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2018-2019 B1G Men's Basketball (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Basketball' started by OHSportsFan, May 29, 2018.

  1. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.


    One of my favorite things about media days of any sort are the various polls to all the attendees.

    This week, Stadium – the website I was forced to learn about this offseason – had an excellent one at Big Ten men's basketball media days, asking coaches and administrators to anonymously rank the best and worst jobs in the Big Ten.

    Here are the results and their criteria, from Jeff Goodman of


    Ohio State at three seems reasonable. If anything, that feels high to me for a basketball coach, but I definitely will not complain.

    The best part was, Goodman shared some anonymous comments on each team. Some of the knocks against teams were especially amusing.
    • On Michigan: “Football school … And the fans are wine and cheesy, a little arrogant.” – Big Ten assistant
    • On Ohio State: “I’m not a big fan of their arena. It’s not really a huge home court advantage and the fans are far from the court.” – Big Ten assistant
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  2. ORD_Buckeye

    ORD_Buckeye Wrong glass, Sir.

    I see the juggalos are working themselves up into a frothing mass of hate over the impending visit by the state's flagship university and flagship basketball program.
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  3. ORD_Buckeye

    ORD_Buckeye Wrong glass, Sir.

    Rather shocked to see Illinois as the 5th best recruiting base. For any coach that wants to wade into the cesspool of the Chicago Public League, there's more elite talent coming out of there than anywhere outside of NYC.

    Not sure how we have the second best tradition/history. I would put Boiler and Sparty ahead of us.

    And what does admission requirements have to do with anything. That makes no sense at all. First off, the admission requirements for an elite basketball player have absolutely nothing to do with the requirements for a normal freshman.

    Rutgers 13
    Ped State 14

    Last edited: Oct 15, 2018
  4. LitlBuck

    LitlBuck Bring Back Ohio State Football Now!

    Historically in basketball, I would put us either #1 or #2 and it would be with Indiana not with Purdue or Sparty. In fact, Sparty might be behind ttun in tradition/history. I do not think that you are going back far enough and history is history.
  5. ORD_Buckeye

    ORD_Buckeye Wrong glass, Sir.

    Maybe if we had been able to close a few more times in all those Final Fours, but with only 1 NC, I don't think we should be mentioned anywhere near IU. Coffee is for closers only. The lack of Final Fours and NC's is why I hesitated to mention Purdue, even though I believe they lead the conference in all time championships.
  6. BayBuck

    BayBuck Buckeyes are best

    Yes, Purdue leads in regular-season B1G titles with 23, while Indiana has 22, and we have 22 20. But Purdue BB is like scUM football in that respect, as most of those came before 1940. Their all-time NCAA tourney record is like 38-27, with just 2 Final Fours (and no titles), while we are ~55-30 with 11 10 Final Fours. So they are clearly out of the mix.

    MSU has a great resume (64-30 NCAA, 9 Final Fours, 2 champs, 14 B1G reg-season, 5 B1G tourney titles) but it's mostly from the Izzo era plus a little Heathcote: they just don't have the history of their comparables at all.

    OSU is second first in B1G regular-season and tourney titles, 3rd 4th in NCAA appearances, 1st in Final Fours. I say it's a very close 2-3 ranking for OSU/MSU overall, but our history is definitely deeper than theirs.

    Indiana leads the B1G in NCAA tourney championships (5), appearances (39) and wins (66-34), and are 2nd in B1G titles (although that 0 in the B1G Tourney title category is a real black eye for a supposed "blue blood"). So I'm okay calling them #1.

    And scUM, well, scUM just sucks.
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  7. DZ83CK

    DZ83CK Not Banned

    I read today that Illinois has only made the NCAA tourney 3 times in the last 11 seasons. Remarkable that a program that had been consistently very competitive for 20+ years from the 80s through the mid-2000s has fallen off like that.
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  8. nomatta

    nomatta Senior

    I think Underwood is a high level coach and they've amassed a good amount of talent at guard and wing, but they desperately need some frontcourt help now to get back to the Dance (Black leaving early was a major blow, as was EJ Liddell picking us over them).

