Pregame Glance MBB: Penn State

Written January 28th, 2014 by Ken

The Ohio State Buckeyes (16-4, 3-4) hope to continue their healing process by hosting the Penn State Nittany Lions (10-10, 1-6) Wednesday evening at Value City Arena. The Nits snapped their own losing streak (6 games) on Thursday by defeating Nebraska in a wild one, 58-54, to get their 1st conference win of the season. Yes, the same Nebraska that rolled OSU a week ago. There’s no transitive inference in this situation.

Here’s their Profile

  • School: Penn State UniversityPennStateTRANSP
  • Location: University Park, PA
  • Founded: 1855
  • Student Population: 39,192
  • School Type: Public, coed
  • Division: D-I
  • Conference: Big Ten Conference
  • Arena: Bryce Jordan Center
  • Seating: 15,261
  • Built: 1996
  • Head Coach: Patrick Chambers
  • Year: 3rd

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One Fan’s Opinion: Past And Future

Written January 27th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Here’s some great perspective from our other Bowl Challenge Winner…. Take it away, Troy!

I would first of all like to thank Mali and the BBC staff for giving me this opportunity to take up 10 minutes of your life and let my Ohio State favoritism corrupt all of you. I still can’t believe that I lost to the 7 year old in the tBBC CFB Bowl Challenge. I give him credit though; it’s definitely not easy. But let’s get into it….

Not The Plan

Due to everybody’s surprise, Ohio State didn’t have the year that we all thought they would have had. Especially with an offense coming in as arguable one of the best in the country from both an O-line and playmaker standpoint. Yeah, the defense had a lot of question marks on it but it was well understood that with Urban Meyer’s track record, the defense was going to become championship caliber soon enough. Meyer never won a championship without his defense/ special teams being one of the best in the country. If you look back to the two national titles, you’ll see some of the best defenses in the country at the time.

But Ohio State’s inability to sure up that secondary issue that lingered all year (It started with Roby playing bad and then Christian Bryant’s season ending injury, along with a couple other injuries/ illnesses that came bowl season) and Tom Herman not feeding Hyde in crunch time were both ultimately the end of Ohio State’s “Chase.” Which I don’t really want to get started on the not feeding Hyde in crunch time part because it still sickens me to this day when I think about it… You are up by 7 early in the 4th Quarter in the B1G Ship and you have a guy who’s average almost 8 yards per carry on the season and you decide to put all of your chips on Braxton’s passing ability against a very good secondary? But as we all know, we can’t dwell on the past and must look forward to 2014, which I might add brings a very good recruiting class (In the Top 5 in every credible recruiting source, notice how ESecPN isn’t in there). But what else is new with UFM at the helm?

So now with both Hyde, one of the best running backs in the country, and that oh so dominating offensive line leaving, us buckeye fans are at a period of questioning in our football team. You along with many outsiders feel that Ohio State won’t have nearly as good of a team as they did last year. And with last year being THE year to win it all if it was going to be any year, right? I mean there’s no possible way that even a young stud like EZE and the rest of the stable will be able to replace Hyde’s play-making ability just like there’s no possible way Ed Warriner will be able to produce an offensive line anywhere close to what Ohio State fielded last year.

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WBB Recap: MSU Blocks Bucks 82-68

Written January 26th, 2014 by Ken

Ohio State squared off against Michigan State in Columbus this afternoon; OSU going after its 2nd consecutive win, MSU trying to stop a 4-game slide. However, the Buckeye’s came up short as the Spartans rolled by the score of 82-68. If you enjoyed fouls and turnovers, I don’t understand why you would, this game was for you. The teams combined for 39 fouls and 37 turnovers. Although the Buckeyes did manage to score 68 points (36 in 2nd half), they had no answer to MSU’s offense, as the Spartans scored 45 points in the 2nd half.  The Spartans placed 4 players in double figures;  Tori Jankoska 25 points, Aerial Powers 20 points, Klarissa Bell 11 points and Annalise Pickrel 10 points. Defensively they blocked 11 Buckeye shots, 7 by 6’7″ center Madison  Williams.

The Buckeyes were led off the bench by Raven Ferguson 20 points, Ameryst Alston 16 points, and Cait Craft with 12 points.

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Weekend Wonderings

Written January 26th, 2014 by Ken

teacherWelcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings. The basketball teams are swimming upstream right now, and the current is strong. We see the destination, we need to just keep stroking.  Grab whatever beverage that you need and let’s proceed.

The James/Wexner, Cleveland Clinic

This is “virus” week on Weekend Wonderings. Let’s start with a brief refresher. From Berkeley Wellness article on August 2012:

“One in every six cases of cancer worldwide can be attributed to viruses and other infectious agents, a new study from the International Agency for Research on Cancer has confirmed.”

