MBB B1G Tourney: OSU Edges Nebraska, 71-67

Written March 14th, 2014 by Ken

The 4th seeded Buckeyes faced the 5th seeded Nebraska Cornhuskers this afternoon, with the winner playing top-seeded Michigan. The Buckeyes look to win the season rubber match against the Huskers, and tournament play is a good time to get the tie-breaker. And break the tie they did, as the Buckeyes stormed back from an 18 point deficit to win, 71-67.

What a barnburner. Ohio State opened an early lead, got thoroughly outplayed in the middle portion of the game, and took the lead for goo with less than a minute to play. Whew!

The Buckeyes overcame initially poor free throw shooting, to end up 17-28 (61%) from the line. From the field, they shot 45% (25-55) and grabbed 43 rebounds, 14 of them offensive  rebounds.  Ohio State did not do well protecting the ball, committing 15 turnovers. Nebraska shot 37% (22-60) from the field and an impressive 85% (17-20) from the foul line. Nebraska pulled in 33 rebounds. The Huskers turned it over 11 times.

Ohio State was led by LaQuinton Ross’ 26 points and 13 rebounds and Amedeo Della Valle’s 12 points, 6 rebounds and endless energy & hustle. Nebraska was led by Terran Pettway’s 20 points and Walter Pitchford’s 15 points.

In a games of scoring runs, Nebraska closed the 1st half and opened the 2nd with a 11-0 run to move their lead to 34-28. They then proceeded to extend their lead at the 16:44 mark from 36-30 to 48-30 at the 13:40 mark. Ohio State put full court pressure on Nebraska and Amedeo Della Valle provided the energy as the Buckeyes kept chipping away until they re-took the lead 64-63 on an LQR free throw with :59 to play. Read More

MBB B1G Tourney: Ohio State edges Purdue, 63-61

Written March 13th, 2014 by Ken

Yes, it was that exciting

The Buckeyes kicked off the defense of their 2013 Big Ten Tournament Championship by playing Purdue this afternoon. The winner (5th seed Ohio State/12th seed Purdue) plays 4th seeded Nebraska to morrow afternoon. Well, OSU got past the first hurdle by beating a very tenacious Purdue team, 63-61.

Ohio State held a narrow half-time margin of 30-27, in which neither team shot well (37%), but they helped their cause with a 10-1 lead in offensive rebounds. In the 2nd half, Purdue came out fast and for much of the game the team traded baskets, with OSU holding a narrow, late lead. With the Buckeyes leading 63-61, a last second 3-point attempt by Terone Johnson just missed, giving Ohio State the win.

For the game, Ohio State shot 36% (23-64), a horrific 7% (1-14) from the perimeter and a horrendous 64% (16-25) from the free throw line. Purdue shot 41% (24-58) from the field, a pretty bad 20% (2-10) from the perimeter and 69% (11-16) from the free throw line. Ohio State out rebounded Purdue 43-39, with 20 of OSU’s boards being at the offensive end. It was tough for both teams to get shots off, as Ohio State blocked 10 shots, and Purdue blocked 7.

Oho State was led by LaQuinton Ross (19 pts, 13 rebs) [nice time for a double-double] and Aaron Craft (16 pts, 5 ast). Purdue was led by four players in double figures; A.J Hammons (15 pts, 9 rebs), Ronnie Johnson (12 pts), Terone Johnson (10 pts, 6 rebs) and Kendall Stephens (10 pts).

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MBB B1G Tourney Preview: Purdue

Written March 12th, 2014 by Ken

530d04f07f6f8.preview-300The 5th seeded Ohio State Buckeyes (23-8, 10-8) will begin defense of their 2013 Big Ten Tournament Championship with a Thursday afternoon game against the 12th seeded Purdue Boilermakers (15-16, 5-13).  This is the second game of the day and is scheduled to start 25 minutes after conclusion of the first game. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:30 or so, and television coverage will be provided by BTN.

