Balanced Buckeyes Earn Trip to New Orleans

By Chris Lauderback on March 24, 2012 at 10:16p
116 Comments

First of all, congratulations to the officials, especially Tom O'Neill, for making a mockery of the sport I love so much. Forty-nine fouls and 67 free throws combined. Well done. 

Tied at 29 to start the 2nd half, Ohio State gave up a quick bucket then went on a game seizing 16-5 run to take a 46-36 lead with 13:45 left and never relinquished it hitting 13/14 free throws down the stretch to clinch a 77-70 victory and a spot in the Final Four

Lenzelle Smith was a stone cold killer in the 2nd half with 16 of his 18 points after taking an early shot to the head and Sullinger overcame early foul trouble (7 min 1H) to add 15 of his 19 in the final 20 minutes as the Buckeyes imposed their will on a foul plagued Syracuse squad that too often settled for quick shots. 

After Brandon Triche bombed a triple capped an 8-1 run cutting the OSU lead to 55-54 with 6:46 left, Sullinger scored five straight points and Smith drained a trey giving OSU a 62-55 lead with 3:16 to play. The Orange could get no closer than 70-67 when they were in foul mode and and the Buckeyes just kept stroking free throws. 

The Buckeyes owned the glass 37-22 with Willie Buford (9) and Deshaun Thomas (9) leading the way. Sullinger added seven.

And how bout Amir Williams? Much love to that kid tonight.

Forced into nine first half minutes after Sully and Ravenel had picked up two fouls apiece, Williams gave the Buckeyes three points, four boards and two blocks in an insanely clutch stretch. He did miss three of four free throws and turned it over twice but to be thrown into that situation - hat tip to you kind sir. 

Aaron Craft fouled out with :49 left but was his normal pesky self with five points, four boards and four assists. He was also once again the clear leader on the court ordering players around, shouting encouragement including a well placed, "Amir! Dunk that MF'r". 

Buford had another awful shooting night (3/12) but his nine boards were huge and he played some solid defense along the way. 

The Buckeyes held the 'Cuse 42% shooting but could only muster a 41% outing themselves. 

Ohio State took took 42 trips to the line and hit a so-so 74% to build a 31-20 edge in points from the stripe. 

Triche paced Syracuse with 15 points and Scoop Jardine added 14. 

Matta's squad will face the winner of UNC / Kansas which will be played tomorrow at 5:05. 

What a ride. Congratulations to one hell of a blue collar squad that is coming together at just the right time. 

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Buckman's picture

I'm in love

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

JACK TATUM

Buckman's picture

with a buckeye

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

JACK TATUM

Rooster Buckburn's picture

The game of basketball would absolutely be so much better without referees - and this game proves it.  Forty-nine times play was stopped to the dreaded whistle sound - hideous.  Maybe they need to bring in some NBA refs to do these tourney games...

buckeyedude's picture

But what about the non-calls? Like when Craft got slapped in the head, and the refs call him with a double dribble? Or when he gets hip-checked by frustrated opposing players?

 
 

BuckeyeMark's picture

What an incredible win!  So gutsy, so tough!  This team is incredible.  How did our senior led team with Diebler's outside shot not make a FF and this bunch - thrown out of practice once - did?  So it goes.  What a great job by coach Matta!

RedStorm45's picture

If you recall, Diebs didn't have a great 1st 2 years.

buck-I.8's picture

the lit reference made me tear up a bit

buckeyefanatic's picture

Agreed on last years team ... I'm still not over it. Maybe like this years team, at times, they got full of themselves. I dunno I just don't get it. Seems like this years version is at least learning from their mid/late season slump.

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RedStorm45's picture

So awesome.  2 games.  Let's do this.

Rooster Buckburn's picture

There is much to be excited about with the future of Williams.  Look forward to seeing him rock the rims next year.

Buckeye in Illini country's picture

He just needs to get his head into the game; he had a couple mental errors, particularly on defense.

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!

