Penn State Completes Unlikely Season Sweep of Buckeyes

By Kyle Rowland on February 27, 2014 at 9:14p
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The unpredictability of the Big Ten strikes again. However, for Ohio State it was a familiar tale.

One month after the low point of the Thad Matta era arrived via a loss to Penn State, the Nittany Lions one-upped themselves. They delivered a fatal blow to the Buckeyes’ hopes of a first-round bye in the Big Ten Tournament, securing a season sweep with a 65-63 win on Senior Night in State College.

  1 2 F
PENN STATE 26 39 65
#22 OHIO STATE 28 35 63

No. 22 Ohio State (22-7, 9-7 Big Ten) had not only won six of seven games since reaching rock bottom in a loss to Penn State (14-14, 5-10) Jan. 29; the Buckeyes declared themselves a changed team. They were better prepared, understood the stakes and displayed a sense of togetherness. But much was the same in their second loss to the Nittany Lions.

An 11-point lead was squandered late January. An 11-point lead was squandered Wednesday. Lenzelle Smith Jr. had two opportunities to win the game in the final 10 seconds, but misfired on two relatively clean looks. Ohio State trailed by five with 54 seconds left and nearly capped a furious rally with an unlikely win.

Penn State secured its first lead of the night with 15:16 left in the game. The Buckeyes never regained the lead.

LaQuinton Ross led Ohio State’s scoring effort with 19 points. Nine Buckeyes scored, but only Ross and Aaron Craft (10) reached double figures. Sam Thompson, who entered the game averaging 15 points in his last two outings, scored eight points on 3-of-10 shooting. The Buckeyes shot 42.6 percent from the field.

Player MIN REB AST STL BLK TO PTS
WILLIAMS 12 0 1 0 1 1 2
ROSS 33 6 1 0 0 0 19
THOMPSON 34 2 0 1 0 1 8
CRAFT 19 3 4 0 0 5 10
SMITH JR. 33 6 1 2 0 1 5

Ohio State was outrebounded 34-25 and allowed 15 second-chance points. Penn State was 22 of 28 from the free throw line compared to the Buckeyes’ 18 of 27 performance. The game featured 48 fouls and 55 free throws.

D.J. Newbill, the hero in January’s win after scoring 25 points and the game winner, recorded 23 points.

Ohio State roared out to a 10-2 lead in the first half, connecting on its first four shots. The lead eventually grew to 11 before Penn State went on a late run in the first half. Foul trouble was the culprit, as Craft sat the final 10:44 of the half with two fouls. The Buckeyes didn’t score the final three minutes, clenching to a two-point halftime lead.

It upped its advantage to seven early in the second half. Then the Nittany Lions outscored Ohio State by 12 points over the next 10 minutes and never relinquished their advantage. They were able to seize momentum when Amir Williams was called for his third foul.  

Ohio State plays at Indiana Sunday.

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topgun67's picture

two to Penn state.  really?  we just needed a two and Smith shoots a 3?  then another 3 at end of game?  really?

man... he is either stupid or dumb or both

 

 

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thePhilipJFry's picture

You forgot to include extremely bad at basketball to the multiple choice options.

The truth is that it isn't Smith's fault that Matta has him on the floor and teammates pass the ball to him.  He had to take those shots (though a senior guard with as many minutes as Smith should be able to use his dribble with 10 seconds left to get the ball where it needs to be).  He shouldn't have been on the floor at all.  Matta has got to get his best players on the floor when the game is on the line, and Craft or Scott has got to get them the ball.  This B1G season it's been LaQuinton Ross, and for them to not get him the ball with 15 seconds left down 1 was extremely disappointing to watch.  Oh well, not too many more games left for this group (thank you Jesus).

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IGotAWoody's picture

Dude, I understand that you're frustrated, we all are. But don't call him stupid. That's just rude, and completely unnecessary. Guy went for the win. It didn't work, and we lost. Yes, I would've loved getting a good look for 2, but he stepped back and got a good look on the 2nd one. It just didn't go in. I can assure you, HE's much more disappointed and frustrated than you or I.

