B1G Men’s Tournament Live Thread: Day One

Written March 14th, 2013 by WVaBuckeye

BBC BIG TEN TOURNEY

Gary Russell and I are covering the B1G Tourney live again although it’s not actually from Chicago! Some last minute travel plans fell apart and we are hanging out at his house in Zanesville covering the games! Hope you enjoy the updates!

#6 Iowa versus #11 Northwestern

The first half of the day one night cap has been all Iowa.  They hold a 36-22 lead at halftime and the score doesn’t reflect how dominating the Hawkeyes have been.  The Wildcats didn’t score until the 12:30 mark of the first half.  Iowa has been very balanced on the offensive end.  8 different players have scored for the Hawkeyes, and none of socred more than 7 points.  As painful as it is to say, Iowa’s Aaron White leads all scorers with 7 points.  Northwestern is being led by Freshman Alex Olah’s 6 points.

Iowa didn’t quite dominate the second half like they did the first half as they did their best impression of Michigan in letting a team hang around.  The Wildcats refused to go away getting the lead under ten several times and even down to seven at one point.  Unfortunately for Northwestern, timely three point shooting from Mike Gesell and Roy Devyn Marble combined with a Flagrant One foul by Reggi Hearn kept pushing the Iowa lead back to double digits.  In the end, Iowa knocked off Northwestern 73-59.

Iowa will now face Michigan State tomorrow evening at apprixmately 9:00 EST.  We hope you enjoyed day 1 of the Big Ten Tournament.  Remember to check back with us tomorrow as we update with all the action from Day 2 of the tournament! Read More

Ohio State Drops Heartbreaker to Minnesota 57-56

Written February 21st, 2013 by Charles
Raven Ferguson's back-to-back three pointers in the final 20 seconds nearly gave Ohio State a comeback victory.

Raven Ferguson’s back-to-back three pointers in the final 20 seconds nearly gave Ohio State a comeback victory.

After having the weekend off, Ohio State came into tonight’s game against Minnesota looking to rebound from their disastrous offensive performance in the second half of last Thursday’s loss to Nebraska.  With a 14-11 record coming into this game and only four games remaining in the regular season, the sense of urgency for the Buckeyes was off the charts as they needed to win out in order to have any hope of making the NCAA tournament as an at-large selection.

Ohio State’s recent shooting woes reared their ugly head at the start of tonight’s game as the Buckeyes struggled to make any shot.  Fortunately for OSU, a series of turnovers and fouls by Minnesota prevented the Golden Gophers from taking full advantage and the game was tied at 8 seven minutes into the first half.  At this point Minnesota started to clean up its sloppy play, taking care of the ball and cutting down on turnovers which fueled a 11 to 2 to give the Gophers a 19-10 lead with just under eight minutes remaining in the half.  The Buckeyes finally managed to stop the skid, forcing some turnovers and drawing a few fouls to help them slowly cut into the deficit and only trail 24-20 with just over a minute remaining in the half.  OSU would miss a couple scoring opportunities in the final minute and the Gophers would make the final basket of the half to lead 26-20 at the break.

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Ohio State Rips Minnesota 71-45

Written February 20th, 2013 by Jason

In a lengthy regular season that results in a conference tournament followed by a national championship tournament, it’s hard to call a game on a Wednesday night against Minnesota a “must win” game. But that’s exactly what tonight’s battle at the Schottenstein Center with the Minnesota Golden Gophers was for our Ohio State Buckeyes basketball team. Coming off a horrible loss on Sunday at Wisconsin and with Michigan State looming this Sunday, the Buckeyes needed the Gophers to right the ship and did just that in a convincing 71-45 win.

With the win the Buckeyes improve to 19-7 on the year, 9-5 in the Big Ten.

Deshaun Thomas

Deshaun Thomas

Aaron Craft’s buzzer beating three ended what was a first half of missed opportunities for Ohio State. The Buckeye defense regained its lost mojo and forced Minnesota into 12 first half turnovers but could only convert the miscues into ten points. The Bucks lead 29-23 at the half, but you had the feeling they could have blown the game wide open at several different spots.

The second half turned out to be a different story. The Buckeyes continued to clamp down on defense, meanwhile shots began to fall and easy transition buckets found them up 41-31 at the 12:00 mark and they never looked back.

Deshaun Thomas led all scorers with 19. He was followed for Ohio State by Shannon Scott with 11 and Laquinton Ross with 10. Minnesota was led by Andre Hollins with 11 and Oto Osnieks with 10.

The Buckeyes have now won 6 straight over the Golden Gophers. Tonight’s 26 point win is the largest in the series with Minnesota since the Buckeyes abused the Gophers 94-63 on March 4th 1992. Read More

BBN Basketball Liveblog: Minnesota

Written February 20th, 2013 by Eric

After a debacling at the hands of Wisconsin, the Buckeyes are back at home looking to right the ship against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Join us and The Buckeye Blog, Buckeye Empire, Men of the Scarlet and Gray, and Buckeye Ninja as we help our good friend Bo Ryan learn to Deal With It.

