tBBC All-Time Tourney #2 2007 vs. #7 2010

Written January 26th, 2012 by Joe Dexter

Joe D and WVaBuckeye bring you another round of the tBBC All-Time Tourney! Today pits Evan Turner and the 2010 Buckeyes versus the Diaper Dandy 2007 squad featuring Greg Oden and Mike Conley. Enjoy! 

As the seeding’s were finished and Joe and I prepared to do our match up research, this game became the most intriguing. Both teams feature National POY candidates in Greg Oden and Evan Turner and of course Evan walked away with every major award during his junior season in Columbus. Both teams feature a star from our previous match up in David Lighty who has the distinction of being on three of the nine teams we are featuring. The 2007 team came close to being only the second Buckeye team to bring home the big dance hardware since 1960. They had attempted to go through a Florida team that had their number during the regular season 86-60. The 2007 squad never lost at home going 27-0 and lost just three on the road to UNC, the Gators and Wisconsin. They finished the season ranked #1 in the AP poll and in the RPI. The 2010 team was led by quite possibly the best all around player to ever don the Scarlet and Gray. Evan Turner led this team to a second place Big Ten finish behind great single season stats that made the rest of the starting line up better. Almost averaging a double/double at 20.4 PPG and 9.2 RPG as well as 6 assists a game the rest of the starters averaged in double digits.

What are to follow will be several comparisons of each team’s makeup. We will be including our opinions of each comparison with who has the advantage and at the end will be guest appearances. We hope you enjoy our tournament as we look forward to the outcome!

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CONGRATULATIONS 2011

Written January 24th, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

The all time best cinderella team couldn’t take down the late entered darkhorse of the tourney.

Congratulations goes out to the All-Ohio squad from 2011 as they move on in tBBC All Time Tourney!!!

With the slight upset, the 2011 Buckeyes move on to face the winner of game 5 between 1987 and the only National Champion in Ohio State history in the Jerry Lucas and John Havlicek led 1960 squad.

Look for our next match up soon between the #2 seed 2007 Oden and Conley led squad as they take on the #7 seed 2010 squad of Turner, Lighty, Diebler and Buford! Should be a great #2 versus #7.

tBBC All-Time Tourney: # 4 1968 vs. #5 2011

Written January 19th, 2012 by Joe Dexter

The tBBC All-Time Tourney is back with another barn-burner as the number 4 seeded improbable 1968 Buckeyes take on the unforgettable 2011 squad.  JoeD and WVaBuckeye break down today’s match-up.

Ohio State’s true Cinderella — the 1967-68 Buckeyes got second life at the very end of the season thanks to some help from our friends up north. In early March, players had turned their uniforms in. They thought they had played their last game against Illinois. They still practiced, but without any expectations of playing again.

All Iowa needed to do in securing the only spot for the Big Ten in the 23 team post-season tournament was beat a Michigan team that was 5-8 in the conference.  After jumping out to a 22-8 lead, Michigan was able to hold on by one to force a one game playoff between the Hawkeyes and Buckeyes at the brand new Mackey Arena in boilermaker country.

Fred Taylor was so thankful  for the Wolverines’ effort, that he sent  soon to be fired Michigan coach Dave Strack a varsity O blanket to keep warm over the spring.

The Buckeyes would go on to beat the Hawkeyes and entered the tournament as a member of the Mideast regional in Lexington Kentucky. After a win over East Tennessee State, the Buckeyes would meet the heavily favored home Kentucky Wildcats and survive by one point. Wildcat Head Coach Adolph Rupp was so upset after the game, he refused to make an appearance at the post-game press conference. That’s when Guard Bruce Schnabel came up with a poem that rings wonderment in Ohio State fan’s ears.

“Some say we were good, some say we were lucky, all I know is we’re in L.A. and Rupp is still in Kentucky.”

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CONGRATULATIONS 1987

Written January 19th, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

The Dennis Hopson led 1987 Buckeyes won in a close match up against the Clark Kellogg led 1982 team 43 votes to 38 votes.

They will move on to face the #1 seed 1960 National Champions in game five of our series.

Thank you to everyone for participating and for voting in our first game of this mythical all time best team in Buckeye history.