Huth's picture

Agree and that must be why we haven't seen more of him this season. Maturity thing

factor11's picture

chris, pretty pumped im not the only person who noticed craft saying that...

Bucks's picture

Chris, you aren't kidding with the Refs in this game. My oh my.

Awesome win to have. Was actually very impressed with this team keeping it together with Sully out for so long. That & the always migraine-invoking-for-other-team Craft, were easily my favorite portions of the game tonight.

Colin's picture

Did Craft really drop an f-bomb? I need to see a clip of this, I never would have expected that.

ILbuckeyes's picture

yes he did right before the tv timeout after he lob passed Amir

LadyBuck's picture

Yeah, where is that replay? Unless he actually said "MFer," which would be equally amusing.

ILbuckeyes's picture

he said "dunk that Mother Fu%%r" 

Colin's picture

I missed the play, I would love to hear him say that...with that high pitched voice.

LadyBuck's picture

That is absolutely hilarious. Good boy image took a bit of a dent with that (though probably not too much).

factor11's picture

i personally thought it was 'slam that f&&&&&'

argyle182021's picture

You couldn't actually 'hear' it, at least I couldn't.  Not too hard to read the lips, though

LadyBuck's picture

Amir was great, and I love what he contributed to the offensive and especially the defensive side. What about those blocks and deflections? Absolutely excited to see what he, Thompson, and Scott can do next year.

Great tough-it-out win by the Bucks. Love that they are clicking at just the right time.

ILbuckeyes's picture

I love seeing all the positive comments after 2 months of straight negative comments about this team not having what it takes

M Man's picture

I kind of expect that the coach of the 2026 Buckeyes will be one Aaron Craft.

Roger's picture

Haha, I like this guy.

LadyBuck's picture

Try team doctor. He's pre-exercise science and pre-med and wants to be a surgeon. He'd be one hell of a coach, though.

741's picture

He's got to wait until Robert Smith and Krenzel finish up their medical degrees first. (I keed.)

faux_maestro's picture

Whenever I see or hear or hear about Robert Smith I say "Dr. Smith" since he quit the team because alledgedly the coaches wanted him to skip class....then he went pro and never finished school....

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buckeyedude's picture

Maybe Craft could teach the team to do a Rubik's Cube in under 2 minutes? Maybe that is the key to his success on the hardwood?

 
 

Buckeye in Illini country's picture

I agree 100%.  He knows the game inside and out.

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!

LABuckeye's picture

I like your thinking, M Man. He is obviously a very smart player... being a smart player, I think, equals future coaching potential.

Huth's picture

I'm thinking Governor

Idaho Helga's picture

Pleeze, politicians are the dregs. Be a doctor.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Helga, are you flying the Buckeye colors in Spokane, tonight? The Zaga are probably over it now and they figure, "we lost to the team . . ."

Rather_Be_Golfing's picture

Agreed ILBUCKEYES.

 

Nice to see folks here saying nice things.  All it took was a trip to a Final Four, lol...

 

Great team coming together.  Like I have said on prior posts, we are very tough as you cannot key on a few players.  Somone else steps up.  Tonight was Lenzelle Smith.  What a couple of games he has had.  Winning attitude.  Love to see it.

 

Enjoy the game tomorrow night and let's celebrate this for 24 hours.  Then time to focus and get ready to play for it all.

 

Go Bucks

Jbuckham94's picture

I believe the game ball definitely should have gone to Lenzelle. He starts the game 0-4 and not to mention the stitches, and ends up 1 point behind Sully with 18, and made quite a few really clutch shots. There is no way regular season Lenzelle even attempts another shot after starting 0-4. Huge props to him and his obvious confidence. This team needs that outside shooter.

Class of 2016. Go Bucks!

buckeyedude's picture

I agree 100% Smith has been a nice surprise, somewhat.  The kid hit a couple of baskets when Cuse was on a roll. He did that against Cincy too.

We've all been hearing how weak the OSU bench is, and now we have Revenel, Smith, Williams, and Scott coming off of the bench and contributing significantly, and it is wonderful to see.

