July 22, 2014

The Time to Impress

ddn110611sparch1_1041626a_2Remember what happened last year when the Buckeyes faced Indiana? Allow me to refresh your memory.

No. 8 Ohio State sauntered into Bloomington’s Memorial Stadium at 6-0, coming off consecutive wins against ranked opponents to open the Big Ten schedule – the latter of which was a 63-38 dismantling of then No. 21 Nebraska. The Hoosiers came into the game at 2-3 (0-2 in the conference) and looked to be an inconsequential speed bump on the Buckeyes road towards an undefeated season. But then the Hoosiers started doing whatever it is that Hoosiers do1, and the Buckeyes couldn’t get a key stop against Indiana’s suddenly potent offense, and by the it was all said and done Ohio State escaped – yes, that is the appropriate word – with a 52-49 win.

Does that sound slightly familiar? Well it should after Ohio State’s surprisingly lackluster performance in another Memorial Stadium2 – this one belonging to Illinois – last weekend. [Read more...]

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Footnotes:

  1. Really though, the question of what a Hoosier is will bother me until the day I die. I lived in Indiana for seven years, my mother and an aunt are graduates of IU, and my brother is a current student there, and I still haven’t accepted that it’s just a stupid name for someone who lives in Indiana. But I digress. []
  2. I fear for the Buckeyes next trip to Lincoln, Nebraska, where the team inhabiting Memorial Stadium is actually a traditional power, unlike either the Illini or Hoosiers. []

Dual Point Payoff: Craft and Scott Lead The Way, Stun Indiana

craftiuThroughout this season, the Ohio State Buckeyes have had their trials and tribulations on the offensive end of the floor. At times, playing both junior point guard Aaron Craft and sophomore point guard Shannon Scott simultaneously — while ideal on the defensive end — has damaged Ohio State’s halfcourt offensive attack due to a lack of outside shooting from those two.

Tuesday night, on the biggest of Big Ten stages and most hostile of environments, the Buckeyes snagged the signature road win that had narrowly escaped them in both Ann Arbor and East Lansing, pulling away late from the No. 2-ranked Indiana Hoosiers in a 67-58 victory. Craft finished with 15 points and four assists; Scott added eight points and three assists of his own. The two split the team’s eight steals between them, and those led to 16 points off turnovers which gave Ohio State the lift it needed from its supporting cast.

The best part of this one: Their contributions were far from the only key rise-to-the-occasion performances. While Deshaun Thomas’s 18 points led the team (thought he was just 6-of-17 shooting), Sam Thompson added nine first half points and two blocks while Evan Ravenel delivered at both ends, scoring eight points, nabbing six boards, and taking two key charges. I had mentioned the need for two players to rise to the occasion and deliver out of character performances, and the Buckeyes got that and then some. Much like his surprise showing in the must win Michigan State game last year in East Lansing, Ravenel was incredibly clutch, finding himself in the right place for taking the charges by moving his feet and putting in three offensive putbacks by running the floor.

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Buckeyes, Wolverines Can Work Together To Create 4-Way Big Ten Title Split

Victor Oladipo, Lenzelle SmithOhio State and Michigan, the most fierce of rivals. The stark contrast of scarlet and gray on maize and blue has had some epic ramifications on the gridiron for the last century. However, with the resurgence of both basketball programs, these two enemies can work together toward a common goal, another split of the Big Ten title, repeating as regular season conference champions. To do it, however, they’ll need to do something that has only happened four times so far this season, beat the Indiana Hoosiers. For the Buckeyes, that means going into Assembly Hall and coming away victorious. That’s something only the Wisconsin Badgers have accomplished this season.

Last season, by virtue of beating the Michigan State Spartans in the Breslin Center, the Buckeyes captured a share of the Big Ten crown, joining Michigan State who had locked up the share prior to the game. They also brought Michigan along for the ride and a 3-way tie. The Big Ten Network clips of the Wolverines cheering and celebrating for a Buckeye win remain some of the stranger television I’ve seen. If the Buckeyes are able to pull off the unthinkable on Tuesday, the tables will be turned with Michigan poised to carry themselves and Ohio State to a regular season title piece along with Indiana and potentially the winner of this week’s Wisconsin-Michigan State tilt. It would be the first four-way split of the Big Ten title on the books (Ohio State vacated its share of a 4-way split in 2002) since 1926 when Indiana, Purdue, Michigan, and Iowa did it.

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Hoosier Best Big Ten Team? IU Confirms It’s Not Ohio State

Victor Oladipo, Lenzelle SmithIt started with a Tyler Griffey slip and open layup in Champaign. With that bucket, capping off a late Illini surge, the Hoosiers dropped their second conference game and continued the streak of #1 being knocked off for several weeks straight.

