Saturday, March 31, 2007
Today was by far the biggest win for the Ohio State Men's Basketball program in my lifetime. For the first time since 1962 the Buckeyes will play for the national title. To get there, they had to defeat a fine Hoya team from Georgetown University, and it was quite a battle. Greg Oden quickly racked up 2 fouls in the first 3 minutes, and as a result sat out the rest of the first half. However, the rest of the team played very well without him, and took a 27-23 lead into halftime. In the second half the momentum of the game went back and forth like crazy. Georgetown would come back and take a lead for a bit, then OSU would take it back, then G'town would tie it, then OSU would extend another lead, then G'town would come back and make it close. This kept going on until the last few minutes when the Buckeyes took control and held on to it. In the final minute Ohio State hit the free throws it needed to and the final score ended up being 67-60. Mike Conley lead the team with 15 points and had 6 assists. Oden scored 13, all in the second half, and grabbed 9 boards. In fact all 9 buckeyes who played in the game scored. Butler had 10, Harris and Lewis each had 9, Lighty had 5, and Hunter, Cook, and Terwilliger each had 2. All in all it was a great team effort that resulted in this huge win. The Buckeyes are now 35-3 and will play the winner of UCLA/Florida in the NCAA National Championship Game on Monday night.
Also today, the Cavaliers beat Chicago 112-108 in overtime. LeBron had 39 points and Houghes and Pavlovic each scored 21. Cleveland was down 108-104 late in OT, but James would lead a 8-0 run to finish the game and improve the Cavs record to 44-29.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Saturday, March 24, 2007
The Cavs played 3 games while I was gone. They lost to Charlotte and Dallas on Tuesday and Wednesday and then beat New York last night. They are now 42-27 and trail Detroit by 1.5 games in both the division and conference.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Thursday's win improves the Buckeyes record to 31-3.
In spring training news, the Indians beat Tampa Bay 5-0.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Saturday, March 10, 2007
As for the Cavaliers, they found themselves down 89-81 late in the 4th quarter in Milwaukee tonight, but managed to come through. Anderson Varejao put the Cavs up by two with ten seconds to go, and after former Buckeye Mike Redd's tying attempt for Milwaukee fell short the Cavaliers were able to claim a 94-92 victory over the Bucks. Lebron scored 32 points with 9 assists and 8 rebounds, and Donyell Marshal had 19 points and hit 5 crucial threes. The Cavs had started the 4th quarter down by 12. Cleveland is now 37-25 and still 2 games back of Detroit.
Friday, March 9, 2007
Whether it's in Columbus, in Ann Arbor, or on a neutral court....it doesn't really make a difference....because in each case the Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball team will beat Michigan. OSU proved that this year and is now 3-0 vs UM this season, as well as 6-0 vs UM since coach Thad Matta took over. Today was the first game of the Big Ten Tournament's quarterfinal round, and Ohio State put the final nail in Michigan's coffin by beating the Wolverines 72-62. For the Buckeyes, the win means a spot in the Big Ten semi finals vs Purdue, as well as basically a lock to be a #1 seed in the NCAA tourney. As for Michigan....well let's say their fate begins with an N, ends with a T, and has an I in the middle. Greg Oden was a dominant force today, scoring 22 points as well as grabbing 8 rebounds and blocking 4 shots. Ron Lewis went 5-8 from the floor and added 4 free throws to score 16, and Mike Conley contributed 13 points and 6 assists. The Buckeyes have now won their school record 28th game of the season, and at 28-3 are ranked #1 in both polls.
In spring training news, the Indians defeated the Reds today in Sarasota, FL. Grady Sizemore hit a two run homer in the 5th, and the final score was 7-3.
Thursday, March 8, 2007
Tonight I spent 7 hours doing a paper that's due in about 9 hours from now. My procrastination prevented me from being able to see any of these games today, but here's what went down while I was typing away. The Cleveland Cavaliers invaded the Palace of Auburn Hills, Michigan to play the Eastern Conference leading Detroit Pistons. Lebron James was unstoppable, putting up 41 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. He was constantly driving the lane and scoring, and with the game tied with .09 seconds to go, he hit a three point shot at the buzzer.....but it would be reviewed and waved off. In overtime the Cavs put the Pistons away, and won the game 101-97. Drew Goden was the second highest scorer for Cleveland with 22, Z had 14 and Houghes had 12. It was a huge win, putting the Cavs just 2 games back of Detroit for both the division and conference lead, with a record of 36-25.
For the Columbus Blue Jackets, overtime would also be needed. They were playing host to the LA Kings tonight and at the start of the 3rd period were down 2-1. But David Vyborny would take over and be the hero of the game. He scored to tie the game in the 3rd period, and then again on a power play with 21.4 seconds to go in OT to win it. The 3-2 win gave Columbus their 3rd straight win, and an overall record of 27-33-7. The Jackets are now 22-20-5 since the hiring of coach Ken Hichcock.
And in Tribe news, Cleveland beat Tampa Bay 10-2 today in Grapefruit League play.
Saturday, March 3, 2007
The Big Ten Champion Ohio State Buckeyes finished off their regular season today in Ann Arbor. Something else they finished off: any hope of Michigan making the NCAA tournament (barring some miraculous event in which UM wins the B10 tourney). Before the game the stage seemed set for an upset. The reason for this was that the game was @ Michigan, the Bucks had already clinched the Big Ten title, UM desperately needed a win, and it was UM's senior day. As the game progressed, this idea of the upset happening grew much more realistic, as the Wolverines were playing with a great effort and held a 3 point lead at the half. The second half wasn't much different, as the Buckeyes failed to covert on key opportunities, thus keeping UM in the lead. With 3:54 left UM opened up a 6 point lead at 61-55, and I thought all was lost. However, those would be the last points Michigan would score in the game. Ohio State would go on a 10-0 run to finish the game and win 65-61. Some key points in Michigan' late game demise were: a botched wide open dunk opportunity, a missed front end of a one-and-one that could have potentially tied the game, costly turnovers, and of course....excellent play by OSU to turn all of these mistakes into fast break points. I was literally laughing at UM in the closing seconds and it almost looks like Oden was as well (in the picture), it was so pathetic. Oden and Lewis each had 16 points and Conley had 11. The Buckeyes are now 27-3, and will play their next game in Chicago in the Big Ten Tournament....against the winner of the Michigan/Minnesota game.
Now for some Cavaliers news. The Cavs defeated the Toronto Raptors 120-97 tonight. This game was not on TV in Columbus, so I didn't get to see it. But anyway, Lebron had 36 points and Larry Houghes had 27. It was a solid win at home and it improves the Cavs record to 34-25.
Also tonight, the Blue Jackets defeated Phoenix 4-3. It was their second straight road win in as many days, and their 12th road win this season, a franchise record. Rick nash had 2 goals and goalie Brian Boucher got his first win in a Columbus uniform. They are now 26-33-7.