2nd Thoughts: Rutgers

(Thad’ guys had this one early.) The Buckeyes (16-10, 8-5) moved into 7th place in the Big Ten with Saturday’s 79-69 win over Rutgers. For the moment, this actually has Ohio State 1/2 game in front of Michigan State. Enjoy it while it lasts. This game was another “tale of two cities” game for Ohio […]


tBBC Pregame Glance: Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Corey Sanders very good. And very young. (Image Courtesy of Ohio State (15-10, 6-5) visits Rutgers (6-18, 0-8) Saturday afternoon in the regular season finale between these teams. The Buckeyes won at Columbus 94-68 on January 13th, powered by JaQuan Lyle’s triple double (16 pts, 12 rbs, 11 asst). In the first meeting, Rutgers played Ohio State evenly, […]


2nd Thoughts: Northwestern

(Thad is happy with OSU’s 2nd half effort) The Northwestern game was a “tale of two cities”. The 1st half was frustrating to follow, with Ohio State being out shot and out rebounded in the first twenty minutes. Aside from Tate/Loving (6-12, 16 points, 8 rebounds)  in 36 minutes, the Ohio State effort was soft, […]

COLUMBUS, OH - FEBRUARY 19:  LaQuinton Ross #10 of the Ohio State Buckeyes passes to teammate Shannon Scott #3 in the first half as JerShon Cobb #23 and Sanjay Lumpkin #34 of the Northwestern Wildcats defend on February 19, 2014 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

MBB: Ohio State Edges Northwestern 71-63

(Image courtesy Thad “offering” 2nd half encouragement. Especially foul shooting. For Tuesday’s game, Thad changed the lineup again, reverting back to Trevor Thompson starting at center for Daniel Giddens and JaQuan Lyle for A.J. Harris at guard. Ohio State (15-10, 7-5) overcame first half shooting and rebounding shortcomings to overcome Northwestern (16-9, 4-8) by the […]


2nd Glance: Wisconsin

(Thad is still pointing a few things out to his team) The Wisconsin game was a microcosm of this season to me. A very slow start (down 11-0 after 4 minutes) followed by a spirited comeback held 21-20 lead eight minutes later), then unable to finish the half (trailed 38-32 at the half) nor able […]


MBB: Ohio State Edged by Maryland, 66-61

(Image courtesy Thad is as perplexed by his team’s free throw shooting as we are. Ohio State couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn Sunday afternoon and dropped a very winnable game against #8 Maryland, 66-61.  Their horrific field goal shooting (35%, 21-59) was outdone only by their inexcusable free throw shooting (58%, […]


tBBC Pregame Glance: Maryland Terrapins

Melo Trimble is very good. (Image Courtesy of Ohio State (14-8, 6-3) hosts #8 Maryland (18-3, 7-2) Sunday afternoon in a rematch, of sorts. The first game wasn’t much of a match, with Maryland “prevailing” 100-65 on January 16th. In the first meeting, Maryland rode a dominant 1st half to subdue Ohio State. At […]


tBBC MBB: Ohio State Edges Illinois 68-63 in Overtime

(Thad applauds of his team’s defense and rebounding.) Ohio State blew a 2nd half 13-point lead and Ohio State improved its record (14-8, 6-3) by beating Illinois (10-11, 2-5) Thursday night. That they did, by downing the scrappy Fighting Illini 68-63. As you’d expect when these teams play each other, the games are not aesthetically […]

tBBC Pregame Glance: Illinois Fighting Illini

Coach Groce with some pre-game charades. (Image Courtesy of Ohio State (13-8, 5-3) hits the road for a Thursday game in Champaign, IL against the Illinois Fighting Illini (10-10). Thad Matta’s Buckeyes are coming off a win that halted a 2 game skid, as are John Groce’s Illini. Ohio State won the first meeting of […]


MBB: Ohio State Rolls Penn State 66-46

(Thad approves of his team’s shooting and rebounding.) Ohio State looked to improve its record (12-8, 4-3) by hosting Penn State (11-9, 2-5) Monday night. That they did, by downing the sketchy shooting Nittany Lions 66-46. Ohio State was the beneficiary of abysmal Penn State outside shooting, 16% (4-25). The Buckeyes shot well, rebounded well, […]