That loss, paired with Ohio State’s loss in Ann Arbor on Tuesday night, made both teams incredibly hungry and desperate to keep pace heading into this top ten matchup in Columbus. The crowd was mighty, the atmosphere was intense, and Deshaun Thomas showed up in a big way, but Indiana’s three-man attack of Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo, and Christian Watford combined for 70 points as IU shot 53% on their way to a 81-68 victory in The Schott. [Read more...]

Big Ten owns NCAA men’s basketball coaches’ poll

With Tyler Zeller’s little brother Cody deciding to stay in school for his sophomore season, the Indiana Hoosiers sit proudly atop the 2012-13 NCAA Division I men’s basketball  ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll.

The Hoosiers received 21 out of a possible 31 first-place votes and 761 overall points from a panel of coaches. Zeller is one of four starters returning to Bloomington for the upcoming season. The Hoosiers, however, will undoubtedly have their hands full as two Big Ten rivals sit in the top five with Thad Matta’s Ohio State Buckeyes and John Beilein’s Michigan Wolverines being ranked fourth and fifth, respectively. Indiana will close their 2012-13 season by facing the two teams in consecutive games.

Usual suspects Louisville, Kentucky, North Carolina State, Kansas, Duke, Syracuse and Florida help round out the top 10.

[Related: The Ohio State Perspective]

Box Score: Ohio State 52, Indiana 49

Yikes. This again was way too close for comfort, as the Hoosiers were able to respond to every second half score by the Buckeyes. In the end, Urban Meyer’s squad was in control and pretty much cruised to victory, but the final line just isn’t pretty at all.

This one won’t go down as one of the better games of the year. Although it’s nice to break 50+ in a second straight game, there’s nothing really to brag about this one.

Scoring Summary

1st QuarterOHST – IND
11:25 Ohio State BuckeyesOHST TD Corey (Philly) Brown rushed to the left for 12 yard gain (Drew Basilmade PAT) 7 – 0
3:53 Ohio State BuckeyesOHST FG Drew Basil kicked a 35-yard field goal 10 – 0
2:28 Indiana HoosiersIND TD Stephen Houston rushed up the middle for 59 yard gain (Mitch Ewald made PAT) 10 – 7
2nd QuarterOHST – IND
15:00 Indiana HoosiersIND TD Stephen Houston rushed to the right for 7 yard gain (Mitch Ewaldmade PAT) 10 – 14
5:33 Ohio State BuckeyesOHST TD Ohio St. blocked punt attempt by Erich Toth. Recovered by Bradley Roby (Drew Basil made PAT) 17 – 14
3:20 Ohio State BuckeyesOHST TD Braxton Miller passed to Devin Smith to the right for 60 yard gain (Drew Basil made PAT) 24 – 14
3rd QuarterOHST – IND
13:25 Indiana HoosiersIND FG Mitch Ewald kicked a 22-yard field goal 24 – 17
12:36 Ohio State BuckeyesOHST TD Braxton Miller rushed to the right for 67 yard gain (Drew Basil made PAT) 31 – 17
9:01 Indiana HoosiersIND TD Cameron Coffman passed to Shane Wynn down the middle for 76 yard gain (Mitch Ewald made PAT) 31 – 24
4:56 Ohio State BuckeyesOHST TD Kenny Guiton passed to Carlos Hyde down the middle for 14 yard gain (Drew Basil made PAT) 38 – 24
4:03 Indiana HoosiersIND FG Mitch Ewald kicked a 44-yard field goal 38 – 27
4th QuarterOHST – IND
15:00 Ohio State BuckeyesOHST TD Carlos Hyde rushed to the right for 1 yard gain (Drew Basil made PAT) 45 – 27
10:49 Indiana HoosiersIND TD D’Angelo Roberts rushed up the middle for 1 yard gain (Mitch Ewald made PAT) 45 – 34
7:41 Ohio State BuckeyesOHST TD Braxton Miller passed to Devin Smith down the middle for 46 yard gain (Drew Basil made PAT) 52 – 34
1:51 Indiana HoosiersIND TD Nate Sudfeld passed to Duwyce Wilson to the right for 12 yard gain (Mitch Ewald made PAT) 52 – 41
1:21 Indiana HoosiersIND TD Nate Sudfeld passed to Stephen Houston down the middle for 25 yard gain (2pt attempt converted, Cody Latimer run to the right) 52 – 49

