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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Day 1 Big Ten Tourney Live Recaps

Written March 8th, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

10:15 PM – Make sure to stop back tomorrow for more live coverage from Indianapolis from WVaBuckeye and Gary Russell! A preview of tomorrow’s games will be up shortly to get you ready for all four excellent matchups.

Game 4 Final – #6 Purdue 78, #11 Nebraska 61

10:00 PM – Gary Russell here from Indy finishing out today’s action. The second half started off with a flurry but Purdue really flexed its muscles in pulling away and beating Nebraska in the Husker’s first trip to the tourney by a score of 79-61. Today’s action reminded me of what the Big Ten is all about. While Minnesota’s overtime thriller was the best game of the day, the other games still showed us that the Big Ten has tremendous heart, determination, and class. Here’s to a great first day and an awesome second day.

9:00 PM – Gary Russell from Indy and Purdue is leading Nebraska 39-31 at halftime. Upset minded Nebraska kept it close early but they didn’t seem to have an answer for Purdue on the boards. The Boilermakers cashed in on their second chance points going up by 15 at one point. Bo Spencer hits a three and a lay up at the 2:03 mark shrinking the lead to 8. The teams trade baskets to close out the half putting us where we are at halftime.

Game 3 Final – #10 Minnesota 75, #7 Northwestern 68 (OT)

7:40 PM – Northwestern’s dreams came to an end here in OT.  A hot shooting Gopher squad made their free throws and some timely threes to post a 75-68 win. Shurna and Cobb combined for 45 of Northwestern’s points, while Andre Hollins lead Minnesota and all scorers with 25. Minnesota moves on to face TTUN tomorrow in game three of day 2.

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B1G Tournament: Day 1 Preview

Written March 7th, 2012 by Eric

This is still up for grabs, for whomever can take it.

Welcome to March.

Are you ready? Ready for tournament time?

The coaches are. Some of the coaches don’t usually care about the Big Ten Tournament – particularly Tom Izzo. The tournament rarely changes anything heading into the NCAA tournament, and the Regular Season Championship is considered more precious. But Tom Izzo seemingly changed his mind this season after being forced to share the regular season title with the Buckeyes and Wolverines,

We’re going to go win our championship back.

He’s ready for March. Are you?

You’d better be. This Big Ten Tournament promises to be one of the best yet. The field is deep with teams that want to win. Consider Northwestern, who has never been to the NCAA’s, and Minnesota, who would like to prove what they can do as a young team missing a key player. How about Purdue, with Robbie Hummel’s last go around. And that’s not even including Ohio State, Michigan State, and Michigan who would all love to be able to hold the tournament championship over their co-regular season title holders.

Just to name a few.

JoeD, WVaBuckeye, Dave, and I put our heads together and shared some of our thoughts on the Thursday matchups to get you ready for the first day of action.
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Buckeyes Recover, Defeat Minnesota 78-68

Written February 14th, 2012 by Eric

Sam Thompson had a fun high flying game today.

The Buckeyes got back to their winning ways in a big way, defeating the Minnesota Golden Gophers 78-68 in William’s Arena. William Buford and Jared Sullinger led all scorers with 24 points, and each added 7 rebounds to their statline. DeShaun Thomas added 12 points for the Buckeyes while Lenzelle Smith picked up 7 points and 8 rebounds. Minnesota’s scoring was led by Rodney William’s 19 to which Julian Welch added 11 and 8 assists.

Coming off a tough home loss to the Michigan State Spartans, the Buckeyes were looking to try to get back on track in the Big Ten. Getting a big road win, especially with the kind of focus the Buckeyes displayed in the victory, was important to see after how poorly the team looked against Michigan State. For a while the Bucks looked like they had the game easily under control, but give the Gophers credit for making a fight of it by the end of the game.

William Buford got it going early for the Buckeyes. He sank two quick outside shots, including a three pointer, and a nice floater on the left side before any other Buckeye even attempted a shot. Buford looked extremely focused all game and clearly wanted this win in a big way. He eventually scored 10 straight points without missing a shot before Minnesota began to find a way to defend him better. However, how Buford start’s a game is a good indicator of how the whole game will go – and Buford again had an excellent game.

Minnesota wasn’t just going to let that happen in their house lying down. Andre and Austin Hollins (unrelated) sank a couple sweet long range shots to help the Gophers keep the score close early. The vast majority of of the Gopher’s early points came from outside in the first few minutes as the OSU defense did a good job of shutting Minnesota down in the paint. It came as no surprise with Trevor Mbakwe out for the season.
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Basketball LiveBlog: Minnesota

Written February 14th, 2012 by Eric

The Buckeyes travel to the Barn to face the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the teams’ only meeting this season! The game is on ESPN, scheduled to tip at 9 PM EST. Leading off on ESPN is Florida at Alabama, only a moderate risk of an overtime game.

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 8:30 PM for the start of our liveblog.

Go Bucks!

B1G Basketball Preview: Minnesota

Written October 21st, 2011 by Eric

This is Trevor Mbakwe's team now.

Tubby Smith’s troops took one in the chin last year, but you can bet that they’re ready to go this time around.  Unfortunately, they’re a little light in experienced ball players this year around, and are missing a couple of key players from last season.  Al Nolen, Blake Hoffarber and Colton Iverson (transfer to Colorado State) are all gone from what could have been a very successful team last season.

Take this as a compliment, but I for one am fervently thankful that Hoffarber has graduated and moved on from Minnesota.  Easily one of the most dangerous sharp-shooters in the Big Ten last year – and considering the company that puts him with, that’s saying something – Hoffarber drove defenders, and me, nuts with his devastating three-balls.  Every time he would spot up for a trey you simply knew it was going down, and it was honestly a surprise when it didn’t.

Well, ok, that only really ever happened against the Buckeyes, but it was still very annoying.

We continue our preseason Big Ten conference previews with the Hoffarber-less Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Last Season:

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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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Big Ten Tournament Day 1 Preview

Written March 10th, 2011 by Eric

It's B1G!

As the sun came up today, it was the dawn of the first day of “real” conference basketball tournaments!  That’s right, folks, it is finally Day 1 of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament!

Each day this week, we will offer a brief rundown of the day’s matchups.  It’s just a little something for you to whet your appetite with while you wait for the Buckeyes to take the hardwood.

Make absolutely certain you don’t take any of these predictions to your favorite betting locale.  If you do, we’re not responsible for the results – unless you win.

The Big Ten tournament, as a whole has been a particularly unpredictable beast.  Teams at the bottom of the seeding, knowing that their fates on in their own hands and their season is coming to a premature end, tend to play beyond themselves.  It is not unusual for a team that plays in the first round to make it to the Championship game, though that’s also not particularly common either.

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