Pregame Glance: Wisconsin Badgers

Written January 31st, 2014 by Ken

badgerbbThe #24 Ohio State Buckeyes (16-5, 3-5) trek to the challenging environment of The Kohl Center to square off against the #14 Wisconsin Badgers (17-4, 4-4). After starting the season a combined 31-0, the two teams are currently limping at 2-9 in the past month. These teams are pretty close to being in free-fall, and that they are both seeking answers is not far off the mark.

Here’s their Profile

  • School: University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Location: Madison, WI
  • Founded: 1848
  • Student Population: 30,863
  • School Type: Public, coed
  • Division: D-I
  • Conference: Big Ten Conference
  • Arena: The Kohl Center
  • Seating: 17,230
  • Built: 1998
  • Head Coach: Bo Ryan
  • Year: 12th

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Weekend Wonderings: Ides of September

Written September 15th, 2013 by Ken

thinking chimpWelcome to the Ides of September Weekend Wonderings. By now, we’re still celebrating the Buckeyes successful trip to California, and the Browns have put away the Ravens. So, please grab whatever you drink on a Sunday afternoon and. like CS&N, we’ll carry on.

The James/Wexner

Let’s see what’s going on at The James. We’ll start with this.

Researchers have discovered a novel mechanism responsible for the loss of a critical tumor-suppressor gene in rhabdomyosarcoma and other soft-tissue sarcomas, rare cancers that strike mainly children and often respond poorly to treatment. Their cause is largely unknown (emphasis mine). Knowledge of the mechanism could guide the development of more effective therapies for these malignancies..

Here’s the deal; soft-tissue sarcoma is a nasty killer, and unfortunately, it’s a predominantly pediatric disease. If the cause is unknown, it’s difficult, if not impossible to treat , obviously. This is where our research dollars come into play. If the cause can be determined, we’re a leg up on treatment and possibly prevention.

Having said that, some options provided by The James are listed in making donations for cancer research. Pass the word. Thanks. Hitting my personal sweet-spot of golf and cancer prevention/cure, here are what folks in Columbus, OH are doing.

BTT Title Game: OSU is #1!!

Written March 17th, 2013 by Ken

Thank you, thank you very much..

I present to you, your Big Ten Tournament Champions.. The Ohio State Buckeyes!

First, I hope that everyone had an enjoyable St. Paddy’s Day. Now, on to the game.

OSU began the game with good ball movement, being more selective and efficient with their shooting than in the previous game against Michigan State. Through the first eight minutes, OSU was up 13-8 lead fueled by 6-10 FGs, still no trey attempts. Much better movement through the paint, not settling for perimeter hoists. At the mid point of the 1st half, OSU led 13-10 then things went not-so-well. The Badgers went on  a 14-0 tear, abetted by poor OSU shooting. A Sam Thompson field goal ended a nearly 5 minute drought. Wisconsin’s offensive approach of positioning  players on perimeter for penetration, ball swing catch & shoots was seemingly working.

Fortunately the Buckeyes mounted a bit of a late half surge to move deficit from 15-24 to  23-24,  keyed by 6  points by DeShaun Thomas via going to basket and hitting jumpers. OSU couldn’t sustain their initial hot hand, cooling off to 37% from the field, dragged down by 0-5 from 3′s. Ugh. Two bright spots were; DeShaun found the range in last few minutes of half and Amir Williams was 3-4 from the foul line. That’s not a typo.

Second half was initially back & forth, forth & back, neither team able to make any sustained runs through the first 9 minutes of play, score tied at 35 apiece.  At the under-4 timeout, the Buckeyes  pulled to a 45-41 lead, driven by a lot of energy at both end of the floor, particularly at the defensive end. The small, fast lineup seems to have it’s place.

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B1G Title Game Liveblog: Wisconsin and Ohio State

Written March 17th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

OSU and Wisconsin are meeting up for the rubber match in the B1G Tournament Finals today. The Badgers were the last team to beat Ohio State, so there’s revenge on the line in several ways.

Join us and The Buckeye Blog, Buckeye Empire, Men of the Scarlet and Gray, and Buckeye Ninja as we cheer on the Buckeyes in tournament time!

A bit late getting to this today due to “St. Patrick’s Day” festivities (that’s what we’re going with).

Go Bucks!

Breakdownability, BTT Edition: OSU vs Wisconsin

Written March 17th, 2013 by Ken

Winner takes all..

School: University of Wisconsin – Madison

Location: Madison, WI

Founded: 1848

Student Population: 42,595 total, 28,897 undergrad

School Type: Public

Stadium: Kohl Center (you’re welcome)

Seating: 17,230

Opened: 1998

Head Coach: William Francis ‘Bo’ Ryan, Jr.

