Buckeyes Battle Bobcats to 79-69 Victory

Written November 12th, 2013 by Eric

The Ohio Bobcats took the short journey to Columbus to take on the Buckeyes for the first time in 19 years. While the previous meeting had gone to the boys in Green, this one went the other way with the Buckeyes taking the 79-69 victory in a battle that was tight most of the way. The Buckeyes were led in scoring by Aaron Craft with 15 points. He was joined in double digits by – get ready for it – Amir Willams with 16 points and a double double with 10 rebounds, Sam Thompson with 12, and LaQuinton Ross with 10. The Ohio Bobcats got their scoring from Stevie Taylor who led all scorers with 21, followed by Nick Kellogg with 19, and Maurice Ndour with 10.

Things started well for the Buckeyes against the Senior-heavy Bobcats. The defense was quite evident as they proceeded to hold Ohio scoreless through the first TV timeout. It was an impressive showing against a team with quality scorers. Unfortunately they weren’t able to turn it into easy points. OSU began the game by taking looking for the long ball and struggled to make the shots fall. When they began to pursue the interior game a little more, they were able to draw some significant fouls and put pressure on Ohio.

Things turned around not long after the first TV timeout. The Bobcats found their range from three by taking advantage of some defensive mistakes from Ohio State. At the same time, the Bucks began to struggle to find their shots, so they weren’t able to take full advantage of the early lag in Ohio’s play. For a few moments, it seemed like Ohio was going to take a lead and start to make this one a game.

Then the Buckeyes regained their composure. Amadeo Della Valle dropped his first triple of the day, and the Bucks began to attack the paint better. This began to cause serious foul problems for the Bobcats who found themselves in the double bonus with 11 minutes left to go in the first half. Before long the separation was double digits with Ohio on their heels.

Eventually the Bobcats managed to settle down into their game. They began to put pressure on the Buckeyes on defense, forcing turnovers and creating fastbreak opportunities. This opened up their offense as they slowly built confidence and allowed themselves to play. As the Bobcats began to attack the lane, they forced the Buckeyes to commit a few fouls and nearly evened out the foul column before the half.
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Mens BB Preview: Ohio University Bobcats

Written November 11th, 2013 by Ken


The 2013-2014 basketball season is underway.  The 1-0 Buckeyes dusted off Morgan State 89-50 in their season opener ad now host the Ohio University Bobcats Tuesday at 8:00 PM. Ohio State was powered by accurate shooting (47.7%) and dynamic rebounding (55 rebounds) in their first win of the season. Meanwhile, down the road in Athens, OH, the Bobcats defeated Northern Iowa 75-64 with even better shooting, hitting 52% from the floor in their opening win.


Here’s the scoop on Ohio University.

School: Ohio University

Location: Athens, OH

Founded: 1804

Student Population: 22,685

School Type: Public, co-ed

Division: D-I

Conference: Mid-American Conference (MAC)

Arena: The Convocation Center “The Convo”

Seating: 13,080

Built: 1968

Head Coach: Jim Christian

Year: 2nd

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Men’s BB Preview: Morgan State Bears

Written November 8th, 2013 by Ken

morgan state

The 2013-2014 basketball season is nigh upon us. Like soon; in fact this Sunday, to be exact. After “scrimmaging” the Walsh University Cavaliers (winning  93-63), the #11 Buckeyes host the Morgan State University Bears this coming Saturday with a noon tip-off at The Schott. The pre-conference schedule starts; now it gets serious.


Here’s the scoop on Morgan State University.

School: Morgan State University

Location: Baltimore, MD

Founded: 1867

Student Population: 6,000

School Type: Public, co-ed

Division: FCS

Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)

Arena: Hill Field House

Seating: 4,250


Head Coach: Todd Bozeman

Year: 8th

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2013 Basketball Preview: Shannon Scott

Written October 17th, 2013 by Ken

Shannon Scott setting the offense

After serving primarily subbing for Aaron Craft his freshman year, Scott’s court time doubled as he received additional court time alongside Craft. He’s a versatile and talented point-guard who has reportedly turned on the lights and become extremely aggressive defensively. His experience and defensive prowess should serve him well as a player that can fit into multiple roles in Thad Matta’s scheme.