 
 

Triv's picture

Smith starts, doesn't come off bench

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

buckeyedude's picture

My bad. Duh.

 
 

Bucks's picture

Have to agree with what Clay just said on a preview for the rundown @ 11. Even with the excellent talent, getting such a youth laden team to the FF is incredible & something I fully admit losing sight of at times.

741's picture

Rick Pitino may be a vampire.

Idaho Helga's picture

You only say that because when he shaves in the am there is nobody in the mirror and he cuts himself.

Sgt. Elias's picture

I'm so happy for them, truly peaking at the best time of the season. Well done lads! This thing is within our grasps. Love L. Smith Jr.'s game right now, and kudos Amir, solid minutes young man.

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

kr66osu's picture

I'm so proud of this team. Everything looked like it was falling apart after we lost to Wisconsin, and they responded by putting together this hell of a run. I really hope we get another shot at Kansas for the right to go to the National Championship game.

DWAREBUCKEYE's picture

Aaron Craft 'coaching' Amir on the alley-oop got me so fired up I almost jumped through my ceiling.  Great win Bucks!  Sky's the limit.

"Because I couldn't go for three."

LadyBuck's picture

And you know what's the best part? Michigan still sucks.

Ohio1St81's picture

Buford's 3-12 shooting is misleading: he drew fouls in those missed shots and made 6/8 from the line. He also grabbed 9 rebounds. Syracuse was able to put together a couple of runs, but it wasn't because the blue-collar Buckeyes fell asleep - our intensity stayed high for 40 minutes. That's why we earned this win. 

I watched this game with a friend who isn't much of a basketball fan and isn't familiar with Ohio State at all (I'm in ACC territory). At one point she said Craft "seemed like the leader" of the team. It's great to see things clicking the way they are now. Stay focused, go Bucks!

Yamosu's picture

First off, go BUCKS!!! Final four baby.  Heading to New Orleans!

That said, fouls on shots on missed attempts do not count as shot attempts.  So he did in fact MISS 9 shots out of 12 that he was not fouled.  At the end of the day, Buford is on the court because he can score.  He is not a natural leader like Lighty was, he does not play defense like Craft, or grab rebounds like sullinger or thomas.  He needs to contribute on offense.  Much like last year, we will lose if he has a 3-16 performance in the next two games.

(he did have 9 rebounds tonight, so that was great)

madhatterhater's picture

This teams really looks like the having fun together. Williams was amazing. I'm so glad I got to watch Hawii 5-0 instead of watching the boys cut down the nets!

go bucks

Bucks43201's picture

yes. I would love to see Amir Williams in the game at the same time with Sully. It would take pressure off Sully and he could dominate the other team's 4-man, instead of battling their Center.

btw - I don't know if anyone else saw the post-game presser, but Sully all but said he was going pro, (to no one's suprise)...but he said something like "...Amir is behind me & Evan, but next year he is going to be great..."

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

Bucks43201's picture

What a game. It's almost a relief when these games are over...I just get too in to it...it's nerve-wracking. But, it's worth it.

3 best plays, there were many, but:

1.) The inbounds ally-oop by Sam Thompson, from Craft, after the TV timeout. That guy can flat out get up. He was around the foul line when he took flight to catch that pass.

2.) Maybe the turning point of the game -- that fake charge take by Aaron Craft. I wouldn't trade him for any other guard in the country. He is so valuable...mainly because he is so smart, and has a very high basketball IQ. He was worried with the fouls about getting called for another, so he stepped up like he was going to take a charge & coerced the 'Cuse player in to an obvious travel turnover. Huge play.

3.) The Lenzelle Smith, Jr. floater over 6'9'' Christmas. Smith is the x-factor---he hit huuuge threes...but that floater was like a 9.9 on degree of difficulty. Unreal.

 

 

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

buckeyedude's picture

What a game. It's almost a relief when these games are over...I just get too in to it...it's nerve-wracking. But, it's worth it.

