February 14th, 2013 at 11:05 PM
By Jeff Sanderson
The Ohio State Women traveled to Lincoln tonight to meet up with the Cornhuskers of Nebraska. The Buckeyes have been struggling this year, in part because of the absence of Amber Stokes from the lineup. But they had a 3-game winning streak going into the game and were looking to make it 4. The last game that Ohio State lost was at home at the Schott, and it was a 9-point loss against this same Cornhusker team. Pulling off the win against them on their home court was not going to be easy.
The game started off with Nebraska getting out to a quick lead, then Ohio State steadily eliminating the lead to tie the game at 9 points each with 10 minutes gone in the half. It was a slow paced first quarter, and wasn’t the best game by either team, highlighted to this point by neither team shooting better than 25% and by the Buckeyes missing a wide open layup on a quick counter.Read more... Join the Conversation...
February 14th, 2013 at 9:10 PM
By Jeff Sanderson
The Ohio State men took on a floundering Northwest Wildcat team tonight at the Schott, and it should have been an easy win for the Buckeyes.
The game started with Ohio State winning the tip and scoring the first four points. They looked strong, and it appeared that they might gain and keep control of the game. However, the Buckeyes quickly found themselves down 5-4, and the Wildcats began to exert their control on the game. Ohio State continued to generate good chances, but failed to convert them into points, while it seemed that Northwestern could hardly miss. This theme continued through the first ten minutes.
This beginning sounds exactly like all the other Ohio State games of late. Win or lose, the Buckeyes tend to lag behind at first while they feel out the strengths and weaknesses of their opponent. As the first half continues the Buckeyes gradually show stronger until they either get within a couple of points or take the lead before the half. This game was no different.Read more... Join the Conversation...
February 13th, 2013 at 9:38 PM
By Justin Damron
Tomorrow night the Ohio State Buckeyes basketball team will look to get back on track with their winning ways, when they host a struggling Northwestern team.
To say that Buckeye Nation is filled with more skeptics and couch coaches than fans at this point in the season would be accurate. Having heard more of the “I would start this person” or “this person isn’t good” this year than years past would be an understatement.
Given the goings on the past view games it could be warranted ranting, but fans have to remember the majority of this basketball team is 20 years old and younger. They are a young group who is learning on the fly, while leaders Deshaun Thomas, Aaron Craft, and Evan Ravenel try to lead by example.
The young Buckeyes will look to get stronger as the conference and NCAA tournaments draw nearer. These Buckeyes play smothering defense at all times and score at home, as of late they have done the same on the road, shooting 54 percent on the road in the overtime loss in Ann Arbor. That’s a ton better than the 41 percent they shot as a team at Illinois.Read more... Join the Conversation...
February 4th, 2013 at 10:53 PM
By Jeff Sanderson
It was Sunday, January 13 when the 18-0 Michigan Wolverines sauntered into Value City Arena to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes whose play had not met the expectations of many in the sports media. The Buckeyes had 3 losses, and even though all three were losses to top ranked teams, the Wolverines came in with a swagger that exuded confidence. They planned to walk over those pesky Buckeyes.
It didn't happen.
In a hard fought game by both teams, Ohio State completely dominated the Wolverines, and sent them home with their first loss of the season. Aaron Craft threw Michigan star Trey Burke off of his game, and his teammates just couldn't compensate for his loss.
This game would have been enough to assure a good game with attitude in the rematch between these two teams. Simply getting revenge on the Buckeyes and proving a point would have given all of the incentive Michigan needed to play their best against Ohio State. But this weekend, Michigan was given even more of a reason.Read more... Join the Conversation...
February 2nd, 2013 at 9:26 PM
By Justin Damron
The Ohio State Buckeyes started out hot, and then Wisconsin put in their big man Andre Almeida. The talented big man from Brazil gave the Buckeyes loads of problems within his first seven minutes off the bench. What was the Buckeyes' goal of beating the Cornhuskers? Simple: try to force Almeida to play smart, non-hacking basketball. And it worked.
Once the Buckeyes got the wide-bodied Almeida in foul trouble, the Badgers had very little to withstand the Buckeyes constant attack.
If you can’t play defense you will not play for Thad Matta, and this game put that particular phrase front and center. The Buckeyes and there smothering defense showed up again, not allowing any opposing player to reach the free throw line for both halves against the Cornhuskers.
The Buckeyes started to hit their stride mid way through the first half, where they locked down on the defensive end and shot better from the field
The Buckeyes started the second half strongly, but they also looked sloppy in that same second half.Read more... Join the Conversation...