NCAA Tournament Live Blog: Kentucky

By 11W Staff on March 25, 2011 at 9:30p
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USMCBUCKEYE82's picture

Muck Kansas and their brothers

 

RoweTrain's picture

Sorry guys but that right there is why we'll never be a basketball school

Matthew's picture

Didn't take long for the first ridiculous comment to come in post loss. Good job, Rowetrain.

Class of 2010

RoweTrain's picture

Yes because that was such a ridiculously good game they just played huh MATTHEW??  People have been preaching basketball, basketball, basketball all week with the problems happening with the football program.  I'm sorry that getting past the round of 16 would be what people would need to see consistently to be a "Basketball School".  C'mon man, that was a disgusting loss and we both know it.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Yeah 'cause our fucking football program is in such a fucking good state. FUCK

RoweTrain's picture

JakeB, usually I'll have your back when it comes to comments on here but this one is a little outta control.  Our football program may be in some shit right now but it also wasn't too long ago that our basketball program was going through issues with rules and whatnot.  Either way, this Ohio State brand was built on the gridiron and not the hardwood.  I don't see the problem with my statement.  Losing in the round of 16 twice when you had the better team is a problem, not a coincidence.

JakeBuckeye's picture

I think you can tell my comment was completely emotion based. I just felt your comment perhaps wasn't needed or at least at this time. I know this school is a football school, but this team was special. If you want to talk about losing like this in football then I can pretty easily bring up two straight national title game losses, an embarrasment on the road in 2008, another bowl loss that year, and then a heartbreaker in 2009 when we had the lead the entire game.

RoweTrain's picture

My response was also based on emotion.  I'm just salty with all of this.  I guess I just expect too much out of a bunch of 18-22 year old kids whether it is football or basketball.  For that, I am disgusted with myself and not with these guys.  I need to learn not to rely on sports to keep me sane but rather my own actions.  

I have a response to the games you mentioned in football but that will be me just getting into what I don't want to get into.

I hope we're cool JakeB.  O-H.

VBBuckeye's picture

But now we can't even look forward to football

 

poguemahone's picture

Quick. Someone get me an adult beverage concoction that will make forget the last 26 days.

BuckeyeChief's picture

Currently chugging Nyquil.

 

"Clutch has no boundaries"

Bobcat04's picture

Matta is now officially a shitty tournament coach.  He's had one year where he didn't get upset by a lower seed.  One year.  Hell the last two he can't get past the sweet 16.  

Colin's picture

Can't blame the refs, can't blame Buford's awful night, can't blame Sully forcing too many shots, can only blame Kentucky and the amazing defense they played tonight

Hoody Wayes's picture

At one point in the second half, Nantz noted Ohio State was shooting 29% from the field. 

At NO point in this GAME, could Ohio State shoot 29% from the field and expect to win.

Back to football.

Tim's picture

Those first 5 minutes or so of the second half when the refs weren't calling fouls on Kentucky really sucked.  Still, have to shoot better than 32.8% and get your last shot attempt to someone who isn't ice cold like Buford.

BuckeyeChief's picture

FUCK HE'S JOHN STARKS ALL OVER.

 

"Clutch has no boundaries"

Hoody Wayes's picture

You CAN'T blame it on the refs! Ohio StaTe failed, dude!

BuckeyeChief's picture

I am fucking disgusted. I made the comment last year that i'd never see them win it all. I hoped I was wrong this year. Fuck the World. Fuck the tatgate 5, everything i've heard since December, fuck buford. you are now my john fucking starks part ii. FUCK.

 

 

"Clutch has no boundaries"

BuckeyeChief's picture

I should've said heartbroken. ANYONE BUT A TEAM FROM THE SOUTH.

