Pat checks in after the Buckeyes’ Big Ten opener against Illinois.
Thursday night started a defense of the Ohio State men’s basketball teams 2 time regular season Big Ten title hunt. Starting the Big Ten season means basketball season is well underway and this game is the same game just a few years ago that Ohio State coach Thad Matta coached his first Big Ten game, Champaign, Illinois.
Ohio State left the Illini scratching their heads and wondering why they couldn’t score in the 2nd half, as the Buckeyes won 74-58. Led by senior Jamar Butler’s 32 points (4-7 from down town and was 8-8 from the charity stripe) the Buckeyes methodically pulled away during the 2nd half. Butler scored 15 points in a row in the 2nd half during the run that put the Buckeyes up for good. Butler also had 6 assist, 2 key ones as him and Matt Terwilliger worked the pick and pop and Terwilliger knocked down 2 big 3’s. Continue reading
Pat checks in with a report on the Ohio State basketball team.
Last week the young Buckeyes basketball team went through a tough pre-conference stretch. After finishing as runners-up in the pre-season NIT the Ohio State men’s basketball team was scheduled to play #1 North Carolina and #16 Butler at the historic Hinkle Field House.
To say that the Buckeyes finished as runners -up is simply nice. After playing a great semi-final game over then ranked #25 Syracuse, the young Bucks laid an egg in the championship game against Texas A&M, on one of the worlds biggest stages, Madison Square Garden, in New York City. Continue reading
Hope you have a great Thanksgiving. We’re thankful so many of you have made us a regular stop on the net.
Last night LeBron James and Kosta Koufos made Ohio proud with spectacular performances. For Kosta it was a coming out party with a national audience. He scored 24 and grabbed 9 boards. I don’t want to steal Pat’s thunder, so I’ll just say the Bucks looked better than the more experience, and ranked, Syracuse Orange.
As for LeBron? Ho-hum. Another 45 point performance. The Cavs get a win over hapless Minnesota. Doesn’t quite dull the sting of that home loss Tuesday. Can I just say that Zydrunas played 35 minutes against the Bucks and then 33 minutes the next day? Man, even the Cavs’ beat writers are starting to pick up on the trend we spotted three weeks ago. Big Z is logging way too many minutes.
Have a great day with family and friends. Don’t forget to set your fantasy line-ups!
October 12th many college campus’ around the country will be buzzing as the start of another NCAA Men’s college basketball season gets underway. So does another season of Buckeye basketball. This season there is considerably less hype without the “Thad Five”. Gone are freshman stars; Greg Oden, Mike Conley Jr., Daequan Cook to the NBA; plus losses of Ron Lewis and Ivan Harris to graduation. This season if the Buckeyes look to 3-peat as Big Ten champs, they have plenty of holes to fill.
This year’s Buckeyes will have 5 freshmen on the roster, but will be anchored by players who have played big minutes in big games last year and the year before. The floor leader will be Senior point guard Jamar Butler (pictured above with Hunter and Lighty). Butler played more of a 2 guard last year with the arrival and emergence of Conley, and that proved to be the correct decision. Another veteran the Buckeyes will rely on is Senior forward Othello Hunter. Hunter played big last year as Oden sat out with his wrist injury early on, then played big minutes when Oden was on the bench in foul trouble throughout the season. Two other familiar faces from last year’s team are Sophomore swing man David Lighty and Senior forward/center Matt Terwilliger. Both were huge in the game against Tennessee last March when the Buckeyes overcame a 20 point deficit in the 2nd half. Each player will add leadership and game experience as the Buckeyes look to reload (sounds better than rebuild) this season. Continue reading
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