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max venable
02-12-2006, 04:03 PM
69 - 53 Buckeyes. Statement game. HUGE win!

Nice job, guys!

Thad's boys just seem to keep getting better as the season rolls along.

By the way, they just defeated 2 ranked teams in the same week (TTUN and Illinois).

They'll probably move ahead of Illinois in the rankings. Nice.

Go Bucks!

bucksfan
02-12-2006, 08:02 PM
That 1st half and the first 5-7 minutes of the 2nd were some of the best basketball I have seen these Buckeyes play. Definitely a fun game to watch. Jamr is just maturing into such a quality, even-keel PG. He will be tough for anyone to beat out the next 2 years.

Caseyfan21
02-12-2006, 08:29 PM
Awesome game to watch. I just worry that the Bucks will get into the tournament and hit a wall with the three point shooting. A team cannot be on every day and it seems like when the Bucks are way off they become just an average team unless Dials can step up.

I just hope Dials can keep in the games and the hot shooting continues.

max venable
02-12-2006, 08:35 PM
Awesome game to watch. I just worry that the Bucks will get into the tournament and hit a wall with the three point shooting. A team cannot be on every day and it seems like when the Bucks are way off they become just an average team unless Dials can step off.

I just hope Dials can keep in the games and the hot shooting continues.
Or...maybe they'll get even hotter from 3 pt. range! Let's be optimistic! I see no cause for worry. They just thumped a very good Illinois team. :)

GAC
02-12-2006, 08:48 PM
Man, what a game!

Next hurdle? Michigan State IMO.

captainmorgan07
02-12-2006, 08:54 PM
butlers's three 3's to begin the second half was big good win big ten champs im tellin u

bucksfan
02-12-2006, 08:54 PM
With Minny beating State yesterday and Penn State topping the Illini at Assembly Hall, as much as it sounds like coachspeak, the next game is the next hurdle. ;)

traderumor
02-12-2006, 09:44 PM
With Minny beating State yesterday and Penn State topping the Illini iat Assembly Hall, as much as is sounds like coachspeak, the next game is the next hurdle. ;)
Such is life in this year's Big 10.

GAC
02-13-2006, 08:03 AM
Thad Matta is our Savior! :p:

max venable
02-13-2006, 07:38 PM
Just as I thought...OSU is ahead of Illinois in both polls now. #12 in each. Illinois is 13 in one and 14 in the other.

Go Bucks!

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/rankings

max venable
02-13-2006, 07:49 PM
And...espn.com currently has the Bucks projected as a 2 seed in this year's tourney. It's great to be a Buckeye!

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/bracketology

BuckeyeRed27
02-14-2006, 12:51 AM
They will only be a 2 if they win out, but will still probably be a 3 and there is just about no difference between being a 2 or a 3.
Ohio State could be a tough tourney team because they have several outside threats. If Dials can play consistent and stay out of foul trouble a final four run is certainly possible.

redsfan30
02-14-2006, 03:01 PM
If the 3 point game is still working to this extent come March, there is no reason to believe that this can't be an Elite 8 or even Final Four team. If the threes aren't there, then they could be a one or two game out.

So let's pray that the three balls just keep raining in!

bucksfan
02-14-2006, 03:30 PM
Yeah, even though we have leaned heavy on the 3's all year, there has not been a game we were out of at all. Granted you don't advance in the tourney by "not being out of it", but it shows that they don't completely fold up when the long ones aren't dropping.

With the # of threats and the growing confidence, it woul dbe hard to conceive of everyone getting cold for a game, but a team that can truly get after it on the perimeter without totally forsaking inside D would be our worst nightmare.

max venable
02-14-2006, 09:09 PM
Thad just flat knows how to coach. He seems to have a knack for getting his teams to peak at just the right time.

