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The Basketball Buckeyes (finally) ended their five-game B1G losing streak with a road win at Nebraska.  Coach Holtmann took a different approach to his lineup in this game.  For most of the first half, the lineup didn't have Kaleb Wesson or CJ Jackson on the floor.  Instead it featured lots of freshmen - Muhammad & Washington and LeDee & Ahrens - plus grad transfer Woods.  It was a fairly productive change of pace for the team.  Then in the second half, Kaleb & CJ came back into their previous roles and were effective.

 

Luther Muhammad led the way with 24 points.  But the bigger takeaway seemed to be Holtmann searching for an effective lineup w/o Kaleb Wesson on the floor.  If they can figure that out, they might start winning more B1G games.  If they can't, then next Tuesday's game at #5 Michigan could get ugly!

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The Basketball Buckeyes lost bigly at #5 Michigan - but then rebounded with three straight wins against Rutgers, Penn State and at Indiana.  Nothing like playing bottom half B1G teams to help your record(!)

 

Those three straight wins vaulted OSU into the top half of the B1G standings (7th) and back to a .500 record in the B1G (6-6).  They face another bottom halfer tonight hosting Illinois before going to #11 MSU on Sunday.

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Welp.  After a truly terrible performance against Illinois and a terrible second half at MSU (OSU was up 31-25 at halftime; then got outscored 37-13 in the 2nd half!) the Basketball Buckeyes drop to 6-8 in conference play and 16-9 overall.  I'm not saying these two losses have put their tournament hopes out of reach, but they are on life-support.  The remaining six B1G regular season games are:

  • vs NW - 2/20
  • @ 24 MD - 2/23
  • vs 21 IOWA - 2/26
  • @ 12 PUR - 3/2
  • @ NW - 3/6
  • vs 20 WIS - 3/10

The only unranked team in that final six is Northwestern, who the Basketball Buckeyes face twice.  The other four teams are both ranked and above the Buckeyes in the B1G standings.  For this team to have any chance of making the tournament, they must win both NW games and at least 1 or 2 of those games against ranked teams.

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The Basketball Buckeyes finally got a win over a Top 25 ranked team and the team ahead of them in the B1G standings:  https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-basketball/2019/02/102704/ohio-states-dominant-win-against-iowa-came-at-perfect-time-boosts-ncaa-tournament-resume

 

And they only needed an out-of-the-blue 29-point performance from freshman Justin Ahrens to do it:  https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-basketball/2019/02/102699/justin-ahrens-scores-a-career-high-29-points-to-lift-the-buckeyes-over-no-22-iowa

 

Ahrens had scored 38 points in the 27 previous games this season(!) -- https://www.buckeyextra.com/sports/20190227/ohio-state-mens-basketball-justin-ahrens-coming-out-party-unlike-any-in-osu-history

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This just in from the why-cant-we-have-nice-things department:

 

https://www.buckeyextra.com/sports/20190301/ohio-state-mens-basketball-kaleb-wesson-suspended-for-violating-athletic-department-policy

 

https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-basketball/2019/03/102754/kaleb-wesson-suspended-for-violation-of-ohio-state-athletics-department-policy

 

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The Ohio State men’s basketball team will be without leading scorer and rebounder Kaleb Wesson when it plays at No. 14 Purdue on Saturday afternoon.  The sophomore center was suspended on Friday for an unspecified violation of Ohio State athletics department policy, but a news release states that he will return this season. ... It is the second career suspension for Wesson, who sat out one game as a freshman for being late to team meetings.  This season, he is averaging 14.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.

 

 

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Welp, the game at #14 Purdue went about as well as expected when you suspend your leading scorer and rebounder.  Also having freshman savior Justin Ahrens follow up his 29-point performance with a zero-point performance contributes to a 35-point loss!

 

Kaleb Wesson is still suspended for tonight's "must-win" game at Northwestern:  https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-basketball/2019/03/102848/kaleb-wesson-will-miss-wednesdays-game-against-northwestern-due-to-continued-suspension

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After last night's 18-point loss at Northwestern, its safe to say that the only way the Basketball Buckeyes will make the NCAA Tournament is if they win the B1G Tournament(!)

 

At least Spring Football practice began yesterday!

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On 3/7/2019 at 3:03 PM, Columbo said:

After last night's 18-point loss at Northwestern, its safe to say that the only way the Basketball Buckeyes will make the NCAA Tournament is if they win the B1G Tournament(!)

 

At least that's what I thought!

