Friday Skull Session

By Jake on March 25, 2011 at 6:06a
David Lighty, giving his best barbaric yawp.Have ever seen such a happy scream?

Hello and welcome to your pre-game Skull Session. Tonight begins the second-half of round 3 (4) of the tournament, and our own Buckeyes will be facing the Kentucky Wildcats. Ohio State will no longer enjoy the homefield advantage provided by Cleveland, but I'm told that Jon Diebler has been prepping for Newark, New Jersey by sleeping in a hyperbaric tanning bed. We'll have a comprehensive preview up later tonight, but suffice it to say that Kentucky is no George Mason. Winter keeps creeping into my spring, but as long as the Buckeyes keep winning, I'm alright with 40 degree weather.

The Bigger They Are. . . Upsets galore in the first half of the Sweet Sixteen, headlined by Arizona's demolition of Duke. The Blue Devils become the second 1-seed to fall in the tournament and Arizona proves yet again that Demon-hunting is their business, and business is good. Derrick Williams was the hero of the contest, and someone I'm sure Sullinger and Matta are keeping an eye on. 

So far, only one higher seed has come away with a victory in the Sweet Sixteen, when Florida pulled out the victory over BYU. The Cougars no doubt missed Brandon Davies, but losing to the #2 seed is about as shameful as breaking the BYU honor code. Meanwhile, UCONN beat SDSU, eliminating the MWC from the tournament, and fellow B1Gers Wisconsin fell to Butler. I guess Butler "dealt with it."

David Lighty Lights Up Everyone's Life, pt. XVIII. Will any player be more missed than Lighty next season? It's a completely rhetorical question, because the answer is so obviously no that it's not worth responsding. ESPN's Brian Bennet writes about the infectious enthusiasm that permeates everything Lighty is a part of, and it even made me want to get up and go for a jog (I ate some chips and took a nap instead, but it's the thought that counts!)  Money quote:

That's an impressive amount of energy for someone who seemingly has played for the Buckeyes since the school won its only national title in 1960. Or as Sullinger jokes, "He tells us to enjoy this, because his 20 years at Ohio State really went by fast."

Perhaps it's because Lighty has been playing since the oft-forgotten Fred Ayers roamed courtside, but as much as I love Sullinger, Three-bler, Buford, and the rest, it'll be Lighty that I'll miss the most. 

"At the end of the day, it's just about us being on the court with the streamers coming down and holding the trophy,"  [Lighty] said.

Indeed, good sir.

So you're saying they're different? Ralph Nader, activist and notorious ruiner of elections, has come down against the semi-amateur status of college athletes. While not typically known as a prolific sports commentor, Nader has been known to venture outside of the typical social/environmental activist role he generally plays. Regardless of your opinion on the man, he certainly knows how to stir the pot. He's apparantly proposing either ending the athletic scholarship or making college sports a truly professional venture, and he's taking his proposal to college presidents. Whether this makes as much noise as his campaign for car safety, or makes about as much noise as his presidential campaigns (zero, basically), remains to be seen.

It was the coolest near death experience anyone had ever witnessed. As mentioned in Buckshots, several pilots who buzzed to close to the crowd during the Iowa-Ohio state game last season have been disciplined by the Air Force. Apparantly getting 30,000 pounds of thrust near your head is a bad idea, but no matter what the "experts" say, it can't be reiterated enough: it sounds pretty awesome to me.


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Carolina Buckeye's picture

"I guess Butler 'Dealt with it' "


Ha! Well said Jake,...I still hate you Bo Ryan

The_Lurker's picture

Perhaps it's because Lighty has been playing since the oft-forgotten Fred Ayers roamed courtside, but as much as I love Sullinger, Three-bler, Buford, and the rest, it'll be Lighty that I'll miss the most. 

Oh, well done sir!

The_Lurker's picture

Also, I'm wondering if there's a possibliity that someday "Fred Ayers" will be added to the 11W Terminology page.

tomcollins's picture

No idea why people think Bo Ryan is a coaching genius.  He's much like Bilema - knows one style, and never will adapt to situations as needed.  Down 17 with 9 minutes left?  Let's pass around the permiter for 30 seconds, then have Taylor jack something up.

Todd-Not Boeckmann's picture

Proof I don't think like the mouth-breathers in SEC country- I was overjoyed that Butler drilled Bo Ryan and the Wisconsin Hockers.

On the wall guarding the North Coast from all Weasel invasions.

slippy's picture

After watching Wisconsin the past few weeks I've realized that the game when they beat us was literally the best game that team could have played.

Chris Lauderback's picture

Yeah. If you outscore a team 36-9 from 3 point land, you're probably going to win 9 out of 10 times.

BucksfanXC's picture

Wisky may be the only Big Ten team I wasn't cheering for in the tourney this year.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

I'm not sure what the results of the survey were yesterday but I am nervous as hell today for this game tonight.  I think I'm going to go watch Youtube clips of Threebler until I don't feel the anxiety any longer.

Any idea on what the crowd will look like?  I keep hearing how Kentucky fans travel and I'm a bit concerned with the refs calling BS for Knight.  Who will be guarding Knight, Craft?

Chris Lauderback's picture

Buford will have to guard him until Craft checks in. I think Buford is going to have a hard time staying in front of him though. I still feel very good about this game. Our experience wins it over the final 10 minutes and we win by 10.

RBuck's picture

Lighty will probably be on Knight until Dallas go out, then switch to Jones leaving Craft on Knight.

Long live the southend.

Chris Lauderback's picture

You could be right. Will be interesting to see. Under your scenario with Dallas in the lineup, Buford guards Liggins then, right?

RBuck's picture

Don't know who guards him but we need our best defenders on Knight and Jones.

Long live the southend.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

IMO, I would want to see Craft or Lighty on Knight.

pompano buckeye's picture

Not necessarily related to this post, but does Bo Ryan remind anybody else of the Grinch?


“...indomitable in victory, insufferable in defeat.” Woody Hayes

Maestro's picture

awesome, except I like the Grinch.

vacuuming sucks