PHONE'S RINGING -- IT'S URBAN ON THE LINE
I think this game is big for gaining momentum for the end of the season and the tournaments
If Lenzelle has a bad game, we will not win. Let's see if DT can get going early. He has been starting off slowly.
Should be interesting to watch Q vs. Valentine (frosh SF for Sparty). Valentine has been playing really well recently, and has been logging as many minutes as Dawson. I think Q has the athleticism and height advantage though.
Today is an interesting measuring stick, since the game in East Lansing was nearly a win for us. If we can't win in Columbus, it will tend to show that one team is improving as the season progresses, and one team is falling back.
The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.
FYI- Tip has been pushed back to 4:10.
Let's go bucks, O----H---
@andrewjholleran: "Braxton Miller is here in the Schott, sitting in MSUs family section behind the Spartans bench."
Weird. Maybe it's because he's "MSU's Daddy?"
I think he's close friends with a Huber Height grad who attended MSU... can't remember his name, but he's in the league now. LB or lineman. Probably with that family.
Travis Trice was Braxton's teammate in High school
Win this game--lock up a 4 seed. Lose this game, IU, and early Big Ten tourney exit: 6 seed.
Really hope Craft shuts down Appling... kid is a punk.
Payne or Nix with the first cheap shot of the game? My money is on Payne.
Thompson sure gives up some bulk.
Offense showing good patience.
Good to see other players looking confident early.
Who knew we'd shoot the lights out? Boom!
Anyone have a link?
Shot clocks didn't work on Thursday night either. Glad to see that they fixed the problem.
at least we have a good broadcasting duo...
Whoops. Thanks buddy
Nevermind found one. http://www.cbssports.com/video/player-beta/cbk-live/sk6FOJM7UgK6
BTW- Love the poster, but Amir's big smile ruins the badass nature of having guns strapped to his back.
That's why its so good
They are putting quick pressure on Craft on the bring up to wear him out. Just like last game.
pretty smart strategy
Bucks do NOT match up well with Sparty on the inside (says Mr. Obvious). I have a bad feeling that unless Tank goes bonkers there's no chance.
No no. We are good. Just got to stop those inside screen plays to the bigs.
Nix should have taken that. Glad he didn't ha.
We need Scott in. Wings are struggling defensively.
Big game lenzelle!
Getting killed in the paint early while launching questionable jump shots.
All 10 sparty points in the paint.
Izzo will start calling plays to rain down 3s . . . ASAP.
Make that 12.
Good D by Williams so far
If Thompson can do that even remotely consistently, it's going to be important going forward. Nothing wrong with his shooting stroke there.
Williams is a step too slow..lol.
Q, Ross and Rav join DT and Craft.
atta boy Ravi
Ravs with the AND 1
Weird, a guard actually threw the ball to Thomas in the post. So sick of watching L ignore DT in the post, when that is the play.
What I like:
1. Bucks are getting open looks to DT in the post.
2. Also getting open looks on outside (Thompson, Smith, and Thomas).
What I don't like:
1. Already have given up a few offensive boards to MSU.
2. We cannot stop MSU inside / outside game. They can run an offense + have potential to make a huge run at any moment.
Getting beat on the boards 9-4 currently.
Appreciate the stats to support my general observations, ORE BUCK!
Buckeyes 5-12 from the floor, 1-5 from 3-point range.
Sparty is 5-11, 0-3 from 3, but with 3 offensive rebounds.
Rav can hit that baseline jumper. I think we see more plays to get him the ball away but along baseline. He can drive or shoot the short J.
This game is going to require more beer isn't it?
"Okay -- I've got an El Camino full of rampage here."
Love pushing the ball. Really need to beat them down the court before they can get set.
Payne with 2 fouls. Nice
I know they said that on tv, but I think he only has one. ESPN.com has him with one, and I doubt izzo would have kept him in.
I think you are correct. Thanks.
Make that Ravs!
We haven't played this up-tempo in a while.
Rav with some nice minutes today. Nice to see him playing better than he has been.
Rav off the bench with 7 points... Nice to see
Tom Crean listens to Nickelback...
This is hand to hand combat!
Ross good rebounds, but not shooting well today.
Rav looking good on D!
L is killing us on both ends.
If only this team could shoot.
everyone gassed. slow it down.
I have no idea how Lenzelle Smith Jr. has a D1 scholarship. I'm really sick and tired of watching him shoot.
I think it's a case of misuse / misunderstanding of his role. At the top levels of college basketball he's a role player being asked to star. He doesn't really do anything exceptionally well but he shoots just good enough from outside, is just a good enough defender / rebounder that he provides some value. But there's not another option. Less of LZ means more LQ. Want that?
