Basketball Week In Review/Preview

We don’t have the manpower to cover every basketball game that involves the Ohio State Buckeyes but we do still want to keep tabs on our team and have a place to discuss what is happening during this year’s hopefully extremely successful season.

Week in Review

11/28/2012: Ohio State 68 – Duke 73 (4-1, 0-0 Big Ten)

The 2011 match-up of Ohio State and Duke was a defining moment for two aspects of my life: my fandom of the Ohio State Buckeyes and my sports-relationship with my father-in-law. Your situation may be different, but sports-wise, my father-in-law and I rarely agree on anything. He is a huge Boston Celtics fan (sorry Chris, but, BARF), still idolizes Joe Paterno (although he has admittedly soured on him a bit in the past year) and he is a HUGE Duke fan. In the 15+ years I’ve been married to my beautiful wife, he has never failed to remind me of the superiority of his beloved Blue Devils. So it was with trepidation I approached last year’s Duke/OSU match-up because I knew he was going to be in town visiting and we most certainly would be watching it together.

Suffice it to say, that butt-whupping was so severe that year that I couldn’t take pleasure in watching my FIL’s team go down. I actually felt bad for him. That was embarassing.

It sure would have been nice if we could have had a repeat performance this year in the B1G/ACC match-up. That was not to be had, unfortunately. Luckily, he’s still smarting from last year’s game that I think he won’t be mentioning this to me at Christmas time.

12/1/2012: Ohio State 70 – Northern Kentucky 43 (5-1, 0-0 Big Ten)

The Buckeyes faced considerably less resistance a few days later as they faced Northern Kentucky but that didn’t solve all the questions Coach Matta had:

“The number one thing I wanted to see is if we would get up off the mat and have a little fight to us,” he said of the Buckeyes bouncing back from Wednesday night’s loss at Cameron Indoor against the second-ranked Blue Devils. “I don’t think we were as effective that way as I wanted to be.”

It wasn’t a complete game but it was nice to see LaQuinton Ross pick up the slack and show some flashes of what everyone is hoping will be a taste of what’s to come.

Week in Preview

12/8/2012 @ 12 PM (BTN) Long Beach State (3-5, 0-0) vs Ohio State (5-1, 0-0)

12/12/2012 @ 7 PM (BTN) Savannah State (5-4, 0-1) vs. Ohio State (5-1, 0-0)

Not a lot to say about these two matchups — they are a couple more snacks as the Buckeyes prepare for the looming match-up against Kansas ten days after taking care of business against Savannah State.

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