Your Regional Semifinals Open Thread

By 11W Staff on March 22, 2012 at 7:00p
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Run_Fido_Run's picture

I'm rooting for Wisky against my own sanity.

LadyBuck's picture

That first call was BS against Wisconsin. That was a charge against 'Cuse. Otherwise, I don't know where the Badger D is.

Tim's picture

I thought the Wisconsin guy was in the restricted area, but they never showed a good replay.

nightmuse's picture

Classic Whisky

 

LadyBuck's picture

And now 'Cuse is going to learn the hard way, taking stupid shots at the beginning of the shot clock is going to be the worst thing they could do with the badgers.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

The problem in the early going for Wisky was that Syracuse wasn't bored yet.

FutureBuckeye's picture

What's everyone's opinion on who OSU has a better shot at if they make it to the next round. Personally, I'd like a draw with Wiscy better.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I agree. Syracuse more talented and Buckeyes would get a full dose of a top notch zone D, whereas against Zaga (and likely tonight) they played against part-time, makeshift zones. Thad would only have one day to prepare.  

dbit's picture

I second that.  Wisconsin is a pretty good three point shooting team.  I think we'd really struggle against that zone.  

FutureBuckeye's picture

What's everyone's opinion on who OSU has a better shot at if they make it to the next round. Personally, I'd like a draw with Wiscy better.

TLB's picture

Taylor forced that

LadyBuck's picture

Badgers need to rebound if they wan to stay in this game. Crowd sounds super 'Cusey.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Don't leave that kid from Syracuse open for 3s in transition. Not Wisky's best five minutes of D, but hopefully they'll warm up.

LadyBuck's picture

Why did they leave Gosser alone at the elbow? That's a sweet spot for most post players, and Wiscky's guys love whooting from the perimeter.

TLB's picture

The many faces of Lesley Visser

LadyBuck's picture

The corner of doom. A rare bad choice by Taylor.

osubuckeye4life's picture

It feels so odd pulling for Wisky once again. 

LadyBuck's picture

I've always respected Bo Ryan and what he's done at Wisconsin. Plus, pulling for them against a Big East team isn't that hard to do.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

That and Wisky will get this game over really fast, if they're in command.

LadyBuck's picture

Especially if they keep on shooting with 20+ seconds on the shot clock.

osubuckeye4life's picture

I can respect that. Very true never been a fan of the Big East. Not to mention they make teams playing them miserable so that's always fun. Also, I think I would like to see them in the Elite 8 than Cuse. 

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Syracuse didn't realize the oafish 6'10 white guy can shoot 3s.

LadyBuck's picture

That's the annoying Wisky we know. Now, on to their D.

TLB's picture

Wisky is patient enough to get a good entry pass somewhere in that zone.

LadyBuck's picture

Yeah, they have the discipline to break the zone.

TLB's picture

of course, Taylor is pressing for the scouts

LadyBuck's picture

This zone really breaks down with their ball movement, though. They have gotten some pretty good post feeds and looks thus far.

LadyBuck's picture

Inside of a minute? I guess these refs are calling a lot of small contact we normally don't in the Big Ten. Interesting to see how our game will go.

spqr2008's picture

And I thought Big Ten refs were bad.  These guys let Syracuse flop soooooo much.  It's why I HATE Big East Basketball and have for the last ten years.

LadyBuck's picture

Oh god, their swing offense. The PTSD that still haunts me from last year.

LadyBuck's picture

Get the rebound, Badgers!

TLB's picture

Taylor going to shoot every time he touches it

LadyBuck's picture

Oh my, 'Cuse can foul, too? Who knew?

Run_Fido_Run's picture

These Syracuse fans are lame. You wouldn't even know it's a quasi-home game unless everything is going right for the Orange.

LadyBuck's picture

The Schott isn't much better, though.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

True, but Syracuse is a "bball school."

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I can't stand K-tuck, but their fans do travel very well and make a lot of noise throughout the game.

LadyBuck's picture

Give all 3 to the badgers. They are hitting their shots tonight.

LadyBuck's picture

They need to move the ball more than that.

LadyBuck's picture

Stupid turnovers. The Grinch needs to rip them a good one at the next time out.

