WBB Pregame Glance: Iowa

Written February 25th, 2014 by Ken


The Ohio State Buckeyes (15-15, 5-9) travel to Iowa City for a Thursday evening game against the Iowa Hawkeyes (21-7, 9-5). Ohio State snapped their losing streak with a solid win against Northwestern on Sunday, 71-62, while, Iowa beat Michigan 74-70 on Saturday.

Here’s their Profile

  • School: University of Iowa
  • Location: Iowa City, IA
  • Founded: 1847
  • Student Population: 21,999
  • School Type: Public, coed
  • Division: D-I
  • Conference: Big Ten Conference
  • Arena: Carver-Hawkeye Arena
  • Seating: 15,000
  • Built: 1983
  • Head Coach: Lisa Bluder
  • Year: 14th

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MBB: Ohio State defeats Iowa, 76-69

Written February 4th, 2014 by Ken

The Buckeyes rolled into cold, snowy Iowa City to avenge the January 12th loss to Iowa, 84-74. A win would get them to .500 in conference play and hoist them into a tie with Northwestern, and maybe Wisconsin, for 4th place. Well, the Buckeyes played a solid game and won 76-69, moving their record to 18-5, 5-5, and giving them consecutive road wins.

Ohio State was led by five players in double figure;sAaron Craft (17), LaQuinton Ross (13), Amir Williams (12), Lenzelle Smith, Jr. (12), Shannon Scott (11) and Sam Thompson (9). Ross also pulled in 6 rebounds while Craft  had 6 assists and 6 steals. Iowas was led by Gabriel Olaseni (14 points, 6 rebs) and Mike Gesell ( 11 points,  5 reb).

Iowa’s defense, as expected was a blend of an aggressive man-to-man, extending the perimeter, then switching back to zone. The Buckeyes shot 51% (25-49) from the floor, including 44% from 3-point range (7-16), so whatever Iowa tried, it didn’t work that well.

The 1st half ended with Iowa holding a 33-31 lead, in a half with a couple runs by each team and some helter-skelter play at the end of the half. Iowa was 42% from the field (42%) and an astounding 1-11 from 3-point range. They were led by Olasebe off the bench with 8 points in 4-4 shooting, and he pulled in 4 rebounds. The Buckeyes were led by Aaron Craft’s 14 points; 5-5 from the field (2-2 from 3-pt range) and 2 F’T’s. He also craftily had 4 steals.

OSU  had a 9 point run spanning the 7 minute-5 minute marks, to take the lead 26-17. However, the tables turned rather quickly, as Iowa outscored Ohio State 16-5 over the last 5 minutes of the half.

Evidently, Thad told his troops to mentally break he 2nd half into four segments, one for each television timeout. Consider these segments as battles, and the object is to “win” each battle. In the 2nd half, play was back and forth, and at the under-16 timeout, Ohio State held a 39-38 lead. Lenzelle Smith had 5 of OSU’s 8 points in the half.

Proceeding to the under 12 mark, OSU’s lead was 47-43. At the 10:30 mark, or so, Ohio State was in a bit of a “situation” with their frontcourt; Williams, McDonald and Thompson all had three fouls. At the 9:32 mark, Trey picked up his 4th foul. A flagrant foul on Gabriel Olaseni on Amir Williams at the 8:50 mark led to two Williams’ free throws and a FG to move OSU’s lead to 54-47. Moving ahead to the 4:09 mark, OSU still led 58-54, so things had stalled a bit for both teams.. Thad took a timeout with 2:17 remaining, and Ohio State with the lead 63-57. In the last minute of play, there was some trading of OSU free throws and the occasional Iowa field goal to bring the final score to 76-69.

Ohio State’s next game is against Purdue in Columbus. The game is Saturday at 6:00 PM EST. Television coverage will be via BTN, check your local listings. Live Chat will be at The Buckeye Battle Cry, approximately 30 minutes before tip-off. Please join us.

Pregame Glance WBB: Iowa Hawkeyes

Written January 19th, 2014 by Ken

iowalogoThe Ohio State Buckeyes (12-8, 2-2) return to the hopefully friendlier confines of Value City Arena Saturday afternoon to play the Iowa Hawkeyes (14-5, 2-3). Both teams are coming off crushing losses; Ohio State to Penn State and Iowa to Michigan State. The teams are middle-of-packish in B1G standings, but well within reach of the current 2nd place teams.

Here’s their Profile

  • School: University of Iowa
  • Location: Iowa City, IA
  • Founded: 1847
  • Student Population: 21,999
  • School Type: Public, coed
  • Division: D-I
  • Conference: Big Ten Conference
  • Arena: Carver-Hawkeye Arena
  • Seating: 15,000
  • Built: 1983
  • Head Coach: Lisa Bluder
  • Year: 14th

University of Iowa

The Hawkeyes come to Columbus under long time coach Lisa Bluder. At this point, Iowa has the same record as last year (21-13, 8-8) after 19 games, 14-5.

