Ohio State Basketball: Illinois Open Thread

By 11W Staff on February 15, 2014 at 7:45p
Reunited and it feels so good...
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Did you know: Aaron Craft is shooting nearly 50% against Illinois during his Ohio State career. #truestory.

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Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture
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DLJad's picture

First team to fifty wins.

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Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

we're putting up 80 tonight

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PittBuckeye's picture

I can see where you get your name

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TMac's picture

80- you mean combined, right?

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UrbanCulture's picture

That picture of matta and groce tho...

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1big10's picture

Lord please let us win tonight in Jesus name we pray........amen

a little prayer never hurts!!!! :)

1big10

+5 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

Let's GO BUCKEYES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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UrbanCulture's picture

Strangely empty in assembly hall

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Kid Gloves's picture

One possession at a time

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Seattle Linga's picture

Yes and let's take the crowd out of the game early

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TLB's picture

Knucklebucks also on tv, NBCSN.

Kid Gloves's picture

That will have to be a commercial in betweener thing

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buckguyfan1's picture
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TLB's picture

Man, that was there

UrbanCulture's picture

Craft actually hit the rim on a 3 point shot

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TLB's picture

Craft scoring early always a good sign

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Seattle Linga's picture

Let's go AC is having his way to the rim a lot so far

Buckeye Chuck's picture

Nice play by Craft. The D had not impressed prior to that.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

buckeye4life050233's picture

What is it with Champaign that makes Illinois shoot well beyond their shooting percentage and always against us.

Kid Gloves's picture

Offensively we need to be patient

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hspbuy1's picture

Keep it going AC!

hspbuy1

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Kid Gloves's picture

How does LSJ miss a wide open 3 with no pressure

PhillyBuckeye27's picture

He does it EVERY SINGLE GAME - OVER AND OVER AGAIN!  I know, he is our # 2 scoring threat - MEH!

TLB's picture

Do you mean ANOTHER wide open 3 with no pressure?

Seattle Linga's picture
+1 HS
BeijingBucks's picture

Brick house!

 

 

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

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Seattle Linga's picture

They are building a nice one

Knarcisi's picture

Great.  LSJ on for another disappearance act.

 

BeijingBucks's picture

how is williams so slow getting back?

 

 

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

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TLB's picture

easy answer.  effort

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buckeye4life050233's picture

I stopped asking that last year.  He also really struggles to stay a step ahead on dribble drive help.  Way to many guards drive right into his chest and get easy layups but hey he's a mc d's all American.....

hspbuy1's picture

Cong,Cong,Cong!

hspbuy1

Kid Gloves's picture

Let's go guys this team is not that good

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PhillyBuckeye27's picture

We are O FER from 3 - keep firing em boys - I'm sure we have another 2-20 game in us tonight!  DRIVE TO THE DAMN BASKET!!!!!!  Craft scores 7 driving to the hoops - lets not stick with what works - lets chuck up a bunch of 3's - fake out Illinois.....good thinking!

Seattle Linga's picture

Kinda shows how spoiled we've been over the last 10 - 12 years huh

PhillyBuckeye27's picture

Yes it does - yes it does....then again, that shouldn't be an excuse.  These guys are in game 27 (or is it 26) - they should know they can't knock down anything consistently from beyond 10 feet....

topgun67's picture

same old stuff.  hard to watch.  can't wait til season is over. it' painful. 

if we make it to the dance, we are one and done... by now, if these guy don't get it, they won't get it.

 

 

hspbuy1's picture

3 jrs 2srs no shooters!
 

hspbuy1

+2 HS
RedQueenRace's picture

I wonder what the record length for an intra-team game of HORSE is.

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buckeye4life050233's picture

at least an hour lol maybe more if they go on a 3-20 streak

PhillyBuckeye27's picture

Ohio State vs. the Cheesedoodles hockey game is on NBCSN - that's my fallback if this doesn't improve.....

Seattle Linga's picture

Trey's line 1:15 seconds 2 fouls

Knarcisi's picture

Bad call.  That's a foul on Illinois.

hspbuy1's picture

bad call on AC

hspbuy1

Kid Gloves's picture

I am really getting tired of saying Let's Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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UrbanCulture's picture

I have heard "First Ohio State bucket in ...." way too many times this year

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Knarcisi's picture

7:30 minutes since last basket.  Glad Thad has the Sahara Offense going again tonight.

