B1G Tournament: Day 2 Preview

Written March 8th, 2012 by Eric

One of four days of the tournament are finished. One third of the combatants have been sent home. Now it’s time for the big dogs to get a chance to see the court.

Today’s games mostly went as expected, with Iowa, Indiana, and Purdue staying alive. The lone surprise was Minnesota’s overtime win over tournament dark horse favorite Northwestern. With the Wildcats eliminated early, it’s very likely that their NCAA tournament dreams have died with their Big Ten Tournament run. We’ll have to wait and see before we can be certain, however.

As for tomorrow’s games, there are some intriguing matchups. All four of the games involve teams that played each other only once during the regular season. Even more surprisingly, all of those games were played at the home court of the higher seed in each matchup. That means that each game has a good chance of being much more exciting than the original meetings. This is particularly true for Purdue and Indiana who get to treat there games very nearly like home games.

Just like today, WVaBuckeye and Gary Russell will cover all of the action during the course of the day tomorrow! Make sure you stop by and continue to follow all of the Big Ten Tournament coverage here at the Buckeye Battle Cry!

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B1G Tournament: Day 1 Preview

Written March 7th, 2012 by Eric

This is still up for grabs, for whomever can take it.

Welcome to March.

Are you ready? Ready for tournament time?

The coaches are. Some of the coaches don’t usually care about the Big Ten Tournament – particularly Tom Izzo. The tournament rarely changes anything heading into the NCAA tournament, and the Regular Season Championship is considered more precious. But Tom Izzo seemingly changed his mind this season after being forced to share the regular season title with the Buckeyes and Wolverines,

We’re going to go win our championship back.

He’s ready for March. Are you?

You’d better be. This Big Ten Tournament promises to be one of the best yet. The field is deep with teams that want to win. Consider Northwestern, who has never been to the NCAA’s, and Minnesota, who would like to prove what they can do as a young team missing a key player. How about Purdue, with Robbie Hummel’s last go around. And that’s not even including Ohio State, Michigan State, and Michigan who would all love to be able to hold the tournament championship over their co-regular season title holders.

Just to name a few.

JoeD, WVaBuckeye, Dave, and I put our heads together and shared some of our thoughts on the Thursday matchups to get you ready for the first day of action.
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Buckeyes Crush Hoosiers in Rematch, Win 80-63

Written January 15th, 2012 by Eric

Indiana arrived in Columbus to face the Buckeyes in a rematch of their earlier battle in Bloomington. Unlike the previous battle, however, the Buckeyes started out hot, and carried a 20 point lead through most of the game to an eventual 80-63 win. The big surprise for the game was the play of Lenzelle Smith Jr., absolutely the player of the game with his 28 points on 10-12 shooting. Jared Sullinger also chimed in with 16 points and 9 rebounds, followed by William Buford’s 12, and DeShaun Thomas’s 11. Indiana was led by Cody Zeller’s 16 points and 6 rebounds.

The game opened up with high energy play from both teams. It was clear that Matta and Crean preached how big this game was all week long and the players were responding in a big way. In the first 4 minutes both Indiana and OSU combined for 21 total points, a surprisingly high score and evidence of the up-tempo pace of the game.

Early on, William Buford and Lenzelle Smith were on the money with their shooting. Both combined for 12 of Ohio State’s first 14 points, with all coming from outside the paint. Better yet Lenzelle Smith was also the game’s leading rebounder to that point as well, as he demonstrated a great ability to attack the glass, particularly on the offensive end.

Evan Ravenel and Sam Thompson made a quick appearance for Deshaun Thomas and Lenzelle Smith in the first half. Ravenel quickly made his presence felt on the court as he demonstrated great defensive skill while having to guard shifty Jordan Hulls on the perimeter. Ravenel gave him absolutely no window to drive or shoot, forcing him eventually use a screen to get clear. That screen left Hulls with Aaron Craft, his more natural defender. Ravenel was later forced to play the perimeter again, and did a great job of changing Indiana’s shot, resulting in an airball straight to Sullinger’s waiting arms.
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Basketball LiveBlog: Indiana 2

Written January 15th, 2012 by Eric

Ohio State returns home after their tough showing in Urbana-Champaign. Today’s opponents are the Indiana Hoosiers, which is set to tip in the Schott at 4:30 pm EST. You’ll be able to find the game on CBS.

