Minnesota at Ohio State: Basketball Open Thread

By 11W Staff on February 22, 2014 at 5:50p
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Ohio State welcomes Richard Pitino and his Minnesota Golden Gophers to town with revenge on the mind. If Ohio State can exact a dose of revenge, the Buckeyes will stay in for a top three or four seed in the Big Ten tournament.

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Knarcisi's picture

Greasy grimy gopher guts. 

+1 HS
hspbuy1's picture

Gametime!

hspbuy1

hspbuy1's picture

0 for 3?

hspbuy1

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Thad gonna wake you up now

KBonay's picture

Hopefully better than Men's Oly hockey.  This is been a disappointing weekend thus far....

hspbuy1's picture

put 5 subs in

hspbuy1

Deadly Nuts's picture

No way we are winning this game

LEBRON

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Deadly Nuts's picture

Probably should have finished my comment...

No way we win if we play continue to play like we are

LEBRON

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Deadly Nuts's picture

Edit: Double post...

LEBRON

AWalk3r1's picture

2-3 zone smh kills us

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Nice drive dish and shot 

Idaho Helga's picture

Wow when I got here it was 0-7 so maybe I'm good luck? HA ha, um, no.

Knarcisi's picture

We start all Srs and Jrs. Why does it take an ass chewing to constantly wake us up?

hspbuy1's picture

gotta hit some outside shots

hspbuy1

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Idaho Helga's picture

copy this comment for future pasting because we say this like, 326 times every game.

KBonay's picture

New Amir Halloween costume

 

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AWalk3r1's picture

Need to bring a shooter to get them out of this zone

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Boy. Craft looked in position there

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Get eliason in foul trouble. Would be huge

hspbuy1's picture

Box out!

hspbuy1

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Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Refs really blowing those whistles

Idaho Helga's picture

I'll be in the minority, but I think Craft needs less floor time. I think his penchant for late game turnovers is due to fatigue.

 

Zebras awfully active today.

 

+1 HS
KBonay's picture

Same reason he bricks FT's at end of game

Knarcisi's picture

More one on one street ball offense. 

hspbuy1's picture

Wipe the grease off your fingers Trey!

hspbuy1

KBonay's picture

It's just odd seeing a Thad team not doing the small things. Moving without ball. Boxing out. 

wibuckeye's picture

Looking lazy so far. 

WIBUCKEYE

Knarcisi's picture

Am I a real fan if I ban myself from watching the 1st half of games from here on out?

Idaho Helga's picture

If you're the bad luck dude, yes. You can always listen on the radio which is what I do.

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

No one wants to play offense. They just want to shoot

KBonay's picture

Dribble. Whistle. Shoot. Whistle. Pass. Whistle. 

Knarcisi's picture

Yeah, I don't trust this team to come in cold and play on Friday of the tourney. We need all the reps we can get. A 5 seed will be a blessing. 

hspbuy1's picture

We look slow & unorganized

hspbuy1

KBonay's picture

Are we fast & organized?!

+1 HS
Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

We are unbeatable when we are. 

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skid21's picture

Just tuned in. Where's Q?

Never mind. I see he is in.

Idaho Helga's picture

Zone is a killer for us.

KBonay's picture

That about sums up that possession. 

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Great position great look

KBonay's picture

He's alive. ALIVE. 

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Idaho Helga's picture

lol.  too appropriate, unfortunately

Idaho Helga's picture

Do we break 25 by the half?

KBonay's picture

I'll bet my house no. 

hspbuy1's picture

11pts in 13.5 mins, Oh My

hspbuy1

skid21's picture

Just gave up a possession

skid21's picture

How stupid was that?

Idaho Helga's picture

That was dearly needed

 

southbay's picture

Amir playing hard.

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Amir was fouled there. 

hspbuy1's picture

No call?

hspbuy1

KBonay's picture

Amir. 1 great possession. 2 bad. 

