Discussion in 'Buckeye Basketball' started by OSUBasketballJunkie, Feb 6, 2008.
This game will hang on our ability to penetrate, trust me.
Oh My! :)
This will be one of the best BB games we play in this year as well as what could be one of the hardest. They have players who like a 1 on 1 setup and it will be interesting to see how our zone handles that. The Illini had a shadow on Gordon, will we do the same? For sure we have to slow that bad boy down.
Illinois played man-to-man. I do not think that we will use a zone, with a chaser on Gordon, against Indiana. They would kill us in that type of defense... IMO
Preview: #13 Indiana vs. OSU
OPPONENT: Indiana might be a tired team after their double overtime thriller against a ?hostile? Illinois team Thursday night. The Hoosiers have lost only three games, but their body of work is not that impressive. Yes, they have lost to UConn, @Wisconsin and Xavier, but their best win is against Illinois State? They play 6 of their next 7 games against the top half of the Big Ten, so their true colors will shine through in the next couple of weeks.
Indiana is the top scoring team in the Big Ten at almost 71 points per game and are virtually tied with OSU for third in overall shooting with 45.6 percent. Indiana shoots 35.1 percent from deep and 74 percent from the line, while averaging 14 assists and 12 turnovers.
BUCKEYE BREAKDOWN: OSU will look to knock off the second ranked opponent this season, going 1-5 thus far with their only win coming against Syracuse in November. Ohio State looked like a true team in the second half against Michigan and will need another complete team effort in order to take down Indiana.
Ohio State stills leads the conference in defensive FG and 3point FG percentage, at 37.4 and 30.1 respectively. They will need to keep the zone flowing and force Indiana into bad shots from the perimeter. The inside has been a weak spot at times this year and D.J. White will be ready to expose it if allowed.
It is no secret Ohio State has trouble making post entry passes, but it will be critical for them to at least try. I believe it was at least 8 minutes into the Michigan game before we saw an attempt inside and OSU needs to go right at D.J. White to get him in foul trouble. Kosta showed some emotion last game and needs an early opportunity to build upon it.
Ready Or Not, Here Come The Hoosiers.........
I'm a little late jumping into this thread, but didn't we rip into other schools for having "White outs" and "Black outs", but now that we're doing it, it's an "awesome" idea as one poster put it earlier. I guess hypocracy lives even on BP...
Only if the same people who rip on the other schools are the ones who are calling it awesome. Otherwise its just a differing of opinion.
LET'S GO BUCKS!!!
LET'S GO BUCKS!!!
I agree, a win here would look good but won't mean much if we don't finish off the season strong. With roadies at Indiana and an improved Minny along with the home slate that includes Purdue, Wisky and Sparty. One win here won't do us much if we can't go at least 3-2 in these games and make sure we win the other two contests where we will be road favorites.
Realistically 22-9 (13-5) should get tOSU into the tourney as long as they win at least one game in the Big 10 tourney. A trip to the tourney this year would be a tremendous benefit going into next season. I think it was a huge factor in the run last year that we had a core group of players who had tourney experience to draw from. Without a trip this season we would have a talented yet unexperienced, tournament wise, roster next season.
I have gotten a kick out of the Purdue/Penn State attempts to fire themselves up by color coordinating their fans' attire, and it has definitely run its course as far as I'm concerned. However, I sometimes feel that the crowd at our b-ball home games needs something to get them excited about the game, and if it means wearing the same color of shirts, I'm all for it.
Hopefully they are rowdy tomorrow.
I was at the 1991 game which is considered the greatest game ever played at St. Johns arena......I was a HS junior then.......I still have the game on tape......
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