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Written by Andrew Huber | 22 January 2012

 

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Huber_1Hold the Buckeyes to a higher standard

Don’t trust it.

The basketball Buckeyes played one game this week. By most standards, Saturday’s 79-45 win over Nebraska was a rousing success. The Buckeyes won by 34 points. The game was played on the road in front of a hostile crowd, the venue where most of Ohio State’s struggles have come this season. The team’s scoring was evenly distributed, with Buford scoring 15 and Sullinger and Thomas posting 14 each. At the end of the night, the Buckeyes regained their place atop the Big Ten conference standings.

But this win felt empty. Sure, the Buckeyes won on the road. But they won on the road at Nebraska, a truly terrible basketball team. Despite the past week’s success, which included a significant revenge win against Indiana, the Buckeyes have done little to show they have resolved the problems that led to losses at Indiana and Illinois. The fact remains that the Buckeyes have lost the only three road games they have played against good basketball teams (Kansas, Indiana, Illinois).

In each of those games, the Buckeyes lost their identity, failing to perform cohesively as a team. The team was rattled by a combination of a strong opponent and hostile crowd. Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas disappeared in key moments. William Buford appeared in too many moments. The Buckeyes struggled both from the free throw line and from distance.

Those problems appeared in each of the Buckeyes’ road losses. But they’re masked when the Buckeyes play at home and when Ohio State’s talent clearly overshadows its opponents’. Until the Buckeyes play a good basketball team on the road again, it would be a mistake to pass judgment on whether the team has progressed as a result of those losses or not. The only two games remaining on the Buckeyes’ schedule that qualify are trips to Michigan and Michigan State.

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Written by Grant Edgell | 22 January 2012

 

Dennis Hopson is a Buckeye Legend. He's the all-time leading scorer in Ohio State basketball history with 2,096 career points. He also holds the single season Ohio State scoring record with 958 points in 1987. Both are records that have now stood for a quarter of a century. Hopson was a two-year Captain for the Buckeyes, roamed the floor at the old St. John Arena for four years, earned All-American status and was voted Big Ten Player of the Year as a senior. He is also the proud owner of a degree from The Ohio State University. Dennis Hopson's famed #32 does not currently hang from the rafters in the Jerome Schottenstein Center.

We believe it should.

This is the first of a five-part series documenting the Ohio State career of Mr. Dennis Hopson - and why we should never again see a #32 in Scarlet and Gray.


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Gary Williams was about to begin his first season at the helm of the Ohio State's men's basketball program after Eldon Miller's contract wasn't extended following the 1986 season. Seven-footer Brad Sellers was off to the NBA, having just become the ninth overall pick by the Chicago Bulls in the April draft after two seasons in Columbus. Ohio State's point guard, the floor general of all successful college basketball teams, was a young sophomore named Jay Burson. The Buckeyes were picked to finish 8th of ten teams in a Big Ten conference that was stacked full of talent. But Ohio State had one thing nobody else had - Dennis Hopson.

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Written by BHC Staff | 22 January 2012

 

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New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers   |   Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA   |   6:30pm Eastern   |   FOX

 

The college football season is over and Buckye Nation now looks forward to the beginning of the Urban Meyer Era in 2012. With that being said, not ALL Buckeyes have closed out their season quite yet, as a few remain to play in tonight's late game to decide who will represent the NFC in this year's Super Bowl. Here is the quick rundown:

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Written by Grant Edgell | 22 January 2012

 

This morning we awoke on the west coast to news that Joe Paterno had passed away very early this morning. Our deepest condolences go to the Paterno family, the fans of Penn State University and to all those who celebrate college football just as we do here at Buckeye House Call.

He was a legend who did so much good on and off the field. Today is a day for the college football world to celebrate exactly that, and to mourn the loss of a legend.

R.I.P. JoePa

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Written by EB Cooper | 19 January 2012

 

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Football. Is there a greater sport out there? It is arguably the greatest in the world but yet is only played religiously by the United States. And when you think about football in the United States, what comes to your mind? The NFL? College Football perhaps? Maybe even High School? We should take a closer look...

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Written by Andrew Huber | 18 January 2012

 

Sometimes it’s important to sit back and appreciate what you have.

Huber3That’s especially true for Buckeyes fans in 2012. By the end of this calendar year, what Urban Meyer is doing will feel like the norm. But it’s not the norm and it never will be.

The recruiting success Meyer and his staff have enjoyed since moving to Columbus two months ago has been jaw dropping. By Ohio State standards, this year’s recruiting class was left for dead in the wake of Jim Tressel’s resignation. In team recruiting rankings on web sites like Scout and Rivals, the Buckeyes remained in the top 25, but not by much. Today, two months after Urban Meyer took over, the Buckeyes were ranked third in the country on Rivals and fourth in the country on Scout.

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Written by Todd Moore | 16 January 2012

 

The Good Guys

ReviewAndPreviewIt’s pretty simple, when a guard who averages around 12 points per game scores 43, a team shoots 60% collectively, and 61.1% from beyond the arc in a home game, they’re going to win. Ohio State ran into the wrong team on the wrong night. The Illini aren’t labeled "inconsistent" for no reason. In the game we watched, we saw unconscious play by Brandon Paul, a good, motivated Meyers Leonard and players putting in quality minutes for their role. I doubted Illinois and with good reason after they were trounced by UNLV and Purdue and haven’t won a Big Ten game by more than 9 points. Pretty much every team in the nation loses that game. Not many, if any, college teams can overcome a 43 point performance.

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