MBB Recap: Nebraska Husks Buckeyes 68-62

Written January 20th, 2014 by Ken

This recap is going to be Hobbesian: nasty brutish and short. The Buckeyes traveled to the cornfields of Nebraska to right a wallowing ship, having lost three straight games to drop to 15-3.  They are now 15-4, 2-4 after losing to Nebraska in basketball, 68-62. Yes, you read that right. This had some similarities to the MSU game in that Ohio State dug a deep hole in the 1st half, mounted a frenetic comeback, then ran out of gas coming down the stretch. To me, this team is in a bit of a funk right now. They just aren’t playing “right” you name a facet of the game, and that facet needs improvement. Right now, this is not that good of a ball team. Opponents no longer fear playing us.

The game progressed for the 1st half being “horrific” to the 2nd half being “I can’t believe we can’t play better than this”. It was one of those nights. The Bucks made a bit of a run in the last 25-30 seconds or so, but the results were just cosmetic. For the evening, Ohio State shot 39% from the field and 29% from 3-pt range. They continued their atrocious free throw shooting by hitting 14-21, 67%. In contrast, Nebraska shot 50% from the field, 15% from 3-pt range and 77% from the foul line. The Buckeyes were outrebounded 33-27.

The Buckeyes were led by LaQuinton Ross (11 pts, 4 rebs) , Aaron Craft (12 pts, 7 rebs) and Lenzelle Smith Jr (10, 4). Sam Thompson came off the bench to contribute 9 pts and 4 rebs. The Huskers were led by Shavon Shields (18 pts, 9 rebs) and Terran Petteway (17 pts. 5 rebs).

Tonight’s game started out much the same as the game in Columbus, with Nebraska holding a slight lead at the midpoint of the 1st half. Except something went wrong; they kept expanding the lead to go into the locker room up 34-25. Were it not for 2 last second free-throws by LaQuinton Ross, it could have been double digits. The shooting woes continued for the Bucks as they finished the half shooting  31% (8-26) while the Huskers shot 56% (15-17). Quite a difference.

Thad’s halftime speech had some impact as OSU came out of the gates and outscored Nebraska 9-2 in the first three minutes to pull within 2, 34-36. An Aaron Craft layup at the 15:31 mark tied the game at 36. As the teams hit the mid-point of the 2nd half, Ohio State incredibly held a 1 point lead, 44-43, outscoring Nebraska 19-9 at that point in the half.

Over the next five minutes of play, both teams flatlined a bit on offense, with OSU hanging on to a 46-45 lead.  OSU’s last FG was at the 5:56 mark. Points were still tough to come by for the Buckeyes as, at the 2-minute mark, the Huskers held a 51-49 lead. By the time we got to the 1:00 mark, the teams were locked in a free-throw contest, which rarely turns out well for Ohio State and Nebraska had a comfortable, “game-over” lead of 61-51.

Next game is Thursday with Illinois in Columbus, with tip-off scheduled for 7:00 PM EST tip-off. Television coverage will be on ESPN, check local listings; LiveChat will be provided here. Please stop in approximately 30 minutes before game time.

BBN Basketball Liveblog: Nebraska Part 2

Written January 20th, 2014 by Eric

The Buckeyes are again away from home, taking on the Nebraska Cornhuskers for the second time this season. Recall that the Buckeyes took care of business at home by 31 immediately before starting their three game slide.

The game will start at 7:00 PM Eastern on the Big Ten Network. Stop by and chat with all of your favorite Buckeye bloggers and friends! Go Bucks!

WBB Recap: Iowa edges Ohio State 81-74

Written January 19th, 2014 by Ken

The on-again, off-again Buckeyes looked to get “on-again” against the Iowa Hawkeyes in a Sunday afternoon game in Columbus. However, OSU couldn’t get the “on” switch, or rather, couldn’t find Iowa’s “off” switch this afternoon, as the Hawkeyes held on to a 81-74 win. This was a tale of two halves. The Buckeyes, down by 13 at the half rallied in the 2nd half, but by not quite enough in the 2nd half to pull off the win.

As you see below, the Buckeyes absolutely got rocked in the first 10 minutes by Iowa’s offense, but held their composure and outplayed the Hawkeyes in the final 30 minutes.  To be honest, this performance, other than the opening 10 minutes impressed me. Although getting blitzed, they persevered for the rest of the game, played at a high level and came fairly close to pulling off a win. For this, this team must be congratulated. Yes, it’s still a conference “L”, but it was still an encouraging performance by McGuff’s crew. Well, done, ladies.

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Pregame Glance MBB: Nebraska Part 2

Written January 19th, 2014 by Eric
"Waddya mean we get the Buckeyes after a three game bender?!"

“Waddya mean we get the Buckeyes after a three game bender?!”

The Buckeyes are hoping to get back on the winning track versus Nebraska after a rough opening to the meat of conference play. Unfortunately, road wins tend to be harder to come by.

That goes double for this conference.

