B1G Basketball Preview: Illinois

Written October 17th, 2011 by Eric

Coupled with our individual player previews, and given that the Ohio State bye week is so cleverly timed, we wanted to take the opportunity to break down the Big Ten teams going into this season. Up first is the Illinois Fighting Illini.

Last Season:

DJ Richardson will need to step up for the Illini this season.

Illinois had a reasonably successful year, making the NCAA Tournament as a 9 seed and beating UNLV in the first round. Unfortunately, they ran into a top-seeded Kansas team who was not about to get upset by a 9 seed in the second round two years in a row.

In the Big Ten, Illinois was a middle-of-the-road team with a 9-9 record in conference. That put them in a tie with Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State, so it’s not like they weren’t in good company last year. Illinois ended up being seeded 5th in the Big Ten conference tournament, and fell in their first outing to Michigan 60-55.

Key Player:

With the graduation of Demetri McCamey and Mike Tisdale, the Illini are going to be looking to DJ Richardson to pick up the slack. Richardson was fifth on the team in scoring last season with 284 points and was known for his wicked three-point shooting. His 55 makes from beyond the arc was good for second on the team last season.

If Richardson can make people forget about the positives that McCamey brought to the Illini the last few years, Illinois will be in great shape moving forward. Read More

Are you not Entertained? Illinois

Written October 16th, 2011 by Eric

The Buckeyes managed to put together a decent 17-7 win on the strength of some great defensive play, and some solid running from the offense.

Seriously, who needs a passing game? It’s not like anyone really asked for it anyway.

Mali:

Boom Herron ran over the Illinois defense.

Lower The Boom. I don’t think the balance was quite right, but you simply cannot argue with 23 carries for 114 yards and a touchdown for his first appearance after suspension. It would have been nice to see a bit more Carlos Hyde in this one, but I’ll take a 100 yard rusher and a win any day.

 

Solomon’s Wisdom. We got him involved, and he was involved quite a bit. Unfortunately, he wasn’t involved in good ways from what we could see. Clearly Thomas was suffering from the rust.

No Injuries. The jury is still out on Travis Howard, who was injured during his interception return. That may be the only significant injury of the day.

Smooth Jazz. OSU was never in control enough to risk putting any other quarterback in the game, nor were they forced to do so due to injury or poor play. Braxton Miller got the job done and did everything that was necessary to net the win.

NFS. Well, apparently abbreviating it managed to keep JB Shugarts from false starting! That’s something! Too bad we had 2 or 3 other flags for it too…

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tBBC Postgame Show: Illinois

Written October 15th, 2011 by Eric

Eric is joined by Malibuckeye, Joe Dexter and Michael of Our Honor Defend to discuss the Ohio State 17-7 win over Illinois today in Urbana-Champaign. They focus on the excellent running game displayed by Boom Herron, Jordan Hall and Carlos Hyde (who retracted the twitter statement discussed in this podcast after we recroded). We also discuss the non-existent passing game, and the state of Fickell and Bollman’s employment at Ohio State.

All this and more – including some allusion to the upcoming Basketball Season – on the latest BBC Postgame Show!



No Passing Fancy: Ohio State beats Illinois 17-7

Written October 15th, 2011 by Joe Dexter

Coming into Saturday’s action against the Illinois Fighting Illini, Buckeyes fans knew that it was going to take an ugly game for the Buckeyes to win. Nobody would of ever guessed it would of been that big of a possession and turnover battle with just one completed pass for the Buckeyes all afternoon long.

Wait, that’s right. Jim Bollman is the Buckeyes Offensive Coordinator. Nothing at this point should be surprising on the offensive side of the football.

The Buckeyes got the ball first and quickly got the running game going. Daniel “Boom” Herron got the start, and early used his patientce alongside fellow running back Jordan Hall to put together a methodical drive out of the I formation. After 9 straight running plays for 45 yards, Drew Basil was called upon to put the first points on board, by making his 8th straight field goal from 43 yards out as he played the wind with the hook to make it 3-0.

