Thursday Morning Hive Thinks 2013 is A-OK (So Far)

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In the Hive

Good morning, and welcome to the first Thursday of 2013, as well as your Thursday Morning Hive. It sure was fun watching Ohio State dismantle Nebrasketball last night. If you missed it, Vico’s got your recap, but this is the salient takeaway from the 70-44 Buckeye victory. It was a nice start to the B1G season with a lot to like, but there are still some glaring weaknesses with this year’s Buckeye squad, notably the tendency to clang wide open jump shots. Aaron Craft, despite being the most swoon-worthy player in the nation, scored zero points last night on 0/4 shooting, but he did contribute eight assists, six rebounds, and three steals. Craft passed Ronnie Stokes and Troy Taylor, moving into fifth on Ohio State’s all-time assists list, with 423, just one behind Mark Baker. Jamar Butler holds the school record, with 579.

What’s really interesting is that Shannon Scott and Alex Rogers also failed to score, giving the Buckeyes zero points from the point guard position on the night. I’m not sure that’s ever happened before. And just in case anyone thinks Amedeo Della Valle was the point guard when Shannon Scott went to the bench, well, he didn’t score either. Weird. But hey, the Buckeyes are atop the B1G standings! The OSU women will tip off their conference schedule tonight at Iowa. Meanwhile, how about we get to the Hive?

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Ohio State Overwhelms Nebrasky, 70-44, in Conference Opener

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Live action photos of Thad Matta are always the best.

Ohio State fans were hoping to see an improved team that took seriously the lessons from the losses to Duke and Kansas, en route to a comfortable victory over Nebrasky to begin league play.  I’m not convinced we got the former, but we definitely got the latter.  Ohio State was simply too much for an outmatched Nebrasketball squad.   The Buckeyes ran away with this before intermission and coasted to a 70-44 win.

Buckeye fans have been a bit nervous regarding the distribution of points for this year’s team.  Bench production hasn’t been what we wanted.  Further, Shannon Scott, and Aaron Craft, especially have not been the scoring options this team really needs.  In fact, neither Scott nor Craft scored this game, finishing a combined 0/6 from the field.  It wasn’t until midway through the second half that LaQuinton Ross scored.  He finished with eight points this game.  However, neither were necessary.  Deshaun Thomas (22pts) and Lenzelle Smith (17pts) led all Buckeyes in scoring and, by themselves, were only five points off Nebrasky’s total offensive output for this game.  Deshaun Thomas outscored Nebrasky by himself in the first half.  Throw in a few highlight dunks from Sam Thompson (6pts), and Ohio State won this easily.

However, some of the same problems persist entering the next contest, an important road clash against the Fighting Illini on January 5th.  Amir Williams didn’t look particularly sharp and is often beaten to the basket with a simple drop step.  He finished with eight points, four blocks, and seven rebounds, though, and is fairly reliable at the charity stripe.  Ravenel chipped in seven points from the bench.  Still, I’m not sure I’m more confident in these guys this season than I was before tip-off.  Further, jump shooting remains problematic.  Craft still can’t find his mojo and we hope to compensate with Smith and Thomas three point attempts.  This seems contingent on Smith or Thomas, and Smith, in particular, having a hot hand.

Importantly, though, Ohio State looked much better against Nebrasky than it did against Chicago State.  Ohio State next plays on January 5th in Champaign, Illinois.  Tip-off is scheduled for 2:15pm ET.

 

Shooty Hoops Preview, 2012-13: Nebrasky

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This image of Bo Pelini, cropped from today's Omaha World-Herald front page, captures the sentiment of Nebrasky fans entering this offseason.

Ohio State begins league play this evening when it hosts the Cornhuskies from Nebrasky.  Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30pm ET in Value City Arena and will be shown on Big Ten Network, if you have it.

Ohio State begins conference play with considerably more questions than this time last year.  Though Ohio State has only one more loss by this time than last year’s team, the losses to Duke and Kansas (again) underscore considerably more uncertainty about this team.  Ohio State finds itself missing the production and inside presence of Jared Sullinger a little more than fans thought they would.  The inside options we have at the moment, Evan Ravenel and Amir Williams, are hit and miss, to put it lightly.  Trey McDonald provides a nice change of pace, but his high effort belies his ability in a lot of aspects.  Further, Ohio State seems unable to make the jump shots it loves to take.  Aaron Craft, Lenzelle Smith, and Deshaun Thomas, the three main hold-overs from last year’s team, shot 50%, 52% and 47% from the floor last year.  This year, so far: 38%, 45%, and 45% respectively.  Three point shooting has (marginally) improved from last year’s team, but you wouldn’t know it from watching the team play.

On the other bench, Nebrasky comes to town with first year head coach, and ever colorful, Tim Miles.  The team has one more loss in non-conference play than last year’s squad, but one of the wins includes a demolition of hapless Wake Forest in Winston-Salem for the ACC/B1G TEN Challenge.  However, this team was also put on full-blast by Kent State (74-60), mid-major heavyweight Creighton (64-42), Oregon (60-38), and Texas-El Paso (68-52).  The Buckeyes are #8, but also quite possibly a paper tiger this season.  The Cornhuskies, though, are underdogs in this contest and not a trendy pick for postseason play in March.

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Wednesday Morning Hive Welcomes You to 2013 From A Plane

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Ohio State hive.

In the Hive.

G’day everyone and welcome to 2013, hopefully everyone enjoyed their New Year’s celebration and the glorious full day of bowl games that is New Year’s Day.  I am writing this before any of those games are played as when this is posted I will be on a plane somewhere over the Pacific Ocean; after being in Australia for six months I am finally going back to States for a visit.  After a few days to relax and recover from jet lag in Las Vegas (what better way is there to recover from jetlag than in a city that doesn’t care when you sleep), I will be attending an Astronomy conference in Long Beach, and then getting a chance to have a delayed Christmas with my family.  I am hoping that I will be able to catch a bit of the New Year’s day bowl action before I fly out, I am most looking forward to hitting the Vegas sportsbooks for some of the other bowl games.  I am not a huge sports gambler but I am just looking forward to the chance to watch actual football with people who understand the sport and care about it.

When I wrote this, prior to the January 1st bowl games, the Big Ten was 1-1 on the bowl season and was actually doing better than expected.  Michigan State provided the conference with a win thanks to a thrilling come from behind victory against Texas Christian University.  The Spartans were led in their comeback by backup quarterback Connor Cook who looked much more poised and effective than Andrew Maxwell; it looks like there will be a quarterback controversy in East Lansing next season.  While Minnesota fell to Texas Tech, the Golden Gophers did much better than expected and led late in the game before a late rally by the Red Raiders gave them the win.  Hopefully this trend of doing better than expected continued into the New Year’s Day games, I guess we’ll find out.

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Monday Morning Hive is Ready to Party

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Good morning Hive fans and welcome to the last day of 2012. The Mayans were wrong so we’re going to see another new year, one that is sure to bring great things in the Buckeye community. I’ve been out of town all weekend and am completely behind on the details of this weekend’s events so I’m going to keep this hive short and sweet because providing accurate commentary this late is sort of impossible. I did see Terrelle Pryor had a pretty good day yesterday in his first NFL start, there are tons of coaching rumors flying every which way and former Buckeye Michael Jenkins had a game-changing performance last night.

As we end this year and move to 2013, we must remember that…the Buckeyes will make the post-season!!! And they will be hungry to do so. So, I will leave you with Kerry Coombs’ ultra-hype inducing recruitment video to get you excited for all the wonderful things to come next year. Cheers, friends!