Yet again great defense and horrible shots
Last Bucks possession: Thomas jogs down court. Stands and watches. Never touches the ball. Then drives and misses a layup next time down. I get that he's their best scorer. Why not attempt to post him up EVERY SINGLE TIME??
Disagree with slowing it down. DT needs a seat because he looks tired, but they are playing a 300 lb man. We need to play an up-tempo game to win. Just need to stop taking stupid shots and turning it over (L especially).
Remember that sequence if we end up losing: Bucks up 3, Smith misses terribly, Bucks steal, MSU steals back and hits open 3, Thomas misses layup, Sparty hits circus layup. BAD stretch.
Payne has 10 rebounds. tOSU has 11. Yikes.
This trend, more so than being incapable of scoring, will kill this team in the B1G and NCAA tourney.
Can't take craft out of this game. Dude was on a roll. Give DT a blow. He's struggling on both ends. We need more size and strength on Payne.
So Rav is hot and we pull him out for Amir. Well Amir, better produce and not get quick fouls like the Indy and Wisky games. I would have preferred Rav stay in and we slow it down a bit.
DT shooting 1-7 from the floor.
Seems to be a trend as of late.
aaaaaaaaaand that is doom, doom, doom
OSU out-rebounding Payne by 1.
Holy charge! WTF?
Yeah, want to see the replay on that one.
How is that a blocking foul?
give dt a blow indeed. He'll get the shot thing going.
Scott should be in for Smith here to close the half.
Glad to see slam back out there. Seemed to have a solid start
glad to hear Clark doiing the game. The Wisky game announcers were horrible.
No in-game thread call for ADV yet?
I didn't wanna be THAT guy.
Not asking for 25 minutes. But there's some times, like the end of half in-bounds play, where it never hurts to put another shooter on the floor. If the Bucks can't cover MSU down low, what does it matter if you play a shooter with poor D skills? Smith, Ross, and DT are are no great shakes on D + 2 of 3 are liabilities on O.
Props to Amir. Playing much tougher today.
Shit, I jinxed it. My bad.
this game is getting physical... craft was just close-lined
Need more offensive boards
"Not a clean catch" How many times have we heard that
He can flat out jump. Wow
Funny thing about that is you could hear the sparty bench yelling lob. Doesn't matter.
I love Craft but I wouldn't guard him above the foul line. Give him the Rondo treatment.
Deshaun does not seem to be mentally there today.
Thomas has got to wake up in the second half
Bucks break down defensively it's a bucket or a foul.
MSU breaks down it's a missed wide-open shot.
Story of this season.
OK. Time to chain Amir to the bench.
Amir and his hands gross
Aaron Craft should come off the bench. I'm sorry but his offensive game is atrocious. Amir Williams should have his minutes stripped- he can't do anything right. I'd rather have Trey than Amir.
The South will NOT rise again!
That's a gross exaggeration. Agreed craft can't shoot but he does EVERYTHING else. Amir struggles quite a bit but a great game from Trey is an average game from Amir. Trey won't make many mistakes but he doesn't change the game in any way.
I actually disagree with you on Craft. His offense and defense has regressed. He's still a top 10 defender, but I don't think Shannon Scott is that far off. I think our offense is held back when both Scott & Craft are on the court. With Ravenal and Craft coming off the bench, they could provide a spark.
EDIT: As I say that, Craft scores two buckets. Haha
And then many more buckets after that. It was nice to see someone else step up today. Craft won this game today.
Buckeyes can't hold on to the damned ball. Too many turnovers !
At the end of the day, we can't beat a top ten team if our stud is shooting 1-7 no matter what else is going on in the game.
Consecutive turnovers. This is such a gross game. Why is non of our shots falling. I feel like we should be up by 10.
While Ohio State's players hurdled the brick walls of Michigan Stadium in their throwback uniforms to celebrate with Buckeye fans, Michigan tailback Michael Shaw sobbed uncontrollably while walking off the field. - Grand Rapid Press (21-10 OSU)<
the missed shots are not as bad as at Wisky but are horrible. Is there a Jedi curse on our basket?
Idk but if so we need to take some water from Mirror Lake and anoint the rims so we can get a few more shots in the basket.
Thomas has been ineffective at both ends. Total liability on D and offensively just can't get it going. Needs to pick it up and be a leader for us.
He is what he is at this point. This game is just pointing out his weaknesses.
I really hope that Matta has the team intensify their defense in the 2nd 1/2. All 5 players pressuring the ball and cutting off passing lanes. A full court press if we're trying to come back also.
So everyone assumes DT leaves after this year, why? Because he can leave and bank a year of salary, OK. What's his ceiling in this year's draft? Early 2nd round at best? What skill does he have that an NBA GM will say "We MUST have that guy?"
