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).
Ohio State braved inclimate weather to travel to West Lafayette to grab a win and sweep the season series with Purdue. In their win, Ohio State shot 56% from the field, 64% from 3-point range. In OSU’s win against Purdue on January 2nd, in addition to a scorching offense, they kept the turnovers fairly close, committing 19 to Purdue’s 17.
Things were far different tonight, as a pretty good defensive effort was in vain as the offense turned in an absolutely abysmal offensive performance. Let’s put it this way, when you hold your opponent to 35% FG and force 10 turnovers, and still get beat 74-58, your offense isn’t doing you any favors. This loss drops the Buckeyes to 14-12, 4-6 for the season.
The Buckeyes were led by Ameryst Alston’s 26 points. Raven Ferguson, held to one point in the first half, contributed 13 points and 8 rebounds. Raven’s problem was that she was 3-15 from the field.. Martina Ellerbe had another solid night with 8 points and 8 rebounds. For the game, OSU shot 34.5% from the field, 23.5% from the perimeter and 67 % from the freethrow line. And, the fouls shooting made the difference. Both team were whistled for a similar number of fouls, OSU 19, Purdue 16. While OSU was 14-21 from the line, Purdue was 27-29. The Boilermakers were 20-20 in the 2nd half.
As in the first meeting, Purdue placed five players in double figures: Courtney Moses (18), Liza Clemons (14), April Wilson (12), Whitney Bays (12) and Dee Williams (10). The Boilermakers shot 35.5% from the field, including 27.3% from the perimeter, and 93% from the foul line.
Ohio State trailed at the half 33-24. In the last 6:34 of the half, Purdue went on a 10-5 run due to Ohio State not having a field goal in that stretch; the Buckeyes were 0-7 from the field during that time. Neither team shot well; Ohio State was 32% (8-25) from the field while Purdue was 34% (13-38). From the perimeter, OSU was 1-6 and Purdue was 0-5, so not much good going on there. You may have noticed that Purdue had 13 more FG attempts in the half. Well, that’s because they had 10 offensive rebounds. That is a lot of quality (close to basket) possessions that went in Purdue’s favor. In contrast, Ohio State had 2 offensive boards. The turnover “battle” was won by Purdue; committing only 5 to Ohio State’s 10.
The Buckeyes were led at the half by Ameryst Alston (11 points) on only 3-9 FG’s, but she did make 5-6 free throws. Martina Ellerbe and Ashley Adams had 5 rebounds each. Unfortunately, 6th man Raven Ferguson was as cold as ice, with 1 point at half, going 0-5. Although Purdue’s April Wilson led the team in scoring wit 7 points, Liza Clemons really led them with 6 points and 6 rebounds, 3 boards at each end.
I’m sure that Coach McGuff had a few halftime words, um of encouragement, because in the 2nd half, by the under-16 timeout, OSU had 4 offensive rebounds for the half, doubling their entire 1st half performance. The came out of the locker room much more aggressive in their play.
However, midpoint in the half (9:51 mark), Purdue had outscored Ohio State 18-13, to extend their lead to 14 points, 51-37. At the under-8 timeout, a brief spurt by the Buckeyes closed the gap to 10 points, 53-43. Basket-trading then took place, and at the 2:19 point, OSU trailed 65-53.
McGuff better have his team work on some hooting drills, because their next opponent will be a still challenge. The Buckeyes’ next game is Sunday, February 9th as they host Penn State. In their first meeting, PSU won 66-42 (OSU’s lowest offensive output for the season, as OSU shot 30% from the field. Tip-off is 2:00 PM EST with television coverage provided by ESPN2.
The Ohio State Buckeyes (10-6) are currently on a three-game winning streak, hopefully building momentum entering Big Ten Conference play. A good thing, too, since OSU hosts the #17 Purdue Boilermakers (10-2) who are currently on a five-game winning streak. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM EST on Thursday January 2nd in Columbus.
