Your Regional Finals Open Thread

By 11W Staff on March 25, 2012 at 2:00p
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momo's picture

Which is the better matchup for Ohio State...Kansas or North Carolina? Not sure who to root for in the evening game.

Chris Lauderback's picture

I'd prefer to get another crack at Kansas, this time with Sully and a neutral floor. Whether Marshall plays or not for UNC, I wouldn't be all that excited to see how we match up with Zeller and Henson. Just my personal preference though I think both teams are very beatable. 

dbit's picture

Kentucky is the only team left I think we wouldn't beat.  Maybe I've just bought into the media hype, but I don't see it.  I'd hate for us to lose in, yet again, a National Championship game.

 

That said... Lets go Baylor!

NoVA Buckeye's picture

the media hype is ESPN's contract as the SEC network, or their obligation to promote Kentucky all the time during basketball season without any regard to any other school that isn't North Carolina or Duke. Media hype means nothing, to put it simply.

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Is it Saturday Yet's picture

I have no idea who the people are in that photo nor the significance other than the Kansas logo.

NCBuck1's picture

Black hat - Bill Self, blue took - Roy Williams. Not significant at all.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

What? Roy Williams looks like Mickey Rourke, and apparently I can't recognize Bill Self in a hat.

NCBuck1's picture

Mickey Rourke... LOL

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Thank god Bylor can't wear the eyesore unis today.

BuckeyeTrack10's picture

Kentucky is tough, but to be honest, I'd rather BEAT the best! While I'm rooting for Baylor, I think if we get past UNC/Kansas then it'd be great to see how we match up against the Wildcats.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

I'm not too proud to say I'd rather not beat the best. If my team can win a national title like Connecticut did last year, where the best team they beat (going by seed) was San Diego State, I'll take that every time.

Baylor is a good matchup for Kentucky, but they're a hard team to figure. I wouldn't have been shocked to see them lose their first game (and they looked like they were considering it), but they have the talent to go toe-to-toe with anybody.

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BuckNutInAnnArbor's picture

Pulling for Baylor and Kansas. I read that Baylor hasnt been to a F4 since 1950. The school is on a roll this year so a F4 would be nice for them... Oh yeah and I hate Kentucky/Cal. I'm sure Kansas fans want to stick it to Roy Williams a second time. Is Marshall out for the remainder of the tourney say they win tonight? I don't want to see or hear about some "miracle comeback" next week.

"...but then again 'Michigan' and 'huge mistake' are synonymous so that shouldn't have been much of a surprise to anybody."  - Mark Titus

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

I thought I heard Marshall was practicing already.

BuckNutInAnnArbor's picture

I heard he was running and doing conditioning, but haven't heard if he has taken any shots or passes. Anyone know?

"...but then again 'Michigan' and 'huge mistake' are synonymous so that shouldn't have been much of a surprise to anybody."  - Mark Titus

BuckeyeTrack10's picture

I don't think he's had any activity since the surgery. Who wins if Baylor meets Louisville in the Final Four?

NCBuck1's picture

Roy Williams said in an interview this morning that Marshall practiced yesterday. He didn't go in live drills but was able to dribble and shoot. He said they would make the call whether he can play or not at game time today. I think he will definitely play in the next round if they win today.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

As who to pull for.....it would be nice to get revenge on Kansas for this year, and because Bill Self goes incognito as soon as he dons a ball cap. Then to also exact revenge on Kentucky for last year. Doesn't Sully have a photo of the Kentucky game winner hung in his locker? Motivation seems to drive this team.

BuckNutInAnnArbor's picture

"...but then again 'Michigan' and 'huge mistake' are synonymous so that shouldn't have been much of a surprise to anybody."  - Mark Titus

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Watching Kentucky right now....they seem scary good.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

Most teams in this day and age aren't used to an opponent that pushes the pace like Kentucky does. It takes some getting used to. Baylor looks like 5 guys who can't figure out what's happening.

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NCBuck1's picture

5 future NBA players with coach Cal. That's scary. Like him or not, Calipari can recruit and coach talent with the best of them. I think we could match up with them though. I hope we find out.

buckeyefan927's picture

I'll take "teams I don't want to play in the tournament for 600, Alex." 

RedStorm45's picture

Wow, Baylor's getting dominated.

William's picture

It's not even like Kentucky is playing so well. Baylor just doesn't play defense, and they're giving Kentucky easy shots in transition as well as easy shots when they run the halfcourt. It also doesn't help that Baylor's shooters can make anything.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Maybe not. Craft would just laugh and beg to stay in.