Passing

Ohio State Buckeyes Comp Att Yds Pct Y/A Sack YdsL TD Int Rating
Braxton Miller 13 24 211 54.2 8.8 3 18 2 1 147.2
Kenny Guiton 1 1 14 100.0 14.0 0 0 1 0 547.6
Indiana Hoosiers Comp Att Yds Pct Y/A Sack YdsL TD Int Rating
Cameron Coffman 22 44 275 50.0 6.3 0 0 1 0 110.0
Nate Sudfeld 6 10 77 60.0 7.7 0 0 2 0 190.7

Rushing

Ohio State Buckeyes Rush Yds Avg Lng TD FumL
Carlos Hyde 22 156 7.1 29 1 0
Braxton Miller 23 149 6.5 67 1 0
Rod Smith 6 40 6.7 15 0 0
Corey (Philly) Brown 1 12 12.0 12 1 0
Indiana Hoosiers Rush Yds Avg Lng TD FumL
Stephen Houston 11 91 8.3 59 2 0
Shane Wynn 1 19 19.0 19 0 0
Cameron Coffman 2 8 4.0 4 0 0
D’Angelo Roberts 5 6 1.2 4 1 0
Nate Sudfeld 2 5 2.5 4 0 0
Tevin Coleman 3 0 0.0 3 0 0

Receiving

Ohio State Buckeyes Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FumL
Devin Smith 2 106 53.0 60 2 0
Corey (Philly) Brown 6 51 8.5 10 0 0
Jake Stoneburner 4 41 10.3 13 0 0
Carlos Hyde 2 27 13.5 14 1 0
Indiana Hoosiers Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FumL
Shane Wynn 3 81 27.0 76 1 0
Cody Latimer 7 68 9.7 13 0 0
Kofi Hughes 3 53 17.7 39 0 0
Ted Bolser 6 42 7.0 12 0 0
Stephen Houston 2 37 18.5 25 1 0
Duwyce Wilson 2 24 12.0 12 1 0
D’Angelo Roberts 1 16 16.0 16 0 0
Jamonne Chester 1 15 15.0 15 0 0
Tevin Coleman 2 9 4.5 7 0 0
Isaiah Roundtree 1 7 7.0 7 0 0

Kicking

Ohio State Buckeyes XPM XPA FGM FGA Lng Pct Pts
Drew Basil 7 7 1 2 35 50.0 10
Indiana Hoosiers XPM XPA FGM FGA Lng Pct Pts
Mitch Ewald 5 5 2 2 44 100.0 11

Buckeyes News: FB Zach Boren Might Also Play Linebacker

In preparation for tonight’s game at Indiana, the undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes might have a secret weapon up their sleeves. And it probably wasn’t the guy you first expected it to be. Take it away, Eleven Warriors:

Last night, the internet, or at least the Buckeye corner of it, was buzzing with rumors of fullback Zach Boren, playing—perhaps even starting—at linebacker against Indiana.

Quite the stunner. If true, Boren will become the first real two-way contributor for Ohio State since Chris Gamble played extensively at cornerback and wide receiver in 2003.

We reached out to a couple of sources and were told that Boren will indeed see playing time at middle linebacker tonight. How much? That’s hard to say.

Ohio State will counter Indiana’s pass-first offense with a heavy diet of nickel packages, which means the Buckeyes won’t even have a middle linebacker on the field for most of the game. Further, we don’t know if Boren will be the man in the middle for OSU’s base defense or whether the staff is looking to start him off in short yardage or similar situations with an expanded role as the season progresses.

Boren, an unheralded three-year starter, could certainly be a vicious contributor defensively. The 6-foot-1, 245-lb. senior actually was named Ohio’s defensive player of the year as a linebacker for Pickerington Central in 2008.

This should be a particularly neat storyline to follow tonight in Bloomington. All Buckeye fans should have fond memories of Gamble participating on both sides of the ball, as that was during the glory days of Tressel ball last decade.

Update: Now this is likely why Boren might be forced to play defensively:

[Related: “You are completely screwed” – B1G Buckeyes]

While We’re Waiting … Trent Richardson’s Impact, Joe Haden’s Return, Buckeyes Face Hoosiers

While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

A nice feature on the impact of a certain new tailback for the Browns: “Lost in the drama surrounding the Cleveland Browns’ 0-5 start and head coach Pat Shurmur’s daily struggle with the local media is the fact that running back Trent Richardson is having himself a great start to the season. This comes after undergoing arthroscopic surgery during training camp, putting everyone on edge as to whether he would be worthy of the No. 3 overall pick.

