Just say "No" Jared. To everything!

As Ty discussed in his article this past week, some coaches may be pulling out their CVs and making some edits and updates in hopes of landing a job at Ohio State next year.  It will be interesting to see how the season and subsequent coaching decision plays out for the football program, and hopefully Luke Fickell lands himself the frontrunner position with a solid 2011-12 campaign at the helm.  Nevertheless, with the present uncertainty surrounding the football team, it is nice to have stability in the Buckeye basketball world.

The perception is that Thad Matta has a very well-run program.  After taking over following Jim O’Brien’s departure, Matta has grown the program to new heights, achieving year-after-year success that has fans enthused and engaged in basketball once again.  O’Brien, who recently was named head coach at DIII school Emerson after being out of coaching for a period of time, left Ohio State amidst rules violations that resulted in significant penalties for the university.  Fortunately Matta has avoided anything of that nature thus far, and although nobody expected the sudden fallout that has occurred with Jim Tressel given his image and reputation, comments by Jared Sullinger in a featured ESPN article on Thursday provide reason to believe that there is little cause to worry about a similar surprise with Matta. Read More

Ohio State mangles Purdue 87-64

Written January 25th, 2011 by Eric

Craft had a spectacular game.

#1 Ohio State and #12 Purdue locked horns in Columbus this evening for early control of the Big Ten conference.  After Purdue neglected to take the floor, the Buckeyes cruised to a lopsided 87-64 win.  Purdue simply had no answer for the Buckeyes on either side of the court, with only Johnson and Moore finding any sort of scoring success against the tough Buckeye defense.  Six Buckeyes broke double figures, including William Buford’s team leading 19.  With the win, the Buckeyes advance to 21-0, which is one shy of tying* their second best start in program history, sharing with the 1960-’61 National Runner-up team.

I would like to take a moment to yell at ESPN.  We know full well that you’re the new name of SEC sports, and you have vested interest when the Florida/Georgia game goes into double overtime.  However, the Big Ten market doesn’t particularly care about your mid-level SEC basketball game, especially once Florida secures a 12 point lead with not enough time left on the clock for a UGA comeback.  I almost wish this game had been on the Big Ten Network.

Buford came out of the gate with the hot hand, sinking two quick three pointers to open the game for the Bucks.  Purdue’s strategy, to double team Sully by sloughing a defender off Buford, gave Will the wide open looks he needed to rain in the big opening shots.  While the strategy seemed to take Sullinger out of the game, it was the same “pick your poison” option as the OSU shooters took advantage of it.

Purdue had absolutely no answer for the Buckeyes in the early going.  On both ends of the court, Ohio State had their number on the way to an early 26-9 lead that left the Boiler’s completely stunned.  It seemed as if whatever Purdue wanted to do, OSU had the immediate answer.  Worse yet, JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore had combined for 2-7 shooting for a total of 5 points 10 minutes into the game.  Exactly what Purdue didn’t want to happen to start the game.

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Pregame Glance: Purdue

Written January 24th, 2011 by Eric

After their exciting and impressive win at Illinois on Saturday, the Buckeyes return to the friendly confines of Columbus to play what could very well be one of the biggest games of the season.  The Purdue Boilermakers, fresh off an impressive home victory of Michigan State, stand at 6-1 in Big Ten play and may very well be the toughest home test for the Bucks this season.  Let’s take a look.

That's not a Boilermaker! That's a train silly!

School: Purdue University
Location: West Lafayette, Indiana
Founded: 1869
Student Population: 39,697
School Type: Public
Division: NCAA
Conference: Big Ten
Stadium: Mackey Arena
Seating: 14,123
Built: 1967
Head Coach: Matt Painter
Year: 6th

Matt Painter’s Boilers came into the season riding high expectations – in fact, the highest expectations in the Big Ten outside of East Lansing.  Read More