 - License to kill gophers (wolverines, badgers, etc) by the government of the United Nations

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Zimmy07's picture

On the last one I thought he probably would have had Thompson for an ally oop dunk if he would have drove and then just laid it up over the defender.  Thompson was right there by the basket.

AWalk3r1's picture

No drive at the end of the game? Drive the damn ball to the basket. What in the world. My HS coach would have killed someone if they shot a three like that....TWICE !!!!

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buckeye4life050233's picture

both of the final 2 shots had sam Thompson at the bucket with no one guarding him....just a little toss up in front of the rim and he woulda tied it up

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Youngbuck85's picture

Just now realizing stepbrothers was on and I missed it to watch this damn game. What a waste

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Doc's picture

Seriously Lenzelle couldn't hit the ocean, what were they thinking letting him jack up threeballs to win the game.  for crying out loud, he is the worst shooter on the floor.  Slam was going in for the Alley-oop and they give it to Smith for a low percentage shot he hasn't hit all season.  Fuck am I pissed.

"Say my name."

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Buckeyebrowny919's picture

I'm sorry.... But I want to punch Smith in the dick

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

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Buckeyebrowny919's picture

Throw it anywhere near the basket on a facking 3 on 2 and thompson throws it down. That was 2 bad decisions on smith in 10 seconds

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

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acBuckeye's picture

They lobbed it to Slam on two other occasions during the game and it didn't work either time. I'm perfectly fine with the shots that LSJ took. The problem was that it was him shooting them. Ross or Craft need to be shooting those b/c they've made those before.

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thePhilipJFry's picture

I know Craft made one once, but no.  The only circumstances under which Craft should shoot are layups or with less than 2 seconds on the shot clock or game clock.  Otherwise he should move the ball to a more highly skilled teammate.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

8 seed in the tourney. We beat whoever the 9 is...then we play #1 seed Wichita State and beat them, exacting out revenge...
The we lose to some crap team in the sweet 16. Take it to the bank...

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Jack Fu's picture

Wichita State would ass-blast this team.

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Buckeyebrowny919's picture

Thank you for the ass blast...I needed a laugh. I live in an apartment building and probably have people calling the cops on me tonight.

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

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SeattleBuckeye20614's picture

Needed to get the ball to Q or one of the big men... instead LSJ shoots a 3 when we're only down by one and then we give him the ball again to get the same result. Two losses to Penn St. makes me sick.

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TLB's picture

47 fouls.   55 free throws.

IGotAWoody's picture

Yeah, The officials need to be sat down, while nuns whack their hands with rulers and scream "LET THEM PLAY" in their whistle-happy little faces.

 - License to kill gophers (wolverines, badgers, etc) by the government of the United Nations

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LouBuck35's picture

Anyone else think Scott had Sam on the lob before giving up to Smith for the clank? I'd take my chances on the dunk for the tie rather than the step back 3.

I want a fall Saturday in Ohio Stadium..

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Buckeyebrowny919's picture

Yuuuuuuuuuuuup. Just yelled that at my tv like it stole my money.

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

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LouBuck35's picture

I replayed it and did the same. Only one defender between them and had no contact with Sam. Lob was there, no doubt about it. To only be down 1 and 2 in subsequent possessions and not make any attempt to get to the rim - considering the whistle happy refs- is unfathomable.

I want a fall Saturday in Ohio Stadium..

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Tkebuck1's picture

I love my Bucks, but this program is in a lot of trouble. The talent just isn't enough to compete. Point guard turnovers, no big man. Poor shooting all season. Probably an 8 seed after possible losses at Indiana and/or Sparty. Bounced out in first round. Probably one and out in Big tourney as well. If it was a horse they'd shoot it.

