2014 Big Ten Conference Preview: West Division

Written June 30th, 2014 by Patrick
Not content to only preview Ohio State’s schedule, Patrick is taking a two part look at the B1G for 2014. Here’s a look at the newbies and our Western Division brethren; after lunch the East gets due scrutiny in addition to the championship game predictions.

Motivation Fuel

When the dust settled on the 2013-14 season, the B1G had a Rose Bowl champion and……another bad bowl record as a conference.

Michigan State and Nebraska were the lone winners (Rose and Gator Bowls respectively) and the conference was 2-7 overall. Yet even after that showing, many pundits feel like the B1G is poised to be a top tier conference this season. When the season opens, they will more than likely have two top 10 teams (Michigan State and Ohio State) as well as a slew of others ranked in the top 25.

The B1G welcomes two new members this season as well. Maryland and Rutgers will make their football debuts in 2014. The B1G received a ton of criticism for the recent additions. Other conferences such as the SEC are adding schools like Texas A&M and Missouri while many people feel the B1G adding “schedule padders” for football. What people won’t tell you is that these two schools gets the B1G into markets (Washington DC and New York) that they haven’t been in since its inception.

The non conference schedules for a lot of the B1G schools is very very good this season. Defending champion MSU will travel west to Eugene, Oregon to take on the Ducks, Ohio State welcomes Va Tech into Columbus, Wisconsin takes on LSU in Houston, Nebraska travels to Fresno for a battle with Fresno St and then back home the following week to take on the Miami Hurricanes, Michigan will try to avenge a loss to Appalachian St (did I really just type that) as well as take on Notre Dame for the last time and welcome the Utes of Utah to Ann Arbor, and Minnesota will travel to Texas to battle TCU. The B1G as a conference will need a lot of wins from these non conference tilts in order to gain some respect from the rest of the country and the national media

2014 will also mark the first year of new conference alignment. Gone are the awful Leaders and Legends divisions and we finally get a traditional East/West divisions.

*2014 will also mark the 3rd year that Penn State will be ineligible for post season play.

2014 WEST PREVIEW

Even though the B1G divided up the divisions by east/west location, many feel the west is by far the weaker of the two. Nebraska and Wisconsin should battle for the next few years for the west crown with little challenge. Read More

Around the Diamond: B1G Tournament Recap

Written May 26th, 2014 by Gary Russell II

With the Ohio State softball team’s season coming to end it put the baseball team on center stage this past week.  Unfortunately the men weren’t able to showcase ther talents very long after dropping the first two of the of the B1G Tournament bringing their rollercoaster season to an end.  Ohio State opened up the tournament on Wednesday against host Nebraska with a 7-6 loss.  The Buckeyes followed that up with a 6-5 loss to 3-seed Illinois on Thursday.  Let’s take a look at the highlights:

5/21: OSU 6, Nebraska 7

Things looked good early for the Buckeyes as they jumped out to a big lead in the fourth inning.  With the bases loaded, Aaron Getz knocked in two runs with a double down the left field line.  Craig Nennig then followed up a with a successful squeeze bunt moving the score to 3-0.  After a wild pitch, RBI singles by Ronnie Dawson and Troy Kuhn made the score 6-0 in favor of the Bucks.

Nebraska then cut the lead in half in the fifth.  Back to back singles by Ben Miller and Steven Reveles started the inning.  An RBI double by Jake Placzek made the score 6-1.  Miller was able to score on a close play at the plate when Michael Pritchard grounded back to the mound putting the score at 6-2.  A shot past Ohio State shortstop Nennig by Pat Kelly scored Placzek and leaving the Cornhuskers trailing 6-3 after five. Read More

MBB B1G Tourney: Ohio State vs Nebraska LiveBlog

Written March 14th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Here we go again- Ohio State looks to win the rubber match against the Huskers in the B1G Tournament.

As you may remember, the Buckeyes handled Nebraska at home, but were “court stormed” in Lincoln. The Huskers only lost one game in their new arena this year… how will they do in a neutral location?

Tip off is around 2:30- Thanks for joining us!

BBN Basketball Liveblog: Nebraska Part 2

Written January 20th, 2014 by Eric

The Buckeyes are again away from home, taking on the Nebraska Cornhuskers for the second time this season. Recall that the Buckeyes took care of business at home by 31 immediately before starting their three game slide.

The game will start at 7:00 PM Eastern on the Big Ten Network. Stop by and chat with all of your favorite Buckeye bloggers and friends! Go Bucks!

Pregame Glance MBB: Nebraska Part 2

Written January 19th, 2014 by Eric
"Waddya mean we get the Buckeyes after a three game bender?!"

“Waddya mean we get the Buckeyes after a three game bender?!”

The Buckeyes are hoping to get back on the winning track versus Nebraska after a rough opening to the meat of conference play. Unfortunately, road wins tend to be harder to come by.

That goes double for this conference.

