BTT Title Game: OSU is #1!!

Written March 17th, 2013 by Ken

Thank you, thank you very much..

I present to you, your Big Ten Tournament Champions.. The Ohio State Buckeyes!

First, I hope that everyone had an enjoyable St. Paddy’s Day. Now, on to the game.

OSU began the game with good ball movement, being more selective and efficient with their shooting than in the previous game against Michigan State. Through the first eight minutes, OSU was up 13-8 lead fueled by 6-10 FGs, still no trey attempts. Much better movement through the paint, not settling for perimeter hoists. At the mid point of the 1st half, OSU led 13-10 then things went not-so-well. The Badgers went on  a 14-0 tear, abetted by poor OSU shooting. A Sam Thompson field goal ended a nearly 5 minute drought. Wisconsin’s offensive approach of positioning  players on perimeter for penetration, ball swing catch & shoots was seemingly working.

Fortunately the Buckeyes mounted a bit of a late half surge to move deficit from 15-24 to  23-24,  keyed by 6  points by DeShaun Thomas via going to basket and hitting jumpers. OSU couldn’t sustain their initial hot hand, cooling off to 37% from the field, dragged down by 0-5 from 3′s. Ugh. Two bright spots were; DeShaun found the range in last few minutes of half and Amir Williams was 3-4 from the foul line. That’s not a typo.

Second half was initially back & forth, forth & back, neither team able to make any sustained runs through the first 9 minutes of play, score tied at 35 apiece.  At the under-4 timeout, the Buckeyes  pulled to a 45-41 lead, driven by a lot of energy at both end of the floor, particularly at the defensive end. The small, fast lineup seems to have it’s place.

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Breakdownability, BTT Edition: OSU vs Wisconsin

Written March 17th, 2013 by Ken

Winner takes all..

School: University of Wisconsin – Madison

Location: Madison, WI

Founded: 1848

Student Population: 42,595 total, 28,897 undergrad

School Type: Public

Stadium: Kohl Center (you’re welcome)

Seating: 17,230

Opened: 1998

Head Coach: William Francis ‘Bo’ Ryan, Jr.

Experience: 12nd year

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Breakdownability, BTT Edition: OSU vs MSU

Written March 16th, 2013 by Ken

Tournament Game Face

School: Michigan State University

Location: East Lansing, MI

Founded: 1855

Student Population: 47,954 total, 36,675 undergrad

School Type: Public

Stadium: Breslin Center

Seating: 16,000

Opened: 1989

Head Coach: Tom Izzo

Experience: 18th year

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Breakdownability, BTT Edition: OSU vs Nebraska

Written March 15th, 2013 by Ken

Pick your poison, Huskers

 
School: University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Location: Lincoln, NE
Founded: 1859
Student Population: 19,345
School Type: Public – Land Grant
Stadium: Bob Devaney Sports Center
Seating: 13,595
Opened: 1976
Head Coach: Tim Miles
Experience: 1st year at Nebraska
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Wednesday Night Rumble: Tournament Time

Written March 13th, 2013 by Jason

Basketball’s regular season is in the books. It’s officially time to get serious: Its tournament time. It’s also Wednesday night and you know what that means… Let’s rumble!

Hoops on Hoops

The Buckeyes finished the regular season Sunday with a 13 point home win over Illinois. They finish with a record of 23-7, good for a tie for second place in the Big Ten and the number two overall seed in the Big Ten Tournament. They now await tomorrow’s winner of Purdue vs Nebraska and will play Friday at 6:30 eastern on the Big Ten Network.

Deshaun Thomas, Lenzelle Smith and Aaron Craft during the 2012 tournaments

Deshaun Thomas, Lenzelle Smith and Aaron Craft during the 2012 tournaments

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Wednesday Night Rumble: Bloomington Shocker

Written March 6th, 2013 by Jason

A big time showdown with the Indiana Hoosiers on the hardwood. Spring practice has started on the astro-grass. The weather must be warming up (soon?) in Columbus, Ohio. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

Upset in B-Town

With the conference tournament and eventually the NCAA tournament still on the horizon, it can be tough to put a ton of stock into the importance of a regular season game these days in college basketball. There’s seemingly always tomorrow or another shot to fix what you have done wrong. Last night’s game in Bloomington, Indiana against the 2nd ranked Indiana Hoosiers was one of those exceptions, and the Buckeyes rose up to the challenge.

Deshaun Thomas and Lenzelle Smith feeling good in Assembly Hall

Deshaun Thomas and Lenzelle Smith feeling good in Assembly Hall

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Wednesday Night Rumble: Combine Buckeyes

Written February 27th, 2013 by Jason

The NFL Combine is over. Basketball season is getting good and maybe, just maybe the Buckeyes are catching their second wind. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

Tommy Terrific at the 2000 Combine

Tommy Terrific at the 2000 Combine

NFL player factory

Seven Buckeyes were selected to participate in this year’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana. John Simon, Jonathan Hankins, Jake Stoneburner, Zack Boren, Reid Fragel, Nathan Williams and Etienne Sabino were poked, prodded and dissected by doctors and NFL executives. They then went onto the field at Lucas Oil Stadium for tests of agility, speed and overall skill. Read More

Monday Musings

Written February 25th, 2013 by Ken

Yessiree-bob, the start of another week. With coffee in hand, let’s get right to it.

Football

A bit of a slow week, but not entirely dormant. For instance, Charles has an article on rules changes that he’d like to see implemented. They concern ability to return onside kicks, number of coach’s challenges and ball placement for overtime. You should read his article, but really need to for my comments to make sense. Go ahead, I’ll wait….

I did a casual study (I was wearing jeans at the time) of Division 1-A overtime games in 2012, research source being ESPN game recaps. There were 33 games that went into overtime.  The game summary did not specify who actually won the overtime coin toss, so I assumed that in all instances, the coin toss winner chose to play defense in overtime. However, the following citation  from a paper by Brams & Sanderson makes me think that’s a pretty solid assumption:

Between 1996, when the present college overtime rule was adopted, until 2007, there were 328 overtime games. In only four games did the winner of the coin toss choose to play offense (Rosen and Wilson, 2007). The fact that 99% of the teams that win the coin toss elect to defend first is prima facie evidence that there is an advantage to doing so.

Back to the 2012 overtime games. Of the 33 games, 22 (67%) were won by the team that won the coin toss and elected to play defense. There were 13 losses incurred by the ‘first offense’ teams due to some sort of offensive malfunction; 7 by missed field goals, 4 by interceptions and 2 on loss of downs. I just quickly eyeballed these drive results, so your mileage may vary; however, it still represents the gist of the offensive failings. Since these teams also ran plays from scrimmage to get as close as possible before attempting the FG, having an initial spot at the 25 yard line is still not a bad idea. Read More