Earlier in the week, we had this bit of scuttlebutt going on:
According to the four letter network, LaQuinton Ross has decided to forgo his last year of his college eligibility and opt in to the NBA draft next season. Here is the official word from ESPN’s Jeff Goodman:
Ohio State’s LaQuinton Ross will declare for NBA Draft, sources told ESPN.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 24, 2014
It is now official; LaQuinton Ross notified the Ohio State coaching staff today that he intends to forego his senior year for the purpose of pursuing a professional basketball career. So here we are; LQR is “gone, baby, gone”.
Ross averaged 16 points and 6 rebounds this last season as the offensive catalyst for the Buckeyes. After a strong tournament performance his sophomore season, the Jackson, Mississippi native carried Ohio State at points during his junior season. Upping his average minutes by 13 this season, Ross shot 45% from the floor and 73% from the charity stripe.
LQR has had some impressive moments as a member of the Ohio State Buckeyes, including his dagger of a three that sent his squad to the Elite 8 last year with the defeat of a very talented Arizona Wildcat team.
It is unclear where Ross is projected to land in the NBA Draft. The experts have pinned him to be drafted anywhere from the mid first to the late 2nd round if drafted at all.
There is no doubt that Ross was a unique talent and brought something to campus that the Buckeyes haven’t had in a while. He was a treat to watch, especially as he developed over his three years under Thad.
A true diverse weapon, was he. LaQuinton, thank you for the memories, and the best of wishes in your career.
The Ohio State basketball season ended to Dayton in Buffalo in mid-March. The Buckeyes ended the season with an overall record of 25-10 and a conference record of 10-8, placing them 5th in the B1G. Similar to WVa’s article on the women’s season, I’ve asked several writers at tBBC their impressions on various aspects of the season. Below are our thoughts.
1. What is your impression of the 2013-2014 season?
Scott: Disappointing. They didn’t seem to have a killer’s mentality and struggled with pansies.
WVa: Missed opportunities. So many close games and so many missed free throws cost this team. When they got into slumps they struggled to get out if them. When they were good, they were one of the better teams in the country. Not how season finished though.
Eric: Insert raspberry here. -> http://www.thesneeze.com/art/
(It’s amazing that a 25-10 season elicits this response. But with the talent and experience we had, this is appropriate). [Eric gets bonus points for the Bill the Cat reference. Well done]
Ken: Frustrating. For a team that had 5 upperclassmen on the court, there were too many moments of poor decision making. Marginal-to-poor 3-point shooting and free throw shooting along with a seeming lack of interest to offensive rebound all season long was disappointing to me.
Mali: Meh. I wasn’t allowed to watch much of it, but I felt bad for Aaron that this was the way his final season would go. There seemed to be no “guts” to the squad- no killer instinct, just a commitment to playing down or up to the level of whoever they were facing, but no ability/desire to put the other teams away.
Ohio State officially kicked off the South Region (sorry, play-in games don’t count in my book) by squaring off against the Dayton Flyers. However, this was as far along the tournament trail the Buckeyes would get as a last second driving layup by Vee Sanford provided the winning points as Dayton, a 6-point underdog, upset Ohio State 60-59.
This game game really encapsulated the entire season for the Buckeyes. There were moments of brilliant play offset by moments of mediocre-to-poor play. There were also the usual suspects of 1) poor 3-point shooting, 2) equally poor free throw shooting, 3) lack of offensive rebounding and 4) inexplicable turnovers. We saw these elements all season, and playing true to form, we saw them this afternoon. The Buckeyes end the season with a 25-10 record.
The Buckeyes squared off against the Wolverines this afternoon in the first of today’s B1G Tournament semifinal games. In a game reminiscent of yesterday’s game, OSU battled back from a substantial deficit, but lost 72-69 as a last second, game-tying shot slipped out of Aaron’s Craft’s hands. And, now the B1G season is over, and Buckeyes and their fans await the NCAA’s Selection Sunday process.
Before I get into the recap, I want to tip my hat to the UM Drama Department. They did a wonderful job of scripting the game to produce a historical re-enactment of events on the day more than 2,000 years ago, as the Wolverines struck repeated 3-point daggers into the Buckeyes’ hearts. The part of Brutus was ably played by Nik Stauskas, and his team mates were cast as the roman Senators.
It was a tough game. The Buckeyes battled back against some unworldly UM shooting, persisted despite poor late free throw shooting, and yet still had a shot to tie the game. It was a gutty performance by the team, and despite portions of the game where it appeared they were on the verge on being put out to pasture, they came back, and came back, and came back some more. It was a disappointing end to the Big Ten season, but now we move to the NCAA’s. If this team shows the same tenacity that they’ve shown the past two weeks, it could be a good tournament run.
The #5 seed Ohio State Buckeyes (25-8, 11-8) beat #4 seed Nebraska Cornhuskers, and now face the #1 seed Michigan Wolverines (24-7, 16-3). 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 1:40 EST with television coverage provided by CBS, check local listings.
The #5 seed Ohio State Buckeyes (24-8, 10-8) got past bottom-dwelling Purdue and now faces #4 seed Nebraska Cornhuskers (19-11, 11-7). 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 ESPN2, check local listings.
Ohio State and Nebraska twice this season, with each team winning on their home court. The Buckeyes won in Columbus, 84-53 (review and recap) and the Cornhuskers won 68-62 (preview and recap) in Lincoln.
This is it, Sunday is the regular season finale for Ohio State (22-8, 9-8) and #22 Michigan State (22-7, 11-5). Prior to their first game (preview) on January 7th, Ohio State (15-0, 2-0) was ranked #3 and Michigan State (13-1, 2-0) was ranked #5. After trailing at the half, the Buckeyes mounted a comeback to tie the game in regulation, but lost in overtime, 72-68. Please note in the Preview, my Guest Commentator exactly nailed the margin. Since that game, the Buckeyes have gone 7-7 and are now “others receiving votes” while the Spartans have gone 8-6 and are ranked #22. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
Right now, the teams are playing for Big Ten Tournament seeding. Ohio State will finish at #5 or #6 depending on results of this game, plus the Saturday Iowa-Illinois game. Michigan State, currently sitting in 2nd place, will keep an eye on Sunday’s Wisconsin-Nebraska game. The regular season championship is wrapped up, but for the Spartans, seeds #2-#4 are still in play.
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