MotSaG Live Podcast Is Now on iTunes

After trying several methods, MotSaG Live’s episodes are now going to be on iTunes. So if you are unable to catch us live or you want to listen to us on the go, you can subscribe to us on iTunes. The first episode is already on iTunes and the second episode will be up in the next couple of days. Our iTunes pages can be found by typing “MotSaG Live” into the search box or you can go to it by visiting this link: MotSaG Live

One note about the podcast: It’s marked explicit on iTunes. We are not actually explicit and pride ourselves on being family friendly. The reason it’s marked explicit is because this allows episodes to be available sooner to you the subscriber. It doesn’t have to be processed by iTunes for dirty language this way. But I just wanted to assure everyone we are not explicit.

Hope everyone enjoys it and go Buckeyes!

Top 3 Moments in OSU History (Guest Post)

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When I was asked to write about my top three events in Ohio State history, my first thought was “How am I going to narrow this down to three?” To make my choices a little easier, I decided to only pick from events that have happened in my lifetime (since 1990). I know I am leaving out a great deal of important events by doing this, but it was the only way I thought would be fair and allow me to write about games I have witnessed and not just read about. Now on to the countdown…

No. 3: Ohio State 28 – Troy 10, Sept. 20, 2008

If you don’t remember much from this game, I can’t blame you. Terrelle Pryor’s first start for the Buckeyes ended with him throwing four touchdown passes on just 16 attempts. At the time, it was the smallest crowd in Ohio Stadium in six years with just 102,989 in attendance.

This game being Pryor’s first start is not why I have this game on my list. This was the first game I had the privilege of attending in person at Ohio Stadium. Walking from the parking lot, past St. John Arena, and seeing the rotunda on game day for the first time is something I will never forget.

I’ve been to other games since this one, including victories over That Team Up North in 2010 and 2012, but a rather lackluster win over a Sun Belt school will always hold a special place in my heart.

No. 2: Ohio State 85 – Tennessee 84, Mar. 22, 2007

Just five days after needing Ron Lewis and his clutch three-pointer to send an eventual second round victory over Xavier to overtime, the Buckeyes again needed late-game heroics to continue their quest for a first national basketball championship since 1960. Ohio State ended up falling in the national title game to Florida, but that does not diminish how great this game was.

I remember watching this game from my couch and being so frustrated with the performance of the first half, which ended with the Volunteers up by 17, that I seriously contemplated going to bed (this was the late game in the San Antonio regional and I had school at 7:45 the next morning) rather than allow myself to suffer through a blowout loss. I decided to give the team 10 minutes to show me something and fight their way back in it. I’m glad I stuck it out. The game was tied again halfway through the second half.

Greg Oden struggled with foul issues the entire game, playing just 18 minutes while scoring only nine points to go with three rebounds and four blocks. But that fourth block was the biggest of his career in scarlet and gray. His last-second, soaring swat of Ramar Smith’s potential game-winning lay-up is the first thing I think of when asked of Greg Oden and the 2006-07 Buckeyes.

No. 1: Ohio State 31 – Miami (FL) 24 2OT, Jan. 3, 2003

This was a no-brainer for me. Number one is the only football or basketball national championship won by Ohio State in my lifetime so far. The game no one gave Ohio State a chance to win. The game Ohio State won.

This was just a great game from start to finish between two great teams battling for the BCS National Championship. Everyone remembers Cie Grant coming on the blitz to force Ken Dorsey into throwing a poor pass on 4th and goal in the second overtime. Everyone remembers the pass interference call on Glenn Sharpe that gave Ohio State another life in the first overtime. Everyone remembers the horrific knee injury Willis McGahee suffered in the fourth quarter. The play I remember most is Maurice Clarett chasing down Sean Taylor and ripping the ball away following a Taylor interception in the third quarter.

A Mike Nugent field goal ended that drive, giving the Buckeyes a 17-7 lead. If Clarett does not pull off that outstanding play, Todd Sievers 40-yard field goal to send the game to overtime wins the game for Miami. Instead, Clarett’s final touch as a Buckeye ended up being in the second overtime as a short touchdown run that would prove to be the national championship-winning score.