Seattle Linga's picture

Hockey Nuts are down 1-0

Kid Gloves's picture

Bout time thad got into Amirs face and was screaming

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Knarcisi's picture

Good, get into him, Thad.  Make him look you in the eye.

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PhillyBuckeye27's picture

It's official - Thad is sick of Amir's lazy attitude too.....PLEASE MYLES TURNER - PLEASE COME TO OHIO STATE.....PLEASE!!!!!

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Kid Gloves's picture

Tight D the last 7 minutes and take our time offensively

PhillyBuckeye27's picture

Holy crap - Bucks missed a wrap around goal just like LSJ misses a dunk.....

The Rill Dill's picture

Can they not afford proper lighting in their gym?

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Seattle Linga's picture

Yeh Ross that was nice

Buckifan4Life's picture

I'm sorry but when Williams and Smith leave it will be addition by subtraction. I've flatout had it with those two. We need a shooting guard to be able to shoot and a big man who can play BIG. :(

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PhillyBuckeye27's picture

I have said it to everyone who will listen - it still amazes me that LSJ starts at a place like Ohio State.....cue the downvotes!

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Seattle Linga's picture

Smith was promising a couple of years ago when we were stacked

Kid Gloves's picture

Sweet AIR BALL Rice

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TLB's picture

Amir is just so damn weak

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Kid Gloves's picture

How many in and outs are we going to have today

Knarcisi's picture

Ball hits the floor at the foul line and we have nobody there for a rebound.  All cleared down the floor.

UrbanCulture's picture

seems like we get 0 bounces

Seattle Linga's picture

Hey a foul on them - what do you know

PhillyBuckeye27's picture

Anyone have Doctor Who on speed dial - I would like to borrow his time machine?  Can we send Thad back 3 yrs to re-do that Trey Burke / Shannon Scott decision?  

TLB's picture

Scott was the better, higher recruited player at the time.  Not many coaches would have done it differently, if any.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

These guys are acting like they're just ready for the season to end.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Tough game so far.  Need more general effort.  Gotta hit the boards and someone needs to start looking to score.

Kid Gloves's picture

18 points in 17 minutes - ouch

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DLJad's picture

Gus Johnson commercial has been the highlight of the first half.

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hspbuy1's picture

Nice one Sammy

hspbuy1

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BeijingBucks's picture

we say effort and no rebounding, but you notice how on a long rebound you see no red jerseys pouring to the ball?

 

 

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

Seattle Linga's picture

How was that an offensive foul

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UrbanCulture's picture

that was one of the worst calls iv ever seen

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TLB's picture

fouls are now 7-2

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BeijingBucks's picture

... and yet with a 7 plus minute scoring drought the Bucks are still only down 3.  unreal

 

 

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

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BeijingBucks's picture

edit: hate double posts!

 

 

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

UrbanCulture's picture

are we the worst layup team in america

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Kid Gloves's picture

Ross can't hit at the rim because he got hacked

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TLB's picture

Hanging in with Craft on the bench the last 10 minutes.  We'll be ok in the 2nd half.  Assuming they don't foul us out.

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Knarcisi's picture

We have like 8 steals ...

And can't convert.

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Seattle Linga's picture

Kinda funny how we could actually be tied at haftime if we hit a 3

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Buckifan4Life's picture

You know what Amir is clearly good at?

Getting tattoos ...

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TLB's picture

3rd foul on them.  we just dont have enough movement on offense to draw fouls

Buckeye Chuck's picture

Did the worst team in the Big Ten hold the Buckeyes to 20 points in the first half? Why yes, that just happened.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

Seattle Linga's picture

Nnanna Egwu - best name in college basketball

Knarcisi's picture

Great coach, but I've seriously questioned Thad's offensive bandwidth for 10 years and it's confirmed this year.

+3 HS
BeijingBucks's picture

20 points.  20!!!

 

 

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

+1 HS
Knarcisi's picture

Ski jump is on the Olympics.

PhillyBuckeye27's picture

Are we insane for expecting something different from this team?  I think they are what they are - which frankly isn't that good.  They can't rebound, can't shoot, play with zippo emotion etc etc etc.....

kevdale86's picture

Illinois is shooting 29% and we're down by 3?!!?!

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Knarcisi's picture

We're shooting 33%, and don't rebound.

