March Madness 2012: East Region

Written March 12th, 2012 by Eric

The madness continues here at the Buckeye Battle Cry! This has to be one of our favorite times of the year (really, who doesn’t feel that way?) and we love to celebrate by talking about as many teams, games, and players as we can! Joe Dexter was kind enough to get the whole thing kicked off this morning with a preview of the West Region. Now it’s my turn to take a look at the home-favorite East Region. Tomorrow, WVaBuckeye and MaliBuckeye will take a look at the two remaining regions, so that you can have plenty of time to read and peruse your way to what is hopefully a winning bracket!

Make sure you join the BBN’s Bracket Challenge this year!  Bragging rights abound!

Favorites: The East region is graced with a few powerful teams that could be poised to make a deep run. The Syracuse Orange obviously stand in the best position of everyone in the region. The Orange hold a 32-2 season record, including non-conference wins over fellow tournament teams Florida and NC State. Seven-footer Fab Melo, a Sophomore out of Brazil, anchors Syracuse in the paint and is assisted by senior forward Kris Joseph, who leads the team in scoring at just under 14 per game, and senior guard Scoop Jardine, who seems to have been at Syracuse for 50 years. The ‘Cuse lost in the semi-finals of the Big East tournament to fellow East Region member Cincinnati, but looks to bounce back in the Big Dance.
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BBN Tournament LiveBlog: B1G Tourney Semifinals

Written March 10th, 2012 by Eric

Ohio State and Michigan meet today at around 4:00 PM EST on CBS for the third round of the Big Ten Tournament!  Second seeded Michigan defeated 10th seeded Minnesota yesterday in overtime to advance to play the Buckeyes.

Before the Buckeyes play, we get an opportunity to see Michigan State and Wisconsin do battle for the other spot in the Big Ten Tournament final. We’ll be scouting that game, and chatting our way through it as well! Come join us at 1:00 PM EST and chat with us throughout the day.

While you wait for the game, go check out our friends in the Buckeye Bloggers Network! the Buckeye Blog, OSU Silver Bullet, Buckeye House Call, Our Honor Defend, and Men of the Scarlet and Gray. Fox Sports Ohio also joins us as usual.

Tomorrow we will run a Championship Game LiveBlog that will continue through the NCAA Tournament Selection Show! Make sure to stop by and join us for all the fun and excitement!

Go Bucks!

B1G Tournament: Day 2 Preview

Written March 8th, 2012 by Eric

One of four days of the tournament are finished. One third of the combatants have been sent home. Now it’s time for the big dogs to get a chance to see the court.

Today’s games mostly went as expected, with Iowa, Indiana, and Purdue staying alive. The lone surprise was Minnesota’s overtime win over tournament dark horse favorite Northwestern. With the Wildcats eliminated early, it’s very likely that their NCAA tournament dreams have died with their Big Ten Tournament run. We’ll have to wait and see before we can be certain, however.

As for tomorrow’s games, there are some intriguing matchups. All four of the games involve teams that played each other only once during the regular season. Even more surprisingly, all of those games were played at the home court of the higher seed in each matchup. That means that each game has a good chance of being much more exciting than the original meetings. This is particularly true for Purdue and Indiana who get to treat there games very nearly like home games.

Just like today, WVaBuckeye and Gary Russell will cover all of the action during the course of the day tomorrow! Make sure you stop by and continue to follow all of the Big Ten Tournament coverage here at the Buckeye Battle Cry!

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BBN Basketball LiveBlog: Wisconsin Part II

Written February 26th, 2012 by Eric

It’s Senior Night in Columbus!  The Bucks are facing the Wisconsin Badgers in what will be William Buford’s last home game of his college career! The game tips at 4:00 PM EST on CBS.  Hopefully we get Clark Kellogg…

Keep your eyes open on this game – the #Hop2TheRafters shirts should make a reappearance.  The University may have responded, but that doesn’t mean the campaign is over!  It’s not over until Hop (and, now, all of the legendary Buckeye Shooty Hoopers) get recognized!

While you wait, go checkout our friends in the Buckeye Bloggers Network! the Buckeye Blog, OSU Silver Bullet, Buckeye House Call, Our Honor Defend, and Men of the Scarlet and Gray. Fox Sports Ohio also joins us as usual. The liveblog will kickoff at 3:30 PM EST.

Go Bucks!

Pregame Glance: Wisconsin II

Written February 25th, 2012 by Eric

Bo Ryan can't resist watching the train-wreck the end of this season has become.

