The regular season is over and the Buckeyes are 12-0 for the second year in a row. Their school record winning streak now sits at 24 straight games. After a thriller in Ann Arbor, the scarlet and grey now travel to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship game and a date with the Michigan State Spartans. We’ll look back, ahead and farther forward. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!
The Game blues
As much as we all tried to say we expected a tough game, it didn’t seem like many of us actually believed it could possibly happen. I’m no different. After seeing Michigan the past couple of weeks and reading their stat-lines, I felt a blowout was imminent. We were reminded by the Wolverines just what rivalry is all about.
I certainly don’t mean to talk them up or give them much time in this column at all, but credit goes where it is deserved. Brady Hoke had his team ready to play and they performed for him. The Wolverines were not intimidated, they kept the Buckeye coaching staff guessing and turned the Silver Bullets greatest strength against them by keeping the Buckeye defensive line in check for the majority of the game.
The team up north reminded us of several things on Saturday: 1. Never count out your rivals and 2. Anything can happen, that’s why they play the game. Read More
Coach Meyer’s speech from Friday’s student event… sorry for the vertical viewpoint.
“… for the great state of Ohio”. Oh, and thanks for the website shoutout, Coach.
With basketball season rapidly approaching and a lot of information to digest from around the conference, I thought it was high time we here from bloggers representing them. We kick off a series in roundtables with our first five today and we are doing our very best to round up the rest of the B1G for you! We hope you enjoy the feature and give us plenty of feedback!
We’re doing our best attempt at giving everyone a good picture of each team with a variety of questions. I want to take this opportunity to thank our first four panelist; Covering Purdue and a great video guy that you can catch here exclusively to tBBC at times, WCBI TV’s own Robby Donoho and his latest video ; covering Spartan Nation is one of the best in that state up north in Hondo Carpenter; taking care of the Hoosiers for us from Crimson Quarry is John M. featured blogger for them and very well respected in the state just west of us; getting us straight with Bucky Badger will be Andy from Mad Town Badgers a great blog for Wisconsin; and finally but certainly not least, my old writing partner here at tBBC and current Buckeye Empire member Joe Dexter.
Hondo S. Carpenter Sr.. Spartan Nation. Keith Appling (G) is a key player back for the Spartans. He is Tom Izzo’s “guy” on this team and with that comes a lot of minutes. Not a natural point, that is the only spot he could play at the next level and Izzo is committed to him playing there.
Adreian Payne (C) is a native of Ohio and if you are a Buckeye fan, you would think he is all world. Against the Buckeyes he lives up to the hype he had coming out of high school. Against every other team, he is a key role player.
Derrick Nix (C) is the best of the MSU big men. Not as athletic as Payne, he can bang with anyone and take the ball and the game to the rim.
Branden Dawson (F/G) is listed by MSU as a G, but he is a SF. He is the real deal. Arguably, Dawson is the best player on the team. He suffered a late season injury, but he will for sure be 100% by conference play. They say before that, but MSU in my opinion has a history of rushing players back too fast. He is too valuable with too much basketball ahead of him to rush it. He is a complete player. Read More
Yup, we’re six years old today… Which may explain a whole lot, to be honest.
Who would have thought that what started as an outlet for a fan prior to the beginning of the Big T1e1n season would last as long as it has… and would have managed to have so many great readers and other friends.
Thanks to Jeff, who launched this thing and handed the keys over when he jumped up to Fox Sport Ohio. Thanks to the guys who’ve been around since the “Expansion”- Eric and James. Thanks to the folks who have been here over these past years and have moved on to other things, and those who are with us now bringing you some fans’ opinions on Buckeye Sports.
But, most of all, thank you for continuing to join our little corner of the internet, for being our facebook friends, for following us on twitter and joining in our shenanigans. Without our readers, this would be really really boring…
Here’s to many more!!
Before we all get together to enjoy a little Orange Juice, here’s a look back at the week’s best from around the BBN
It was a week for getting things off your chest, and we had no better example than Scott’s open letter to the fans of the Bearkitties-
Maybe we aren’t afraid to play you like you think. Maybe we just don’t want to waste our time. It was very clear who the best team on the court was Thursday night. And it wasn’t the one that was obnoxiously dragging out the inevitable in the final three minutes with a ridiculous display of unnecessary fouls.
As for Cincinnati, enjoy the view of the rest of the tournament from our shadow. It’s always going to be there.
Speaking of ranting at fans, Joe took it to Buckeye Nation this Friday for the way they treated senior Will Buford on that most eloquent of social media sites, twitter-
To be honest, I was so upset with how you handled this game that I didn’t want to finish writing this recap. What ever happened to rooting for and pulling for those in the Scarlet and Grey? Are we at a time in sports fandom where that doesn’t matter anymore?
In a game that the Buckeyes WON, Ohio State fans wiped their pride right off their sleeves. Instead, they took to every social media provider possible to rip one of the most celebrated players in school history.
Well Buckeye Nation, when it comes down to it – I hope you don’t choke on your words when the Buckeyes move onto the elite 8. Hopefully you swallow them down the stretch and think about what it means to say that a player is not part of Buckeye Nation.
