Good morning, you nation of Buckeyes. Welcome to your Thursday Morning Hive—the first such Hive since the magical date of 12/12/12. You may have enjoyed last night’s 85-45 destruction of the state of Savannah. It was a sound vanquishing of our opponents, but do you suppose we should be worried about Aaron Craft at this point? I don’t mean in an overall kind of way. Craft has been a defensive wizard, as usual, and he contributes in various other ways, whether it’s a timely rebound, a stolen inbound pass or a wicked cross-court pass for an easy deuce.
But Craft failed to score against a MEAC team last night and has just nine points in his last three outings. That bears repeating. After averaging 13.6 points in the first five games this season, the dreamy one has just nine points in his last three games. He has hit just two of his last 15 three-point attempts after starting the season by hitting seven of his first 13. He also has nine turnovers in the last four games after committing just three in the first four. Whatever’s going on with Craft, it probably needs to end soon with Kansas coming up on Dec. 22, followed by the grueling B1G season. Here’s to hoping Thad Matta can get No. 4 going. Time to Hive:
Still No Word on Roby, Hyde
Cornerback Bradley Roby and running back Carlos Hyde continue to weigh their decision on whether to enter the NFL draft or return to the Buckeyes next season. Both would be huge parts of whatever success Ohio State can conjure up in Year 2 of Urban Meyer’s reign. While depth would mitigate a Hyde departure, Roby would be much tougher to replace. Personally, I think both would benefit from another year in Columbus. Hyde must show he can repeat the success he had in his junior year and that he can stay healthy for the full season. Roby can fine tune his already impressive game by adding some ball hawking to his pass defending. Here’s to (hopefully) another year watching these two outstanding Buckeyes.
Big Weekend for Men’s Icers
The OSU hockey team hosts No. 5 Miami (OH) this weekend for a pair of games, with Friday night’s match-up airing on the BTN. The Buckeyes are 7-5-4 this season, including a mark of 6-2-2-1 in CCHA play. The Redhawks (10-3-3, 7-3-2-2) will present quite a challenge. Juniors Curtis Gedig, Alex Lippincott, Stravis Statcuk, Alex Szczechura and Chris Crane will sign autographs after the game Friday on The Schott’s concourse level. Saturday’s game will stream live on Buckeye Vision. Miami won the season series 3-1 last season, and holds a 66-61-12 all-time edge between the two schools.
All-America Honors for Hole
Buckeye volleyball star Mari Hole earned third-team AVCA All-America honors on Wednesday. Hole led Ohio State to a 23-11 record and into the second round of the NCAA tournament. She paced the OSU offense with 4.22 kills per game and 544 total kills. Hole finished fourth in the B1G in kills average and fifth in the conference in points average. She had a team-high 4.67 points per set. Hole racked up 18 double-doubles on the year.
Rutgers and Maryland may not appear on BTN much at first…The coaching carousel continues to spin, with Kliff Kingsbury heading to Texas Tech…To absolutely no one’s surprise, A.J. McCarron is returning to Alabama, where he can continue to hand off to running backs at a prolific rate…Franco Harris is pretty much insane, right?…Todd McShay’s got Hungry Hungry Hankins going fifth to Carolina in his latest mock draft ($).