 

Another Kaleb Wesson-less loss to end the regular season (a surprisingly close OT loss to #21 Wisconsin).  Then in the B1G Tournament, Kaleb returns and plays a good game in a narrow win over Indiana - and then plays a not-so-good game in narrow loss vs #6 Michigan State.  The Basketball Buckeyes finish 19-14 overall; 8th in the Big Ten with an 8-12 conference record (or 9-13 if you count the B1G tournament).  Which bracketologists seem to believe is good enough for a 12th seed in the NCAA tournament(!)

 

Color me skeptical, but I don't see how this year's Basketball Buckeyes deserve to eke their way into the NCAA tourney.  But we'll find out Sunday.

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Well, color me surprised.  Not only did the Basketball Buckeyes make the NCAA Tournament, they made it as an #11 seed.

 

The Basketball Buckeyes will face #6 seed Iowa State (winners of the Big 12 Tournament over Kansas!).  They play Friday at 9:50PM in Tulsa.

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On 3/18/2019 at 1:47 PM, Columbo said:

Well, color me surprised.  Not only did the Basketball Buckeyes make the NCAA Tournament, they made it as an #11 seed.

 

The Basketball Buckeyes will face #6 seed Iowa State (winners of the Big 12 Tournament over Kansas!).  They play Friday at 9:50PM in Tulsa.

 

I'm shocked they won that game.  They have been such a Jekyll & Hyde team this year.  You never know which Ohio State team will show up. 

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I'm shocked they won that game.  They have been such a Jekyll & Hyde team this year.  You never know which Ohio State team will show up. 

 

https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-basketball/2019/03/103229/ohio-state-pulls-off-62-59-upset-of-iowa-state-advances-to-second-round-of-ncaa-tournament

 

I'm also surprised the Basketball Buckeyes beat Iowa State.  They played great team defense against the Cyclones - and it was the five starters of Kaleb Wesson, Andre Wesson,  C.J. Jackson, Keyshawn Woods, and Musa Jallow that did it - with hardly any bench help from Young, Washington and Muhammad (who was particularly disappointing with 0 points in 6 minutes of game-time!):  http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/boxscore?gameId=401123414

  • Kaleb Wesson led the way with 21 points and 12 rebounds.  He was a matchup nightmare for Iowa State.  In the last five minutes, there were three times Kaleb got the ball next to the basket where the Iowa State defender was helpless to stop him.
  • Grad transfer Keyshawn Woods scored in double figures for a third straight game with 19 points (3-of-6 from three-point range).
  • The semi-mythical Musa Jallow made an appearance with a fine all-around performance of 11 points, six rebounds, two assists, three steals and a block.
  • Andrea Wesson and C.J. Jackson had woeful shooting nights (Wesson had 5pts on 1-7 fgs & 0-3 from 3PT; Jackson had 2pts on 1-8 fgs & 0-5 from 3PT).  But they did contribute in every other part of the game with defense, rebounding and assists.

Despite the win, I still thought they might throw their lead away when C.J. Jackson took 3-point shots on back-to-back possessions down the stretch.  Kaleb was at the 3-point arc screening for Jackson (who was having a bad shooting night) instead of in the low post (where he looked unstoppable).  That and Kaleb's only FT miss was at the end when only one made FT would have put OSU up 4 and clinched the win!

 

So who knows what the Basketball Buckeyes will do against #3 seed Houston at 8:40 p.m. Sunday?  It'd be great if they could reach the Sweet Sixteen, but this seems like bonus basketball now.

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https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-basketball/2019/03/103280/ohio-state-suffers-season-ending-74-59-loss-to-houston-in-ncaa-tournament

 

http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/boxscore?gameId=401123425

 

The bonus basketball is over now for the 2018-19 Basketball Buckeyes after #3 seeded Houston eliminated them from the NCAA tournament.  The Basketball Buckeyes didn't play a terrible game last night, but Houston was much more effective then Iowa State in guarding Kaleb Wesson in the post.  Houston alternatively double-teamed him (which led to him committing a team-high 5 turnovers) or employed a hack-a-Kaleb strategy.  This fouling strategy limited Kaleb to only 1 made FG in the post(!) for the entire game.  Kaleb still managed 15 points on shooting 7 for 10 from the free-throw line and going 2 of 6 from 3PT range.

 

The Basketball Buckeyes initially hot 3PT shooting kept them in the game.  All five OSU starters had at least one 3PT basket in the first half (led by C.J. Jackson with a team-high 4 three-pointers after a woeful shooting game against Iowa State).  But when Houston took the lead with 6:00 remaining in the first half, they never trailed for the remainder of the game. Houston held an 8-point halftime lead and never let the Buckeyes get closer then five in the second half.

