At 1:30 PM this afternoon on BTN, the Ohio State Spring Game will be broadcast! Today is the only day we get to sate our thirst for “live” Football until August, so take advantage of it while you can. Read More
Ohio State officially kicked off the South Region (sorry, play-in games don’t count in my book) by squaring off against the Dayton Flyers. However, this was as far along the tournament trail the Buckeyes would get as a last second driving layup by Vee Sanford provided the winning points as Dayton, a 6-point underdog, upset Ohio State 60-59.
This game game really encapsulated the entire season for the Buckeyes. There were moments of brilliant play offset by moments of mediocre-to-poor play. There were also the usual suspects of 1) poor 3-point shooting, 2) equally poor free throw shooting, 3) lack of offensive rebounding and 4) inexplicable turnovers. We saw these elements all season, and playing true to form, we saw them this afternoon. The Buckeyes end the season with a 25-10 record.
Welcome to our annual NCAA Tournament Liveblog! If you’re hanging out watching games, you should stop by and watch them with us!
First up is #10 Stanford vs. #2 Kansas. It’s been a fun one so far!
The Buckeyes squared off against the Wolverines this afternoon in the first of today’s B1G Tournament semifinal games. In a game reminiscent of yesterday’s game, OSU battled back from a substantial deficit, but lost 72-69 as a last second, game-tying shot slipped out of Aaron’s Craft’s hands. And, now the B1G season is over, and Buckeyes and their fans await the NCAA’s Selection Sunday process.
Before I get into the recap, I want to tip my hat to the UM Drama Department. They did a wonderful job of scripting the game to produce a historical re-enactment of events on the day more than 2,000 years ago, as the Wolverines struck repeated 3-point daggers into the Buckeyes’ hearts. The part of Brutus was ably played by Nik Stauskas, and his team mates were cast as the roman Senators.
It was a tough game. The Buckeyes battled back against some unworldly UM shooting, persisted despite poor late free throw shooting, and yet still had a shot to tie the game. It was a gutty performance by the team, and despite portions of the game where it appeared they were on the verge on being put out to pasture, they came back, and came back, and came back some more. It was a disappointing end to the Big Ten season, but now we move to the NCAA’s. If this team shows the same tenacity that they’ve shown the past two weeks, it could be a good tournament run.
The #5 seed Ohio State Buckeyes (25-8, 11-8) beat #4 seed Nebraska Cornhuskers, and now face the #1 seed Michigan Wolverines (24-7, 16-3). This is the second game of the day and is scheduled to start 25 minutes after conclusion of the first game. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:40 EST with television coverage provided by CBS, check local listings.
The 4th seeded Buckeyes faced the 5th seeded Nebraska Cornhuskers this afternoon, with the winner playing top-seeded Michigan. The Buckeyes look to win the season rubber match against the Huskers, and tournament play is a good time to get the tie-breaker. And break the tie they did, as the Buckeyes stormed back from an 18 point deficit to win, 71-67.
What a barnburner. Ohio State opened an early lead, got thoroughly outplayed in the middle portion of the game, and took the lead for goo with less than a minute to play. Whew!
The Buckeyes overcame initially poor free throw shooting, to end up 17-28 (61%) from the line. From the field, they shot 45% (25-55) and grabbed 43 rebounds, 14 of them offensive rebounds. Ohio State did not do well protecting the ball, committing 15 turnovers. Nebraska shot 37% (22-60) from the field and an impressive 85% (17-20) from the foul line. Nebraska pulled in 33 rebounds. The Huskers turned it over 11 times.
Ohio State was led by LaQuinton Ross’ 26 points and 13 rebounds and Amedeo Della Valle’s 12 points, 6 rebounds and endless energy & hustle. Nebraska was led by Terran Pettway’s 20 points and Walter Pitchford’s 15 points.
In a games of scoring runs, Nebraska closed the 1st half and opened the 2nd with a 11-0 run to move their lead to 34-28. They then proceeded to extend their lead at the 16:44 mark from 36-30 to 48-30 at the 13:40 mark. Ohio State put full court pressure on Nebraska and Amedeo Della Valle provided the energy as the Buckeyes kept chipping away until they re-took the lead 64-63 on an LQR free throw with :59 to play. Read More
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).
OK folks, we’re going to try something a bit different this afternoon. Eric is out of town on some Very Important Business so I’ll be holding down the fort:
Assuming Ohio State beats Purdue (I don’t want to think of an alternative outcome), we’ll be back here tomorrow afternoon at approximately the same time. Tomorrow’s format, assuming winter storm Vulcan does screw up Eric’s travel plans will be that I’ll be your host once again. So, I guess we’ll have to show up to find out.
Anyway, today’s game is broadcast on BTN and should tip off around 2:25-2:30, or so. See you there!