Preview: #11 Ohio State at Northwestern

By Corey Carpenter on February 29, 2012 at 12:02p
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Crawford throws up the NU gang sign.Crawford hopes to flash this sign often.
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For the first time since the '99-00 season, Ohio State finishes their season with the final two on the road and the first stop is in Evanston tonight, as the Wildcats host senior night and hope to send all-time leading scorer John Shurna out with one of his biggest victories in a purple uniform.

It's no secret the Buckeyes have struggled over the last few weeks, but with Indiana beating Sparty last night, there is new life in the B1G race and with two wins this week, Ohio State will share their third straight crown.

While OSU is still a lock for the NCAA, the push to have Northwestern included in the Big Dance for the first time is starting to swell and a win tonight would certainly pad their resume. The Wildcats lost by a point at home to OSU last year and beat them by three in '08-09, but the good Buckeyes destroyed NU by 33 back on Dec. 28 in the conference opener, as Buford went for 28. That same team needs to show up tonight.

# Name YR HT/WT PTS REB ASST P # Name YR HT/WT PTS REB ASST
4 A. Craft SO 6-2/190 8.4 2.9 4.6 G 3 D. Sobolewski FR 6-1/185 9.2 2.7 3.9
32 L. Smith, Jr. SO 6-4/205 5.8 4.7 2.0 G 11 R. Hearn JR 6-4/210 7.6 3.8 1.1
44 W. Buford SR 6-6/220 15.1 4.9 2.9 F 23 J. Cobb SO 6-5/200 4.9 1.3 0.9
1 D. Thomas SO 6-7/225 15.1 4.8 0.9 F 1 D. Crawford JR 6-5/205 16.1 4.5 2.0
0 J. Sullinger SO 6-9/265 16.8 8.9 1.0 C 24 J. Shurna SR 6-9/220 20.1 5.4 2.7

Opponent

Northwestern comes into the game as one of the top 3-point shooting teams during B1G play. Though they sit less than a percent away from Indiana for the top spot with 39.5% shooting from deep, they lead the league with 8.4 makes per game and boast five of the top fifteen 3-point shooters in conference tilts, whereas Ohio State doesn't have any.

Reggie Hearn leads the way, sitting sixth at a 45.7% clip, followed by Drew Crawford(40.1/10), John Shurna(40.8/11), Alex Marcotullio(38.9/13) and Dave Sobolewski(38.6/15). The Buckeyes held NU to 7/20 from deep in the first game, including Shurna's 1/6 performance and they will have to repeat that effort if they want to keep their B1G title hopes alive. 

On the season, the Wildcats are scoring 69.4 PPG, connecting on 45.6% of their shots from the floor and 68.8% from the line. In B1G play, those numbers slightly dip to 66.1 PPG, 45.4% shooting from the floor and 66.1% on FT attempts, which makes them the worst FT shooting team in league play.

Besides the FT inability, the Wildcats rank last in rebounding, snagging just 28.2 per game, while giving up almost 35. However, they still do a tremendous job of taking care of the ball, ranking fourth in TO's at 10.7 and third in assists with 13.4 per contest.   

Unless a freak occurrence happens tonight and the Wildcats get into deep foul trouble at home, Bill Carmody will only bring in two subs off the bench. Also celebrating senior night will be 6'9" Davide Curletti, who comes in averaging 3.9 points and 3.5 boards. Curletti has seen more playing time since fellow senior Luka Mirkovic went down with an ankle injury. That injury may have hurt their depth, but it allowed Carmody to move Shurna to center and gave the Wildcats five guys in the floor who can make the three. NU is 5-3 since Mirkovic went down, as compared to 2-6 in the eight games before his injury.

Also coming off the bench will be Alex Marcotullio, a 6'3" JR., who is scoring 5.0 per and snagging 2.2 boards, but hit 4/6 from deep on Saturday in their win over Penn State.

It was proven in the first matchup that Northwestern doesn't possess the athletic ability Ohio State does, but they will stretch OSU out and put serious pressure on their perimeter defense. OSU has struggled to rotate over to the open shooter lately and if that trend continues, the Wildcats are primed for the upset on senior night. NU will also try to confuse the Bucks by throwing different zone defenses at them. The Bucks have struggled to score recently and changing defenses could potentially complicate matters.

