Buckeyes Squeak Past Geeks

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Nick's picture

Both Thomas and Sibert recorded a trillion!!!!!!!

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/boxscore?gameId=310290077

Sibert : 1 min
Thomas : 6 min

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gravey's picture

Lighty getting schooled on the backdoor cut a few too many times...Diebs too.  I'm gettin' a little concerned about Dave's play.  Love the guy, but he's playing more like a freshman than the freshmen in the last few games...but stepped up when the game was on the line.  How many moving screens do those guys set per possession?  Don't think they called any did they?

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Nick's picture

No the officiatating was generally bad overall. I feel like they are always giving the other guy the benefit especially against Lighty in the lane was pushed quite a few times.

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TLB's picture

Officiating is always bad in the B1G and you are correct, they always give the team with less talent the benefit.

I can't believe they called the intentional foul on Dallas.  While I understand they are trying to protect players from head shots, what is a guy to do if he is a foot taller than the other guy?

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buckeyedude's picture

Man, these guys were flat! N'western played that rope a dope type b-ball that PSU plays. Boring as hell, but if you keep the score low, you have a shot.

It's basketball like that that made the shot clock necessary.

And yes, that officiating was bad.

"If you're not changing, you're falling behind."

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JakeBuckeye's picture

If this were a home game and there hadn't been so many top 10 teams losing this week, then I'd be concerned.

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buckeye33's picture

By taking the full 35 seconds before shooting, NW shortened the game dramatically. By getting 8 long offensive rebounds reduced our possessions almost in half. Good strategy, you might see this again? Thought we would full court press on a couple of possessions to test NW ?

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Normal Buck's picture

I'll confess to being pretty much of a moron when it comes to hoops knowledge, but I was also wondering why OSU didn't try to suffocate them with the press, at least a little.

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Buckeye_Mafia's picture

I especially loved the palming call on Buford when no less than 5 minutes before that, one of the NU backcourt players (can't remember who) had one of the WORST and more obvious than the one called. And yes, the intentional foul was somewhat of a freebie. First time I have ever seen a seven point possession in 20+ years of basketball (both playing and watching). The good news for tOSU. I think this game (and the entire weekend of ranked teams losing) is/was a humbling experience. These guys needed it after the Purdue game and the media attention that followed all week. Now they know they are gonna be in dog fights from here on out and hopefully understand that if they don't show up, they will lose.

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

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RBuck's picture

Game ball goes to Matta for not calling a TO at the :17 mark. Took their coach right out of the game 'til :035 lft.

Sooner or later it all gets real.

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Keith's picture

* Per Gasaway, only a 49 possession game - 2nd lowest in major college bball this  year.

* Generally speaking, I thought the officiating was fine.  They missed some on NU and they missed some on us.  I thought the two Lighty travels were obvious and I thought the palm on Buford was too.  In fact, it could be argued before palm call, Buford got away with a walk or carry about 5 seconds earlier in the possession when he double clutched on a pass and decided to keep his dribble.

* Lauderdale's elbow which led to 7 points in one trip for NU was the major catalyst.  He ought to be running stairs right now.

* Diebs couldn't get many open looks and was really passive working to get open as well, I thought.  His post entry into Sully at the end was picture perfect though and was not an easy feed.

* Lighty was victimized about 5 times for easy buckets.  Disappointing.  But, he came up with a big steal at the end.

* Love this team but wish we could close out games better.  Off the top of my head, this is the 5th game where we had a double digit 2nd half lead only to watch it go to FTs (Michigan, PSU, Minnesota, Illinois, NU)

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RBuck's picture

On the officiating:

Worst call in the game was the held ball near the end involving Lighty. The masked man barely even got his hand on the ball on the rebound and did a flop on top of Lighty. NW's possesion and they go down and hit another trey.

Sooner or later it all gets real.

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buckeye33's picture

With 9 games remaining on the schedule, the Buckeyes enter the toughest part of the schedule. With four road games including @ Minn & Wisc (back to back) , Purdue & Penn State & five home games , Mich. Mich St., Ill, Ind, & Wisc. If this team wins out, it would be a remarkable run.  Playing on the road is always tough (look at NW) but to win over the top teams over the next few weeks would really put this team on another level.

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JakeBuckeye's picture

I don't know why he would, but I think Cardale Jones may commit to us.

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BuckeyeChief's picture

Don't know if you all are watching, but Duke is getting crushed right now.

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ERIC OSU's picture

Tracking the score on my phone, are they playing bad or st johns playing out of their mind? Also just shows playing on the road anywhere is extremely difficult to do.. duke on the road:loss at fsu and down 21 to the johnnies at the half.

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BuckeyeChief's picture

Combo of both but I say within 2 years, the Johnnies will be back...

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KenK's picture

Yep. Pretty exciting weekend for some top-ranked teams. I guess our 1-point road win doesn't look soo bad after all.

Johnny Hooker: "He's not as tough as he thinks". Henry Gondorff: "Neither are we".

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Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Duke has to be the most overrated team in America. But like Earth, they will somehow make a run in the Final Four per great seeding.

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

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Jason Priestas's picture

0 wins over ranked teams this season for the Blue Devils.

Craig56's picture

God, I hate Northwestern basketball. You know, even if they had Shurna, they wouldn't have done any better because they play to only take so many shots over the course of the game, anyway. Shurna would just take shots from one of the other guys.

Now, if they wanted to open up the game, THEN there would be more shots for Shurna and he might have made a difference.

You'll have to excuse me now, I'm off to practice my pass-the-ball-for-34-ticks-and-then-put-up-a-jumper-at-the-last-second. 

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yrro's picture

It makes sense against a better opponent. Fewer touches means higher variance for the game, higher variance means more chance of the underdog getting luck to go their way.

Imagine you're betting on horse with Michael Jordan - would you be more likely to win betting it all on one shot, or best of 100?

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