Ohio State and Purdue played twice this season, with the Buckeyes winning both games; 78-69 (preview and recap) in West Lafayette and 67-49 (recap) in Columbus.

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The Boilermakers staggered home at the end of the season; they went 2-11 over the last seven weeks, and ended the regular season on a 6-game losing streak. So, it’s safe to say that the Boilermakers aren’t exactly peaking going into the B1G Tournament. This is the first time that Purdue has finished last in the Conference, so it’s been a season-long challenge for them. Here’s the aggregate statistics of key players against Ohio State in regular season play:

No
Name Hgt Pos Points Reb
20 A. Hammons 6’0″ C 29 23
3 R. Johnson 6’0″ G 22 2
0 T. Johnson 6’4″ G 16 10
21 K. Stephens 6’6″ G 16 1
35 R. Davis 6’5″ G 16 5
5 B. Smotherman 6’5″ F 9 7

A.J. Hammons also blocked 8 shots in the two games. Clearly, Hammons will continue to present a challenge to Williams/McDonald. Let’s hope that LQR doesn’t get matched up defensively against AJ.

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MBB Recap: Ohio State loses in OT, 71-70

Written January 29th, 2014 by Ken

The Buckeyes (16-4, 3-4) hosted the Nittany Lions (10-10, 1-6) to try to move their winning ways to two in a row. This would be a challenge, since the Nittany Lions just took down Nebraska, the team that laid the wood to Buckeyes last week. Being the good hosts they tend to be, Ohio State and Penn State went to overtime before losing the game 71-70. A fumble-around effort by the Buckeyes at the buzzer had the expected outcome; we didn’t get the shot off. Thus ends OSU’s 18 game winning streak against PSU. Another subpar offensive night 38% and defensive night 48% allowed doomed the Buckeyes. The loss drops OSU to 16-5, 3-5, with their last two losses against Nebraska and Penn State. Ponder that for a bit.. Frankly, I don’t know what to say at this point, I welcome your thoughts..

 

Ohio State overcame early  poor shooting 27% (2-11) through the 1st 8 minutes to end the half at 46% (13-28) shooting. Meanwhile, PSU was making 54% of their shots, so there was no opportunity to gain any separation on the Lions in the 1st half to have a lead 35-31.

 

Second half play was back and forth, with PSU tying the game a a little over a minute at 62 and kept it tied at end of regulation despite several OSU attempts as time expired. At the 7:45 mark in the half, Ohio State had an 11 point lead, 59-48. They gave up 11 points in less than 8 minutes.

 

Ohio State was led by LaQuinton Ross (16 pts, 7 rbs), Amir Williams (12 pts, 6 rbs) and Lenzelle Smith (15 pts, 3 rbs).  Penn State was led by Brandon Taylor (19 pts, 4 rbs), D.J. Newbill, (25 pts, 8 rbs), Graham Woodward (11 pts, 1 rbs) and Tim Frazier (8 pts, 10 rbs.)

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Pregame Glance MBB: Nebraska Cornhuskers

Written January 3rd, 2014 by Ken

[Before I get started on the preview, I want to mention that this article is a bit of a milestone for me. It was nearly one year ago (January 1st, 2013) when my first "official" article appeared as part of tBBC Staff. The article was a preview of a men's basketball game between Ohio State and Nebraska. It's been a great year, thank you all for stopping by our corner of  the Buckeye-verse and I can't believe the Editors are still letting me do this..] 

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The #3 Ohio State Buckeyes (14-0, 1-0) opened Big Ten Conference play on Tuesday with a win at Purdue. The return home for a Saturday tip-off against the Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-5, 0-1).