The Badgers are visiting Columbus tomorrow for the Buckeye’s last home game of the season and are looking for a measure of revenge. The Badgers lost to the Buckeyes on February 4th in the Kohl Center 58-52, and would like nothing more than to pay the Buckeyes back. With Ohio State’s recent struggles, both at home and on the road, the Badgers likely feel good about their chances to pull the upset – but they have to escape their own history first.

The Badgers started out their Big Ten season in ugly fashion. After a win over Nebraska, Bucky discovered themselves on a three game losing skid starting with a bad loss at home to a mid-level Iowa team. But the ship righted itself, allowing the Badgers to win six straight games heading into the beginning of February and the first matchup with the Buckeyes.

After the Bucks escaped the Kohl Center with their first win since 2000, Wisconsin has only been able to break even. The Badgers first visited rival Minnesota and walked away with a tough 68-61 overtime victory. Unfortunately, they had to follow that difficult game with a battle against Michigan State in East Lansing – a battle that saw the Spartans defeat the Badgers by 14.

Since that game in East Lansing the Badgers have split games against Penn State (65-55 W), and at Iowa (67-66 L), leaving Wisconsin at 9-6 overall in the Big Ten. Amazingly, a 9-6 record at this point in the season is good enough for fourth place in the conference. That puts the Badgers two games back behind Michigan and Ohio State (who are tied for second), and a game ahead of fifth place Indiana at 8-7.
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William Buford banks a layup in over the outstretched hand of Ryan Evans.

The Badgers welcomed the Buckeyes into the Kohl Center in their usually gracious fashion and gave the Buckeyes everything they could handle en route to a 58-52 OSU win. Jared Sulliger was unquestionably the leader for the game, scoring 24 points and picking up 10 rebounds on his way to breaking 1,000 points for his career. Deshaun Thomas and William Buford were also impressive with 16 and 11 points respectively. Both players managed to scoop in 6 rebounds.

The Buckeyes started out the game in their usual away game slump. The only exception was Jared Sullinger who single-handedly dragged the Bucks through the early stages of the game. Part of the struggles were due to the usually tough Wisconsin defense, that was causing the OSU offense to stagnate. Wisconsin also took advantage of OSU’s early struggles by finding defensive gaps and sank a couple open three-pointers to keep the game close.

Matta made a surprising adjustment early in the game replacing Aaron Craft with Shannon Scott after Craft took a horribly ill-advised 3. Scott performed admirably as a replacement for the sophomore point guard, picking up a steal and generally making Jordan Taylor’s life difficult on the defensive end. The switch did not last much longer than a few minutes – probably just long enough for Craft to get a talking-to – before Craft was back in the game leading the Bucks.

The Badgers grabbed the lead back with an 8-0 run off a couple ill-advised Buckeye turnovers and some poor Ohio State defensive rebounding. For one stretch Wisconsin forced the Bucks into 90 seconds of defense as they collected several rebounds on the offensive end. The Bucks also found themselves struggling to find their offense against the stout Badger defense, and particularly found it hard to get the ball to Sullinger under the basket. Considering Sullinger was the most consistent scorer, and the most fucused Buckeye, that was an unsurprising defensive strategy for Bo Ryan.
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Buckeye LiveBlog: Wisconsin

Written February 4th, 2012 by Eric

The Bucks have traveled up north to Madison to play shooty hoops with the Badgers of Wisconsin! ESPN is airing the game today, which is set to tip at 2:00 PM in the Kohl Center.

While you wait, go checkout our Buckeye Blogger Network friends! the Buckeye Blog, OSU Silver Bullet, Buckeye House Call, Our Honor Defend, Men of the Scarlet and Gray, and Fox Sports Ohio. They will all be joining us at 1:30 PM for the start of our liveblog.

If you’re looking for web-video for the game, try First Row Sports (warning: pop-up ads). Click the basketball tab, and you shouldn’t have any trouble finding the right game.

Go Bucks!

Pregame Glance: Wisconsin

Written February 3rd, 2012 by Eric

The Buckeyes are looking for their 20th win of the season in a game that Jared Sullinger has very likely been eagerly anticipating for an entire calendar year. Let us deal with the Wisconsin Badgers.

Deal with it Bucky. Just deal with it.

School: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Founded: 1848
Student Population: 42,099
School Type: Public
Division: NCAA
Conference: Big Ten Conference
Stadium: Kohl Center
Seating: 17,230
Built: 1998
Head Coach: Bo Ryan
Year: 11th

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