Experience: 12nd year

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Silver Bullet Points Lays It On The Line

Written March 13th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

It’s championship week here at tBBC, and we’ll have all your B1G Tournament coverage coming up until the Buckeyes cut down the nets.  So, it only makes sense, then, to have our soundtrack for today be the latest from OSU alum and friend of the site Mekka Don, who’s scored an exclusive deal to provide music for their coverage. From the press release:

The intersection of music and sports is prominently on display during high profile sporting events.  Almost every sports arena has a DJ; players submit playlists to be played during warmups; and networks license music to help create excitement for their broadcasting.  Mekka Don, an independent hip-hop artist and former NCAA athlete (Ohio State football), has inked a multi-song licensing deal with the Big Ten Network to provide music for the upcoming Big Ten Tournament games and coverage.  The Big Ten Tournament begins on March 14th on the Big Ten Network.

And here, in an exclusive for tBBC readers, is the the title track for tournament time:

You can support Mekka Don and download this at his site on iTunes… just in time for March’s Madness.

Buckeye 411

  • That Happened- And we’ll talk about it in today’s commentary. But first, some better updates.
  • Heacock is going WHERE?

    Welcome Back? Rumors have been swirling all week that former Buckeye Defensive Coordinator Jim Heacock would be returning to the WHAC in a “quality control” capacity; huge tip, it seems, to Nevadabuck from the Scout site for dropping the knowledge first.  The position would be similar to what a number of schools (most specifically Alabama) are doing in expanding their staff, and you’ve got to think that it will not only strengthen the Silver Bullets but also maintain the relationships that Heacock had with area high school coaches. In addition, it provides a fallback of sorts should the defensive staff lose a member to another opportunity.

  • The Ping Of The Bat- What are you doing Friday, before the Buckeyes tip off in the B1G Tourney? Might as well head over to Bill Davis Stadium for the Scarlet and Gray’s Home Opener.  Ah, spring…
  • Once A Buckeye, Part One- Ramzy at 11W is a must read every Tuesday, but today’s article knocked it out of the park. It’s a continuation of his conversation with Maurice Clarett, who several of us have had the privilege to connect with over the past year or so. Ramzy talks deeper about MoC’s story outside of Ohio State, particularly his passion for impacting the lives of young adults and his new projectdo yourself a favor and go read it now.  I’ll wait. When you’re done, head over to Maurice’s site and pick up a copy of his book… incredible stuff. Read More

BBN Basketball Liveblog: Wisconsin, The Sequel

Written February 17th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

After a closer than comfortable win against Northwestern, Ohio State now travels to the Kohl Center and one of the more hostile environment in the B1G. Ah, good times with Bucky once again.

Join us and The Buckeye Blog, Buckeye Empire, Men of the Scarlet and Gray, and Buckeye Ninja as we help our good friend Bo Ryan learn to Deal With It.

Today’s game is scheduled for 1 PM EST on the CBS. The LiveBlog is scheduled to start 15 minutes before tip.

Go Bucks!

Buckeyes Make Badgers Deal With It, 58-49

Written January 29th, 2013 by Eric
DeShaun Thomas shoots over Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky.

DeShaun Thomas shoots over Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky.

The Buckeyes and Badgers played yet another tough battle on the hardwood tonight that could have gone either way until the Buckeyes finally opened up a lead late in the second half. The Buckeyes were able to withstand a couple Badger attempts at a comeback and eventually clinched the 58-49 victory at home. For the Buckeyes, DeShaun Thomas ended up leading a scorers with 25 and was joined by Aaron Craft as a significant scorer with 13. Wisconsin responded with Traevon Jackson’s 12 and Jared Berggren’s 11 for the game.

As is typical when you play a basketball game with Wisconsin you can safely expect there to be something less than no offense. That was exactly the case in the first half with neither team managing to score more than 10 points in the first 10 minutes of the game. Wisconsin took advantage of the traditionally poor OSU perimeter defense through the half hitting more three pointers than they hit shots inside the arc. That imbalance of shooting, and the success the Badgers had doing it, put the Buckeyes in a bit of a bind against Wisconsin’s strong defense. The Bucks were lucky to be down only two going into the locker rooms.

It took a while in the second half for the Buckeyes to finally exert control, but some great work on the fast break finally did the job. With the Buckeye defense holding Wisconsin scoreless for seven straight minutes in the middle of the half, the Bucks ran out on a 15-0 run to take an 11 point lead with only six minutes left in the game. A pair of Wisconsin three pointers put an end to the run and brought the game back into the ballpark of a couple possessions. Unfortunately for Wisconsin the Buckeyes were able to readjust, and the shots simply stopped falling for the Badgers allowing the Buckeyes to coast home for the victory.

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