My secret shame (among many) is that I, a native of southwest Ohio, grew up a hardcore fan of the Cincinnati Bearcats men's basketball team.
I couldn't help it! Under the irascible and often irresponsible Bob Huggins, the Bearcats were overachievers with some really cool players in the 90's; Kenyon Martin, Danny Fortson, and Nick Van Exel were tough, badass players that imbued my Cincy Starter jacket with enough magic to make even the dorkiest of fifth graders seem cool. Bowl cut and grandpa glasses notwithstanding.
So while the game itself wasn't much to write home about, I was personally freaking thrilled about Ohio State's opener against the UC Bearcats. And more than that, it was emblematic of the kind of stamp that Chris Holtmann has put on this program; the Buckeyes marched into the home of what is generally considered to be one of the grittiest teams in the country, and out-hustled them in the second half to seal a win.
So how is Holtmann doing it? Well, let's talk to Colin Hass-Hill, who does an awesome job at covering the team for us here at 11W, about what makes this team tick (especially after losing so much production and leadership from last season).
And, of course, we get into the win against Michigan State, talk a little bit about the upcoming Maryland game, and cast a wary eye towards Michigan. Plus! Ask Us Anything, which you can do via e-mail or Twitter! Oh, and don't forget to check us out on Google Podcasts and/or rate and subscribe on iTunes.
0:00 The Michigan State win was either meh (if you're hoping Ohio State turns into a world-beater soon) or kind of cool (if you're okay with incremental improvement from week to week).
16:36 Colin drops some info on the men's basketball team, and tells us why Luther Muhammad is going to be your next favorite player.
33:10 Ask Us Anything wants to know when we're getting back to the Sweet Sixteen, dammit!