I with ya there, bro. I couldn't sleep last night because I was so frickin' pumped up. I had to watch Through the Wormhole on the Science Channel, hosted by Morgan Freeman to help me fall asleep. It's the only thing that works for me. I think it was 2:30am.

 
 

Bucks43201's picture

Through the Wormhole?

hahah I'm LOL-ing

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

DWAREBUCKEYE's picture

Am I the only one that saw Sam Thompson have another spectacular dunk?  How is this not on any of the highlight reels?  They didn't even replay it during the game!

"Because I couldn't go for three."

Bucks43201's picture

I know...good ol Verne & Raftery were pretty "ho-hum" about that play. That was a ridiculous alley-oop dunk. They acted like it was nothing. Same with the Dione Waiters dunk rejection that was somehow called a foul on OSU - where the front rim sent him to the ground, and they called a foul on, (I think it was) Thompson -- but he didn't even touch him! Literally - he was untouched and missed the dunk and fell down. Verne & Raftery didn't say a word about that in regards to it shouldn't have been a foul.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

Muss_15's picture

I left my seat on that one! Mostly because I've been calling for/hoping for a dunk from Thompson since the Big Ten Tournament. 

Buckeye Chuck's picture

I think that dunk came after a timeout, the announcers were yakking about something unrelated, and the crowd didn't really react because it wasn't a positive play for Syracuse. So it got lost in the shuffle, but it was an amazing, jump-out-of-the-gym effort.

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buckeyedude's picture

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkgwhYkwhXA

It's not very good. But it's the only one I could find.

 
 

BuckeyeUro's picture

Some one said some thing about Ross transferring out of OSU?? Can any one confirm???

LadyBuck's picture

Something was mentioned in the liveblog, but nothing was confirmed. There was no link or source. So, for now, dismiss it as a ill concieved rumor.

Muss_15's picture

Not sure but his tweets right now wouldn't make you think he was (however he is on an emotional high.)

"@qross2011 Hell of a Freshmen year Big Ten Title and now a Final Four appearance could possibly end it with a National Championship!! #buckeyenation"

FortMeyer's picture

The Sam T. dunk was awesome! He jumped as high as he's ever jumped before!

BuckeyeLurker0509's picture

AMIR! Dunk that motherfucker!

 

I love Aaron Craft.

LadyBuck's picture

Hahaha! 

You're not the only one.

Colin's picture

That's it...I need to see a replay of this. Somebody PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE get me a clip of this. It's imperative.

Denny's picture

Sweet King Sully!

Sweet Brother Aaron!

Sweet Buford!

WE MADE IT TO THE FINAL FOURRRRR!

Taquitos.

Bucks's picture

I wonder what % jump there has been in alcohol consumption since the buzzer for Buckeye Nation :P

 

Edit: I just love reading this in regards to Craft from the WallStreetJournal: "As a freshman last season, his 73 were fourth most in Ohio State history. And with 167 in just two years, he's only 37 shy of the record set by Jay Burson from 1986-89."

LadyBuck's picture

Which is rather ridiculous if you think of it.

Chris Lauderback's picture

Don't know but I'm doin my part, Bucks

shadedred's picture

I remember watching Jay Burson when I was growing up. That is when I first became a Buckeyes fan. He was exciting to watch. I will always remember that game where he played with a fratured vertebrae.

Chris Lauderback's picture

Lenzelle was so clutch tonight. That teardrop over christmas or whoever was sick. 18 pts? 16 in 2nd half? (You can have offutt, who I also am very happy for)

Bucks's picture

Pretty nice write-up on Lenzelle - Sporting News.  Also, CPD - Bill Livingston.

"When he was helped to the bench, Smith said, he felt dazed, was having trouble placing what, exactly, was happening. The lights were too bright, he said, and the crowd noise was overwhelming."

ATXbucknut's picture

I've got my Final Four tix and am heading to Nawlins on Friday.  Buckeye Nation will be reprezentin'!!!

LABuckeye's picture

I was just in New Orleans last weekend. Told the others in our group when we passed the Superdome "there will be a lot of Ohio State people here in a couple of weeks".

