One Down. Five to Go.

By Chris Lauderback on March 18, 2011 at 7:19p
59 Comments

I guess it’s a good thing Texas-San Antonio head coach Brooks Thompson played stall ball for over half the game.

Despite Thompson’s efforts to set back college basketball by running the four corners, Ohio State capitalized on their possessions early and often, running away with a 75-46 blowout victory over UTSA this afternoon in Cleveland’s friendly confines.

The Buckeyes bottomed 12 triples and shot a red-hot 57% overall behind strong efforts from William Buford (18 pts, 7/12 FG), Jon Diebler (14 pts, 4/8 3’s), Deshaun Thomas (13 pts, 5/7 FG) and Jared Sullinger (11pts, 5/6 FG).

Looking to deliver the knockout blow early, Ohio State countered UTSA’s miserable stall tactics with blistering shooting during a 31-8 run that turned a 9-5 deficit into a 36-17 bulge with 1:42 left in the half.

Buford had little trouble finding spots in UTSA’s 3-2 zone draining 6/10 shots in the opening half, good for 15 points as Diebler and Sullinger added nine each on a combined 7/10 from the floor. Buford’s drive and dunk down the baseline ignited the run and Diebler capped it with his third trey of the half.

The offensively focused Buckeyes shot 65% in the opening 20 minutes creating 14 assists on 15 total field goals.

Aaron Craft watched most of the 1st half from the pine after picking up his 2nd foul with just over 10 minutes left. Even with UTSA’s deliberate pace, Craft’s defensive effort was missed as the Buckeyes napped nap on a few switches allowing the Roadrunners to shoot a respectable 46% though they hit just one of eight 3FGA.

Holding a commanding 37-21 lead at the break, Ohio State allowed the Roadrunners to open the 2nd half with five straight points before a 15-1 haymaker gave the Buckeyes a 52-27 cushion that closed the door on UTSA’s season.

Diebler started the run with a nice feed to Sullinger for a dunk and after a Buford tip-in, Thompson was whistled for a technical foul leading to two free throws from Diebler before a David Lighty “rise and fire” from distance to make it 46-26 good guys.

After the teams traded one free throw apiece, Lighty was back at it splashing another triple off a steal, then a putback in traffic before Diebler polished off the blitz with another trey pushing the lead to 55-30 with 13:05 left in regulation.

The DeShaun Thomas Show commenced shortly thereafter as Thad let the bench play extended minutes.
Impressively, the Buckeyes assisted on 26 of their 29 field goals with Buford, Diebler and Lighty picking up five each in support of Craft’s seven dimes.

The Buckeyes also won the glass 33-24 with 14 turnovers showing as the only blemish on an easy win over a bad team. The victory sets up a Sunday tilt with George Mason, 61-57 winners over Villanova.

Time for me to hit the 'book and collect my winnings. Word.

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JakeBuckeye's picture

Said it in the other thread, but please Thad, swap Lauderdale and Craft's minutes!

Rooster Buckburn's picture

I think we need balance with their playing time and not a 'swapping'.  DL gives us an inside presence, particularly on defense - and Craft gives us some defensive pressure in the back court and someone who can distribute the ball. We need both to be successful.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Swapping was a bad word. I changed my stance later on to split their time.

buckeyedude's picture

I think all of OSU's opponents must watch the Northwestern game and think if they just slow the game down they can stay close. I hope this game against UTSA puts that to rest, because I can't stand it. I hate that "rope-a-dope" basketball.

Craft got his pocket picked twice in one day. I don't recall him getting the ball stolen from him once this year, but I didn't see every game.

I agree with you Jake, to a degree. I like the idea of having Lauderdale in there more. OSU looked like an NBA team playing, well, UTSA today with him in there. But Craft is very important too. Love the way the kid handles the ball. But I think Matta could/should get Dallas in more.

 
 

SouthernBuck's picture

I have to disagree with swapping Craft's minutes with Ft. Lauderdale.  Yes, I think Dallas should get more minutes but I don't think they should come from Craft.  Craft is a true point gaurd, without him, we don't have one.  As good as WB and Threebler are at what they do, they do not handle defensive pressure well.  Dallas should spell Sully more often.  Late in the season, Sully has been tired! 

With all that said, we're 33 and 2 doing it Thad's way.  I have no arguement for that.

JakeBuckeye's picture

True, but in both of our losses Craft often being an offensive liability was a key factor in our loss. He's an amazing defender, but I just think he can cost us big time from here on out if he plays so much.

Cross Village's picture

Craft cannot be replaced. Period.

Try to sniff some reality.  Please

JakeBuckeye's picture

Wait, is Craft Abraham or is he Moses?