LadyBuck's picture

What's up with their D? It seems a bit softer than I thought it would be. No one is denying the lane to drivers or helping off their screens.

nightmuse's picture

Quit letting them in the paint

 

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Wisky playing very poorly now.

LadyBuck's picture

They aren't contesting shots that well, either. It's so... un-badgerlike. 

TLB's picture

Taylor with another miss

TLB's picture

and then a bad pass and the rout is on

LadyBuck's picture

Taylor is definitely trying to push it too much, and it's hurting them as a team. Come on Badgers, pull your stuff together.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I agree, bad game by Taylor so far. But Wisky D as bad as I've seen them play, too.

LadyBuck's picture

They are definitely not playing their style of D. They aren't contesting shots or getting out on shooters or anything. They're playing afraid.

LadyBuck's picture

They're playing with more energy now. Nice to see. They need to get it under 10.

LadyBuck's picture

Nice, now keep the defensive pressure up, Bucky.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Wisky made a couple of bad passes in the seam and have been "attacking" scared ever since. They need a short memory, get back to attacking with the bounce pass, and play Wisky D.

LadyBuck's picture

Like that nice little turnover there? Wisconsin needs to regroup and pull it together. They have it in them to beat 'Cuse. 

LadyBuck's picture

Great play by the Badgers to end the half!

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I missed it trying to watch a bit of MSU v. Louisville. What happened?

awwwwwwop's picture

steal and a layup by the badgas

"Who cares? Go Bucks." - Aaron Untch

LadyBuck's picture

Coming out of the time out, 'Cuse had the ball with 15.7 (I think) seconds left. As they cross midcourt, the cuse guard goes for a pass. Gosser, I think -one of their big guys- tips the pass right into Taylor's hands, who then goes and scores a lay up, ending the half.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Thanks, that was a big play. Wisky could be in much worse shape.

LadyBuck's picture

It is a huge play. Hopefully, they'll take the momentum into the second half and get the lead back.

awwwwwwop's picture

"Is it march monotony?"

"Who cares? Go Bucks." - Aaron Untch

TLB's picture

Louisville now the optic reds?

TLB's picture

uh......5 - 5 nine minutes in

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Get the ball to Payne, good things will happen.

Erik the Red Warrior's picture

Elite 8 here we come! Go BuckeyeS!!

LadyBuck's picture

MSU will find a way to tough it out. It's Izzo, he'll do it. Although, MSU needs to close out. 

awwwwwwop's picture

so 3 B1G Big East matchups tonight. Wonder the last time something like that happened.

"Who cares? Go Bucks." - Aaron Untch

LadyBuck's picture

And the Big Ten isn't looking that hot, sadly. How is MSU doing?

TLB's picture

as usual, it looks like tOSU is going to have to carry the B1G banner again.   But it is early.

LadyBuck's picture

Jordan Taylor, get all of your heat out tonight, for the love all that is holy.

LadyBuck's picture

And Wisconsin decides to take the momentum from the first half. Go Bucky.

LadyBuck's picture

Hard shot. The Badgers need to do better on D.

TLB's picture

went in, but that is not a good shot

LadyBuck's picture

Keep the fire going, Bucky. Stay patient and disciplined and fun to watch fundamentally. 

LadyBuck's picture

Horrible pass. It was telegraphed. 

LadyBuck's picture

Make your free throws, and get defensive stops, Wisky.

LadyBuck's picture

You cannot let them drive the lane! And nice ball movement.

TLB's picture

I think Verne really wants the 'cuse

LadyBuck's picture

Good energy by Wisconsin. They need to keep on attack that zone, and then actually get a defensive stop. 'Cuse's athletes are just abusing the high pick and roll, and Wisky can't recover quick enough to stop the drive without fouling.

LadyBuck's picture

Nice hustle by Evans. So, how did they get behind by four?

TLB's picture

these camera angles really suck

LadyBuck's picture

I've decided: Evans is their DT. Gets the offensive rebound and goes up strong. Now, make those free shots.

LadyBuck's picture

Yeah, well, they cannot stop the dribble drive. That's going to be the death of the badgers.

TLB's picture

I guess a kick to the face is not a foul anymore

LadyBuck's picture

Which game? If you're talking about 'Cuse, I feel like they tend to get away with some touch fouls.