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skid21's picture

He just looks weak on the offensive side.

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Same for the entire team. Why single him out?

skid21's picture

Who is singling him out?
 

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

The person who posted "Amir. One good possession. Two bad". 

skid21's picture

What part of that isn't true? He is terrible on offensive. The fact his teammates are too doesn't make that not true.

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

I didn't call him a liar. 

Knarcisi's picture

Does Jim Bollman run our offense?

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Deadly Nuts's picture

Might as well cuff his legs together....

LEBRON

hspbuy1's picture

C'mon Sam

hspbuy1

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Hate to fault the aggression but those are dumb fouls by Thompson and smith

Idaho Helga's picture

Matta needs to throw a chair at halftime.

Knarcisi's picture

It's like every game. Wouldn't have to do it this late in the season with Srs and Jrs starting. 

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

I understand its been a rough season and a rough game, but seriously, why do you come here?  You've been negative from the start.  You add nothing other than but doom, gloom and negativity. I dont downvote you ever because you're always respectful and well within the rules and refs. But really, you just seem so miserable with your comments. 

southbay's picture

Gotta find some energy now...

southbay's picture

Looking at an 18 point half.  Crap.

+1 HS
hspbuy1's picture

I got nothing

hspbuy1

wibuckeye's picture

Terrible first half. 

WIBUCKEYE

Knarcisi's picture

Gonna go slit my wrists now. 

+1 HS
KBonay's picture

Seem to be getting worse as year season goes by

TheChase's picture

How many times is Craft going to drive into someone, fall down, and get nothing out of the possession?  Terrible

Idaho Helga's picture

Kbonay gets to keep his house.   This is actually sad.   ;(

skid21's picture

18 fucking points???

jaxbuckeye's picture

As a Cavs fan, I have watched some REALLY shitty teams.  This team surpasses any of those.  The blame CLEARLY falls on Matta.  It took them until the 13 minute mark to FINALLY throw it into the free throw line.  I learned that shit beats a 2-3 in middle school!  This team is undisciplined, unmotivated, and a complete mess.  We have a couple of guys, Ross and Dela Valle, that are pretty decent three point shooters yet we run NOTHING to get them shots (which is quite easy against a zone).  What a freaking joke.

Deadly Nuts's picture

Well.... The entire reason that Minnesota is running a zone is because we can't shoot, if you have noticed. Good call on Pitino's part, we just suck.

LEBRON

jaxbuckeye's picture

Yeah but like I said, we have two that are pretty good shooters in Ross and Dela Valle.  Why don't we run ANYTHING for them?  That's what other teams do.  They run curls or screens for their shooters.  It's mind boggling.

Deadly Nuts's picture

They have had open shots. They just miss them all.

LEBRON

Idaho Helga's picture

I'll meet all of you out on the ledge.  Watch that ice.  Nevermind.

skid21's picture

Please enlighten us with the positives. I'll wait here.

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Here's a positive. That was about as bad as we play. We are one good stretch away from being back in it. No more dumb fouls. No more turnovers. And two shots drop. We're back. 

Idaho Helga's picture

??  Well since I'm out here on the ledge, I guess the positive thing would be the air is crisp, no mosquitos, I'm avoiding the ice and it isn't currently snowing?

Or, Braxton's surgery went well?

 

 

 

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Get off the ledge. We've got half the game left and we've got to hope our play has already bottomed. We're one good run away. This game isn't over. 

teddyballgame's picture

lol 18 pts in the first half.  is this a highschool game

Idaho Helga's picture

a girls one.  And I can say that, being one.

kevdale86's picture

I'm all for balanced scoring, but 2's, 3's, and 4's isn't going to get it done.

lax20's picture

We need to start fresh.  Is it next year yet?

4cardpoker's picture

How does a team full of upperclassmen look this clueless on how to beat a zone.  Teams have figured out Craft.  They don't even try do guard him on the perimeter and Craft doesn't even look at the basket or attempt to shoot.  Instead he barges into the lane and turns it over.

