In college basketball, there are plenty of moments that put life and sports in perspective. Jimmy V Week and Coaches vs. Cancer are two of the many things during the season that do just that. Sunday afternoon was another example not only to remind us that college basketball and sports are just games and entertainment, but that there are far more important things in life than sports.
Kerry Coombs will be tough to replace, but Urban Meyer seems to have made a home-run hire, bringing back former Ohio State cornerbacks coach and most recently Temple defensive coordinator Taver Johnson, who was the cornerbacks coach on Jim Tressel’s staff in Columbus from 2007-11.
For the first time since January 6, 2014, the Buckeyes are ranked in the top 10, coming it at No. 8 in the AP Top 25 after upsetting Purdue and dominating Iowa last week.
Chris Holtmann has turned a thin roster into one of the best teams in the country. He doesn’t (and didn’t) make excuses for the lack of depth or anything else, he has just done the best he can with what he was given. Even if it’s just mid-January through March (and April), Holtmann has turned Ohio State into a basketball school. The basketball Buckeyes are fun again, and for that, Holtmann deserves to be the National Coach of the Years in his first season in Columbus.
When Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was recruiting the No. 2-ranked offensive tackle in the country and best player in Ohio, Jackson Carman, he told the kid that Meyer was on the back half of his career and Swinney himself was just starting up. The negative (and untrue) recruiting was one of the few reasons why Carman chose Clemson over Ohio State. That seems to be one of the reasons why Ohio State has given Meyer both an extension and a pay raise.
It seemed as though Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Greg Schiano was head to New England to be the Patriots new defensive coordinator. Contrary to reports earlier this week, Schiano will remain in Columbus and will receive a nice little pay raise from the Buckeyes because of it.
Don’t look now, but at 21-5 (12-1), the Ohio State Buckeyes are officially in first place in the Big Ten. Thanks to a Keita Bates-Diop’ tip in with 2.8 seconds left, the Buckeyes secured their biggest win of the season Wednesday night.
The Buckeyes look to keep their conference title hopes alive at Mackey Arena, the most intimidating venue in the Big Ten.
With one of the best offenses and defenses in the country, Purdue is dominant on both sides of the floor. Add in that they have two seven-footers and are one of the best three-point shooting teams in the country and the Boilermakers seem to be unstoppable right now. With that said, Wednesday night could be yet another reason for Ohio State to shock the college basketball world and give Purdue their first Big Ten loss of the season. The Buckeyes have a huge opportunity to add to their resume and show that they are the real deal, but it will be quite a tough one in West Lafayette.
After being left off the midseason Wooden Award Top 25 watch list just over three weeks ago, Ohio State Buckeyes star forward Keita Bates-Diop has been added to the Wooden Award Late Season Top 20 list. To say it’s a well-deserved nomination would be an understatement.
After dominating Indiana and taking care of business against Illinois this past week, the Ohio State Buckeyes jumped from No. 17 to No. 14 in the latest Associated Press Top 25, their second-highest ranking of the season. The Buckeyes travel to West Lafayette to take on No. 3 Purdue Wednesday night, in what is arguably the biggest game of the regular season in the Big Ten and one that could determine who wins the Big Ten regular season title.
Twenty-five games into the Chris Holtmann era and following Ohio State’s win over Indiana last Tuesday, it seems as though the Buckeyes made the right move by deciding to wait and hire Holtmann. Both his and Archie Miller’s long-term success in Columbus and Bloomington will be something to keep an eye on going forward.
Once projected to finish 11th in the Big Ten, Ohio State (66-to-1) has the 17th-best odds to win the NCAA Tournament. Chris Holtmann’s first season in Columbus was supposed to be filled with plenty of inconsistencies and maybe an NIT berth, no one expected this. Now, the Buckeyes not only have a shot to win the Big Ten, but are in the driver’s seat for a spot in March Madness as well.
After making their debut at No. 22 in the AP Poll two weeks ago and jumping up to No. 13, for the first time all season, the Ohio State Buckeyes have fallen in the latest AP Poll after getting upset by the Penn State Nittany Lions in Columbus last Thursday. The scarlet and gray dropped to No. 17 in Monday’s AP Top 25. It will be interesting to see how the Buckeyes bounce back following their first loss in nine games.
Obviously, the Buckeys have surprised everyone and are not only one of the best teams in the Big Ten, but have a shot to make some noise in March as well. With that said, it’s interesting to think of what could have been if so many players didn’t transfer in Thad Matta’s last couple years at Ohio State. In his last two years in Columbus, Matta had six players transfer from the program
It’s never too early to talk college football, right? With the season set to kick off in a little over seven months, Ohio State Buckeyes running back J.K. Dobbins is currently the co-favorite to win the 2018 Heisman Trophy. Defensive end Nick Bosa also made the list.
When Coombs came to Ohio State with head coach Urban Meyer in 2012 to be the defensive backs and special teams coach, a majority of Buckeyes fans had no idea who he was. He was just a coach from Cincinnati who coached at Cincinnati-area high schools from 1983-2006 and then joined the University of Cincinnati’s coaching staff led by Brian Kelly in 2007 and stayed there until coming to the Buckeyes. My how things have changed in six years. He’s went from a no-namer to a legend in Columbus.
After spurning an SEC program looking to have him be their head coach and the Titan’s OC gig under new coach Mike Vrabel, Ryan Day has received a promotion after deciding to stay in Columbus.
Ohio State jumped up nine spots to No. 13 in the latest AP Poll. In Joe Lunardi’s latest Bracketology on ESPN, he has Ohio State as a No. 3-seed in Villanova’s—the No. 1-overall seed—East bracket. The Tar Heels are the No. 2-seed in the same bracket. Although plenty can (and will) change before the final bracket is announced, it’s refreshing to see not only the Buckeyes back in the hunt for the Big Ten title, but in March Madness as well.
When Thad Matta first arrived to Ohio State in 2004, he immediately put the Buckeyes back on the college basketball map. Although Chris Holtmann wasn’t expected to do the same, the head coach has made the scarlet and gray relevant again in his first season in Columbus. Now, how will the Buckeyes play with a target on their back? So far, so good.