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The Buckeyes traveled to West Lafayette, IN to wrap up 2013 and kick off the B1G Conference play. Mackey Arena provides a great college basketball venue, and both teams responded, with Ohio State coming out with a 78-69 win.
Several players had excellent performances today. Ohio State had LaQuinton Ross’ career high 25 points and 12 rebounds, Lenzelle Smith Jr’s 14 points and Aaron Craft’s 10 assists. Craft did this with no turnovers. That’s right, no turnovers. For Purdue, the Johnsons, Ronnie (16 pts) and Teron (13 points) had great games, but center AJ Hammons was outstanding with 18 points and 16 rebounds.
Ohio State started out well enough with some good, patient ball movement, resulting in two quick baskets by Amir Williams and LaQuinton Ross. AJ Hammons responded with two free throws and a basket to keep pace.
Offensively, Purdue was having early success with the off guard coming across the key and either taking a jump shot at the foul-line extended or continuing the drive to the basket.
At the 12:00 mark, two free throws by AJ Hammons put Purdue up 17-15, but a tremendous end-to-end play by Aaron Craft resulted in a layup to tie it at 17-17. By the 10-minute timeout, Purdue moved ahead 19-17 on a Bryson Scott jumper. Despite the promising start, the OSU offense was stalling at the line (0-3) and from the perimeter (1-8), with Lenzelle being 0-3 at this point. Not good.
Let’s take a look at our expert’s wishes as the Bucks travel to Purdue:
In today’s edition, we celebrate number 23, an Ohio State victory over Purdue on October 6th, 2007, 23-7. We’re coming down the homestretch with our countdown, so I’m going to mix in some games where the days remaining will equal an Ohio State score.
The undefeated Buckeyes rolled into West Lafayette against the also undefeated Boilermakers. Obviously, only one team could leave undefeated, and even more obviously, we know who that team was. Although Todd Boeckman passed for 201 yards and two TD’s he also had three passes intercepted, to keep the score down. TB had both TD passes in the 1st quarter (Ray Small 26 yards, Brian Hartline 6 yards), and other than that Ryan Pretorius kicked a FG in each of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarters to account for the balance of OSU’s scoring. Purdue managed to score on a 1 yard Curtis Painter TD pass with 10 seconds left on the clock. Really?
Here’s a nice little video recap of the game, put together by lexco44.
In today’s edition of Kickoff Countdown we celebrate the number 30, the combined score of Ohio State’s win over Purdue 23-7 on October 6th, 2007.
Despite throwing three interceptions, Todd Boeckman tossed two 1st quarter TD’s (Small, Hartline) in a decent, other than INT’s, performance.
The defense played very well, holding the Boilermakers to net 4 yards rushing for the game. Despite 60 passing attempts, Purdue QB was fairly ineffective, except for their last 88 yard drive. Painter’s TD pass with :10 remaining averted the shutout. Purdue Pride!
For your viewing pleasure.
The Buckeyes get their March Madness on tonight, as a top seed in the Big dance might just “boil down” to tonight’s key match-up with Purdue at 9 PM ET on Big Ten Network. Paul Keels and Ron Stokes will have the call on the Ohio State Radio Network, as well as online.
What’s in store for tonight on the hardwood?
For the Buckeyes, it’s a tournament championship or bust. Just ask William Buford who has been to three straight championship games. His 14 points per game in Big Ten tournament games is a true testament of what he’s meant to the Buckeyes in post season play. Thad Matta’s club has six straight wins in the precursor to the pantheon of college basketball. Without a doubt, this team has been through it’s challenges past few years. Of course there is the overtime thriller last year against Northwestern in the tournament quarterfinals. How about the sword in the heart that Evan Turner turned in against the rival house, as the last breath of hope for a tournament championship waited in the wings.
For every success story though is a setback.
One miscue, and it’s over. You don’t have time to lose focus. All that matters is what’s ahead of you. March Madness and tournament play is like a pit fight to the death. It doesn’t matter if you’re more athletic, stronger, or have more speed. In a split second, anyone can take your legs from under you.
And follow it up with a dagger that takes your life.