Our Buckeye Blogger friends will be joining us at 4 pm. In the meantime, go check out their places! the Buckeye Blog, OSU Silver Bullet, Scarlet and Game, Buckeye House Call, Our Honor Defend, Men of the Scarlet and Gray, and Fox Sports Ohio.

If you’re looking for web-video for the game, try First Row Sports (warning: pop-up ads). Click the basketball tab, and you shouldn’t have any trouble finding the right game. I’ve heard people having issues with this website recently – if that’s still the case, let me know and we’ll hunt around for another source.

It also can be found on CBS Sports.com today!

Go Bucks!

Basketball LiveBlog: Indiana

Written December 31st, 2011 by Eric

The Buckeyes face their first real Big Ten test of the season tonight in Bloomington, Indiana against the Hoosiers.  The game tips at 6 on ESPN2.

Our Buckeye Blogger friends will be joining us at 5:30 pm tonight. the Buckeye Blog, OSU Silver Bullet, Scarlet and Game, Buckeye House Call, Our Honor Defend, Men of the Scarlet and Gray, and Fox Sports Ohio.

If you’re looking for web-video for the game, try First Row Sports (warning: pop-up ads). Click the basketball tab, and you shouldn’t have any trouble finding the right game.

Go Bucks!

Buckeyes escape spunky Indiana 34-20

Written November 5th, 2011 by Eric

The Buckeyes tangled with the Indiana Hoosiers on a sunny day in the Horseshoe in a game that was much closer than many thought.

To The House

Big runs from Boom Herron, Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde helped lift the Buckeyes to the 34-20 win at home.  All three runners gained more than 100 yards on the ground, the first time that has happened since the 1989 game against Northwestern, and 4 total touchdowns – two from Miller.  Braxton Miller also added 5 completions on 11 attempts for 55 yards through the air.

Indiana started the game with the ball and came out on the attack.  Showing they weren’t afraid of the Buckeye front four, the Hoosiers ran it straight down OSU’s throat repeatedly.  The strategy gained them good yardage on the ground, most likely due to the fact that the OSU defense looked a little flat on defense.  That’s not usually a surprise as they usually look that way for the first couple series of a game, Indiana was simply doing a good job of taking advantage of it.

John Simon eventually caught an Indiana ball carrier in the backfield on third down.  The Hoosiers were forced to kick a field goal, but were clearly happy to be on the scoreboard first.  On that drive Tre Roberson looked confident and well in command of the Indiana offense.  The future definitely looks bright for the Hoosiers with him in the backfield.

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Buckeye LiveBlog: Indiana

Written November 5th, 2011 by Eric

The Buckeyes attempt to evade the trap set by the Indiana Hoosiers today, and we’ll be here to chat about it!

As usual, we’re joined by: Our Honor Defend, Men of the Scarlet and Gray, The Silver Bullets Blog, Fox Sports Ohio, and Buckeye House Call.

You can also find our lead-in work to this matchup at the following links:
Keys to Victory
Across the Web
What do you Want to see?
tBBC Radio Hour

Go Bucks!

What Do You Want To See On Saturday? Indiana Edition

Written November 4th, 2011 by Eric

You simply can't see this picture of John Simon enough.

After last week’s super successful game you can imagine that the crowd here at the BBC might get a little greedy with their requests. After all, the sky’s the limit now, right?

Let’s see what the guys asked for. Bonus points for people who kept themselves grounded this week.


Carlos Hyde. With Jordan Hall possibly still nursing an injury, it would be nice to see Hyde get back in on the action.

John Simon. Simon’s play has been unbelievable the past two games, watching him continue to dominate will be a lot of fun the rest of the season.

Big plays from the secondary. The Buckeyes failed to record a turnover last week, it would be nice to see someone in the secondary get back on track this week with a big interception or two.

Braxton Miller. Miller continuing to build confidence and momentum in the next few games will be crucial for a strong finish to the season.

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