Monday Skull Session

By Luke on March 21, 2011 at 6:00a
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A beating of historical proportions.Constitutional convention bracket pool trollage.

Namaste. Good morning my Eleven Dubanese brethren. Did you sleep like a team Louisville head coach Rick Pitino called "the best in the country"? I know I sure did. Let's take a moment to remember all those innocent victims of the U.N. and intentional community approved air strike on the George Mason baskets in Quicken Loans Sunday afternoon. While I found head coach Jim Larranaga's own "dream" speech the best possible kind of cheesy, the emotional wounds inflicted upon he and the rest of the GMU community may have erred on the side of excessive force. We sincerely apologize.

That being said: WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Not since the regular season capping victory of Wisconsin have we tasted something quite so thoroughly fulfilling. In fact, dare I say the very style points in play measure up to some of the more definitive Buckeye whippings administered in recent memory. Survive and advance or pillage and dehumanize and proceed, you know, whichever comes first.

So what looms next for David Threeighty (not quite the same ring to it, huh?) and co.? John Calipari's SEC Champion 4th seeded Kentucky Wildcats, that's who. Potentially the most "talented" (we're talking NBA upside sense) the Buckeyes will have seen all season, the obvious question quickly becomes which UK team will show up. Whenever a team interjects a trio of raw but unbelievably high ceiling possessing freshmen into the starting lineup, the reward can be Ohio State 2006-07, or it can (far more commonly) be something far more wildly unpredictable. The Bucks will represent the headliners on the evening, with an approximate 9:45 tip on the mothership of CBS/TNT's March Madness quartet, CBS. The game will be called by reliable, friendly (albeit vanilla) Jim Nantz and Buckeye hoops legend Clark Kellogg (just fresh off his always encouraged Wolverine killing metaphorical refence this Sunday afternoon). Perhaps I'm being a bit pollyannaish, but at least in my mind, this represents Ohio State's most daunting task until the possibility of running into Duke in Houston.

Tip of the hat to Current Eleven Warriors Bracket Challenge front runner D. Fultz and his bracket '#GoBucks!' Truly a hash tag for winners. Mr. Fultz registered 11 of 16 correct Sweet 16 teams and has 490 points to his name, but may have his work cut out for him having lost Pitt (join the club) and Notre Dame from his ultimate Final Four. He also likes Duke over the Bucks in Houston, so chide him appropriately (we kid bud; kind of). In the impressive to everyone-but-demanding-Tiger-Mothers second place, we've got Andrew Skurtz, he of 480 points and also 11 of 16 Sweet 16 sides. Andrew may also see his ultimate total impacted by having been overly reliant on the Fighting Irish. Looming ominously in third is the one, the only Corey Lamb. Mr. Lamb sits tied for third with 470 points but has the largest possible score remaining with other 1240 possible points remaining on the table for him. Corey's potential projected Final Four of Ohio State, Duke, Kansas, and Florida is still very much in play. As a reward (besides the potential swag) for his foresight, I encourage you to go follow Corey on twitter to learn what makes him so savvy at projecting basketball tournaments. You'll be better for it.

Bruce Webber: still doing less with more than you are. Okay, okay, so maybe that's a bit harsh, but Bruce Weber and co., fresh on the heels of an "upset" over UNLV to spring them into this third round matchup with former coach Bill Self and KU, needed something, ANYTHING to breathe life back into what had been a dramatically up and down season for the Fighting Illini. Much like Michigan before them, the improbable 8/9 B1G side looked game, but unlike the Wolverines, wilted down the stretch before ultimately falling prey to the Jayhawks, 73-59. Demetri McCamey ended his career pretty much exactly the way his final year went: wildly unpredictable, flashes of brilliances mixed with stetches of frustrating play, capped with disappointment. Here's wishing The Villain's former high school running mate the best wherever he has the privilege of playing basketball next.

