a new face in Assistant Coach Jeff Boals. Boals spent the last three seasons coaching the post players for the Akron Zips, and aided in a 23-13 MAC Tournament Championship season that saw the Zips earn their second ever NCAA tournament bid. More familiar to Buckeye fans will be returning Assistant Coach Alan Major who has spent 9 straight years working with coach Matta, including three years at Xavier.
Let’s now take a look at the players position by position. Honestly, it’s a little difficult to do, since Matta likes to play many different sets of 5 players with many players contributing in many different roles. We’ll see if we can do it any justice! All Stats refer to the player discussed beneath them and are courtesy of ESPN (where available).
Arrr, yesterday’s games fell on the national holiday o’ “Talk Like a Pirate Day“. Should we be surprised, then, that the upset o’ the day happened at a place whar people show up in boats? Ahoy, and it warn’t the team that we expected t’ see success. In Piratey news, East Carolina lost to North Carolina. Great Neptune’s mandibles!!
Ok, that’s enough.
But, like TLAPD, the U$C choke to an unranked conference team should become a national holiday, since it happens more frequently than leap year. And given that 5 of the last 6 of these losses have come on the road in the Northwet, there must be something more significant going on. Perhaps the Curse of DB Cooper or something.
Nevertheless, the Trojan Tragedy has sent ripples throughout the college football world. In Los Angeles, fingers are pointing at Surfer Pete, asking again why the coach is unable to keep his team focused. Granted, the starting QB and safety were banged up, but given U$C’s deep pockets of five star talent you’d think they’d be able to beat a team that was 1-15 in their last sixteen games. A team of young men recruited by Ty Willingham. Hmmm… where have we heard that before?
While a post game let-down is to be expected, it didn’t hamper Ohio State who headed to Cleveland and shut out the #5 team in NCAA offense. Toledo, fresh off of their clown stomping of Colorado, was held to 210 total yards and 13 yards rushing. Ohio State’s rebound included 370 yards of offense from “Lebron in Cleats”. Mich1gAAn fans? That’s how you beat Toledo.
To celebrate the “Mistake by the Lake” and the Ohio State recovery, the AP poll decided to drop USC from 3 to 12, and bump tOSU from 11 to… 13. The Buckeyes were jumped by Chokelahoma, who took care of Tulsa on Saturday. However, the team that handed OU their loss got pummeled at home; BYU lost 54-28 to Free Shoes University. And yet, the Sooners didn’t suffer due to the loss of the team that beat them… This, among other things, is the reason that we need to do away with polls until October. But you knew this already.
Around the mid-west, Mich1gAAn managed to cruise against a directional school after struggling in the first half. Notre Ame was the beneficiary of back to back boneheaded decisions by MAChigan State’s sophomore QB, first overthrowing a wide open receiver in the end zone, then sealing the game with an interception at or near the endzone. Penn State continued their “Hosting Hostess” tour, although they did allow Temple to score on their vaunted defense.
SEC action witnessed Auburn holding off the weather and WVa (rats- a burning couch goes great with rain), Arkansas falling to Georgia in a shootout, Calipari’s scandal defeating Pitino’s scandal, and Florida eventually getting around to beating Tennessee in the “our orange is uglier than yours” festival. MSU beat Vandy (really?), and LSU squashed some other team from Cajunland. Old Miss and Alabama combined for 105 points in their wins.
The Huskers lost a well fought road game against a very good Hokie team in the final minutes. True conversation between my beloved and I: Her- “Wow, it’s such a tough loss when you’re winning the whole game and then it falls apart in the last seconds”. Me- “I wouldn’t know what that was like at all.”
Other Big 12 action: Rice couldn’t stick to TBPU, Kansas State blew their one chance to shine in the Rose Bowl, Colorado won while Baylor fell to UConn, Rock Chalk pounded the Cameron Crazies, and the Pirate Cap’n missed out on an opportunity to do Blackbeard proud.
