Tony Gerdeman started things off wondering why the narrative against Ohio State’s strength of schedule had started so early, particularly when that wasn’t the case for other schools in the past. Hell, ESPN created the “Let Boise State Play!” narrative to counter the BCS “bad guys”, and now they seem to be denigrating a team on an 18 game winning streak.
Gerd points out something that Ramzy Nasrallah highlights as well- the Buckeyes are damned if they do and damned if they don’t- Beating Wisconsin/Northwestern soundly makes the conference look bad, winning close games makes Ohio State look bad. Nice of our old friend confirmation bias to show up before the holiday season.
Ramzy goes on to point out that paying attention to things outside of Ohio State’s ability to control is pointless, and that fans should enjoy every moment as they follow their team. What people outside of the program think is not only beyond your ability to adapt, it also shouldn’t matter.
Congratulations goes out to the 1992 Buckeye squad led by Jim Jackson and Lawrence Funderburke!
They took on and beat a game 1999 squad led by Michael Redd and Scoonie Penn by a large margin and receiving the most votes of any team so far!!!
The #3 seed in tBBC All-Time Tourney moves on to face the #2 seed in 2007 Greg Oden and Mike Conley squad in the semi-finals!! Coming up shortly we finally get to the one and only National Champion in Buckeye history. The 1960 Lucas and Havlicek squad sported five players averaging in double figures and face Dennis Hopson’s 1987 team.
One team (1992) could go down as one of the best to ever play at THE Ohio State University and the other (1999) can never be honored for their accomplishments because of NCAA violations committed by their head coach. That in itself doesn’t change the fact that the Michael Redd and Scoonie Penn led squad did make it to the final four and was a gritty squad. They are facing a Jim Jackson and Lawrence Funderburke led squad that quite possibly played in one of the best seasons for NCAA men’s basketball.
This was the year of the Christian Laettner long court catch and shot against Kentucky in the East Regional final. The Buckeyes were a favorite to reach the final four that year and were upset by you know who in the regional final. TTUN went on to lose by 20 to Duke in the final. The thing I remember the most about that season was thinking our Buckeyes would have given the Blue Devils a great game in the final. In 1999, Redd and Penn led the Buckeyes out of a tough four seed draw in the south regional and lost to eventual champion Connecticut in the semifinals.
What are to follow will be several comparisons of each team’s makeup. We will be including our opinions of each comparison with who has the advantage and at the end will be guest appearances. We hope you enjoy our tournament as we look forward to the outcome!
I began a journey to do a comparison of the two greatest teams in Ohio State Basketball history. At first glance it seemed a simple task to pick two teams and write a nice article about who was better at a given skill. The more I read about teams in Buckeye lore, the more I realized I couldn’t write such an article. I had my teams picked out and as things would have it, Joe Dexter and I started brain storming. We came up with the idea of presenting tBBC readers with a challenge.
Joe and I are going to break the teams down based on certain criteria: Playmaker, Post Presence, Ball handling, Head Coach and we’ll throw in some other advantages to go with those. We are also planning on having a guest writer or two as we move along through the tourney. We’ll provide you with some stats to chew on between the two teams in each match up.
We had six teams we were going to go with initially and each time we looked at it we knew we had to have eight. Then that turned into nine because we found one more team we felt deserved to be in the tourney. The criteria were simple. Which teams accomplished more for THE Ohio State University were our first choices and then teams that were led by All-time Greats.