Triv's picture

Anyone notice the sportscenter highlights were almost entirely Syracuse highlights? And didn't feature Thompsons dunk. You'd think since we won the game we'd get the majority of the highlights...

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

LadyBuck's picture

I've come to expect nothing from ESPN on the OSU front. Whatever positive media we get from them is just a bonus. Otherwise, I don't care too much.

southbymidwest's picture

Not only that, but there was a lot of talking head sympathetic clucking for Boeheim and the Syracuse team- oh poor babies, they had to deal with such adversity this year- drug allegations, Fab Mello grade issues, Bernie Fine-wah wah wah, let's call a wahmbulance for them. Maybe the team wasn't responsible for Fine, but grades and drugs? That is ALL on them, those were under their control. No sympathy here. Not to mention I have a sneaking suspicion that if the tables were turned and it was OSU having these problems instead of Syracuse, there wouldnt be any sympathetic clucking, but instead, scorn and derision. A pox on them.

That being said, the game was terrifically entertaining, and the guys did a great job. Congrats on going to the Final Four!

btalbert25's picture

Who cares about what ESPN puts on that chanel, Ohio State won and that's all that matters.  Let them keep ignoring the Buckeyes and let Sir Charles keep picking against them it's working!

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

HELL MOTHAFUCKIN YEAH man FINAL FOUR HERE COME THE BUCKS!  Let's win the whole damn thing! 

Those refs were the ultimate anti-B1G refs, that's for sure (anti-B1G as in nickel and diming...hell, pennying with the foul calls, not anti-B1G as in anti-OSU).

Class of 2010.

osukdawg76's picture

House fucking money at this point.  Congrats to this schizophrenic basketball team :P

 

 

All joking aside, I'm proud of the boys tonight.  They played their hearts out in terrible conditions (Pro-Cuse crowd, whistle-happy referees) and pulled away with a Regional Championship.

 

Next stop, New Orleans!

I, for one, welcome our new coaching overlords.

 

 

Bucks43201's picture

Aaron Craft just stole the recipe off the guy who invented the new breadsticks for Dominos Pizza, in Findlay, Ohio. That gives him 8 steals over the past 2 games. Quick.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

buckeyedude's picture

^^^^That is funny as shit. Good one dude. I think they are "breadstick bites," though.  Wouldn't surprise me is Craft stole it. LOL.

 
 

btalbert25's picture

I'm hoping for a Louisville/Buckeye final game.  Those 2 games today were great.  Too bad the officials had to overshadow the kids playing.  Pitino's technical in the Louisville game came when he was yelling at his own player.  That's right, his player made a dumb foul, he started yelling at the kid and they T'd him up.  HORRIBLE officiating tonight. 

NW Buckeye's picture

Funny thing about the refereeing - most analysts were saying the Buckeyes would have a hard time because the games in the B1G are not called very close.  The thought was the fact that they have to play in a league were the officials let them play and don't call many fouls would hurt them come tournament time.  Yet, when the refs called the game close tonight it seemed to hurt Cuse more than the Bucks.  Yes, Sully had to sit for 11 minutes, but since they were calling it close, the subs did not have to contend with B1G brawl ball. 

And, for what it's worth, I have no trouble with the refs calling a close game so long as it goes both ways.  For the most part I thought the refs made it even through out much of the night. 

Abe Froman's picture

Whoa! Abe wakes up in Cancun with a blasting headache and a need for well prepared bacon. After taking a few minutes to check the scores, I find this little gem! Honestly, there is nothing on down here except "futbol."

Nice job team! Maybe if I don't watch them play next weekend they will win then too?

Basking in the wake of mediocrity.....

cwerph's picture

Thank you, Syracuse, for being too dumb to foul Shannon Scott in the final minute after Craft fouled out.