Which leads us to findings that the HPV virus can damage genes:

“Our sequencing data showed in vivid detail that HPV can damage host-cell genes and chromosomes at sites of viral insertion,” says co-senior author David Symer, MD, PhD, assistant professor of molecular virology, immunology and medical genetics at the OSUCCC – James.

“HPV can act like a tornado hitting the genome, disrupting and rearranging nearby host-cell genes,” Symer explains. “This can lead to overexpression of cancer-causing genes in some cases, or it can disrupt protective tumor-suppressor genes in others. Both kinds of damage likely promote the development of cancer.”

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Pregame Glance WBB: MSU Spartans

Written January 26th, 2014 by Ken

michigan-state-universityThe Ohio State Buckeyes (13-9, 3-3) return from a successful trip to Ann Arbor, having defeated TTUN 61-50. The Mitten State series continues Sunday afternoon as OSU hosts the Michigan State Spartans (12-7, 4-2).

Here’s their Profile

  • School: Michigan State University
  • Location: East Lansing, MI
  • Founded: 1855
  • Student Population: 37,454
  • School Type: Public, coed
  • Division: D-I
  • Conference: Big Ten Conference
  • Arena: Breslin Center
  • Seating: 14,759
  • Built: 1989
  • Head Coach: Suzy Merchant
  • Year: 7th

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Rumblin’, Stumblin’, Bumblin’

Written January 24th, 2014 by WVaBuckeye

It’s taken me quite a while to build to just talking about basketball on a Friday night in RSB and alas, I will have a singular reference to football. To be fair, I will take care of that pre-RSB.

Someone in Happy Valley won't be so happy Larry Johnson Sr. landed in Columbus, HUGE recruiting get.

Someone in Happy Valley won’t be so happy Larry Johnson Sr. landed in Columbus, HUGE recruiting get.

The Buckeyes football program has done some work the past couple weeks with respect to coaching staff additions that will cause a lot of fans to be quiet, for now. First and foremost, and probably the biggest hire since Coach Meyer hired his original staff is the hiring of Larry Johnson Sr. to replace Mike Vrabel. Johnson will coach the defensive line where he was hugely successful at PSU and has already helped in some of the damage briefly felt after the Vrabel exit. Kudos to Coach Meyer for bringing him in.

The new co-defensive coordinator, Chris Ash, will have an opportunity to infuse some of his beliefs in a defense that needs a new direction. We will see a glimpse of them in the spring and should know pretty quickly what kind of an effect he has had. He will be going against an offense that will probably no longer be about power and be mostly about speed. It’ll be fun to see the match-ups in the spring! Now let’s get rolling with rumblin’.

RUMBLIN’

There are a lot of sports teams that you could change coaches with and the change would be minimal. Then you have the situation at Ohio State with the women’s program that has shed some considerable light on how little Coach Foster was actually coaching the women’s team. It had been said by several and was really probably the reason he was dismissed, but the proof they say, is definitely in the pudding.

the moment the change began. Coach McGuff has turned the program around with what was given to him. B1G COTY candidate

The Moment The Change Began

What Coach McGuff and his staff has done in a short amount of time, with practically the same group from last season is remarkable. There has been a higher standard of work ethic for sure. Coach McGuff has two on staff in Joy Cheek and holdover Patrick Klein who have done an amazing job developing what they have into contenders. With upsets against ranked opponents and paying TTUN back last night on the record, they have sent a message loud and clear, get your shots in while you can because they will be stealing some win this season.

They have what could arguably be the number one class coming in next season and has a great start on the future with two really good tranfers. The next class could have an impact on some of the size being lost. It’s nasty defense with some up tempo scoring that will get better as the season goes and then next year . . , look out. High fives all around for their efforts so far.

STUMBLIN

This will be the first time all season that I do not mention the stupidty of some fans . . , wait . . , I just did. Oh well, it will be okay!!

Hopefully The Worst Is Over

Even though the Buckeye men’s team got the monkey off their backs against the Illini last night, I don’t think they are out of the woods just yet. They played a team that is in an even worse downward spiral which may cost John Groce his job at the end of the season. The mesmerizing part of the Buckeye stumble is the play of the ever-consistent Aaron Craft. During the four game losing streak his assist to turnover ration was a disastrous 1:1, 31 assists to 31 turnovers!!! To put that in perspective, his career ration is 4.9 to 2.4 or right at 2 to 1.

To right this ship permanently, Shannon Scott is going to have to weather some of the load and Aaron needs to score alot more. It has been very uncharacteristic of the team but they will go as their leader goes with regards to taking care of the basketball. The other stumblin piece is the fact that this team could win a title with the level of defense they play; however, they haven’t got an offense going that requires a special defense by the opponent. Very little threat to bust the zone they have seen much of the time this season.

