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
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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