MBB: Buckeyes Nip Badgers, 59-58

Written February 1st, 2014 by Ken

A last second FG attempt by Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker bounced away and Ohio State held on to edge Wisconsin 59-58 at Kohl Arena. Both teams needed to get back into the habit of winning after going through rough patches in their schedules.  At this point, winning the Conference championship, regular season or tournament, is not likely going to happen, so the play is for eligibility to the NCAA’s in an “oh, we’ve got a couple of slots to fill” capacity. With the win, Ohio State is now 17-5, 4-5, as is Wisconsin

Ohio State was led by LaQuinton Ross (13 points) and strong bench play by Amedeo Della Valle (11 points)  and Trey McDonald (6 points). Interestingly, Aaron Craft scored only 7 points, but they all came in the last four minutes of the game, to key a crucial stretch run. Ohio State shot 43% (21-49) from the field, but only 67% (12-18) from the free throw line.

Wisconsin was led by freshman Nigel Hayes (17 points) and Ben Brust (13 points). After starting the game 6-7 from the field, the Badgers ended up 18-45, 40%. In OSU’s closing run, they did get help from Wisconsin missed free throws, as the Badgers ended 19-29 for the game. Wisconsin’s last field goal was at the 6:44 mark, so their half court offense struggled down the stretch and aided in Ohio State’s come-back.

In the 1st half, the Buckeye defense roamed the paint much as Diogenes roamed the night; he was looking for a man of honesty, we were looking for a man to guard. At the half, Wisconsin held the lead 34-29. The Buckeyes were 36% (10-26) from the field, led by 15 bench points (Amedeo Della Valle – 9, Trey McDonald – 6). In addition to accurate shooting, ADV brought aggressiveness in looking to go to the paint.

After starting the game shooting 6-7 from the field, Wisconsin cooled off, ending the half shooting 44% (9-20), led by Ben Brust’s 12 points.

At the under-16 mark, OSU trailed 9-6. After OSU jumping to a quick 4-0 lead, Wisconsin ran off  9 consecutive points, before a Trey McDonald put-back staunched the bleeding a bit. At 10:15 mark, OSU trailed 20-16, with the offense driven by Amedeo Della Valle’s 6 points and Trey McDonald’s 4 points, all off the bench. OSU shooting 37%, Wisconsin 67% from the field. At 7:33, Wisc up 22-13. Under-4, down 26-23. both teams cooled off, Wiscy shooting 44%, OSU 36%. Both teams muddled around, with the half ending with the Badgers up, 33-29, on a Ben Brust hustle put-back.

Ohio State  began the 2nd half on a 9-0 run to take a 38-35 lead. At the 15-minute timeout, Ohio State held a 42-39 lead driven by 6-6 (not a typo) from the field.  At the under-12 point, Ohio State still led, 44-43, thanks to an ADV ‘look what I found’ put-back.  At the 8:30 mark, Wisconsin retook and grew the lead, 51-44. Of Wisconsin’s 18 second half points, Ohioan Nigel Hayes scored 11, on 5-5 shooting. By the time we get to the under-4 timeout, Wisconsin’s lead was down to 1 point, 54-53. As missed bunny shot, and turnover by Lenzelle Smith with :08.4 kept Wisconsin in the game.  Alas, a Sam Dekker FG clanked away and Ohio State comes away with the win

Pregame Glance WBB: Wisconsin

Written February 1st, 2014 by Ken

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The Ohio State Buckeyes (14-10, 4-4) trek to the challenging environment of The Kohl Center to square off against the Wisconsin Badgers (9-11, 2-6) a day after the men’s team made the same trip. The Buckeyes are coming off a blistering of Illinois 90-64 while the Badgers lost a close game to the Spartans 71-67.

Here’s their Profile

  • School: University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Location: Madison, WI
  • Founded: 1848
  • Student Population: 30,863
  • School Type: Public, coed
  • Division: D-I
  • Conference: Big Ten Conference
  • Arena: The Kohl Center
  • Seating: 17,230
  • Built: 1998
  • Head Coach: Bobby Kelsey
  • Year: 3rd

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tBBC Basketball Pre-Season Roundtable: NW, PSU and Wisconsin

Written October 22nd, 2013 by WVaBuckeye

Even though football is in full swing, the B1G is a hoops conference as well. As we love to do around these parts, we place some calls to our blogging friends around the B1G country and ask them some questions about their upcoming teams. I have invited some writers that we’ve had here before in Ben Jones from StateCollege.com for The Nitany Lions; Philip Rossman-Reich from Lake the Posts for Northwestern; Jay Swenson of Mad Town Badgers for Wisconsin. We will be covering all of the B1G teams as the season approaches.