BUMBLIN

It amazes me at how frequently people provide me a topic to discuss in this portion of RSB. I haven’t been very picky in the past when it comes to who to include because mostly its been about the fans that have been off their rockers, and the one time I went off on our favorite person to hate in Mark “I’m a TOOL” May. The people square in my sites this week are the owners of the Cleveland Browns.

I am sorry, I couldn't hear you. Who?!

I am sorry, I couldn’t hear you. Who?!

At what point do the fans give up hope of things ever changing? They finally have their man, but I can tell you that most fans probably believe that he will not last two to three seasons. Pettine has an impressive defensive resume, but it is not the resume that Jim Tressel has. I don’t care what level you expect a coach to have experience at, JT can flat out coach any level in my opinion. The fact that Browns brass refused to even acknowledge the fans desire to give him a shot tells me they do not care what the fans think.

First and foremost, the fans pay the bills folks. I don’t care how many sponsors they bring in to suppor their payroll, the fans are the ones that never leave or base their decisions on how good the return on the investment will be. I am not a Browns fan, but I remember how disastrous it was when the original team left for Baltimore. All of those sponsors pulled out and went on their merry way and the local radio that carried the broadcasts suffered for it. Those fans that went through that then should have a say in what happens now.

The request to at least give Coach Tressel an interview was viable and needed. Now because of their refusal to do so, JT may end up in Detroit of all places. Hopefully this group will learn from this mistake and do whats necessary to bring coach in when Pettine fails to get things going.

Imagine him riding the shoulders of Browns’ fans

Ohio State Gets Revenge on Michigan 61-50

Written January 23rd, 2014 by Charles

Raven Ferguson came off the bench to lead Ohio State with 16 points.

Raven Ferguson came off the bench to lead Ohio State with 16 points.

The Ohio State men’s basketball team wasn’t the only Buckeye squad looking to end a losing streak tonight.  The OSU women’s basketball team came into tonight on a two game losing streak and were looking to break that as they traveled to Ann Arbor to face rival Michigan.  The game was even more meaningful as the Buckeyes were looking for revenge after losing to the Wolverines in Columbus earlier in the month.

Neither team started out shooting well in the game and points were difficult to come by early on; at the midpoint of the first Ohio State led 8-7.  The Buckeyes managed to get the offense going a little better over the next three minutes as they used an 8 to 1 run to open up a 16-8 lead with just over six minutes remaining.  The two teams then traded baskets and with three and a half minutes remaining OSU held up 21-15.  Unfortunately, the Buckeye offense hit a wall at that point and didn’t score the rest of the half while Michigan closed with 11 straight points and the Wolverines headed into the locker room with a 26-21 lead.  Ohio State shot atrociously in the first half, going 29% from the field and 22% from three point range.  Fortunately, Michigan didn’t shoot much better going 33% from the field and 20% from beyond-the-arc.

Michigan hit a layup to open the scoring in the second half but Ohio State responded with a 10 to 3 run to tie the game at 31 six minutes into the second period.  The Wolverines quickly fired back, outscoring the Buckeyes 9 to 2 over the next two and a half minutes to retake a 40-33 lead.  Ashley Adams and Raven Ferguson weren’t impressed by the Michigan run though and teamed up on the next three baskets with Ferguson hitting a jumper sandwiched between assisting on layups by Adams.  The baskets by Ferguson and Adams sparked the rest of the Buckeyes and ignited a 17 to 2 run that put Ohio State up 50-42 with five minutes remaining in the game.  That run pretty much broke Michigan’s spirits and the Wolverines would never get closer as Ohio State cruised the rest of the way to a 61-50 win.

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Ohio State snaps streak, beats Illinois 62-55

Written January 23rd, 2014 by Ken

Thursday’s contest saw two streaking teams; unfortunately for their fans, streaking in the wrong direction. Despite their streak, the Buckeyes entered the game as 11 point favorites, so at least on the surface it was the “get well” game that Ohio State needed.  And indeed it was, with Ohio State surviving 1st half shooting woes (29%) to emerge with a much needed 62-55 win.

 

The Buckeyes were led by LaQuinton Ross (18 pts), Lenzelle Smith Jr (16 pts) and Aaron Craft (11 pts). Craft also filled the stat sheet with 5 assists and 6 rebounds.  In addition to improved shooting in the 2nd half  54% (13-24), OSU also improved its ball handling, committing only 5 turnovers, compared to 7 in the 1st half. There were still a few wrinkles to work out, but this was a much better performance at both ends of the court, particularly in the 2nd half. Hopefully, this may be the springboard to boost the Buckeyes’ confidence and get them back on track

 

The Fighting Illini were led by Joseph Bertrand (19 pts), Nnanna Egwu (10 pts) and Jon Ekay (11 pts). Egwu nearly scored a double-double as he pulled down 9 rebounds.

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