Also would you prefer to be considered Hooley's Peter Simon or Hooley's John the Baptist?

ballgame's picture

In what way(s) do you see Craft as an offensive liability?

JakeBuckeye's picture

In the Wisconsin game (I believe it was), we were making a run in the final minutes and one of our other guards through him a pass right in the chest. He fumbled this pass and the ball traveled out of bounds. This closed the game out for us. I've seen Craft have slippery fingers a lot throughout the season, and I just think the team would benefit from having Lauderdale play a bit more.

And in today's game, he just wasn't careful enough with the ball. This has become a tendancy for him recently, which I find weird because he was so masterful against any sort of press in the beginning of the year.

I guess I just think we are better off if Craft and Lauderdale split their minutes 50/50. I'm not saying I'm right, that's just the way I see it. It didn't hurt us today because of the opponent we were playing, but it could against George Mason, Kentucky, UNC, etc. Will Buford is fine carrying the ball up court and distributing the rock.

And don't get me wrong, I love Craft. I think he's a great kid with a great personality who is great at basketball. I just think from a basketball perspective Lauderdale needs more minutes.

SilverBullets's picture

Sorry but Lauderdale has not neccessitated any more minutes offensively.  If you get 3 field goals he has had a good game.  If you think we need Craft to play less due to offensive reasons than Thomas is your answer who will stretch the defense a little more.

JakeBuckeye's picture

I'm not saying Lauderdale should be in there for his offense, although he has shown he is underrated down there, I'm saying he should be there to have another big down low (which I stress is pretty vital for a championship run) to block and rebound shots both on the defensive and offensive ends.

I really want to like Thomas in there because of his rebounding instinct, but he just shoots to much. It always seems like he's getting key rebounds and put backs. But he is even more of an offensive liability than Craft because of his absolute lust for shooting from anywhere.

DallasTheologian's picture

No way you take Craft out. He creates so much for the offense. Notice the 7 assists from today's game in limited action. Lauderdale has done a great job playing the role he has been asked to play. 

JakeBuckeye's picture

Not saying take Craft out, I'm saying limit his minutes more and give a chunk of them to Lauderdale. Craft can be a liability on offense that may cost us against a real opponent.

Cross Village's picture

Thank God you don't coach.........

 

You can be a liability on this thread against logic and statistical reality.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Thank God you don't lead a religion, or at least as far as I know...

Anyways I will copy and paste what I posted on the other dude's reply. Notice that he wasn't a dick either.

"In the Wisconsin game (I believe it was), we were making a run in the final minutes and one of our other guards through him a pass right in the chest. He fumbled this pass and the ball traveled out of bounds. This closed the game out for us. I've seen Craft have slippery fingers a lot throughout the season, and I just think the team would benefit from having Lauderdale play a bit more.

And in today's game, he just wasn't careful enough with the ball. This has become a tendancy for him recently, which I find weird because he was so masterful against any sort of press in the beginning of the year.

I guess I just think we are better off if Craft and Lauderdale split their minutes 50/50. I'm not saying I'm right, that's just the way I see it. It didn't hurt us today because of the opponent we were playing, but it could against George Mason, Kentucky, UNC, etc. Will Buford is fine carrying the ball up court and distributing the rock.

And don't get me wrong, I love Craft. I think he's a great kid with a great personality who is great at basketball. I just think from a basketball perspective Lauderdale needs more minutes."

JakeBuckeye's picture

Also here is a "statistical reality" for you:

Lauderdale has a 73% field goal percentage. He also averages 1.5 blocks per game on just 16 per game.

Now don't get your panties in a bunch, because once again, Craft should still play A LOT. Him and Lauderdale should just split the minutes more evenly.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Tom Crean is a little b-tch. The genius said that the Buckeyes don't like it when the opposing defense " gets in on 'em."

Really? I guess your Indiana team handled it really well this year when OSU got in on 'em. That's like saying, "the way to beat Ohio State is to shut them down defensively." 

Of course, that's not even necessary to beat Indiana - just roll a ball on the floor and pick five random stiffs from the rosters of clubs like Savanah State, Northern Iowa, and Iowa . . . that ought to do the trick.

JakeBuckeye's picture

And in other news, today the sky is a shade of blue. Hahah, seriously though, who doesn't hate Tom Crean? I'm pissed at CBS and the Turner networks for getting that guy for studio coverage. The last thing I want to hear during such a great time of the year is him.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Touche. You're right. Calling Crean a b-tch is just as self-evident as Crean's silly comment that they way to beat a team is to shut them down.