Absolutely inexcusable to only have only 6 baskets in the 1st half!!Agreed with poster above that Thad should be throwing chairs.  We act like we've never seen a zone this year! 

Knarcisi's picture

Matta is the coach. He acts like he's never seen one. 

Deadly Nuts's picture

This was yet another fucked up end of half... never fails. Other fucked up end of halfs include:

Games 1-27

LEBRON

Knarcisi's picture

Boals should just be relived of his coaching duties for the rest of the season and set up a tent in Franklin in Kannard's back yard. 

KBonay's picture

If your a hockey fan, switch to NBC. Story on the plane crash that took out a KHL team couple years ago. 

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Rough being a US hockey fan lately

4cardpoker's picture

How is it possible that a bunch of tournament tested upperclassmen get worse and worse on offense as the season goes on?  

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Not to worry, Matta teams always gel by the end of the season.

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

Seattle Linga's picture

What the H is happening here - I just got home - turned on the TV and Fox Sports 1 is showing a replay of the hockey game this morning and before the picture comes in - Finland scores. Needless to say I didn't stick around to see the next goal 11 seconds later so I turned it to the B!G network and saw the lack of Offense with the Bucks. Not a good 1st half. I might just have to pick up my stuff and leave again. 

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Slayed by negativity. Go bucks. 

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Vindication downvoter, vindication. 

Seattle Linga's picture

Nice job Bucks and nice start to the 2nd half

Idaho Helga's picture

smart timeout by Minny.  Now, could we just have some offense?

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Seattle Linga's picture

Agreed Helga we gotta keep this run going

Bucks_Rule's picture

Someone besides craft and smith need to get aggressive. Has Ross even shot tonight?

southbay's picture

Smith is really fired up, hope it spreads.

Seattle Linga's picture

Game is on like Donky Kong

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ScarletNGrey01's picture

That's what I'm talkin' about!

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

Seattle Linga's picture

Nice little 10-2 run in the first 4

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Damn. Who was that guy that was saying we were one good run away from being back in game when everyone was out on the ledge?

+3 HS
southbay's picture

The aptly named one!

Idaho Helga's picture

Good to hear the crowd now.  Not that they were slackers before, you need to have a reason to get excited.

Knarcisi's picture

Told ya, I swear, I'm only tuning in for 2nd half the rest of the year. 

Knarcisi's picture

Told ya, I swear, I'm only tuning in for 2nd half the rest of the year. 

Buckeye4life23's picture

Now lets keep the momentum, and take the lead!!

Muck Fichigan that is all.

southbay's picture

Needed those two.

Idaho Helga's picture

LEAD if we get the FT

Idaho Helga's picture

13-0 run. Keep 'er goin'

Buckeye4life23's picture

Ross!!

Muck Fichigan that is all.

Buckeye4life23's picture

Ross!!

Muck Fichigan that is all.

southbay's picture

Minny can't score!  Minny can't score!

wibuckeye's picture

Show some fire guys, keep it up. 

WIBUCKEYE

Knarcisi's picture

By the way, when did we get the students on the floor rather than the sit on the hands fat cats?  I noticed it this year, but remember years past the big donors got those seats?

ScarletNGrey01's picture

I was at the Duke game at Value City when Sully and Company beat Coach K's squad, and I saw LeBron and DWade sitting down by the floor.  I later talked to the guy at Dreamseats where I guy my tickets (who makes his living getting tickets for sporting events) and he told me each one of those seats where they were sitting cost $100,000 for the season.  So I'm surprised if that changed.  The corporate suites on the Huntington floor are nice, but not as neat as sitting there RIGHT next to the players.

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

InTressITrust's picture

2011-2012 Season I believe but could be off by a year or two.  

