Rumblin, Stumblin, Bumblin: Spring (almost) Cleaning

Written April 4th, 2014 by WVaBuckeye

After being away for a while experiencing my oldest daughter giving birth to my first grandchild, I have had plenty of time getting ready for a little bit of spring cleaning. So I am going to take this opportunity to kinda wrap up everything that is RSB overall from football and basketball. Let’s get rolling with the good of Buckeye sports.

Rumblin’

It’s time to start the argument. My favorite all-time basketball buckeye on the men’s side has been Jay Burson for a very long time obviously. So here is the dilemma for you to ponder. Has there been a better point guard in Ohio State history than Aaron Craft? Let’s do a quick comparison of their career numbers, and then I will give you my two-cents as to why there never has been a player like AC, and probably never will be.

                    JB          AC

Scorer, through and through

Scorer, through and through

GP            122         148

FG%         50%      46%

3P%         41%       33%

FT%        81%        74%

APG        2.77        4.7

SPG         1.67        2.3

RPG         3.3         3.3

The big difference between the two basically comes down to their area of expertise and what was asked of them by their head coaches and the era’s in which they played. Jay Burson was always a scorer and told me in an interview a couple years ago about the adjustments he had to make to college and how he realized he had a lot to learn after his freshman year. Jay was a pure scorer first and foremost and worked hard to become a better defender. He will go down as the second best at the position in my book now. Read More

All-Time Tourney #1 1960 vs. #8 1987

Written February 28th, 2012 by Joe Dexter

 

The 1960 National Champions are a one of a kind team. They are the only team in Ohio State history to win a national title and then played for two more. They possessed three players that would become All-Americans and first round draft picks to the NBA. All five starters played in the NBA and don’t forget that the team also produced one of the greatest coaches in NCAA history in Bob Knight. They face a 1987 squad led by Dennis Hopson who is the all-time leading scorer both in a career and single season. The Hopson led squad enjoyed good success in a season dominated by Coaches Knight and Thompson and just about pulled off the biggest upset ever against Thompson’s Hoyas in the NCAA tourney.  This match-up would be interesting in many ways but the best is the two most prolific scorers in the history of the program getting a chance to go against each other.

What are to follow will be several comparisons of each team’s makeup. We will be including our opinions of each comparison with who has the advantage and at the end will be guest appearances. We hope you enjoy our tournament as we look forward to the outcome!

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tBBC All-Time Tourney: 1987 vs 1982 Play In Game

Written January 16th, 2012 by Joe Dexter

The one thing that the 1982 and 1987 teams have in common is that they both had superstars of their time in NCAA basketball. Both Dennis Hopson (86&87) and Clark Kellogg (1982) led there teams as Captains and in several other ways. Hops would finish his last year at tOSU with the second highest average in the nation and third in Ohio State history with 29.1PPG . Clark led his team in 1982 with a double double average on offense and stalwart D on the inside with Granville Waiters. The comparisons between these two teams are very different after these two. Three of the other four starters on Hops team averaged in double digits in points. They benefited from a 3-point line where the 1982 squad was methodical on offense and defense. Both players were selected as Big Ten POY there final years at Ohio State.

What are to follow will be several comparisons of each team’s makeup. We will be including our opinions of each comparison with who has the advantage and at the end will be guest appearances. We hope you enjoy our tournament as we look forward to the outcome!

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Buckeye Hoops Legacy: A Conversation with Jay Burson

Written January 5th, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

It’s not very often that you get to have a conversation with your favorite buckeye in a particular sport but I got to do just that recently with Jay Burson.

The Torch Is Passed

I began being a fan of Jays while he was scorching the nets at New Concord John Glenn high school in the early to mid eighties. I went to high school at Vincent Warren not that far away from him and tried several times to watch him play and never could get a ticket. Every gym he played in during his senior year in 1984-85 was sold out and mostly standing room only. Even the game that he finally broke the Ohio High School all time leading scorer mark had to be moved to Muskingum College. It was a place that he knew very well as his father coached the Muskies for 38 years and amassed 542 victories there. The home team that night was the Philo Electrics and agreed to the move. Jay broke Rex Leach’s record from the 1950’s of 2,581 and would finish with 2,958.

Jay can be heard with Adam Neft on 97.1 the Fan out of Columbus during pregame shows for the mens team nowadays and owns his own sporting equipment company. You can follow Jay on his website and see that he keeps himself busy.

When we first started our conversation he was telling me about something new that he’s working on. If there’s one thing you can say about Jay and his playing days it’s how tough he was. Most remember that it took a broken neck, literally, to slow him down. He never gave up his dream of playing professionally and spent some time in the NBA with the Rockets and finished his career in the CBA.

He has a passion for everything he has ever done and believes that things happen for a reason. He will be introducing a new program through his speaking and it’s simply called “Keep Playing”. The message is simple. No matter what happens to you in life, at work, and in sports, he says to do what he’s learned, keep playing. Don’t give up on your goals and dreams because of speed bumps. Pick yourself up just as if you were just fouled hard in a basketball game and keep playing. I look forward to his new scheme as it can make a difference in your life in any phase.

WVa: “All greats seem to grow up being coached by their dad. Your dad was a great coach at Muskingum, so what was it like around the dinner table. How much coaching did he give you as a kid, you also had a great one at John Glenn.”

JB: “It was always easy being around dad. The biggest thing with him was preparation. Playing with college players growing up and gaining that toughness from it. The relationships with those players and coaches and my dad are lifelong. Ron Hoyt was my coach at John Glenn and taught me respect, honesty and toughness.” Read More

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