Coach Bluder runs a 3G/1C/1F lineup with Melissa Dixon (5’8”), Samantha Logic (5’9”) and Thierra Taylor (5’11”) at the guard positions, Bethany Doolittle (6’4”) at center and Kali Peschel (6’1”) at forward. Logic (14.6) and Doolittle (14.5) lead the team in scoring, with Dixon (13.9) and Taylor (10.5) providing ample support. Meanwhile, Logic (6.8) and 6th man Ally Disterhoft (5.6) lead the team in rebounding. Interestingly, both leading rebounders are guards.

Here are the University of Iowa Hawkeyes:

No Player Pos. Hgt FG% 3PT% FT% R/G A/G PPG
21 Melissa Dixon G 5’8″ .367 .333 .889 2.2 2.2 13.9
22 Samantha Logic G 5’9″ .497 .326 .805 6.8 6.9 14.6
23 Theairra Taylor G 5’11″ .436 .323 .691 4.4 3.0 10.5
25 Kali Peschel F 6’1″ .366 .171 .754 5.2 1.2 6.3
51 Bethany Doolittle C 6’4″ .581 .000 .727 5.3 1.2 14.5
2 Ally Disterhoft G 6’0″ .530 .395 .718 5.6 1.4 12.0
1 Alexa Kastanek G 5’10″ .379 .279 .542 1.5 1.5 4.8
3 Claire Till F 6’0″ .358 .167 .429 3.8 0.7 2.9
33 Kathryn Reynolds G 5’7″ .444 .385 1.000 0.2 0.4 2.1
40 Hailey Schneden F 6’2″ .600 .000 .500 0.6 0.4 1.0
45 Nicole Smith C 6’4″

Ohio State University Buckeyes

The game against PSU didn’t go well. At all. By any measure. Offensively, it was horrific; reading from left to right, 29%, 21%, 63% were the GF, 3-PT and FT percentages. The Buckeyes were outrebounded 54-36, and had 22 turnovers and 16 field goals.

The same shortcomings that have plagued this squad were evident against PSU, on exacerbated because the Nits are a good team. Shooting, ball handling and rebounding continue to be areas to be addressed. Fortunately, this team plays with aggressiveness and hustle, so McGuff’s crew does have the right attitude.

And, here are your Ohio State Buckeyes:

Nbr Name Pos Hgt FG% 3Pt% FT% R/B A/G PPG
14 Ameryst Alston G 5’9″ .447 .333 .840 3.5 2.6 16.7
22 Darryce Moore C 6’2″ .487 .000 .709 6.3 1.2 9.4
25 Amy Scullion G 6’0″ .299 .375 .722 4.8 1.1 3.3
13 Cait Craft G 5’8″ .390 .342 .633 2.9 1.4 9.2
23 Martina Ellerbe F 6’2″ .449 .303 .771 5.7 1.2 8.9
31 Raven Ferguson G 5’11″ .350 .220 .714 5.2 2.4 8.8
33 Ashley Adams C 6’5″ .466 .000 .769 4.7 1.7 6.4
12 Maleeka Kynard G 5’7″ .263 .321 .714 1.1 1.2 4.2
15 Aleksandra Dobranic C 6’4″ .250 .000 .500 0.8 0.4 0.8
21 Lisa Blair C 6’6″ .500 .000 .000 2.4 0.0 0.7

Wrap up

Iowa and Ohio State match up pretty well across the board. Hopefully, the friendly confines of VCA will help the Buckeyes’ shooting eye and they get a better handle, so to speak, on their ball handling. The combination of off shooting night and off ball handling makes for a pretty anemic offense. It’s time to straighten that out.

Iowa 81 69 39 18 14 0.46 0.31 0.73
OSU 65 62 40 11 17 0.42 0.32 0.73

As you can see, the Hawkeyes are a high-scoring team, on both sides of the court.  As you can see (table, above) Iowa generates a lot of it’s offense, compared to OSU because of better FG shooting, more Assists (implying better ball movement) and slightly better ball handling.

The game is scheduled for this Sunday, tipping off at 3:00 PM EST in Value City Arena. Television coverage will be provided by BTN, radio via 1460 AM.

MBB Recap: The Eyes Have It. Iowa wins 84-74

Written January 12th, 2014 by Ken

The #3 Ohio State Buckeyes hosted the #20 Iowa Hawkeys this afternoon at Value City Arena. And good hosts they were, too, falling to the Hawkeyes 84-74.. After winning 15 consecutive games, the Buckeyes have now lost 2 in a row. This loss basically came down to two factors; Ohio State’s porous interior defense and turnovers. Iowa had their way with their interior offense and OSU’s turnovers short-circuited several possessions. Oh, and Ohio State needs to figure out how to effectively attack a zone defense.




An early Iowa layup ( was quickly answered by a Zelle Smith layup +1 to give the Bucks a quick 3-2 lead. Both team came out in strong man-to-man defenses and were attacked by weaves, high screens  and off-ball cuts. At the under-16 timeout, Iowa held a 10-9 lead and the pace was frantic with 13 combined shots taken. Iowa was aggressive in attacking the basket, with all of its point in the paint, which went a long way to explain their 71% FG shooting. Meanwhile, OSU , while sometimes running a double post set with McDonald and Ross, seemed into to spring Ross out to the wing for perimeter shots.