Buckeye Breakdown:

One of the aspects I enjoy most about watching Thad coach is the improvement his teams typically show and the cohesiveness that develops between the team as the season progresses. And for some reason(s) this team isn't your typical Thad Matta coached team.

They have seem to regress the last couple of weeks and show zero emotions on the floor or the bench. In years past, the bench would be hootin' and hollarin' for every play, but nowadays they seem to be statues, except for the occasional big dunk. To make matters worse, no true leader has stepped up to take the reigns and get this team going. I'm not saying I think Thad has lost this team, I have no idea, but there is definitely something off (he had to throw them out of practice this past Saturday), so hopefully they can flip that switch in these next few weeks.

The Craft/Scott combo could be key.Could we see more of this combo?

In OSU's last three losses, the bench has scored a total of three points, including the zero point effort against the Wolverines. I feel bad for Shannon Scott, I really do. The kid plays hard every time he hits the floor and has been a great spark plug on occasion, but he can't buy a bucket.

I really liked the stretches of minutes he and Craft were on the floor together against Illinois. It put more pressure on the D and allowed the Bucks to handle the rock more effectively, but until he hits a shot, he is an offensive liability and teams can use his defender to double Sully or Thomas.

I think he needs to take the ball to the rim and get a few layups or trips to the foul line to get his confidence going, because the Craft/Scott combo could be key over the next couple of weeks. Lenzelle has been a quality role player this season, but he has a total of five points in the last three OSU losses and 28 points in the month of February, including his 0/1 effort in 30 minutes against Whisky.  

To make matters worse, early fan favorite Sam Thompson has a total of 12 points in February on 6/11 shooting, despite playing at least 10 minutes in each of the seven games.  

Despite these facts, Thad mentioned this week he has talked to his assistants about potentially switching up the starters. Perhaps this will send a message to Buford and Sullinger, who really need to become the leaders this team needs over the next two weeks.  

This is going to be another typical B1G road test, which should come down to the end. Just prepare yourself now for a few homer calls for NU and some open threes. However, if Ohio State can counter that with a better team effort on offense, limit the open looks from the arc and control the paint, they should walk away with a win, which will set up the B1G title game Sunday in East Lansing. 

Etc

  • We finally get to hear another Buckeye game called by Gus Johnson, who is teamed with Shon Morris.
  • The four seniors for NU set the mark for career wins and could be the first class to make four straight post seasons.
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RecruitBuck's picture

If Ted Valentine AND/OR Mike Kitts calls this game, we will lose.

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

Ted has been involved in 1,309 games since '97.  He has disqualified 883 during that span.  Seems to have an itchey trigger finger, or he is just so awful that players/coaches can't take it and tell him where he can shove his whistle.

dubjayfootball90's picture

nitpicking a bit here, but it said tOSU is 23-6 in the big ten, i had to do a double take the first time I read that, haha.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

Corey Carpenter's picture

Thank you Dubjay, perhaps my attention to detail mirrors the Buckeyes lately.

AltaBuck's picture

tOSU ranks 2nd in D1 for team defensive rebounding which means opprtunities to push the ball and hopefully score some easy baskets. Matta needs to instill some confidence into the team's offense before March Madness. Layups, dunks and open midrange jumpers will do that. Push the ball after every rebound.

I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon. - Crash Davis

Tommy's picture

Totally agree with this.  You have an athletic team that struggles to score in the half court when defenses pack it in.  The same team is one of the best defensive units in the nation per the advanced stats.  Pushing the ball and allowing our d to create offense before the other team gets set seems too obvious. 

AltaBuck's picture

When this team was generating offense earlier in the year the games were up tempo. Then the B1G sesaon started and they let the wisconsins of the world dicate tempo. Why?  It's not like the opposition are shooting a high FG%. The opportunities are there.  Matta just needs to tell the team to outlet it to Craft and have him push the ball and see what's there.

I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon. - Crash Davis

Tommy's picture

the Craft/Scott combo could be key over the next couple of weeks years

Craft isn't going anywhere so I think it's wise to start figuring out a way to get these guys playing well together despite both being true point guards.

