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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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This was supposed to be a down year for them anyway. They overachieved early and have fallen back to earth in the BIG play. Next year should be dominant. No cause for worry this year.

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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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1 hour ago, MyTwoSense said:

 

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 to 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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