What are your thoughts on my top three events in Ohio State history? Would any of these make your list?

Former Buckeye Greg Oden Arrested (Per Report)

It is being reported this morning that Greg Oden was arrested early this morning and charged with battery. Details are sketchy right now but it sounds like it happened in his hometown of Lawrence, Indiana. Here is what is being reported right now…

New details from the Indy Star…

The incident happened around 3:30 a.m. in the 7200 block of Maple Bluff Place, according to a Lawrence Police Department report.

Officers arrived at the home to find the victim crying and lying across a bed holding her face, police said. A woman described as the victim’s best friend first told officers what happened, police said.

“He punched her in the face,” the witness said, according to the report.

The victim initially was “uncooperative,” police said.

The victim’s best friend, police said, told the woman, “There isn’t that much love in the world. You need to tell that he punched you in the face.”

Police “observed blood, swelling to the nose, lacerations to the forehead and nose area of the victim’s face,” according to the report. They also “observed blood on the sofa and floor in the sitting area. (They) observed (blood) on the living room carpet (and) dirt from a flower pot that was knocked over.

The house belongs to Oden’s mother.

Oden was “calm, apologetic and cooperative” when officers spoke with him, police said.

“I was wrong, and I know what has to happen,” Oden told police, according to the report.

MotSaG Annual Top 25 Best Ohio State Based Twitter Accounts

Here it is everyone our tradition of naming the top 25 Twitter accounts for Buckeye fans to follow is out and here are the guidelines for making the list. The account has to be mostly Ohio State related with its tweets. They also cant be a fake account. Sorry if you want to make the list say who you really are :). Fans dont make this list but look for a list for you guys in the not to far off future. Also all MotSaG writers were prohibited to make the list but if you want to go to our homepage and follow all of our writers please.

1. Tony Gerdeman- Tony repeats as this years top follow. He consistently combines the right amount of snarkiness, hilarity, knowledge, and trolling you want from someone you follow. While Gerd as he affectionately known to his vast amount of followers is wonderful at trolling he does it in a way that even the people he is trolling somehow finds it enduring. He never comes off as an OSU homer and I remember one of the first times I talked to him I had to ask him if he was an OSU fan. His journalistic integrity is so strong most people can not tell one way or another if he is an OSU fan or not and I won’t reveal how he responded to me to keep that allure going. He writes in a way that is relatable and not stuffy and you can always count on him to say it as he sees it and doesn’t pander to the homer side of OSU fans. All of this is why for the second year in a row Tony Gerdeman is the top OSU based Twitter follow.

2. Michael Bennett- Mr. Bennett is probably the funniest OSU player in the history of OSU. He continues to show how a young person should enjoy college life. It is fun to see how much he enjoys being in college.

3. Kyle Rowland- Kyle is the reporter for Eleven Warriors and has the dream job every OSU fan wants he gets to write about OSU and get paid for it. His knowledge and skils are second to none. Much like Tony Gerdeman he is approachable and friendly.

4. Kirk Barton- The former player is an ardent OSU supporter and does nothing to hide his pride in all things Buckeyes. He also is the go to guy for reasons why college athletes arent being taken advantage of.

5. Aaron Craft Roommates- Before Aaron Craft joined Twitter his roommates hilariously tweeted his every move and showed us what it was like to be Aaron Craft… the answer is normal.

6. Shelly Meyer- Mrs. Meyer has quickly gained the support and trust of OSU fans. Her interactions with fans (and fake accounts) have become legendary and gives fans a look into Coach Meyer from a personal level we normally wouldn’t have. Also she managed to make Mike Bianchi furious which makes me like her even more.

7. Robert Smith- Without a doubt the most intellectual OSU player I have ever encountered. Most of his tweets make me think and that is half the fun. He isn’t your typical follow I promise you that.

8. Jeremy Birmingham- Recruiting Guru Jeremy has built a cult following of recruiting fans and recruits and their families. He brings a down to earth mentality to a crazy world.

9. Tim May Tim May is a Sports Reporter for the Columbus Dispatch. The fact that he has been doing his job for longer than most of the people reading this have been alive is a testament to his abilities. Mr. May has an aw shucks persona but his ability to write is second to none. His joining of Twitter in 2012 was heralded as the greatest thing since slice bread and the man, the myth, and the legend has lived up to exactly who we thought he would be.