Cross Village's picture

You just seem pissed in general.  Try to muffle your inner sourpuss. 

JakeBuckeye's picture

So you will chastise Tressel as a man, but will respond negatively to someone who thinks Tom Crean is annoying? Do you know who Tom Crean is?

Hahah.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Hate all the name calling and whatnot, but Craft needs to be in as much as possible IMO.  He creates more offense that Dallas could ever dream of and plays hella defense. If anyone -- pull Lighty or Bufford out of the game, but not Craft.  Bufford is only good on offense and if his shot is off pull him out.  I would like to see what we can do with Sully and Dallas with a true 1 G runnin' the show.

I am not a coach and don't know sh*t about coaching college level athletics.  I can barely coach 7 yr old soccer.  So I have no real value to offer to this discussion.  Dickheads.  Jackasses.  Asshats. Unless that is considered value on this blog? No?  Move on.

When do we play next?  I'm stuck in Times Square and I got a ton of O-H's today.  But I need to figure out when I need to free up my time to watch the next game.

Bucks's picture

Lol @ the post. Good stuff.

 

I believe you will be looking to clear Sunday around noon?

JakeBuckeye's picture

"I am not a coach and don't know sh*t about coaching college level athletics.  I can barely coach 7 yr old soccer."

Amen to this. I think this describes all of us, but this wouldn't be a congregation of Ohio State fans if we didn't argue about who should play and how much.

And please, excuse me if I got/am getting carried away, but this fella compared Bruce Hooley to Jesus and has been continually smug. I'm going to hold onto that one for a while hahah, but I apologize if I made your 11W expierence worse than it usually is. Sorry if the bickering has gotten out of hand.

P.S. We play on Sunday, but times won't be announced until after all of tonight's games are finished

ERIC OSU's picture

BuFord! one f.

sorry, no offense. just a pet peeve of mine that I see a ton and every time I see the FF it reminds me of buFFoon. lol

buckeyedude's picture

Craft is one of the best point guards in the nation, IMO, if not the best as a point guard. Thank God he didn't do like Chuck Webb and sign with Tenusea. I like the way Matta brings him off the bench because he is so quick(as Matta said, "one of the quickest guys he's ever seen, moving laterally").  Just when the opposition gets used to Buford, Lighty and Diebler(very good in their own right), in comes this lightning quick white kid that knows how to get the ball to his scorers. I think opposing teams have a hard time adjusting to that. I think Matta knows what he's doing.

I like the idea of getting Dallas(good rebounder, shot blocker)a few more minutes, but at the expense of who(?) is the question. And then you have Desaun Thomas, who seems to be getting a hot hand and is a very good rebounder.

And Jake: Don't feel bad, they(a few 11W posters, who shall remain nameless) reamed me a couple of weeks ago when I said it seemed that Sullinger was a little off his game from earlier in the season. Actually, a lot of it had to do with the fact that teams started double and triple teaming him. Holy Toledo! You would have thought that I said, "No 11Warriors, the WORLD IS FLAT!"

 
 

USMCBUCKEYE82's picture

5:15est is the tip off time.

Bucks's picture

Eh, Jake ... I don't think anyone with an opinion needs to apologize. Even if there is disagreement by some with a stance, you have presented your thoughts well (IMO).

 

Personally, I'm just happy we have the players to even be able to debate it! Go Bucks!

JakeBuckeye's picture

Amen. My opinion means nothing compared to Thad's opinion, and that's how it should be.

SouthernBuck's picture

I will say this, Dallas has handled his lack of minutes like a true team player.  It would be easy for him as a senior to really split up the locker room with attitude.  It's hard to believe that we lost the National Player of the Year and the B1G Defensive Player of the Year has his minutes cut in half, yet we're a better team.  A lot of that can be credited to the attitude of this team. 

NeARBuckeye's picture

Key word TEAM. I doubt any of these kids care as long as they win games.

JakeBuckeye's picture

5:15 PM (eastern time) tip on Sunday for the Buckeyes.

Nick's picture

No need to argue. We need Craft to come in to play some valuable minutes, BUT Lauderdale needs more minutes, too. It's hard to say where they come from but Aaron Craft is the logical choice because WB/Diebs/Lighty can take turns bringing the ball up. Lauderdale is a great defender too and he is starting to come on offensively. When they feed him the ball he has a nice move to the left which is almost unstoppable. He has come a long way from last season where he just could dunk the ball.

As we go down the road more, these other good teams UNC/Duke/Kansas/Texas have MULTIPLE big guys and Sully is going to need Dallas in the paint with him to make it a fair fight.

Good win today, 5 more to go. Let's get it!

