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MEMBER SINCE   August 17, 2013

OSU grad, born in Cincinnati, now living on west coast.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: 2014 Season--Beating Bama & Ore for NC. Attending many OSU victories over TTUN, including in AA.
    Seeing Seattle Slew electrify the crowd down the stretch at Belmont, winning Triple Crown,
    & Hank Aaron's 3,000 hit (a scorer's gift) and 3,001 (HR) in Crosley Field, Cincinnati
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: John Havlicek (was lucky enough to meet him)
  • NFL TEAM: None due to asshat owners.
  • NBA TEAM: Muscleball? Not so much.
  • MLB TEAM: Go Giants!
  • SOCCER TEAM: USMNT, but: Offside rule, as enforced, is lame.

Recent Activity

Comment 19 Mar 2019

At the end of the regular season, Izzo was telling his team that they were facing teams that were desperate, players that were desperate to get to the NCAA tourney. Iowa State may have been desperate, and caught fire. But will they still be on fire a week later?

Was there good defense in their league? Iowa State is 93rd in Scoring Defense, allowing 68.3 PPG, behind 2 TUN 58.6 PPG, 9 Wisconsin 61.4, 35 Maryland  65.1, 35 Northwestern  65.1, 38 MSU  65.5, 48 Ohio State  66.2, 53 Nebraska 66.4, 57 Purdue  66.8, and 78 Indiana  67.8. The Bucks defeated several teams with better numbers.

ISU is 76th in FG% Defense, with opponents shooting 42.0% against them, behind 3 MSU  37.8%, 9 Wisc  39.2%, 16 Maryland  39.7%, 20 TTUN  39.9%, 65 Nebraska  41.7%, 77 Northwestern  42.0%, and Ohio State is virtually tied with ISU in 78th, also at 42.0%

If the Buckeyes defend well and don't have 3-minute scoring droughts, they can win this.

Comment 17 Mar 2019

Glad they are in ....normally 19-14 leaves you in the NIT

A real turn of fortune for Holtmann & OSU, where 19-14 gets them into NCAAT with an 11 seed.

In 2016 Matta & Buckeyes won one more game (20-13) to that point and were a 3-seed in the NIT. OSU won one & lost one there.

Comment 17 Mar 2019

the ncaa needs to look at the flagrant foul rule

Yep. They need limit guys who put their head into "the cyclinder" and review those calls immediately (as well as charge calls which too often seem to go the wrong way). A 2nd flagrant in a game should result in a disqualification.

The B1G also needs to look at its refs and see what unwritten rules some are following. Then warn them to follow the written rules only, or they will be suspended or discharged. The rules always need to be consistently applied to prevent an all too common situation where one ref is calling soft fouls while another is calling only hard fouls. They also need to T-up coaches (cough, Izzo's "Bullshit call!") who curse their performance or are constantly trying to work them, with a single warning on the latter.

Comment 16 Mar 2019

KPI Sports has Florida and Oregon as higher #1 seeds (than OSU) in the NIT.

But  . . . 

CBS has OSU as the 3rd #11 seed in the NCAAT, implying that 6 other teams would have to grab spots to displace OSU from a #11 seed or a #12 seed. Which seems unlikely at this point. I assume here that the current #12 seeds would be pushed to #13 seeds, but that may be wrong.

Comment 15 Mar 2019

Too many average, or even slightly below average teams like OSU from power 5 conferences, get in over more deserving mid majors. . . . A team in the MEAC  , Sun Belt, Patriot league, etc can go undefeated in season long conference play, have one bad night in conference tourney play, and they're out.

There's some wisdom in this thinking. If a team can't achieve .500 in conference games, they should probably shuffle off to the NIT, where they might prove themselves.