On the Left Coast, toOSU played football from Ohio with predictable results, Washington State won (I know, right?), and Oregon unveiled yet another hideous ensemble in their upset of the Utes. Cal’s Jahvid Best looked to be just that against a chippy Minnesota Team opening their new stadium. Arizona evened the “Big T1e1n Pac Ten challenge” at one each by falling to Iowa.
Elsewheres- TCU continues to roll, Syracuse beat Northwestern in this week’s “They have football teams?” bowl, and Pepperdine remains undefeated. Oh, and this has to be the worst idea of the week- UCF planned a tribute for the African American members of Buffalo’s 1958 team, who rejected a bid to the Tangerine Bowl because their darker hued teammates weren’t allowed to play. Coincidentally, UCF also scheduled a “White Out” for that date, and asked their fans to come dressed in all white. Good thinking.
Small schools update: Bacone got fried by Howard Payne, 56-7.
This week’s games include an Ohio State/Illinois matchup that will prove how much Ron Zook can screw up his team if given a buy week, and an important Kentucky/Florida clash, if the Gators are healthy enough to show up. Maybe St. Tebow can heal them… although, I’m not sure I’d trust his medical experience. Mich1gAAn hosts Indiana, and Kansas welcomes Bret Favrere’s alma mater. Cal and Oregon square off, Nebraska gets whatever’s left from LSU’s blowout, and the marquee game is Miami and Va Tech in a Big lEast showdown. Texas plays UTEP, TBPU welcomes Eddie Robinson’s school, and TCU travels to Clemson. Washington faces off against Stanford, while the Cougs get to be the rebound team for U$C. Notre Ame has to face a Purdon’t team that just lost to a MAC team… That’s not going to end well.
And now, some inspiration for those underachievers in Block O:
High school students. Just sayin’.
Homerism runs deep in college football. If you’re a fan of Alabama football, you’re going to scream from them-thar mountaintops about SEC football. Same thing goes for Pac-10 football from UCLA fans, Big 12 football from Texas Longhorn partisans, etc etc etc.
Since our leagues don’t get the chance to prove their worth against each other on the field more than once or twice a year, there’s very little opportunity to prove beyond doubt which conference is truly the best.
Today, the Buckeye Battle Cry begins a new experiment which we hope will settle the argument over which major NCAA conference produces the best talent in the world. We have taken every active player in the NFL and separated them into four leagues, one for each of the following NCAA conferences; The Big Ten, the Pac Ten, the Big Twelve, and the Southeastern Conference. The best pro players from each of these 45 teams will be playing against each other in a fantasy football league, conducted and monitored by all of us here at The BBC.
Our league will be open and visible to everybody on ESPN.com. You can track our movements at The Buckeye Battle Cry Challenge, and we encourage your comments and your advice on which players to start from week to week. We’ll be keeping a close eye on fantasy notes, but your help is always going to be considered.
Our draft has already taken place. You can view all the rosters here and let us know what you think. As of this moment, starting lineups are set but are NOT official. We have players that we still want to release, and players that need to be benched until their individual situations get resolved (we’re looking at you, Michael Crabtree).
We will be announcing the rules of the league very soon. Rest assured that despite being a biased Big Ten blog, we will not be stacking the deck. We plan to put the best players available on the field for each and every team in our league. We subscribe to the theory that it’s always better if your opponent is at 100%, so they have no excuses when you beat them.
The BBC Challenge is made up of 8 teams, four each from the aforementioned conferences. Every team will make the playoffs, and the first round of the playoffs will by a battle between two teams from the same conference. The championship game will take place during Week 16 of the NFL season, in order to prevent any key players from being rested in Week 17 if they are not needed by their pro team that week (example – Peyton Manning sitting out Week 17 in 2007 because the Colts had locked up their playoff position already).
So sit back and enjoy….we’re going to put the professional players from the four best NCAA conferences together and settle this argument once and for all!