tBBC All-Time Tourney CHAMPIONS – 1960

Written May 18th, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

When Joe Dexter and I began this journey, we had more than a few conversations about how well the Jerry Lucas led Buckeyes would fare against “modern” teams. I have to admit that I too believed that the team from 2007 would provide a tough match-up for them and quite possibly could beat them on the hardwood.

After great participation from the fans and readers of our mythical championship, the Lucas-Havlicek-Nowell led superstars of the 1960′s left little doubt. In the largest margin of votes during the tourney, the 1960 National Champs obliterated the best team the “modern” era has to offer from 2007. Let’s take a final look at the Champs.

tBBC All-Time Tourney Semi Finals: #2 2007 vs. #3 1992

Written May 2nd, 2012 by Joe Dexter


To the victor go the spoils, and in this case, the winner of this mythical match up gets to face the Jerry Lucas led squad of 1960. When you look at the success of teams in Ohio State history we have covered every one of them in depth in this tournament. We have yet to have a game where the parallels were scary. For the Jim Jackson led 1992 team they played in one of the best all around era’s in college basketball history. For Mike Conley and Greg Oden, there was just one team that was clearly better in the Florida Gators.

The 1992 Buckeyes was very diverse and talented group that competed with every team in the nation. They had a transfer from Indiana in Lawrence Funderburke who contributed early and often and became an eventual starter that season. Jamaal Brown is still considered one of the best PG’s to play in Columbus and of course there’s Jim Jackson. I still believe if they hadn’t had the misfortune of facing TTUN for a third time that season they would have won it all.

The 2007 Buckeyes were instantly successful with incoming frosh Greg Oden, Michael Conley and Daequan Cook. The other two in that class were special as well and stuck around a little longer in Othello Hunter and David Lighty. Widely believed to be the best class to come in since Lucas, Havlicek and Nowell they took the fans on a great ride making it to the NCAA Championship.

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!

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tBBC All-Time Tourney Semi #1 1960 Versus #5 2011

Written April 25th, 2012 by Joe Dexter

Gone is the month of March and all the greatness on the hardwood we look forward to all year long. As basketball fans, we strive for one more shining moment. We wait anxiously as football takes center stage until old man winter strikes again. Here at tBBC, we are reliving March Madness this morning as we bring you the semi finals of the All-Time Tourney. Pitted against each other today are two of the best overall teams in Ohio State history. Today, we feature the only Ohio State championship squad against a 2011 squad that many believe had all the tools to win a second championship in school history.

When members of this 2011 squad met the 1960 team during their 50th Anniversary reunion in 2010, they took something from it. But what if they could learn first hand from one of the most impressive teams in college basketball history? How would the likes of Jared Sullinger, Jon Diebler and David Lighty stack up with Jerry Lucas, John Havlicek, and Mel Nowell? Today, we breakdown a dream match-up of two very good teams. With only one moving on to the Finals to take on the winner of the 1992/2007 semi-final winner. Here’s WVaBuckeye and my breakdown of tBBC Semi-final #1.

Make sure you vote for who you believe would win this match-up on the top left hand corner of the web page.

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CONGRATULATIONS 1960! and Semi’s Preview

Written March 6th, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

Congratulations goes out to the 1960 National Champs as they move on in the BBC All-Time Tourney having defeated the 1987 squad. The Lucas and Havlicek led squad had little resistance from the Hopson team of the late 80′s and as expected will move on to face the #5 seed All-Ohio squad from 2011. Read More

All-Time Tourney #1 1960 vs. #8 1987

Written February 28th, 2012 by Joe Dexter

 

The 1960 National Champions are a one of a kind team. They are the only team in Ohio State history to win a national title and then played for two more. They possessed three players that would become All-Americans and first round draft picks to the NBA. All five starters played in the NBA and don’t forget that the team also produced one of the greatest coaches in NCAA history in Bob Knight. They face a 1987 squad led by Dennis Hopson who is the all-time leading scorer both in a career and single season. The Hopson led squad enjoyed good success in a season dominated by Coaches Knight and Thompson and just about pulled off the biggest upset ever against Thompson’s Hoyas in the NCAA tourney.  This match-up would be interesting in many ways but the best is the two most prolific scorers in the history of the program getting a chance to go against each other.

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!

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CONGRATULATIONS 1992

Written February 28th, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

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.

tBBC All-TIME Tourney #3 1992 versus #6 1999

Written February 23rd, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

 

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!

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tBBC All-Time Tourney #2 2007 vs. #7 2010

Written February 6th, 2012 by Joe Dexter

Joe D and WVaBuckeye bring you another round of the tBBC All-Time Tourney! Today pits Evan Turner and the 2010 Buckeyes versus the Diaper Dandy 2007 squad featuring Greg Oden and Mike Conley. Enjoy! 

As the seeding’s were finished and Joe and I prepared to do our match up research, this game became the most intriguing. Both teams feature National POY candidates in Greg Oden and Evan Turner and of course Evan walked away with every major award during his junior season in Columbus. Both teams feature a star from our previous match up in David Lighty who has the distinction of being on three of the nine teams we are featuring. The 2007 team came close to being only the second Buckeye team to bring home the big dance hardware since 1960. They had attempted to go through a Florida team that had their number during the regular season 86-60. The 2007 squad never lost at home going 27-0 and lost just three on the road to UNC, the Gators and Wisconsin. They finished the season ranked #1 in the AP poll and in the RPI. The 2010 team was led by quite possibly the best all around player to ever don the Scarlet and Gray. Evan Turner led this team to a second place Big Ten finish behind great single season stats that made the rest of the starting line up better. Almost averaging a double/double at 20.4 PPG and 9.2 RPG as well as 6 assists a game the rest of the starters averaged in double digits.

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!

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