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Bolt's picture

In a down year we win 20+ games (playing in top to bottom the toughest conference in America) and are still going to make the tournament. We return all but two players next year and are bringing in more or less a top 5 recruiting class (hands down the best in said conference) and Ohio has some of the country's most elite basketball talent in 2015 and beyond. You're right....this program sure is in a lot of trouble.

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buckeye4life050233's picture

ohio has the elite bball talent but thad isn't getting them every year.  constantly letting them go to Michigan and Michigan state

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Bolt's picture

Like who? Trey Burke? No one was recruiting him out of high school. That's why Penn State was his best offer until U of M came knocking at the 11th hour and we already had a McD's AA point guard signed up to play for us in that class. Payne at MSU had his mind made up from the get go he wasn't coming to Ohio State, there's not a lot you can do about that. I guess Deshaun Thomas and Jared Sullinger were pieces of crap in that recruiting class though. With a couple of exceptions, Thad absolutely has brought in the top talent in Ohio. People make the mistake of looking at bball recruiting like fball recruiting. You can't take everyone. There's years where you just have 1 or 2 schollies available and you do have to just let some people go. The next few recruiting classes are the best Ohio has had in recent memory and Thad is in on all the elite guys. Over the last several years he's brought in Ohio's elite: David Lighty, Jon Diebler, Kosta Koufos, B.J. Mullens, Jared Sullinger, etc. Say what you want about how these guys panned out, but they were all Ohio's best and very highly rated recruits. None of them I recall going to Michigan or Michigan State.

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biggy84's picture

Lenzelle so wants to be a star, but it isn't ever going to happen. He needs to accept that he is a role player, not a great player. A senior should know better than to take that shot with 10 secs left!

The team got one rebound from the center position. A single rebound! 

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740Bucks's picture

Didn't need that hero 3-pt shot... 

Way to storm the court after knocking off #22

"My idea of a good hit is when the guy wakes up on the sidelines with train whistles blowing in his head." - Jack Tatum

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Tkebuck1's picture

Better bring in some players with BB IQ. Right now this squad is just ready for a ..... ass blast.

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Deadly Nuts's picture

Looks like we have found next years starting PG. Meet D'Angelo Russell....

LEBRON

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CRAFTFORTHESTEAL's picture

I don't see the Hype for Q, he isn't good at free throws, he cannot defend, and just soft all around. I'd take Smith any day.

Pay It Forward!

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Deadly Nuts's picture

I don't get what your saying. Q hit six clutch free throws.

LEBRON

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PittBuckeye's picture

Did you see the end of that game?

LouBuck35's picture

Smith? I hope you mean like..Dean Smith? Because surely you can't mean Lenzelle at this point, right? Right??

I want a fall Saturday in Ohio Stadium..

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thePhilipJFry's picture

I only regret that I have but one down vote to give for that comment.

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PittBuckeye's picture

Where's my alcohol

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VestedInterest's picture

Did Thad draw  that shit up? Please tell me Smith acted alone in that travesty of a finish.

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PittBuckeye's picture

It looked like the play broke down and Craft kicked the ball to Smith I thought. Then Smith said aww hell why not.

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TLB's picture

I'm shocked that the play broke down.

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gobucks96's picture

which one? They did it twice in a row!

bucknut94's picture

Oh well, this team can't keep a lead. They invent ways to lose a game.

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CRAFTFORTHESTEAL's picture

No I did not, watched Thomas and Friends with my son, seemed more enjoyable. Saw craft turn it over with about a minute left and said f it.

Pay It Forward!

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southbay's picture

Thomas and Friends?  Makes me even more nostalgic for last year's team!

Deadly Nuts's picture

Wow... Penn State? Two times?

 

LEBRON

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ibuck's picture

Matta said the phrase after the game: "deer in the headlights." In terms of mental/emotional talent, this team may be the wussy-est of Matta's career. Craft is the only one with a half-measure of pluck / toughness. 

