Top March Madness Moments for the Scarlet & Gray

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OhioAgainstTheWorld34's picture

Thanks!  Had a lot of good vibes reliving some of those moments.

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bucksfan92's picture

Another great game was when you were about 2 years old.  My last season an OSU student we were 1 shot away from the Final Four, and the S16 game vs UNC that year was the highlight of that tournament. 

Another game that I remember very well was the 8/9 game in the 1990 tournament vs Providence.  We were shipped out west and had to play UNLV in the second round (and gave them  a scare before fading late) so the first round game tipped off late, I want to say it was 11:00 here, anyway it went into OT and I could not sleep for hours afterwards!  I am pretty sure CBS has an archive of almost every NCAA tournament game.  I can't find the link right now but it can be hours of fun watching. Another great one is OSU v Kentucky from 1987.

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OhioAgainstTheWorld34's picture

That is an awesome plug to a game I obviously had no recollection of... My dad was at a few of those in his younger years... He talks about some of those nail biters.

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Knarcisi's picture

You're a few years older than me.  This was my freshman year.  I remember Jamie Skelton having a big game as an underclassman.  Talking about a guy that wasn't afraid to shoot.  

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bucksfan92's picture

Skelton wasn't ever afraid to launch it!  And he had a couple monster games vs IU back when that actually was a rivalry type game.

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Buckeye Scottie's picture

Perhaps the greatest thing I miss from the Thad era, were his inbound plays.  I have to think he has been one of the best at scoring off of an inbounds play.  I love Holtmann, but it seems more often than not, we just try to get the ball in and circle high and restart the offense.  I miss Thad's creativity and scoring off inbounds plays.

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OhioAgainstTheWorld34's picture

100% agree! This was something Thad was terrific at.... How many times did Sam Thompson throw one down off a double screen.  I can maybe count on one had the times we've gotten an easy bucket off the inbounds.  Thad's teams were also phenomenal defending the inbounds.

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Buckeye.383's picture

I definitely agree. I would also add defensive inbound plays under Thad. Too many times to count when opposing teams had to call a timeout or committed a turnover trying to inbound the ball.  

Born, raised, educated, and will die a Buckeye ~ BuckeyeNation

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bucksfan92's picture

Very true.  And having Slam Thompson for a few years made a lot of those buckets turn into amazing highlights.

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NewPhilaFan's picture

My favorite Buckeye moment was also the first sports event that I distinctly remember watching.  It was on a grainy black and white, color not yet invented, with lots of snow.  However the sound came through just fine and the whole family watched the Buckeyes whip California to win their first and only championship back in 1960.

Let's Go Bucks

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OhioAgainstTheWorld34's picture

Very cool. A lot of college basketball fans in general sleep on the Fred Taylor success.  Those were some dang good squads.  Loved going to all the games this year and seeing that National Championship trophy as well as seeing names like Lucas and Havlicek in the rafters.

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NewPhilaFan's picture

Unfortunately the next two years happened and I saw those games also.  In those days, only the league champion went to the tourney and the region was dictated by the league the team was in.  The Big Ten was always in the Mideast and the MVC was always in the Midwest.  Cincinnati was in the MVC in those days with Creighton, Bradley, and some other really good basketball schools.

Thus, two teams 100 miles apart could not meet until the championship game.

UC had a phenomenal run in the tourney in that time period.  Five straight years in the Final Four.

58-59 Finished 3rd behind Oscar Robertson, first player to lead the nation in scoring 3 straight years

59-60 Finished 3rd again with Oscar

60-61 Upset the Buckeyes in OT

61-62 Easily beat the Buckeyes in a rematch

62-63 Lost in OT to Loyola Chicago, last year's darlings, who came back from a 15 point deficit

The only other time that UC went to the Final Four, they were on track to play the Buckeyes in the semifinals, however Jim Jackson missed the shot in 1992 at the end of regulation and that team up north upset them in OT.  Of course, the only thing non Buckeyes remember about that season is Laettner's questionable shot to beat UK in the regional final.

Let's Go Bucks

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BeatMeechigun's picture

Great summary!

