Pregame Glances: Hall of Fame Challenge

Written November 21st, 2013 by Ken

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We are four games into Coach Kevin McGuff’s era, and so far I’m happy with the results. As Charles pointed out, there are still a couple things to work out, but considering it’s a new coach with a new system and a short-handed team, so far, so good, I think.

This coming weekend will be an interesting experience for this team, as the Buckeyes host a three-day round-robin as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge. Ohio State will play consecutive days against Old Dominion, Marist and Bowling Green on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively. After a non HoF game against Lehigh (in Columbus) on November 27th, the Buckeyes go to Springfield MA to square off against the UConn Huskies. No one said that it would be easy..

In addition to providing Ohio State’s roster, I’ll also provide brief profiles and rosters for Old Dominion, Marist and Bowling Green.

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Ohio State Gets The Kevin McGuff Era Started Properly

Written November 9th, 2013 by Charles

A beautiful sight, Kevin McGuff with the gameball from his first win at OSU.

A beautiful sight, Kevin McGuff with the gameball from his first win at OSU.

The Ohio State women’s basketball team officially opened the Kevin McGuff era on Friday with a trip to West Virginia.  While most teams from major conferences tend to open the season at home against patsies, the Buckeyes opened their season with a challenging trip to face a team that made the NCAA tournament last season.  As if having to replace their top two players from last season didn’t add enough extra challenge to the trip, OSU was without the services of a trio of junior guards:  Raven Ferguson who is serving a three game suspension for violating team rules, Maleeka Kynard who has an injured left ankle, and Shelbi Honeycutt who was ill.  This required the shuffling of the starting lineup from the exhibition game and the Buckeyes started guards Ameryst Alston, Cait Craft, and Amy Scullion and centers Ashley Adams and Darryce Moore.

Ohio State drew first blood with an Ameryst Alston jumper thirteen seconds into a first half that proved to a tight battle where neither team managed to lead by more than 5 points.  The Buckeyes faced their biggest deficit of the half, down 20-23 just past the midpoint of the half but a three-pointer by Martina Ellerbe quickly knotted things back up.  The Mountaineers pulled back ahead 27-28 with six minutes left in the half but Alston and Ellerbe each hit a pair of free throws and a three pointer to key a 10 to 4 run that gave OSU a 37-32 lead in the biggest score difference of the half.  West Virginia came back and cut the Buckeye lead to one and the teams went into the locker room with Ohio State up 41-40.

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Women’s Basketball Picks Up Triple Commitment

Written July 30th, 2013 by Eric

Today was a huge day in Ohio State Women’s Basketball. After months of quietly building his staff and putting his program together, Kevin McGuff picked up three big recruits for his class.Marcus Hartman of Buckeye Sports Bulletin had the news:

Kelsey Mitchell is rated between the #1 and #4 overall player in the 2014 class, and the #1 or #2 PG, depending on your recruiting service of choice. She’s a scoring PG that can put the ball in the hoop from any range. She is also a dynamic passer and will add serious dimensions to the OSU offense.

The Buckeyes also picked up a commitment from Chelsea Mitchell, a forward, who seems to play with a “do it all” mentality. While she is not a spectacular shooter, she can hit consistently from long range (roughly 25% shooting). She adds to that a solid rebounding and assist game which should give her something to build on.

Alexa Hart is the #15 or #16 overall player, and the #3 Post player in the class. She reportedly finishes strong on offense, and is a shot-changing player on defense.

This is a huge start for McGuff, and should serve as a warning that he’s come to Ohio State to make things happen in for the Women’s team.

Welcome to the Buckeye Family!

Silver Bullet Points Was Told There’d Be Cake

Written July 10th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Hey! It’s Urban Meyer’s Birthday today… and Thad Matta’s tomorrow!  Those are national holidays, right? {Takes off pants at work} {Is escorted Leaves work for the day}. So, today’s soundtracks will… uh… help set the mood for a “special celebration

Much better, and more realistic

Buckeye 411

OSU Women’s Basketball Updates

Written July 5th, 2013 by Charles

Coach Kevin McGuff and hist staff with Buckeye fans at the OSU women's basketball town hall.

Coach Kevin McGuff and hist staff with Buckeye fans at the OSU women’s basketball town hall.

