WBB: MSU 70, OSU 49

Written February 16th, 2014 by Ken

Coach Kevin McGuff took his squad to East Lansing to try to avenge an earlier loss to Michigan State, but the results were pretty much the same, as the Spartans pulled out their xiphos swords and eviscerated the Buckeyes 70-49.  The loss drops Ohio State to 14-14, 4-8.

The Buckeyes continued their poor shooting; 31% from the field, 27% from 3-pt range and 40% from the foul line. Frankly, this shooting is inexcusable. To compound their misery, the Buckeyes were outrebounded 57-33. Fortunately, Ohio State committed only 11 turnovers to MSU’s 21, so this part of the game has improved over the past couple of games.

Ameryst Alston led the Buckeyes in scoring with 25 points, but then she took nearly half the FG attempts, so I guess proportionally it works out about right. Although only scoring only 2 points, Martina Ellerbe did her par by pulling in a team high 7 rebounds. To me, the bright spot was the play of  Lisa Blair, who in 21 minutes had 5 rebounds and 4 blocks; quite an active evening.

The 25th ranked Michigan State team was led by Annalise Pickrel (17 pts, 11 rbs), Becca Mills (17, 8),  Aerial Powers (15, 7) and Tori Jankoska (11, 6). MSU shot 44% from the field, 33% from 3-pt range and 64% from the foul line.

The Buckeyes will hope to stop their 4 game slide on Thursday by hosting the Nebraska Cornhuskers this coming Thursday at 7:00 PM EST. Television coverage will be provided by BTDN.

WBB Pregame Glance: Michigan State

Written February 13th, 2014 by Ken

michigan-state-universityThe Ohio State Buckeyes (14-13, 4-7) will try to stop a 3 game slide by going to the Breslin Center on Saturday to take on the Michigan State Spartans (16-8, 8-3). Ohio State will try to get out of their recent shooting funk while throwing a defensive net on a high scoring Spartan backcourt. MSU win try to get back on track after a tough loss in Lincoln, NE.

Here’s their Profile

  • School: Michigan State University
  • Location: East Lansing, MI
  • Founded: 1855
  • Student Population: 37,454
  • School Type: Public, coed
  • Division: D-I
  • Conference: Big Ten Conference
  • Arena: Breslin Center
  • Seating: 14,759
  • Built: 1989
  • Head Coach: Suzy Merchant
  • Year: 7th

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WBB Recap: MSU Blocks Bucks 82-68

Written January 26th, 2014 by Ken

Ohio State squared off against Michigan State in Columbus this afternoon; OSU going after its 2nd consecutive win, MSU trying to stop a 4-game slide. However, the Buckeye’s came up short as the Spartans rolled by the score of 82-68. If you enjoyed fouls and turnovers, I don’t understand why you would, this game was for you. The teams combined for 39 fouls and 37 turnovers. Although the Buckeyes did manage to score 68 points (36 in 2nd half), they had no answer to MSU’s offense, as the Spartans scored 45 points in the 2nd half.  The Spartans placed 4 players in double figures;  Tori Jankoska 25 points, Aerial Powers 20 points, Klarissa Bell 11 points and Annalise Pickrel 10 points. Defensively they blocked 11 Buckeye shots, 7 by 6’7″ center Madison  Williams.

The Buckeyes were led off the bench by Raven Ferguson 20 points, Ameryst Alston 16 points, and Cait Craft with 12 points.

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Pregame Glance MBB: Michigan State University

Written January 6th, 2014 by Ken

The #3 Ohio State Buckeyes (15-0, 2-0) dusted off Nebraska on Saturday, but have a much tougher opponent on Tuesday. The team plays#5 Michigan State University (13-1, 2-0) at the Breslin Center, tipping off at 9:00 PM EST.

Here’s their Profile

  • School: Michigan State Universitymichigan-state-university
  • Location: East Lansing, MI
  • Founded: 1855
  • Student Population: 37,454
  • School Type: Public, coed
  • Division: D-I
  • Conference: Big Ten Conference
  • Arena: Breslin Center
  • Seating: 14,759
  • Built: 1989
  • Head Coach: Tom Izzo
  • Year: 19th

We have an important game coming up on Tuesday (you knew that, that’s why you’re here) between #3 OSU vs #5 MSU that has conference and national rankings implications. I’m going to change up the usual “Pregame Glance” format, because we are fortunate enough to have my friend John stopping in for a brief Q&A. As a refresher, John and I go back, professionally and personally for close to 15 years, and I consider him a good friend. I also consider him a knowledgeable Spartan basketball fan, par excellence. Last season, John graced our little corner, and again, fortunately, he agreed to help us out in previewing this Michigan State team.  So. let’s get started:

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tBBC Basketball Pre-Conference Roundtable: IU, Purdue, MSU

Written November 20th, 2013 by WVaBuckeye
The next session of roundtable participants is a dandy and we’re privileged to have them with us! Our longtime friend who always takes time to help us out is Purdue graduate Robby Donoho who is the Sports Anchor/Reporter at WCBI in Columbus, Mississippi ; Adam Johnson who is the lead writer for the Crimson Quarry representing the Hoosiers; Hondo Carpenter representing the Michigan State Spartans and is the founder and publisher of Spartan Nation.