 

"Clutch has no boundaries"

Bobcat04's picture

I work with UK fans, too.  And no, it's not at a rehab center.  It is heartbreaking.  If this team wasn't going to win the title, Matta never will.  He just won't ever do it.  I guess it's just like football, in that you just have to enjoy being the best in the B1G, and will always suck it nationally.

thedecline19's picture

Great season ended by having our worst game all year.  I cannot believe the last possession. We have timeouts left and we're running a disjointed triple teamed three for Buford?  He's ice cold.  Beyond ice cold.  He's in Siberia.  Really needed a TO there to set something up, could have called TO with 3.4 left.  Baffling coaching and just an all around shitfest of a game.

BuckeyeChief's picture

I hope Buford leaves. really.

 

"Clutch has no boundaries"

Tim's picture

It sucks that Lighty, Diebler, and Lauderdale have to go out like this.  Even if Sullinger and Buford come back, it will be hard to replace what Diebler and Lighty meant to this team.  Sibert, Craft, and the new freshmen will be good, but this team was amazing.

Corey Carpenter's picture

No you don't Chief, he's a good player who had a horrible night. They need his leadership next year.

BuckeyeChief's picture

I'm saying, John Starks was never the same. Buford stunk it up like that game 7. I still have nightmares over that game. Count me as a doubting Thomas.

 

"Clutch has no boundaries"

Bobcat04's picture

He needs badly to make amends for this next year.  I know he feels awful right now, but he folded completely.

Corey Carpenter's picture

Completely agree, you HAVE to call timeout there with season on the line.

Joe Beale's picture

They actually had 5.4 seconds after the shot was made; you can call time-out there and work a play to get the ball down the floor and get a shot.  Or you can call time-out at 3.4 and inbound from half-court to maybe get a better shot.  Either way, you really need to get the time-out so you can draw something up that is not a shot by the iceman WB.

Bobcat04's picture

'Ole 9-3 Earle is now 'Ole Sweet 16 Matta.  A good coach and guy, but just can't win the big games.

BuckeyeChief's picture

Wow. I called this shit last year  vs WVU. He doesn't adjust.

 

"Clutch has no boundaries"

BuckeyeChief's picture

Amazing recruiter, mediocre coach.

 

"Clutch has no boundaries"

Matthew's picture

Fast forward 5 years when this gets erased from Kentucky's record books.

 

Ugh. Disgusting losing to Calipari.

Class of 2010

AJ's picture

Kinda like our 2010 sugar bowl...heeyyyyyo...to soon?

"Without winners, there wouldn't even be civilization." -----------Woody Hayes

JakeBuckeye's picture

Too soon, but too true. I'm heartbroken in every single way regarding Ohio State Athletics right now.

BuckeyeChief's picture

+ 1 gazzilion

 

"Clutch has no boundaries"

Matthew's picture

Got tomorrow's lottery numbers, AJ?

Class of 2010

AJ's picture

Ya I wish...but sounds like you might as well

"Without winners, there wouldn't even be civilization." -----------Woody Hayes

BuckeyeChief's picture

Like '92 scUM? Still doesn't erase the sting or give us a banner.

 

"Clutch has no boundaries"

madhatterhater's picture

In defense the last shot kinda developed into a scramble situation.  I was hoping the law of average would have went into effect and Buford's shot went in.

go bucks

Roger's picture

I thought the refs were pretty balanced for 30 mins but the last 10 was a disgrace. Almost as bad as Buford.

What was up with Bufords shot selection and inability to finish on floaters?

AJ's picture

Oh boy...

"Without winners, there wouldn't even be civilization." -----------Woody Hayes

Conroy's picture

Oh come and sing Ohio's praise

Roger's picture

<tears>

And songs to Alma Mater raise
While our hearts rebounding thrill
With joy which death alone can still
Summer's heat or winter's cold
The seasons pass the years will roll
Time and change will surely show
How firm thy friendship ... O-HI-O!

</tears>

Johnny Ginter's picture

UK played some sick defense, but man buford chose a really bad time to have one of the worst games of his career

Jack Fu's picture

My worst tournament fears came true: a tight game against a team that was bleeding clock, with William Buford deciding in the last two minutes "this is my team" and clanging a bunch of his patented step-back 18-footers off the back-iron when just about anything else would have gotten us better looks.