 

The Buckeyes hot 3PT shooting faded in the second half and Houston prevented Kaleb from scoring inside (Kaleb's six 3PT attempts demonstrate this frustration).  Meanwhile, Houston methodically kept at it, with 4 of their 5 starters scoring in double-digits.  C.J. Jackson and Keyshawn Woods finished their OSU basketball careers with 18 points and 10 points.

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https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-basketball/2019/08/105766/carmens-crew-ohio-state-alumni-team-wins-tbt-title-and-2-million-cash-prize-downing-golden-eagles-66-60

 

Carmen's Crew – made up primarily of various Matta-era Buckeye alums – claimed The Basketball Tournament championship and its $2 million cash prize last night, downing the Marquette Alumni team Golden Eagles, 66-60.  Carmen's Crew becomes the first new TBT champion in four years, unseating four-time reigning champion Overseas Elite, who they defeated in a Sunday semifinal game.

 

Carmen's Crew was led by point guard Aaron Craft and leading scorers William Buford and David Lightly, as well as 3-pt shooter Jon Diebler, and scary-looking big guy Evan Ravenel.  LaQuinton Ross, Illini-alum Demetri McCamey and 39-year-old Otterbein-alum Jeff Gibbs (who was introduced as a 6'2" power forward(!) rounded out the team.  Jared Sullinger, who played on previous Buckeye-alum TBT teams, was their head coach this time.

 

 

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Time for OSU Basketball?  Yep.  And the experts think they'll be really good this year:  https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-basketball/2019/10/107975/ohio-state-opens-at-no-18-in-2019-20-preseason-poll

 

The Basketball Buckeyes start with an AP preseason ranking of 18 and a coaches poll ranking of 16.  Michigan State and Maryland are ranked ahead in both polls and are ranked ahead of them in the Big Ten preseason media poll:  https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-basketball/2019/09/107309/ohio-state-picked-third-in-unofficial-preseason-big-ten-media-poll-dj-carton-voted-preseason-freshman-of-the-year

 

The Basketball Buckeyes start of this season like they started out last season - playing the UC Bearcats.  But this year's opener will be in the Schott:  https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-basketball/2019/11/108524/basketball-preview-ohio-state-vs-cincinnati

 

As for the Basketball Buckeyes roster:  https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/team/roster/_/id/194

  • They've got the Wesson brothers returning:  Last year's leading season Kaleb has lost 34 pounds for his junior season;  while older brother Andre is in his senior season.
  • Junior power forward Kyle Young returns after a surprisingly impressive sophomore year.
  • Guards Luther Muhammad and Duane Washington Jr. and forward Justin Ahrens return for their sophomore season.
  • Junior guard Musa Jallow is out indefinitely after arthroscopic ankle surgery.
  • Redshirt junior point guard C.J. Walker joins the team after he transferred from Florida State and sat out the 2018-19 season.
  • And four freshman join the roster:  Forwards E.J. Liddell and Alonzo Gaffney; 6'10" center Ibrahima Diallo from Senegal; and 6'2" point guard D.J. Carton, who was named by the Big Ten media as preseason Freshman of the Year.

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https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-basketball/2019/11/108555/ohio-state-tops-cincinnati-64-56-to-open-season-for-second-year-in-a-row

 

https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/boxscore?gameId=401166022

 

Good beginning of the 2019-20 season for the Basketball Buckeyes.  It begins the same way the 2018-19 season started - with a win over in-state opponent UC.  Both teams looked like they needed to shake off some rust to begin the game.  But especially the Buckeyes, as they needed over seven minutes before they got their first basket and finished the first half with only 19 points(!)  But a 45-point second half propelled them to victory.

 

Kyle Young was the leading scorer with 14 and leading rebounder with 13.  Kaleb Wesson was bottled up by UC's defense but got 8 points and 11 rebounds.  C.J Walker was the starting point guard and got 8 points in 21 minutes of play.  But freshman point guard D.J. Carton got 9 points in 25 minutes of play off the bench - which included scoring on key back-to-back possessions in the second half.

