Buckeye Basketball Breakdown: Exhaustion

Written December 8th, 2011 by Eric

Mike Krzyzewski signals his team against the Buckeyes.

After the November 29th game against the Buckeyes, Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski discussed the reasons he believed lead to his team losing the game.

“I thought Ohio State played a great game against us. They were a fresher team; I thought our team played tired. They are very athletic, together and they played with a great verve. Obviously they are deserving of the win, but they were a lot fresher than we were. We could never get into the ballgame.”

So Krzyzewski believes that his team was tired after their three games in as many days against Tennessee, Michigan, and Kansas last week in the Maui Invitational.  That’s certainly possible considering the quality of the teams, the rate they played the games, and the chance of jet lag.

But is there any way we could tell for certain if they actually were suffering from exhaustion?  You’re probably thinking I wouldn’t write this article unless there was, and you would be entirely correct.

There are three types of exhaustion that are common in college athletics: Physical, Mental, and Emotional.  Physical is obvious – the sheer muscular failure that comes from overexertion.  Mental and emotional are more of an enigma, but are just as easily seen in the results on the court.  Overcoming these are one of the big tasks for any team trying to make a deep tournament run in March.

There are several different places to look for signs of exhaustion in a team.  In some cases, a look at the stats can get the job done.  One must keep in mind while analyzing stats for signs of wear that strong defensive play makes a difference as well.  I will do the best I can to point out how to tell if the issue is with a strong defense as opposed to a tired team.
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Ohio State Dominates #4 Duke 85-63

Written November 29th, 2011 by Joe Dexter


If there was anyone in Buckeye Nation still questioning whether the Ohio State Buckeyes could compete with the top teams in the nation, tonight was a true testament to what Ohio State basketball is about when it’s clicking all cylinders. In tonight’s 85-63 win it became apparent that there is nobody as dynamic as the Ohio State Buckeyes when they are on their A game.

Whether it was scoring in the post, hitting the outside shot, or running the floor, The Buckeyes had it Tuesday night against the Duke Blue Devils. After starting the game on a 11-0 run, The Blue Devils fought back with a 13-2 tear of their own. It looked like we had one of the most competitive games of the season between these two teams.

Early in the first half though,tonight’s hosting team put on a clinic for NBA superstars Dwayne Wade and LeBron James in attendance. If anything could be learned in Columbus on Tuesday night, it was that the NBA’s elite were being taught a lesson from this electrifying college basketball program heading into the holiday season.

The key to winning ballgames isn’t taking your talent to South Beach. All you got to do is put together a team effort on defense, score in the transition, and grind out any type of opposing run with timely defense and control of the basketball.

And then of course it doesn’t hurt when you have a Tank with a heat seeking missile, a senior sharpshooting dagger, and a battering ram in the post.
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Basketball LiveBlog: Duke

Written November 29th, 2011 by Eric

For tonight’s LiveBlog we have a special treat – the Duke Blue Devils themselves are gracing the court of the Value City Arena to take on our #2 ranked Buckeyes.

Chatting about it with us are our best buddies: Men of the Scarlet and Gray, Our Honor Defend, OSU Silver Bullet, Buckeye House Call, the Buckeye Blog, and Fox Sports Ohio.

Come say hello and watch your Buckeyes take on the Blue Devils with your favorite bloggers!

Go Bucks!

Pregame Glance: Duke

Written November 28th, 2011 by Eric

The now #2 ranked Buckeyes get set to take on the #3 ranked Duke Blue Devils in Value City Arena for their part of the B1G/ACC Challenge. Let’s take a look at the Dookies!

The Dookies!

School: Duke University
Location: Durham, North Carolina
Founded: 1838
Student Population: 14,248
School Type: Private
Division: NCAA DIV I
Conference: Atlantic Coast (ACC)
Stadium: Cameron Indoor Stadium
Seating: 9,314
Built: 1940
Head Coach: Mike Krzyzewski
Year: 32nd

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Branding basketball and the selection of coaches

Written April 5th, 2011 by Jay

As the NCAA Tournament and the 2010-11 college basketball season wound down these past few days (and boy did it wind down last night), the annual movement of coaches among the college ranks started to pick up.  Teams are scrambling to fill vacancies with the best talent on the market, and while some coaches have indicated an intent to stay put despite recent attention (see Shaka Smart), others seem to have entertained the possibility of moving elsewhere (see Matt Painter).  Then there are those coaches who have already put pen to paper and signed on the dotted line, thus sealing their future (at least for the next few years) as the new head coach for a program.

One such coach is Archie Miller, who just signed on as the new head coach for the Dayton Flyers.  The Flyers’ former coach, Brian Gregory, made the decision to leave for Georgia Tech, leaving Dayton with an opening to fill and Miller as an attractive candidate.  Miller, who is coming to Dayton from the University of Arizona, where he served as an assistant under older brother Sean Miller, may be a familiar name to Ohio State followers from his days as an assistant under Thad Matta for the Buckeyes.  Miller was in Columbus for the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons before joining his brother at Arizona.  Going one step further, the Miller family in general has some connection to Thad and Ohio State by means of the following: Read More