 

BUCKEYES TO THE FINAL FOUR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chris Lauderback's picture

Rewatching the game again. Can't decide if my favorite call is Sully's 2nd foul in which he lightly places his hand on a driving and fading right Scoop Jardine or the play soon after when Waiters stuffs himself on the rim trying to dunk after a drive down the middle of the lane. He absolutely dusted Thompson off the bounce - no way Sam could even reach him to foul. I know O'Neill made the call on Sully but couldn't tell if he made the call on Waiters' drive. 

Chris Lauderback's picture

Haha! That basket interference call on Amir was also a crock. That ball was 4 inches off the cylinder. 

Run_Fido_Run's picture

On another play, if I'm remembering correctly, a Syracuse big got an offensive RB well underneath of the hoop after some banging by both sides. He went up for a putback but had nowhere to go and they called a foul on the shot even though no one touched him (why would they?), almost as if they were punishing the prior action - i.e, "it was your fault the player was stuck under the basket," but that's an all new twist on the "make up call."  

RedStorm45's picture

There was a 3 pt play (Craft's 4th foul?) towards the end with Syracuse on a mini-break...LZS hits the ball, Craft backs off and Craft gets called.  

And then there was the "inadvertant whistle" when Triche changed his pivot foot about 3 times and I'm guessing he was expecting a call from the official who was close? Or was too much of a pansy to actually make the call and just said nothing happened.

LadyBuck's picture

Yeah, I don't know how they got away with so much. Those refs were questionable. At least they were questionable both ways, though.

TLB's picture

Waiters rim stuff was the best.  He got 2 shots out of it and nobody touched him from the foul line in.

 

Close 2nd was the double dribble.  No way that official could see it.

 

But they were bad both ways.  We all knew they would try to even up the number of fouls after the half because we had 7 or 8 less than them. 

BuckeyeW's picture

Also annoyed at the official who called Craft for the double dribble. He obviously couldn't tell from the angle of his position; have to swallow the whistle in that case. Or call a travel for the hesitation, but double dribble it was not. If you don't SEE it, you can't call it.

Chris Lauderback's picture

Exactly. The ref was on the other side from the ball and Craft's left hand - impossible for him to see if Craft actually touched the ball with his left hand. 

That's the problem with so many refs in a nutshell - they ANTICIPATE calls. 

DJ Byrnes's picture

LETS GET READY TO DO THIS AGAIN WITH SHITTY REFS NEXT WEEK, Y'ALL. WOOOOOOOO.

 

In all seriousness, that game was awesome. That teardrop was something fierce as well. 

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

LadyBuck's picture

Oh DJ, your use of y'all makes me happy, and will probably make me talk with some sort of a southern twang for the next few hours.

Lenzelle was feeling it last night, and I loved it. It's been great to see someone new step up in every game this tourny. DT against Loyola (MD.), Craft against Gonzaga, DT & Sully against Cincy, and now Lenzelle against the 'Cuse. I'm glad this team is hitting it's stride and peaking at the right time. 

Chris Lauderback's picture

Brandon Triche should simile less. Yikes. 

Buckman's picture

Looks like he's been chewing on rocks.

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

JACK TATUM

Bucks43201's picture

I think Boeheim gets away with some dirty stuff, the whole "I know nothing" routine because of the nerdy look. I bet his eyes don't even require bifocals, but he wants to portray that nerdy professor look -- so nobody thinks he's dirty off the court.  (1/2 joking....1/2 serious)

Coach Boeheim - you've had 10 players test positive for drugs since 2000, and they were still allowed to play after the failed drug tests. 

Jim Boeheim: "I know nothing."

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

NICELY DONE BUCKEYES!!!!  Now this is the team we have been waiting for!!!

I do hope that ref crew is no longer doing games!!! They SUCKED!  How many phantom fouls did we get called on us last night?

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Bucks43201's picture

I know I'm stating the obvous and beating a dead horse. But, it is good to keep track of the "worldwide leader", and it's interesting - their coverage. I watched Sportscenter at like 2AM and all the one commentator kept repeating after a nice OSU highlight was: "Do you think Syracuse missed Fab Melo?". After that sweet rainbow floater by Lenzelle Smith, Jr. --- all the ESPiN talking head would repeat was his reinforcement of his line, saying:  "Do you think Syracuse missed Fab Melo?".