…After a 20-6 run in the second half, to cut a 13 point deficit, everyone from Aaron Craft to Thad Matta was thrown under the bus. When the Buckeyes responded with a 17-1 run to seal the ballgame, it was like nothing ever happened.
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While all of our northern “friends” were shooting off guns and blowing the horns of their rusted out 83 Buicks about the “awesome recrootin” that Brady Hoke was accomplishing, Urban’s staff was doing what they do- quietly, methodically going about hand selecting members of another top class. SYR filled us in on the decision made by Ohio’s top offensive lineman candidate to stay close to home:
Evan Lisle is a 6’6″ 265 lbs 4* OT from Centerville, Ohio. He committed to OSU today via phone cal to Coach Meyer and the news was broke by Marc Givler of BuckeyeGrove.com. Evan Lisle is a huge OT recruit and ranked in the top 5 of Ohio recruits by Scouts. He is an ESPNU 150 recruit and ranked as the 83rd best recruit by Rivals. Evan fills a need at position we lack depth at and has the size and agility to play either right or left tackle.
A little chance to toot our own horn this week; Joe leads us off with a look at the 2013 running back targets-
Once again, it has been said that players are being told Ohio State will only take one. If true, that gives Meyer plenty of flexibility to send out feeler offers and continue to go after the best of the best.
Going by talent alone, my top three wish list would be Ty Issac, Derrick Green, and Ezekiel Elliot. I think we land one of Smith/Green- if not both, and we take Issac or another national stud that can be more of a speed guy with the ability to play receiver.
Honestly, it looks like there are going to be some guys that we could land that Ohio State is going to be forced to say no to. All I can say is that Meyer isn’t recruiting a five-star or two and then some okay recruits; this offer list is a who’s who of running backs in the country and each one will have their pick of schools.
Also, WVaBuckeye continues to dream big, and wonders who else should be honored by the University’s new decision to stop retiring numbers, but acknowledge great parts of Buckeye history:
This brings us to quite a difficult place in the decision-making that will go behind who is chosen for the rafters. There have been several members that have expressed an interest to be on a selection committee with THE Ohio State University. If allowed, they would help discuss a great format that allows special players their spot in the rafters, or in an Ohio Stadium “Ring of Honor” for football.
Our weekly look around the rest of the Buckeye Bloggers Network, with highlights from the best damn sites in the land
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Coming off of the loss to Michigan and Michigan State in hoops had a lot of Ohio State fans at a loss to understand what had happened to a team that was favored to win the conference and make a run at a title. Dave at TSB took a look at several possibilities, including-
Lack of an inside enforcer. I admit that I failed to truly appreciate Dallas Lauderdale. I called him “stone hands” and used to get frustrated at how often he had the ball slide between his big mitts. But he did two things this year’s team really misses: 1) He provided an inside force defensively who could block shots when players were beat off the ball. This year, when someone bursts by a Buckeye defender they usually have an open lane to the hoop. Big D played some ferocious D and that is greatly missed; 2) He occupied space in the lane on offense, allowing Sully more freedom to roam. Dallas not only set screens but forced the opponent’s big man to guard him or surrender uncontested dunks. That helped Sully more than we realized.
Ah, Illinois. Nothing like a little revenge in the form of a massive, home court blowout to make things all better. Take a look at Scott’s review of the game- it was just what the Scarlet and Gray doctor ordered;
The handwringing among Buckeye Nation regarding both Buford’s recent woes and the lack of playing time for the bench can stop, at least for a day. Despite the audible groans when Buford missed an open three and turned it over in first half, the senior was greeted with an overall warm reception and had one of his best shooting games of the year (7-9 from the field, 2-3 from three).
In other news, in honor of the 50th anniversary of John Glenn’s trip to space, Sam Thompson put on an anti-gravity display with an early dunk and a couple of high-flying blocks.
Speaking of Buford, BHC’s newest author got us ready for his final game in the Schott with a look at his legacy at Ohio State;
But of all his basketball statistics, there is one intangible quality that supersedes all others. It is a quality that all of us share … something that binds all of us together and pulls us through tough times. It’s a love … it’s a passion … it’s beyond words … it’s Buckeye Pride! “[Buckeye Pride] comes from the people before us. We just try to keep that thing going. It’s not about us. It’s about the school. The school is bigger than us.” Now THAT is spoken like a true Buckeye! It is easy for us as fans to get caught up in the performance of one or two games, but on this weekend, let us honor a true Buckeye as he wears our school’s colors for the last time at home. He has earned the respect of all of Buckeye Nation.
Eric, Mali and Jay get together to break down the NCAA Tournament in all of its gory details! Favorite teams, Final Four predictions, legitimate upset teams, and teams likely to drop out early are all discussed. To go along with it, Eric makes some bold predictions, including a claim for a possible 16 over 1 this year (he does point out that it’s not actually in his bracket!).
All this and more in the latest Buckeye Battle Cry Radio Hour!