The basic concepts of basketball are:
1. put the ball through the hoop. And this team can't do it, either from the line or the field. At least not at a rate expected of scholarship players.
2. prevent the other team from putting the ball in the hoop. By defense, rebounding and defending the paint, and the last two are missing, as is defense in transition.

And it's very possible this team will face PSU in the B1G Tourney for the trifecta.

It's also possible this team's last W is in the rearview mirror and could miss the NCAA at 22-10, 9-9. And it sure seems like it's lack of effort.  [/vent]
 

Our honor defend, we will fight to the end !

BuckeyeB9B82501's picture

10000000% agree with ya. I have said it numerous times that we live and die by Amir and for a 6'11" Jr he is the laziest big I have seen under Thad. When he does show up, WHEN (and only for a fewtrips to a few mins) then we do play better. Only a few games has he really been a force. He can do it b/c we all have seen it few and far between. But you are spot on about the "will" of this team. Only 1 maybe 2 guys gives the amount of energy needed on D and this may be the ceiling of this team. Also would help if you can make layups and not watch 1 guy while 4 others are watching (and rebound and run more than 2 plays etc., etc, etc.)

Buckeye Dynasty starts in 2014 baby !!!!!! GO BUCKS !!!!!!!! O - H - I - O

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Carson's picture

0 rebounds for Amir.

0?!?!

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northcampus's picture

On any given night, this OSU team could legitimately beat any team in America, as well as legitimately lose to any team in America.

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Buckeyebrowny919's picture

Either way....I drink

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Nutinpa's picture

Hate to tell you...but it's more the latter.

Deadly Nuts's picture

Our hopes lay in the hands of Mr. Crean Puff.

LEBRON

southbay's picture

Um, ya know, that makes him seem way too much like something he isn't.

Knarcisi's picture

Ah to hell with it, I'm going back over to Bassdropper's Boner Thread. 

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Bucks_Rule's picture

That last stretch of the game was awful, I don't think anyone besides Q bothered to shoot and WTF with Trey's free throw shot, can't the coaches spend a little time working with him with that. The other team can just foul him and we'll be lucky if he makes one. Don't know how he managed to score 9 tonight.

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UrbanCulture's picture

#apathy. After I saw smith get the ball I quietly walked out of the room, knowing what he would do. Made my self a Peanut butter sandwich and went to bed. Till tomorrow folks

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jaxbuckeye's picture

Is it Matta's fault yet?

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TLB's picture
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jaxbuckeye's picture

Keep telling yourself that.  Maybe the five people that dv'd me can share some of their kool-aid.  Thompson is the only one on this entire team that has improved since he's been there.  Hell, most of them have regressed.  I know this team sucked before Matta got here, but even that goodwill has a shelf life.  Where's the coaching up and developing of the players?  Craft has the worst shot I've ever seen.   I thought Scott might have turned the corner but he's gotten worse.  Where's the answer for the zone?  Why don't they exclusively run plays for their only good shooters, Ross and Dela Valle?  Why did it take like 8 minutes into one of the recent games before the ball was passed to the FT line?  It's like watching a Mike Brown team.  Defense is great but the offense is beyond bad.  Passing the ball around the primeter until the shot clock is at 5 and then jacking up a three is NOT an offense.  Way too many teams in the B1G doing more with less (ie no McDonald's AAs)

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Knarcisi's picture

Amen, brother.  Matta is a great coach and has done wonders for the program, yet I continuously question his offensive prowess.  We run a playground, street ball, one on one offense.  Agreed with all those points about the sloppy passing around the perimeter and settling for bad shots.  We also flash Q into the FT line, but he never has his feet set to shoot.  Deshaun used to crush this.  If Q can't pull the trigger, then flash Lenzelle or Loving in there.

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buckeyestu's picture

Thank God Smith is a senior. I know he tries hard, but i will not miss him donning the Scarlet and Gray next year. I sure hope next year Amir gets a clue. This team has nearly driven me back to the whiskey. 