TLB's picture

Wisky game.  Taylor had the guy in the air, stepped in, got kicked in the face, threw him off balance....no call

LadyBuck's picture

There have been a few questionable non-calls. I feel like the refs are either calling super obvious stuff or it's no-blood, no-foul.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Saw that. I think if he takes that shot he gets the call.

LadyBuck's picture

Horrible turnover by the Badgers. Come on Bucky, pull this out.

LadyBuck's picture

Well, they forgot that almost all of Wisky's roster can sink 3's almost on demand.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Big East up on the B1G so far. Prometheus movie has me excited (sorry for the nerdness)

LadyBuck's picture

It looks interesting to be sure, and never apologize for nerdiness.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Space Horror (done right) + HR Giger = awesome IMO.

LadyBuck's picture

That's an offensive set my team played in high school. Wow. Wondered why it looked so familiar.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Is it me or is 'Cuse making pretty much everything they throw up?

LadyBuck's picture

Well, almost everything has gone in for them.

TLB's picture

they are and they are still tied

TLB's picture

and now they are not

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

I expected the Sparty/Louisville game to be more like the Wisc/Cuse game

Jack Fu's picture

"Prometheus": direct "Alien" prequel or direct "Alien" prequel?

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

That question confuses me?

osubuckeye4life's picture

Wisky is on fire right now!

thatlillefty's picture

Holy Sheet, what a game! Wisky is on fire!!!

Ohio1St81's picture

We know how this feels, Syracuse!

LadyBuck's picture

YES!! Suffer the horribleness that is the whole freaking Wisky roster able to kill you from the outside. Know the pain of long defensive possessions that end in some ridiculous 3 you never knew they could make.

Jack Fu's picture

You know, making four consecutive three-pointers will get you into just about any game.

TLB's picture

that should have been a no call

LadyBuck's picture

But 'Cuse is about to start losing, TLB! We can't allow that.

TLB's picture

I forgot.  what could I have been thinking?

Jack Fu's picture

3rd foul with under 8 mins left and you take him out? That's uber-conservative.

LadyBuck's picture

All you can do is laugh right now.

LadyBuck's picture

What a miserable defensive possession. Someone needs to keep on him.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

As long as the Buckeyes stay healthy and win, the B1G winning any other games would just be icing but I do feel kinda dirty rooting for Wisc.

TLB's picture

wouldnt say I am rooting, but I want them to win.  Syracuse is as dirty as UK

JakeBuckeye's picture

Naaawwww. I like Jimmy B. Say what you will about what's happened to their program, he has handled his team's shit this year.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Didn't they fail drug tests or something?

LadyBuck's picture

I rather the Big Ten win over the Big East. I want people to understand what our conference season is like, and how hard it is to actually win in it. 

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

The same here, it gives our losses some credibility too.

LadyBuck's picture

You need to get in the shooter's face. He had entirely too much room. (God, I'm spoiled with watching Craft's defense).

LadyBuck's picture

Make them earn their points, Wisky. 

TLB's picture

sparty is struggling

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

I couldn't ref basketball. Looked like he was still sliding to me.

LadyBuck's picture

I think the refs called that a block on Wisconsin.

Jack Fu's picture

I think Bo Ryan might murder that official after, or maybe during, the game. He would make an incredibly unsympathetic witness, hambone or no hambone.

PharmBuck's picture

Refs love them some Cuse

"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."

LadyBuck's picture

Wow. Why are they thinking Ryan should get a tech? I haven't seen anything horribly out of place. 

JakeBuckeye's picture

Bo Ryan is just a clown with a permanent scowl on his face. I have NO CLUE what recruiting appeal he gives off to any high school recruit.

PharmBuck's picture

On another note, it is hilarious watching both these teams defenses. Cuse' zone is absolutely killing them, and Wisky is just too slow to guard Syracuse man to man.

"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."

schooey's picture

Mich St and Wiskey are looking like Shi ite(s)!

 

LadyBuck's picture

Good pressure D by Wisconsin. 

LadyBuck's picture

Run your offense Wisky! Make them sleepy until 10- on the shot clock. Find the great shot.

thatlillefty's picture

What is Wisconsin doing??? Penetrate!

schooey's picture

That said, I'm pulling for both of them of course. 

