Pick ‘em: The last week?

Written November 28th, 2013 by Scott

It’s the last week of the regular season and just like when we started our pick ‘em we are tied.

Big-10-logoLast week’s dud by Gary allowed me to tie it up. I was sooooooo close to taking Iowa over Michigan but I didn’t want to risk it.

Oops.

Gary went 3-3 last week, picking OSU, Sparty and Whiskey correctly, while whiffing on TTUN, Purdon’t and Penn State. The only difference with my picks was that I took Illinois over the Boilerstinkers.

Hey, I know when a team is really bad. I’m a Cubs fan.

So this week we have six games.

SPOILER ALERT: We will have to have a tiebreaker next week.

Gary and I have picked the same on all the games. We are taking Ohio State, Nebraska, Sparty, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Indiana.

No matter how you slice it, we are going to end up tied. I really, really tried to pick one game against Gary. But I couldn’t find one where I felt even remotely comfortable. Gary didn’t want to take any chances either.

Soooooooooooooooooooo, we will look ahead to next week where there are eight games we will use as our tiebreaker. And total points in the B1G title game will serve as the ultimate tiebreaker. IF we both pick the same number of points, I don’t know what to tell you.

Beer chugging contest? Jagerbombs?

Maybe we will take suggestions from our readers.

Standings heading into final week:

Gary and Scott: 26-13

Pick ‘em: Who wants to win?

Written November 22nd, 2013 by Scott

We’ve got two weeks left.

The question is “who wants it?” Gary started out on fire while I stunk Big-10-logoup the place.

But I have managed to close the gap the last couple weeks and one game separates us thanks to my brilliance the last half of the season.

Recapping last week, Gary went 3-2, missing the Northwestern and Sparty games. I was 4-1, whiffing on Northwestern as well.

Interesting games this week. Several could go either way and we are both apparently being cautious with our picks.

“I have to get serious now because I’m done letting (Scott) get back in this thing,” Gary said.

He likes OSU, Sparty, Michigan, Purdue, Wisconsin and Penn State. I agree with him on OSU, Northwestern, Michigan and Whiskey. I would love to take Iowa and Northwestern as upset specials, but I’ve got a chance to win and I refuse to do anything stupid. I’ll go along with Penn State just to stay on pace with Gary, but I can’t take Purdue. Even though it’s a road game, I’m gonna take the Illini. I have confidence in them. Someone else doesn’t.

“Illinois apparently never wants to win in the B1G again,” Gary quipped.

Yes they do and yes they will.

So to recap:

  • Gary takes OSU, Sparty, TTUN, Purdon’t, Whiskey and the Sanduskys.
  • Scott is countering with OSU, Sparty, Brady Joke, Chief Illinidrek, Whiskey and State Penn.

Standings:

  • Gary 23-10
  • Scott 22-11

Pick ‘em: Closing the gap

Written November 15th, 2013 by Scott

The countdown begins.

To quote The Holy Grail, my favorite Monty Python movie,  “Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three.”
We have three weeks left in the regular season and our Pick ‘Em just got very interesting.

Big-10-logoGary’s lead over me is down to just two games and he is about to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. To recap last week, Gary went 3-2, missing on Michigan over Nebraska and Penn State over Minnesota.  I went 4-1, missing only on the Michigan choke job.

This week we have a couple games that could go either way. Scott and Gary both like OSU to crush Illinois and retain the Illibuck Trophy, Wisconsin to handle Indiana, Northwestern to beat TTUN and Penn State to beat Purdue.

But Gary is jumping off the Sparty bandwagon and taking Nebraska. I disagree.
“Sparty will choke and Michigan will continue to spiral out of control,” Gary said. He’s half right.
I can already envision being one game out with two weeks left. And if it weren’t for me battling strep and bronchitis, I’d be talking a lot more trash.

The Illibuck Trophy is staying in Columbus.

The Illibuck Trophy is staying in Columbus.

So to recap:

Gary: Penn State, OSU, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Nebraska.

Scott: Penn State, OSU, Wisconsin, Northwestern and Michigan State.

Standings:

Gary 20-8

Scott 18-10

Men’s hockey streaking

Written November 11th, 2013 by Scott

The calendar just turned to November but it’s already winter sports time.

The men’s hockey team, always a favorite around the 614, is off to a 6-4 start, but the Buckeyes are on a 3-match win streak with most recent wins coming 4-1 and 5-1 over Niagara.