William's picture

Davis is still hobbling around and in obvious pain, why he's playing with a 21 point lead is beyond me.

BuckeyeTrack10's picture

Coach Cal probably just wants to keep the level of play uptempo, but with him limping around it's not going to do them any good. That injury didn't look nearly as bad as it probably is.

JakeBuckeye's picture

I don't care who we play the next two games (and yes, there will be two more games). I'm beginning to think this is a team of destiny.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

And also the creepiest dude ever.

costinjr's picture

Hey all, I know this isn't exactly kosher, but I'm in a graduate study course on ritual, and one of our assignments is to engage in a blog community that we enjoy, and have the community engage with us on our class blog. I obviously chose this site, and I would be extremely grateful if even just one of you would read a post from http://blogs.muohio.edu/rmm2012alpha/ and comment (preferably on one by buckeyejon), Positively or negatively. Thanks, and go bucks!

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Do I have to register to comment?

costinjr's picture

No you don't have to register, you have to give an email though

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Couldn't pass up Turner's shot. Hope I helped.

costinjr's picture

Thanks so much, I really appreciate it.

coloradobuckeye's picture

Is there video on the Sam Thompson dunk from yesterday?

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The Vest-er's picture

Fundamentals are a crutch for the talentless.

coloradobuckeye's picture

Thanks... I have no idea why that play has gotten little attention, it was epic!

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JakeBuckeye's picture

Boy, these announcers and the media want a UK-UNC rematch so bad. First of all, that's not happening. Second of all, I don't get the desire for a rematch from a bi-partisan stance. Wouldn't you rather see a new matchup in the title game between two great basketball teams that haven't played this season?

rdubs's picture

The first match up was pretty epic, and unlike football each new basketball game is so much different (just look at our ttun matchups this year).  That said I want KU to win and end that possibility.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

Kansas-UNC is being played at an amazingly high level. If the winner comes out like this against the Buckeyes, we'll need a Duke-level game just to hang.

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JakeBuckeye's picture

Both teams are shooting well and playing suspect defense. That won't happen two games in a row.

RedStorm45's picture

If it's anything like last year, teams won't be used to the unusual backdrops and shoot horribly.

Emily's picture

Kentucky looks very scary.

Idaho Helga's picture

KY is very scary. I agreed with the pundits before this tournament even began that its KY vs Everyone Else. Are they beatable? Yep. That's been proven. But talent wise they have done well. Our edge would be defense.

Buckeye06's picture

I'm not really worried about anyone; you get to the Final Four and it's about who wants it.  This OSU team should want it.  Anyone who is playing OSU is saying "how are we going to stop Sullinger and Thomas and play around craft?"  Add in a few intangibles and this team has a great chance against anyone

BuckNutInAnnArbor's picture

As well as Kentucky played on offense, Baylor played some piss poor defense.

"...but then again 'Michigan' and 'huge mistake' are synonymous so that shouldn't have been much of a surprise to anybody."  - Mark Titus

argyle182021's picture

KU v UNC.  The critical 'block' in the paint where the defender left his feet and collided with the shooter midair warranted a replay.  None given by CBS.  Hmmm.

Chris Lauderback's picture

BRING ON THE JAYHAWKS

A shot at revenge with both Sully and a neutral court?! If OSU does win it all, it will have come with an incredible script with this matchup and having already beat our hated 'rival' from 'northern kentucky'. 

Buckeye Chuck's picture

Purdue should have beaten them. Now we're going to have to.

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FortMeyer's picture

Pray for good refs.

Chris Lauderback's picture

Might as well pray for world peace at the same time since we're clearly playing Powerball with those two requests. 

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Buckeyes vs. Kansas ROUND 2.  I like our odds.  To play them as competitively as we did in their house sans Sully, I certainly think we can beat them with Sully on a neutral floor.  Bring on KU, then UK!  Or UL, we can take out another team along I-71!

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FortMeyer's picture

Chris you are right. How about crossing fingers, wishing on a star, positive thinking, or staying at a Holiday Inn Express? Whatever it takes just do not give us a repeat of that mess of a game last night. Please?

Idaho Helga's picture

You hit it on the head. The refs have been really bad in a few games. Ticky tack calls or WORSE (NC/Kansas game) flagrant calls, particularly on charges were ignored. At least in our game they called EVERYTHING. In the NC/Kansas game they were inconsistent. Which is worse. I'm very disappointed that coaches have actually had to scream at the NCAA commish during the game that they are at the mercy of the zebras. And at times, it does seem like that. Thoughts? Seems worse than previous years.

Look at the 2nd foul on Sully las game. ReallY>