MOTSAG Pretend March Madness; Midwest Sweet 16 and Elite 8

#1 Kansas versus #12 Liberty –  Liberty guards McGhee, Cuffee and Pacheco-Ortiz Continue to give teams fits during their cinderella run through these pretend NCAA’s. Liberty had no answer for the Jayhawks Udoka Azubuike as he finished with a monstrous double-double of 35 points and 20 rebounds. At one point in the game Azubuike outscored Liberty on his own little 12-0 run in the second half to put the game away. Kansas 89 – 74

#2 Kentucky versus #6 Iowa – The match-up of all match-ups between Luka Garza and Nick Richards did not disappoint. Neither chose to play very much defense and each ended with double-doubles. Iowa continues to represent the physical toughness of the B1G and moves onto the Elite 8 to face off against Kansas. Iowa 81 -79 OT

The Elite 8 showdown for a chance to the Final Four between #1 Kansas and #6 Iowa did all it could to make itself an all-time great NCAA game. The triple OT thriller brought the Lucas Oil Stadium crowd to it’s feet to stay halfway through the second half.

The battle between Wooden Award Finalist Luka Garza and Udoka Azubuike was one for the ages and defensively got both layers into foul trouble late. Azubuike sat through the first OT period but returned midway through the second to give the Jayhawks a spark that Garza could squelch. Kansas 101 – 98 3OT

The Kansas Jayhawks are the Midwest regions representative in the Final Four.

MOTSAG Pretend March Madness; East Region Second Round by Scott Halasz

The second round of the East Region only had one major shock as a B1G team blew a big lead in the second half.

No. 1 Dayton 85, No. 8 Colorado 67 Dayton avenged one of its two losses by baffling the Buffaloes. Obi Toppin and Jalen Crutcher combined for 32 points, while Trey Landers added a triple double with 10-10-10. Colorado led 10-7 early but then the high flyin’ Flyers scored 20 straight. Colorado had two use a pair of timeouts within seconds of each other because Dayton’s smothering defense was too much

No 12 Richmond 69, Maryland 68 Jacob Gilyard hit a three-pointer as time expired to give the Spiders an upset. Richmond trailed by 11 points with 4 minutes left, but Maryland missed 8 of 10 free throws down the stretch to let Richmond back in the game. Blake Francis scored a game-high 22 points to help the Spiders.

No. 3 Villanova 61, No. 6 Penn State 57 In one of the most boring games in NCAA Tournament history, Villanova escaped this back-and-forth game. Justin Moore scored 11 points to lead the Wildcats. Neither team led by more than five points and neither team shot better than 30 percent from the field. The Federal Communications Commission threatened the NCAA with sanctions if it ever aired a game this ugly again.

No. 2 Florida State 80, No. 12 Utah State 66 Another laugher in the East Region. Ten Seminoles scored at least five points and Utah State turned the ball over 14 times in the first half as Florida State jumped out to a big early lead. Trent Forrest grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds and dished out 17 assists.

On to the Sweet 16 round in NY city, MSG and some good match-ups! No.1 Dayton versus No. 12 Richmond and No.3 Villanova versus No. 2 Florida State.

MOTSAG Pretend March Madness: Midwest Second Round

#1 Kansas versus #9 Marquette – These two teams haven’t seen each other since early in the regular season in 2018 and back then Markus Howard and Sam Hauser were almost way too much for the Jayhawks. This time senior Udoka Azubuike was all Marquette could handle finishing with a triple-double 25 pts, 14 rbs and 10 blocked shots(new career high) #1 Kansas 91 – 68

#4 Wisconsin versus #12 Liberty – The Flames cinderella run continues for this pretend March madness behind hot shooting guards of Liberty as Darius McGhee, Elijah Cuffee and Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz lit the badgers up for 17 total threes and 10 of them coming in the first 15 minutes of the game. Wisconsin never recovered although they made it close in the end. #12 Liberty 84 – 78

#3 Duke versus #6 Iowa – Luka Garza continues to make an argument for the John Wooden Award given to the best overall player in College Men’s Basketball. Exploiting Duke’s foul trouble early on the Hawkeyes went to Luka early and often and had 21 points at halftime. He finished with a double-double in the big win moving to the sweet 16. #6 Iowa 81 – 74

#2 Kentucky versus #10 Arizona State – John Calipari has been here many times and he may just have the best team to win it all. Nick Richards continued his onslaught of opposing post players with his versatility of posting up and just beating them to the hoop. #2 Kentucky 76-54

The sweet sixteen is next week featuring a hodgepodge of seeds from the Midwest and all being played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

#1 Kansas versus #12 Liberty

#2 Kentucky versus #6 Iowa

MOTSAG Pretend March Madness (East Region) by Scott Halasz

No. 1 Dayton 91, No. 16 Robert Morris 50

Obi Toppin and Jalen Crutcher are too much for Robert Morris, which is still gassed from its double overtime win in the First Four, ironically on Dayton’s home court.

