Tag Archives: Ohio State Buckeyes
Posted on 23. Feb, 2014 by JF.
The Golden Gophers got off a great start at Ohio State on Saturday, but much like the second half of the Big Ten season, the second half of the game steadily spun out of control, as the Gophers lost 64-46. A loss wasn’t particularly surprising, and neither was the 18 point margin, but the way the loss occurred has to be particularly frustrating.
Posted on 21. Feb, 2014 by JF.
Everyone talks about the NCAA tournament bubble this time of year, but a better metaphor is probably a cliff. After losing a very winnable game against last place Illinois, the Golden Gophers are perched three short steps from the precipice. With each regular season loss, they get a step closer, and at step number three, they go over the edge, crashing into the NIT. A path to the NCAA tournament still exists, but it is fraught with danger.
Posted on 16. Jan, 2014 by zipsofakron.
After near misses against Michigan and Michigan State in conference play, it was starting to look like the Gophers would never get over the hump of actually taking down one of the Big Ten’s top teams. Wins over Purdue and Penn State showed that they weren’t at the bottom of the barrel, but without a […]
Posted on 15. Jan, 2014 by JF.
Matt Barker of Buckeye Banter graciously agreed to answer a few questions about the Ohio State Buckeyes, the first top 10 team to come to The Barn since Indiana last season. We answered some questions too, and you can read those answers here.
FTB: We all know that Ohio State has one of the best defenses in the country. What makes them so good? Please mention something other than Aaron Craft.
MB: It starts with Thad Matta’s starting lineup that features three guards. Then you mix in 6-foot-8 forward LaQuinton Ross with 6-foot-11 center Amir Williams and all five are very athletic. Plus, Matta has a deeper bench this season and you add some length with 6-foot-7 forwards Sam Thompson and Marc Loving, Williams is a good shot-blocker in the low post, but it all starts in the backcourt with Aaron Craft and Shannon Scott. I have to include Craft in this question since he’s the best on-ball defender in the country. Case in point, in five games over the last two seasons against Michigan, Trey Burke shot just 36 percent from the field and 30 percent from three-point range. While he did average 13.2 points and 5.2 assists, he also averaged 4.4 turnovers in those games against Craft.
Posted on 30. Dec, 2013 by JF.
At about this time last year, the Big Ten was widely considered to be the best conference in America. The Gophers were on the verge of being a top ten team, and Indiana, Ohio State, Michigan, and Michigan State all looked like national title contenders. The big questions entering the conference season involved how many Big Ten teams would make the final four. After a good but not great non-conference season, college basketball pundits are left with the much more pedestrian question of what various teams need to do just to make the NCAA tournament.
Instead of throwing out conference record predictions, or NCAA tournament seed projection, we’ll look at the non-conference performance of each Big Ten team, and the worst possible Big Ten record that could get each team in the tournament. That way, when your team starts struggling, you’ll know when to get nervous, and ultimately when to stop caring. In Minnesota, we have a word for this: February.
Posted on 23. Oct, 2012 by JF.
The last set of games in our schedule preview hopefully will not determine if the Golden Gophers make the NCAA tournament, but will likely go a long way in determining how far they go in the NCAA tournament. If they win all the games in the must-win and should-win categories, they won’t be on the […]
Posted on 02. Apr, 2012 by JF.
We’ll get around to reviewing the Golden Gophers 2011-2012 season at some point. Until then, we’ll be resurrecting Barn Blurbs, our occasional round-up of stories around the series of tubes about Gopher Basketball and college basketball in general. Hiring a coach is a lottery It turns out that any coaching hire is a 50-50 proposition, […]
Posted on 15. Feb, 2012 by zipsofakron.
Holy Buford. The Gophers came into their contest against national powerhouse Ohio State with aspirations of upsetting a top-6 team, grabbing another signature win for their tournament resume and sending the Buckeyes packing for the fourth time in the last five games between the two teams at Williams Arena. Instead, Minnesota found itself on the […]
Posted on 13. Feb, 2012 by JF.
The only thing worse than being on the bubble is being on the wrong side of the bubble, and despite the Golden Gophers falling two games under .500 in the Big Ten, by almost all accounts, they would still be in the NCAA tournament if the season ended today. Whether it is the strength of the Big Ten, those two extra at-large bids, or some mediocre basketball being played all across the country, it is becoming more and more likely that an 8-10 record will be enough to garner a bid. An 8-10 record will be far from a lock, unless one of the remaining wins is a true stunner. Beating the Ohio State Buckeyes would qualify as a stunning win.
Posted on 17. Dec, 2011 by JF.
Every once in a great while, they don’t play the games for a reason. Ohio State is that good. While they won’t run the table during the Big Ten season (no one will ever do that again) they should cruise to the conference championship, unless something goes terribly wrong. That something was almost Jared Sullinger’s […]
Posted on 23. Oct, 2011 by JF.
Dylan over at UMHoops has once again assembled the best and the brightest of the college basketball blogging world (or in my case, someone who had nothing better to do) to preview the Big Ten teams that they cover. My answers to his questions are below. He’ll be posting previews for all Big Ten teams […]
Posted on 15. Mar, 2011 by JF.
Before we get to the preview of the Midwest Region, please consider a donation to help the folks in Japan dealing with a horrific disaster. I’ll be donating a dollar for every game I watch, you should too. Now on to the basketball… Now that the bad basketball portion of the season is mercifully over, […]
Posted on 10. Mar, 2011 by JF.
Well, the Gophers sure went out with a whimper. There won’t be any miracle run in the Big Ten Tournament, and there probably won’t be a trip to the NIT either. Post-season basketball is nice and all, but the Gopher season realistically ended when they lost at Indiana, and the team has acted like they were waiting for […]
Posted on 06. Feb, 2011 by zipsofakron.
It was far from pretty, and for those who tuned in to watch Minnesota take on Ohio State, the consensus number one team in the land, it was apparent that the Buckeyes are on a completely different level of play than the Gophers, taking the second meeting between the two teams 82-69. As the Gophers […]