And yes, while the Bucks have lived largely on the 3-point shot...the bottom line is that it's been there all year for them. Gotta believe that trend will continue in March.

bucksfan
02-14-2006, 09:34 PM
It helps so much that Harris has started to earn minutes. He is that extra spark of offense that is really hard for someone to stop if he can hold his own in other phases of the game. Being 6'8" and with that silky stroke, not many people can keep him from getting that shot off, especially if he at all demonstrates that he just might take it to the rack once or twice. But he sure sparked us in the Mich game, and gives us another place to turn to when everyone else has gone cold.

max venable
02-14-2006, 11:15 PM
The Bucks are up to #8 in the latest RPI.

redsfan30
02-15-2006, 09:30 AM
Tonight's game is a big one as well.

Such is the life of a 2006 BigTen team I guess.

Should be a good one!

bucksfan
02-15-2006, 10:03 PM
rats

traderumor
02-15-2006, 10:15 PM
I hate losing to the freakin' Badgers in anything. It's like losing to a polka band's inbred children.

Heath
02-15-2006, 10:17 PM
not shocked at all.

welcome to the Big Ten basketball season.

max venable
02-16-2006, 09:03 AM
I hate losing to the freakin' Badgers in anything. It's like losing to a polka band's inbred children.
I'm with ya. We blew that game, that's for sure.

bucksfan
02-16-2006, 03:53 PM
not shocked at all.

welcome to the Big Ten basketball season.

Yeah, I'm not at all surprised either. I had the same feeling about this one as I did going to Happy Valley this past football season. But when we got off to a good start and built a 13-point lead, I thought we were golden.

traderumor
02-17-2006, 12:33 PM
Here's something that strikes me as funny. The Wisconsin students did the obligatory "OVERRATED" chant as the game was obviously going to go their way. These are college students, so you would hope reason and logic would at least be a part of their thought process, even guys with basketballs on their heads and faces painted and jumping up and down as if worshipping in an ecstatic mystery religion manner.

Yet they don't realize that they are minimizing the win for their team because the team they beat was "overrated." So, it wasn't an outstanding effort by the inbred children of polka dancers that resulted in the win, it was that the other team really wasn't that good.

Yea, I thought about that way more than the chanters did. :mooner:

max venable
02-17-2006, 01:30 PM
Nice, traderumor. Makes sense. Unfortunately, Buckeye fans were doing it to Illinois last Sunday.

What goes around comes around.

And to complicate things even further. When we beat Wisconsin a month or so ago, they were ranked #13. So, obviously they were overrated.

When they beat us Wed, we were #12.

so a month ago, they lost a game, in theory that they should have never lost. But on Wednesday, it was a huge upset (an unranked team beating #12). Confusing. :rolleyes:

traderumor
02-17-2006, 01:36 PM
Nice, traderumor. Makes sense. Unfortunately, Buckeye fans were doing it to Illinois last Sunday.

What goes around comes around.

And to complicate things even further. When we beat Wisconsin a month or so ago, they were ranked #13. So, obviously they were overrated.

When they beat us Wed, we were #12.

so a month ago, they lost a game, in theory that they should have never lost. But on Wednesday, it was a huge upset (an unranked team beating #12). Confusing. :rolleyes:
Yea, I heard that when I was listening to the game. I'll have to write the Lantern ;)

max venable
02-21-2006, 11:58 AM
Check this out...even though the Bucks were 1-1 last week (with a loss to Wisconsin), they still managed to move up in the RPI rankings (from 8 to 7). That's huge.

1 Duke 25-1 0.7082 2 0.6195 2 2
2 Villanova 21-2 0.6756 8 0.5980 4 4
3 Connecticut 23-2 0.6617 38 0.5673 1 1
4 Tennessee 19-4 0.6603 9 0.5973 8 10
5 Memphis 24-2 0.6475 46 0.5617 3 3
6 Pittsburgh 20-4 0.6398 43 0.5633 9 9
7 Ohio State 19-4 0.6383 29 0.5763 12 12
8 Michigan St 18-7 0.6302 21 0.5860 16 16
9 Gonzaga 23-3 0.6274 87 0.5343 5 5
10 Iowa 20-7 0.6273 26 0.5790 18 20