    But yeah, it might be another year or two, but I think Underwood will get them back to the Tourney, especially if Ayo stays in school a few years.
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  9. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Big Ten preseason basketball predictions

    The 2018-19 season is nearing tip-off. Let’s look at how things will shake out in the end for the Big Ten.

    7. Ohio State
    The Buckeyes are without Keita Bates-Diop on this journey, but they still have the ability to surprise. Chris Holtmann took a group last season, who were projected to be towards the bottom of the Big Ten, and turned them into a Second Round NCAA team.

    Now that teams in the conference know what Holtmann can do, it’s his turn to adapt the strategy for wins. He has a quality class coming in with Luther Muhammad and Jaedon LeDee leading the way, and graduate transfer Keyshawn Woods to help C.J. Jackson and Kaleb Wesson.

    In a way, this is a “rebuild year” for Holtmann. However, that doesn’t mean that another trip to the Big Dance is off the boards. If the Buckeyes get hot, like they did last season, they have a chance. Non-conference matchups with Syracuse, Cincinnati and Creighton will help propel the résumé come March — if they can get wins, of course.

    I think OSU will slip into the tournament as one of the last four, and may be a play-in kind of team.

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  10. OHSportsFan

    OHSportsFan Fan of Ohio Sports in Indy

    Ed *shake* Hightower retired after 2013.

    Now, TV Teddy Valentine is done in the Big Ten. 34 years of garbage and the league finally does not rehire hin.

    What a great start to the league’s year.
  11. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.



    At this point one year ago, a similar uncertainty was felt about Ohio State. Still, the Buckeyes returned a solid group of Jae’Sean Tate, C.J. Jackson and others, brought in a group of freshmen led by Kaleb Wesson and had optimism about the potential of Keita Bates-Diop.

    This year, the Buckeyes don’t have as many known commodities. Jackson and Wesson return as key contributors, and they know what they have in Andre Wesson. But a cadre of returners off the bench – Kyle Young, Musa Jallow and Micah Potter – combine with graduate transfer Keyshawn Woods and four freshmen. They combine to breed uncertainty.

    Ohio State will have a chance to show what it has in its only public exhibition of the preseason on Thursday when it takes on UNC Pembroke at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.

    “It seems like just yesterday we just got here to start the new year off,” Jackson said on Wednesday. “I know we're real excited to play someone new other than ourselves. Kind of beat each other up in practice for the past month, so playing a new team will be fun.”

    After playing against Walsh in exhibitions for years, Ohio State will play host to Braves, a Division II team that won the Peach Belt Conference each of the past two seasons. Though they aren’t a Division I team, they won’t be a pushover.

    “We wanted to play a good team. We just felt like that would be important for this group of guys,” Holtmann said. “Looking at them on film, that's what they are. They're a good team. They're disciplined and athletic. Obviously when you win 27 games at the Division II level, you're a quality team. I'm sure they'll be a team that will be nationally ranked for a good part of the season. We'll need to be ready.”

    Since it’s just an exhibition, Ohio State hasn’t been scheming for UNC Pembroke like it does for its other opponents, but the game could be closer than past exhibitions. Still, the Buckeyes aren’t solely focused on winning, even though that’s a priority. Instead, they’re trying to prepare for the beginning of the regular season while learning more about the team.

    With all the unknowns, a lot can be gained from just a single game. Here are five things to watch during the Buckeyes’ exhibition.

    Ohio State’s rotation in an exhibition game won’t perfectly mimic what it will look like in next week’s season opener against Cincinnati, but it will offer a significant hint.

    “We'll play probably a larger rotation than we would in an actual game,” Holtmann said. “But I don't know if it's going to be significantly larger in terms of extended minutes. But we will try to go maybe further in our bench than we might in a regular-season game.”

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  12. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Go Bucks tonight!!
  13. OUatl

    OUatl Junior

    Any way to watch the game tonight?
  14. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

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  15. buckeyemania11

    buckeyemania11 HATE, HATE, HATE, HATE!!! Former BPCFFB II Champ '18 Bowl Upset Contest Winner

    Only way to watch it live is if you want to pay $9.95 for a month subscription to Big Ten Network Plus.

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