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