So far, he certainly has been. Through five games, Richardson has rushed for 303 yards, good enough for 16th in the league. He has also scored four touchdowns, which ties him for second in the NFL among running backs. Richardson’s real value, though, comes from his presence in the passing game, where he has 20 catches for 169 yards (and another touchdown tacked on). His 20 catches ranks him third among running backs, while his 169 yards puts him fourth.” [Steve DiMatteo/Dawgs By Nature]

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Buckeye 12-Pack: The Indiana Game

Each week after re-watching the Ohio State game I bring you my take-aways from the game in a little something I call the Buckeye 12-Pack…

No.1- As always, a win is a win. The Buckeyes are now 6-3 on the season, 3-2 in Big Ten play. That win makes them eligible for a bowl game. At least until we hear something back from the NCAA regarding sanctions.

I do expect the Buckeyes to be slapped with some kind of bowl ban. It would be pretty hypocritical of the NCAA to ban them this year after allowing them to play in last year’s Sugar Bowl, but do you really expect anything less from the NCAA at this point? It wouldn’t shock me if they were slapped with a two year ban either. What has surprised me is that we haven’t heard from the committee yet. I was under the impression we should have heard from them in late September or October at the latest. There are three games left in the regular season. Any postseason ban would include the Big Ten title game, and as of right now the Buckeyes are operating under the guise that they have a shot to make it to Indianapolis. Can you imagine the NCAA announcing sanctions during Michigan week? I can. [Read more...]

Bob Knight and Rich Rodriguez Support Jim Tressel

Whether it means anything or not, Jim Tressel has at least cemented his reputation enough with a couple peers enough that they were willing to speak out on his behalf.  On ESPN radio, both Bob Knight and former Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez have had supportive words for Jim Tressel.

Speaking to Mike and Mike, Bob Knight said the following.

“There is no coach in college sports that’s a better example, in my mind, of what coaching is all about and what it should be and how things should be done than Jimmy Tressel. He has done a great job at Ohio State, not because he’s won a lot of games, but because he has won a lot of games doing things the absolute right way. And I think that he would be at the top of the heap when it came to picking guys that did things the way they were supposed to be done. There isn’t anybody who is better in that regard than Jim Tressel is.” [Read more...]

Buckeyes Coast Past Hoosiers, Re-gain #1 Rank

With Duke losing to Virginia Tech over the weekend the Buckeyes were able to gain the #1 spot in the polls again.  After storming out to a 24-0 record to start, the Buckeyes suffered a couple tough road losses against Wisconsin and Purdue.  With two regular season games remaining and a 27-2 record on the season the Buckeyes are back on top.  All they had to do was beat up on an overmatched Indiana team 82-61 on Sunday.

Most of the heroism in this game belonged to 6′ 6″ freshman Deshaun Thomas.  He scored a game-high 22 points for the Buckeyes who were struggling with foul trouble in the first half.  Thomas was on fire though, nailing two threes and helping the Buckeyes take a 15 point lead into halftime 38-23. [Read more...]

Open Thread: Buckeyes vs. Indiana, Cavaliers vs. 76ers

Pair of local basketball games this early evening as the No. 2/3 Ohio State Buckeyes and Cleveland Cavaliers are both back in action.

Ohio State has yet another opportunity to potentially move back to the top spot in the rankings with a contest against Indiana University at 4 p.m. This home contest marks the third-to-last in the regular season schedule for the Buckeyes, and is a rematch of a 85-67 road victory on New Year’s Eve.

Meanwhile, the Cavs hope to continue their hot play of late by hosting the suddenly playoff contending Philadelphia 76ers at 5 p.m. Cleveland has won three of five games since their historic losing streak, and again will not be with the services of recent acquisitions Baron Davis, Luke Harangody and Semih Erden (update via @PDCavsInsider/Mary Schmitt Boyer).

Feel free to follow along with all the action here in the comment section, as we hope for a pair of Sunday hoop victories in the state of Ohio.

(Photo above via Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Buckeyes 38, Hoosiers 10: The New No. 1

It was easy, it was harmless and it’s been quite the ride so far. And with yet another blowout victory, the Ohio State Buckeyes took control of their own destiny in 2010 by moving to the No. 1 spot in the nation.

Quarterback Terrelle Pryor had a career game passing the football after being partially limited with a quad injury, limiting his mobility. The junior responded with the best numbers of his career through the air, completing 24 of 30 passes for 334 yards and three touchdowns.

