The 2013-2014 basketball season is underway. The 1-0 Buckeyes dusted off Morgan State 89-50 in their season opener ad now host the Ohio University Bobcats Tuesday at 8:00 PM. Ohio State was powered by accurate shooting (47.7%) and dynamic rebounding (55 rebounds) in their first win of the season. Meanwhile, down the road in Athens, OH, the Bobcats defeated Northern Iowa 75-64 with even better shooting, hitting 52% from the floor in their opening win.
Here’s the scoop on Ohio University.
School: Ohio University
Location: Athens, OH
Student Population: 22,685
School Type: Public, co-ed
Conference: Mid-American Conference (MAC)
Arena: The Convocation Center “The Convo”
Head Coach: Jim Christian
In today’s edition, we celebrate number 40, an Ohio State victory over the little sister Ohio University Bobcats on September 6th,, 2008, 26-14.
Almost as confused as Brady Hoke, the Buckeye offense only gained 272 yards on the day. Dan Herron “led” OSU’s rushers with 50 yards in 12 attempts, while Todd Boeckman was 16-26 for 110 yards. Not a bad percentage, but the 4.3 yards per completion was awful.
This game was won on the strength of the defense with 4 interceptions and special teams by Ray Small’s 69 yard punt return with 5:57 left in the game. Jim Tressel smiled.
To be honest, this was damn near the only thing that went right against the Bobcats
And now, it gets real. Conference season. No more cupcakes… although, that hasn’t worked out all that well for a lot of teams. Today’s soundtrack is from this week’s release, and was chosen just to make our friend Bacon happy.
Let’s start out west this week, which gives me a chance to do two of my favorite things in the world. The first is to enjoy this moment: Oh, Rich Rod face, how I’ve missed your sublime poignancy. The second is to post a great FanShot, sent to us from pretty choice seats in Eugene… lots of people making their “O” face in that game, for sure. As a reminder, if you go to a game this year, send us a photo and we’ll run it on Monday mornings.
So, let’s talk about the Ducks. The wife and I watched the game… at least until Arizona threw a 4th and goal interception in the third quarter. After that, the fate of the Wildcats was sealed and we headed onto other things (Food Network, Ahoy!). ‘Cause here’s the fact- Oregon may take some time to warm up, but once they find weakness they will attack and attack and attack… and the next thing you know, you lose 49-0. Well, until they play a team with a defensive front, that is.
While the Ducks are still doing what they do, I’ve got to tip my hat a bit to Arizona- it was fun to watch the Rodriguez offense again and only have a little bit of hatred for the passes to the slot receivers and so forth. He’ll do well in Tuscon, particularly given that the transition won’t be as drastic as it was heading from Morgantown to Ann Arbor… and he probably doesn’t have alumni and former coaches trying to sabotage him as well.
In fact, I’d love to see RRod’s former team play the one he just faced- What WVa is doing offensively is probably the only thing that can match with the speed and scoring ability that we’re seeing in Eugene. Granted, they only managed 31 against a pretty bad Maryland team, but the potential is there. A bowl game between Chip Kelly and Dana Holgorsen would certainly surpass the UW/Baylor game from last year, and would feature some of the most unique
costumes uniforms in college sports.
I don’t know which is worse- that the play was allowed to continue, or that the official seems to be enjoying the spectacle. A little help here: Was the player that removed the helmet ejected, as per the rules? Read More
Lots of excitement in your Wednesday updates…
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As you do the research necessary to win this year’s BBN Bracket Challenge, we here at tBBC are previewing each region to give you just a bit of info on teams not named “Ohio State”. Here’s a gander at Bob Seger’s favorite part of the bracket.
Favorites: You can’t spell “Midwest” without “Meh”- While North Carolina is the top seed, you’ll have to drill all the way down to the #7 slot before you find a team that won it’s conference tournament, and that was an OT victory for St. Mary’s in the WCC final. Sure, Carolina won the ACC, but they couldn’t solve FSU more than once this season, and KU ended up behind Mizzou in what’s left of the Big Integer. There’s really no one who stands out, but there’s no one that looks to be mis-placed, either… You’ve got to think that Roy Williams will have his team ready for the long haul and intensity that is March Madness. Based on their mix of experience and youth, I’m going to go with the Tarheels as the obvious favorite in the region.
Throughout this bowl season, tBBC’s team looks at all the bowls to give you enough info to convince your family it’s worth watching. Enjoy!
The Basics: 5:30 PM ET on ESPN, from Boise Idaho. Ohio (9-4, 6-2 MAC) and Utah State (7-5, 5-2 MWC.
Ohio Bobcats- Frank Solich’s team made it all the way to the MAC championship as the East representative, and fell apart late to drop a heart breaker to Northern Illinois. They’re 39th in the nation in passing yardage, led by QB Tyler Tettleton’s 3100 yards and WR LaVon Brazill’s 1100 yards receiving.
Utah State Aggies – Rushing attack led by Robert Turbin’s 1400 yards is sixth in the nation. Took the defending national champs to the wire in the season opener, and destroyed Wyoming 63-19 early in MWC play.
Fun Facts- The Buckeyes have never played in this game, nor played Utah State (home of impressive gender role research). Brady Hoke believes he’s undefeated against the Bobcats (he’s wrong); Brandon Hanning is still a punk.
Who We Got?
Since everyone’s talking about the other battle in The ‘Shoe on Saturday (note: kid wasn’t even a student at OU, jumped Brutus out of nowhere and from behind, and STILL didn’t get a win. Classy), it might be a good idea to remember what happened during the game:
If Ohio State wasn’t the #2 team in the country and fans weren’t expecting great things down the road from the Buckeyes, the game on Saturday would have been a resounding success.
That, however, is not the case. Ohio State fans are hungry for bigger and better things from this team, and there are still several areas that need improvement.
While there are certainly things that this team can do better, getting lost in the flaws is missing the forest for the trees. It is still way too early in the year to sweat the small stuff.
I understand that the small stuff can be the difference between a win and a loss in a close game, but any potential close games are still weeks away, giving the Buckeyes plenty of time to continue to get better.
The optimist in me is almost happy that this team has flaws that they can continue to work on each week. It provides motivation and drive to a team that might otherwise become complacent.
During a stretch of less-than-exciting match ups, motivation is important.
Join me after the jump for our weekly look at how the Buckeyes stacked up against our pre-game expectations of them. Read More