Hometown: Alpharetta, Georgia
High School: Milton
Position: Guard (1)
Year: Junior
Height: 6-1
Weight: 185

High School Awards:
- McDonald’s All American (2011)
- Jordan Brand All American (2011)
- Georgia Mr. Basketball (2011)
- Gatorade Georgia Player of the Year (2011)
- First-Team All State (2010)
- First-Team All District (2010)
- Male Athlete of the Year, NeighborNewspapers.com (2010)

Shannon Scott is a 4 star point guard out of Alpharetta Georgia. He was ranked the #6 point guard in the country by Scout.com, and the 34th overall player by ESPNU. As a junior, he lead Milton to a state championship in Georgia while averaging 14 points, 7 assists and 2.5 steals per game. He also participated in the McDonald’s All-American game and picked up an incredible 5 steals in 12 minutes of playing time.

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Monday Musings

Written April 1st, 2013 by Ken

Some weekend, eh? Grab your coffee and let’s get right to it.

Men’s Basketball

A week that started out fairly well, then crashed and burned. In the NCAA’s, they’ve managed to dust Iowa State 78-75, Arizona 73-70 and then fell flat against Wichita State 66-70.  I don’t have much to add to the fine recaps, above, however you can bet that after some musing on my part, I’ll have something to say next week. It seemed that Thad was pushing the right buttons and the team responded in the first two games. On Saturday, things were pretty disjointed. I’d hoped the 2nd half effort against Arizona would carry into the WSU game, but alas, no. Although the offense gott significant points from senior junior DeShaun Thomas and LQR, that was it, unfortunately.

General Thoughts

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Breakdownability NCAA: OSU vs Wichita State

Written March 29th, 2013 by Ken


.. I’m really not quite sure what to say to this..


School: Wichita State University
Location: Wichita, KS
Founded: 1895
School Type: Public
Student Population: 14,806 total, 11,763 undergrad
Stadium: Charles Koch Arena “The Roundhouse”
Seating: 10,506
Opened: 1955
Head Coach: Gregg Marshall
Experience: 6th year

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Wednesday Night Rumble: Tournament Time

Written March 13th, 2013 by Jason

Basketball’s regular season is in the books. It’s officially time to get serious: Its tournament time. It’s also Wednesday night and you know what that means… Let’s rumble!

Hoops on Hoops

The Buckeyes finished the regular season Sunday with a 13 point home win over Illinois. They finish with a record of 23-7, good for a tie for second place in the Big Ten and the number two overall seed in the Big Ten Tournament. They now await tomorrow’s winner of Purdue vs Nebraska and will play Friday at 6:30 eastern on the Big Ten Network.

Deshaun Thomas, Lenzelle Smith and Aaron Craft during the 2012 tournaments

Deshaun Thomas, Lenzelle Smith and Aaron Craft during the 2012 tournaments

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Wednesday Night Rumble: Bloomington Shocker

Written March 6th, 2013 by Jason

A big time showdown with the Indiana Hoosiers on the hardwood. Spring practice has started on the astro-grass. The weather must be warming up (soon?) in Columbus, Ohio. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

Upset in B-Town

With the conference tournament and eventually the NCAA tournament still on the horizon, it can be tough to put a ton of stock into the importance of a regular season game these days in college basketball. There’s seemingly always tomorrow or another shot to fix what you have done wrong. Last night’s game in Bloomington, Indiana against the 2nd ranked Indiana Hoosiers was one of those exceptions, and the Buckeyes rose up to the challenge.

Deshaun Thomas and Lenzelle Smith feeling good in Assembly Hall

Deshaun Thomas and Lenzelle Smith feeling good in Assembly Hall

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