Men’s BB Preview: Morgan State Bears

Written November 8th, 2013 by Ken

morgan state

The 2013-2014 basketball season is nigh upon us. Like soon; in fact this Sunday, to be exact. After “scrimmaging” the Walsh University Cavaliers (winning  93-63), the #11 Buckeyes host the Morgan State University Bears this coming Saturday with a noon tip-off at The Schott. The pre-conference schedule starts; now it gets serious.

 

Here’s the scoop on Morgan State University.

School: Morgan State University

Location: Baltimore, MD

Founded: 1867

Student Population: 6,000

School Type: Public, co-ed

Division: FCS

Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)

Arena: Hill Field House

Seating: 4,250

Built:

Head Coach: Todd Bozeman

Year: 8th

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Silver Bullet Points Faces A Dexter Invasion

Written July 24th, 2013 by Joe Dexter

It’s Wednesday and the Silver Bullet points are soaring faster than ever before. With MaliBuckeye climbing mountains like a Bauserman, the SBP faces a tough week with a brand new face (for radio). While your Wednesday ammunition king pin visits one of the greatest national landmarks in the nation, It’s my pleasure to bring you an invaded version of Silver Bullet Points. Since I get a chance to sit in Mali’s seat about once every two years, It’s imperative that I set the tone with the best soundtrack that the SBP has ever seen. Let’s just say I’m like Colonel Bruce and the Codetalkers.  “I’m So Glad” to be here!

This isn’t your mom and dad’s SBP…..

Buckeye 411

  • You can’t Hyde from the truth – But you can surely get confused trying to figure out what it is. First he was booted from the team, then he was suspended pending investigation. Now, Charles Robinson of Yahoo is reporting that video provided by Sugar Bar 2 shows that Hyde never physically assaulted the alleged victim, despite being punched by her. Of course, this is “according to sources.” Robinson’s sources also say that they believe all charges will be dropped against Hyde.
  • No safety In Numbers – Unless you’re looking at a football roster! Amongst all the crazy news from early in the week, We now have the new numbers assigned to incoming freshman. Thanks to LGHL for laying them all out for us on one document. I can’t wait to tell my friends that Cameron Johnston is #95! In addition, Ohio State has released an official roster update for the upcoming season, amidst the 4 players disciplined on Monday.
  • ADV In Italy – He’s the greatest Italian product since sliced bread. Amedeo Delle Valle instantly became a fan favorite with the Buckeyes as a freshman. Now his game is really starting to shine. In the Under-20 European Championships last weekend, ADV scored 17 points in the 4th quarter in the gold medal game against Latvia. Della Valle scored 14 consecutive points, making all three of his shots from beyond the arc. He was also named the tournament MVP as well. Can’t wait to see him get a bump up in the rotation for Thad Matta next season.
  • Friday Night Lights – One of the biggest recruiting events in the country is here this Friday, as players across the country make their way to the Horse Shoe as Ohio State puts on it’s 2nd annual Friday Night Lights. ESPN Insider has a decorated list of who will be there. Jim, our recruiting guru, put together a primer for Friday as well. Make sure you check out his great breakdown position by position.
  • Your Home is Waiting For You -  There are many reasons why recruits love to be a part of Ohio State football. One of the many successes of recruiting starts with attention to detail. Yesterday, many top prospects received some top notch recruiting pitches. The coaching staff sent unique individual images of players inside the Ohio Stadium, with the words, “Your Home is Waiting For You” on the top of the picture.  Just below that, “Join the Family” with the Urbanator’s signature. Here is what 2014 lineman prospect Demetrius Knox got in his mailbox. My favorite photo though has to go to 2014 tight end prospect Mike Gesicki.
  • Tell Me Something I don’t Know – Online ticket outlet TicketCity has released a top 25 most engaging fanbases in college football. From the great Mashable: “Their secret sauce takes into account Twitter followings, Facebook likes and “talking about” metrics, as well as a variety of IRL factors including attendance, percentage of stadium capacity filled at home games and home ticket prices from the 2012 season.” Ohio State ranks 4th. Michigan is ranked 1st. Plain and simple, somebody messed up the algorithm.
  • Cheap Plug – Hey, if it isn’t your show, you have to take advantage of the spotlight when you get a chance! Check out my interview on WHO-AM in Des Moines talking Ohio State football
  • Ticket Pre-Sale – OH YEAH BABY! Picture below explains it all!

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Ohio State Rips Minnesota 71-45

Written February 20th, 2013 by Jason

In a lengthy regular season that results in a conference tournament followed by a national championship tournament, it’s hard to call a game on a Wednesday night against Minnesota a “must win” game. But that’s exactly what tonight’s battle at the Schottenstein Center with the Minnesota Golden Gophers was for our Ohio State Buckeyes basketball team. Coming off a horrible loss on Sunday at Wisconsin and with Michigan State looming this Sunday, the Buckeyes needed the Gophers to right the ship and did just that in a convincing 71-45 win.

