Basketball Preview: Ohio State vs. Michigan State

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73buckeye's picture

Paragraph 5 Typo alert, MSU = Wolverines?????

ernie

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WPB-Buckeye's picture

Yep,  I read that and I had to scroll back up to the top and make sure who we were playing today. 

Go Bucks!

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tomgreg's picture

Good catch!

Onward and upward! Go Buckeyes!

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I_Run_The_Dave's picture

Colin doesn't GADFTWSOM

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D56GoBucks's picture

Shhhh, it's taboo to point that out.

"Anything easy ain't worth a damn"

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TMac's picture

Limit turnovers and foul trouble and we have a good chance for the W. 

ONE Not Done!

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Seattle Linga's picture

Those two issues alone can take us a long way. Finding consistent scoring is the other factor that can bring us a W.

Go get'em Cal Poppy - we are behind you !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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WPB-Buckeye's picture

I’d be nice if our Ahrens have a record setting day against their Ahrens.  Along with Washington.

Go Bucks!

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SackMan's picture

I believe the Ahrens are actually brothers, if I am not mistaken.

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analyticalguy's picture

They are. How this got you a downvote I don't know.

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IronPastor's picture

Play aggressive as a team and find and feed Kaleb and the 3rd time might be the charm...

Home sick today so will have Bingo and try to be available for the game.

GEAUX BUCKEYES

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tomgreg's picture

FYI, the game starts at 11:30AM, not 12:30pm....!

Onward and upward! Go Buckeyes!

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Dilbert's picture

I believe that is 11:30 Central Time -->  12:30 Eastern Time

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tomgreg's picture

Oh, okay. I'm living where they don't have DST...threw me off. Thanks. 

Onward and upward! Go Buckeyes!

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SoulPatrol32's picture

Depends on the time zone. 

Keep fighting CalPoppy

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BuckeyeLion's picture

11:30 central/12:30 eastern

In the poll era (since 1936), OSU is by far the class of the B1G:
National Titles: OSU 8, UM 3
B1G Titles: OSU 33, UM 27
Head-to-head: OSU 42, UM 36
Major Bowls (New Year's Six): OSU 20-14, UM 10-16

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moopdawg's picture

Kaleb REALLY needs to play smart.  I hope Coach and the Buckeye bench  (Ledee, Young, small ball creative lineups, anything...) can find ways to steal some time without Kaleb being on the floor so that Kaleb can rest, stay out of foul trouble, and play aggressively during the second half.  

Other thing: keep turnovers to a minimum.  No wasted possessions, please.

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WPB-Buckeye's picture

What timezone are you in?  I see a 12:30 tip on my ESPN app.

Go Bucks!

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FatChaddie's picture

BTN says 12:30 as well.

"The magic word's rock n' roll, Man!"

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ANOTHERMICHIGANLOSS's picture

The quote was from CJ, who is in Chicago which is CST.  Therefore he was referring to the time they will be playing the game in Chicago today which is 11:30 CST.

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IronPastor's picture

If he is writing from Chicago..it’s central.  I am in central and it tips at 11:30 central/12:30 easyern

GEAUX BUCKEYES

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ANOTHERMICHIGANLOSS's picture

72-69 Buckeyes.  Train gains some more steam.  MSU with a missed 3 to end the game.

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CincinnatiBuck12's picture

 In Mexico with my girlfriend so had to stream it on the beach yesterday but was fun to see them win. I think we win today if we play hard and tough defense. Go bucks 

Go Bucks

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BuckNutChicago's picture

What is better, making it to the NCAA Tournament and losing in the first weekend - OR - making it to the NIT and making it to the Championship game?

Go Buckeyes!!!

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Lighteyes's picture

The former.

Nobody really cares about the NIT. Any time a coach gets fired, the article always cites how many times he missed the NCAA tourney. Whenever a coach gets hired, the press release always mentions how great he was in the NCAA tournament. By comparison, the NIT is rarely if ever part of this discussion. I can certainly tell you that when Thad Matta was let go (or 'retired', YMMV), I don't remember a single person on these boards citing his first round win in the 2016 NIT as a reason why he should be kept.

Or, as a particularly relevant example, look up Archie Miller's Wikipedia page right now. The fact that the Hoosiers made the NIT last year isn't even mentioned anywhere. You need to actually check their 2017-2018 season page to find out they made the NIT...where Indiana's AD cared so little about the NIT that he turned down the opportunity to host a game because it would devalue Assembly Hall to host a mere NIT game.

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bucksfan92's picture

Absolutely without question making the tournament. The NIT is totally worthless, especially for a program like OSU.  There is nothing that can replace the experience of the NCAA tournament.  The NIT is like November basketball all over again and is of no value at all.

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analyticalguy's picture

For status/recognition, there is no question that making the NCAA is better. It's the goal. For a young team, though having an extra three or four games and the practices that go with them might lead to more growth for the following season. Of course, if you go to the NIT and get bounced in the first or second round, you end up with the worst of both. And if you make it to the NCAA tourney, then even with a deeply flawed team like this year's Buckeyes, there is at least a chance of catching fire and advancing a couple rounds.

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Bucks19's picture

If you have to ask if NIT or NCAA then I am at a loss for words. Seriously 

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BuckNutChicago's picture

No need to be a d-bag, we're all Buckeyes, right?

The question is legit.  It is quite obvious that there is no comparison between the NCAA and NIT from a prestige perspective and I'd love for our BasketBucks to make a deep run in the tourney.  I am just wondering about getting bounced early.  As soon as we lose a tourney game, our season is over.  So I'll ask the same question, phrased a slightly different way so you understand me better...

Is it better from to go to the NCAA tournament and get bounced the first weekend (which will likely happen), or make a deep run in the NIT thereby getting 2-3 more weeks of practice and 3-4 more games under the belt?  What is better for player development?  What is better for recruiting?  What is better for the coaching resume?

I think a long run in any tourney has its merits.  When I posted the question, I was expecting some intelligent conversation rather your smartass retort.

Go Buckeyes!!!

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bucksfan92's picture

As much as this OSU team does not at all look tournament worthy to me, it is obvious they are getting in.  The teams that are behind them on the bubble are absolute trash. This has got to be the softest bubble in the history of the 64+ team event. I just hope we don't get BTFO'd today by Sparty. A win would be awesome, but I think the chances of that are about 5%. Now, if they can somehow win today, I do think they have a better tan 50% chance of beating Wisky or Nebraska tomorrow, but today is daunting.

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Bucks19's picture

5%. Please do tell why. Not like MSU is full of All Americans. 

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buckeyeinWI's picture

Maybe not, but they are 'steam-rolling our beloved BUCKEYES as I type this...

GO BUCKEYES!

16-2 is SWEET!

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Bucks19's picture

And how convenient on that timing. What about the 16-0 run? Huh?

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osuguy2008's picture

What was the point of mentioning Joshua Langford when he’s been out of the year since January ? 

Come on guys, you can do better

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Ole Buckeye's picture

I'm happy with a 7 point loss.  

If we can win one in the NCAA tournament, and then lose by 7 to Virginia or something, I'm fine with that, too.

Next year will be better!

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