1-11 from 3. If I had been told before the game that would be the case at half I would have expected the deficit to be a lot more than 6.
Holy moses worst shooting game ever. Damn man.
Ugh, you apparently missed the Wisky game. May our eyes never be burned with that scene again.
terrible run to end the half. Would have been nice to build on the momentum after that Slam Thompson alley oop.
None of these shots are falling, the execution is sloppy, and Amir seems to not even be aware that he's on the court. Blah. At least weren't not down by double digits.
I don't remember DT ever looking like he's checked out like today. I have to wonder if maybe he's sick? There is "not having a good game" and today he seems gassed.
We are getting shots we want. We are just not hitting...again
Yep. Craft and Scott can beat their guys off the dribble and draw the bigs but kickouts to wide open guys don't matter if they can't make them. Amir, even if he goes to the hoop, never seems to be ready for a pass.
You're right. Ravenal has shown he can actually catch it on the pick and roll
The players should go to Thompson library during the break and rub William Oxley head for good luck.
Remember when we could actually hit three's? That was fun.
When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.
Not to long ago...
Ah, the memories. but each team is running too fast this game. But, I would like more 3's.
Who remembers when Lenzelle was ultra clutch in the Syracuse game last year?
we could use some more offensive rebounds this half, GO BUCKS!
L getting caught on that screen.
Gary Harris having the game of his life.
Disagree. He's had a really good year. Had 19 vs. IU and is usually in the top two in scoring for sparty. Dude is a stud.
I mainly just mean the efficiency of what he's doing. I haven seen him make a bad play.
Matta is heated.
If DT is playing his usual game we're up by 4
Craft to the rack! Love it.
Thomas has 6 rebounds, becomes 25th Buckeye all-time to record more than 1,000 points and 500 rebs.
Where are all the Craft haters? He's keeping us in this game right now.
Love the post on the switch there.
Nice turn around by Thompson!
DT misses layup, 4 point turn around.
Nice shot deshaun! I thought he rushed that 3, shows how little I know!
Holy AMIR. THE POSTER WAS RIGHT, THE POSTER WAS RIGHT!!!!!
Amir Williams has arrived
Nothing like dancing on the field in 02...
Craft isn't doing that motion to fire up the crowd. That's what it looks like when you put your team on your back. And also Amir who? Kid can play when he tries.
stooopidest foul on record!
(post was late, I meant th guy who fouls Amir who is under the basket for the dunk)
Finally a strong move by Amir.
I love the energy!
Not sure what Ravenal did there to deserve a foul call?
There we go guys. Keep up the momentum.
Terrible timing to bring in subs.
He did it to buy extra time, same reason that Izzo took out Payne. There was 12:17 on the clock, meaning the 'under 12' timeout was coming soon. If you take a guy out there, the theory goes, then they have more down time without being out for a lot of 'game time.' First rest for DT today I think.
Your strategy is correct. But they all stayed on the bench.
Well, L should stay there. They are keeping DT there to rest him for the final stretch. Seems to be working ok.
RAWR! Let's get this one
Craft with 10 DT and Sam T with 8 and Rav with 7. Balanced thus far.
Great ball movement... Keep it up
its a beautiful thing
Playing their best basketball of the year last five minutes. Everybody doing their part. Props to Amir, LQ, and LZ. But Craft is driving the train.
Has ADV seen the court today?
Ha ha. The ref almost didn't call that foul on Ravs.
Gotta love craft! Dude is tough!
Q should take Payne.
Way to stay in there in take that, Craft!
its that 3`or 4 on payne?
Scott plus Craft is a thing of beauty.
This should quiet the craft haters for a week or so.
That was a heck of a sequence with craft and scott.
With Payne and Nix in, we should isolate Thompson or Q, whoever Payne is guarding.
Wow ! This is great ! GO BUCKS !
Hate the call but great play by Payne. Gotta put your body into him to get that call.
Steady now. This is a critical period
Payne and Costello with 2 PF. Valentine with 3.
Can we nickname rav "The Broom"? Dude is always on the floor.
Craft leading the GAME in points and assists.
Wish we would have landed Payne. He has developed into a beast.
He reminds me of KG. You love to have him but hate to play against him.
that wasn't nice "they call them fat heads" Good thing Clark has a sense of humor. Others might have been offended.
So far our Bigs > Sparty Bigs
Not sure I agree. Payne has 13 rebounds. Our guards are winning the game for us right now.
yeah you are probably right. guard game is good.
big stretch right here. can't let up
Loving the effort. Win or lose (hoping we can hold on), this is a team I can be proud of.
7:00 left up 5 we need an offensive push.
