LaQuinton Ross’ Three Pointer Upends Arizona 73-70

Written March 28th, 2013 by Eric
Aaron Craft takes a layup over Arizona's Mark Lyons.

Aaron Craft takes a layup over Arizona’s Mark Lyons.

The Arizona Wildcats gave the Buckeyes a rude welcome to the Sweet 16 to start, but the Buckeyes put together an excellent run to reclaim the lead and put the game away 73-70 on a last second LaQuinton Ross three pointer to advance to the Elite Eight. Despite the rough start, the game developed into a back and forth battle that Arizona very nearly reclaimed. DeShaun Thomas led the Buckeyes with 20 points, and was joined in scoring by LaQuinton Ross (17), Aaron Craft (15), and Sam Thompson (11). Arizona was led by Mark Lyons’ 20 points, along with Solomon Hill’s 16.

Arizona controlled the first half for the balance on the strength of a stifling defensive effort. The work shutting down the OSU offense turned into easy points on the other end for the Cats, often on the fast break, but also against a surprising flat Buckeye defense. Of course, that wasn’t about to stop the Wildcats from building a double digit lead with their three point shooting, mostly while Aaron Craft sat on the bench with 2 fouls. But, Thad Matta wasn’t going to let it stay that way. With six minutes to go in the half, Matta risked putting Craft back into the game to try regain control of the momentum. The strategy worked brilliantly, allowing the Bucks to finish on a 12-6 run to close to within 4 points going into the locker room.

What didn’t help the effort for either team was the ludicrous pace of the game as dictated by the officials. I won’t say that the calls were necessarily wrong, but with both teams in the bonus with just under 10 minutes to go in the first half, there were certainly a lot of them. Only at the very end of the half did the officials seem to loosen up on the controls and allow the players to simply play the game.

The Buckeyes came out of the half ready to play basketball. OSU jumped out on a quick 8-0 run on the strength of their own tough defense to take their first lead since the opening possessions. They were able to continue to push that momentum to a solid 8 point lead while continuing to suppress Arizona’s scoring. Not surprisingly, that wasn’t to last. After building up a 10 point lead, the Buckeyes found themselves taking fire from Solomon Hill of Arizona, who sank 9 straight points and brought the game within four.

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NCAA Sweet 16 Liveblog: Arizona

Written March 28th, 2013 by Eric

The Buckeyes have advanced to the Sweet 16 for the 4th time in as many years on the strength of an Aaron Craft dagger – which I’m sure everyone has seen by now. Next up are the 6th-seeded Wildcats of Arizona in sunny Los Angeles.

For more on Sean Miller’s team, check out Ken’s work from a couple days ago.

Join us and The Buckeye Blog, Buckeye Empire, Men of the Scarlet and Gray, and Buckeye Ninja as we cheer on the Buckeyes in tournament time! The chat will kick off around 7:30 PM Eastern, with tip off on TBS (note the “T”!) around 7:47 pm.

Special thanks to Fox Sports Ohio for graciously helping with these livechats all year long!

Go Bucks!

Hard Work Breeds Champions

We’re continuing the Madness here with the BBN! Tonight features the final battles for the East and West regionals, starting with Florida vs. Louisville at 4:30 PM EST, and ending with Ohio State vs. Syracuse at approximately 7:05 PM EST. The LiveBlog will kickoff around 4:00 PM to get you squared away for today’s action. Both games will be aired on CBS.

Elite Eight action is brought to you courtesy of Time and Change Clothiers- perfect gear to watch March Madness unfold and teams Shock The World. Let’s hope that the Buckeyes’ focus on practice against the zone will help them grind one out and earn them a spot n New Orleans.

If you find time during the games, you should check out our friends in the Buckeye Bloggers Network! the Buckeye Blog, OSU Silver Bullet, Buckeye House Call, Our Honor Defend, and Men of the Scarlet and Gray. Fox Sports Ohio also joins us as usual.
Go Bucks!

BBN Tournament LiveBlog: Sweet 16 Part 2

Written March 23rd, 2012 by Eric

Buckeye Ballin'

It’s time for weekend number two of three in this year’s March Madness! Tonight features battles in the South and Miwest Regionals – including Big Ten action from Indiana, and Greatest-State-of-Ohio action from Xavier and Ohio U.

The LiveBlog will kickoff around 7:00 PM EST to get you squared away for the first game between Xavier and Baylor (7:15 PM). The Kentucky Wildcats follow up that game at 9:45 pm on CBS, while the Midwest regional matchups will occur on TBS starting at 7:45 PM.

This round of the BBN LiveBlogs are brought courtesy of the great team at Fresh Brewed Tees- particularly if you’re a fan of Cleveland sports, you’ve got to have one of their WINdians or Browns shirts in your wardrobe. Although, come to think of it, this one is a bit… uh… dated.

If you find time during the games, you should check out our friends in the Buckeye Bloggers Network! the Buckeye Blog, OSU Silver Bullet, Buckeye House Call, Our Honor Defend, and Men of the Scarlet and Gray. Fox Sports Ohio also joins us as usual.

Go Bucks!

BBN Tournament LiveBlog: Sweet 16 Part 1 + Cincinnati

Written March 22nd, 2012 by Eric

Buckeye Ballin'

It’s time for weekend number two of three in this year’s March Madness!  Tonight features battles in the East and West Regionals – including Big Ten action from Wisconsin, Michigan State, and of course your Ohio State Buckeyes.

The LiveBlog will kickoff around 7:00 PM EST to get you squared away for the first game between Wisconsin and Syracuse (7:15 PM). The Buckeyes follow up that game at 9:45 pm on CBS, while the West regional matchups will occur on TBS starting at 7:45 PM.

This round of the BBN LiveBlogs are brought courtesy of the great team at Fresh Brewed Tees- particularly if you’re a fan of Cleveland sports, you’ve got to have one of their WINdians or Browns shirts in your wardrobe. Although, come to think of it, this one is a bit… uh… dated.

If you find time during the games, you should check out our friends in the Buckeye Bloggers Network! the Buckeye BlogOSU Silver BulletBuckeye House CallOur Honor Defend, and Men of the Scarlet and GrayFox Sports Ohio also joins us as usual.
Go Bucks!