RBuck's picture

Sorry to start off the morning with an "Oh Shit!" moment. From Baptist's blog:

-- Diebler left the arena with his right hand and wrist wrapped in an ice bag. I did not see Diebler in the locker room after the game. I'll ask him about it when I see him Saturday.

 

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

iball's picture

A tad unsettling, but he's a 21 year old kid and he was in basically the entire game. A little ice on the wrist isn't the end of the world.

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

elaydin's picture

Word on the twitters is that he's fine.  

 

AdamJardyBSB Just saw #OhioState guard Jon Diebler walk into the arena with absolutely no ice and/or brace on his right hand/forearm. #Buckeyes

Neilwoodgables's picture

He was wrapped and iced after the PSU game too.....didnt seem to affect him too much yesterday.  We will see.

I Hate Michigan.

iball's picture

Anyone bother to watch George Mason?

Any areas where we could be exploited?

Although he is a great player, Craft seems to be our only weakness. If that's what you want to call it. Maybe soft spot is a better term.

All the analyst keep stressing foul trouble could be our undoing. I don't seem to remember foul trouble being a problem during the season though? CBS, Deal With It!!

Charles Barkley is fat and stupid, stick to drinking and gambling Chuck. 

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

Rooster Buckburn's picture

Chunk Barkley revealed his bracket today and has OSU going out to Kentucky - hopefully we prove him wrong(er).

JakeBuckeye's picture

Charles Barkley is awesome. Is he a bit of an idiot? Yes, but that's part of what makes him awesome.

JakeBuckeye's picture

No upsets so far today... BORING! Let's go Temple and Butler!

JakeBuckeye's picture

What a game between Butler and Pitt! Never seen an ending like this!

GOD BLESS MARCH!

JakeBuckeye's picture

Wow! I just have one question, how did Shelvin Mack get to the crossroads so quickly?

Buckeye Black's picture

5 people in the elevenwarriors.com bracket challenge just had theirs completely busted.

BuckeyeChief's picture

I am one of them.

 

"Clutch has no boundaries"

Nappy's picture

BUTLER!!!

Fan of bacon since 1981

Lee in Altoona's picture

As an alum of both Pitt and Ohio State, I'm just crushed. Again. Every year, a mid-major team gets hot against Pitt. Still, that was the worst loss ever. And some of it had to be Dixon's fault. How do you not get a shot off on the last possession? How does a player foul with no time left? That's coaching.

Thad had better do better than that.

And Butler is classless too, BTW. They're no Cinderella.

Take down George Mason, boys.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Hey don't hate on Butler! I think you're reffering to Mack talking to Gibson at the line. I don't have a problem with that. This is a big boy's league, and I just think if you can't handle a little talk then you best go home.

William's picture

I agree, I find Butler to be one of the more classy, well coached teams in America. If you can't handle the pressure and deal with a little talk that's your fault, not the opposing team's.

Nappy's picture

How is Butler classless?  I agree they're no Cinderella, Cinderellas come out of nowhere. Butler isnt sneaking up on people anymore.  I never really rooted for any other college besides OSU and UD, but after living here for 10 years, I root for Butler. Brad Stevens is a great coach and I dont understand the classless label.

Fan of bacon since 1981

johnblairgobucks's picture

Butler is classless?

I know I've been away from things for a while, so please tell me, when did Tom Crean start coaching over there?  Last I heard, Crean was awfully close to getting Indiana into the NIT.

 

JakeBuckeye's picture

Crean is still doing crappy at Indiana. Not close to the NIT. Last place in the Big Ten.

madhatterhater's picture

I just rooted for Wisky after that three. I then thought what the hell am I doing!

go bucks

Run_Fido_Run's picture

When BT season ends, a switch goes off for me, and I start rooting for other BT teams in the postseason even "deal with it" Wisconsin and Michigan.

On that note, the announcers of the Wisc. v KST game spent most of the 2H hammering home their premade narrative, which was that KST's defense, athleticism, and - of course - most of all, Jacob Pullen, were too much for the slow-footed Badgers. And, yet, somehow the scoreboard refused to cooperate with the storyline. I'm not sure who took the loss tougher, Pullen or the announcing crew. 

johnblairgobucks's picture

That N.A.P.A. commercial is almost as annoying as Kevin Harlan.

buckeyedude's picture

I have their insurance, but I cannot stand the State Farm commercials. They get my vote as the most annoying.

 
 

johnblairgobucks's picture

Tom Crean is 8-46 in Big 10 play at Indiana....holy smokes!

JakeBuckeye's picture

A quick question for 11W:

What's the current list of writers for you guys? I haven't seen a couple guys write in a long time.