Pacing OSU on the young season is Max McCormick, who has five goals and seven assists for 11 points. Ryan Dzingel and Alex Szczechura each have 11 points. Dzingel has five goals and six assists while Szczechura has three goals and eight assists.

Goalkeeper Matt Tompkins has a 5-3 record for the Bucks.

OSU hosts Canisius for a pair of games later in the week and then has a home and away with TTUN Nov. 29 and Dec. 2.

Men’s swimming and diving undefeated

It’s hard to think about jumping in a pool at time of year but that hasn’t stopped the OSU men’s swimming and diving team.

The 10th-ranked Water Buckeyes have yet to lose and they have been drowning the competition. Scores have not been close at all.

The most recent wins came in a Big 10 tri-meet at Purdue. OSU beat Iowa 195-105, Northwestern 231-69 and the hosts 169-131.

Ohio State was led by Alex Miller, Josh Fleagle and Matt McHugh who all won multiple events. Fleagle was a part of two relay teams that took first while also finishing first in the 100 freestyle and second in the 50 freesyle. Miller was first in the 1000 freestyle and 500 freestyle, while McHugh swam on two winning relay teams and also took first in the 100 butterfly.

Women’s swimming and diving off to splashing start

The Lady Buckeyes have also been impressive in the water. They have won 6 of their first 7 matches, with the only loss at Purdue, 157-143.

The 19th-ranked team beat Ohio in its most recent meet.

The performance of that meet was in diving. The Scarlet and Gray outscored Ohio, 14-5, lead by junior Taylor Ford, who dominated the 3-meter with a total score of 304.80. She also scored a 265.88 in the 1-meter diving to gain a total of 13 points for the Buckeyes.

Buckeye Bits

* The women’s hockey team has started out 3-4-2 and has a 4-match winless streak.

* The women’s volleyball team is back on track. After losing eight in a row, the team has won two straight, beating Indiana 3-0, and Purdue 3-1.

* The women’s field hockey team closed it’s season with a 2-1 loss to Michigan State in the Big 10 tournament. OSU beat Northwestern, 3-2, in the first round. The team finished the season 6-13.

Pick ‘em: Desperation time?

Written November 9th, 2013 by Scott

Ok.
Desperate times call for desperate measures.
I was only able to narrow the gap by one game, thanks to Michigan’s choke job against Big Brother in East Lansing and thanks to Gary for deciding to pick every other game the same way I did.
Way to be original. Should I do your laundry and make your bed for you too, Gary?
I’m running out of chances to catch up so I may have to take a few chances the next couple weeks. Big-10-logo
Just to recap last week, we had a decent record. We were right with our picks of Wisconsin, Nebraska, OSU and Penn State. We missed with Indiana over Minnesota.
Looking at today’s games, Gary likes Iowa over Purdue, Illinois over Indiana and Michigan over Nebraska.
“Purdue is awful in every category … Illinois can’t outscore Indiana and Pelini is working on his walking papers,” said Gary.
He forgot to give me a pick on Penn State at Minnesota so I shall pick for him and give him Penn State. The Badgers have a bye week with BYU.
Not a bad selection of winners. Of course it wasn’t that difficult. I like Iowa and Michigan as well. I know Illinois is due for a win, but it won’t happen in Bloomington. I’ll agree on Wisconsin and I shall take my first calculated risk and take Minnesota over Penn State.
I think Penn State has more talent but I can’t make up games if I’m not different.
Not sure who is worse, Purdue or Illinois and I wouldn’t dare take either of them this week.

So to recap:
Gary: Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Penn State and Wisconsin.
Scott: Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Standings:
Gary 17-6
Scott 14-9

Men’s soccer upsets No. 9 Penn State

Written November 4th, 2013 by Scott

Danny Jansen made sure seniors on the Ohio State men’s soccer team will remember their final home game for a long time.

Danny Jensen scored the game-winner in an upset of No. 9 Penn State

Danny Jensen scored the game-winner in an upset of No. 9 Penn State

The freshman forward scored a goal from the far post late in the second overtime to lead the Buckeyes to a 1-0 win over No. 9 Penn State at Wolstein Field this past Saturday.

The win snapped the Nittany Lions unbeaten run through the Big Ten and provided a bright spot in what has been an otherwise pedestrian season for OSU.