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bukyze's picture

Unfortunately, I don't think Amir has any chance of getting a clue.  So much potential.

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wyatt's picture

Not bad for ok players on an ok team in an ok league.  I must have more desire than the entire team.  They just don't have it.

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Bucks_Rule's picture

If Matta does not fix this now, I see us losing these last two, possibly losing to PSU again in the B1G tourney, going into the tourney demoralized as a 9 seed and getting bounced in the first round.

AcrossTheField11's picture

I like the "Michael Sam Has A Boner" post much more than this one...

Time and change will surely show how firm they friendship... O-HI-O.

bucksfan92's picture

It doesn't get any worse than getting swept by Penn State.  I just can't even fathom that it happened.  We had beaten them 18 straight times.  18 straight.  Most of those by more than 20 points.  I've been saying since January there is some kind of cancer on this team, these are not basketball issues, they are personnel issues.  I think we win at IU, lose to MSU, lose on Thursday in the B1GT and lose the first NCAAT game.  End the season with 10 losses for the first time in a very long time.

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thePhilipJFry's picture

No it's basketball issues.  And it's the lack of offense from the 2 and 3 positions in the starting line-up.  PSU is without a doubt the worst defense in the B1G giving up almost 1.2 points per possession.  OSU in two cracks at that awful defense has managed 1.1 and 0.99 points per possession.  Meaning that if PSU were just to play OSU 18 times and call it a B1G season they would have the 3rd best defense in the B1G.  LSJ has made 6 out of 18 shots (almost all of those were in the home contest) and Sam Thompson has made 3/13 (all of those at PSU) and Shannon Scott was 3/12 combined against the worst defense in the B1G.  Add that up and OSU, against the worst defense in the B1G, got 12 out of 43 shooting from those key offensive positions.  It's just bad basketball, not bad people.

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southbay's picture

Bad basketball, as in guys not having their heads in the game?  Why can't we get more consistency from these experienced players?  

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Philly_Buckeye's picture

The thing keeping me going is I'm pretty sure we will be a better team next year. I don't see how, with the incoming recruiting class, we could be any worse of a shooting team. It's a shame this is AC's last year though...

On a side note, did we HAVE to lose to Penn State twice? Living in PA, that really sucks. 

Ohio State class of 2018

Knarcisi's picture

At least Caltucky lost again too. 

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Go1Bucks's picture

Im not sure, could the officials have gotten just a little more involved?  I mean its just not a game if you let all the unnecessary fouls just pile up you know.

 

Inexcusable loss when a simple 2 point lane drive would have won that game.  Looking forward to next year.  Oops, I mean next week.

Go Bucks!

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BuckToAsT's picture

At least this loss was to Penn State and not one of our Rivals...

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IGotAWoody's picture

It's been mentioned on this thread already, and I've been talking about it most of the season, but we have GOT to get more than ONE F@CKING REBOUND from the CENTER POSITION!! Holy SCHNIKIES, that's frustrating! I know Amir was in foul trouble, but with all the shots that we miss, how does he manage ZERO bds?!! If our centers could manage just 5 or 6 bds (double digits I guess is just TOO MUCH TO ASK), we would've won by 5+

 - License to kill gophers (wolverines, badgers, etc) by the government of the United Nations

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southbay's picture

I have to wonder if that is not a barometer of this team's level of effort tonight.  

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southbay's picture

Had a tough day and came home expecting to see some payback, instead I just saw one bone headed play after another.  I feel like guys were just phoning it in after they got the eleven point lead.

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bkleppel's picture

If we would have hit our free throws it would've been a different game too...

