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Bracketology: Buckeyes Rolling

Posted on: March 7, 2011 11:53 pm
 
Going into their Feb. 12 matchup with Wisconsin, Ohio State was a perfect 11-0 in the Big Ten and 24-0 overall. With the leadership of seniors Jon Diebler, David Lighty and junior William Buford coupled with the talent of freshman sensation Jared Sullinger, the Buckeyes seemed poised to claim their first undefeated record in school history as well as the undisputed number one overall seed in the NCAA tournament.
Behind a Jordan Taylor-led rally, Wisconsin erased a large second half deficit to rally for a huge 71-67 win at the Kohl Center. What made this even worse was the fact that Wisconsin had derailed Jim Tressel's hopes for an undefeated season about four months earlier.
Three days later, Buford scored 23 points in a convincing home win over Michigan State; a prelude to Ohio State's upcoming matchup with conference rival Purdue. Thad Matta's crew were again undone on the road, losing 76-63. E'Twaun Moore gave the Boilermakers 38 points. This was the Buckeyes' second loss in three games - two losses against some of the best competition in the country.
Before their season finale against the Badgers, the red and white cakewalked through three conference games, defeating Illinois (89-70), Indiana (82-61), and Penn State (82-61). As evidenced by the scores, the Bucks had no trouble; Sunday's rematch wasn't much different.
Diebler, Lighty, and Dallas Lauderdale were determined to avoid disappointment on their honorary senior day. Ohio State showed the Badgers that their previous matchup was a fluke, beating Bo Ryan's experienced group convincingly (93-65). After missing his first three point attempt, Diebler, better known as "3-bler", hit his next seven, finishing with 27 points. His hot hand was infectious: the Bucks made 14 of 15 3-pointers, setting NCAA division 1 records in percentage (93.3%) and streak (14 in a row). Although he didn't contribute to the frenzy beyond the arc, Sullinger contributed with 22 points and eight rebounds. The freshman accused a Wisconsin fan of spitting in his face on Feb. 12 and said that he wanted to bead the Badgers by 50. His team came pretty close.
The Buckeyes will enjoy an easy ride to the finals of the Big Ten tournament, their possible opponents as follows: #9 Minnesota, #8 Northwestern, #4 Michigan, #5 Illinois. Ohio State will be a number one seed when brackets are released this Sunday, notwithstanding their performance in the Big Ten tournament.
With the number one ranking in the coaches' poll firmly in hand, the Buckeyes are peaking at the right time. They say that their is no dominant team in college basketball this season, and rightly so. But, the Ohio State Buckeyes are the closest thing to a dominant team in this year's NCAA tournament field. I foresee a plethora of tournament brackets with "OSU" printed on the single line in the middle of the page.
Category: NCAAB
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Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2011 8:27 pm
 

Bracketology: Buckeyes Rolling

I think the Buckeyes will end up getting the number 1 overall spot in the NCAA tournament, but i think they will end up losing. There is a lot of pressure that comes with being the number 1 seed. I think they will make it a little farther than Kansas did last year, but they won't win it all. I think BYU, Kansas, or Notre Dame have good chances at winning. If they shoot 14/15 three pointers every game then they will definitely  win. I am really looking forward to this year's tournament because it is up for grabs. There have been so many upsets this year. You never know who is going to win. I am looking forward to see how far OSU can get in the tournament. I am predicting that they will get to the Sweet Sixteen ot Elite Eight. 



Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2011 12:27 am
 

Bracketology: Buckeyes Rolling

 I'll respond in a few less words.  I think the Buckeyes are the team to beat.  The seem to have all aspects of the game covered.  I will pick them to win my pool!   No big words or lengthy paragraphs, just right to the point.


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