Next up is  #4  Bill Hosket led 1968 versus  #5 Diebler/Lighty/Buford/Sullinger 2011

tBBC All-Time Tourney: 1987 vs 1982 Play In Game

Written January 16th, 2012 by Joe Dexter

The one thing that the 1982 and 1987 teams have in common is that they both had superstars of their time in NCAA basketball. Both Dennis Hopson (86&87) and Clark Kellogg (1982) led there teams as Captains and in several other ways. Hops would finish his last year at tOSU with the second highest average in the nation and third in Ohio State history with 29.1PPG . Clark led his team in 1982 with a double double average on offense and stalwart D on the inside with Granville Waiters. The comparisons between these two teams are very different after these two. Three of the other four starters on Hops team averaged in double digits in points. They benefited from a 3-point line where the 1982 squad was methodical on offense and defense. Both players were selected as Big Ten POY there final years at Ohio State.

What are to follow will be several comparisons of each team’s makeup. We will be including our opinions of each comparison with who has the advantage and at the end will be guest appearances. We hope you enjoy our tournament as we look forward to the outcome!

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tBBC – All Time Tourney Update

Written January 11th, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

Can the 2011 Squad Redeem their loss to Kentucky?

 

A very good friend of mine who has been a sports writer for many many years told me that the mark of a good writer is to know when to retract or change. When you have a great idea to stick with it.

You will never please everybody, but when the fans are right, they’re right.

To that end and after talking to other fans of mine last night, (I know I cannot believe I have fans either) I have made a couple significant changes. I will also stick by my belief that this will be a fun tourney for all involved and there will be some surprises as well.

The first order of business is to apologize to last years team for leaving them off of the list. This goes under the “what the heck was I thinking?” category and will be remedied by replacing this years team with last years #1 overall seeded Buckeyes. That team had the worst draw for an overall #1 seed in recent memory. If they get by Kentucky, I am sure they would have won it all.

To explain our thoughts behind it — it wasn’t that we didn’t think 2011′s squad wasn’t one of the best in this school’s history. We basically started our tournament based on the best play-makers in OSU history.  Despite an unbelievable freshman campaign, we thought this season was the start of Sully’s reign as the  go to player on the squad. After refining our tournament as more of a team focused write up, we overshadowed last year’s team.

After inserting 2011 into the lineup and much thought — it became obvious that the seeding need to be readjusted.

I will stand by my belief that Dennis Hopson’s 1982 team deserves to be here, so they stay. Ive been saying for many many years that he is one of the best to ever play at THE Ohio State and believe had he been just a junior in 87 that team would have been great in 88. In the first change in the seeding, Dennis’ team will have to face Clark Kellogg’s 1982 team in the play in game to face the #1 seeded 1960 National Champions as the 8th seed. The first round match ups will look like this.

Game One(Play in for #8 seed)  - 1982 Kellogg and Campbell  v. 1987 Hopson and Burson

Game Two – #4 1968 Hosket and Howell  v. #5 2011 Diebler/Lighty/Buford/Sullinger

Game Three – #2 2007 Conley and Oden v. #7  2010 Turner/Diebler/Lighty/Buford

Game Four – #3 1992 Jackson and Funderburke v. #6 1999 Penn and Redd

Game Five – #1 1960 Havlicek and Lucas v. WINNER of Game One

There you have it! Joe and I will have the first match up ready to go and on the site this Sunday afternoon.  Each following match ups will appear on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons until we crown a Champion! We look forward to continued involvement from the fans and I thank you for participating!!!

Ohio State All Time Basketball Tournament

Written January 10th, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

I began a journey to do a comparison of the two greatest teams in Ohio State Basketball history. At first glance it seemed a simple task to pick two teams and write a nice article about who was better at a given skill. The more I read about teams in Buckeye lore, the more I realized I couldn’t write such an article. I had my teams picked out and as things would have it, Joe Dexter and I started brain storming. We came up with the idea of presenting tBBC readers with a challenge.

Is the Jerry Lucas Era the best in Ohio State History? It's time to find out your opinion!

Joe and I are going to break the teams down based on certain criteria: Playmaker, Post Presence, Ball handling, Head Coach and we’ll throw in some  other advantages to go with those. We are also planning on having a guest writer or two as we move along through the tourney. We’ll provide you with some stats to chew on between the two teams in each match up.

We had six teams we were going to go with initially and each time we looked at it we knew we had to have eight. Then that turned into nine because we found one more team we felt deserved to be in the tourney. The criteria were simple. Which teams accomplished more for THE Ohio State University were our first choices and then teams that were led by All-time Greats.

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