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BuckeyeB9B82501's picture

IDK but I think that Thad can recruit with the best of them. But when it comes to X and Os I dont think he can do it very well. Love 20+ win seasons and love not being where we were in the 90s but damn, how many times does the opposite coach out coach him with 10 or so mins to play? How many times do you see 1 with the ball up top and 4 spred wide AND watching? How many times do we get beat by way-less talent? IK its BB and ya dont win em all but it seems that this issue is over looked masked by 20+ win season. We are TOSU; we are not spoiled; we do expect to win, not all but not get out coached and lose to less talented players. Just like 2nite and many other countless games. I watch and see the same 2 plays ran then flip it and the same 2 plays ran again. We are hurting big-time not having an inside game. We missed out on bigs and when we get a good or even a decent one he leaves after 1 year to sit the bench on a NBA team, play on the practice roster of a NBA team or gets shipped over seas for a NBA team. WE REALLY NEED A BIG AND BAD and maybe even 2 bigs. I like Thad a lot but I just see a whole lot of Cooper in him. Can recruit with the best but gets out-coached often and when it counts. And can anyone tell Thad how to teach kids what a big glass square with a little white square in it is used for. Thanx

Buckeye Dynasty starts in 2014 baby !!!!!! GO BUCKS !!!!!!!! O - H - I - O

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ibuck's picture

I think Matta recruits AND coaches well, as evidenced by B1G championships, final fours, etc. 

I just suspect these kids just don't listen, play hard, or take their game seriously. Just look at free throw percentage. Or rebounding. or holding each other accountable.

I love Aaron Craft, but I wonder about his leadership. LSJ too.  If the kids won't learn or work on their game, what can the coaches do? If it's one or two players, you can sit them, but it seems pervasive on this team.

What you saw tonight is not an aberration. Ron Stokes repeats it game after game: "We've seen this act before." This is who they are, and at this stage of the season, we'll probably not see much improvement.

Our honor defend, we will fight to the end !

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gm3jones's picture

Thad is a really good coach. I know that it would be very hard to get someone better in here. Like comment above said, this team seriously lacks any motivation to be great. They must all know that they have a very little chance of getting to NBA, because they sure as hell show it. I have never seen a team with so little composure with this many upper-classmen. Maybe they just dont rise to the challenge? Of all people that knows his team and personal makeup, it is Thad. And I can gurantee you that he doesn't enjoy watching his team lose like this (to these caliber teams). This is his live-li-hood.

There is nothing more remarkable as learning to think better.

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Crumb's picture

There is something seriously wrong with losing twice to PSU in one season, that being said I take comfort in this simple fact. 63-14.

 

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

TossTrap's picture

Excluding Craft and Q there is no other player on the team who can dribble inside the 3 pt. line or in traffic without losing the ball. Don't know what Matta teaches them but they just can't handle a ball. And Lord, it makes me sick to see the sheer number of times they are in position for a rebound with it winding up in the opponents hands.

As far as the bye in the B1G tourney, it looks like Iowa doesn't want the thing either.

Buckeyes are an early out in the NCAAs.

 

First and goal at the five and Arch is getting the ball.

Sleepy's picture

On the positive side, if "Rock Bottom II" is 22-7 (9-7), shit can't be all that bad, right?

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Jpfbuck's picture

face we along with many other people way over rated this team before the season started and when we blew a very weak OOC schedule

look at who we played OOC

the best teams were as follows:

Ohio U - 9-6 in the MAC

Marquette - 17-11 overall

Maryland - 15-13 overall

Notre Dame - 15-14 overall

that's it, everyone else was a complete push over. and we needed a miracle comeback to beat ND and beat Ohio U by only 10 and led them by only 5 with 4 mins to play

face it team was completely untested prior to the B1G season and the results show now.

This team is seriously flawed and requires a maximum defensive effort to even beat mediocre teams

because they play good D most nights it keeps them in games and allows them to pull of what ought to be looked at as an upset now

I don't see this team winning more than 1 game in the dance and even that is not even close to a sure thing

 

 

buckeyeguy4646's picture

At least we are still worthy of a court storming. We probably just made history for the lowest ranked team whose defeat caused a storming of the court. 

