Tag:Ohio State
Posted on: January 13, 2010 3:19 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2010 3:21 pm

Mark Titus is still funny

Ohio State's Mark Titus -- i.e., college basketball's most famous walk-on -- posted a video on YouTube to prove to the "mother f-ckers" who don't think he can play basketball that he can actually play basketball. Hilarious. Click this link to check it out.

You can read Mark's blog at ClubTrillion.blogspot.com .
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: January 5, 2010 11:37 am

Turner could be available against IU

Evan Turner will be available to play Wednesday against Indiana if he makes it through Tuesday's practice without complications, Bob Baptist of the Columbus Dispatch is reporting.

Baptist attributed the report to a "source close to the program."

Turner broke two bones in his lower back in a game Dec. 5 and has missed the subsequent six games. Ohio State is 3-3 without Turner, a stretch that includes an 0-2 start in the Big Ten. Turner was averaging 18.5 points, 11.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists at the time of his injury. He's considered a lock for the lottery if he enters the 2010 NBA Draft.

Ohio State is 10-4 overall.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: December 5, 2009 6:22 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2009 6:26 pm

Turner's injury (another) bad break for OSU

I don't know anything about transverse process fractures.

I'm not a doctor.

But man, they sure sound bad.

And they could greatly alter Ohio State's season because they're going to keep Evan Turner sidelined for approximately eight weeks, this after tests showed the OSU star suffered transverse process fractures of the second and third lumbar vertebra while falling on a dunk attempt in Saturday's win over Eastern Michigan. Consequently, the Buckeyes will play until late January/early February without far and away their best player, and that means they'll also be run by an average-at-best point guard when the Big Ten season gets underway.

Remember, one of the reasons Turner was moved to point guard this season is because Thad Matta had little confidence any of the more natural point guards on his roster were capable of leading the Buckeyes. Perhaps Matta was wrong. For his sake, he better hope so. Because the same man who lost Greg Oden for a stretch in 2006-07 and David Lighty for a stretch in 2008-09 has now lost Evan Turner for a stretch in 2009-10.

Is it a stretch the Buckeyes can endure?

We'll see.

First up is a game at No. 23 Butler next Saturday.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 20, 2009 12:53 am
Edited on: November 20, 2009 1:02 am

The OSU 'point guard' turned it over 10 times

Evan Turner's second career triple-double was way different than his first -- this one coming in the form of 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10 turnovers during Ohio State's 77-73 loss to North Carolina. Seriously, Turner turned it over 10 times, which is both remarkable and unacceptable. And though I'd still take him on any team I coached -- hey, I'm not stupid; the dude is super talented -- it became obvious once and for all Thursday night that Turner isn't playing point guard because he's a great point guard as much as he's playing point guard because he has to play point guard.

Ohio State has nobody else.

And while I suppose, deep down, I've always known that, it was easy to trick myself into thinking otherwise after watching Turner destroy Alcorn State and James Madison in the Buckeyes' first two games. Against those opponents, he looked great. But what many failed to realize (myself included) is that Turner would've looked great against Alcorn State and James Madison regardless of whether he played point guard or center or somewhere in between; he's just on a different level in terms of talent, capable of dominating at any position against that sort of opposition. But when Turner played point guard against similarly gifted guys for the first time Thursday night, the result was a performance most memorable for how he battled foul trouble and continuously gave the ball away.

It was rough.

It was not what I expected.

From Superman to Evan Turnover in a span of 40 minutes.
Posted on: November 16, 2009 4:21 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2009 4:22 pm

Dear Gary (on the best matchup of the week)

Here's Monday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: What do you think is the most interesting matchup this week? Personally I like the UNC/Ohio State game, but there are a few other good matchups. MSU/Gonzaga, Cal/Syracuse, Dayton/Georgia Tech, Kansas/Memphis, Butler/Northwestern. Also after Rider beat Miss State last week do you think they have a shot against Kentucky.

-- Patrick

I'm traveling to St. Louis for the Arkansas-Louisville/Memphis-Kansas doubleheader. Should be fun. But, like you, the game I'm most interested in actually watching is Ohio State-North Carolina because I want to see if Evan Turner can post video-game numbers on a legitimate opponent. Through two games, Turner is averaging 19.0 points, 17.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists. He's been awesome. So add me to the list of those anxious to see OSU-North Carolina. It's the best matchup this week, a matchup featuring two possible power-conference champions.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 9, 2009 1:56 am
Edited on: November 9, 2009 1:59 am

Welcome to Opening Day

It's disappointing that college basketball's Opening Day isn't more eventful, or even an event of some kind. There's no Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game, no Black Eyed Peas concert, no nothing. Just four games that are, on paper, mismatches with Florida International's Isiah Thomas coaching against North Carolina serving as the only notable storyline.

That'll be fun until tipoff.

Then we'll have a blowout on our hands.

So, no, the nation is not buzzing about college hoops today.

Why would it?

But college basketball is here, regardless.

And for that, I'm thankful (even if I'm convinced there's got to be a better way to open the season).

Anyway, here's Monday's schedule:
  • Florida International at No. 6 North Carolina (at 7 p.m. ET)
  • Alcorn State at No. 16 Ohio State (7 p.m. ET)
  • Albany at Syracuse (9 p.m. ET)
  • Murray State at California (11 p.m. ET)
Posted on: October 13, 2009 3:32 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2009 3:33 pm

OSU's Lauderdale out four to six weeks

Ohio State center Dallas Lauderdale broke a bone in his right hand Monday and will miss four to six weeks post surgery, the school announced Tuesday.

Lauderdale is scheduled for surgery Wednesday.

He averaged 4.7 points and 3.6 rebounds in 21.5 minutes per game last season.

Ohio State is ranked 18th in the preseason Top 25 (and one) .
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: October 7, 2009 4:01 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2009 6:27 pm

OSU tops Rivals.com's updated Team Rankings

Rivals.com has updated its Class of 2010 recruiting team rankings.

The top five is as follows:

----- Class of 2010 Team Rankings -----

1. Ohio State
  • No. 3 Jared Sullinger
  • No. 18 Deshaun Thomas
  • No. 37 Jordan Sibert
  • No. 104 Aaron Craft
  • No. 124 Lenzelle Smith Jr.
  • No. 137 J.D. Weatherspoon
2. Memphis
  • No. 11 Will Barton
  • No. 12 Joe Jackson
  • No. 66 Chris Crawford
  • Antonio Barton
3. Syracuse
  • No. 16 Fab Melo
  • No. 29 Dion Waiters
  • No. 111 C.J. Fair
  • No. 145 Baye Moussa Kieta
4. North Carolina
  • No. 10 Reggie Bullock
  • No. 32 Kendall Marshall
5. Wake Forest
  • No. 50 Travis McKie
  • No. 78 J.T. Terrell
  • No. 85 Melvin Tabb
  • No. 87 Carson Desrosiers
  • Tony Chenault
Category: NCAAB
Tags: Ohio State
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