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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 […]

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Buckeyes come up short in Madison, Fall to Wisconsin 79-68

The Wisconsin Badgers are not exactly a prolific three-point shooting team but you’ll have a hard time convincing Ohio State that. Wisconsin, which makes just 33.3 percent of its three-pointers, sank 13 of 27 from long range en route to a 79-68 win over the Buckeyes at the Kohl Center Thursday night. The 48.1 percent was the […]

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MBB: Ohio State Edged by Maryland, 66-61

(Image courtesy USAToday.com) 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%, […]

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tBBC Pregame Glance: Maryland Terrapins

Melo Trimble is very good. (Image Courtesy of diamondbackonline.com) 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 […]

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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 […]

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tBBC Pregame Glance: Illinois Fighting Illini

Coach Groce with some pre-game charades. (Image Courtesy of cleveland.com) 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 […]

PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 19:  Head coach Thad Matta of Ohio State Buckeyes looks on as the Ohio State Buckeyes play the Virginia Commonwealth Rams in the first half during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Moda Center on March 19, 2015 in Portland, Oregon.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

2nd Thoughts: Ohio State vs. Penn State

(Thad is happy with Monday’s performance) Although it still had some flaws, Mondays 66-46 win over Penn State was encouraging and certainly interesting. This was interesting, to me, because it shows that with a young team, you never are quite sure where your points are going to come from. For example, against Purdue, Kieta Bates-Diop […]

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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 deadspin.com) 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 […]

COLUMBUS, OH - DECEMBER 16:  Head Coach Thad Matta of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts after Jae'Sean Tate #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes was called for a foul late in the second half of the game against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Value City Arena on December 16, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Northern Illinois 67-54. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

2nd Thoughts: Purdue

(Thad thinks the team is getting closer) Despite the loss, I think that was a much better team performance against Purdue. Ohio State came out energized and focused, and but for a few brief minutes, held the lead throughout the 1st half. The shooting was stellar: 52% from the field, 67% from long range (thanks […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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2nd Thoughts: Indiana

(Thad was as perplexed as we were on Sunday) Before I get started, I want to congratulate the Hoosiers on a great performance. Coach Crean had his team well prepared; their offense was crisp, sharp and effective. Their defense was high pressure and relentless. Indiana was certainly The Aggressor on Sunday. Ohio State’s seven game […]

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National Championship Preview and How would Ohio State do?

Hello everyone and welcome as I preview the National Championship game to be played this Monday night between the Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide. The Clemson Tigers will be going for only their 2nd National Championship ever.   While Alabama will be going for their 11th. Also I’ll be looking at a “what if” situation. […]

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tBBC Pregame Glance: Indiana Hoosiers

Coach Crean is excited about our game preview. (Image Courtesy of Seattletimes.com) Ohio State (11-5, 3-0) hits the road for a Sunday game in Bloomington, IN against the Indiana Hoosiers (13-3, 3-0) at Assembly Hall. Thad Matta’s Buckeyes are on a 7 game winning streak while Tom Crean’s Hoosiers are on an 8 game winning […]

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OSU Men’s Basketball At Midseason

(Thad appreciates the perspective) The B1G basketball season is heating up. And if Tuesday’s win over Northwestern is any indication, so are the Ohio State Buckeyes. After a dismal 8-5 pre-conference performance that included losses to UT-Arlington and Louisiana Tech and one high-profile win over Kentucky – which is looking less impressive each time Kentucky plays – […]

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 […]

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tBBC Pregame Glance: Northwestern Wildcats

Coach Collins wants you to simmer down (Image Courtesy of collegebasketball.ap.org) 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 […]

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01:  James Onwualu #17 and teammate Andrew Trumbetti #98 of the Fighting Irish sack TJ Barrett #16 of the Buckeyes during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at the University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. Buckeyes won 44-28.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

2nd Thoughts: Fiesta Bowl

(I think that Urban is addressing you) Well, that was satisfying, wasn’t it? The Buckeyes made good use of their bowl-prep time (Adolphus Washington, excepted) to keep their offense well-oiled. After scoring over 40 points against Michigan, Ohio State did it again in their 44-28 defeat of Notre Dame. The last time these teams played, […]

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 […]

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