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BuckeyeB9B82501's picture

Was updated foralmost all of the game from my father . He said that this crew should be reviewed by the B10 and reprimanded due to their very biased and terrible calls . How many fouls/FTs were commited/shots ? Hers that 80% were complete bull shit fricked up calls. Even replays showed blown calls as were the anouncers saying same thing. Its hard to win 5 against 8 tho. BUT you still can't miss all these wide open easy layups. Its cost us the MSU and both PSU losses. 25-4 is a little bit different isn't it. Thats just 3 games tho maybe another 1 maybe 2. Thats truly how close this team is from a 27-2 or a 26-3 record. And we are playing terrible BB but think about that stat of missed layups. It will finish our season off missing layups and lose by 2 or 4. Take that to the bank

Buckeye Dynasty starts in 2014 baby !!!!!! GO BUCKS !!!!!!!! O - H - I - O

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Nutinpa's picture

Can't score.  Can't rebound.  

There you go.

mr.green's picture

This game was lost at the line. 

OSUFlash's picture

The second worse loss in team history is in the books...................FUUUUUUDGE!!!!! I said 2 weeks ago the refs have a hard on for calling phantom fouls and Craft will be their target; i'm dead on about that. Matta needs to pull a Marcus Hall on the refs and take the ejection for the team. This BS of you can't breathe heavy on a player without fouling is positively ruining the college game.

I miss a good episode of Celtic Woman last night on PBS for this SHIT!

osuflash

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mr.green's picture

We have and will play better.  Not doom and gloom time just a frustrating loss when we were up big -- again. Not sure why this is one of the worst losses in OSU history. I have been watching since the 70s and this was just a game we let slip by not doing the little things right and missing open shots at the end.  When your leader is on the bench for most of the game, it happens. 

mr.green's picture

February has been better than January. March is when it Mattas. 

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Soundgarden5's picture

Sad...looks like first round exits in BIG tourney and in NCAA tourney...this team is too frustrating to watch anymore

PhillyBuckeye27's picture

You know, I have been saying FOR TWO YEARS BY THE WAY, that it is simply stunning to me that LSJ plays, LET ALONE STARTS, for a team like Ohio State.  The dude is HORRENDOUS.....and no, before you all pile on, I couldn't do better, never could, never will - so save that silly retort.....And every time I say that he stinks and shouldn't even be on this team - I get about 10 downvotes.....Now I read the boards and everyone is FINALLY coming around....welcome to the bandwagon!

It baffles my mind how a team as lousy at outside shooting continues to chuck it from 3 point land.  Can you imagine how bad this team would be without Ross?  We would win 10 games - tops.....

We have four more games this yr - 2 reg season, 1 big ten and 1 NCAA - I could legitimately see us going 0-4 in those games.....we have the mental toughness of a cheeto.....

 

Jack Fu's picture

He's not horrendous, he's just asked to do too much because of the limitations of the roster. He's a decent defender and a very good rebounder for a guard. He's a standard, useful role player. The problem is, on this team he's asked to be more than that. Because there's no better option he's asked to basically be the second scoring option, and he's just not a good enough offensive player for that role. He's a third- and fourth-banana trying to be a second-banana. No, he's not good enough at it, but it's not his fault that he's asked to do more than he's reasonably capable of.

zhamilton05's picture

Exactly - thank you. Smith is a perfectly serviceable 2-guard to give you 15-20 min./gm. I've always loved his rebounding (best hands on a Buckeye since Sullinger), and those irrational-confidence hot streaks he goes on every several games.

But as a senior with a decent shot, Lenzelle has felt the pressure to be the gunner for this offensively challenged team--not to mention that he was undersized when defending opposing SF's. A bigger, offensively gifted guard like Jordan Sibert (or Caris Levert!) would have looked really good on this team.