Today’s game is scheduled for 7 PM EST on the Big Ten Network. The LiveBlog is scheduled to start 15 minutes before tip.

Go Bucks!

Top 25: The Week in Review & The Week Ahead

Written January 6th, 2013 by Gary Russell II

Please Don't Let the Basket Count!

Last week when I said we can get this party started, I had no idea the party would be quite like this.  Most conferences opened up conference play (the SEC is a week behind) this past week and it was total mayhem!   The Top 25 teams were all over the place this week.  New Mexico was welcomed back in the rankings after beating Cincinnati only to work their way back out after losing to St. Louis.  Two Top 25 teams failed to win a game this week.  Arizona lost their first game of the year only to have the refs controversially waive off Colorado’s game winning basket. And we haven’t even spoken of the Big Ten yet.  If the first week of the B1G schedule is any indication of what this season will be, all I can say it “we are in for bumpy ride”.  I’m done ranting for now so let’s jump into this week’s report.

Here’s a look at the Top 25 Week Ahead and Week in Review

1.       Duke (14-0, 1-0) Previous Rank: 1

Past Week:  1/2 @ Davidson, W 67-50 & 1/5 Wake Forest, W 80-62

Upcoming:  1/8 Clemson & 1/12 @ (23) N.C. State

After being tied at halftime with Davidson, Duke pulled away to stay unbeaten.  This week a trip to N.C. State will prove to be their first test in the ACC. Read More

tBBC Preview Meineke Car Care Bowl, Minnesota vs Texas Tech

Written December 27th, 2012 by Jason

And now, the bowls get B1G

Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-6, 2-6 B1G) vs Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-5, 4-5 B12)

December 28th, 7:00pm EST, ESPN

In one of the more shocking developments since the end of the college football season, Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville decided to leave the school to go north and take the opening left by Butch Jones (who is going to Tennessee) and become the top cat at Cincinnati. The Red Raiders will be led in the Check Your Washer Fluid Level Bowl by offensive line coach Chris Thomsen. They come into the game at 7-5 having lost two in a row to Oklahoma State and Baylor. They were demoralized by Kansas State and Oklahoma while pulling one of the at the time biggest surprise upsets of the season when they ambushed previously unbeaten West Virginia in Lubbock 49-14. The Red Raiders are known for offense and this season was no different. Quarterback Seth Doege threw for 3934 yards and 38 touchdowns to a pair of 900+ yard receivers in Darrin Moore (948, 13 TD’s) and Eric Ward (974, 11 TD’s).

On the home front, the Buckeyes are 2-0 all-time against Texas Tech. It’s hard to forget their last matchup, the 2002 “coming out party” for freshman running Maurice Clarrett en route to a 45-21 victory and eventual national championship season. Read More

Picks for the Weak – Week 13

Written November 21st, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

As we head into the final weekend of B1G play before the title game next weekend, the Buckeyes sit atop the Leaders Division all alone after clinching on the road at Madison. Not exactly the way the Buckeyes envisioned winning, but they got it done in OT. Let’s take a look at the results from last weekend across the conference.

Nerds @ Sparty.  Prediction Sparty 23 to 20; Right score, WRONG team, Nerds 

Hawkeyes @ TTUN.   Prediction Hawkeyes 21 to 17; WRONG TTUN 42 to 17

Hoosiers @ Penn State. Prediction PSU 34 to 32; RIGHT PSU 45 to 22

Purdue @ Illinois.  Prediction Boilers 26 to 13; RIGHT Boilers 20 to 17

Minnesota @ Nebraska. Prediction Cornhuskers 39 to 13; RIGHT 38 to 14

#6 Ohio State @ Wiscy. Prediction Buckeyes all the way; RIGHT 21 to 14 OT

It is rivalry week this week all across the B1G and there’s really only one game everybody cares about and thats the Buckeyes hosting TTUN. The wolverweenies still have a shot at the title game if Iowa upsets Nebraska and the Sun and Blue upset the Buckeyes in the Shoe. Dont believe that’s gonna happen personally so we will see Nebraska and Wiscy in the title game next week. The best match-up of the week is Wiscy at Penn State. Do the Badgers lose to bowl ineligibles in back to back weeks?

Roastnears v. Ethanol Corn. Nebraska @ Iowa. Friday. Iowa isn’t going bowling after being a surprise early in the season after starting the B1G on a roll. This will be a snoozer in Iowa City on Friday as Nebraska will simply be tuning up for the B1G Championship game against Wiscy. Cornhuskers 31 to 14

The Land of Lincoln Trophy. Illini @ Nerds. This really won’t be much of a battle this year. What will be interesting is to see just how hard the Illini try to keep from losing all of their B1G games. Nerds are bowl eligible and were atleast in the B1G discussion at one point this season. If the conference refuses to give the COTY award to Coach Meyer, then Fitzgerald should probably get it. Nerds 24 to 17