I hope sometime down the road I'm reading about their endless summer shooting sessions together too.

RBuck's picture

I'm guessing NW will be in a zone most if not all of the game....collapsing on Sully. Hope to hell WB and Tank are on tonight. Shurna's gonna get his; shut down Crawford.

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

OurHonorDefend09's picture

If they lose this game, you might as well pack in the season and pencil them in for a second round exit, maybe Sweet 16 if they are lucky. I understand that NW is a not an easy team to beat at home just because they slow the game down so much, but I don't think this Ohio State team has the mental toughness to rebound after another loss before the B1G tournament. Not to mention they still have to play at Michigan State.

Let's pray these guys start realizing it's shit or get off the pot time and start playing like the team that made Duke look like a Jr. High team.

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

snoodogg22's picture

Don't know what to expect from these guys tonight. Let's just pray we can get back on track and have a total team effort!

Tough times never last, tough people do

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

anyone have somewhere to watch the game online?

 

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

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

lol..well that would've been my first choice....

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

Buckeye06's picture

The lack of confidence in a good basketball team is funny to see.  Yes OSU has lost some games they should have won, but their losses are to quality teams, and no clunkers.  You hope these games teach them things, even small things to win close games in the tourney.  Only time will tell but no reason to think OSU can't make a run still

TLB's picture

we need to dust them early

awwwwwwop's picture

where is the open thread?

"Who cares? Go Bucks." - Aaron Untch

TLB's picture

just us,  I think

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

This is serving as the open thread then?

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Craft just had his candy took from him.

TLB's picture

dominant sully.

whole team is very active tonight

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Craft sucks at passing the ball. Sorry.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

turnovers...turnovers..tuuuurnovers

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

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

I wish Craft was a better passer. Like Jason Kidd. Kidd couldn't shoot in the NBA until he had a few NBA seasons under his belt,but he could pass and could steal the ball.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

that's funny b/c that's exactly who i used to reference Craft to...it...just seems like he is slowly getting more ineffective

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

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Kidd is an all time great passing NBA PG. I wish so hard Craft could work the offensive side of the ball just a small fraction of what Kidd could do. His D is already there. His handles are decent. He has the speed.....

dancorona5's picture

craft with 0 asst. and 3 turnovers in the first half..not good from a point guard...

TLB's picture

We just cant bury teams like we need to

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

somebody needs to take shurma out back and "bury" him....crazy white boy

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

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

personal opinion..i think buford goes ham in the 2nd

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

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

WTF that's a foul? That is a foul? I hope we get those at the other end.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Why is NW shooting so early into the shot clock? They used to lull me to sleep...

OurHonorDefend09's picture

Is it bad that I see us losing this game? Sooooo many turnovers and Northwestern is hitting 3 after 3. I know there is a double digit lead right now but it feels like the longer they hang around the closer they are to having a shot at this thing.

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

We are losing control. This makes me sick.

William's picture

Why is it that Craft doesn't shoot more? He clearly can.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Keep asking those questions, they must be listening.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

We're up 13 on the road, we are killing the boards and playing decent defense. Maybe I just want to see a set offense score on a consistent basis.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Gus rocking a purple tie when OSU is playing NW. He's already said he's a Michigan fan. Can't see why so,many love him. I will admit that he seems to be much calmer tonight and I've enjoyed it.

highwire's picture

Maybe Craft is our missing perimeter shooter? lol where did this come from?

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Thinking the same thing. Hope he keeps it up.

awwwwwwop's picture

where has this aaron craft been all season/?

"Who cares? Go Bucks." - Aaron Untch

awwwwwwop's picture

Also, if this tem had any real paint defense, we would be in trouble

"Who cares? Go Bucks." - Aaron Untch

TLB's picture

wow........worst free throw I ever saw

 

we have so much more talent than them.  but much less desire.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

ding ding ding

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

Joe Beale's picture

I'd appreciate some defense sometime soon.

OurHonorDefend09's picture

I'm about to tick off a lot of people right now... but I almost can't wait for Sully to leave or at least just GROW UP. We almost gave up a BS offensive rebound after those free throws because he just didn't feel like boxing out ONE GUY. He seems to just think he's better than he really is or something because his effort is lack luster.