"I'm not going to lie. We're anxious to be a part of a matchup like that. It's two states that love the game of football." -Jim Tressel

Buckeye4life23's picture

Thats the defense I love to watch!

Muck Fichigan that is all.

wibuckeye's picture

See what happens when you move. 

WIBUCKEYE

wibuckeye's picture

Chi-town.  

WIBUCKEYE

Knarcisi's picture

Have yourself a half, Slam!

Idaho Helga's picture

I'm off the ledge now, the birds are happy I'm not scaring them anymore.

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4cardpoker's picture

Thompson looking like an NBA player!!

Idaho Helga's picture

Off topic, but anyone know what El Guapo ran in the 40 today?

Knarcisi's picture

I don't think RBs go til Mon.  

MDBUCK's picture

I think QB/RB/WR are tomorrow

buckeye4life050233's picture

it was just offensive line and tight ends today.  mewhort ran a 5.13 or something around there. 

hspbuy1's picture

Keep the fire burnin' Bucks!!!

hspbuy1

southbay's picture

Minny gettin tired?

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Knarcisi's picture

Amir!

worth the double post for you, Amir. 

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Great pass by loving. He needs more pt

hspbuy1's picture

Amir in the right place, good job!

hspbuy1

hspbuy1's picture

What a difference a half makes!

hspbuy1

Seattle Linga's picture

Sweet momma love Sammy T Splash X 2

Seattle Linga's picture

Can I have some of what Matta gave these guys at halftime

+2 HS
ScarletNGrey01's picture

Maybe he pulled a Woody Hayes and threw a water cooler against the wall.

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

+2 HS
wibuckeye's picture

Let's get Sammy in as a WR!

WIBUCKEYE

CALPOPPY's picture

I bet he could really highpoint the ball!

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

+1 HS
ScarletNGrey01's picture

Would be funny (although unlikely) if the bucks hold the Gophs to less points in the second half than we scored in the first.

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

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ScarletNGrey01's picture

Then again maybe it's more likely than not ...

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

+1 HS
hspbuy1's picture

Nice tap in SS

hspbuy1

Seattle Linga's picture

40 - 13 run in the 2nd half - now that's the kind of Buckeye Basketball I remember

southbay's picture

Buckeyes are just peeing on the Gophers' shoes now.

+1 HS
CALPOPPY's picture

I'm glad they are not peeing in their Gatorade.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

CALPOPPY's picture

I have to admit that I think Shannon is the coolest name ever.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

I would have never of thought it would have been like this at halftime.  Just crazy how a game can turn around!

Go Bucks!!

+1 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

It's almost like the Tressel Snake squeeze on teams when he coached, 3 yards in a cloud of dust.

jaxbuckeye's picture

Wow, I give Matta credit.  Would love to know what he said (yelled) at them during the half but they definitely came out motivated!

Seattle Linga's picture

You can also add whatever he broke at halftime.

Seattle Linga's picture

Can Minny shoot anything other than 3's?

southbay's picture

Where's the guy with the gnarly tattoos?

southbay's picture

There he is, with a buzz cut!

hspbuy1's picture

Nice 2nd half Bucks!!!!

hspbuy1

Seattle Linga's picture

46-18 - nice second half

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

That was a big run and I called it. Clam to fame today, wrong tomorrow. 

+2 HS
CALPOPPY's picture

Maybe tomorrow will be an oyster to fame.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

+1 HS
ScarletNGrey01's picture

Clam Thompson?

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

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Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

A typo? Mother of pearl. 

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CALPOPPY's picture

Well done.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

Idaho Helga's picture

I had to leave with 8 minutes left...but you get the award for "hang in there"

southbay's picture

Little Ricky has some splainin' to do.

+3 HS
Knarcisi's picture

Quick Rick Jr.  

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Both teams scored 18 points in one of the half's.  Problem for Minny is they scored 28 in the other and the bucks scored 46 in their other.

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

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ScarletNGrey01's picture

Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde

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