Welcome to another episode of Musings. Nothing much profound this week, just some tidbits that caught my attention. Grab some joe, and let’s go.

The James/Wexner

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dr. John Byrd, a nationally renowned leukemia specialist and researcher at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, received the Emil J Freireich Award for clinical cancer research earlier this month.

Congratulations to Dr. Byrd and his team at The James. Well done.

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The B1G Time Podcast: Tourney/Coaching Changes

Written March 25th, 2013 by Joe Dexter

It’s Baaack! Andy Coppens asked me to join him for the heralded B1G Time Podcast, to talk about how the weekend went for the Big Ten in the NCAA Tournament.

This episode is a winner, because we make fun of Chuckles, Tommy Amacker, and Marshall Henderson all in one episode!

Andy and I break down the play of OSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana, Minnesota and Illinois from last night, as well as talk about their match ups in the sweet sixteen.

I go on a couple rants about the 2-3 zone defense, How Northwestern and Minnesota are idiotic, and who could possibly replace Carmody at Northwestern.

We also touch on how Tubby Smith is on the hot seat…. (this was recorded an hour before he was “fired”). I still can’t wrap my head around the Athletic Department’s thought process.

That and More on another edition of The B1G Time Podcast!

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Ohio State Rips Minnesota 71-45

Written February 20th, 2013 by Jason

In a lengthy regular season that results in a conference tournament followed by a national championship tournament, it’s hard to call a game on a Wednesday night against Minnesota a “must win” game. But that’s exactly what tonight’s battle at the Schottenstein Center with the Minnesota Golden Gophers was for our Ohio State Buckeyes basketball team. Coming off a horrible loss on Sunday at Wisconsin and with Michigan State looming this Sunday, the Buckeyes needed the Gophers to right the ship and did just that in a convincing 71-45 win.

With the win the Buckeyes improve to 19-7 on the year, 9-5 in the Big Ten.

Deshaun Thomas

Deshaun Thomas

Aaron Craft’s buzzer beating three ended what was a first half of missed opportunities for Ohio State. The Buckeye defense regained its lost mojo and forced Minnesota into 12 first half turnovers but could only convert the miscues into ten points. The Bucks lead 29-23 at the half, but you had the feeling they could have blown the game wide open at several different spots.

The second half turned out to be a different story. The Buckeyes continued to clamp down on defense, meanwhile shots began to fall and easy transition buckets found them up 41-31 at the 12:00 mark and they never looked back.

Deshaun Thomas led all scorers with 19. He was followed for Ohio State by Shannon Scott with 11 and Laquinton Ross with 10. Minnesota was led by Andre Hollins with 11 and Oto Osnieks with 10.

The Buckeyes have now won 6 straight over the Golden Gophers. Tonight’s 26 point win is the largest in the series with Minnesota since the Buckeyes abused the Gophers 94-63 on March 4th 1992. Read More

BBN Basketball Liveblog: Minnesota

Written February 20th, 2013 by Eric

After a debacling at the hands of Wisconsin, the Buckeyes are back at home looking to right the ship against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Join us and The Buckeye Blog, Buckeye Empire, Men of the Scarlet and Gray, and Buckeye Ninja as we help our good friend Bo Ryan learn to Deal With It.

Today’s game is scheduled for 7 PM EST on the Big Ten Network. The LiveBlog is scheduled to start 15 minutes before tip.

Go Bucks!

Breakdownability: Minnesota at Ohio State

Written February 19th, 2013 by Ken

School: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Location: Minneapolis, MN and St. Paul, MN

Founded: 1851

Student Population: 51,853 total, 30,375 undergrad

School Type: Public

Stadium: Williams Arena, AKA ‘The Barn’

Seating: 14,625

Opened: 1928

Head Coach: Orlando ‘Tubby’ Smith

Experience: 6th year

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Buckeyes Recover, Defeat Minnesota 78-68

Written February 14th, 2012 by Eric

Sam Thompson had a fun high flying game today.

The Buckeyes got back to their winning ways in a big way, defeating the Minnesota Golden Gophers 78-68 in William’s Arena. William Buford and Jared Sullinger led all scorers with 24 points, and each added 7 rebounds to their statline. DeShaun Thomas added 12 points for the Buckeyes while Lenzelle Smith picked up 7 points and 8 rebounds. Minnesota’s scoring was led by Rodney William’s 19 to which Julian Welch added 11 and 8 assists.

Coming off a tough home loss to the Michigan State Spartans, the Buckeyes were looking to try to get back on track in the Big Ten. Getting a big road win, especially with the kind of focus the Buckeyes displayed in the victory, was important to see after how poorly the team looked against Michigan State. For a while the Bucks looked like they had the game easily under control, but give the Gophers credit for making a fight of it by the end of the game.

William Buford got it going early for the Buckeyes. He sank two quick outside shots, including a three pointer, and a nice floater on the left side before any other Buckeye even attempted a shot. Buford looked extremely focused all game and clearly wanted this win in a big way. He eventually scored 10 straight points without missing a shot before Minnesota began to find a way to defend him better. However, how Buford start’s a game is a good indicator of how the whole game will go – and Buford again had an excellent game.

Minnesota wasn’t just going to let that happen in their house lying down. Andre and Austin Hollins (unrelated) sank a couple sweet long range shots to help the Gophers keep the score close early. The vast majority of of the Gopher’s early points came from outside in the first few minutes as the OSU defense did a good job of shutting Minnesota down in the paint. It came as no surprise with Trevor Mbakwe out for the season.
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Basketball LiveBlog: Minnesota

Written February 14th, 2012 by Eric

The Buckeyes travel to the Barn to face the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the teams’ only meeting this season! The game is on ESPN, scheduled to tip at 9 PM EST. Leading off on ESPN is Florida at Alabama, only a moderate risk of an overtime game.

While you wait, go checkout our Buckeye Blogger Network friends! the Buckeye Blog, OSU Silver Bullet, Buckeye House Call, Our Honor Defend, Men of the Scarlet and Gray, and Fox Sports Ohio. They will all be joining us at 8:30 PM for the start of our liveblog.

Go Bucks!

B1G Basketball Preview: Minnesota

Written October 21st, 2011 by Eric

This is Trevor Mbakwe's team now.

Tubby Smith’s troops took one in the chin last year, but you can bet that they’re ready to go this time around.  Unfortunately, they’re a little light in experienced ball players this year around, and are missing a couple of key players from last season.  Al Nolen, Blake Hoffarber and Colton Iverson (transfer to Colorado State) are all gone from what could have been a very successful team last season.

Take this as a compliment, but I for one am fervently thankful that Hoffarber has graduated and moved on from Minnesota.  Easily one of the most dangerous sharp-shooters in the Big Ten last year – and considering the company that puts him with, that’s saying something – Hoffarber drove defenders, and me, nuts with his devastating three-balls.  Every time he would spot up for a trey you simply knew it was going down, and it was honestly a surprise when it didn’t.

Well, ok, that only really ever happened against the Buckeyes, but it was still very annoying.

We continue our preseason Big Ten conference previews with the Hoffarber-less Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Last Season:

Minnesota fans, we’ll wait while you avert your eyes.  I’m sure you don’t want to relive this crime against your basketball team again, and I can’t say I blame you. Read More