With the victory, the Buckeyes improve to 5-6-5 overall and 1-2-2 in Big Ten play, while the Nittany Lions fall to 11-4-1 and 5-1-0. Ohio State extends its unbeaten streak to five matches heading into the final week of the regular season.

Jensen, a native of Weston, Fla., collected a cross by junior midfielder Max Moller on the far side and beat the PSU center back to the far post, blasting his third goal of the year into the top right of the net.

Junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov, the Big Ten defensive player of the week, recorded his eighth shutout in 15 games and has not allowed a goal in 423:47 minutes of play, dating back to Oct. 13 at Michigan State. With his five saves, Ivanov passed former Buckeye Casey Latchem for seventh on the OSU single-season saves list.

The Buckeyes will conclude the regular season at Wisconsin Nov. 8 before hosting the 2013 Big Ten Tournament Nov. 13-17.

Pistol team wins again

The Ohio State pistol team tallied an aggregate score of 6,301 to defeat The Citadel (5,930) and VMI (5,674) last Saturday afternoon in Lexington, Va.

The Buckeyes claimed the top two individual finishes in every event, and swept competition in open air pistol, open free pistol and women’s sport pistol.

Senior Jason Reineck led the way for the Buckeyes in free pistol, posting a score of 504 to claim first place ahead of classmate Joe Totts (501) and freshman Quentin Cauffman (501). Senior A.J. Tourigny scored a 489 to help OSU to a score of 1,995.

Totts and senior Kim Hullings led Ohio State in open standard pistol, each tallying a score of 543 to tie for first. Cauffman placed fourth with a 526, while junior Greyson McCaig placed fifth with a 519 for the Buckeyes who notched a 2,131 score.

Ohio State earned the top six finishes in open air pistol (60 rounds), with freshman Seth Bearjar claiming his first individual win after shooting a 555. Totts placed second with a 548 and Tourigny third with a 545 to round out the top three. Cauffman and Reineck both shot a 541 to contribute to the overall score of 2,175.

In women’s competition, the Buckeyes claimed the top two spots in air pistol (40 rounds) as freshman Elizabeth Szalajko scored a 364 to finish in first place and Hullings a 357 to place second. Senior Mariah Skiles fired a 345 to round out team scoring (1,045) for the Buckeyes.

In women’s sport pistol, Hullings recorded a 551, followed by Skiles who shot a 526 and freshman Elizabeth Buerling who earned a 522. Ohio State tallied a team score of 1,599. Ohio State took first place overall in women’s competition with an aggregate of 2,644.

Women’s soccer falls in season finale

The Ohio State women’s soccer team wrapped up the regular season with a 2-0 loss at No. 8 Michigan last Saturday. With the loss, Ohio State falls to 10-6-3, 4-5-2 in Big Ten play.

The Buckeyes failed to qualify for the Big Ten Tournament next weekend in Champaign, Ill., and will wait to see if they will make it to the post season tournament. That will be announced on NCAA.com at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 11.

Thinclads run at conference meet 

Katie Borchers

Katie Borchers

Fueled by top-10 finishes from juniors Michelle Thomas and Katie Borchers, the Ohio State women’s cross country team placed fifth overall at the Big 10 conference meet at Purdue, the squad’s best finish at the conference meet in 29 years.

Ohio State finished with a score of 157, edging Indiana and  Wisconsin by one point. The team finish is the highest for the Buckeyes since a fourth-place finish in 1984, while its 157 cumulative point total is the best since 1986. No. 6 Michigan State won the team title with 43 points.

Michelle Thomas

Michelle Thomas

The men’s cross country team finished eighth for the second-consecutive season, with a score of 182. No. 24 Indiana took home the championship with a score of 51.

Thomas and Borchers finished fourth and sixth, respectively, in times of 21:04.1 and 21:07.2, earning First Team All-Big Ten honors in the process. The duo joins Maureen Cogan (1984) and Kathryn Monard (1986) as the only first-team selections in school history.

Sophomore Nick Pupino was the top male Buckeye runner on the day, finishing 28th overall with a time of 25:05.2. Also scoring for Ohio State were sophomores Brian Hannaford (30th, 25:09.3), Curtis Hanle (40, 25:19.8), Jordan Redd (43, 25:23.0) and redshirt sophomore Michael Brajdic (49, 25:27.4).

Golf update

The Ohio State men’s golf team concluded its time at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate in Dallas last week in ninth, carding an 8-over 1073 overall score at the 6-count-5 tournament. Freshman Frederik Hammer recorded the lowest total for the Buckeyes with a 4-under 209 for 15th-place on the par 71, 7,068-yard course at the Royal Oaks Country Club.

