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Throughout the 2011-2012 season, there have been moments when the Buckeyes suddenly go ice cold from the field. That happened again on Thursday night for an 8-minute stretch in the second half. Cincinnati rallied from an early deficit and appeared to take over the game while Ohio State couldn’t find its rhythm at either end of the floor. In those minutes, it felt OSU’s charge to a Final Four berth was about to meet its end in the Sweet Sixteen; an all too familiar and disappointing finish given how last year turned out.
For 8 minutes the Bucks’ offense stalled. For 8 minutes, the defense was at the mercy of the surging Bearcats. But for the other 32? The Buckeyes looked unstoppable.
Thomas (right) and Sullinger led the Ohio State offense, combining for 49 points and 18 boards (Rogash/ Getty)
This is what is maddening about this year’s team. At their best, these players combine inside and outside shooting with smothering defense and crisp passing– a true array of weapons. But co
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Aaron Craft’s brother Brandon Craft deploys for service in Afghanistan as member of the US Army today, as Ohio State prepares to play Syracuse with chance to advance to Final Four.
This from Doug Lesmerises of the Plain Dealer earlier today:
This is today for the Craft family: one son trying to reach New Orleans, while the other is headed to Afghanistan.
“We have an opportunity...
BOSTON (AP) -- Aaron Craft doesn't get as much publicity as some of his Ohio State teammates.
Jared Sullinger is the star. Deshaun Thomas is the shooter.
But Craft is the stopper, the pesky defender who irritates dribblers and takes the ball away.
"He takes great pride in what he's doing every single possession," Buckeyes coach Thad Matta said Friday. "That...
Ohio State's Aaron Craft made a great steal, but he couldn't control the ball enough to push it ahead. Meanwhile, Cincinnati's Justin Jackson didn't give up on the play.
Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger, currently on a social media hiatus, showed why he is a projected lottery pick in the upcoming NBA draft as the Ohio State Buckeyes beat the Cincinnati Bearcats 81-66 on Thursday night. Sullinger scored 23 points and grabed 11 rebounds while only taking 13 shots from the floor. Sullinger was...Read the Rest...
Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas has been one of the breakout stories of the NCAA Tournament, leading the Buckeyes' offensive attack and boosting his NBA draft stock in the process. But it's his work as a more complete player that has made both Thomas and the Buckeyes successful.
With the Cincinnati-Ohio State sweet 16 showdown lingering later on today, I thought it would be a good idea to talk to someone very familiar with the Buckeyes. What a novel idea. I know. I'm a leader of blogs for a reason. Original ideas no one else ever thought of. Anyway, that brings us to the great Ohio State blog Eleven Warriors. I did a Q&A over there that will be up...
1. In a ridiculously whistled game (on both ends), Ohio State attempted 42 free throws. It was the most they've attempted in over ten years. They also shot 42 against Illinois on January 29th, 2002.
2. Syracuse is a poor defensive rebounding team due to their zone, so it's no surprise that the Buckeyes generated 14 offensive boards off of 30 missed shots. That's an...
By Ari Wasserman
Thad Matta anticipated Cincinnati would play zone defense.
Perhaps thats how Ohio States head coach was able to justify glancing a game forward when thinking about Syracuses notorious 2-3 zone defense even before the Buckeyes advanced past the Bearcats in Thursday nights Sweet 16 matchup.
We spent a majority of our time this week (before getting...
It hasn't been easy being William Buford during the 2011-12 Ohio State basketball season. The team's lone senior is among the statistical leaders in the storied history of the program, but his final campaign has been littered with ups and downs. Coming off one a performance that could be described as the latter on Thursday, Buford hopes to shine in the Elite Eight.
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Friday night I picked up some “Mind Putty” at a brain store, and working it like a madman in my stress for this Elite 8 game, so figured I might as well try to channel it into words. Because the “ugghs” and “ohhs” and other less typeable utterances that I have let go of during the first ten minutes of the game have got to go somewhere. Ohio...
When Cincinnati got careless with the ball, it threw away its chance to advance to the NCAA East regional final.
The team that began the night with 10.7 turnovers per game, 15th fewest in the nation, committed 18 in its 81-66 loss to Ohio State on Thursday. And seven of those came after the Bearcats had turned a 37-25 halftime deficit into a 52-48 lead with 11:34 to go.
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Syracuse easily faces its toughest matchup of the season tonight against Ohio State. This is how it should be. There are only 8 teams left. Ohio State is a lot like Syracuse in that the Buckeyes have a lot of guys who can score and they defend very well. The difference in the two teams is how they score and how they defend.
Syracuse is as perimeter oriented as you...
Every ride has a stop. The roller coaster season of the Cincinnati Bearcats came to an end tonight, losing to 2 seed Ohio State 81-66. The margin is very wide, but the score doesn't indicate what actually happened. UC was down 12 at the half. They opened half 2 like a ball of thunder. UC went up 4 in the second half. Ohio State turned up the pressure and the Bearcats just couldn...
Thursday's sloppy mess
I was fairly excited. Home relatively early on a Thursday evening. A full slate of meaningful tourney games. Spread out nicely. Forget what I said about college basketball. It’s on, right? Unfortunately, it was on. And it was awful to watch.
One of the interesting side effects of having a young child at home is that I find myself increasingly watching...