10. Mekka Don- The former OSU player turned Hip Hop Superstar has built his brand around Ohio State and has brought fans together young and old with his brand of music. He also is very approachable and fan friendly.

11. Doug Lesmerises
12. Michael Citro
13. Dave Biddle
14. Ramzy Nasrallah
15. Marcus Hartman
16. Ari Wasserman
17. Bill Rabinowitz
18. BBC
19. Jeff Boals
20. Land-Grant Holy Land
21. Ben Axelrod
22. Alex Gleitman
23. Samuel Silverman
24. Mark Pantoni
25.Jerry Emig

Just missed the cut

DJ Byrnes
Lori Schmidt
Jeff Svoboda
Brandon Castel
Kevin Noon

I know I am missing some very important names and I apologize for any oversight. The truth is OSU fans are extremely lucky to have the huge amounts of people to follow who cover Ohio State and those people and sites are all worthy of this list. Feel free to share anyone I missed in the comments section.

OSU Mens Bball Schedules Perennial Power

According to a report from Jeff Goodman of ESPN Ohio State will play Memphis in 2015 at a neutral site in Miami, Florida. Here is part of that report…

The Hall of Fame will debut a new event in Miami in 2015 in which Kentucky will play South Florida and Memphis will face Ohio State, an industry source told ESPN.

The neutral site doubleheader will be played at the American Airlines Arena in Miami on Nov. 27, 2015. The format of the event is that each host school will play three home games in addition to one neutral site contest.

This will add another marquee match-up for Coach Matta and an early season challenge to help prepare them for the B1G season and post season.

Buckeyes Land A Big Time Shooter

4star_recruit_iconbasketball_iconThad Matta is on fire right now. He has landed a couple of big time transfers and signed some impressive classes. The one thing Matta missed most this year was scoring ability. He didn’t have a go to shooter and it hurt the team immensely. They also were missing big guys with athletic ability and toughness. Hopefully he has filled both those needs with his transfer signings and with the 2014 and 2015 basketball classes. With today’s newest commit what OSU got was a brilliant shooter who can find his own shot. So let’s take a look at what Thad landed…

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Austin Grandstaff committed to Ohio State earlier today and made the announcement on Twitter…

Austin Grandstaff is a 6’5″ 190 lbs high 4 star Shooting Guard from Rockwall, Texas. Every scouting service out there says the same things about Austin… He is a prolific scorer who can shoot the ball from anywhere on the court and can dibble past you to take it the hole. They also say he lacks good defensive skills but if anyone can help him with that it is Thad Matta and his staff. He is exactly what OSU needs and takes OSUs 2015 class to #2 nationally early on. 247sports ranks him a 4 star and the 38th best player in the country. ESPN ranks him a 4 star and the 41st best player in the country. Rivals ranks him a 4 star and the 30th best player in the country. Scout ranks him a 4 star and the 12th best SG in the country.

You can follow Austin on Twitter by clicking @AustinGstaff1

Thad Matta & The Buckeyes Land Big Man Thompson

Ohio State has picked up seven-foot Virginia Tech transfer Trevor Thompson, according to ESPN Basketball insider Jeff Goodman.

The Buckeyes have been in the running for Thompson for several weeks now and Ohio State was speculated to be one of his top choices in his college search. Thompson averaged 5 PPG and 4.7 RPG over 30 games for the Hokies this past season. Due to transfer rules, Thompson will sit out the upcoming season and will have three years of eligibility left starting in the 2015-2016 season. This is a great pickup for Thad Matta’s squad after clearly lacking size in the front court this past season. Here’s a taste of what Thompson can bring to the team:

Thompson himself also took to Twitter to announce the news:

Thompson is ready. Are you ready for him Buckeye Nation?

Aaron Craft Joins Twitter

Well after years of dodging it, Buckeye Nation’s favorite point guard has joined Twitter. Today Aaron Craft, after four very successful years at The Ohio State University on and off the court, sent out his first two tweets:

Definitely have to agree with that last tweet. I know I’ll always remember him for always playing to the final buzzer and leaving everything out on the court. And for his amazing ability to solve a Rubik’s cube at mach speed. If you’re on Twitter, be sure to follow the school’s all-time steals leader and future doctor.