Utilizing this newfound big play offense, the Bucks easily rolled over the Indiana Hoosiers 38-10 at Ohio Stadium. Yes, this was the same Indiana team that threw for nearly 500 yards in a close loss to Michigan a week ago, but we all know much more about that Wolverines team now. Coupled with a loss by outgoing No. 1 Alabama at South Carolina last night, this now puts OSU in the driver’s seat for taking over the top ranking in the land.
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Open Thread: #2 Ohio State vs. Indiana

#2 Ohio State Buckeyes (5-0) vs.
Indiana Hoosiers (3-1)
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
ESPN, WKNR 850 AM, 12 p.m. EST

The quest for another Big Ten title continues today as the Buckeyes return home to take on the Indiana Hoosiers. Indiana gave Michigan quite the scare last week, but it will be interesting to see how OSU can respond after a surprisingly close game against Illinois as well.

Thus far in 2010, it’s usually been easy sailing for the Buckeyes against some of their weaker opponents. The final scores against Marshall, Ohio and Eastern Michigan were not pretty, but last week brought doubt back into the minds of many. A big response this week could return some of those more optimistic feelings about the rest of the conference schedule.

Check out some links below the jump previewing the matchup today and feel free to join along in the comments as the event unfolds.
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#1 Akron Zips Host #11 Tulsa Hurricanes in NCAA Men’s Soccer Elite Eight

Akron SoccerThe undefeated #1 Zips look to continue their ridiculously impressive season this evening at 4 pm over at Lee Jackson Field in downtown Akron. They will face a familiar opponent in the #11 Tulsa Hurricanes in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament with a berth to next week’s Final Four going to the winner.

Akron advanced in the tournament with a dominant win last Sunday at home against the Stanford Cardinal. The 2-0 victory improved the Kangaroos to 22-0-0 and it was their school-record 16th shutout of the season. The ‘Canes from Oklahoma defeated #21 Northwestern in the previous round to improve to 15-4-2, and they now look to revenge their September home loss. Expect the Ak-Rowdies to “Pack the Jack” in record-breaking fashion yet again this evening cheering on the most successful sports in the UA athletics program.
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Ohio State vs. Indiana Preview/Open Thread

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The Buckeyes play in Bloomington tonight at 7PM (on the Big Ten Network), facing Bill Lynch’s Hoosier squad.  The Hoosiers are coming off a tough, tough loss at Michigan last week that ended in controversial (though correct, it turns out) fashion.  There has been a lot of talk of a much improved Indiana team based on their performance last week at Michigan, but it seems that Michigan is in fact not as good as believed based on their struggles with Sparticus today (note – I wrote this at 3 just after UM forced overtime).  Also, this makes Indiana even more of an enigma. [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting: Farewells to the Grind, Buckeyes Preview, Ohio State LeBron Shoes, and a KG update

Grinder - I'm So HighWhile We’re Waiting is a thing that Scott usually puts together during the week but on the weekends somebody else does the linking bizniss.  Today I am doing it – tomorrow, who knows.  But what I do know is that you can send up links and maybe you’ll see them in this very space tomorrow – so word it up and send a link to our tips email.

It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday… Two links from Vince G, courtesy MS Paint: First, a Wedger-ino facial hair gallery, and then An Eric Wedge Hip Hop album cover extravaganza [Vince G/Sixty-Fooooe] [Read more...]

Lucky Number 13: Cleveland State Vikings Blow Out Wake Forest 84-69

csu-wake-forestThe last time that the Cleveland State Vikings were in the NCAA tournament is now a well-known 23 years ago.  That year, one of the biggest upsets was when the Kevin Mackey-led Vikings toppled the Bobby Knight-led Hoosiers of Indiana.

The last time that the Vikings current coach, Gary Waters, won a tournament game, he was the head coach of Kent State.  In 2001, Waters took a then 13-seed Golden Flash team and once again upset the Indiana Hoosiers.

The next time that Waters was given a 13-seed bid in the tournament was last night, as the stage was set to take on the once top-ranked Demon Decons of Wake Forest.  And this time, a combination of the above-mentioned wins gets combined into a second-round birth in the NCAAs, as the Waters-led Vikings not only won last night’s game, but came out firing and never looked back.

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GAMBLOG Picks Of The Week

GAMBLOG LogoPicks Of The Week – February 7, 2008

We’re back with another installment of the GAMBLOG Picks Of The Week. This week Matt takes a look at college basketball. Personally, I think Matt is nuts and I think he’s about to drop to 4-1 ATS, but hey, that’s why he’s the resident “advice” expert and I am not. As always, I feel compelled to include my fine print disclaimer….these picks are just for fun, not for any activities that are probably illegal where you live. However, if you win your “just for fun” bet and feel an obligation to kick back a percentage of your “fun winnings” to us, we will gladly oblige your wishes. [Read more...]