But as for 1992, Jackson never got the shot off - the ball squirted over to Jent who rushed it and narrowly missed.  Had that one gone it would have been the greatest single shot in OSU basketball history IMO - a buzzer beater to knock out the Fab Five, sweeping them in 3 games, and staging a Final Four matchup with Cincinnati.  If I make it to heaven, I'm convinced I'll get to re-watch that game with that alternate outcome.

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NewPhilaFan's picture

Oops, my memory was a bit faulty.

Let's Go Bucks

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BeatMeechigun's picture

I envy that when it comes to the way that game ended!

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bucksfan92's picture

I can still remember watching Jent take that shot and I just KNEW it was gong in. We had handled Michigan easily in first 2 games and I didn't expect that one to be close either.  I really think we were the best team in the country in 1992 and again in 2011.  It's really hard to imagine that not did neither team win the title. they both got knocked out early by teams they were much better than.

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BeatMeechigun's picture

Agree.  I think that 1992 team would have handled Cincinnati and I would have loved seeing how they could compete against Duke.

I'm still bitter that Kentucky, UNC, and Syracuse were all placed in our bracket in 2011.  I get that any team has to win 6-straight, but then I see things like what Michigan got last year in that West bracket and it leaves me scratching my head how a bracket stacked like ours was in 2011 was a reward for the overall top-seed.

But that's the game.  We all want that second NC, but reality is as accomplished as MSU has been since 1998 with all the FFs, they've only won one. Kansas has 1 since 1988. Syracuse has 1. Cheatin' Cal has only mustered one at Kentucky.  It's just not easy.

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Knarcisi's picture

Man, for all the talk on Oden and Conley, Ron Lewis was amazing during that run in 2006.

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NewPhilaFan's picture

He was clutch when the game was on the line.

Let's Go Bucks

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OhioAgainstTheWorld34's picture

He had an absolutely pure stroke.  Watching it leave his hand was a thing of beauty.  I am not fact checking, but didn't he transfer from Bowling Green.  What a get for Matta early on in his tenure.

Also, as I was looking at results I didn't realize the Georgetown bounced us in the tourney prior to us paying them back in the Final Four.  I remember that Dials and Foster duo but forgot we lost to the Hoyas that year.

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NewPhilaFan's picture

I believe that you are correct about the Bowling Green transfer.

Let's Go Bucks

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erniefurgler's picture

Correct, BG transfer & a Brookhaven grad

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Knarcisi's picture

Scored 27, 25, and 22 respectively vs Xavier, Tennessee, and Memphis. Doesn’t get any bigger than that. 

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BeatMeechigun's picture

Great list.  Agree with the earlier comment on inbound plays being a thing of art under Thad.

Honorable mention but not top 10 for me would be the 2012 win over Cincinnati.  We owed those suckers one and should have gotten the chance in the 1992 Final Four, which made it feel even more overdue.

10.  Memphis 2007.  Could be higher and maybe should be, but after the Tennessee and Xavier wins, this one felt expected and then relatively lackluster.  Anyway it resulted in our 10th Final Four.

9. Auburn 1999.  Knocked off the 1-seed on the FF run.

8. Iowa State 2013.  Ain't nobody got time for OT.

7. UNC 1992. (The earliest tournament run I remember as a kid).  The win over the Heels was not only a win over blue blood but a win over a program that went to the FF the year before losing to us and won it all the following year.  I believe this is still our only W vs. UNC?

6. Arizona 2013.  Still no time for OT.  As stated, it's a shame we didn't play better vs. Wichita State.  That would have been wild to have OSU and Michigan in the same Final Four.

5.  Xavier 2007.  I was at that game and it was miserable until those late heroics.  Arguably the most important single shot on this list, but hard for me to put it higher since we were simply outplayed for 38 minutes against a squad that had no business keeping pace with the Bucks' talent.

4. Georgetown 2007.  Our first W in the Final Four since demolishing Wake Forest in 1962. 

3.  St. John 1999.  Our 9th Final Four (it happened banner or not).  That was just such a fun run that year after the misery of the mid-90s.

2. Syracuse 2012.  Resulted in our 11th Final Four and made up for a year where I felt like we should have won the conference title outright. While we had the Jayhawks all but beat in that next game, I simply didn't see that Buckeye team (or any team that year) stopping Kentucky.  I know you always want a chance, but the thought of what was likely next numbed the pain of the Kansas loss for me and left the win over Cuse and Final Four still very enjoyable.