With the win the Buckeyes improve to 19-7 on the year, 9-5 in the Big Ten.

Deshaun Thomas

Deshaun Thomas

Aaron Craft’s buzzer beating three ended what was a first half of missed opportunities for Ohio State. The Buckeye defense regained its lost mojo and forced Minnesota into 12 first half turnovers but could only convert the miscues into ten points. The Bucks lead 29-23 at the half, but you had the feeling they could have blown the game wide open at several different spots.

The second half turned out to be a different story. The Buckeyes continued to clamp down on defense, meanwhile shots began to fall and easy transition buckets found them up 41-31 at the 12:00 mark and they never looked back.

Deshaun Thomas led all scorers with 19. He was followed for Ohio State by Shannon Scott with 11 and Laquinton Ross with 10. Minnesota was led by Andre Hollins with 11 and Oto Osnieks with 10.

The Buckeyes have now won 6 straight over the Golden Gophers. Tonight’s 26 point win is the largest in the series with Minnesota since the Buckeyes abused the Gophers 94-63 on March 4th 1992. Read More

Counting The Cost With Silver Bullet Points

Written January 16th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

It’s a relatively quiet week for Ohio State sports (*knocks on wood*); coaches are recruiting, hoops is preparing for an attempt to sweep That State Up North, and all the students are above average.  So, let’s dig around the ol’ interwebs and see what we can find to chat about today, shall we? Oh, and I’m enjoying this at the moment.

Nothing is free

Buckeye 411

  • Tress Talks- He’s gone, but not forgotten, and 97.1 had an interview with the new Akron administrator today that was chock full of the types of discussion that Ohio State fans were familiar with for ten years. He comments that he does “everything but Saturday afternoons” at Akron, but that he hasn’t had a moment where he felt like he needed to put the whistle back on an coach as much as he misses the chess game and camaraderie. He said that there’s a “whole bunch of things I’d have done differently”, but that he gave his heart and soul to the University for 10 years- something that he feels wonderful about. About his legacy, he looks to the players and coaches that he worked with, and sees those relationships as strong as ever no matter the circumstances. When questioned about the NCAA process, he said that he felt that he was treated more than fairly throughout and doesn’t worry too much about that now that it’s in the rearview mirror. Coach talked about his philosophy for helping engage students who might find themselves in trouble… that you support them through the process, you walk alongside them through the consequences, and that these have been watershed moments for many of the students he’s had a chance to work with. Tressel is confident that Coach Meyer is in the midst of doing amazing things, and that the Buckeyes are in great hands for the long haul.

Pregame Glance – Walsh University

Written October 29th, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

The pre-season #4 team in the country gets things started off with a scrimmage of sorts against the Cavaliers of Walsh University from North Canton, Ohio. Still competing in the NAIA in basketball, they will be making the switch to NCAA D2 for the 2013-14 season. Led by former player Jeff Young in his 10th season at head coach, they will provide us with an opportunity to see what bench players will give us this season. The Cavs and the Buckeyes have met six times with the first exhibition taking place in 2006-07.

NAIA National Champs in 2005

School: Walsh University
Location: North Canton, Ohio
Founded: Walsh University was first founded as LaMennais College in Alfred, Maine in 1951
Student Population: 2,500
School Type: Private – Roman Catholic Church
Division: NAIA D1 – Moving to NCAA D2 by 2013-14
Conference: Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Stadium: Alumni Arena
Seating: 1,800
Built: 2009
Head Coach: Jeff Young – Walsh University
Experience & Accomplishments  224-44 (9th yr.) For seven consecutive seasons, Jeff Young took the Cavs to the heights of the NAIA. Walsh made seven straight trips to the National Tournament, won a national title in 2005, and finished as runners-up in 2010. After a year of playing in limbo, Young is poised for his next challenge; elevating the Cavs to the elite of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and NCAA Division ll. Young enters the 2012 season with the highest winning percentage of all active coaches.
Program History First yr. of basketball: 1962-63
Overall all-time record: 868-555
No. of yrs. in NAIA Tournament:13
Last Post Season Appearance/opponent: Cedarville 3/3/12
Result: won 78-77 OT/OIC Title Game

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tBBC Basketball Roundtable – Preseason Wrap-up

Written October 15th, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

It’s been a great season of football so far and not too surprisingly basketball has snuck up on us. We have done our best to try and get everybody’s input on the upcoming season from around the blogosphere including a nice two-parter with people from around the B1G that can be read here and here. We also spoke with fellow Buckeye Bloggers about the Buckeyes and that can be read here.

