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.
While the scarlet and gray have performed quite well on the field, their video and graphic team has (somehow) outdone them off of it. Ever since Urban Meyer came back to Ohio State in 2014, social media and graphics have been an important part to his staff. They had some impressive trailers throughout Meyer’s tenure, previewing each matchup just days before they were to take place. But the one that the Buckeyes released on Friday, wrapping up the 2017 season, was the best yet.
After nine declared early in 2016 and six in did in 2017, just three Ohio State Buckeyes decided to forego their final season in Columbus and declare for the 2018 NFL Draft. With a handful more who decided to return to school that could have declared, the Buckeyes have a very good chance to be really, really good next fall.
For the first time since Week 17 of the 2014-15 season, the basketball Buckeyes are ranked in the AP Top 25. Ohio State comes in at No. 22 following a 15-4 start to their season, including a perfect 6-0 record in the Big Ten. Not bad for a team that was projected to finish 11th (out of 14 teams) in the conference this season by Big Ten media members.
No matter what sport, every player has his own role; a role that they can succeed in and help the team, whether they are the star or the last player on the bench. Joey Lane’s role isn’t to fill up the stat sheet, the former walk-on knows that he isn’t on the team to provide something that people will see in the box score or in see in a game recap. To the average fan, a player like Lane may seem pointless in terms of the team’s success. But that’s far from true for the junior guard.
The Ohio State Buckeyes have shocked the college basketball world so far this season and forward Keita Bates-Diop has been one of the main reasons the Buckeyes have played so well. Although he leads the Big Ten in scoring, Bates-Diop was left off the midseason Wooden Award Top 25 watch list on Monday.
The college football season just ended, but it’s never too early to talk about next fall. In the earliest way-too-early rankings, media members don’t seem to care that the Ohio State Buckeyes will have a brand new starting quarterback and have to retool at a number of both skill positions and along the line. They even seem to think that the scarlet and gray will be one of the best teams in the country heading into 2018.
Projected by many to be one of the worst teams in the Big Ten this season, the Ohio State Buckeyes have already turned plenty of heads through 17 games this season. Despite their perfect 4-0 Big Ten record, the scarlet and gray weren’t ranked on the latest AP Top 25 following their upset over previously No. 1 Michigan State.