1. Tennessee comeback in 2007.  We looked dead in the water and destined for a Sweet 16 exit but wound up in the championship.

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OhioAgainstTheWorld34's picture

I like this list a lot... The two I omitted from mine... Cincy 2012 and Auburn 1999 were both strongly considered.  That 2012 pasting of UC was quite satisfying not only because those dudes like to talk a lot of trash but a lot of the national pundits were riding with UC in that one.

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BuckeyeMark's picture

I cannot upvote this post enough.  Such great memories!  THANKS SO VERY MUCH and let's make another for next year's list against Iowa State Friday night!  GO BUCKS!

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OhioAgainstTheWorld34's picture

Thanks BuckeyeMark!  I too desperately want this Buckeye team to give us some more memories.  They're capable of shocking people if they can score it like they did against Iowa.  Thought the write up on what we need to do was very on point.  Hoping for a win or two this year and then really making some noise next year!

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Das Hufeisen's picture

Great post.  I especially loved the 99 game vs St Johns.  A revival of sorts for OSU basketball, that team was hungry and fearless.  Watch the rerun and see how many times we had 4 scarlet jerseys in transition and St Johns barely had 1 defender back.

The 99 game vs Auburn should get honorable mention.  They were the #1 seed in our region that year.

AKA the Horseshoe, the Shoe, and the House That Harley Built

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bucksfan92's picture

I can still remember after watching that '99 game vs St John's all of us sitting there in disbelief.  All those talented teams that were never able to get over that Final Four hump for the last 30 years and the team that went 8-22 the year before got it done.  And they gave UConn one hell of a battle in the semifinals too.

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Skunk bear blood's picture

Great, great OP  InUrbanWeTrust34!  Thanks!
Heading back up to watch them all again.

"Because it worked," Ryan Day says, laughing.

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OhioAgainstTheWorld34's picture

Thanks Skunk!  Appreciate it.  I know I enjoyed reminiscing through a lot of those videos. Lets make some more this weekend!

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Bolt's picture

Great list. I was at a bar in Florida on spring break while a student at OSU for the Tennessee game. Wound up watching with a couple ttun students (or maybe grads) and they were reveling in how badly Ohio State was getting stomped. They got pretty bold with their trash talk and started to pay less and less attention to the game as they assumed it was a blowout and they got drunker. Wound up making a bet with them that if Tennessee wound up winning, I'd buy them a drink...and if Ohio State won, they'd have to buy all my drinks from that night. Unbeknownst to them, the comeback was already in mid-flight when I made the bet. Was a good night. We drove back to Ohio, I was there one full day and my dad calls asking if I want to drive to Atlanta because he scored FF tix. Got to see the Georgetown win (and unfortunately the Florida loss) in person. That couple weeks was the most fun I've ever had with the tourney in my own life.

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OhioAgainstTheWorld34's picture

Thanks for sharing that Bolt!  Love to hear stories about traveling to watch the Bucks.  I was in attendance in Lexington for the 1st and 2nd rounds in 2007... And have made multiple trips up to Indy and Chicago for Big Ten Tourney runs. Those two cities need to be the ONLY two to host that. Bump NYC and DC.  But traveling with my dad and brother have created memories I will cherish forever. This year's trip to Dallas for the TCU football game ranks up there all time for me.

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bucksfan92's picture

I was in Lex in '07 and have gone to both Indy and Chicago for the B1GT and totally agree.  I love it in Indy, that city actually cares about the event and rolls out the red carpet. Plus the arena is so centrally located vs Chicago where it's more of an afterthought and the Untied Center is pretty remote. 

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OhioAgainstTheWorld34's picture

Not to start looking too far forward... But hopefully next year's Buckeyes get hot and play well... I believe there is a site back in Lexington to which I will say, I will most definitely be there.  Also, that is a good point about the United Center... We had to use the red line or Uber to the arena when we go.

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Buxki84's picture

Kam Williams had a terrific game last year against South Dakota St. He scored 22 points, including 7 in a row when the game was tied at 70.

I'd rather be a minute early than an hour early, 'cause I like to procrastinate.

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OhioAgainstTheWorld34's picture

Good point. I was really happy for Kam. Especially after coming off a similar suspension that we saw with Kaleb this year.

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