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Ohio State Buckeyes

Good Wins: N-Cal, Florida State, @Purdue, Wisconsin, @Michigan State Bad Losses: N-North Carolina Strengths: 1. Evan Turner. When you have one of the top two players in college basketball, you can chalk that up as being a major strength. While Turner will never have an illusionistic nickname, he reminds me of Earvin “Magic” Johnson by… more »

Big Ten Midseason Report

Depending on the week, time of day or whether the sky is filled with cirrus or cumulonimbus clouds, the Big Ten is either having a great year, a good year, or a down year. The same can be said about nearly all of the teams in the conference. At one point, many prognosticators had seven… more »

Big Ten’s Pre-Christmas Breakdown

You want a laugh, find a copy of Bill Cosby’s “Himself” DVD. You want a chuckle, look at this season’s preseason prognostications, one month later. Before Kentucky’s Billy Gillispie came out for Kentucky’s Midnight Madness and tried to secure a dozen letters of intent from 8th graders in the crowd and before Tom Izzo turned… more »

Big Ten Tournament Preview

Regardless of what happens in Indianapolis at this week’s Big Ten Tournament, Wisconsin, Purdue, Indiana and Wisconsin all are dancing. One team – Ohio State – still has realistic dreams of a landing on the right side of the Selection Sunday bubble. That makes this year’s Big Ten Tournament a little mundane, but there are… more »

2007-2008 Ohio State Buckeyes

Record: (18-12, 9-8 Big Ten) Key Wins: N-Syracuse, Florida, @ Illinois, Minnesota, Purdue Key Losses: @ Tennessee, North Carolina, @ Iowa, @ Michigan Key Stat: 4-8 away from Value City Arena. Key Numbers: RPI: 55; SOS: 33; NSOS: 13; Vs. Top 50: 1-9 Biggest Strengths: Big-time talents. As I wrote earlier this season, the Buckeyes… more »

Bubble Watch: 2/26/08

First, the recap: Big Ten: Ohio State. The Big Ten’s weekly entrant in this column is one loss away from dropping out of the bracket. OSU is an abysmal 1-8 against the RPI Top 50. Fortunately, or unfortunately, for them they still have three opportunities to improve that record: @Indiana, H-Purdue, and H-Michigan State in… more »

Bubble Watch 2/20/08

After a one-week hiatus, we’re back with the weekly Bubble Watch. A quick rundown of the teams featured last time around: Big 10: Indiana Hoosiers. IU is now officially a lock.  After two wins over Big Ten leaders Purdue and Michigan State, Indiana will be in the Tournament.  The bigger question is whether Kelvin Sampson… more »

NCAA Tournament Bubble Watch: 2/6/08

First, a review of last week’s Bubble teams: Big Ten – Ohio State Buckeyes. Ugh. Bucks had a chance to solidify their profile last week, but lost at a scrappy Iowa. We’re now starting the all-important “Last 10 games,” and as bad as the Big Ten is this year, Ohio State’s schedule is pretty rough…. more »

Reloading, Part II: The Ohio State Buckeyes

The tears were flowing in Columbus, Ohio, last April. The Ohio State Buckeyes, who lost to Florida in the BCS Championship game in January and had already lost to the Gators on the hardwood back in December, were swallowed up by the Gators once again, this time in the NCAA title game. It wasn’t just… more »

On Point: Know Your Opponents

When analyzing matchups, experts tend to look at the obvious: rankings, star players, and big-name coaches. All of these play a factor, but sometimes a win just comes down to knowing your opponent. How does the opposition score? From the foul line? Mid-range jumpers? Three-pointers? And, almost as important, where are your team’s defensive weaknesses?… more »

Ohio State Preview

2006-2007 Record: 35-4 (15-1 Big 10, 1st) Postseason Games: 3/9/2007 Michigan Big Ten Tournament W 72-62 3/10/2007 Purdue Big Ten Tournament W 63-52 3/11/2007 Wisconsin Big Ten Tournament W 66-49 3/15/2007 Cent. Conn St. NCAA W 78-57 3/17/2007 Xavier. NCAA W 78-71 (OT) 3/22/2007 Tennesseee NCAA W 85-84 3/24/2007 Memphis NCAA W 92-76 3/31/2007 Georgetown… more »

North Carolina at Ohio State

North Carolina (5-0) has been tested twice in five contests, first in the season-opener and then again in the final of the Las Vegas Invitational. The Tar Heels beat a Davidson team that briefly entered the AP Top 25 by a 76-72 margin at home to kick of the 2007-2008 campaign. After three blowouts (two… more »

2007 Preseason NIT preview

Historically the Preseason NIT field has consisted of four ranked teams in the preseason polls that will meet in New York City to attract viewers to the Worldwide Leader. That’s not the case in 2008, but for the first time in recent years, the entire field is competitively deeper and is evenly distributed across the… more »

2007 NCAA Championship Game Preview

Despite two relatively lackluster semifinal games, the battle for the 2007 NCAA Championship has the potential to be an epic. The experience-laden Gators look to claim their second straight national title against a young but explosive Buckeye squad. Semifinal Supremacy: Ohio State kept Georgetown out of synch in its offensive sets all night long, making… more »

2007 NCAA Final Four Preview: Ohio State Buckeyes

Starting Five: G – Mike Conley, Jr. (11.0 ppg, 6.1 apg, 2.2 spg) G – Ron Lewis (12.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg) G – Jamar Butler (8.6 ppg, 3.7 apg) F – Ivan Harris (7.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg) C – Greg Oden (15.4 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 3.3 bpg) Key Bench Players: Daequan Cook (10.2 ppg, 4.5… more »

2007 NCAA Tournament: Second Weekend Recap

The 2007 Final Four is set. Florida, UCLA, Georgetown, and Ohio State combine for the lowest cumulative seed count (6) since 1993, when three #1’s and a #2 made it to the third weekend. It’s a fitting cap for a Tournament in which so many outcomes went to the favorites. If this year’s opening round… more »

2007 Sweet 16 Predictions – South & West

SOUTH No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 5 Tennessee Of Note: Casual fans probably won’t remember that Tennessee played Ohio State quite closely on January 13, losing 68-66 on (surprise, surprise) a Ron Lewis three-pointer at the end of regulation. That’s the same Buckeye who hit the game-tying three against Xavier over the weekend, for… more »

Reactions to the 2007 NCAA Tournament Bracket

General Comments: Selection Committee Chair Gary Walters has repeated in numerous interviews that this was the hardest field to select and seed that he has encountered in his five years on the Selection Committee. I agree wholeheartedly. The number of teams in contention for the last couple of at-large slots was already massive before all… more »

2006-2007 Ohio State Buckeyes

Team personality: Just win, baby! Whenever you watch Ohio State, is there ever any doubt that the Buckeyes will somehow win the game? They always play loose on the floor and the energy of coach Thad Matta never ceases to electrify his players. While screaming a play at his team recently, Matta’s green-colored gum flew… more »

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