Old Oaken Bucket. Indiana @ Purdue. The Boilers and Hoosiers both want to get this season over with as soon as possible. Only the Biolers have an outside shot at getting to a bowl game if they win this game. The Hoosiers have had a good season by their standards but their basketball team is #1 in the nation and are alot more fun to watch I am sure. Hoosiers 21 to 20

For 4th in the Legends. Sparty @ Minny.  What a disappointing and uncharacteristic season it has been for the Spartans who may not make it to a bowl this year. Minny is already bowl eligible and might have the other coach for COTY consideration in Jerry Kill. Tough one to call. Sparty 20 to 17

Does it Matter? Wiscy @ Penn State.  Had a tough time deciding what I would even say about this game because Phillips and Beilema are still crying over last week. Wiscy hasn’t needed to worry about winning the last two weeks, just try not to get embarassed before the title game against either Nebraska or TTUN. Too late Badgers, its happened and Penn State isn’t gonna make things easier. O’brien stirred things up with a non-committed answer to will he be back last week but it’s a chance to send a message to future recruits that they are going to compete. PSU 24 to 21

THE Game. TTUN @ THE Ohio State University.  What can I say about this game that hasn’t already been said? Well, there’s this . . , I hate TTUN more than I have hated any other team of any team I root for. That includes the 49ers, Braves and Lakers. It is all about this week, period.

The Leaves have it

The Buckeyes are on the cusp of something pretty rare in Ohio State history. Only nine times before have the Buckeyes celebrated an undefeated season, and only one time have they lost this game at home when heading into THE Rivalry game undefeated(96). No score prediction as usual but the Buckeyes will take care of business and do something for Coach Meyer that none of his Gator teams could do, give him an undefeated season. Perfect. Buckeyes in a romp!

The national race got destroyed this past week thanks to Baylor and Stanford. The odd thing about this whole thing is the fact that the #1 and #2 teams lost to the teams that had the #1 and #2 overall draft picks last year(Luck and Griffin). The entire nation was upset with both Oregon and Kansas State because now we have Notre Lame and Alabama atop the rankings.

National Race This Week. #1 Notre Lame 11-0; #2 Alabama 10-1 (6-1);  #3 Georgia 8-1 (6-1) ;#4 Florida 10-1 (7-1)  ; #5 Ohio State 11-0 (7-0)

As bad as I hate to admit it, I actually called the upset of Oregon at the hands of the Cardinal last week. #13 Stanford @ #2 Oregon. Prediction Stanford 35 to 31, RIGHT  Stanford 17 to 14 OT. 

As Rivalries go, there isn’t anything better than The Game coming up between our beloved Buckeyes and TTUN. The Iron Bowl between Auburn and Alabama has been a close rivalry over the years but this year will be a snoozer. The Red River Shootout is one of the best but it takes place in the middle of the season.

When you talk about tradition, and honor, as well as uniquely serving our country as officers when they’re done. Army versus Navy has been happening as long as any of them. Unfortunately they don’t play until December 8th. Lets take a look at a rivalry that could have a national impact.

Civil War could have a national impact

The Civil War. Oregon @ Oregon State.  They’ve been playing since 1894 and have met 115 times with Oregon holding the advantage 59-46-10. The game got its name in the late 20′s and has been a heated rivalry over the years. Oregon still has an opportunity to win out and get some help back to the top. But its a tall task to expect Notre Lame to fall to USC, and Alabama to lose to Auburn or in the SEC title game. Oregon State has some nice wins this season and this would be the cherry on top of it. Ducks 42 to 34

B1G Life, B1G Stage: B1G Review-Week 12

Written November 20th, 2012 by Tim Shoemaker

Where It Belongs

Aside from the Ohio State-Wisconsin overtime thriller, it was a pretty boring week across the Big Ten stage. But, now it is the week of “The Game,” so nothing else really matters.

The Buckeyes defeated the Badgers 21-14 in overtime to move to 11-0 on the season, and have officially won the Leaders Division outright. Ohio State is ineligible to play in the B1G Championship Game, however, so Wisconsin will be representing the Legends side by default.

Let’s take a look at how the rest of the conference fared in the second-to-final weekend of the season.

Northwestern finally held onto a lead. The Wildcats have lost three games this season by a combined 19 points, all of which were blown fourth quarter leagues. It seemed like they were headed for another fourth quarter disaster last Saturday against Michigan State, but Northwestern hung on for a 23-20 victory.

Penn State earned its seventh victory of the season by defeating Indiana 45-22. In what many thought would be a down year for the Nittany Lions, it really is impressive that they have a shot at eight wins if they can defeat Wisconsin next weekend.

Nebraska kept its hopes alive to represent the Legends Division in the B1G Championship game as it defeated Minnesota 38-14. A Nebraska win against Iowa on Friday would wrap up the division for the Huskers.

It appears like Illinois will go winless in the Big Ten this season. The Illini fell to Purdue 20-17, and unless they can pull off an upset win over Northwestern this weekend, Illinois will finish the season just 2-10 overall and 0-8 in the conference. Talk about brutal.

Yeah, I didn’t mention that other team’s game for a reason.

Go Bucks.