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

and you, sir...you get a ding ding ding as well

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

OurHonorDefend09's picture

similar thing happened to my high school team. stacked younger class with high expectations that fell apart without senior leadership

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

TLB's picture

our basketball IQ is about a 50

William's picture

Our defense and offense blow come crunch time.

TLB's picture

cant handle adversity

OurHonorDefend09's picture

with 12 3-pointers made by Northwestern you would think OSU was the team running a zone...

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

William's picture

What the hell was that? Sit Sullinger's ass now.

TLB's picture

Sully should have been T'd up

buckeyefan927's picture

And Sullinger shows how to act your age

OurHonorDefend09's picture

seriously, get that prima donna off the floor. Matta needs to send a message.

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

OurHonorDefend09's picture

gg, shurna will hit something clutch.

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

PharmBuck's picture

Sullinger just lacks mental toughness. Period.

"You're pissed because we went after a committed guy? Guess what, we got 9 guys who better go do it again," said Meyer. "Do it a little harder next time."

TLB's picture

Guess his talk with Thad fell on deaf ears.

awwwwwwop's picture

basketball iq = -50

"Who cares? Go Bucks." - Aaron Untch

TLB's picture

yeah, I was off a little  lot

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

WTF!!! How did Tank lose it?

PharmBuck's picture

This is like that game on Madden when the computer refuses to let you win.

"You're pissed because we went after a committed guy? Guess what, we got 9 guys who better go do it again," said Meyer. "Do it a little harder next time."

Triv's picture

Travel?

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

buckeyefan927's picture

They have no idea how to finish in this kind of game

OurHonorDefend09's picture

I hate to say this, but great defense by Deshaun; however, he obviously was so excited that he actually played defense that he forgot he has to then play offense immmediately after.

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

TLB's picture

we are so basketball dumb

awwwwwwop's picture

is Northwestern's student section made up entirely of children? Not one of them looks college aged

"Who cares? Go Bucks." - Aaron Untch

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

They all left high school early

OurHonorDefend09's picture

Also, not that OSU's student section ever has that many attractive ladies in it, but NW has some nice chubby girls in the painted chest/stomach section. Woof.

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

buckeyefan927's picture

Why does this always happen?

Triv's picture

Holy shit...

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

PharmBuck's picture

haha...it really is honestly just funny at this point

"You're pissed because we went after a committed guy? Guess what, we got 9 guys who better go do it again," said Meyer. "Do it a little harder next time."

Joe Beale's picture

How to choke away a big lead in three easy steps.

AngelHeartsBuckeyes's picture

Well, that sucked.

Buckeye born and bred. Buckeye til I'm dead.

TLB's picture

ok..........who takes it?

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

if this goes to OT we're done

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

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Gus, from Michigan, gives the other Michigan guy some love......

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Calling it now, Buford chokes.

AngelHeartsBuckeyes's picture

Holy. Shit.

Buckeye born and bred. Buckeye til I'm dead.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Phew......glad I was wrong

buckeyefan927's picture

The fact that Shurna almost hit that almost gave me a heart attack

Joe Beale's picture

Haha...take that, nerds.

AltaBuck's picture

Matta needs to recruit some RotN Poindexter nerds that shot 3s. What's tOSU Computer Science School ranked these days?

I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon. - Crash Davis

OurHonorDefend09's picture

Sully needs to shut up. He was part of the reason they almost lost. Also, he needs to grow a pair and take control of this team by the time they head to Lansing.

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

AltaBuck's picture

Win's a Win

I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon. - Crash Davis

Triv's picture

Thought sherna was gonna drill that

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

TLB's picture

ha...........amazing performance my ass.  he's such a cry baby

William's picture

Well at least we won. Matta shouldn't start Sullinger at MSU. Send a message.

Powers's picture

he did have 22-18 am i right?

William's picture

What does that matter? Acting like a little brat should get you put on the bench.

Sgt. Elias's picture

Err, no. Without Sully we lose. He needs an attitude adjustment but he played like a beast. He just needs to get his head on straight (Quickly!) when the fouls are called.  Sometimes it's easy to forget he's a sophomore, but he is. 