The rest of the first quarter would be back and forth with little or no forward progress from either team. After forcing a three and out on the opening drive for the Illini, The Buckeyes were shut out on their second attempt to get on the scoreboard. After two short runs and a Whitney Mercilus sack of Braxton Miller, The Buckeye defense took the field and got the football back. Illinois ended the first with the ball, gaining their first true offensive momentum into the second. After a solid catch by A.J. Jenkins down the sideline for 21 yards to the Ohio State 38, the Illini worked into a 4th down and 4 situation, where Ron Zook had his special teams pooch the football inside the 10 yard line.
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Buckeye LiveBlog: Illinois

Written October 15th, 2011 by Eric

It’s Saturday again, so that means it’s time for another Buckeye LiveBlog!

The Buckeyes travel to Urbana-Champaign today to take on the Fighting Zooks. Make sure to stop by and chat with all of your favorite bloggers including: Our Honor Defend, Men of the Scarlet and Gray, Silver Bullets, and Fox Sports Ohio.

The game kicks off at 3:30pm, with the LiveBlog starting at 3:00. Hope to see you all there!

Go Bucks!

What do you Want to see on Saturday? Illinois Edition

Written October 14th, 2011 by Eric

The Buckeyes travel to Urbana-Champaign this weekend to take on the undefeated Fighting Zookers Illini.  What do the guys here at the BBC want to see this weekend?

Mali:

It's time for this again.

Lower The Boom. I don’t know if it means special teams or in the backfield, but Daniel Herron has waited long enough. The challenge will be in finding out how to balance his touches with Jordan and Carlos, both of whom have demonstrated amazing persistence and talent over the past half season. Wishbone, anyone?

Solomon’s Wisdom. I know he’s recovering from leg injury, but the last time we saw him was making a game saving INT in the Sugar Bowl That Supposedly Didn’t Happen. With Williams out for the year, it’s time to get him involved.

No Injuries. Please… play hard, but stay healthy.

Smooth Jazz. Kenny G, come on down. This would either mean that Ohio State has the game in control or that Braxton is getting a breather (not injured, see above) and he’s getting valuable backup time. Joe B, we love you, but it’s time to move on. It’s not you, it’s us.

NFS. Maybe if I abbreviate it. Ed. – Yea, right. Keep dreaming.

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Keys to the Game – Illinois

Written October 14th, 2011 by Eric

Miller fakes a handoff to Hall against Nebraska

The Buckeyes are 3-3 for the first time since 2004.

The Buckeyes are one loss away from having as many losses as 2004

The Buckeyes are one loss away from possessing their first losing record since 1999 when they lost their opener to Miami (FL). If you prefer not to count losing the opener, then it’s the first losing record since 1986 when OSU opened to two straight losses to Alabama and Washington.

One more loss would put this team the closest it has been to bowl ineligibility since 1999.

Those are pretty grim stats for a team as stocked with talent as this one.

It’s time for the Buckeyes to dig deep and find those inner reserves of strength that every coach in their career has instilled in them. These kids have earned the right to play for the Scarlet and Gray by being some of the best high school players around. They simply need to put it all together.

Of course, it takes time to get the team to understand what the coaches want to do. It also takes time for young players
to pick up what they need to do and where they need to be on the field. Thankfully, we saw the beginning of that in the first half against Nebraska, and then saw it slip away again. The players can’t let that get to them. They can’t let the stats get to them.

Normally, the only stat that matters is the “W” – the win. I would argue this year that the only thing that matters is to learn and grow every single game. If we get the “W”, that’s icing on the cake at this point.

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Big Ten Preview: Getting Ready for a B1G Season

Written August 24th, 2011 by Joe Dexter

It’s that time of the year again folks! With the football season now a week away, it’s time to take you deep into the heart of Midwest football as we preview the Big Ten Conference.

The New and Always Improving B1G Ten Conference....

 

Despite last year’s play resulting in a three way tie for the conference crown, this upcoming season in the Big Ten could be one of the toughest through and through for competing teams. Gone are the days of best records, three way ties, and BCS controversy. Welcomed are a brand new institution in Nebraska that brings great competition to the conference, two new divisions with the worst names in college football, and a championship game that propels the winner into the best bowl game the conference has to offer.

Today Eric (Legends) and I  (Leaders) break down the conference by division to get you ready for Ohio State’s upcoming opponents, and some great games on the schedule for 2011.

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