Ohio State Hands Michigan its First Loss 56-53

Written January 13th, 2013 by Gary Russell II

Slam I Am!

Ohio State hosted their rivals Michigan in Columbus on Sunday afternoon.  Michigan was seeking to remain the only undefeated team in nation and become the Number One team in the nation but was unable to do so.   Led in scoring by DeShaun Thomas, defensively by Sam Thompson’s 2 steals, and a couple of key free throws down the stretch by Lenzelle smith Jr., a stingy and gritty Ohio State team handed the Wolverines their first loss by a score of 56-53.

It was a tale of two halves in this game.  Ohio State came out on fire defensively.  After giving up the first three points of the game, the defense stepped up and forced 9 turnovers and scored 16 points off of them.  At one point in the first Ohio State was up by 21 points and with about 7 minutes to go in the first half Michigan only had 8 points total.  Michigan’s zone defensive combined with the Buckeyes getting in foul trouble, allowed the Wolverines to get within 12 at the half.

The second half was a back and forth tussle in which Ohio State was hoping the buffer that that built in the first half would be enough to pull off the upset.  Michigan cut down on their turnovers and forced Ohio State into a slow down, half court game that proved to be a problem for the Buckeyes.  They used this style of play to cut the lead down to 2 at one point but couldn’t take over the lead.  With 12 seconds to go in the game, Lenzelle Smith Jr. hit two free throws to extend the lead to four and propel the Buckeyes to a 56-53 victory. Read More

BBN LiveBlog: Michigan

Written January 13th, 2013 by Eric

The three loss Buckeyes take on the undefeated #2 Michigan Wolverines today in Columbus.

The Buckeyes and Boilermakers are both coming off rough losses on the road. Unfortunately, Purdue gets the home-court advantage in tonight’s meeting.

Joining us for the game are our friends from the BBN: The Buckeye Blog, Buckeye Empire, Men of the Scarlet and Gray, and Buckeye Ninja. Make sure to swing by their place and say hello.

Today’s game is scheduled for 1:30 PM Eastern Time. LiveBlog will tip off at about 1:15 PM.

Go Bucks!

Pregame Glance: Michigan

Written January 12th, 2013 by Ken

One of the most improved, and most impressive teams this season, the Michigan Wolverines arrive in Columbus undefeated. Their 16-0 record includes an impressive win over currently 18th ranked NC State at home. Let’s give them a glance.

School University of Michigan
Location Ann Arbor, MI
Founded 1817
Student Population 42,716 total, 27,407 undergrad
School Type Public – Land Grant
Stadium Crisler Center
Seating 12,721
Opened 1963
Head Coach John Beilein
Experience 6th year at UM

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Top 25: The Week in Review and The Week Ahead

Written December 30th, 2012 by Gary Russell II

Let's Get This Party Started

Just because there wasn’t a bunch of action this week on the hardwood, doesn’t mean that there wasn’t anything interesting that happened.  Two Top 10 teams fell, one undefeated team dropped their first game, and two new teams were welcomed to the party (Sorry New Mexico, your fall from the Top 25 will keep me from giving you any attention for beating someone….finally!). This week will feature the opening of conference schedules which include Top 25 matchups as well.  With the conference play starting we can finally get this party started.

Here’s a look at the Top 25 Week Ahead and Week in Review.

1.       Duke (12-0) Previous Rank: 1

Past Week:  12/29 Santa Clara, W 90-77

Upcoming:  1/2 @ Davidson & 1/5 Wake Forest

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Are You Not Entertained? Skunk Weasels

Written November 26th, 2012 by Eric


Microcosm of the last decade wrapped into one nice, neat little image.

Rattle the QB.He got rattled eventually. The couple of times he got hit and coughed up the football would have been enough, excluding the few times he got eaten in the backfield. Nice shot by Zach Boren, by the way.

Make Them Guess. They didn’t really have to make them guess, and I’m not certain they even tried. The game plan seemed pretty cut and dried, and was not excessively outside what we’ve seen in other games this season.

Take It Back. The Buckeyes clearly showed that the last year was an aberration. You have to wonder what was going through Brady Hoke’s mind as he stormed off the field in Columbus on Saturday. I’d like to think the shiver he got was Dave Brandon throwing away his resume.


Bring the noise. I was all the way up in 28C (only a few rows from the top), but it still seemed pretty loud overall – especially at the end.

Line dominance. Boy, the way they were blocking for Carlos Hyde on offense, you’d think Michigan wasn’t even there. Hyde busted run after long run and seemed nigh close to unstoppable – give the hog-mollies some of the credit for that.

Feed Carlos. 26 carries, 146 yards and a touchdown. Not a bad day of work.

The Reckoning. Carlos Hyde made Denard Robinson “eat” that gesture by mimicking it himself.

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BBN Tournament LiveBlog: B1G Tourney Semifinals

Written March 10th, 2012 by Eric

Ohio State and Michigan meet today at around 4:00 PM EST on CBS for the third round of the Big Ten Tournament!  Second seeded Michigan defeated 10th seeded Minnesota yesterday in overtime to advance to play the Buckeyes.

Before the Buckeyes play, we get an opportunity to see Michigan State and Wisconsin do battle for the other spot in the Big Ten Tournament final. We’ll be scouting that game, and chatting our way through it as well! Come join us at 1:00 PM EST and chat with us throughout the day.

While you wait for the game, go 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.

Tomorrow we will run a Championship Game LiveBlog that will continue through the NCAA Tournament Selection Show! Make sure to stop by and join us for all the fun and excitement!

Go Bucks!

Pregame Glance: B1G Tourney Semifinals vs. Michigan

Written March 10th, 2012 by Eric

For the first time ever the top four seeds of the Big Ten tournament have advanced to the semi-finals. The three co-champions are still in, and still have an opportunity to prove that they are indeed the best team in the Big Ten.

Ohio State and Michigan get to prove it on the court today.

Today is the rubber game in this season’s series. Both teams split the regular season meetings, with the Buckeyes taking a 64-49 win at home, while Michigan emerged victorious in Ann Arbor 56-51.

But this game has even more historical significance. The Buckeyes and Wolverines have encountered each other repeatedly over the last several years in the Big Ten Tournament. Last season, the Bucks handled Michigan in the semi-finals 68-61 by opening up a significant lead halfway through the second half and coasting to the win. The year before saw Evan Turner’s last second buzzer beater sink Michigan’s hopes of upsetting the #1 seed in the quarterfinals, ending a fairly close game 69-68.
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B1G Tournament: Day 2 Preview

Written March 8th, 2012 by Eric

One of four days of the tournament are finished. One third of the combatants have been sent home. Now it’s time for the big dogs to get a chance to see the court.

Today’s games mostly went as expected, with Iowa, Indiana, and Purdue staying alive. The lone surprise was Minnesota’s overtime win over tournament dark horse favorite Northwestern. With the Wildcats eliminated early, it’s very likely that their NCAA tournament dreams have died with their Big Ten Tournament run. We’ll have to wait and see before we can be certain, however.

As for tomorrow’s games, there are some intriguing matchups. All four of the games involve teams that played each other only once during the regular season. Even more surprisingly, all of those games were played at the home court of the higher seed in each matchup. That means that each game has a good chance of being much more exciting than the original meetings. This is particularly true for Purdue and Indiana who get to treat there games very nearly like home games.

Just like today, WVaBuckeye and Gary Russell will cover all of the action during the course of the day tomorrow! Make sure you stop by and continue to follow all of the Big Ten Tournament coverage here at the Buckeye Battle Cry!

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