I hope all my readers had an enjoyable Fourth of July yesterday.  This was my second Fourth of July in Australia and it is sort of strange to spend the holiday that marks the US’s defeat of the British in a country where a major portion of the population still has such a fondness for the British that the Queen is still the head of state and appears on their money.  While the Fourth of July isn’t a holiday in Australia that does not mean that there aren’t celebrations for it here; the American expat group in Sydney hosts a major party each year which attracts a couple hundred people looking to celebrate Independence Day (I was greatly amused that the bar hosting the party this year decided that appropriate America themed stuff to show on the bar tvs were ESPN commercials and Happy Days reruns).

This time of year most Ohio State fans are counting down the days until the start of football season, eagerly anticipating the end of the dead period in college sports that is summer once the College World Series is over.  We here at tBBC are no different as evidenced by our ongoing countdown to the start of the 2013 season.  Despite the tendency to think about football at this time of year, for the second week in a row I will be talking about basketball; not because I do not like football but because variety is supposed to be the spice of life or something.  Last week I talked about the rule changes which will be taking effect for the 2013-2014 season; this week I provide some updates on things related to Ohio State women’s basketball.

Since being hired to replace Jim Foster, new OSU women’s basketball coach has been very busy building a new staff and hitting the recruiting trail hard, going after the amazing pool of talent available in the coming senior class in Ohio high schools.  Even with all the time consuming demands that face him as a new coach, McGuff has also realized the need for him to reach out and engage fans and he has tackled this job in an impressive fashion.  On Friday, June 21st the Ohio State women’s basketball program hosted a town hall meeting at the Fawcett Center on campus to give fans the chance to meet the new coach and his staff for the first time.  Approximately 500 fans turned up for the event which also featured former players, cheerleaders, and of course Brutus.  The turnout seemed to excite McGuff who said “We have some amazing people who are really invested in our program and it was great to see this kind of a turnout tonight. I think we’re just starting to scratch the surface of what we can do from a fan standpoint.” 

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mcguff-hiringAnyone who has ever gotten a new job knows that your first few weeks on the job are filled with challenges as you work to adjust to an unfamiliar workplace.  It is no different for college coaches who are immediately faced with a long list of tasks from the moment they are announced at the first press conference.  New coaches must immediately reach out and connect with current players in order to keep them from transferring while simultaneously hitting the recruiting trail to try and make up for the head start that other teams with continuing coaches already have.  While a new coach’s ability to keep existing players and have an immediate impact on the recruiting trail are the highly scrutinized by fans, there is another task that is even more important to the long term success of the program, the assembly of the rest of the coaching staff.  At first it would seem that assembling a coaching staff would be a rather easy task, simply identify the best assistants out there and then convince them to accept the job.  However it is more complicated than that, not only does a coach have to identify the most talented individuals, they also need to make sure that their staff possess a diversity of skills and abilities that complement each other and allow everyone to work together as an effective staff.

As the month of May concluded, new Ohio State women’s basketball coach Kevin McGuff wrapped up the process of assembling his new staff and from a quick glance it appears that he nailed the diversity aspect, at least in terms of experiences.  The new Buckeye assistant coaches will be Patrick Klein, Joy Cheek, and Mark Mitchell.  McGuff has also announced the hiring of Beth Howe as the director of basketball operations.

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Silver Bullet Points’ Gots Questions

Written April 17th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Lotta stuff rattling around the ol’ brainpan the last couple of days… sometimes it’s good to have a bit of distraction from the harshness of our realities. Here’s the song that’s been stuck in my subconscious

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Welcome to Columbus, Kevin McGuff

Written April 16th, 2013 by Ken

Hello, Buckeyes!

Ohio State announced the hiring of Kevin McGuff as the new Ohio State University Women’s basketball coach. Coach Jim Foster retired this year after 11 seasons at Ohio State, where his teams were 279-82 (.772), having accomplished the most wins and highest winning percentage in school history.

Coach McGuff has 11 seasons as head coach; two years most recently at University of Washington preceded by nine years at Xavier (sound familiar?). In those 11 years, McGuff’s team achieved a record of  255-99 (.720), so he brings an impressive record of accomplishment with him to Columbus. In a sense, Kevin and his family are returning home; he is a native of Hamilton, OH.

Below are excerpts from Gene Smith’s announcement, as well as a link to the full announcement.

April 16, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Gene Smith, Ohio State associate vice president and director of athletics, announced today Kevin McGuff has been named head women’s basketball coach at The Ohio State University. Read More