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vball10set's picture

A perfectly serviceable 2-guard, one that's a senior, does NOT chuck up a 3-ball when you're down 1 with 10 seconds to go, especially when there's a wide open lane to drive in front of you. Sorry, but that's on Lenzelle--period.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

A win against MSU would be a HUGE boost going into the B1G tournament and the big dance.

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

zhamilton05's picture

I wasn't able to watch the game, but were Craft's fouls legit? Seems like that was the difference in the game right there, with him only playing 19 minutes. Especially since he scored 10 points in limited PT, and you have to think he would have 1) scored at least 15-16 in his normal 38 or so minutes, and 2) helped keep Newbill and Frazier from scoring so much.

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OSUFlash's picture

Two of Crafts fould were positively complete and utter bullshit!!! The refs have a hard on for blowing the whistle at what they "think" they are seeing. The new BS rule change is ruining college basketball.  Matta should file a complaint with the holier than thou NCAA who BTW can kiss my @$$!!!

Does that pretty much answer your question?

osuflash

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thePhilipJFry's picture

It was probably a benefit to OSU that Craft sat most of the game.  Maybe it was because he got in foul trouble and never was in the flow of the game but in 19 minutes he gave up three uncontested lay-ups and committed 5 turnovers.  If this doesn't seem like a lot, consider that in a 63 possession game Craft played 19 minutes, so he was probably out there for 30 possessions.  Meaning 1 out of every 10 defensive possessions Craft gave up an uncontested lay-up, and 1 out of every 6 offensive possessions Craft just handed the ball to PSU.  At the end of the game after allowing PSU to inbound the ball he chose to let the clock run rather than pick up his 5th foul.  There are less than 10 seconds left, the extra 4 seconds he allowed to run off the clock could have come in handy on OSU's last possession.

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buckeyefanatic's picture

How does the tie breaker with Iowa for 4th seed break down?

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buckeye4life050233's picture

If it is between 2 teams then head to head matchups is first which we split.  Then it goes to record vs the #1 seed.  And will go down the list until a advantage is gained by one team.

thePhilipJFry's picture

Iowa was 1-1 against Michigan and Ohio State was 0-1, so they won't be going very far down that list.

arnie_palmy's picture

The performance last night has me seriously worried about March. I was perfectly confident in the team going into the game, especially the way they came out and went 4-4 to go ahead 10-2. I never saw them losing this time around. I see them having a decent chance to beat MSU, but I am worried about going to Indiana this weekend. Unless we head into the postseason with a two game win streak I think we may be in trouble.

ToledoMan's picture

As far as I am concerned, Trey has earned more playing time.  The dude can make you cringe from the free throw line and he is sometimes out of position, but the man has been playing his ass off.  Amir is non existent half the time.

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thePhilipJFry's picture

Trey has been playing hard and does deserve to get some playing time, but in B1G play Trey grabs 0.11 rebounds/minute played while Amir grabs 0.21 rebounds/minute played.  LaQuinton Ross (0.19) is the only other Buckeye who is even close to as good a rebounder as Amir, and on a team that struggles as much as this one, I'd try to limit the amount of time my best rebounder spends on the bench, especially if his replacement is this big of a step down.

teddyballgame's picture

Are those numbers based on the b1g games only?  The OOC schedule was a joke so whoever played the bulk of minutes during that time would have inflated numbers IMO.  I'm wondering which of these guys plays better vs our tough competition.

thePhilipJFry's picture

yeah, those are conference games only.  good catch.

Bamabucknut's picture

I just can't take watching the basketball team any more.

JakeStevensIsSwag's picture

If we were going to shoot a 3, let LaQuinton shoot it. Not Lenzelle. If we were going to drive the basket for a two (like we should have done) im all for Lenzelle taking it. Him or Craft. This team looks great some moments, and horrible at others. If we could find atleast SOME consistency, we would be a threat.  Back to the drawing board. Have to finish strong.

Buckeye fan from PA