I was scared of that scenario all year and it came true.

Dammit.

madhatterhater's picture

This game really came down to missed foul shots and the easy bunnies that were missed also!

go bucks

Bobcat04's picture

Man, there were a few runouts that we just flat blew layups on.  We shot ft's like shit.  Any or all of those would have won it for us.

Tim's picture

4-7 on free throws in the second half, definitely not good enough in a tight game.  Ugh...

Bobcat04's picture

I was worried about this game all week.  Well, really since the brackets were announced.  Matta just doesn't have it in the tourney anymore.  And next year we get to start all over.

Conroy's picture

The only thing I can compare this to is the 2009 USC game.  I had the "fortune" of being at it, and even though the end was terrible the first 55 minutes were one of the best times of my life.  No matter what happens they're still the Bucks!  Things aren't pretty right now in Columbus, but as long as we have the Scarlet and Grey everything will be OK.  Best teams, best fans, best band.

 

O-H!

Corey Carpenter's picture

While Matta should've called timeout, I can't believe you people are ragging on him this much. He lost the POY and they still went 34-3, he has another top 5 class coming in next year and is still building this program. We could still be in the O'Brien days, finishing 9th or 10th in the B1G. This loss shows both Sully and Buford why they need to come back and without seniors, Thad will play his bench more. But give Thad his credit for what he's done here

TLB's picture

I am with ya.  It wasn't Matta's fault............32%

 

I wont get into the noncalls on UK

Joe Beale's picture

Agreed, except I'm not sure there's anything that can make him play his bench.

Jack Fu's picture

O'Brien went to the NCAA Tournament 4 out of his 7 years and made 1 Final Four in that time. Thad has made the tourney 5 out of his 7 and made 1 Final Four (and that 1 FF required not one but two semi-miraculous victories). Regardless of seeding, the tourney resumes are much more similar than any of us would like. I like Thad a lot, but saying that 1.) Thad is "still building" the program, and 2.) That is doing great except for playing bench players,  is a slightly rose-colored view, especially in light of the fact that we just lost to Calipari.

Matt's picture

We are all salty about this loss, but right now I don't care so much about a national title as I do that we will never have the privilege of seeing this particular squad play together again.  This team won the right way.  They won with class.  They cared deeply about each other.  I suspect there won't be another team like them again.  And I for one will miss them.

 

 

 

Roger's picture

Yes sir, nailed it. That picture IS our team.

Tim's picture

Knight goes 3-10 from the field for 9 lousy points, but two of those makes were the 3 with a few minutes to go and the game-winner.  Why couldn't he have followed Buford's lead?

madhatterhater's picture

It was a great year.  Diebs, Lauderdale and Lighty are done.  It is truly a sad day to be a buckeye.  Thanks to them for their great effort.

go bucks

741's picture

Dudes, disappointing end to a magnificent season. OSU hoops still at the dawn of a golden age. Will miss the seniors.

I do think Sully should have been rested in the second half, and/or they should have went "big" with Sully and Lauderdale mid way through the second half - but I am no expert.

BuckeyeChief's picture

I would REALLY like to agree, but hard to when you've lost to Sienna, Tennessee and Kentucky as the higher seed. But we did win the NIT.

 

"Clutch has no boundaries"

TLB's picture

are you saying Matta = Rick Barnes?

BuckeyeChief's picture

Basically, but matta wins the conference.

 

"Clutch has no boundaries"

741's picture

We played for the NCAA championship not so long ago my brothers... remember?

madhatterhater's picture

VCU just won,  I am very impressed with their game!

go bucks

Corey Carpenter's picture

VCUBCU coach just showed why you call timeout at the end of the game.

BuckeyeChief's picture

32% means call the TO and draw a play for Deibs.

 

"Clutch has no boundaries"

BuckeyeChief's picture

Alright, I am out. FTW.

 

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wiz khalifa's picture

i have nothing to say, i really really thought this team was gonna make it to atleast the elite 8, something i obviously havent learned is to never ever trust a thad matta team