Here’s Nebraska’s Profile

  • School: University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • Location: Lincoln, NE
  • Founded: 1869
  • Student Population: 19,103
  • School Type: Public, coed
  • Division: D-I
  • Conference: Big Ten Conference
  • Arena: Pinnacle Bank Arena
  • Seating: 15,000
  • Built: 2013
  • Head Coach: Tim Miles
  • Year: 2nd

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Pregame MBB: Maryland Terrapins

Written December 4th, 2013 by Ken
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Ohio State gets back into action after taking care of the North Florida Ospreys last Friday, 99-64. The #5 Buckeyes (5-0) host the Maryland Terrapins in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.    The Terrapins (5-2) are riding a 4-game winning streak. As an aside, the Ohio State and Maryland women’s basketball teams are also playing tonight at 7:00 PM in College Park, MD. If you want to catch OSU-Maryland basketball, tonight is the night for you.

Here’s a profile on the University of Maryland

School: University of Maryland

Location: College Park, MD

Founded: 1856

Student Population: 26,487

School Type: Public, coed

Division: D-I

Conference: ACC (for now)

Arena: Comcast Center

Seating: 17,950

Built: 2002

Head Coach: Mark Turgeon

Year: 3rd

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Game Preview: Wyoming Cowboys

Written November 24th, 2013 by Ken

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Here we are, rolling into The Holidays and our beloved Buckeye basketballers are at 4-0 after being ‘un-Patriot-ic’ by weathering a brick-fest to defeat the American University Eagles. After disposing of the Eagles on Wednesday, the Buckeyes get to dust off another American icon, the Cowboys of Wyoming. Why does Thad hate this country?

Here’s a profile on University of Wyoming.

School: University of Wyoming (the other U-Dub)

Location: Laramie, WY

Founded: 1886

Student Population: 13,800

School Type: Public, coed

Division: D-I

Conference: Mountain West

Arena: Arena-Auditorium

Seating: 15,000

Built: 1982

Head Coach: Larry Shyatt (Coach Shyatt is an alum of College of Wooster ’73)

Year: 4th

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Ohio State edges American, 63-52

Written November 20th, 2013 by Joe Dexter

It took getting over a first half full of errors, untimely passing, bad shots and ball movement for the Buckeyes to escape at Value City Arena with a  63-52 win over the American Patriots in non-conference play.  After making just two field goals in the first 8 minutes of play, Ohio State settled into a rhythm and played much tighter on the ball defense.

After a long range bomb from John Schoof gave American a four point lead with 12 minutes to go, Thad Matta called a time out to get his players on the right page. And from that point, screens and kicks out to the perimeter were shut down, as full court pressure was the difference.

Mr. Swoon himself got the Buckeyes back into the thick of things heading into the locker room. Up 24-20, the senior got a coast to coast layup off a LaQuinton steal to give the Bucks a six point lead. He then capped off the first half by scoring on another contested layup with less than thirty seconds on the clock.

Craft, who worked his way into the top 50 scoring list all time in the first half, passed Chris Jent for the 49th spot on the list with a total of 9 points on just 2-9 shooting. He would finish though with seven steals and 3 assists.

Despite struggling early, the rest of the guards showed up to play in the second half. Shannon Scott performed well on the glass and was a real nice compliment to Sam Thompson and the big man inside — Amir Williams. Scott finished just short of a double double, with 13 points and 9 boards.

In the first half, the only thing consistent about Ohio State’s play was that of it’s big man. Amir Williams finished strong inside. He showed glimpses of what OSU fans have been looking for from an inside banger. Williams had a solid 6/9 shooting performance to go with a 4/5 night from the charity stripe to finish with 16 points. He also ripped down five offensive rebounds to keep drives alive, which was imperative in a game where Ohio State shot 3-16 from deep and 20/56 from the floor.

After a strong ending to the first half, Ohio State closed in on defense and got their way up and down the floor — causing turnovers and fast break points to take over the ball game.

Shannon Scott, who played well offensively, also continued his defensive hot streak heading into the season. With full pressure on the back court, he fueled turnovers, tips, deflections out of bounds and recorded three steals.

The Buckeyes are now 3-0 at home and 4-0 to start the season. They will take on Wyoming on Monday night at 7:00 PM. Keep it right here all week for all your basketball coverage.