Throughout the first 8 minutes of play, Iowa had inched their lead to 4, 19-15. Two styles of play were showing up; OSU’s preference for a perimeter offense, with some inside movement, and Iowa’s aggressive attacking of OSU’s interior defense.

Going into the under-8 timeout,  the combination of Amedeo Della Valle  and Marc Loving added some energy to the Buckeyes as both players looked to go to the basket; both to shoot and to pass. Curiously, the teams seemed to exchange offensive philosophies; Iowa settling for a predominantly jump-shot offense while Ohio State began to drive to the basket. At this point, OSU was up 23-21. Of course, an Iowa 4 minute stretch without a field goal helped.

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Wednesday Night Rumble: Seek and Destroy.

Written October 23rd, 2013 by Jason

Looking forward. Looking back. Review. Penn State. Iowa. The BCS. What are we doing messing around with some wordy introduction? It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

Iowa happenings

To put it mildly, the Iowa game this past Saturday was way more intense and closer than anyone thought it could/should be. And some of the event that took place during it are going to have a lasting impression on the 2013 season.



El Guapo can fly

Certainly the highlight of the day and the season to this point was Carlos Hyde’s feat of athletic brilliance for a touchdown of 19 yards in the fourth quarter that will be on video’s and commercials in Columbus and all through Buckeye Nation for years and years to come. You know the play, the one where he went right, broke out to the sideline, took a hard shot, lost his balance, regained his balance, took off down the sideline and then leaped into the endzone the last 5 yards. Not since Devin Smith scored 2012′s first touchdown have we seen such a truly special play in that the players name will become synonymous with it.

Carlos Hyde is on a mission, and that mission is to go well over 1000 yards for the season and if need be carry this team on his back to a perfect season. With the way the offensive line is blowing off the ball and giving him running lanes, it just may happen. Read More

Are You Not Entertained? Iowa

Written October 21st, 2013 by Gary Russell II

The Buckeyes survived a scare from Iowa in a 34-24 victory, but did our wishes survive?

  1. Run Stopper - Iowa averages >200 yards rushing per game, 104 by Mark Weisman. We need to commit to shutting down Iowa’s running game. Because.. 130 yards total and Weisman held to 52
  2. Hello Secondary - Iowa’s sophomore QB, Jake Rudock is capable (200 YPG) but is also capable of throwing interceptions (1 per game). We need to force him to throw and make the ensuing mistakes. I wan to see him up to 40-45 attempts on Saturday afternoon. You nailed this one Ken…..245 yards total and an interception.
  3. A Special Score - A Special teams and/or defensive TD. I would prefer both, but will take either/or. Not this time Ken. 
  4. No injuries – Another good game from an injury perpsective
  5. A Win – Scary….but we got it.
  6. Suckers - Buckeyes to run a fake punt. Hawkeyes are sucker for it. Hard to fake one when you never lined up for one.
  1. No Passing Allowed -  Fewer than 200 passing yards allowed. Sorry….245 yards for Rudock.
  2. Spread ‘em -  lets see the offense spread, like Urban promised.  Still think we are witing on this one. 
  3. Zero punts – I thought this was a long shot but you got this one right Scott!
  4. Zero field goals – Not so good on this one though..
  5. The G-Man - Kenny G – Still not hearing the music.
  1. Improved pass defense -  Although Iowa doesn’t pose a great threat through the air, I want to see improvement for when Mr Hackenburg and Mr Robinson some a calling in two weeks. – Bye week didn’t seem to help our pass defense.
  2. Passion - Braxton play with some passion and fire. He seemed uninspired to say the least in the first half at Northwestern.  Zero turnovers and better reads is a must.Definitely a better Braxton.  324 all-purpose yards and zero turnovers. 
  3. The Horse - Carlos Hyde about 20 times. I’d love to see the numbers if El Guapo had played the first 3 weeks of the season.  24 rushes for 149 yards! Love that horse!
  4. A Blowout -  The Bucks need one. It’s time to start getting these “style points”.  The only style here was an ugly style. Read More

BBN Football Liveblog: Iowa

Written October 19th, 2013 by Eric

After a bye week full of upsets that was better left unplayed, the Buckeyes return to the gridiron to play host to the Iowa Hawkeyes. The game is scheduled for 3:30 PM EST for an ABC/ESPN2 showing.

We look forward to seeing you all here sometime before the game! The Liveblog officially starts 30 minutes before.

Go Bucks!

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Inside Ohio State: Urban Meyer on Iowa

Written October 18th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

After a bye week, here’s a look at the Iowa game from the folks at Campus Insiders.

Ohio State’s head coach talks “strength-vs-strength” as the Ohio State running attack faces a Hawkeye team that hasn’t given up a rushing score all season.:

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