Don't think Coach Matta is laughing so much after Sullinger's departure, but he isn't crying about what he has either.

We finish up our pre-season of roundtable with an in-house brand. Look forward to starting the season off soon but let’s first get everyone’s opinions.

Who is the Key returner other than Craft or Thomas?

WVa. The bottom line for this team will be defense this season and the key returner to make that happen will be Shannon Scott. As much as he may contribute offensively is up to him, the defensive side of the ball comes easy for him and when Coach Matta decides to put the clamps down it will be Scott and Craft doing that. Scott showed some nice flashes of this and what he can bring offensively so when teams double down on Thomas, look out!

Eric. There are a number of names that could go here.  There are two roles of need on this team: “Scoring” and “Paint play”.  That means that for each there are a couple of answers.

Scoring: One of the three – LaQuinton Ross, Sam Thompson, Lenzelle Smith.  All three will be looked for their scoring output this season.  We don’t know whether it will be Ross or Thompson starting in place of William Buford at the three, but they will definitely sub in and out for each other.  Lenzelle Smith will very likely maintain his role at the 2 spot in the backcourt.  He’ll need to hit some critical buckets for us this season.

Paint play: Amir Williams and Evan Ravenel.  Ravenel will bring much-needed experience to the center position, while Williams will bring some serious defensive ability and hopefully some offensive talent.  It will be fascinating to see how these two play together.

Mali. I’m excited to see LaQuinton Ross… came in with a TON of upside, will Matta be able to develop it in ways that help the team long-term.

Joe L.  Zelle’ – I look for Smith to pick up where he left off in the tourney last year playing good D rebounding from his guard spot knocking down the open 3′s and finding a way to get to the rack and score.

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2012 Basketball Preview: Amedeo Della Valle

Written October 3rd, 2012 by Gary Russell II

Amedeo Della Valle.

This week’s basketball schedule has been altered slightly, so expect Tim’s look at Trey McDonald on Friday night and Eric’s look at Evan Ravenel on Sunday. The Tuesday/Thursday schedule will resume next week!

The loss of several stars to early entry into the NBA draft has made recruiting little tougher for Thad Matta. The scholarships have dwindled for the 2012-2013 season leaving just one open spot for a new-comer. Amedeo Della Valle will have the honor of being the lone newbie to this year’s squad.

Over the last couple of years the Bucks have lost the likes of Jon Diebler and William Buford. This has left Matta searching for someone to step in to fill the scoring void in the Buckeyes’ lineup. If Della Valle (or ADV for short) lives up to his hype, Matta will have found that someone and maybe even more.

Hometown: Alba, Italy
High School: Findlay Prep (Las Vegas)
Position: Guard (2,1)
Year: Freshman
Height: 6-5
Weight: 190

ADV comes from a basketball background. His father, Carlo, played 15 years as a pro basketball player. His father never pushed ADV to become a basketball player which, in my opinion, was the best move Carlo could have made. Carlo allowed ADV to play soccer and basketball both and always told him to “play what you like”.
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tBBC Basketball Roundtable

Written September 4th, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

Yes, your eyes do not deceive you, it does indeed say “basketball” up there. While everyone is overloading from the celebration of Coach Meyers first game as the head coach of THE Ohio State university and a W against Miami of Ohio, we thought we’d introduce you to a Tuesday fixture of basketball with tBBC. Myself, Eric, and Gary Russell are going to do our best to keep you updated on the basketball Buckeyes with news as it is ready and a roundtable or maybe even a chat on Tuesday’s with some people in the know.

Who’s the one carryover from last season who needs to have a big off season and why?

New big man should make an impact

Eric – In terms of needing a big off-season, there’s only one obvious answer – Amir Williams.  Matta teams tend to under perform when he doesn’t have a top notch guy in the paint to focus the attention on.  Amir Williams was supposed to be a huge get for the Buckeyes when we recruited him, but the few times we saw him last season he looked stiff and immobile on offense – though his defense was pretty good.  He absolutely needs to have worked on his offense in a big way, both in moving without the ball and in getting a hip into the defender when posting up.

One other key to his offense – he needs to be able to pass back out of the paint.  Buckeye fans got very spoiled with Sullinger and his ability to feed guys outside the arc after attracting the entire defense.  This offense will work a lot better if Williams can come even half-way towards replicating that trait.

I’m going to give a #2 answer as well, because I can.  Lenzelle Smith Jr. needs to have a big off-season.  He did a laudable job last season, especially towards the end.  He needs to carry that momentum into this season and be a significant scoring option for this team.

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