Who did you lose from last season and how big of a loss will it be?

purdueRobby - DJ Byrd, Anthony Johnson, Donnie Hale, Sandi Marcius, Jacob Lawson, Dru Anthrop

In terms of production, the loss of these five guys isn’t tremendous. Purdue will miss Byrd’s ability from the perimeter as he really seemed to hone in his 3-point shot. Anthony Johnson just never seemed to click with Matt Painter and that also goes for Donnie Hale and Jacob Lawson. All three transferred in the offseason. Anthrop came off the bench and gave Purdue minutes towards the end but the Boilers will miss Sandi Marcius, who decided to use his 5th year waiver to play for DePaul this upcoming season. No one blames Sandi for his decision, but his beef inside and his effort on the glass will be greatly missed with a team that still needs to find its killer instinct in the rebounding department.

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Adam - Everyone. Indiana lost 2 top 4 draft picks and 2 major contributing seniors. It’s going to take some time to get used to playing with Zeller, Oladipo, Hulls and Watford. All of them were major contributors in one way or another. I can’t argue that Indiana will be able to replace Zeller and Oladipo just like that, but I think Jeremy Hollowell can fill the Christian Watford role. Indiana won’t be able to fill Hulls’ role as a shooter, but I think an increase in ability from Yogi Ferrell plus adding a lot of size at the 2 guard will make it a net neutral change.

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Hondo - Derrick Nix graduated and is now playing in Europe.  He was a backup center and although he is a great young man his loss is nominal at best.

Who are your returners from last year? Which one will be the team leader?

Robby - Terone Johnson, AJ Hammons, Ronnie Johnson, Rapheal Davis

Those four are the big ones that are back in the old gold and black this year for coach Painter. Terone really began to find his shot last season and he’ll be depended upon to keep that jumper going this year. Hammons is the most crucial part of the puzzle for Purdue. He’s the lone returning player that is a true center and takes up space inside. His post game continues to be his most valuable asset for the Boilermakers going forward. With his play inside gives the ability to Purdue’s perimeter shooters to linger on the 3-point line and be ready to hoist up the treys. Ronnie brings back much-needed experience at point and Rapheal has to become the scorer the Boilers desperately need.

Adam - Yogi Ferrell and Will Sheehey are the two key returnees. Yogi was a starting point guard whose sole responsibility was to get guys the ball and get out of the way. That’s going to change as he will now expected to shoulder a scoring load. Will Sheehey for three years has been the spark off the bench, but will now also be forced to take an on-court leadership role to go along with his fiery play.

Hondo - Tom Izzo has said he might not have any captains because of so many returning key players. Branden Dawson & Gary Harris could both leave early for the NBA after this season.  Harris is a sure 1st rounder as is senior Adreian Payne who chose to return for his senior campaign.

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Breakdownability, BTT Edition: OSU vs MSU

Written March 16th, 2013 by Ken

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School: Michigan State University

Location: East Lansing, MI

Founded: 1855

Student Population: 47,954 total, 36,675 undergrad

School Type: Public

Stadium: Breslin Center

Seating: 16,000

Opened: 1989

Head Coach: Tom Izzo

Experience: 18th year

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Breakdownability: OSU-MSU II

Written February 23rd, 2013 by Ken

School: Michigan State University

Location: East Lansing, MI

Founded: 1855

Student Population: 47,954 total, 36,675 undergrad

School Type: Public

Stadium: Breslin Center

Seating: 16,000

Opened: 1989

Head Coach: Tom Izzo

Experience: 18th year

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tBBC B1G Basketball Roundtable – Part One

Written September 25th, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

With basketball season rapidly approaching and a lot of information to digest from around the conference, I thought it was high time we here from bloggers representing them. We kick off a series in roundtables with our first five  today and we are doing our very best to round up the rest of the B1G for you! We hope you enjoy the feature and give us plenty of feedback!

The B stands for Biggest and the Best Conference

We’re doing our best attempt at giving everyone a good picture of each team with a variety of questions. I want to take this opportunity to thank our first four panelist; Covering Purdue and a great video guy that you can catch here exclusively to tBBC at times, WCBI TV’s own Robby Donoho and his latest video ; covering Spartan Nation is one of the best in that state up north in Hondo Carpenter; taking care of the Hoosiers for us from Crimson Quarry is John M. featured blogger for them and very well respected in the state just west of us; getting us straight with Bucky Badger will be Andy  from Mad Town Badgers a great blog for Wisconsin; and finally but certainly not least, my old writing partner here at tBBC and current Buckeye Empire member Joe Dexter.

Who are your team’s key returning players?

Hondo S. Carpenter Sr.. Spartan Nation. Keith Appling (G) is a key player back for the Spartans.  He is Tom Izzo’s “guy” on this team and with that comes a lot of minutes.  Not a natural point, that is the only spot he could play at the next level and Izzo is committed to him playing there.

Adreian Payne (C) is a native of Ohio and if you are a Buckeye fan, you would think he is all world.  Against the Buckeyes he lives up to the hype he had coming out of high school.  Against every other team, he is a key role player.

Derrick Nix (C) is the best of the MSU big men.  Not as athletic as Payne, he can bang with anyone and take the ball and the game to the rim.

Branden Dawson (F/G) is listed by MSU as a G, but he is a SF.  He is the real deal.  Arguably, Dawson is the best player on the team.  He suffered a late season injury, but he will for sure be 100% by conference play.  They say before that, but MSU in my opinion has a history of rushing players back too fast.  He is too valuable with too much basketball ahead of him to rush it.  He is a complete player. Read More