Need these 3 from Thomas
Nice! Those were big three throws..ha
Craft must have heard the criticism. He has really stepped up.
Can we get Amir back in. You guys may hate him but Rav is getting abused in the post.
Doing a great job attacking the basket. Not settling for 3s every possession.
What the duece kind of call is that?
uh, where are all those TTUN players on the academic all american list??? Waaaahhhaaaaaa remember how brilliant they all are there??
AW offensive foul ? Not what we needed
Yeah, this is a new, offensively aggressive Craft. He's stronger than most guards and I'm glad he's finally taking advantage of it by driving.
Craft is tenacious today. I am exhausted just watching him!
mebbe Crafts best game ever
I think Craft's best game was earlier this year against Michigan at home. Scored and made life miserable for Burke. This is a very solid game though.
Need to hit our FT these next 4 minutes. Sparty will continue to foul. Will be interesting to see if Matta leaves Amir and/or Scott, never of whom are known for their FT shooting.
yank Amir if it becomes a foul-fest
Nice free throw shooting, Crafty.
Gotta stretch this lead now!
I dont know how you can call that an AND 1 but I'll take it.
That was a bit NBA like for sure.
Got the switch due to a great screen by Craft. Rotated the ball, and posted it at the right time. Great job by DT to go at the basket!
Surprised they gave him the and 1, but we'll take it!!
Bucks are 93% from the FT line.
Remember Craft's FT last year and the year before? Good thing that percentage is a thing of the past.
I think tOSU vs. Sparty has been my favorite b-ball matchup the past decade.
this is the buckeye team we've been waiting for.
Just got back to Wisconsin from Columbus, what a great game. Showing some Buckeye guts, gotta love it.
Need a spurt to put it away.
Let's not foul them 90 feet from the basket.
You think that was a charge?
We really miss having a solid low post threat to team with DT
DT took a knee to the jaw. Ouch
Gut check! C'mon Bucks get fired up.
Please do not let this one slip away
We need to play to win instead of playing to not lose. Feel like Tressel is coaching the end of this game...
how do you not let your best player touch the ball?
Slam needs to loosen up on offense. He needs to be a little more selfish.
Craft is an absolute beast today!!
Let's do this Buckeyes!
The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. - Woody Hayes
DT was violated!
Smooth stroke by Rav!
Got to have these. 1 down 1 more.
Wow, Rav. Just wow. Huge rebound and FT there. Craft has to be the player of the game, but Scott and Rav, and Thompson have played well too.
I love the guts we are showing... Finish strong, Bucks!
Here we go!
Got to let DT take the shots here if Craft can't get the drive.
We're feeling no pain, and Payne ain't feeling the ball.
Heck of a game. Another B1G heavyweight battle.
I will take that turnover... Yes please
Huge turnover. One minute to beat the CBS jinx!
WTF? Pass the ball son.
Fastest five seconds ever.
44 seconds and we go to the line up 5 and missed the first and second shot
Ugh... I wish he would have made those...
Great block by ER
Craft has a +/- of +11 today. Appling is at -11.
one more and ball game!
up 6 with 18 sec remaining. Looks good
Why do the announces say that we don't have a win to hang our hats on? Um, how about ttun that was ranked #2 at the time?
I always think the same thing.
still not outta the woods......that ft woulda sealed it
Gosh dang. Clutch play by the Broom!
Great game! Best birthday present I could have asked for!!!
Craft is from Benton Ridge not findlay...lol.
Liberty Benton....which is in Findlay.
Not when I lived in Pandora OH which was near Benton Ridge and plays in the same conference (BVC). Liberty Benton is the high school named after Benton Ridge, Liberty Township, and Eagle Township (Mascot). It is not a town. It is its own school district. Benton Ridge is the town.
Maybe Aaron lived within Findlay's city limits but still went to Liberty Benton H.S.? That is possible. Or for simplicity he may just call Findlay his hometown.
Liberty-benton High School
9190 County Road 9, Findlay, OH 45840
Thanks! I never knew that. The location of the schools must of been annexed by Findlay at some point after I left that region or they may have built new schools within Findlay's limits. Strange since I think McComb, Van Buren and other schools around Findlay still maintained their identity meaning McComb HS is in McComb, Van Buren is in Van Buren etc.
A huge win !
"We don't give a damn for the whole state of Michigan!" Indeed.
best rav & craft game ever
aaron craft chose a great day to be great
So do the doubters have anything to say about this game?
SO AWESOME!!! Woo
I like football
The world is full of kings & queens who'll blind your eyes & steal your dreams - it's heaven & hell - Ronnie James Dio.
Career high 21 points for Craft to go along with 6 assists and only 2 turnovers. Wow.
Craft badger and the broom played great today!
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