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - JANUARY 13:  Head coach Patrick Chambers of the Penn State Nittany Lions is seen during the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Mackey Arena on January 13, 2016 in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue defeated Penn State 74-57. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

MBB Preview: Penn State Nittany Lions

Pat Chambers gesturing about something or another. (Image courtesy The young Buckeyes are in another losing streak as they have dropped their last two games to Maryland and Purdue. Consistency has not been there for the Buckeyes the entire season as they attempt to get a feel for any sort of consistent rhythm. At […]


MBB: Maryland Mauls Ohio State, 100-65

(Thad is as speechless as we are) Ohio State overcame 1st half blahs to roll Rutgers on Wednesday to get them into a feel-good mood for the Maryland game. However, the Terrapins were probably a bit testy after dropping Tuesday’s game to Michigan. The testiness showed as the Terrapins dropped the Buckeyes 100-65,  The result […]


MBB: OSU Overpowers Rutgers in 2nd Half, 94-68

(Thad applauds his team’s 2nd half performance) After getting tuned up in Bloomington by the Hoosiers, Ohio State returned to the friendly confines of VCA to take on Rutgers. The Buckeyes overpowered the Scarlet Knights 94-68, powered by a 55 point 2nd half. The result moved Ohio State to (12-6,4-1) and Rutgers to (6-12, 0-5). Rutgers […]


Concern Trolling and (Click) Baiting; Part 1

(Yeah, Urban is talking to you) I came across, or rather had referred to me, two articles written by a fellow Big Ten blogger. One article dealt with the upcoming challenge to Ohio State and Urban’s “next man up” approach with coaching. I’ll address that specific article here and address the second article later in […]

during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Moda Center on March 19, 2015 in Portland, Oregon.

MBB: Williams’ 21 Leads Ohio State Over Northwestern

The Buckeyes traveled to Evanston. IL with intent to take down the Northwestern Wildcats. In a painful game to take in, the Buckeyes (11-5, 3-0)  beat Northwestern (13-3, 1-2,) by the score of 65-56. Ohio State placed three players in double figures: were led by Kam Williams (21 points, 2 rebounds) off the bench, Trevor […]


tBBC Pregame Glance: Northwestern Wildcats

Coach Collins wants you to simmer down (Image Courtesy of Ohio State (10-5, 2-0) hits the road this evening to take on resurgent Northwestern (13-2, 1-1) at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Thad Matta’s Buckeyes are coming off a 75-73 win over Illinois while Chis Collins’ Wildcats dropped a game to Maryland (no shame there) 72-59. Let’s […]

COLUMBUS, OH - DECEMBER 16:  Jaylen Key #15 of the Northern Illinois Huskies passes the ball past Jae'Sean Tate #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the first half at Value City Arena on December 16, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

MBB: OSU Edges Illinois, 75-73

Ohio State (9-5, 1-0) sought to extend 5-game winning streak to 6 games by hosting Illinois (6-6, 0-1) to start 2016 on a positive note. The Buckeyes got their 10th win with a 75-73 win over the Fighting Illini. The Buckeyes placed four players in double figures: were led by Marc Loving (27 pts, 7 rbs), JaQuan […]


MBB: OSU defeats South Carolina State 73-57

(Thad applauds his team’s performance) Ohio State (7-5) sought to extend it’s non-conference winning streak to 4 games prior to entering Big Ten play versus Minnesota on Wednesday. The opponent were the South Carolina State Bulldogs (5-8) who were making the first of their three consecutive games in Ohio. The Buckeyes got their 8th win […]


Chris Ash => Rutgers? Probably..

(Photo courtesy of As Joe mentioned earlier, Ohio State Co-Defensive Coordinator/Safeties Coach Chris Ash appears to be lined up as Rutgers’ next head coach, replacing the departed (not that departed) Kyle Flood. At the moment, this is through source(s). And when has been the last time that a “source” has been wrong? In Ash’s […]

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tBBC Pick’em Week 12: Penultimate Week

After Week 11, I (84 correct picks) am still maintaining a narrow lead over Joe (81), with Scott (79), Charles (79) and Patrick (78) close behind. All B1G teams are in action this week except for Nebraska. It’s probably just as well. We’re down to 2 regular season games before the BTCG. This isn’t over […]