 

TLB's picture

zone is not as active as it was earlier

PharmBuck's picture

LOL okay that was a makeup call

"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."

LadyBuck's picture

Let's do this, Bucky. Make your shots and close out this game.

PharmBuck's picture

Wisky will have to foul now. Too bad they couldn't make their FTs earlier

"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

sparty down 10..........cant score

LadyBuck's picture

Why can't they not score against us?

LadyBuck's picture

Gosser with absolutely clutch free throws.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Wiconsin is camping for threes. Fricken' idiots. Syracuse, being slightly less dumb, FINALLY realized this and focused on the three ball defensively.

Jack Fu's picture

We're losing the First Annual Big Ten-Big East Challenge so far.

LadyBuck's picture

Good god, they almost got a steal. How many team fouls do the badgers have?

PharmBuck's picture

YES

"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

man, syracuse was fouling like hell on that rebound

Jack Fu's picture

Jesus Sparty, put the ball in the freaking basket.

TLB's picture

taylor screwed that all up

PharmBuck's picture

Wow. What a horrible. horrible. horrible. possession. Way to use that TO.

"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."

LadyBuck's picture

Wow. That was a close one. Too bad, Taylor. So, Wisky down, MSU probably going down. Guess it's us and IU. Ugh.

slippy's picture

That was a terrible possession from Wisconsin.

argyle182021's picture

That was the best the Badgers could do on a last shot?  Sad.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Terrible shot attempt. I feel bad for Taylor. He seems like a really good kid, despite playing for one of the biggest clowns in sports.

slippy's picture

I don't really feel bad after that last possession.  If you're doubled 4 ft above the 3 pt line, move the damn ball.  I don't care if you're the leader of the team or not.

LadyBuck's picture

Well, now onto our game.

Jack Fu's picture

Jordan Taylor: I hated you so, SO damn much the last two years. But I respect the hell out of you. You were an awesome college player, and it hurts me a little to say that.

TLB's picture

taylor made WB look good on that one

 

why jack an NBA 3 when you only need 1 to tie?  should have driven as soon as he picked up the ball

PharmBuck's picture

If the artist formerly known as side show bob had any athleticism at all he could have caught the ball mid air and at the very least went down to the ground and went back up to get fouled. Instead he batted at it like 75% of the kids playing volleyball in high school gym class.

"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."

LadyBuck's picture

Best quote ever: "I knew they were good, but I never knew they were this good. They are really, really good." 

What does that tell us about the rest of the Big Ten?

Buckman's picture

Draymond Green just made Sports Center

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Buckman's picture

PG bricks 3 pointer Green jumps up, grabs it and slams it in over defender.

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JACK TATUM

PharmBuck's picture

Can't belive Mich St is letting this crap Louisville team beat them.

"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

Man, sparty really sucks tonight

JakeBuckeye's picture

Things aren't looking good for the Big Ten. We're going to be 0-2 by the time our game tips off.

osubuckeye4life's picture

Wisky gave it a good effort. I'm also not sure why they didn't try to drive on that last possession. 

Come on Sparty!

JakeBuckeye's picture

P.S. Wisconsin will suck the life out of any crowd. Was it just me or was that crowd very "meh" at the end of that game?

LadyBuck's picture

They were 'meh' to start with, but Wisconsin's basketball style isn't for the casual fan, making it more 'meh.'

LadyBuck's picture

After that game, how do you think our buckeyes will fare?

schooey's picture

Cuse is tough. I was up there they other day and it is really a bleak place to live. 

JakeBuckeye's picture

No difference? Hah, not too sure how that changes anything. I still think we're going 1 vs. 2 how it should be in the Elite 8.

schooey's picture

Looks like Michelle St is done too. 

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Sparty needs some March magic.

Jack Fu's picture

Iron rule of college basketball announcing: Len Elmore will never, ever, criticize officials. "He might have leaned a little bit"?? Come on, grow a pair, Len!

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I see bricklayer Buford showed up again tonight... for fuck sake - if you can't make any shots, at least stop fouling and making turnovers!  I am TRYING to be supportive but he is not helping

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