"Okay -- I've got an El Camino full of rampage here." 

William's picture

That's not an excuse. Did Jerry Lucas or John Havlicek ever whine like little brats? 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Who knows? Most of us weren't even alive then.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Yeah, honestly William, not even neccesarily disagreeing with you, but I know you are a Frosh at Ohio State right now. How in the hell would you know how Jerry Lucas and John Havlicek acted on the court? Lol.

William's picture

Of course my point is baseless in that I can't prove it. I just think that Sullinger really needs to pull his head out of his ass and sack up. Although I find it hard to believe that Lucas or Havlicek would've bitched about calls. 

AcrossTheField11's picture

I'm out of town and was watching it on Gamecast... All I see are some pretty legit stats from Sully.  Can you give me some more insite as to why he shouldn't start?  Attitude?

Time and change will surely show how firm they friendship... O-HI-O.

OurHonorDefend09's picture

He threw the ball like a baby when he got tied up in a jump ball, refused to box out, had awful help defense which gave up a few lay ups, and complains everytime he doesn't get a call even though he gets more calls than not. 

 

Just a few things.

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Now, after watching this team struggle so badly against a very bubble team, how can anyone think we will go deep? This team better get it's act together. Sparty is no joke and that crowd is crazy.

JakeBuckeye's picture

We struggled against Northwestern last year too? And Northwestern was much weaker last year... Some of our fans have to learn that in basketball, since the conference is so tough, a road conference win is huge no matter the margin.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

It was senior day to top it off. Not sure why, but this regular season has felt bad.

We out rebounded them 40+ to 18. sully had 18 himself. This was a game we should have buried them. The post game gives me some hope that they are coming together.

PharmBuck's picture

Gus wanted NW to win SO BAD.

"You're pissed because we went after a committed guy? Guess what, we got 9 guys who better go do it again," said Meyer. "Do it a little harder next time."

Sgt. Elias's picture

This team beat Sparty on the same hardwood. I'll take the win and seeing the boys gut one out against a furious Nerd counter...

"Okay -- I've got an El Camino full of rampage here." 

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

after tonight, i believe we are...

 

GIVE ME AN F.....F

GIVE ME A U......U

GIVE ME A C......C

GIVE ME A .......

 

 

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

AngelHeartsBuckeyes's picture

So if we happen to exit early (Basketball God forbid), anything think Sully stays another year?

Buckeye born and bred. Buckeye til I'm dead.

buckeyefan927's picture

No and neither will Thomas.

HolyBuckeye1093's picture

Buford 6 points, 3-10 shooting!! He cannot shoot away from the Schott. The reason why Ohio State won't go any farther than sweet 16.

Sgt. Elias's picture

Bunch of Downers that hail from County Debby (some of) you guys are lol.  Much better ball movement, the guys seemed to be playing together instead of the cluster-farts earlier. There are many positives to be found.  Enjoy the win! The Nerds have hung tough with everybody good-to-middling recently. If we can get past Sparty, it's game on Buckeyetariat!

 

*Oh, and Aaron Craft. Welcome to the Show. Attaboy!

"Okay -- I've got an El Camino full of rampage here." 

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

You guys realize if we benched Sully, he doesn't hit the winner there, right?  We probably lose in OT to Nerd U.  He channeled his frustration ultimately by jamming the BS calls and NW lucky shots right up their rear ends.  He is lucky to not have gotten a T, but the ball did have to get to the inbounds spot somehow, right? 

Class of 2010.

OurHonorDefend09's picture

It's just his overall attitude. No one is questioning his skill or effort on offense, but if you watch the game he has so much negative energy towards every call he doesn't get. Not to mention his effort on defense is lack luster and he needs to box out more instead of crying every time he gets the opportunity. 

 

Like Julius said in Remember the Titans, "attitude reflects leadership" and right now, and most of this season Sully's attitude has been piss poor even though he is supposed to be the leader of this team.

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

Squirrel Master's picture

Buford is supposed to be the leader of this team. Sully is its best player. Big difference. and as I see it, the only one leading is Craft and even he is getting careless.

