The Buckeyes are taking a trip to Bloomington for their only matchup with the Indiana Hoosiers.
The game is set to tip at 4pm Eastern Time on CBS. Come get your Tom Crean hate on with us as we chat through the game! Go Bucks!
After a poor shooting performance in a disappointing loss to rival Michigan, the exciting promise of the Ohio State women’s basketball team’s Big Ten opening upset of Purdue was highly muted. With the Buckeyes heading to Bloomington to face a 22nd ranked Indiana team that entered the game 14-0, things didn’t look terribly promising for OSU’s hopes of turning things around.
The game got off to a competitive start with both teams trading baskets but after almost seven minutes Ohio State held a 12-10 lead. Excellent OSU shooting over the next four minutes led to 8 unanswered points which stretched the lead to 20-10. The Hoosiers cut the lead to 7 over the next couple minutes but the Buckeyes responded with a 13 to 5 run to open up a 38-23 lead with two minutes remaining in the first half. Indiana responded with increased intensity and closed the half on a 6 to 1 run to trim the OSU lead to 39-29 at the break.
The second half opened like the first with both teams trading baskets. With the Buckeyes up 9, back-to-back baskets by Ameryst Alston keyed a 10 to 0 run that extended the OSU lead to 56-37 with just under eleven minutes remaining. Indiana wasn’t impressed and responded with 11 straight points of their own over the next three minutes to make it an eight point game. Suddenly all the momentum belonged to the Hoosiers and they were in reach of the lead. This time it was Raven Ferguson who hit back-to-back baskets to ignite a run of 10 straight points to give the Buckeyes a comfortable 66-48 lead with just under five minutes remaining. The Hoosiers couldn’t respond and would only score three more points the rest of the game, giving them only 3 points over the last eight and a half minutes, as Ohio State pulled off the 70-51 upset win.
“Michigan State is Ohio State’s new rival.” This theme began around 11:30pm Tuesday night.
To be fair, rumblings of this new theme began long before the Spartans defeated the Buckeyes in overtime at the Breslin Center, but they began to emerge heavily after the scarlet and gray’s 72-68 defeat.
I reject this thought immediately. Michigan State is NOT our new rival. Ohio State has one rival, and only one rival.
Tradition dictates that the Michigan Wolverines are the lone rival to my alma mater, and their misfortunes of late do not knock them from the ranks of rivalry. (By “misfortunes of late”, I mean their football team being a steaming heap of dung throughout the entire 21st century. Boom, roasted.)
Michigan State is atop the Big Ten, and they earned it by knocking the Buckeyes from the ranks of the unbeaten twice in five weeks. I can accept that they are the champions in football and the current leaders in basketball. They’re a damn good team in both sports, and while I am not happy about it, there’s no denying it.
But I cannot and will not allow history and tradition to be rewritten over an excellent stretch of athletic competition.
To me, a rivalry requires more than wins and losses on a stat sheet. It takes decades of hatred, frustration, glory, and respect. Michigan State will never evoke those emotions the way Michigan does.
The Spartans are our chief competitors for the title. They are our most difficult opponents. They are our toughest struggle. But they are NOT our rival.
So what’s the difference between MSU and UM?
There are several teams that want to claim us as their rival. That’s fine with me – they do it because beating us would make their season. We’re the kings. But just because Penn State or Indiana wants to declare us their rival doesn’t mean we should reciprocate. Let it go. Take the games seriously, but there simply is no massive rivalry aside from the maize and blue. You’ll never compare to our greatest rival.
If that’s not enough to convince you, perhaps a history lesson is in order.
Towards the end of the John Cooper era at Ohio State, there were similar rumblings coming from Ann Arbor. Michigan had handled us so many times recently, and their fans were losing the flavor for The Game. They were declaring Michigan State to be their biggest rival. Perhaps they were doing it to get under our skin, because that’s what Ohio State and Michigan does to one another – constant contempt and mockery.
It worked. It got under our skin. Michigan began to take us for granted, and after they knocked us off 38-26 in 2000, we’d had enough. We went and hired Jim Tressel. Since that day, the Wolverines have paid the price for disrespecting The Rivalry. They’ve only tasted victory twice in the 13 years since.
Buckeye fans, I urge you – do not declare MSU to be our new rival. They simply aren’t.
Keep your eyes on the ball. Those bastards to the north are our rivals, and they always will be.
The Buckeyes took care of business Saturday against Indiana. Let’s see if our staff took care of their business:
Celebrating a great senior day, and getting ready for The Game… but this was too good not to post ASAP.
In the midst of an intermittent snow fall, the Ohio State Buckeyes took on the Indiana Hoosiers in Columbus, Ohio. After last season’s close battle, people expected something similar this season. The results on the field turned out to be very different with the Bucks securing a 42-14 win over the (surprising!) scoring challenged Hoosiers. With the win, the Buckeyes advanced their win streak to a school record 23 victories. They also claimed at least a share of the Leaders Division, and a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game, possessing the tie-breaker over Wisconsin.
Braxton Miller did not throw much considering the weather, but hit better than last week with 11/17 for 160 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception. He added 144 yards and 2 touchdowns on 13 carries for the day. Joining him on the ground was Carlos Hyde, who picked up 117 yards and 2 touchdowns on 18 carries, and surpassed 1000 yards rushing for the season for the first time in his career on his senior day. Jeff Heuerman led all receivers with 59 yards on 2 receptions, while Dontre Wilson caught 3 passes for 32 yards and a touchdown. For Indiana, Nate Sudfeld connected on 25 of 41 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Tre Roberson led all rushers with 12 carries for 79 yards, while Kofi Hughes picked up 9 receptions for 120 yards.
With the potential for snowy, windy conditions the Buckeyes planned in advance to bank on the rushing game. They started with a little toss to Dontre Wilson, getting away from the wide receiver screen they had run the last few games. A huge breakout run from Miller for 41 yards put the Buckeyes in great scoring position, which Carlos Hyde was able to take advantage of. Two carries gave Hyde his 14th touchdown of the season, this one from 16 yards out.
Lots of love needs to be given to this very veteren offensive line. They open holes in the running game better than many lines I’ve seen in a long time, which is a huge help to Hyde, Miller and Wilson. Even better is the wide receiver blocking, which I lambasted 2 years ago when the Buckeyes played Colorado and got no blocking from the skill players. That has improved immensely, and takes just a few more defenders out of the play.
Not surprisingly, Indiana was prepared for this game. Possessing the second best offense in the Big Ten (which, honestly, isn’t saying a lot), they blocked well and moved the ball smartly on the ground from the get-go. They earned the first opportunity to move the chains on second down, but were forced into a three and out on their next chance. On third down and one, the Buckeye D-line swallowed up a run up the middle to end the drive.
It’s the last time we’ll get to see a few of the key members of this team wearing Scarlet in Columbus. Let’s make sure to remind them how much we appreciate all the work they’ve put in these last four seasons.
The game is scheduled to tip at 3:30 PM eastern on ABC (for the East/Central, roughly) and ESPN2 (for the Mountain/Pacific, roughly). Make sure to stop by and chat with all of your favorite Buckeye friends and bloggers!
Before Senior Day at Ohio State, Urban Meyer joins Ohio State Insider Jim Lachey to discuss how the Buckeyes are dealing with injuries and the prospects of facing Indiana’s high powered offense.
Thanks as always to the team at Campus Insiders for the insight!
Also, if you haven’t seen it already, this video from the Athletic Department in preparation for tomorrow’s game is spectacular: Read More