OK folks, we’re going to try something a bit different this afternoon. Eric is out of town on some Very Important Business so I’ll be holding down the fort:
Assuming Ohio State beats Purdue (I don’t want to think of an alternative outcome), we’ll be back here tomorrow afternoon at approximately the same time. Tomorrow’s format, assuming winter storm Vulcan does screw up Eric’s travel plans will be that I’ll be your host once again. So, I guess we’ll have to show up to find out.
Anyway, today’s game is broadcast on BTN and should tip off around 2:25-2:30, or so. See you there!
The Boilermakers visited the Buckeyes this evening in Columbus for the return match of their two game series. Despite a slow start, and a bit of back and forth play, the game was all Ohio State as the Buckeyes secured the 67-49 victory. Surprisingly, LaQuinton Ross led the Buckeyes in scoring with 17 points, closely followed by Lenzelle Smith Jr. with 16. For the Boilermakers, Kendall Stephens put together 12 points off the bench, while AJ Hammons and Rapheal Davis both earned 11 a piece. The win gave the Buckeyes their third straight in Big Ten play.
Things started from a defensive perspective. Both teams demonstrated good movement against the offensive motion, and forced a number of turnovers early. The first points weren’t even scored until two minutes had elapsed, and Purdue was able to net the first three buckets of the game. The Bucks simply struggled to find good shots on the offensive end, and weren’t able to score until the fifth minute of the game on a Sam Thompson ally-oop.
The momentum changed in a hurry following the first TV timeout. The Buckeyes went on an 8 point unanswered tear to put together a 10-0 run and claim their first lead of the game. It was only ended by a Kendall Stevens three pointer after four minutes had ellapsed. Things had changed as the Buckeyes settled down in their attack, focused on getting the ball low against Purdue’s man defense. OSU also worked harder on the boards and began to balance the rebounding numbers.
With both teams locked into the game, they settled down into a steady back and forth battle. For the most part, it seemed that when one team was locked in defensively, so was the opponent. If one them started to pick up on the offensive end, it was reciprocated on the other end. That said, there wasn’t much in the way of offense through the first twelve minutes. The Boilermakers shot 5-20, while the Bucks hit only 7-18 by the third TV timeout.
Purdue returns the favor this evening, joining the Buckeyes in Columbus for a little Shooty Hoops action.
The game is scheduled to tip off at 6:00 PM Eastern Time on the Big Ten Network. Come chat with all of your favorite Buckeye bloggers and friends! Go Bucks!
Tight End, Loose Cannon? Kyle Rowland of Eleven Warriors broke the news late Tuesday that Buckeye tight end Marcus Baugh had been suspended from the team indefinitely for yet another issue with underaged alcohol usage. While many of us would file this either under “meh” or “college lyfe!!”, it’s important to note that this would be Baugh’s third “incident” while a Buckeye, and his second involving alcohol. He was removed from scholarship last summer, and was removed from team activities in September as well… it will be interesting to see if Coach Meyer believes in a “three strikes and you’re done” policy. Baugh has always been seen as an amazing athlete, but his absence will mean that the other tight ends in the system (Heuerman, Moore, and Vannett) may be asked to bear the burden during the spring and beyond; the 2014 recruiting class does not have a tight end in the mix as of yet.
The Buckeyes kicked off their B1G schedule with a tall order in the #17th ranked Boilermakers of Purdue. Cait Craft, Ameryst Alston, Darryce Moore, Martina Ellerbe and Amy Scullion got the start and they didn’t disappoint the Buckeye faithful in attendance in the first half.
Craft kept her hot streak of three’s on the season going and put the Buckeyes up 5-2 early with her first of the night, the 22nd of her young season.Ellerbe took over midway through the first half connecting on two of two from three point land and put up 8 points early.
The Buckeyes were trailing at the under eight media time-out but Darryce Moore was getting red-hot on the boards with five already to go with six points. The Buckeyes were dominating the boards in the first half. They finished the half only down two 39-37 and riding on the shooting of Ellerbe who finished with ten points at half. Buckeyes killing it on the boards 22-15(9 offensive).
Ellerbe continued her onslaught in the second half and took the Buckeyes on a tear with 16 points, that turned into a great run and the Buckeyes were up 59-50 at the 12:06 mark forcing a Boilermaker timeout and continuing to shoot lights out from the floor and the free throw line. Buckeyes hit their 7th three just prior to the under eight timeout and stay on top 67-54.
KK Houser for the Boilermakers was on fire the entire game and near unstoppable. After trading shots on both ends and hitting back to back threes for the boilers, the Buckeyes answered and Craft(15), Ellerbe(19), Moore(14), and Alston(12) all in double digits scoring leading the way. Buckeyes head to under four media timeout with biggest lead of the night 80-64.
Things turned a little sloppy down the stretch, but Purdue couldn’t hit some free throws and headed into the final minute still down by ten to the upstart Buckeyes at home in the Schott. Adams became the fifth player in double digits with an easy lay-in at the fifty second mark of the game.
The 17th ranked Boilers put up a fight behind 26 from KK Houser, 16 by Whitney Bays and 13 by Courtney Moses but couldn’t keep up with the hot shooting and great rebounding by the Buckeyes on the night. It’s a great win at home for Coach McGuff and staff and served notice the Buckeyes aren’t going away without a fight.
The Buckeyes win the game 89-78 behind 19 a piece from Ellerbe and Alston, 15 from Craft, 14 from Moore and 10 from Adams. The Buckeyes out-rebounded the Boilers 34-14(unofficial) and had 8 more assists on the night 18-10. Raven Ferguson came off the bench to almost score in double digits with 8 points to go with 5 rebounds and 6 assists which was the game high for all players.
After a rough stretch in December losing 4 of 5 to some pretty tough talent. the Buckeyes appear prepared for their tough conference slate and take on the Wolverines this Sunday in the Schott, tip-off is at 5p.m.
It’s time for the B1G Conference season! The Buckeyes are travelling to West Lafayette to take on the Purdue Boilermakers.
The game is scheduled to start at 1:00 PM Eastern. Stop by and chat with us during the game! Go Bucks!
The #3 Ohio State Buckeyes (13-0) have done pretty well in nonconference play, and hope to continue their Big Ten opener on New Year’s Eve with a 1:00 PM EST game in West Lafayette, IN. The Boilermakers come into this game with a record of 10-3.
Here’s their Profile:
School: Purdue University
The Boilermakers (10-3) are coming off a solid road win in Morgantown, WV against The Fighting Huggins’s, 73-70. Purdue got off to a strong start (7-0), before going two for four in the Old Spice Classic. Matt Painter seems to still be trying to settle into his “starting” lineup. The basic lineup consists of 3G/2F, it’s just a matter of who gets penciled into the lineup. Two of the guard spots are filled by the Johnson Boys; Terone (6’4″) and Ronnie (6’0″). Bryson Scott and Kendall Stephens have also seen significant playing time at guard. The forward positions have been filled more often by Basil Smotherman (6’5″), Jay Simpson (6’10″) and Travis Carroll (6’9″). A.J. Hammons (7’0″) brings a good bit of size to the paint. Read More
There was no bad luck this time around as the Buckeyes pounded the Boilermakers 56-0……….but did our wishes have the same good luck? Let’s check it out: