tBBC/BBN Roundtable: Basketball Thoughts

Written January 31st, 2014 by WVaBuckeye
Worth A Thousand Words

Worth A Thousand Words

We continue with this weeks roundtable with our band of merry men who write how they really feel about all things Buckeye related. I really enjoyed the football and wanted to see how everybody felt about basketball today. As you can see there are plenty of thoughts around the shooty hoops(or lack there of that is Ohio State 2014.

How many times have you changed the channel while watching the men’s basketball team? Specifically, what is bothering you the most?

Empire Chris - If I turn on the game, I am keeping it on, unless there is OSU football to be had. That said, the shot selection from the Buckeyes is by far the most frustrating thing I have witnessed this season. There is no reason for this team to go 0-4 in B1G play, especially against teams like Nebraska.

channel change anyone?

Channel Change, Anyone?

Empire Ryan - I haven’t changed it mid game all season, but I did not watch the last game at Illinois at all.  Frankly I think I needed a break from the chaos that is watching Ohio State play either football or basketball lately.  It’s not that I don’t care, it’s that I may care too much.  The Buckeyes have a way of reeling us back in even when it looks like all hope is lost during games.  It happened in the Orange Bowl, against MSU in both football and basketball, and then the lack of offense on the court is a pure mirror of the lack of defense on field.

MOTSAG Jeremiah - I tend to watch the games on my phone or laptop so I dont change the channel. I think right now it is mainly a mental issue with the team. I wish they weren’t afraid to shoot and would shoot more. I also wish Amir Williams would get angry really angry.

Patrick - How many games have they played?  The pure lack of shooting. It’s amazing they don’t have one guy to depend on to score and that Aaron Craft hasn’t developed some kind of shot in four years.

Charles - Since I live in Australia I don’t get a chance to watch many basketball games as they are often on when I am at work.

Mali - I’m not allowed to watch the shootyhoops, as per Eric’s mandate.  What bothers me is how much that bothers me… I used to not care about basketball, but now I get as invested in watching the Basket-Bucks as I do the football ones… when I get to sneak in a glance at a game or two.

Ken - None. Inconsistency. For a team with a lot of upperclassmen on the floor, they don’t play like it.

Scott - I haven’t seen as many games as I would have liked but I have only changed the channel because of the way they are playing twice. Other channel changes come during timeouts.

WVaBuckeye – sadly, when I actually have time to watch the Buckeyes, I watch with my wife and she makes me turn the channel because they do poorly when we do watch, so yeah, there’s that! 

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Pregame Glance MBB: Penn State

Written January 28th, 2014 by Ken

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.

Here’s their Profile

  • School: Penn State UniversityPennStateTRANSP
  • Location: University Park, PA
  • Founded: 1855
  • Student Population: 39,192
  • School Type: Public, coed
  • Division: D-I
  • Conference: Big Ten Conference
  • Arena: Bryce Jordan Center
  • Seating: 15,261
  • Built: 1996
  • Head Coach: Patrick Chambers
  • Year: 3rd

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MBB Recap: Nebraska Husks Buckeyes 68-62

Written January 20th, 2014 by Ken

This recap is going to be Hobbesian: nasty brutish and short. The Buckeyes traveled to the cornfields of Nebraska to right a wallowing ship, having lost three straight games to drop to 15-3.  They are now 15-4, 2-4 after losing to Nebraska in basketball, 68-62. Yes, you read that right. This had some similarities to the MSU game in that Ohio State dug a deep hole in the 1st half, mounted a frenetic comeback, then ran out of gas coming down the stretch. To me, this team is in a bit of a funk right now. They just aren’t playing “right” you name a facet of the game, and that facet needs improvement. Right now, this is not that good of a ball team. Opponents no longer fear playing us.

The game progressed for the 1st half being “horrific” to the 2nd half being “I can’t believe we can’t play better than this”. It was one of those nights. The Bucks made a bit of a run in the last 25-30 seconds or so, but the results were just cosmetic. For the evening, Ohio State shot 39% from the field and 29% from 3-pt range. They continued their atrocious free throw shooting by hitting 14-21, 67%. In contrast, Nebraska shot 50% from the field, 15% from 3-pt range and 77% from the foul line. The Buckeyes were outrebounded 33-27.

The Buckeyes were led by LaQuinton Ross (11 pts, 4 rebs) , Aaron Craft (12 pts, 7 rebs) and Lenzelle Smith Jr (10, 4). Sam Thompson came off the bench to contribute 9 pts and 4 rebs. The Huskers were led by Shavon Shields (18 pts, 9 rebs) and Terran Petteway (17 pts. 5 rebs).

Tonight’s game started out much the same as the game in Columbus, with Nebraska holding a slight lead at the midpoint of the 1st half. Except something went wrong; they kept expanding the lead to go into the locker room up 34-25. Were it not for 2 last second free-throws by LaQuinton Ross, it could have been double digits. The shooting woes continued for the Bucks as they finished the half shooting  31% (8-26) while the Huskers shot 56% (15-17). Quite a difference.

Thad’s halftime speech had some impact as OSU came out of the gates and outscored Nebraska 9-2 in the first three minutes to pull within 2, 34-36. An Aaron Craft layup at the 15:31 mark tied the game at 36. As the teams hit the mid-point of the 2nd half, Ohio State incredibly held a 1 point lead, 44-43, outscoring Nebraska 19-9 at that point in the half.

Over the next five minutes of play, both teams flatlined a bit on offense, with OSU hanging on to a 46-45 lead.  OSU’s last FG was at the 5:56 mark. Points were still tough to come by for the Buckeyes as, at the 2-minute mark, the Huskers held a 51-49 lead. By the time we got to the 1:00 mark, the teams were locked in a free-throw contest, which rarely turns out well for Ohio State and Nebraska had a comfortable, “game-over” lead of 61-51.

Next game is Thursday with Illinois in Columbus, with tip-off scheduled for 7:00 PM EST tip-off. Television coverage will be on ESPN, check local listings; LiveChat will be provided here. Please stop in approximately 30 minutes before game time.

MBB Recap: Ohio State loses to Minnesota 63-53

Written January 16th, 2014 by Ken

The Buckeyes tried to get off their two-game losing streak by taking a trip to The Barn Thursday night. Not an easy task.

In a back-and-forth contest, the Buckeyes ended up on the short side 63-53; their 3rd consecutive defeat and 2nd by double digits.  To be honest, this team looks lost and without identity and is not playing with confidence right now. The issues that plagued them against Iowa were still present; no defensive answer for opponent inside play (Eliason had a double-double) and poor shooting (35% FG, 61% FT). Coming down the stretch in the 2nd half, players were passing up shots. Game narrative is below, read at your peril.

On to game action; OSU got off to a less than solid but good enough start, and at the under-16 held a 7-4 lead, highlighted by a 3-pointer by LaQuinton Ross. At the 15 minute mark, Minny had 5 turnovers and OSU  was playing much more aggressive interior defense,  a welcome sight from the previous game. They were only 3-12 from the filed, so it wasn’t all rosy. Of course, Minnesota took a cue from Iowa and played a good bit of zone defense to force OSU to beat them with actual shooting.

 

Moving to the under-12, OSU held a 9-6 lead, and Minnesota was “winning” the turnover battle 8-0. As poorly as OSu was shooting 21% (3-14), it helped that Minny had that many turnovers. However, the Gophers picked up the intensity at that point with  man-to-man full court pressure which resulted in 2 quick Minny baskets to give them the lead 10-9.

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tBBC’s Buckeye Resolutions, 2014

Written January 1st, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Amidst all of the revelry from last night (hoops win, amazing bowl game, good news from All American practices, traditional end of year festivities), we asked the staff to come up with some resolutions that members of the Ohio State football and basketball programs should adapt for 2014. Just for giggles, we’ve added a “wild card” where people could either make another “suggestion” or publicly announce one of their own.

Let’s see what they came up with:

Legend In The Making

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  • I, Curtis Grant, do hereby resolve to live up to the reputation that preceded my arrival at THE Ohio State University. I will step into the limelight and make sure people don’t miss Ryan Shazier next season.
  • “I, Urban Meyer, do hereby resolve to maintain a healthy perspective and work-life balance in order to keep from getting burned out while starting a new winning streak.”
  • “I, Luke Fickell, do hereby resolve to spend the off-season getting my head out of my tuchas and learning how to coach defense”.
  • “I, Bryce Haynes, do hereby resolve to become the first longsnapper to win the Heisman trophy, even though I’ll have less than three snaps on punts the entire 2014 season.”
  • “I, Braxton Miller, do hereby resolve to spend the off-season learning how to actually ‘read’ the zone-read play for 2014″.
  • “I, Joey Bosa, do hereby resolve to build on my freshman season and spend the off-season becoming the best defensive tackle in college football.”
  • “We, the running backs remaining at The Ohio State University, resolve to spend this spring and summer training and working as hard as possible and then even harder to replace Carlos Hyde and ensure the position is a massive strength and loaded with depth in 2014″. Read More

MBB: Ohio State downs Purdue 78-69

Written December 31st, 2013 by Ken
Aaron Craft surpassed 1000 points for his career today.

Aaron Craft had several assists today.

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.

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Ohio State Takes Fight Out Of Irish, 64-61

Written December 21st, 2013 by Ken

Ohio State (11-0) and Notre Dame (8-3) squared off this evening in the Gotham Classic played in, well, NYC. The preview to the game is here; the recap is below.

Ohio State overcame a cold 2nd half of shooting (10 – 29 ) 34% to pull out a last second thriller against the Irish of Notre Dame

After a slow start of bad shots and trading turnovers, Ohio State took a 5-4 lead to 11-4 powered by two Shannon Scott 3-pointers at the 13:49 mark. However, ND’s Garrick Sherman hit two Ft’s and a FG to pull ND within 1, 13-12 at the 11 minute mark. A Crafty reverse layup at 8:26 moved OSU ahead 17-12. It was a really nice move, actually; Aaron beat his man baseline on the right side, then went under and up for the basket.  An errant Marc Loving outlet pass was intercepted and converted to a ND basket at just under 7:30 in the half.

So far, this was a game of one-and-dones as neither team looked particularly interested in offensive rebounding (ND – 4, OSU – 1).  But then you actually have to have someone in rebounding position in the paint, which the Buckeyes had no interest in at the time. Regardless, at the under-8 timeout, OSU was up 17-14. At the 6:31 mark, a nice spin move by LQR gave OSU two more, but it was quickly answered by a basket by Jerian Grant. Ohio State seemed determined to work Amir Williams on the inside. On several occasions, Ohio State penetration into the paint would result in the ball handler (Smith, LQR, Scott)  dishing off to Amir for an easy basket. This aggressiveness to work the interior and provide Amir with easy scoring opportunities is a welcome sight.

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Pregame Glance MBB: Ohio State vs Notre Dame

Written December 20th, 2013 by Ken

ndThe #3 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-0) continue action in the Gotham Classic on Saturday evening by meeting Notre Dame for an evening game (7:30 PM EST, ESPN2 ) in Gotham City. The Buckeyes, after disposing of the Fightin’ Blue Hens on Wednesday, line up against the Fighting Irish. A lot of combativeness going on this week.

Here’s their Profile

School: University of Notre Dame

  • Location: Notre Dame, IN
  • Founded: 1842
  • Student Population: 8,475
  • School Type: Private, coed
  • Division: D-I
  • Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) – Basketball
  • Arena: Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center
  • Seating: 9,149
  • Built: 1968, renovated 2009
  • Head Coach: Mike Brey
  • Year: 14th

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