No. 8 Colorado 65, No. 9 Florida 59

Not sure why the committee placed Colorado in the same bracket as Dayton since they played earlier this year. But the Flyers get a chance for revenge in round two.

No. 12 Richmond 70, No. 5 Butler 68, OT

The Butler didn’t do it. The Spiders did. They bit the Bulldogs as a sexy upset pick coming out of the First Four. Blake Francis looked like Steve Francis, scoring 30 points.

No. 4 Maryland 90, No. 13 Akron 56

The Terps pulled away in the second half to cruise to an easy win. Anthony Cowan Jr., was a one-man wrecking crew, scoring 18 points, while dishing out 11 assists and grabbing 14 rebounds to go with 10 steals. He was six fouls away from a quintuple double and was only in the game to see if he would be allowed to commit 10 fouls.

No. 6 Penn State 56, No. 11 NC State 50

In one of the uglier tournament games in recent history, the teams combined for 45 turnovers and 35 fouls.

No. 3 Villanova 72, No. 14 Hofstra 70

Desure Buie had a last-second shot go off the back of the rim and Villanova escaped with a hard-fought win. Neither team led by more than four points and the Pride opted to go for the win at the end after calling a timeout to set up a play.

No. 10 Utah State 81, No. 7 West Virginia 74

The game wasn’t as close as the score indicates as four Aggies scored in double figures. Utah State led by as many as 20 in the second half before a late flurry of WVU garbage buckets made it respectable.

No. 2 Florida State 91, No. 15 Northern Kentucky 75

NKU gave the Seminoles fits early but they eventually pulled away as Malik Osborne scores a game-high 17 points.

Stay tuned to MOTSAG next week for the results of the 2nd Round Matchups in the South Region. Matchups are as follows:

  • #1 Dayton vs. #8 Colorado
  • #12 Richmond vs. #4 Maryland
  • #6 Penn State vs. #3 Villanova
  • #10 Utah State vs. #2 Florida State

We will ask for your opinions in Twitter polls soon so again stay tuned into MOTSAG.

MOTSAG Pretend March Madness (Midwest Region)

The play-ins are complete and it’s time to take a look at what happened in the Midwest Region that will be entertaining to say the least! All games lead to the Final Four in Atlanta and go through what is sure to be a good Sweet 16 in Indianapolis. Below are the pretend results and a couple typical upsets!

  • #1 Kansas vs. #16 Siena – Kansas 94-61
  • #8 Houston vs. #9 Marquette – Marquette 62-61
  • #5 Auburn vs. #12 Liberty – Liberty 81-80 2OT
  • #4 Wisconsin vs. #13 North Texas – Wisconsin 55-45
  • #6 Iowa vs. 11 East Tennessee State – Iowa 68-65 OT
  • #3 Duke vs. #14 Belmont – Duke 75-64
  • #7 Providence vs. #10 Arizona State – Arizona State 79-73
  • #2 Kentucky vs. #15 North Dakota State – Kentucky 74-51

Stay tuned to MOTSAG next week for the results of the 2nd Round Matchups in the South Region. Matchups are as follows:

  • #1 Kansas vs. #9 Marquette
  • #12 Liberty vs. #4 Wisconsin
  • #6 Iowa vs. #3 Duke
  • #10 Arizona State vs. #2 Kentucky

We will ask for your opinions in Twitter polls soon so again stay tuned into MOTSAG.

MOTSAG Pretend March Madness

Dayton Play In Games

Us bored folks here at MOTSAG decided to take a stab at a pretend March Madness. With almost no empirical evidence as such each of us will choose who we think “could” win in our bracket, which we stole from Joe Lunardi’s posts this past week. His tweets can be found following him or by checking out his bracketology here.

Richard, Zack, Scott and myself will be bringing you our choices in articles that are just our thoughts on what the final results might be!

