PHONE'S RINGING -- IT'S URBAN ON THE LINE
Would like the buckeyes chances to win both, if they had a second scorer to compliment thomas and if amir played up to his potential. Going to be a rough couple games.
I really like the sound of "B."
Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!
LOL i bet you do thats a huge week for you.
I think a split would even be huge but in the grand scheme of things just get hot in march i still think the tournament is wide open, No last year Kentucky type teams in this years tournament.
Going to be tough to find a win this week.
O ye, of little faith.
I'm going with option "beats both".
"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.
Of course we win both. UM is deflated after Saturday night and IU is No. 1 coming to our house. Perfect set up for a sweep.
The question is whether GRIII is deflated and will bounce back after his no-show on Saturday or disappear. I expect the former. I highly doubt that the players will have any trouble getting hyped up for this revenge/rivalry game despite losing a game in hostile territory that they were 6 point dogs.
"The team that plays at home, wins at home... err more than half of the time..." - B1G Basketball
Home teams are 32-23 (58%), away teams are 23-32.
Keep Calm and Ignore the Trolls.
Thad Matta is 17-3 against Michigan in his career
Thad Matta is 17-3 against Michigan in his career
I'm liking Thad.
Nothing like dancing on the field in 02...
While I appreciate your optimism, and I share it; this is probably the most talented Michigan team Matta has faced since he's been at OSU. Matta racked up a lot of those wins against sub-par Wolverine teams. Tonight (and Sunday against IU) will be a tough test.
Good point however I thought the last two games have been a bit of a turning point in the season. Williams is playing with a chip on his shoulder (hope Ravenel finds the one he had earlier in the season) Craft Smith and Thompson have increased their scoring to cover the "2nd scoring option" which we've heard so much about. Maybe I'm drinking too much of the Kool-Aid, but a couple W's are a possibility as long as we dont go through a shooting slump without playing good D. A close game tonight does make that Sunday game that much tougher.
I like our chances against Indiana better, just because it's at home. Kenpom shows that teams that win by 2-3 at home lose the return trip by 10+.
“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.” - Woody
I wish I had KenPom's job.
Winning both would be huge, especially this late in the season ... but two games of this magnitude within a few days of each other is hard for any team.
Indiana looks better because it's at home ... but sweeping Michigan, at Michigan, to go 3-0 (Football included) would make this a great year.
The world is full of kings & queens who'll blind your eyes & steal your dreams - it's heaven & hell - Ronnie James Dio.
I think the most likely scenario is that OSU loses both, showing that they are a clear notch below Indiana, but that there isn't much separation between Ohio State and Michigan.
At the same time, while less likely, I can see them winning one of the games but I don't see a scenario where they pull off two wins this week. Beating Michigan on the road and Indiana at home would be a longshot for ANY team in college basketball right now.
If OSU loses both, which I picked, I won't be mad. Indiana winning in Columbus will just give them the inside to the B1G title and not Michigan! The bigger question is, will Michigan lose to Wisconsin and give Indiana a 2 game lead in the B1G.
Ohio State's band SLAUGHTERED Michigan's band. If this were a football game, it would have been Florida State vs. Savannah State. - SB Nation following OSU vs. UM 2012
Indiana still has to visit Illinois, OSU, MSU, Minnesota, and Michigan and has OSU at home.
Michigan has to travel to Wisconsin, MSU, Purdue, and Penn State and has OSU, MSU, Illinois and Indiana at home.
Not really the inside track since Michigan still hosts IU. Plus, Michigan's schedule from here on out is more favorable than IUs. Still very tough, but not as bad.
Why all the strike throughs Hail?
I agree Michigan is in a more favorable position. However if the top 5 teams win on their home court and beat the bottom 7 teams everyone will be tied minus OSU and Wisconsin. I don't really see that happening and I think IU will win it. Call me crazy but I think Michigan season will come down to wither or not they can beat Wisconsin because I can see them finishing 14-4 in the conference while IU goes 15-3. I would not overlook Wisconsin if I were you because their tempo and style is a huge contrast vs. what Michigan normally runs. Not to mention Bo Ryan .900+ winning percentage at home.
I picked us losing both. Do not see us winning tonight on the road whatsoever. As for IU, it's a possibility due to being at home, but highly doubtful. I think Zeller has a monster game. The key is going to be playing lights out defense on Oladipo, and limiting their 3's. I agree that a split of the 2 games would be huge.
I know it doesn't really matter but if OSU wins both, would they be ranked number 1 next Monday?
Probably not gonna jump 9 spots, even if you beat #3 and #1 back to back. I'm already confused as to why Florida hasn't been #1 recently.
I don't know for certain why Florida hasn't jumped up higher, but the SEC is a horrible conference that might get 3 teams in the NCAA tourney this year. That could have something to do with it.
Florida though is REALLY good.
I'd bet money Florida earns the coveted but cursed #1 #1 seed.
And I jinxed them. Still could be a #1 seed but just fell to Arkansas
I picked Winning Both, but that is my heart talking. My head says lose both. Come on Buckeyes prove me right/wrong. :D
I'll take a split but well lose both. Good but not great team...
Even before the result of tonight. I was thinking B.
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