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.

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
Live Stats:Sidearm
Game Notes:Ohio State | Stanford | Big Ten

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


Ohio State Buckeyes


131-50Value City Arena Recap Final StatsSUN NOV 10

Ohio State Buckeyes


89-38Springfield, Ohio Recap Final StatsWED NOV 13

Ohio State Buckeyes


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



68-74Value City Arena Recap Final StatsTHU NOV 21

Kent State


75-65Kent, Ohio Recap Final StatsSUN NOV 24



62-73Value City Arena Recap Final StatsFRI NOV 29

Ohio State Buckeyes


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

Ohio State Buckeyes


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



67-60Value City Arena Recap Final StatsSUN DEC 8




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.

WBB: Buckeyes Shock #2 Louisville at Home in B1G/ACC Challenge 67-60

OSU 67, Louisville 60 Photo courtesy of

Yup, I wrote it yesterday morning, ” The Buckeyes return home after a trip to Vegas and the South Point Invitational, went 1(Northern Iowa W on Saturday) and 1(South Dakota loss on Friday) and have been on a roller coaster early on just due to their youth.”

The Buckeyes(5-3) and the #2 Cardinals(8-1) traded punches early and often and made it clear it was going to be an evenly paced game. Head Coach Kevin McGuff’s game plan early on was the same as against UCONN and it was working. The difference on this night was that shots were falling for the Buckeyes.

The shooting would prove to be the difference as the Cardinals led in every statistical category, especially points off of turnovers. The young Buckeyes have struggled early this season with taking care of the ball. In the third period they played even with their counterparts in the turnover category and made Louisville take some bad shots.

The Buckeyes shot almost 50%(48.8%) overall for the game but they held Louisville to 36.9% for the night and the biggest difference was the turnaround during the second and third periods. The Buckeyes shot well during this stretch and it was enough to win the game. (44.4% to 35.3% and 53.8% to 35.7% respectively). Some clutch shooting at the FT line finished off the Cardinals as the Buckeyes were 19 of 23 for 83%.

Dorka Juhasz continues to be the leader of this team in scoring with 15 points, Frosh Kiersten Bell had 14 points, 6 rebounds and was Miss Clutch from the FT line making her 5 she took. Sophomore Janai Crooms and Frosh Rebeka Mikulasikova chipped in with 11 points a piece.

Post Game interviews via Ohio State Buckeyes official web site.

The Buckeyes stay home for their next contest with Radford from the Big South on Sunday at 2PM.

The next String Ting episode should be a jolly episode!

Women’s B1G/ACC Challenge presents #2 Louisville in The Schott

It’s been the toughest schedule of any team in America by a long shot and the Buckeyes(4-3) get to take on #2 Louisville(8-0). The Cardinals are coming off a huge win against #1 Oregon at Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands 72-62.

The Buckeyes return home after a trip to Vegas and the South Point and went 1(Northern Iowa W on Saturday) and 1(South Dakota loss on Friday) and have been on a roller coaster early on just due to their youth.

The Buckeyes are currently running ten deep in their games as head coach Kevin McGuff(Happy belated Birthday) is developing plenty of opportunities for his young team. According to he has 6 players averaging between 10.2 and 7.7 ppg and all ten players have played at-least 12 minutes a game.

Sophomore forward Dorka Juhasz leads all players averaging 26 minutes per game and continues to lead the team in scoring and rebounding at 10.2 ppg and 8.5 rpg.

Tip-off is at 8pm and is being broadcast on BTN or radio via the tune-in app.

Nov. 10vs. ValparaisoW, 89-38
Nov. 13at CincinnatiW, 78-73 (OT)
Nov. 17OhioL, 68-74
Nov. 21at Kent StateW, 75-65
Nov. 24#4 UConnL, 62-73
Nov. 29vs. South DakotaL, 52-68
Nov. 30vs. Northern IowaW, 64-46

Ohio State WBB Podcast #StringTing Comes to MOTSAG

@wvabuckeye and @Charles_BBC are bringing one of the better podcasts to the (Wo)Men of the Scarlet and Gray this winter and bringing some back up @ohiostatescott to talk Ohio State Women’s basketball each week. @ShannonCFB returns as the wrangler of the cattle so to speak.

Looking forward to kicking the season off with a preview featuring the head coach Kevin McGuff. Premier date coming soon!


Ohio State WBB: Buckeyes Clobber First In-State Foe(Exhibition) Urbana

The Buckeyes will face four in-state teams in the early goings of the season which should prove to be some pretty good basketball down the road against UC, Ohio and kent State. Urbana came to Value City Arena on Sunday so that Kevin McGuffs women could try out their top 5 recruiting classes frosh to see how things will mesh.

The early results are in and those frosh combined for 90 of the 131 points scored in the affair. Jacy Sheldon and Kierstan Bell led the team with 25 points apiece while Kaelynn Satterfield added 22 points.

Aaliyah Patty had the lone double-double in the game with 10 points and 10 rebounds and soph Dorka Juhasz scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Janai Crooms chipped-in with 14 points and eight assists.

The Buckeyes will open the regular season next Sunday vs. Valparaiso, This will be just the second meeting all time between. The game will tip at 2 p.m. and will be played at Wittenberg University in Springfield as a part of the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame Classic.