Buckeye week in Review
Ohio State won by 31 and 29 points this week against Nebraska and Iowa, respectively. Nebraska was limited due to injuries to Jorge Brian Diaz and Dylan Talley and struggled on interior defense and rebounding throughout the game. Ohio state did win by 31 but didn’t impress, with 19 turnovers and going 2 for 19 from the three point line. The game told us more about how bad Nebraska missed Diaz and Talley than it did Ohio State rebounding from loss. Luckily, Ohio State once again played smothering defense, holding Nebraska to only 40 points. Sullinger led the Buckeyes in points and rebounds with 19 and 12.
Against Iowa, the Buckeyes came out slow for most of the first half but received a spark from freshmen Shannon Scott. Scott was called upon after Aaron Craft committed his second foul midway through the first half. Scott made the most of his opportunity by ending the first half with 5 assists and no turnovers and sent the Buckeyes into halftime with a 9 point lead in a tightly played half, not to mention his alley-oop pass to Sam Thompson - continuing Thompson and Weatherspoon’s competition of highlight reel dunks. In the second half, Ohio State came out and dominated. It was some of the best basketball they’ve played all year in that half. Jared Sullinger led Ohio State with 28 points and played one of his best games of the year. Once again, the bench players got quality playing time this week, and by the end of the games the bench was emptied.
Telling Stat of the Week - Nebraska and Iowa shot a combined 33 for 105 from the field (.314). This is clearly Thad Matta’s best defense and this week was just another example.no comments
Sam Thompson v Iowa: 15 minutes, 5pts, 1rb, 1ast, 2to, 3pf
True freshman swing man Sam Thompson may be the most athletic, high-flying Buckeye on the current roster. He's starting to see more and more playing time as the weeks of his inaugural season plug away, but he'll be supplying many, many highlights for Ohio State fans over the next couple of seasons. Most of us came out of our seats on the alley-oop he had at Carver-Hawkeye Arena this afternoon, as did the Iowa faithful in attendance. I've yet to find a published highlight tape that included it (hello, ESPN?) so here are some of his ridiculously athletic high school highlights. If you like high-flyers, then heads up.....no comments
The Ohio State women lost their first game of the season tonight to the Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor, 73-62. It was a tough night for the Buckeyes, as both Tayler Hill and Samantha Prahalis struggled with their shooting. Prahalis didn't score her first points unitl there was about 6 minutes remaining in the game. At the time she made that shot, Ohio State was down by 19 points, and that started a rally that brought the Buckeyes within 7 points of the Wolverines. After a Michigan time-out, the Wolverines settled down, tightened their defense and managed the clock very well. That kept them ahead in the game. For some reason, with 2 minutes left in the game, the Buckeyes broke away from what was working for them and began shooting just 3-point shots. Each one missed the mark, and the Buckeyes couldn't gain any ground on the Wolverines.
Ohio State visits Carver-Hawkeye Arena this afternoon to face Iowa in B1G matchup. The game is set to tip at 3:00 pm EST on the Big Ten Network.
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Here is a list of Buckeyes, and potential Buckeyes, in today's U.S. Army All-American game on NBC.
San Antonio, Texas
1 p.m. Eastern
In the press conference introducing Urban Meyer as the Buckeyes’ heads coach, the man of the hour revealed something crucial about his coaching philosophy.
“I was very fortunate, in 2005,” Meyer said. “I think we put together the best coaching staff, group of assistant coaches maybe in college football history. I know that's a profound statement. But what those guys did, the recruits they brought in and the run that team went on, with the great players, the style of offense, defense and kicking game, my goal is to find that kind of group of coaches again.”
That wasn’t the only time Meyer extolled the virtues of assembling an elite coaching staff. On five separate occasions in the press conference, he was either asked about or voluntarily raised the issue of his staff. At one point, he even apologized for repeating himself. Meyer’s comments indicate that he places an incalculable importance on the quality of his staff.no comments
On September 3rd, 2011, with 14:49 remaining in the second quarter and a 7-0 lead over non-conference foe
Fast forward 121 days and you’ll see the same true freshman finishing off his first bowl appearance, and last until the end of his junior year, by completing six straight passes to five different receivers, including an 11 yard touchdown throw to close out the scoring in a 24-17 loss to the Florida Gators. Toss in a 6 yard run on 1st down coming out of a timeout and what do we have? Progress.
At 7am the following morning a trying 6-win, 7-loss season was behind us, our head coach became an assistant, the Jim Tressel Era officially came to a close, Urban Meyer led his first official team meeting as the leader of The Ohio State University football program, and a young quarterback began his transition from true freshman to Heisman Trophy candidate.no comments