Kid Gloves's picture

We freakin need a serious scorer and I know help is on the way next year but this is painful to watch at times.

+1 HS
TLB's picture

Who is on they way?  I have seen Tate and it's not him.

cpewster's picture

D'angelo Russell

Si vis pacem parabellum.

+1 HS
Arizona_Buckeye's picture

This team is literally unwatchable at this point in time - it is less painful to slam delicate body parts in car doors than watching this team attempt to play basketball!  Just fucking painful

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

-2 HS
buckeye4life050233's picture

It's hard to watch bc Williams, Thompson and Scott are basically the same players they came in as freshman.  No development and not a great offensive gameplanning coach leads to terrible offense and defense that breaks down from time to time

-1 HS
hspbuy1's picture

I'm trying hard to stay positive,we sure do have pretty uniforms.  PU over IU,bigtime?

hspbuy1

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UrbanCulture's picture

At least I won't waste as much time watching this year's highlight tape

KBonay's picture

Yo! Just tuning in. That bad?!

TLB's picture

Nothing ever changes

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I'd rather watch replay of the Olympic events I watched early this morning and already know the outcome (which could be said for this game as well)... it is more entertaining

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

-1 HS
Greycole's picture

This is as inept an offense as I can ever remember watching at TOSU. They are almost unwatchable at times. Wow.

KBonay's picture

Amir sleep-walking again. 

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Thomas's picture

just able to get here, can't believe the score, somethings never change.

UrbanCulture's picture

someone shouldn't be one rebound away from a career high in the first half...

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UrbanCulture's picture

NC State with one of the biggest chokes of all time vs syracuse

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Buckeye Chuck's picture

The Orange has had a decade's worth of luck this one week.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

+1 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

Wait..........What .............Ross for 3

Buckeye Chuck's picture

All right! Let's punish that zone.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

+1 HS
Kid Gloves's picture

Come on now get it going

Knarcisi's picture

We run playground, one on one offense.

+1 HS
Kid Gloves's picture

Does Smitty ever not feel like shooting?

TLB's picture

hey, look....taking the ball inside and drawing fouls

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hspbuy1's picture

An offensive rebound!

hspbuy1

Kid Gloves's picture

Illinois can't shoot

KBonay's picture

...says the Buckeye fans...

TLB's picture

Good thing Amir didnt run the floor on that Craft turnover

+2 HS
chitown buckeye's picture

Well done, quote of thread so far! Sums up season pretty well

"I'm having a heart attack!"

UrbanCulture's picture

I think we just airballed a layup

+1 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

Maybe shouldn't alley oop it anymore to ST tonight.

KBonay's picture

Geesh. Love the new site....but the iPad/iPhone integration is horrible still.

PhillyBuckeye27's picture

You could take both these teams - all 20 some players - and not come up with a very good team.  Jeez are both these teams awful!

-1 HS
TLB's picture

Whomever said 1st to 50 wins was over by 10

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Seattle Linga's picture

I'm not saying anything I learned my lesson a couple weeks ago

Kid Gloves's picture

The blind leading the blind

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KBonay's picture

The blind have a better shooting %

Knarcisi's picture

We take em ugly.

Seattle Linga's picture

Who just made the three cause I know it wasn;t AC

UrbanCulture's picture

I dont see why we don't try for any offensive rebounds off of 3s....those are some of the best opportunities 

TMac's picture

Nice Block LQR!

Kid Gloves's picture

LSJ - not afraid to shoot

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I will rely on you all to keep me informed!  My wife can't take the screaming at the TV anymore!  My dog has already left the living room because of it!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

Seattle Linga's picture

Holy cow dude - dial it down a notch or two lolololol

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I can't be the only one in this crowd that was hurling explicatives at the TV with this effort...

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

TLB's picture

On our way to 40

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DLJad's picture

A run for either team would be baskets on 2 consecutive possessions.

KBonay's picture

5 point lead.  That should be insurmountable in this game. 

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Kid Gloves's picture

What do you say guys keep up the pressure

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hspbuy1's picture

A Clean foul?

hspbuy1

Seattle Linga's picture

Hack a Shaq 9-30 for the yr

UrbanCulture's picture

a little home cooking tonight

KBonay's picture

Don't dribble. Just dunk it. 