V-C-U Later. Not to pour salt in the wound or anything, but yeah, poor Robbie Hummel has to feel the weight of an entire city on his shoulders right about now. The very same Purdue that took theirs from Michigan State in the B1G tourney and from lowly Iowa few weeks prior reared their ugly heads at the absolute most inopportune time en route to a rough, disappointing 94-76 shellacking at the hands of the Colonial Athletic Association's post-season tourney runner ups (and regular season 4 seed!). The Rams put the hurting on a BCS conference school for the second straight contest giving them an NCAA best 3 post season wins to their name on the effort. Dear God, it's me Luke. Please keep Shaka Smart out of the Big Ten. Thanks.

Famous Brand Manager Michael Jordan Chastises Nineteen Year Olds. Well, that's what I call this goofy video of MJ telling potential Ohio State future opponent North Carolina to not wear Kobe's on the court:

Per sneaker heads more up on this stuff than yours truly, the shoes he asks the players if they received are actually ultra generic ones that basically any run of the mill Nike basketball contract garnering school would wear. Step your swag game up, your Airness.

Gallimaufry. That Rebecca Black sure can't wait for Ohio State's forthcoming clash with Kentucky (NSFW if you're worried your coworkers may judge your brVtal taste in tunes; TFJ Spencer Hall). Stop hitting yourself, Pat 4D. KU's path to the dance has had its degree of difficulty lowered to 'Varsity'. Duke Nukem knows how to treat a lady (NSFW via language).

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doodah_man's picture

Spose someone could hit a few free throws? Maybe they should take them from beyond teh three point ring...

Jim "DooDah" Day
It is hard to play dirty against a man who picks you up.

buckeyedude's picture

Excellent observation, Doodah. I said the same thing yesterday to my friend while watching the game vs. Georgina Mason. I hope our inability to sink FT won't kill us in a close one.

BTW, as in the stock market, I realize that past performance is not a predictor of the future, but I like the fact that OSU is 5-0 vs. KenSUCKee in the NCAA tournament.  It could be a psychological advantage.

What is that 4-wheeler? It looks like a Can-am. Is that Jordan's ride? Pretty sweet. I'd like to ride something like that to work.

 

 

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Not to get way ahead of things, but has it crossed anyone else's mind that we could have a final game that ends up being referred to, "Deal With It - Twice"?   

slippy's picture

I haven't seen much of Kentucky this year but watching them play WVa wasn't really worrysome.  We're the best team in the country and will only lose to ourselves.

 

I don't know why people were worried about Syracuse.  Their 2-3 zone leaves outside shooters open all the time.  We would have made it rain against them.  (downvote for terrible phrasing)

 

UNC is not quite as strong without a stellar point guard like Lawson or Felton.  The current kid is very good, don't get me wrong, but he's not the same threat for a layup when he first touches the ball 80 ft from the basket.

Matthew's picture

At least it looks like MJ has lost that Hitler Stache he is sporting in all those Hanes commercials. Talk about disturbing.

Class of 2010

btalbert25's picture

I LOL'd at everyone who was worried about George Mason.  I'll do the same about everyone worried about UK.  Seriously, Harrelson will have to guard Sullinger.  Sully may go for 60.  Craft will be the best defensive point guard Brandon Knight has seen all year.  Not to mention, UK has looked less than stellar so far in the tournament.  Ohio State so far has shattered the myth that there are no great teams this year.  I think Buckeyes romp.  If not, it will be insufferable as I live in Kentucky and all my best friends are diehard Cat fans. 

Matt's picture

Interesting quote from Billy the Kid:

MattMcCoyWTVN Will Buford on how close the #Buckeyes are: "I wish it didn't end. We're going to miss our seniors. Right now we're living in the moment" 

The idea that "we" (presumably the team) is going to miss the seniors implies that Buford might be putting himself in a position to be with the team to miss the seniors in the first place -- in other words, that he might be coming back for his senior season.  I have pegged Buford as gone after this season (comes from rough part of Toledo and his family could use the money), but he might have other designs.  A starting five of:  Craft, Buford, Thomas, Sully, Williams, with Scott and Sibert as sixth and seventh men, would be pretty nasty. 

