Michigan’s Big Weekend Sends Message

Written February 22nd, 2012 by Jim

Apparently kids want to play football for this guy. ( John T. Greilick/The Detroit News)

Sometimes you have to give credit where credit is due- Brady Hoke and his Michigan program did very well on the recruiting trail this past weekend.

The weekend was so good, in fact, that the rest of the Big Ten- and especially those of us in Buckeye Nation, need to sit up and take notice.

Not only did Michigan land eight verbal commitments in a matter of 48 hours, some of those commitments came from players on Ohio State’s radar- and a few even had offers from the Buckeyes! *gasp*

On top of the numbers is the quality- every last one of the eight verbals was a four-star prospect according to Rivals.

This type of success, particularly head-to-head with the Buckeyes, is a far cry from what we had all come to expect and enjoy during the Rodriguez era.

Is it time for the Big Ten to panic?

With Meyer’s close to the 2012 class and this opening for Hoke’s 2013 class- probably.

Is it time for Buckeye Nation to panic?

The answer to that is a resounding no, but this weekend sent a clear message.

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The Buckeyes’ State

Written February 21st, 2012 by DaveR

The wounds are certainly still fresh so there is no better time to sober up and take a look at this Ohio State team to decide if we are in freak-out mode yet.

Honestly, it is tough to judge where my head is at because of the uncertainty this team has brought all season. During our roundtable discussion about a month ago, there were a lot of great viewpoints on certain players, as well as things that seemed to need attention. The one that’s continued to stand out the most in my eyes is still Thad Matta’s decision on rotations. Undoubtedly, the rotations have gotten a bit tighter as we near the tournament but has it hurt this team and/or specific players to this point? Has it disrupted team chemistry? Does it hurt a rhythmic shooter like William Buford?

Buford has had an impressive college basketball career leading up to this season. Has he benefited from having explosive players like David Lighty and Jon Diebler to rely on? Absolutely. The same can be said about several stars, but individually they are only as good as the sum of the entire team and that is exactly what this team is facing now. When Buford announced that he was staying for his senior year, Buckeye Nation breathed a collective sigh of relief because we knew that the team would be young and likely be missing a true a shooter without him. It seemed that he would be a monumental piece if this team was going to make a deep run this season.
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Michigan Upsets Ohio State in Ann Arbor 56-51

Written February 18th, 2012 by Eric

DeShaun Thomas kept the Buckeyes close in a tough scrum with the Wolverines.

The Wolverines welcomed the Buckeyes into the Crisler center this weekend, and sent the Buckeyes packing with their fifth loss of the season by a score of 56-51. The Buckeyes struggled shooting the whole night but had several chances to tie it up late in the second. Unfortunately, Michigan did just enough to keep Ohio State from ever gaining the lead. DeShaun Thomas had a huge game for the Buckeyes picking up a double double by scoring 25 points on 8-13 shooting, including 3-6 from three, and grabbing 13 rebounds. Trey Burke lead the Wolverines with 17 points and 5 assists for the game.

The Michigan defense came to play early in this one. Ohio State’s offense needed several trips before they finally found their first bucket from the left elbow from DeShaun Thomas – a shot he repeated on the subsequent trip down. The Wolverines weren’t going to let such a golden opportunity escape them, putting down 8 points before the first TV timeout and getting the crowd into the game in a big way.

The offensive explosion from the guys in maize was particularly impressive as they spread the scoring out evenly amongst the starters. Trey Burke had a nice dribble drive with several spin moves to get a good close range shot, while Tim Hardaway had an excellent 18 footer from the left wing. Morgan and Novak also hit a couple easy baskets to help out the run.

Hardaway came to play in this one and dropped several big shots from the outside. Having disappeared for several straight games, his presence was much needed for this Michigan team to have success. With his shots falling from the outside, especially with Buford going cold for most of the night, it was a very bad sign for the Bucks on the road.
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BBN Basketball LiveBlog: Michigan II

Written February 18th, 2012 by Eric

The Buckeyes are in the AA this evening for their second shooty hoops battle with the Michigan Wolverines! The game tips at 9:00 PM EST on ESPN.