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Not so good of a beginning to the 2019-20 season for senior forward Andre Wesson:

 

https://www.buckeyextra.com/sports/20191108/andre-wesson-has-fractured-eye-socket-out-two-weeks-for-ohio-state-basketball

 

During a rebound with 6:02 remaining in the Wednesday's opening game, both Wesson and teammate CJ Walker converged to try and nab the ball.  In the process, Walker’s left elbow collided with the right side of Wesson’s face.  Wesson immediately went down to the court holding his face.  After play was stopped, Wesson eventually was able to rise to his feet under his own power and walk unassisted off the court and directly to the locker room.

 

Ohio State disclosed today that Andre Wesson suffered a fractured right eye socket and is expected to miss two weeks.  The #18 ranked Basketball Buckeyes will host UMass-Lowell on Sunday afternoon and #10 Villanova on Wednesday night.

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https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/boxscore?gameId=401166061

 

No Andre Wesson, no problem against Villanova last night.  In this early season matchup between #10 Villinova and #16 Ohio State, the Basketball Buckeyes got off to a hot start and never looked back.  The host Buckeyes had a hot shooting game (60.0% FG; 56.3% 3PT) and Villanova had a cold shooting game (30.6% FG; 33.3% 3PT) - which led to a 76-51 blowout win for the Basketball Buckeyes.

 

Sophomore guard Duane Washington Jr. got the Buckeyes off to their hot start with two 3PT and a big dunk to begin the game - and added two more 3's to finish with a game-high 14 points.  But the Buckeyes also got balanced scoring with four other double-digit scorers -- sophomore guard Muhammad and freshman point guard D.J. Carton each had 11 points -- junior point guard C.J. Walker had 10 points and Kaleb Wesson also had 10 points plus 11 rebounds and 4 blocks.  Young added 8 points plus 7 rebounds and freshman forward E.J. Liddell got 8 points in only 12 minutes of play.

 

In the upcoming schedule, the Basketball Buckeyes will finish out November hosting four teams.  First, the Stetson Hatters next Monday; then the Purdue-Fort Wayne Boilermakers Annex Campus the following Friday.  Followed by pre-Thankgiving and post-Thankgiving games against the fake states of Kent and Morgan.  All that builds up to a match at #6 North Carolina on December 4.

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^I have to be a little sour in that Iowa missed out on DJ Carton (I believe out of Bettendorf or Davenport, IA). He looks like the real deal, very athletic and bouncy, could go pro this year or next year.

 

I don't blame him for going to OSU, Holtmann is a great coach and did a really nice job at Butler, and he is turning your program up a couple notches quickly. Plus living in a big city and getting out of the fish bowl of Iowa City / Iowa in general is probably a good idea. I think that harms Iowa in recruiting a bit, too much of a fish bowl for their athletes.

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From the 10-15 minutes i saw of the game Carton really stood out. He looked like a smooth senior out there. He knew when to pass and when to shoot.  I haven’t paid attention to OSU for many years since i wasn’t a fan of their system.   I’m a bit intrigued with the talent they have now and will likely follow them this year. 

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https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-basketball/2019/11/109425/ohio-state-survives-scare-to-down-kent-state-71-52-at-st-john-arena

 

The Basketball Buckeyes held their second annual Buckeye Classic game over in St. John Arena (a new tradition started last season by Coach Holtmann).  This season they hosted an undefeated Kent State team in a game that was closer than the final score.

 

The Buckeyes led 35-23 at halftime and had a 40-26 lead with 17:16 remaining when the Golden Flashes went on a 25-8 run to even the score 48-48 with 10:30 left.  Then the 10th-ranked Basketball Buckeyes put the defensive clamps on and went on a 17-0 run to finish with a 71-52 win.

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^Kent State came in undefeated, if I'm not mistaken.  So a far cry from a pushover game.  Either way, the Basketbucks are looking good early.  They made it look easy against their toughest test - Villanova - early in the season, but their biggest game yet comes next week against North Carolina.


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The 6th-ranked Basketball Buckeyes stormed into the Dean Dome last night and emerged with 25-point victory over 7th-ranked North Carolina.  The game, which was part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge (and the Big Ten won 8-6 because of OSU's win), saw the Buckeyes stifling defense hold down the Tar Heels in the second half and allowed them pull away from a two-point halftime lead.

 

Ohio State's record improves to 8-0 with this win.  The Basketball Buckeyes start Big Ten play against Penn State this Saturday (12/7) and then at Minnesota next Sunday (12/15) before returning to non-conference play against SE Missouri State, Kentucky and West Virginia - before beginning conference play on 1/3 for the rest of the regular season.

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The Basketball Buckeyes fell victim to this season's "Top 5 Curse".  Because it seems like when a team is raised into the top 5, they get knocked down.  A bunch of #1's have been beaten this season, Maryland rose to #4 last week and got upset, and after Michigan won a couple of big games to rise to #5 last week, they promptly lost two games.