UrbanCulture's picture

i like how the refs are calling fouls that they can't even see

+2 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

AVD loves to shoot - hope he's on

Kid Gloves's picture

Love McD's Hustle - that was nice

KBonay's picture

How in the world are we going to move forward next year with McDonald only shooting free throws that bad?

Knarcisi's picture

Amir has another year ... not that it helps.

BeijingBucks's picture

the fouls on craft have been silly

 

 

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

+1 HS
TLB's picture

Knucklebucks down 2-1

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KBonay's picture

Anyone else on mobile device & struggling with this thread.

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Melissa's picture

I have had a terrible time with open threads on my iPhone. 

+1 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

2-1 Wisky  in the 2nd period

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Geez, Scott, Amir and Smith are a combined 2 - 13. 

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

Kid Gloves's picture

Good to see Loving out there

TLB's picture

Man, we just missed an open net

 

Seattle Linga's picture

Loving - sweet stroke

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buckeye4life050233's picture

he finally made a bucket wohooo

+1 HS
UrbanCulture's picture

any reason ross is on the bench

Kid Gloves's picture

When he's on - he's so fun to watch

+1 HS
BeijingBucks's picture

fun to watch freshman potential...

 

 

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

Seattle Linga's picture

He's on fire!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

+1 HS
TLB's picture

Loving is the go-to next year

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Knarcisi's picture

It's called an 8-0 Crawl.

Kid Gloves's picture

Nice --------------------- Stretch that lead baby

+1 HS
UrbanCulture's picture

same play to loving 3 times in a row!

Kid Gloves's picture

Go with it til they stop you

Seattle Linga's picture

I like the outcome ............... 

Knarcisi's picture

McLovin changed his pivot foot.  Must have gotten away with it because of the ID.

BeijingBucks's picture

so when our lead extends with only one starter on the field, does this mean our bench is really deep... or our starters aren't all that good?

 

 

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I think you've answered your own question with the latter statement

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

hspbuy1's picture

nice job Mark!

hspbuy1

Kindell's picture

Just don't understand why Loving doesn't get more minutes. I love his game.

Seattle Linga's picture

Win the next four minutes Bucks

TLB's picture

They have 6 points in 12 minutes.  We can all relate to that.

TLB's picture

40.....Forty.....Fourtee.....Cuarenta!!!!

+1 HS
KBonay's picture

Loving Loving. 

+1 HS
UrbanCulture's picture

little home cooking

+1 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

WOW - home cookin is right

+1 HS
Knarcisi's picture

Another terrible call.

+1 HS
RedQueenRace's picture

I like how the announcer hesitated about the Loving "foul" after the replay and then went with it being obvious.

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buckeye4life050233's picture

it's one thing for bad officiating but when every other team in the B1G gets a home officiating advantage besides ohio state you have to start to wonder. 

UrbanCulture's picture

is Ross hurt or something?

Kid Gloves's picture

That drought was deep

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Knarcisi's picture

And the kiss ...

KBonay's picture

Can they make a run?

Knarcisi's picture

Hell no.  They'vve turn ot over more than they'd score.

Seattle Linga's picture

A little kiss off the glass for AC

+1 HS
hspbuy1's picture

Nice run Bucks!

hspbuy1

buckeye4life050233's picture

omg....craft must have pissed off these officials or something bc anything he does is being called a foul

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buckeye4life050233's picture

hopefully we don't blow this 10 pt lead with 4 to play

Knarcisi's picture

Stat line says Illinois only has 11 turnovers?

Kid Gloves's picture

Good D from us and lousy shooting from Illy - we need this win bad

KBonay's picture

I don't know what's more frustrating. Our shooting or this site on iPad. 

+1 HS
Knarcisi's picture

Not any better on laptop.  Slow.

+1 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

Loving staying in the game - nice

+2 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

Lets take our time on these possesions

Kid Gloves's picture

Correct burn that shot clock

TLB's picture

Chicken Egwu Young

+1 HS
Kid Gloves's picture

That's served with noodles right!

+2 HS
KBonay's picture

No 50 for you. 

+1 HS
TLB's picture

If Illinois would lockdown Chicago, they would never be a bad team

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buckeye4life050233's picture

omg that official was counting for 5 seconds when the guys was like 5 feet away from craft.....

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buckeye4life050233's picture

shots like that always go down against us but we never seem to hit any that desperate and lucky....wtf

TLB's picture

IDK, think Craft 3 last year.

