Basketball LiveBlog: Kansas

Written December 10th, 2011 by Eric

Today’s liveblog tips at 2:45 am as the Buckeyes take on the Kansas Jayhawks.

Chatting about it with us are our best buddies: Men of the Scarlet and Gray, Our Honor Defend, OSU Silver Bullet, Buckeye House Call, the Buckeye Blog, and Fox Sports Ohio.

We won’t know if Sullinger is going to play until much closer to gametime. We should have the answer by time the liveblog starts.

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!

What do you Want to see This Week?

Written December 10th, 2011 by Eric

Lets find out what the BBC writers want to see out of the basketball team this week.

Mali

You've just gotta love this team.

Healthy Sully. Whatever’s going on with his back, make it all better in time for conference play.

The New Kid. I want to hear how Ross is getting involved in the team’s preparations… will he be up to speed?

Defend The Line. Ohio State has the ability to play with anyone in the country unless they struggle to defend the deep bombs- they stifled the Blue Devils, will they do the same to the Jayhawks?

Courage Under Fire. I’ve been to a game in the Phog Alllen Fieldhouse, and it’s not an easy place for visiting teams. Can the Buckeyes win their first true road test?

Jim

A healthy Jared Sullinger. the nature of college basketball and the nature of back spasms create a situation where there is absolutely no need to rush Sullinger back on the court before he is ready, potentially re-aggrevating and prolonging the injury. Losses in college basketball don’t matter, especially against quality opponents so, as much as we’d like to see him play against Kansas, only if he is truly 100% healthy por favor.

DeShaun Thomas continuing to roll. He showed what he can do on the biggest stage against the Dukies, let’s see him continue to build on that performance and become a more consistent scoring force down the stretch.

Aaron Craft. It’s just fun watching him play.

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Pregame Glance: Kansas

Written December 9th, 2011 by Eric

The Buckeyes are traveling for their first away game for the preseason this weekend. The target is Lawrence Kansas and the 5-2 Kansas Jayhawks. Let’s take a look.

So big it can be seen from orbit!

School: University of Kansas
Location: Lawrence, Kansas
Founded: 1865
Student Population: 21,066
School Type: Public
Division: NCAA DIV I
Conference: Big 12
Stadium: Allen Fieldhouse (“The Phog”)
Seating: 16,300
Built: 1955
Head Coach: Bill Self
Year: 9th

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March Madness 2011: Southwest Region

Written March 16th, 2011 by Eric

We continue our look at the NCAA tournament field with our third of three regions.  Jay and Joe already did a fantastic job with the West and Southeast regions yesterday.  The Southwest region seems a lot easier to predict than the Southeast with a lot fewer chances for upsets in the first round.  That doesn’t mean there aren’t some teams to look out for, though!

Favorites: There is no question about the top favorite for this bracket.  Kansas, last year’s overall #1 seed, is in no danger of facing the same fate as last year.  This year’s team is a dangerously deep and talented group, not dependent on any one player to get the job done.  The Morris brothers, Markieff and Marcus, lead the team in points per game and rebounds per game as well as leading a trio of fantastic frontcourt players.  Overall, Kansas plays with an incredibly fast pace, and runs with a significant height advantage that could give their opponents trouble.

Keep an eye on Purdue as well.  While the Boilermakers ended the season in pathetic fashion (losses to Iowa and Michigan State), they are still a spectacularly dangerous team when they’re on their game.  Expect Matt Painter to lead his team deep into the tournament as he’ll be more than capable of refocusing his troops on the importance of March.

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