Thad Matta’s Buckeyes have now lost three games in a row at Michigan State, at home against Iowa, and at Minnesota. That murderer’s row wasn’t considered to be the toughest stretch in the conference slate, which does not bode well for the remainder of the season. This is also the first time Matta has lost three games in a row since 2008-2009, when games at Wisconsin (55-50), at Northwestern (72-69), and at home against Illinois (70-68) got the Buckeyes. That year was also the last time Fran McCaffery got the better of Thad Matta, as the Buckeyes fell to Siena in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Now that we’ve gotten the doom and gloom out of the way, it’s time to talk about the positives. The Buckeyes have been playing terrible basketball the last three games. The turnover numbers alone for Scott and Craft (26 in three games) are appalling, and the team as a whole have committed 51 in the same span. This is not typical Thad Matta basketball, and I’m sure he’s working hard to get the problems cleared up.

“Wait, I thought you said the doom and gloom was over?”
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MBB Recap: Ohio State loses to Minnesota 63-53

Written January 16th, 2014 by Ken

The Buckeyes tried to get off their two-game losing streak by taking a trip to The Barn Thursday night. Not an easy task.

In a back-and-forth contest, the Buckeyes ended up on the short side 63-53; their 3rd consecutive defeat and 2nd by double digits.  To be honest, this team looks lost and without identity and is not playing with confidence right now. The issues that plagued them against Iowa were still present; no defensive answer for opponent inside play (Eliason had a double-double) and poor shooting (35% FG, 61% FT). Coming down the stretch in the 2nd half, players were passing up shots. Game narrative is below, read at your peril.

On to game action; OSU got off to a less than solid but good enough start, and at the under-16 held a 7-4 lead, highlighted by a 3-pointer by LaQuinton Ross. At the 15 minute mark, Minny had 5 turnovers and OSU  was playing much more aggressive interior defense,  a welcome sight from the previous game. They were only 3-12 from the filed, so it wasn’t all rosy. Of course, Minnesota took a cue from Iowa and played a good bit of zone defense to force OSU to beat them with actual shooting.

 

Moving to the under-12, OSU held a 9-6 lead, and Minnesota was “winning” the turnover battle 8-0. As poorly as OSu was shooting 21% (3-14), it helped that Minny had that many turnovers. However, the Gophers picked up the intensity at that point with  man-to-man full court pressure which resulted in 2 quick Minny baskets to give them the lead 10-9.

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WBB Recap: Lions Maul Bucks 66-42

Written January 16th, 2014 by Ken

After some spotty play so far this season, exemplified by, at least in conference play, playing well against ranked teams and not so well against so-so team, Kevin McGuff took his team into the lions den tonight to square off against #14 Penn State.

Let’s get this on the table; not a whole lot went right tonight for the Buckeyes. In fact in terms of “skills” such as shooting and ball handling, almost nothing went right. It was just a horrific offensive performance. However, the Bucks did continue to play with effort and tenacity on defense, so even on nights where we can’t make a shot nor hang on to the ball, the team lays end-to-end effort and they should be recognized for that.

In the 66-42 loss, the Buckeyes were led by Ameryst Alston (12 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists) and  Ashley Adams (8 points, 10 rebounds) while the Nittany Lions were led by Maggie Lucas(18 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists),  Ariel Edwards (13 points, 10 rebounds) and Talia East (8 points, 9 rebounds).

The outcome shouldn’t have been that much of a surprise with the inconsistent play we’ve seen this year and the team’s tendency to lapse into off-shooting ( 29%) and off-ball handling nights (19 turnovers). This was a David vs Goliath matchup, without the slingshot.

Things got off to a brisk start with the teams tied at 8 points apiece after 5 minutes of play. OSU was OK offensively at this point shooting 44% ( 4-9) from the field, but 0-3 from 3-point range (just stop it, OK?).

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BBN Basketball LiveBlog: Minnesota

Written January 16th, 2014 by Eric

The Buckeyes are on the road tonight in Minneapolis, trying to get back on the winning path after two straight B1G losses.

The game is set to tip at 9:00 PM Eastern time this evening, airing on ESPN2. Come join your favorite Buckeye bloggers and friends for the game!
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Pregame Glance WBB: Penn State

Written January 14th, 2014 by Ken

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The Ohio State Buckeyes (12-7, 2-1) having defeated the ranked Hoosiers on travel to University Park, PA to take on the 14th ranked Penn State Nittany lions (11-4, 2-1). The Nits are coming off a tough 84-74 loss to Purdue on Sunday. The game is Thursday at 7:00 PM EST.

Here’s their Profile:

  • School: Penn State University

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  • Location: University Park, PA
  • Founded: 1855
  • Student Population: 39,192
  • School Type: Public, coed
  • Division: D-I
  • Conference: Big Ten Conference
  • Arena: Bryce Jordan Center
  • Seating: 15,261
  • Built: 1996
  • Head Coach: Coquese Washington
  • Year: 7th

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