+1 HS
UrbanCulture's picture

Craft <3's front ends

+1 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

Burn clock - nice foul

ScarletNGrey01's picture

LOL ... one guy and one guy only from each team is in double digits scoring.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

Seattle Linga's picture

Stadium is getting empty

TLB's picture

geez....here we go

Buckeye Chuck's picture

Illini bailing us out after another possession that didn't seem to have any logic to it other than running clock.

And Scott with more patented awful Buckeye free throw shooting,.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

UrbanCulture's picture

are we playing sharades and we are acting out how to blow a double digit lead with 2 minutes left?

Knarcisi's picture

Our PGs suck shooting FTs.

+2 HS
UrbanCulture's picture

will cost us a game in the future

buckeye4life050233's picture

really need to hit our ft's to close this out

+1 HS
Kid Gloves's picture

Lock this thing down Bucks  - Hit the free throws

+2 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

It's gonna be a long 1:05

+1 HS
lax20's picture

This team cannot close the door on a team even when it's already shut. 

Knarcisi's picture

Mother fucker, Craft.

-2 HS
Buckeye Chuck's picture

All in all, its's just another brick from the line.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

+2 HS
ScarletNGrey01's picture

Shaq-like free throw shoot percentage for the bucks.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

+1 HS
TLB's picture

he may have traveled.

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lax20's picture

Has any body already said this team SSSSUUUUCCCCKKKKSSSS!!!!

KBonay's picture

well, at least this will boost our poll ratings. 

wyatt's picture

Don't they practice free throws?  Unbelievable

+1 HS
UrbanCulture's picture

LOL we just don't know how to close games

TLB's picture
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Seattle Linga's picture

GREAT JOB BUCKS - EGWU'S GONE

ScarletNGrey01's picture

If we have another Penn State melt down I'm gonna puke ... no, literally, I'm gonna puke.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

+1 HS
UrbanCulture's picture

amir and ross haven't seen the court in a VERY long time. 

TLB's picture

3-2 wisky early 3rd

 

buckeye4life050233's picture

omg we actually got a long defensive rebound would you look at that

+1 HS
UrbanCulture's picture

I'm telling you...as long as it isn't a 1 and 1...craft will make the FTs

+3 HS
Buckeye Chuck's picture

Crisis averted.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

Kid Gloves's picture

Nicely done - Well played 2nd half

+1 HS
TLB's picture

A win.  that is all

+1 HS
ScarletGray43157's picture

20 wins.  Finally.  

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

+3 HS
wyatt's picture

Game over.  Finally.

+2 HS
1big10's picture

Our prayers have been answered!!!  Thank you Jesus!! Way to go Buckeyes!!

1big10

+1 HS
buckeye4life050233's picture

wasn't pretty but at least we didn't lose a should win game.  all in all they just gotta grind and try and make 2,3 or 4 seed for the B1G tourney. 

+1 HS
ScarletNGrey01's picture

Illinois is a terrible team, but hey, a win on the road in the B1G is a win.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

+1 HS
kevdale86's picture

The streak lives for another year

+2 HS
BeijingBucks's picture

that game was... turrible

 

 

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

ibuck's picture

Bucks win thanks to great D, but an offense that can't score 30 in either half is not going to get past the first weekend in the NCAA tournament.

Our honor defend, we will fight to the end !

+1 HS
Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Good win.  Another bad night on the boards and shooting, but a win is a win.  Next.

-1 HS
Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I can only hope we make the NIT so we have a chance to make it out of the 1st round...

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

-1 HS
DLJad's picture

Sominex on hardwood.

shizawn9415's picture

Any road win is a good win, especially since we get to see the red uni's. I can't wait to see the New/Old Nike reds

The philosophy with this years team is simple Thad - go to Ross, and then to ross, and then to ross again.  If that doesn't work then we can just pass the ball around the three point line and we'll just chuck up some more threes.  Let Ross try and score whenever he wants and we can live and die with him.  I'm ok with that. For the life of me I can't understand why we have amir or mcdonald outside of the three point line catching passes. It would be ok if they were just setting picks, but actually touching the ball out there? what are they going to do, take the rock to the hole? make a good pass?  No, nothing.  Just asking for a turn over.

How about starting Loving for Thompson?

KBonay's picture

At this point in the season, you would think Ross would have taken on that 'scoring roll'.  But can't seem to take it...