It’s Friday morning and therefore it’s your favorite Hive of the week. No, not because of the author, though dashing and debonair he may be. To completely misquote Shakespeare, the DAY’s the thing. As in Friday. As in the last day of the work week. Friday Morning Hives simply mean that it’s Friday, and that’s what we’ve been waiting for all week, isn’t it? And this week it’s especially nice, because the basketball Buckeyes are in postseason action tonight in the B1G Tournament. As we suspected, they’ll face Purdue in the late game this evening, as a result of the Boilers blasting Nebrasketball out of its first ever appearance in the tourney with a 79-61 win. Oh yeah, today’s also Ohio State’s Pro Day for football, giving NFL hopefuls like Andrew Sweat their last chance to impress before the draft.
You’ll recall that Ohio State’s first meeting against the Boilermakers was anything but comfortable. The Buckeyes won at home by only three points back on Feb. 8 behind William Buford’s 29 points, 87-84. The good guys had to overcome D.J. Byrd going HAM to the tune of 24 points on 7-9 three-point shooting. Kelsey Barlow, who provided a spark, not to mention 14 points in the first meeting, won’t be doing that again. Barlow was dismissed from the Purdue squad by Matt Painter on Feb. 17 for his role in an altercation at a bar, which ended up with Byrd being arrested for public intoxication. Barlow, who had problems staying out of trouble at Purdue, seemed to initiate the incident by getting himself thrown out of the establishment and, ultimately, off the team. Byrd got a one-game suspension. At any rate, we’ll see if the Buckeyes learned anything from the first meeting in their first opportunity to defend their title.
Other First-Round B1G Results
In other first-round B1G Tournament action, Northwestern failed to improve its postseason resume by falling to Minnesota, 75-68 in overtime. The Wildcats were basically a few missed free throws from being a lock for the NCAA Tournament and now they may be outside looking in. Again. The Nerds took conference co-champs TTUN to overtime twice this season. One more made free throw in regulation in each game and they’d be a lock to make the big dance. Even with those losses, many people thought Northwestern could get in with at least a win in the B1G tourney. One more made free throw in regulation would have done it. So the Nerds won’t get a third try at TTUN. Goldy Gopher will take aim at Michigan today in the game just before Ohio State’s. Indiana blasted Penn Shtate, 75-58, but in the process lost Verdell Jones III to a nasty-looking, non-contact knee injury. As of last night they were calling it a sprain, pending further tests. The Hoosiers get Wisconsin today in the second game. In yesterday’s opener, ILOLinois continued its season-ending implosion, falling 64-61 to Iowa. That should pretty much do it for the Bruce Weber era, pending maybe a few NIT games. The Hawkeyes, meanwhile, get rewarded with a meeting against a pissed-off Sparty team in today’s first game at noon.
Ohio State Finally Confirms the Kerry Coombs Hiring
Not that there was any remaining suspense, but Kerry Coombs is officially Ohio State’s new cornerbacks coach, completing Urban Meyer’s staff the way that the next drummer always completes Spinal Tap’s lineup. The fiery Coombs should be a great addition to the staff and will help Meyer finally tame that rogue city-state known to locals as ‘Cincinnati.’ If recruiting makes inroads in Southeast Ohio and stays strong everywhere else, the Urbanator will get pretty much whoever he wants within the state and let the other teams fight over the scraps.
According to Bill Greene, Se’Von Pittman will be enrolling at Ohio State at the end of the month and will participate in spring football with the Buckeyes…Courtesy of our friends at the-ozone.net, here’s a video of Satch and J.J. Sullinger interacting with Sparty fans before Michigan State’s last gasp attempt at a win on Sunday. Interesting yet brief conversations contained therein…Just in case you need an endorsement for the new Doritos Locos Taco at Taco Bell, former Buckeye Dustin Fox has you covered.