  • Play In #1 16 Boston University versus 16 Robert Morris, winner gets #1 seed Dayton in East Region
    • Robert Morris 71-68 2OT
  • Play In #2 12 Texas versus 12 Richmond, winner gets #5 seed Butler in the East Region
    • Richmond 65-59
  • Play In #3 11 NC State versus 11 UCLA, winner gets #6 seed Penn State in the East Region
    • NC State 84-63
  • Play In #4 16 Prairie View A&M versus 16 NC Central, winner gets #1 seed Gonzaga in West Regional
    • Prairie View A&M 65-62

We will ask you your opinion in twitter poll’s and see what happens with both brackets! Have fun!

OSU WBB String Ting Ep 3

Charles, Scott and Chris discuss the end of the regular season, the B1G tourney and the NCAA prospects for the Buckeyes.

https://www.spreaker.com/user/11798732/osuwbb-string-ting-epsisode-3-2019-20

MOTSAG Roundtable: Ohio State Football 2019

What were your expectations of the 2019 season and how did they change by the end of the season and why were you right or wrong?

Scott – I expected a BIG title and a playoff berth. There was plenty of talent and with the defensive changes Day made I knew OSU would have a great season. 

Jeremiah – My expectations are the same as the teams every year. Beat Michigan, Win the B1G East, Win the B1G CCG, and give yourself a chance to make the playoffs. The team met my expectations but the way they did it far exceeded them. To have a top 5 offense and defense never happens. Was a truly magical season.

Richard- I had a BIG title, another pair of gold pants, and a playoff berth.  The end of the season was bittersweet, but the team met my expectations. I had a gut feeling about getting a title this year, but the team and the coaches performed well.  Still a great season that Ryan Day will build on, even after the NFL exodus.  

Chris – I had mild concerns about Justin Fields and Ryan Day for the season, but my biggest concern was how the defense would really improve given very little personnel change. I also believed they would still win against TTUN and have a shot at the B1G title when all was said and done! I was shown I had no reason to worry about the things that I did and this team became one of my all-time favorites .., ever!

At what point early in the season did you realize Justin Fields was a special football player and what was is best play/series of the season?

Scott – Cincinnati game. He was fantastic against a good team. He made it look easy. 

Jeremiah – FAU for sure. 295 yards and 72% completion and 5 TDs. I knew we had somehing cooking.

Richard- FAU contest.  Special and never rattled after going down 5-0.  Kept the momentum going and he flashed the rest of the season after he became comfortable.  The INT at the end of the season will plunge him into another level. We should all be excited for angry Fields/Day in 2020.  

Chris – I am with Scott here, 20/25 224 and 2 TD’s passing and 9 carries for 42 yards and 2 more scores against a very good Cincy team.

The Buckeyes offense has been setting and breaking records that have been around for decades. What are some of the reasons they have been able to keep it up against some of the best defenses in America?

Scott – The offensive line played up to its capability and a mobile QB kept the defense honest. 

Jeremiah – Limiting mistakes. When your QB has 3 INTs all season you can gain a ton of yards. When your WRs dont drop balls. When your OL doesnt have a false start every other play. OSU has stopped killing themselves and become extremely efficient.

Richard- Balance is the key to a successful offense and the Buckeyes have it in spades at every position.  The Buckeyes are deep on offense and the line and the playmakers wore down opposing defenses as the game progressed.  With a new RB, it could stall a bit, but once he gets that wiggle, back to the balanced offense.

Chris – This hasn’t just been a this year success story. Honestly, since Ryan Day has arrived the Buckeyes have been able to impose their running will on some of the best including Clemson. A big part of it’s scheme but a lot of it has to do with the front five on offense too. The Buckeyes have been enjoying some great success along the front since Stud took over.

Giving the defensive struggles of 2018, when and why were you convinced this was going to be the defense it was? 

Scott – When Day cleaned house defensively. Boom!

Jeremiah – Deep down inside I never was. I know I am Mr. Positive but every game I kept waiting for this defense to have a Purdue or Iowa game and it never happened. Kudos to them.

Richard- Just the will to blow things up with the staff.  That willingness from Day was a good sign for the future and it shows that he values production and accountability over relationships (even though he values relationships).

Chris – This is unanimous kinda. I think when Day cleaned house and took ownership himself in how they were approaching the players and what schemes to go with. Not throwing shade on past coaches(lacking talent) but knowing how to speak to the players and simplifying the coverage’s made a huge impact.

What player/players or coaches were responsible for the defensive turnaround? What was the biggest difference from last year to this year?