Then, this morning, with Bob "I think Jim Tressel is the devil" Lee and Digger "Golden Homer" Phelps --- they showed highlights of Syraucse getting called for what they deemed questionable fouls, and said the quick whistle affected Syracuse. They played clips of Boeheim complaining about the officiating as if Syracuse got screwed and OSU got every call. And they showed Ravenel getting fouled, and they said it wasn't a foul. Not a peep, though on the total bs 2nd foul call on Sully, or the phantom foul on Thompson when Wiaters got rejected by the rim...or on Craft getting thrown to the ground in the 2nd half. Unreal. But...not surprising at all.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

buckeye76BHop's picture

My fellow Buckeye brother...this is why I deleted my espin account and ONLY and I mean ONLY watch that FUCKED UP channel if the Buckeyes are on.  They all seem to hate OSU or at the least are biased in someway shape or form (ie dip shit Mark "I think I'm the best O-lineman to put on shoulder pads and a helmet" May...oh and knows everything under the sun to prove O-lineman are smart...or something).  It's not even worth wasting one thought over what those ignorant pampas know it all asses think or have an opinion on...they suck ass man.

Stay classy BUCKS43201...let Wes Mantooth and his cronies have their stupid opinions.  It really doesn't matter...cuz we won BROTHER!

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."
"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."
Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

Bucks43201's picture

hahaha Wes Mantooh...amen. Yes. Mark May is the ultimate Buckeye Hater.  72- 0 Mark

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

RedStorm45's picture

I liked O'Neil's dumb articles....adding 10 years to Thad's age and confusing his right and left feet.

Muss_15's picture

I, too, was disappointed in the "highlights" of the game.  They were ridiculous.  However, when the one annouced decided to bring up Syracuse's 29 fouls and how horrible the officiating was for them, I believe it was Doug Gottlieb who shut him down.  He reminded the dude that OSU had 20 fouls and 7 of Syracuse's fouls came at the end of the game when they were fouling on purpose.  

buckeye76BHop's picture

Absolutely loved watching our Buckeyes cutting down the nets in Boston...and look forward to seeing them do it again in New Orleans.  This teams on a role and I don't see anyone derailing them if they keep playing like that (even the refs).  Oh BTW, Alex if you read this (since you were there)...how did that douche bag Boeheim's face look like when he walked off the court for the last time?                      

OH HOW SWEET IT IS!  GO BUCKS!   

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."
"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."
Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

millertime2011's picture

I just want to make it clear so people outside of here don't get the wrong idea about us complaining, those refs were terrible. But they were terrible for both teams. Sully only played 6 minutes in the first half because of an incredibly bad call (where they were anticipating a foul), but in the 2nd half more cuse players were put in foul trouble on some terrible calls. There were a couple of calls last night (both ways) where the refs were waiting to see if the ball went in before calling the foul. This is the tournament. The refs should call fouls, but besides the big ones, let the kids play. Those refs were bad, but both ways. The only difference is we played through it more than cuse did. Cuse should've gone up big with sully out for the whole first half, but they didn't take advantage. FINAL FOUR BOUND!!!

pcon258's picture

brilliant game, even though i could only watch the first half. i was on a greyhound coming back to school getting text updates from friends. unbelievable game, cant wait for unc/kansas

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

Dear Fab Melo,

      Thank you

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

osubuckeye4life's picture

^This 

Eventhough, I still think we could have won. However, it would have been much tougher. 

I'm so proud of how this team has turned around since February. They peaking at the right time and I can't wait till next Saturday night. 

Revenge. Kansas on a neutral court with Sully. LET'S GO!

chibucks's picture

that dunk was nasty...  too bad there aren't any good replays of it and it didn't even make SC.  he basically caught it on one side, brought it over and put it down as the youtube video shows...  found a pic of the aftermath...  look at the syracuse player's face.  lol.

 

osubuckeye4life's picture

^ (what Cuse player was probably thinking) DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMN!!!!!