B1G Tournament Game 1 (Purdue) Semi-live Blog

Our basketball coverage has been a little light lately (totally my fault) but we love Buckeye Basketball just as much as anyone, so I’m hoping to live-blog as much of the B1G Tournament as I can, starting with today’s game against Purdue.

After a quick start from Purdue, Ohio State’s defense tightened up and they converted a couple transition buckets to pull even.

Ohio State 11 Purdue 9

With five minutes left in the first half, Ohio State and Purdue have gone back and forth with neither team able to pull away. Both teams have made a couple mini runs but no one has been able to sustain any momentum.

Ohio State 21 Purdue 19

And as soon as I say no one can pull away, Lenzelle Smith Jr. hits a three pointer and Sam Thompson connects on a nice little floater on the baseline.

Ohio State 26 Purdue 19

Of course, as soon as I update with that, the Boilermakers go on a mini run to pull themselves right back up alongside Ohio State. LaQuniton Ross’ jumper keeps the lead to three at the half, Ohio State 30 Purdue 27.

Purdue maintains their hot shooting with nine points to OSU’s four early, Ohio State 34 Purdue 36.

Meanwhile, Ross is starting to have another March renaissance as he carries Ohio State on his shoulder.

After Purdue went up 3, Ohio State’s defense and Aaron Craft specifically, decided to clamp things down while Ross makes an awkward running hook to put the Buckeyes up, 45-44

I’m just going to throw this Twitter worthy statement as the Buckeyes go up 3: March Craft > Nov-Feb Craft. The same thing can be said about LaQuinton Ross.

Ohio State 54 Purdue 51

Aaron Craft doing Aaron Craft things.

It’s not supposed to be like this, but 2013-14 has just not been Ohio State’s basketball season. With less than 90 seconds left against Purdue, Ohio State clings to a one-point lead. Let’s see if the Buckeyes can hold on.

Buckeyes hold on to that one point lead, finishing off Purdue’s upset bid. The Buckeyes are going to have to shoot better from the free throw line and behind the three point line if they want to run with the hot Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Ohio State 63 Purdue 61

Penn State Preview

OSU LogoOhio State vs. Penn State
Bryce Jordan Center, State College, PA
Feb. 27th, 2014 at 7:00PM ET (ESPN 2)

While the Penn State Nittany Lions (13-14, 4-10 Big Ten) are floating around the Mason-Dixon Line, they’ve shown a lot of improvement this season under head coach Pat Chambers. It’s safe to say the Buckeyes won’t take the Nittany Lions lightly, as they lost in overtime back in Columbus on January 29th. They’ve also been competitive in a number of games they’ve lost. With the one-two punch of D.J. Newbill (17.4 points per game) and Tim Frazier (16.0 points per game), Penn State is dangerous every time out.

One aspect of their game to keep in mind is their lack of assists per game. They only average 11.6 per game which is 264th in the nation. Most of their scoring comes in the isolation or dribble drive fashion. Newbill and Frazier are isolation type of players. I think this plays into the strength of Ohio State’s defense. Craft will not leave Frazier’s pocket when he puts the ball on the floor. Ohio State will take their chances with Craft playing man to man defense.

On the flip side, the Buckeyes come in on a bit of a roll; winning 7 of their last 9 games. That’s a far cry from their midseason struggles when they lost 4 in a row from January 7th through the 20th. LaQuinton Ross (14.3 points per game) and Lenzelle Smith Jr. (11.8 points per game) have both picked up their scoring. By doing so, the Buckeyes have been picking up some big wins. Penn State won’t roll over at home, so it’ll be important for Ohio State to hit some shots early on the road. Guys like Ross and Smith need to see the ball go through the basket early on.

Thad Matta has his crew playing well going into March. He knows this team must grind out games defensively, push the pace when the opportunity presents itself and knock down some perimeter shots with no true inside scoring threat. I like Ohio State to edge Penn State slightly, pulling away in the last 2 minutes, 67-60.