Scott – All the credit to Greg Mattson and Jeff Hafley for the scheme changes and of course having Chase Young didn’t hurt either. 

Jeremiah – All of them. That said Al Washington had the biggest improvement on the defense. His LBers played great this year. They wont get the credit they deserve but Borland and Werner were really good this season.

Richard- Jeff Hafley and Greg Mattison.  They worked well together and locked down the back seven.  The Rushmen benefited from great DB/LB play.  

Chris – Already mentioned above the coaching change and the simplification of coverage’s really helped. I also believe that Ryan Day has let the cat out of the bag about his say in the defense. Why I won’t be concerned in Silver Bullets in the future.

Knowing who’s returning and who’s not for the most part, what are the expectations of the 2020 version of Ohio State Football?

Scott – I expect to be preseason No. 1 based on the offensive players returning. While the defense takes some hits, they have been recruiting at a high level. B1G title and playoff berth should be on the radar. 

Jeremiah – Beat Michigan, win the B1G East, Win the B1G CCG, and get in the playoffs. 

Richard- Preseason top ¾ ranking for sure.  The BIG bowls haven’t been good and I can see them getting slighted again to work their way back up the polls and rankings.  Defense is not as stout, but they are a solid group with Riep, Brown and Proctor using their experiences to turn into dogs in the offseason.  BIG title for sure and a playoff berth. Might be another good year with an ending we all want.

Chris –  Pre-season #1 and a really pi$$ed off football team. The offense will set some new records just not the single season rushing one. Prediction of a national title in 2020.

WBB: Buckeyes Head West, Take On #1 Stanford then High Flying Sacramento State

After taking down #2 Louisville

The over-all youngest team(6-3) Coach McGuff has put on the floor since being in Columbus has been making some big waves in the NCAA already and at the same time cause some head scratching at other times.

It is what happens with youth and inexperience but this young team has shown flashes of being a team to beat on the national stage, in the future. They already have a hard fought loss to then #4 UCONN that garnered some respect and confidence that clearly carried over a bit against Louisville.

On the menu today is the Tara Vanderveer led #1 Stanford Cardinals(8-0). This is a very intriguing match-up just because of how similar the two teams are across the board. Neither has a true center so to speak but are guard heavy and rely on defense to set things up.

What will be crucial for the Buckeyes will be to slow down guard play and hopefully limit shot opportunities. The Buckeyes have been content with the smothering defense recently in the fact that teams have to make tough shots. Offensive rebounding and more steals than usual will have to be the flavor of the day, and of course make the best of their own opportunities.

Ohio State at #1 Stanford
Date:December 15, 2019
Time:8:30 p.m. ET
Venue:Maples Pavilion – Palo Alto, Calif.
Watch:Pac 12 Networks
Listen:TuneIn
Live Stats:Sidearm
Game Notes:Ohio State | Stanford | Big Ten

https://ohiostatebuckeyes.com/cali-road-trip-awaits-buckeyes-this-weekend/

The Buckeyes stay out west and take on Sacramento State Tuesday evening with a 10:05 tip!

SUN NOV 3

Ohio State Buckeyes

URBANA (EXH.) *

131-50Value City Arena Recap Final StatsSUN NOV 10

Ohio State Buckeyes

VALPARAISO

89-38Springfield, Ohio Recap Final StatsWED NOV 13

Ohio State Buckeyes

CINCINNATI

78-73 (OT)Cincinnati, Ohio Recap Final StatsSUN NOV 17

Ohio

OHIO

68-74Value City Arena Recap Final StatsTHU NOV 21

Kent State

KENT STATE

75-65Kent, Ohio Recap Final StatsSUN NOV 24

Connecticut

UCONN

62-73Value City Arena Recap Final StatsFRI NOV 29

Ohio State Buckeyes

SOUTH DAKOTA

53-68Las Vegas, Nev. Recap Final StatsSAT NOV 30

Ohio State Buckeyes

NORTHERN IOWA

64-46Las Vegas, Nev. Recap Final StatsTHU DEC 5

Louisville

LOUISVILLE

67-60Value City Arena Recap Final StatsSUN DEC 8

Radford

RADFORD

70-57

OSU WBB String Ting – Episode 2

Charles, Scott and Chris celebrate the win over #2 Louisville and discuss the upcoming west coast affair with #1 Stanford.

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/osuwbb-string-ting-epsisode-2-2019-20/id1489993592?i=1000459452071