This week's Roundtable focuses squarely on our lone senior going into Senior Day on Sunday afternoon - William Buford. BHC's Carrie Janello put together a great tribute to Buford on Friday afternoon, and we've decided to take it a step further in this week's edition of BHC Roundtable. The premise is simple: we throw a few questions out on the table and see where it goes.
This week's lineup:
What do you think has been Buford's biggest hurdle this season as far as providing consistent performances throughout his senior season?
Ian: William Buford's biggest hurdle this season has been William Buford. I personally believe that Willie B. truly psyches himself out to the point where he thinks he must 100% dominate top tier teams, or the fans/media will rip him apart.
While some of that may be true, it's true of any other player and he shouldn't try and burden himself to that point. We've seen Buford at his best but it's been mostly against lower-tier teams. I'm hoping once the NCAA Tournament rolls around we can see a fire being lit under him, which is why I think it's important that Ohio State fans show their support for our senior at the Wisconsin game.
Carrie: Buford's personality is that of a wallflower. He's shy, not very showy, and very uncomfortable in the leadership position. He seems better suited in a supporting role and really misses a David Lighty-style player. As the only senior, expectations for leading the team were placed 100% on his shoulders by the coaches and the fans. When we have played well-prepared teams, his teammates look to him for direction and/or a boost, causing him further pressure and angst. He obviously takes the responsibility of being a senior seriously but lacks the self-confidence to deliver consistent performances. His biggest hurdle is confidence in his own ability to lead the team.no comments
The face of the the 2011-12 Ohio State men's basketball team is 6'9" sophomore big man Jared Sullinger. Nobody would argue that. That will change for one afternoon this Sunday when Senior Day honors William Buford as the Buckeyes' only senior on the roster before they face the Wisconsin Badgers at 4pm Eastern at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. Many feel as though Jared Sullinger will also take his services to the next level after this season concludes, and that would come as no surprise. But all of our attention shouldn't simply focus on Buford and Sully on Sunday - this could very well be the last time we see DeShaun Thoman take the Value City Arena court wearing our beloved Scarlet and Gray.no comments
This Sunday at 4:00pm Eastern Ohio State will host the Wisconsin Badgers in William Buford's final home game as a Buckeye. It's Senior Night for him, but a night for the team to continue building momentum heading into the postseason after a Tuesday night blowout of Ilinois at the Schott.
Ohio State knocked off the Badgers at their place earlier this month, and now look to sweep the two-game series as #15 Wisconsin comes in having won 8 of their last 11. We caught up with Andrew Coppens of the MadTown Badgers blog to get the perspective from the other side heading into Sunday's big match-up.
As The Ohio State University Men’s Basketball team prepares for their last home game of the season against Bo Ryan and the Wisconsin Badgers, they are also preparing to celebrate Senior Day …. Or as it will be known this year: William Buford Day. The lone senior has taken quite a bit of heat this season from Buckeye Nation, and I am no exception to that. But as he prepares to step onto the court for his last game at the Schott, he deserves a proper tribute. I am not just talking about a tribute to a four-year starter but a lifelong Buckeye.
When he came to The Ohio State University as a freshman, he was a McDonald’s All-American and an Ohio Mr. Basketball. He was already being compared to Buckeye great Jim Jackson and had a ton of potential. Just nine games into his freshman season, Buford was added to the starting line-up; he has started all but one game since, and on his Senior Day, he will break the all-time record number of career starts. He has played in 134 games, averaging 32.4 minutes per game. In total, he has sported a Scarlet and Gray jersey for 4,337 minutes over the last four years, not including the remaining games of the 2011-12 season. Think about that total for a minute. That is incredible!no comments
Everyone knows Thad Matta is a ‘rock star’ of a coach and has brought OSU hoops into an era of excellence that rivals any stretch in the schools history.
All that is truly lacking – is a national championship..and perhaps this might be ‘that year’. To get a true appreciation of what the 44 year old Matta has accomplished – let’s look at some of the highlights:
- In 11 previous years, his average record at OSU is 27 wins and 8 losses.
- In his 3 years at Xavier, the team finished with 26 wins each year. His year at Butler was 24-8 with a second round NCAA showing.
- 11 consecutive 20+ win seasons to start his career.
- 4 B1G Titles in his 8 seasons at OSU.
- 5 B1G Conference Tournament championships.
- 1 MCC title and tourny championship in his only year at Butler.
- 2 A10 titles in his 3 years at Xavier. 2 A10 tournament championships.
- 2008 NIT championship with OSU.
- 9 NCAA tourney appearances with 2 sweet sixteens (OSU), a runner-up national championship (OSU), and an elite eight appearance (Xavier).
- 4 conference coach of the year awards (2 B1G coach, A10, 1 horizon).
We've decided to put together a roundtable topic each week for us staffers here at BHC to kick around for a while. Ultimately we would like to add a fan or two, or a guest blogger - this week we got both - and we're throwing out a topic that's starting to gain some real steam within Buckeye Nation, right or wrong - Ohio State basketball head coach Thad Matta. The premise is simple: we pass a few questions around the table and see where it goes.
This week's lineup:
1967 - a year that will live in Buckeye lore for eternity - and for very good reason. It was in this year that the Ohio State Buckeyes went 6-3, but failed to make the Rose Bowl, or to win the conference. 1967 would effect the Buckeyes deeply as Woody Hayes commented that not making the Rose Bowl “Strongly impaired Ohio State’s efforts to recruit within its own state.” Woody Hayes new that if he wanted to get back to the top of the conference again, he would need to journey beyond the borders of the Buckeye State, and tap in to new talents in other states.
Coach Hayes’ efforts paid off with a group of young men who would bring two National Championships to Columbus in 1968 and 1970, as well as a 3-1 record against TSUN, you may know this group as the “Super Sophomores”. Led by Rex Kern (Ohio), Jack Tatum (New Jersey - pictured left), Jim Stillwagon (Ohio), Bruce Jankowski (New Jersey), John Brockington (Ohio), Tim Anderson (West Virginia), Mike Sensibaugh (Ohio), Jan White (Pennsylvania), Larry Zelina (Ohio), Mike Vladich (Ohio), Doug Adams (Ohio), and Mark Debevc (Ohio) the “Super Sophs” would go on to bring glory to the Scarlet and Gray, and become legends of the fall. Back in those days, freshman were not allowed to participate at the Varsity level in any sport in the NCAA, so the aforementioned players had to sit out their first season, but it was all well and good, for all the players listed also became three year starters, and several (Kern, Tatum, Stillwagon, Brockington, White, Sensibaugh, Anderson) would all go on to become All-Americans.
With the class of 1970 being a prime example of how much out-of-state recruiting can pay off, we’ll go through some of the greatest Buckeyes who may have not had the privilege of being a native Ohioan, but who cemented themselves as legends of the Scarlet and Gray.no comments