 

It didn't help that OSU were without their second-leading scorer - Duane Washington Jr. - who is dealing with a rib injury and is considered day to day.  But it wasn't the offense that was subpar at Minnesota.  Instead it was the defense that let the Buckeyes down in this game.

 

The loss drops the 9-1 Buckeyes to #5 in this week's AP poll.  So let's hope the Top 5 Curse won't still be in effect when the team plays #6 Kentucky this Saturday in Vegas.

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The Basketball Buckeyes improve to 11-1 with another victory over a Top 10 team - this time #6 Kentucky in CBS Sports Classic in Vegas.

 

The Buckeyes did it with a balanced attack that saw 6 players score at least 8 points.  Washington returned after missing two games to come off the bench for 8 points in only 14 minutes.  Carton also came off the bench for 15 points to lead all OSU players.  Young and Kaleb Wesson each had 10 points with 6 and 8 rebounds respectively.  Kaleb also fouled out with over 3 minutes remaining while the game was still in doubt.  But unlike last season, it didn't spell doom - as the Buckeyes went to a three-guard to finish out the game.

 

Next Sunday, Ohio State plays #25 West Virginia at Cleveland's Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.  Which is the Basketball Buckeyes final non-conference game before they begin their exclusive B1G conference schedule in 2020.

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22 hours ago, Columbo said:

https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-basketball/2019/12/110704/ohio-state-holds-off-late-kentucky-rally-to-beat-wildcats-71-65-for-another-top-10-victory

 

The Basketball Buckeyes improve to 11-1 with another victory over a Top 10 team - this time #6 Kentucky in CBS Sports Classic in Vegas.

 

The Buckeyes did it with a balanced attack that saw 6 players score at least 8 points.  Washington returned after missing two games to come off the bench for 8 points in only 14 minutes.  Carton also came off the bench for 15 points to lead all OSU players.  Young and Kaleb Wesson each had 10 points with 6 and 8 rebounds respectively.  Kaleb also fouled out with over 3 minutes remaining while the game was still in doubt.  But unlike last season, it didn't spell doom - as the Buckeyes went to a three-guard to finish out the game.

 

Next Sunday, Ohio State plays #25 West Virginia at Cleveland's Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.  Which is the Basketball Buckeyes final non-conference game before they begin their exclusive B1G conference schedule in 2020.

Seeing how well the Buckeyes are doing in both football and basketball reminds me of how we really get by ok without major league professional teams in these sports. They really are like our home team, and are so good.  Also we can enjoy them and know they will not just pick up and leave and become the Boise Buckeyes because we won't cough up a billion dollars for a new stadium or something...in other words we will never have to deal with a Precourt type! 

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22 minutes ago, Toddguy said:

Seeing how well the Buckeyes are doing in both football and basketball reminds me of how we really get by ok without major league professional teams in these sports. They really are like our home team, and are so good.  Also we can enjoy them and know they will not just pick up and leave and become the Boise Buckeyes because we won't cough up a billion dollars for a new stadium or something...in other words we will never have to deal with a Precourt type! 

There was a news story on Yahoo recently talking about how well the Ohio economy is doing.  The first line of the video was "When you think of Ohio, at least if you're an east coaster, you probably think of Ohio State football..."  I thought that was interesting considering the amount of pro sports Ohio has.  Also, Travel magazine recently had Columbus as one of the top 10 domestic travel locations for 2019 and mentioned the "legendary football team" among their many other food and drink recommendations.  With the way modern college football is trending, the number of students attending Ohio State increasing every year, and alumni all over the country, I think the Ohio State sports brand will continue to get even bigger and more dominant.  Definitely feels like a professional brand.

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1 minute ago, TH3BUDDHA said:

There was a news story on Yahoo recently talking about how well the Ohio economy is doing.  The first line of the video was "When you think of Ohio, at least if you're an east coaster, you probably think of Ohio State football..."  I thought that was interesting considering the amount of pro sports Ohio has.  Also, Travel magazine recently had Columbus as one of the top 10 domestic travel locations for 2019 and mentioned the "legendary football team" among their many other food and drink recommendations.  With the way modern college football is trending, the number of students attending Ohio State increasing every year, and alumni all over the country, I think the Ohio State sports brand will continue to get even bigger and more dominant.  Definitely feels like a professional brand.