While you wait, go checkout our friends in the Buckeye Bloggers Network! the Buckeye Blog, OSU Silver Bullet, Buckeye House Call, Our Honor Defend, and Men of the Scarlet and Gray. Fox Sports Ohio also joins us as usual. The liveblog will kickoff at 8:30 PM EST.

Go Bucks!

Pregame Glance: Michigan Part II

Written February 17th, 2012 by Eric

The Buckeyes, having recovered from their loss to the little brothers with a solid win over the Golden Gophers, now have to travel to Ann Arbor to face the plucky Wolverines for the second time this season.

John Beilein and the Maize Rage are looking to make Crisler a challenge for the Buckeyes.

Michigan, currently ranked #17 in the AP Poll, has absolutely earned that ranking the last couple of weeks. While they are only 3-2 through their last five games, their two losses have come at Ohio State (64-49) and at Michigan State (64-54). In turn, they’ve picked up impressive wins against #20 Indiana, and Illinois, and also picked up a nice (but not necessarily quality) win at Nebraska.

Michigan’s sophomores struggled at times during the slump. Tim Hardaway Jr. (6-6, 200) in particular struggled to hit his shot in their games against Michigan State and Nebraska, scoring a combined 10 points in those outings. For reference, recall that he scored 15 against the Buckeyes in a general rout. Hardaway is an important cog in the Wolverine’s offense, so it was critical to their postseason outlook that he managed to emerge against Illinois this week and score 15.
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Basketball LiveBlog: Michigan

Written January 29th, 2012 by Eric

The Buckeyes are set to play some shooty hoops today with that team up north! CBS is airing the game today, which is set to tip at 1:00 PM in Value City Arena.

While you wait, you should check out the websites of our Buckeye Blogger Buddies! the Buckeye Blog, OSU Silver Bullet, Scarlet and Game, Buckeye House Call, Our Honor Defend, Men of the Scarlet and Gray, and Fox Sports Ohio. They will all be joining us at 6 pm for the start of our liveblog.

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. I’ve heard people having issues with this website recently – if that’s still the case, let me know and we’ll hunt around for another source.

Go Bucks!

Michigan ended Ohio State's perfect season, adding more fuel to the rivalry.

Sorry for the very late posting of this article, I was traveling for a conference yesterday and did not a get chance to write this until now.

After never losing to Michigan during the first 8 years of his stay at Ohio State, Jim Foster has seen the rivalry take a turn for the worse.  The Wolverines swept the Buckeyes last season, helping to end OSU’s streak of Big Ten titles.  Yesterday the Buckeyes headed to Ann Arbor looking for some revenge, however things did not go as planned.

The first half was a great back and forth battle with several lead changes and even more ties.  Ohio State lead 26-25 with just over three minutes remaining in the half but Michigan went on a 7 to 0 run over the next three minutes and the two teams went into the locker room with the Wolverines leading 32-27.  Michigan carried that momentum into the second half by opening with an 11 to 3 run that gave them a 43-30 lead with just under fourteen minutes remaining in the game.  The Buckeyes managed to end the run but Michigan kept building its lead, eventually being up 56-37 with nine minutes left on the clock.  Ohio State looked like they were about to get run out of the building but suddenly managed to step up their defense as the scored 9 straight to cut the lead to 56-46 and make it a game again.  The Wolverines quickly stretched the lead back to 14 but the Buckeyes answered and cut the lead to 62-57 with three minutes remaining in the game.  Suddenly Ohio State seemed to have the momentum and looked like they were going to pull off another one of their comeback victories.  Unfortunately things did not work out that way as Ohio State’s offense turned cold again and Michigan managed to salt the game away with free throws, winning 73-62 and handing OSU its first loss of the season.

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Buckeye LiveBlog: M*ch*g*n

Written November 26th, 2011 by Eric

Today, the Buckeyes travel to Ann Arbor to participate in the first competitive version of The Game for the last several years.

We’ll be here chatting our way through it with all of our blog friends: The Buckeye Blog, OSU Silver Bullet, Buckeye House Call, Our Honor Defend, Men of the Scarlet and Gray, and Fox Sports Ohio.

The Game kicks off at Noon, the LiveBlog will lead off at 11:30.

Go Bucks, Beat M*ch*g*n!