Based on a strong 2nd half performance yesterday against Northwestern, Ohio State’s Friday opponent was #1 seed Penn State. The Nittany Lions had no trouble with the ‘bye’ to move into the 2nd round.
That “thud” you heard was Penn State’s Big Ten Tournament coming to a convincing end as Ohio State avenged two regular season losses by upsetting the Lions 99-82. The Buckeyes built upon yesterday’s 2nd half 51 point blitz of Northwestern with a season high half score of 58 points half against the Nittany Lions to have a 58-34 lead at the half.
Ohio State ended the game shooting 62% from the field (36-58) and a blistering 55% from the perimeter (10-18) and 71% (15-21) from the foul line. They grabbed 37 rebounds, 8 offensive. But then, if you’r shooting over 62%, you wouldn’t have too many opportunities. Penn State shot 37% (26-71) from the field, 20% (3-15) from the perimeter and 77% (27-35) from the foul line.
Ohio State was led by five players in double figures: Ameryst Alston (31 pts, 9 ast), Cait Craft (24 pts, 6 ast), Raven Ferguson (15 pts, 7 reb), Darryce Moore (11 pts, 6 reb) and Ashley Adams (11 pts, 5 reb). I want to pay special mention to Ashley Adams. Due to foul trouble by Darryce Moore, Ashley was rotated in at Center for the last eight minutes of the game. In those eight minutes, Ashley had 11 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks and an assist. This was coming up big in a big game for Ashley. Well done.
Penn State was led by Ariel Edwards (29 pts, 10 rebs), Maggie Lucas (21 pts, 6 rebs) and Dara Taylor (14 pts, 5 rebs, 8 ast).
Thad Matta took his suddenly surging Buckeyes into Happy Valley tonight to avenge the January 29th overtime loss to the Nittany Lions, 71-70. Alas, it was not to be, as the Nittany Lions beat the Buckeyes 65-63, to sweep the season series. It was an excruciating end to the game as Ohio State, down 1 point with 10 seconds remaining, then 2 points with 6 seconds remaining, completely lost their sensibilities on offense. In both scenes, rather than attack the basket, Lenzelle Smith Jr launched two 3-point shots that clanged off the iron.
The Buckeyes were led by LaQuinton Ross (19 pts, 5 rebs), Aaron Craft (10 pts, 4 asst) and Trey McDonald (9 pts, 3 blks). Ohio State shot 43% from the field (20-47), only 67% from the free throw line (18-27) and an embarrassing (29% (5-17) from 3-point range. Lenzelle Smith did grab 6 defensive rebounds, but his choice of shooting, 1-6 from the perimeter was deeply disappointing, especially for a senior. Well, Ohio State is now 22-7, 9-7 and has lost to Penn State (twice) and Nebraska this season. This is not at all what I’d imagined.
The Nittany Lions were led by D.J. Newbill’s 23 points, and Tim Frazier’s 16 points. In the previous game against OSU, Newbill also had 25 points, so he’s probably on to something. Penn State shot 44% (19-43) from the floor, 79% (22-28) from the free throw line and 38% (5-13) from the perimeter.
Ohio State held the halftime lead 28-26. After a quick start, the Buckeye offense went dormant at the end of the half as LaQuinton Ross’ FG at the 5:03 was OSU’s last FG of the half. Both teams shot 40% from the field; OSU was 10-25 while PSU was 9-22. Penn State’s 8 turnovers, to OSU’s 5 helped to blunt PSU opportunities, but OSU’s terrible free throw shooting (4-9) really kept the 1st half closer than it should have.