Thad Matta’s Buckeyes have now lost three games in a row at Michigan State, at home against Iowa, and at Minnesota. That murderer’s row wasn’t considered to be the toughest stretch in the conference slate, which does not bode well for the remainder of the season. This is also the first time Matta has lost three games in a row since 2008-2009, when games at Wisconsin (55-50), at Northwestern (72-69), and at home against Illinois (70-68) got the Buckeyes. That year was also the last time Fran McCaffery got the better of Thad Matta, as the Buckeyes fell to Siena in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Now that we’ve gotten the doom and gloom out of the way, it’s time to talk about the positives. The Buckeyes have been playing terrible basketball the last three games. The turnover numbers alone for Scott and Craft (26 in three games) are appalling, and the team as a whole have committed 51 in the same span. This is not typical Thad Matta basketball, and I’m sure he’s working hard to get the problems cleared up.

“Wait, I thought you said the doom and gloom was over?”
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The Buckeyes welcome the Nebraska Cornhuskers to Columbus for the first OSU home game in the Big Ten this season. Through the first half, the Huskers gave as good as they got, sticking with the Buckeyes before falling apart late in the first half as the Buckeyes claimed a 84-53 victory. The Buckeyes were led in scoring by Amadeo Della Valle, who both scored 15 points on 5/5 shooting, 3/3 from beyond the arc. Joining him in double digits were Marc Loving and Shannon Scott with 13, LaQuinton Ross with 11, and Amir Williams with 10. For Nebraska, Terran Petteway tied ADV in scoring with 15, followed by Leslee Smith with 11.

The game started sluggishly for both squads in this early Saturday matchup. Neither team found much easy success against the opponents defense, except when a breakdown occured after a long rebound sequence. Ohio State’s issue, continuing from their game against Purdue, was the inability to buy a basket early, struggling with their shooting from all areas of the court, including free throws.

Despite Nebraska missing their big 7-1 boomer in the paint, Sergej Vucetic, due to the flu, the Huskers were not afraid of attacking the paint. They worked hard getting the ball low, and fought hard on the box-outs to earn themselves tough offensive rebounds. By being patient and taking what was available against the gritty OSU defense, Nebraska earned themselves a four point lead before the second TV timeout.

It helped Nebraska significantly that the Buckeyes seemed lethargic and uninterested in the game. While the defense was there, it didn’t have the same energy that they usually execute with. This reflected on the offensive end too, with sloppy shooting, and half-hearted motions. Finally, a little bit of intensity on the defensive end flipped Sam Thompson’s offensive switch, spurring him to score four unanswered points – his first in Big Ten play this season.
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Welcome to today’s hangover recovery liveblog!

Up first at Noon on the BTN – the Ohio State Buckeye Shooty Hoops team plays their first home game against the B1G vs. Nebraska.

Up second at One on NBC – the Army All-American Bowl, for those interested in looking ahead instead of looking behind.

We’ll see you here, Go Bucks!
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The Week That Were: 11.16.13

Written November 18th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

In a week full of surprises, this is a pretty good soundtrack for your Monday morning reading.

Sometimes life gives you some unexpected gifts.  You’re set up on a date to be a wingman for a friend who’s girl has a cousin in town, and you end up in an amazing marriage together. You open a book and find an old letter from a friend that you’d forgotten about. A seldom worn jacket has cash in the pocket.  Mowing the grass reveals a dog you’d forgotten you had. You let a friend borrow your truck and he has it detailed while he’s got it.

Emptying A Small Lake

Emptying A Small Lake

On second thought, that last one probably means that he used it to transport a body or something.  Let’s move on.

This week in college football was like that- on paper, there weren’t any marquee “games of the century”. But, as we know, games aren’t played on paper- instead the tiny men who square off in our TV sets gave us some fantastic finishes and an incredible weekend of sports.

Let’s start in the B12… We give Charlie Weis and the Jayhawk program a lot of well deserved grief hereabouts, so I’ll be among the first to celebrate their win over the couch fire that has become the West Virginia program. It’s hard to say that Coach Holgorsen might be in a bit of a rebuilding year, but it’s certainly difficult to see the Mountaineer program fall so quickly from the tops of the conference.

That’s not to take anything away from Kansas- great win, gang. However, let’s not get all carried away, shall we?

Ohio State fans are certainly well aware of the Baylor Bears, who now are poised to jump the Buckeyes in the “we’re still totally making this up as we go” BCS standings. Baylor continued their undefeated season with a big win over Texas Tech on Saturday, a Raiders team that was a media darling following a soft early season schedule, but has now dropped four straight games.  What the #narrative won’t tell you as they tout Baylor’s 63-34 win is that the Bears were trailing 20-7 in the first quarter.  But hey… shiny!

With all the firepower that the Bears bring to the table one of the surprises is that it was Tech that gave us our first “catch of the week” nominee. For another angle,  check this out:

O-WOW

Interestingly enough, the B12 also brings us the hit of the week, which was 100% targeting. It’s a Vine, but check out the shot that this trooper puts on this fan who decides that he wants to be a part of the action… If only Stoops’ team had tackled that well against Baylor. Read More

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