But, as the Kid tells us, we should just live in the moment.

buckeyedude's picture

I'm from Toledo, and you're right Matt, Buford did come from the po' side a' town. He went to Libbey High(named after William L. Libbey, the glass maker). Unfortunately, Toledo Public Schools just closed Libbey last year(along with Macomber High, Jim Jackson's H.S back about 15 years ago). I know this doesn't have anything to do with whether Buford stays or goes pro, but thought Buck fans would be interested to know "the rest of the story."

BTW, I know I'm a homer, but I think Buford is going to stay for his senior year, regardless of what happens in the tourney this year. No inside info. Just a gut feeling.

 

 

ih8rolltyde's picture

Great news if Willy B would come back, cautious optimism.

Either way, REALLY gonna miss this group of seniors.  Loved the anecdote during the game of Thad sitting all the Frosh down and basically saying, "Shut up and listen and follow these seniors."  The senior leadership has shown in spades.  This team has the feel of a group of guys who just aren't ready to take off the Scarlet and Grey quite yet. 

 

Letting the guys graduate on the floor before the game was seriously awesome.  Congrats to all four graduates.  You have made us all proud in so many different ways.

 

Damn it feels good to be a Buckeye...

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

The_Lurker's picture

This is awesome and says everything you need to know about this year's Buckeye team. It's a reaction shot to Eddie Days finally scoring his first collegiate point. Could there be any more selfless reaction? These kids are ecstatic for their teammate.

Matt's picture

WB wearing his black sneaks cause he doesn't like the fit of the scarlet sneaks

buckeyedude's picture

So WB is the "black sheep/shoes" of the Buckeye basketball family? LOL!

 

 

slippy's picture

I was listening on the radio and could hear the roar of the crowd.

buckeyedude's picture

Great pic and story. I'm going to save it in my favorite pics.

 

 

ih8rolltyde's picture

Great pic. Thanks for that.

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

Nappy's picture

Stop me if you've heard this before...
Wildcatbluenation claims since were so used to playing the "plodding" style of basketball in int B1G that we will struggle with the "team speed" of Kentucky.
And all along I thought it was basketball season.
Maybe all the KY fans were too busy visiting the dentist (I kid) to watch OSU play this year but they're gonna get worked like a moonshiner during prohibition Friday night.

Fan of bacon since 1981

Powers's picture

Pat Forde should stick to college football...... or just leave espn for good

luckynewman13's picture

Pat Forde should just stick with talking about what he knows: nothing

Doc's picture

What a tool, and not a useful one either.

"Say my name."

Hopalong's picture

David Lighthree.

This is hands down the most entertaining Buckeyes team I have had the honor of watching. Great kids all around. They are a true team.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

that mugshot....

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

cal3713's picture

Reading that made me a worse person.  I feel ashamed that an OSU association made me care about who a celebrity was fucking...

GoNewark HoopFest's picture

Ohio State taking on the Kentucky Wildcats! What do you think about the shape up of the tournament? For the Buckeye fans who will be making that special trip to Newark to cheer on their team, www.GoNewark.com/HoopFest has the details to every event leading up to the tournament. Restaurants and bars are going to be filled with Buckeye fans, and Newark could not be happier welcoming you to the great area. Iberia Tavern (www.iberiarestaurants.com) will be the official meet-up for OSU fans to celebrate and cheer on your school.

 

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Well, GoNewark Hoopfest, since you were kind enough to ask what I think about the shape up of the tournament, I'd prefer that Ohio State were playing 13th seeded Little Sisters of the Poor in Indy than Kentucky in Newark.

Just kidding. I couldn't resist, since we don't often get questions from advertisers, thanks for the welcome to Newark and link to the site w/ info on restaurants, etc.

Buckeye Black's picture

Nike is doing some campaigning for bball and they have a pretty sweet wallpaper.  I can't really find any good basketball ones, this is as good as I've seen.

 

http://www.nike.com/nikebasketball/global/images/campus_roar/wallpapers/...