Things were a little choppy early in the 2nd half as the refs didn’t want their whistles to go to waste. At the 17 minute marks, DJ Newbill Ft’s tied the game at 33. At the midpoint, PSU grabbed a 36-35 lead, due to OSU still not figuring out how to attack a zone defense. At the under-12, the game was tied at 38. OSu was getting outrebounded 27-17, with PSU having 6 offensive rebounds to OSU’s 3. Just inside the 10 minutes mark, PSU held a 45-42 lead. At the under 4-minute mark, PSU held a 55-51 lead, thanks to another DJ Newbill 3-pointer. At the under-2 mark, PSU held a 59-55 lead.with :54 PSU had a 62-59 lead and the ball, and it wasn’t looking good for the Good Guys.
The Buckeyes’ next game is Sunday afternoon in Bloomington, IN against the Indiana Hoosiers. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:00 PM EST and will be televised coverage will be provided by CBS, check local listings. LiveChat will be provided by tBBC, beginning approximately a half hour before tip-off, check back here.
The #22/#20 Ohio State Buckeyes (22-6, 9-6) travel to Happy Valley to play the Penn State Nittany Lions (13-14, 4-10) Thursday evening. In their previous meeting in Columbus, PSU overcame a 10 point deficit over the last 5:33, as D.J. Newbill scored the winning basket with: 03 remaining in overtime to give PSU a 71-70 win.
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The Ohio State Buckeyes (14-12, 4-6) host the #10 Penn State University Lady Lions (17-5, 8-2) this Sunday afternoon. Both teams are coming off losses; Ohio State to Purdue 74-58 and Penn State to Iowa 73-70. The Nits are coming off a tough 84-74 loss to Purdue on Sunday. The game is Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM EST.
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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.)
The Ohio State Buckeyes (16-4, 3-4) hope to continue their healing process by hosting the Penn State Nittany Lions (10-10, 1-6) Wednesday evening at Value City Arena. The Nits snapped their own losing streak (6 games) on Thursday by defeating Nebraska in a wild one, 58-54, to get their 1st conference win of the season. Yes, the same Nebraska that rolled OSU a week ago. There’s no transitive inference in this situation.
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The Ohio State Buckeyes (12-7, 2-1) having defeated the ranked Hoosiers on travel to University Park, PA to take on the 14th ranked Penn State Nittany lions (11-4, 2-1). The Nits are coming off a tough 84-74 loss to Purdue on Sunday. The game is Thursday at 7:00 PM EST.
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Even though football is in full swing, the B1G is a hoops conference as well. As we love to do around these parts, we place some calls to our blogging friends around the B1G country and ask them some questions about their upcoming teams. I have invited some writers that we’ve had here before in Ben Jones from StateCollege.com for The Nitany Lions; Philip Rossman-Reich from Lake the Posts for Northwestern; Jay Swenson of Mad Town Badgers for Wisconsin. We will be covering all of the B1G teams as the season approaches.
Who did you lose from last season and how big of a loss will it be?
Ben Jones - Penn State had a bit of a player departure issue after the season for various reasons. Patrick Ackerman and Akosa Maduegbunam were both underclassmen who were never going to play, so to be blunt the team doesn’t miss much with these guys leaving . Sasa Borovnjak left following graduation and leaves Penn State without a real experienced post player.
Jermaine Marshall and Jon Graham both left as well to round out the group. Marshall left to try and support his son and girlfriend although there is some indication he wasn’t happy at Penn State. Jon Graham left for personal reasons. Overall Penn State had a tough offseason in terms of departures but the team will miss Marshall the most. Chambers brought in transfer Allen Roberts to try and stop the bleeding in the scoring department but obviously Marshall would have been preferred in that department.
In the end it’s a larger loss in terms of numbers than it might be on the court.
Philip Rossman-Reich - The big loss from last year is the coach: Bill Carmody. Carmody was at Northwestern for 11 years and really brought the program to a new height. That height was not the NCAA Tournament, but teams knew they would be in for a battle when they came to Evanston to face the Wildcats. There were limitations though and now that Northwestern has bigger expectations for itself, the school went in a different direction. So for the first time in a very long time, the Wildcats have a new head coach. Read More