Who did you lose from last season and how big of a loss will it be?

Ben JonesPenn State had a bit of a player departure issue after the season for various reasons. Patrick Ackerman and Akosa Maduegbunam were both underclassmen who were never going to play, so to be blunt the team doesn’t miss much with these guys leaving . Sasa Borovnjak left following graduation and leaves Penn State without a real experienced post player.

Jermaine Marshall and Jon Graham both left as well to round out the group. Marshall left to try and support his son and girlfriend although there is some indication he wasn’t happy at Penn State. Jon Graham left for personal reasons. Overall Penn State had a tough offseason in terms of departures but the team will miss Marshall the most. Chambers brought in transfer Allen Roberts to try and stop the bleeding in the scoring department but obviously Marshall would have been preferred in that department.

In the end it’s a larger loss in terms of numbers than it might be on the court.

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Philip Rossman-ReichThe big loss from last year is the coach: Bill Carmody. Carmody was at Northwestern for 11 years and really brought the program to a new height. That height was not the NCAA Tournament, but teams knew they would be in for a battle when they came to Evanston to face the Wildcats. There were limitations though and now that Northwestern has bigger expectations for itself, the school went in a different direction. So for the first time in a very long time, the Wildcats have a new head coach. Read More

BTT Title Game: OSU is #1!!

Written March 17th, 2013 by Ken

Thank you, thank you very much..

I present to you, your Big Ten Tournament Champions.. The Ohio State Buckeyes!

First, I hope that everyone had an enjoyable St. Paddy’s Day. Now, on to the game.

OSU began the game with good ball movement, being more selective and efficient with their shooting than in the previous game against Michigan State. Through the first eight minutes, OSU was up 13-8 lead fueled by 6-10 FGs, still no trey attempts. Much better movement through the paint, not settling for perimeter hoists. At the mid point of the 1st half, OSU led 13-10 then things went not-so-well. The Badgers went on  a 14-0 tear, abetted by poor OSU shooting. A Sam Thompson field goal ended a nearly 5 minute drought. Wisconsin’s offensive approach of positioning  players on perimeter for penetration, ball swing catch & shoots was seemingly working.

Fortunately the Buckeyes mounted a bit of a late half surge to move deficit from 15-24 to  23-24,  keyed by 6  points by DeShaun Thomas via going to basket and hitting jumpers. OSU couldn’t sustain their initial hot hand, cooling off to 37% from the field, dragged down by 0-5 from 3′s. Ugh. Two bright spots were; DeShaun found the range in last few minutes of half and Amir Williams was 3-4 from the foul line. That’s not a typo.

Second half was initially back & forth, forth & back, neither team able to make any sustained runs through the first 9 minutes of play, score tied at 35 apiece.  At the under-4 timeout, the Buckeyes  pulled to a 45-41 lead, driven by a lot of energy at both end of the floor, particularly at the defensive end. The small, fast lineup seems to have it’s place.

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Breakdownability, BTT Edition: OSU vs Wisconsin

Written March 17th, 2013 by Ken

Winner takes all..

School: University of Wisconsin – Madison

Location: Madison, WI

Founded: 1848

Student Population: 42,595 total, 28,897 undergrad

School Type: Public

Stadium: Kohl Center (you’re welcome)

Seating: 17,230

Opened: 1998

Head Coach: William Francis ‘Bo’ Ryan, Jr.

Experience: 12nd year

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Breakdownability: Ohio State – Wisconsin II

Written February 16th, 2013 by Ken

If you think he looks cranky now….

School: University of Wisconsin – Madison

Location: Madison, WI

Founded: 1848

Student Population: 42,595 total, 28,897 undergrad

School Type: Public

Stadium: Kohl Center (you’re still welcome)

Seating: 17,230

Opened: 1998

Head Coach: William Francis ‘Bo’ Ryan, Jr.

Experience: 12nd year

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Wisconsin – Ohio State Preview

Written January 28th, 2013 by Ken

It’s time for the Buckeyes to make the Badgers Deal With It. Let’s take a closer look.

None of this on Tuesday

School: University of Wisconsin – Madison
Location: Madison, WI
Founded: 1848
Student Population: 42,595 total, 28,897 undergrad
School Type: Public
Stadium: Kohl Center (you’re welcome)
Seating: 17,230
Opened: 1998
Head Coach: William Francis ‘Bo’ Ryan, Jr.
Experience: 12th year

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tBBC B1G Basketball Roundtable – Part One

Written September 25th, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

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!

The B stands for Biggest and the Best Conference

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.

Who are your team’s key returning players?

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