Tough win and still alot of ball to be played. but this win was ugly as hell!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Sgt. Elias's picture

I think we can all agree Buford can't shoulder the load as the gamer/leader.  That's what we really miss from last year(s).  Craft has begun forcing a few passes but if he realizes he can contribute ~10 points, especially if he can get his rhythm behind the arc going like tonight, we are making tactical progress. Granted we all expected much more but with the personnel we have you have to make-do in light of reality. If Craft can present a ranged threat it forces teams to adjust the current, successful Buckeye-killing strategy. If we get spanked in E.L. I'll be back to frown-face, but give them a shot at redemption.

"Okay -- I've got an El Camino full of rampage here." 

PharmBuck's picture

Sully and Thomas are both gone. Good players stay for either teams that

A.) have a great chance to win the ship next year

B.) have a great chance to repeat (LOL)

C.) have a great relationship with their teammates

and honestly...watching Sully cry every game is getting old quick. I would like Thomas to return however, he would be the MAN next year. Prolly would have a chance to lead the nation in scoring.

"You're pissed because we went after a committed guy? Guess what, we got 9 guys who better go do it again," said Meyer. "Do it a little harder next time."

Sgt. Elias's picture

Agreed Sully needs to sack-up. But he came through right? His body language is pidgin-Mandarin but he's also getting swarmed now that we've been scouted by everybody. Don't forget the coaching acumen in this league is elite.  I don't care if he cries rainbows as long as he has the stat-line of a warrior. This team could take a header or find itself and make a big run. If we can bang the paint and have SOME type of ranged threat a la Craft tonight, prospects are much improved.

"Okay -- I've got an El Camino full of rampage here." 

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Need to stop the turnovers. Craft has to pass like that last play all game.

btalbert25's picture

  Sully, Thomas, and Bufford are gone in all liklihood, leaving no one who can score for next year, and not much recruiting to speak of.  Think this year has been frustrating to watch wait til next season. 

btalbert25's picture

this team may not make it past the first weekend.  I was thinking Sweet 16, but now I think they'll be lucky to get there. 

Squirrel Master's picture

Big shots by Craft! If only he would do it more often. Not going to sit here and stew over this but I am seriously getting tired of the bad calls. All around! This game should have never been in question but the refs made it that way.

walking away!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Seabass1974's picture

Aren't teams supposed to get better as the season goes on? This team keeps looking and getting worse and more worse.

 

The only saving grace is that the BIG really is at the very top of the basketball conferences as of right now.

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. - Woody Hayes

btalbert25's picture

I've been saying to people for weeks that this team has yet to play it's best basketball, but now it's actually looking like yes, they definitely have.  

Sgt. Elias's picture

Geez, okay. I'm going to go hang out with this Herpes Simplex that has a brighter disposition than the current vibe. The Nerds are not that bad, the conference is as tough as I've seen it from top to bottom. I'm usually quick to point fingures as Sunday-morning QB's/PG's are want to do but come on, we almost lost to these guys last year in Chi-town WITH 3bler and Dave. Take a breath.  Are we `Cuse or Kentucky good? No, but so what? This is CBB where weird happens. Did anybody really think we were going to wax them on senior-night?  Perspective everybody, it's a good view. 

"Okay -- I've got an El Camino full of rampage here." 

Buckman's picture

+1

I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault.

JACK TATUM

JakeBuckeye's picture

This game is exactly what this team needed, in my opinion. Think about pretty much every game we've faced adversity this year. We've lost pretty much all of them if I remember correctly. This game, against Northwestern or not, will be huge for the team's demeanor. Don't forget we had to win at the last second last year at Northwestern too, and that was against a weaker Northwestern squad. This was huge.

Sgt. Elias's picture

Exactly. They took an opponent's best shot right on the chin and didn't fold. That's where they've been lacking in the heart dept. The Nerds were fighting not only for their seniors tonight but also for that ever elusive birth en Le Dance. 

"Okay -- I've got an El Camino full of rampage here." 

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

That's what the post game sounds like. I hope it sticks.

PharmBuck's picture

Definitely don't disagree with any of that. The problem I have is that slight differences in skill can be made up for by a lot of heart. I just don't see any heart on this team.

"You're pissed because we went after a committed guy? Guess what, we got 9 guys who better go do it again," said Meyer. "Do it a little harder next time."