In the third round of play, Hammer carded a 2-under 69 with four birdies. A native of Rungsted, Denmark, Hammer finished two of the three rounds under par and even drained in an eagle during the second.

Sophomore Tee-k Kelly and junior Boo Timko followed in a tie for 41st and 49th, respectively.

The No. 28 women’s team closed out its fall campaign at the Landfall Tradition Sunday, carding a 19-over 307 on the final day. The Buckeyes finished the three-day tournament tied for 11th with a 60-over 924 on the par 72, 6,997-yard Pete Dye Course at the Country Club of Landfall.

Ohio State freshman Jessica Porvasnik tied for 27th overall with a score of 12-over 228.

Women’s tennis wins 21 matches at Tennessee

The OSU women’s tennis team was at the Tennessee Fall Invite Sunday and combined for 13 singles and eight doubles wins.

Sandy Niehaus, Miho Kowase and Noelle Malley went 3-0 against opponents in singles competition, while the Buckeye duo of Ferny Angeles Paz and Malley and the pair of Grainne O’Neill and Niehaus posted a 3-0 record in doubles.

Freshman Gabriella De Santis collected her first singles victory againast a ranked opponent, defeating No. 45 Joelle Kissel of NC State , 6-3, 6-1,

tBBC Pick ‘Em: Week Five

Written October 25th, 2013 by Scott

OK, I’m starting to feel a little nauseated.

This pick ‘em thing is not working out like I planned.

I’m losing.

Of course I expected to win. Who expects to lose other than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

Let’s recap our last week of picks, which was two weeks ago. Took a week off to attend the funeral of my 95-year-old grandmother in South Bend.

So our picks from the previous week included both Gary and myself picking Penn State over TTUN and Nebraska over Purdon’t.

Gary took Sparty and the Badgers, while I incorrectly took Indiana and Northwestern. Blech!

Once again we don’t have a consensus for this week’s picks.

Gary and I agree that Ohio State will beat Penn State, Nebraska will beat Minnesota and that Northwestern will win at Iowa.

But again, we differ in another game.

I like Illinois to defend the home field against Sparty, who couldn’t score with a pocket full of change in a …. well, never mind.

“Sticking with my hometown boy Dantonio to bring me success in beating down a Chicago Blackhawks fan,” Gary said smugly.

Illinois can’t stink all the time, right?

So to recap:

  • Gary’s picks: OSU, Nebraska, Michigan State and Northwestern.
  • Scott’s picks: OSU, Nebraska, Illinois and Northwestern.

Standings after four weeks:

Gary 11-2
Scott 8-5

Women’s volleyball suffers first loss

Written September 29th, 2013 by Scott

The Lady Buckeyes volleyball team tasted defeat for the first time Sunday afternoon falling to No. 15 Michigan State 3-0.

The Spartans defeated No. 13 OSU 27-25, 25-23 and 25-22 to pull off the mild upset at St. John Arena.

Taylor Sandbothe had 12 kills in a loss to Michigan State.

Taylor Sandbothe had 12 kills in a loss to Michigan State.

Taylor Sandbothe led OSU (13-1, 1-1) with 12 kills and had a .524 attacking percentage. Kylie Randall chipped in 11 kills and attacked at a .529 rate. Kaitlyn Leary notched her seventh double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs.

Men’s golf

Boo Timko fired a final round 3-under 69 and had 6 birdies to help lead OSU from 10th to a tie for fourth with Purdue at the Windon Memorial in suburban Chicago.
Timko was 11th overall at 1-under 215, while OSU shot 11-over 875. Northwestern won with a 4-under 860.

Buckeye Bits

The men’s soccer team opened Big 10 play with a 2-0 loss at Indiana Sunday. OSU is 2-5-2 overall.

The women’s soccer team saw its 5-match unbeaten streak end with a 1-0 home loss to Purdue Sunday. In a 3-1 win over the Lady Hoosiers Thursday Kayla Varner, Nichelle Prince, and Alexis Degler scored for OSU. The Buckeyes now sit 7-2-2 overall and 1-1-1 in the conference.

The field hockey team lost 3-2 to Michigan State in the Big 10 opener on Saturday. Kaitlyn Wagner and Mona Frommhold had goals for the 3-6 Lady Buckeyes.