I agree. Also I think we should embrace our local culture of Buckeye fandom. So many people see that as a negative but it really is not IMO. It is part of what Central Ohio is and really is part of our "brand" as a city and we should embrace it and put it in the best light possible. Not doing that is like some form of self-hate IMO. 

 

Also without Pro Basketball and Pro Football we can support the teams already in place in Ohio and also occasionally catch a game(close enough to easily drive). And Lord knows looking at the situation of those teams they sure can use the support! 😉

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https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-basketball/2019/12/110739/ohio-state-moves-up-to-season-high-no-2-ranking-in-associated-press-top-25-poll

 

Basketball Buckeyes are the second-ranked team in the country this week - the team's highest ranking of the season.  Next Sunday, Ohio State plays #22 West Virginia in Cleveland before conference play in 2020.

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Hopefully cleveland comes out n represents! Wish I would've known that they were playing in Cle earlier, dont think I'll be able to get that time off.. Would love to see this team play live! I dont see a final four appearance being out of reach! Hoping for that, as well as my hometown Toledo Rockets first ncaa tourney appearance in my lifetime, since my cavs n redwings are destined to be basement dwellers this year! 

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The tough weekend for Ohio State athletics continued on Sunday when the 2nd-ranked Basketball Buckeyes fell 67-59 to 22nd-ranked West Virginia in what was billed as the first annual "Cleveland Classic".  The Buckeyes held a six-point lead at halftime.  But a poor shooting and turnover prone second half doomed the Buckeyes in this non-conference finale.

 

Ohio State has a few days off before beginning Big Ten play on Friday, Jan. 3 in the Schott against Wisconsin.

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The Basketball Buckeyes will be without starting forward Kyle Young for Friday's game against Wisconsin after he had his appendix removed this week.  Young played in last Sunday's loss to West Virginia - finishing with two points and 11 rebounds - but was reportedly throwing up before and after the game.  Then he had his appendix removed after the game on Monday(!)

 

Young is Ohio State's second-leading rebounder at 6.8 per game, and is the team's fourth-leading scorer at 8.3 points per game.  The team is listing Young as "game-to-game".

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https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-basketball/2020/01/111339/offensive-woes-again-doom-ohio-state-in-67-55-loss-to-maryland

 

The Basketball Buckeyes impressive season has hit a pothole with a third straight loss. Offensive woes have hit the roster with 31.3 percent shooting night in a loss to West Virginia, a 40.4 percent night in a loss to Wisconsin and then a 31.3 percent night in a loss at Maryland last night.

 

Kyle Young is making a case to be the team MVP because he was out for the last two losses and hampered with appendicitis symptoms during the WV loss(!)  Actually, with Young out, the team is diminished.  With Young, the team can go eight-deep reliably and has a post threat to go along with Kaleb.  Without Young the team can only go seven-deep reliably and opponents can focus solely on Kaleb in the post.  Young is close to returning and could be back in the lineup this Saturday at Indiana.

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https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-basketball/2020/01/111543/ohio-state-handles-business-in-80-68-win-against-nebraska-to-end-four-game-losing-streak

 

https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-basketball/2020/01/111528/luther-muhammad-duane-washington-jr-suspended-ahead-of-ohio-states-game-against-nebraska

 

The Basketball Buckeyes snapped their four-game losing streak with a home win against an admittedly weak Nebraska team.  Although Coach Holtmann upped the degree of difficulty by suspending sophomore guards Luther Muhammad and Duane Washington Jr. for the game.  The team won comfortably - but it forced Kaleb Wesson, CJ Walker and DJ Carton to go iron man and play 35, 37 & 38 minutes.

 

Suspending players has become a habit for Holtmann in all three of his OSU seasons.  Kam Williams and Kaleb Wesson both served suspensions in 2017-18, and Wesson was suspended for three games in 2018-19.

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On 1/11/2020 at 9:30 PM, TwoStickney419 said:

Man...that sure changed quick! I think we're in for a crazy year in ncaa basketball.

 

The Basketball Buckeyes just lost 90-74 at Penn State - a team the Buckeyes trounced 106-74 a little over a month ago(!)  Even with Muhammad and Washington back in the lineup, this doesn't even look like the same team that got off to an 11-1 start.  They've now lost 4 of their last 5 B1G games.

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😞 cant hate on coach for putting L's on his record.. not sure what happened to this team, or is the b10 just that good this year??    Still time to fix whatever is going on here.   The toledo rockets started pretty nice too, but have sucked ass of late... not a good year for basketball as a fan for me personally.. pro or collegiate 

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