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Purdue left Value City Arena last night with its first win in 10 visits. Ohio State left with questions. Full Story
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Bucknut92

Lewis Center, OH

#1 Feb 18, 2010
There are contenders and pretenders, and unfortunately for the Buckeyes, Purdue revealed them for what they truely are, Pretenders. You cannot be a legitimate top-10 team with only one good player (Evan Turner). This team not only will not win the Big Ten, I predict an early exit in the Big Ten tournament and one-and-done in the NCAA. Look forward to next year Buckeye fans...
Jack Frysinger

Kissimmee, FL

#2 Feb 18, 2010
When is Matta going to wake up, when it is too late, like last night!! Diebler chokes on the big ones, but Lighty was non-existent and so was Lauderdale's defense on Johnson! Can't continue to play six guys and win down the stretch. If he doesn't trust Simmons and Hill and Kecman, why have them on the team. Just to fill a roster spot? No wonder guys transfer from Matta's program. Walter Offutt could have leped this team with his defense, something Diebler does not have.

Jack Frysinger
Ft. Myers, FL
Northwest Bob

Columbus, OH

#3 Feb 18, 2010
Big 10 fans need to face the truth - the conference is second rate in both basketball and football. The premier athletes are chosing to play in the Big East for basketball and the SEC for football so no matter how the Buckeyes do in conference they will go out early in the NCAA tourney - same for womens basketball.
FLBuckeye Fan

United States

#4 Feb 18, 2010
We were dominated on the inside, Lauderdale needs to step up on the defensive end if he's not scoring. I saw many layups by Purdue that he could have altered or blocked, and the way Johnson was scoring he must have worried about foul trouble. This is not the end of the world, we need to beat MSU to get back on track!
OSUwins

AOL

#5 Feb 18, 2010
Been saying it for years: Great recruiter. Great defensive coach. Has no clue offensively. To end that game with two timeouts in your pocket is absolutely ridiculous. Ever watch the NBA coaches? They never waste a timeout, especially in the final mintues or seconds. For him actually to say he couldn't have drawn up a better play than a rushed shot at the buzzer says it all. He's right -- he probably is not capable of that.
Go Bucks

Westerville, OH

#6 Feb 18, 2010
A couple of things:
1) OSU, don't beg us to pack the house if you all are going to get a case of the butt puckers and play flat for the first 20 minutes of the game because you are nervous. Say what you will, but our boys played tight and I think it was because of the sell out crowd
2) STOP RUSHING SHOTS!!!!!! Twice late in the second half when we were down by two, William Buford came down and chucked up a three pointer four seconds into the offensive possession. Turner was having his way with driving to the basket. Give him the damn ball and get out of the way. Go with what is working! You've got plenty of time to take the lead. Work to get a good shot!
3) As much as I think Buford is a great player, I tend to think that he tries too hard to show that he's a good player. See my example above. It's like he's trying to show that "Hey, I can score and be the hero! Look at me!" Next thing you know, he's taking a HORRIBLE shot and then Purdue is headed back the other way and gets an easy layup. It's almost like Buford is really jealous that Turner is getting all the attention. He's turning into the Jan Brady of the team.
That being said, in the grand scheme of things, this game really doesn't mean too much. It's all about positioning for The Dance. OSU will be a 3 or 4 seed (unless the win the Big Ten Tournament) and will probably get to at least the Sweet 16.
Brutus

Toledo, OH

#7 Feb 18, 2010
I think the team got distracted by a sold out arena for the first time this year. All that noise that the fans made took them by surprise and put pressure on them.
BrianfireJimBoll man

Mansfield, OH

#8 Feb 18, 2010
Northwest Bob wrote:
Big 10 fans need to face the truth - the conference is second rate in both basketball and football. The premier athletes are chosing to play in the Big East for basketball and the SEC for football so no matter how the Buckeyes do in conference they will go out early in the NCAA tourney - same for womens basketball.
I noticed you said " athletes" and not collegians. Enough said.
John

Cincinnati, OH

#9 Feb 18, 2010
Matta should have called time to set up play...big mistake same as not fouling at end of Siena game in NCAA last March...With no depth it is hard to see this team going past round two.
BrianfireJimBoll man

Mansfield, OH

#10 Feb 18, 2010
Brutus wrote:
I think the team got distracted by a sold out arena for the first time this year. All that noise that the fans made took them by surprise and put pressure on them.
You cant win by playing 6 players every game. This isnt Hickory or is it?
Nick

Columbus, OH

#11 Feb 18, 2010
The arena was not at capacity- still over 200 to 300 empty seats -even when they were trying to give tickets away.
The Buckeyes will be one and done in the NCAA and will be lucky to win 1 game in Indy. They have a good team-not great and waiting til next year -although hopeful-is not the answer as the one's that come in next year will already be planning their escape to the nba because that is what all quality players under Matta do. They have no allegiance to Ohio State or playing as part of a team- they are all looking to make their individual cases for escaping early.
dansobel

Ann Arbor, MI

#12 Feb 18, 2010
what you want is to be in the game until the end .they were .they played well and lost ,Purdue is a really good team,let's hope they win on sunday,but if they lose, no shame,live and learn ,move on,NEXT
Doug

Warrington, PA

#13 Feb 18, 2010
Northwest Bob wrote:
Big 10 fans need to face the truth - the conference is second rate in both basketball and football. The premier athletes are chosing to play in the Big East for basketball and the SEC for football so no matter how the Buckeyes do in conference they will go out early in the NCAA tourney - same for womens basketball.
What's the matter, Bob....are you stuck living in Ohio and your only recourse is to bash OSU and by extension, the Big Ten for being, uh, "second rate". I don't think you've been paying attention. The Big Ten by nearly all objective observers is a premier basketball conference. Not as deep as the Big East, perhaps, but it has nothing to apologize for. As for football, you may wish to look up the word "cyclical" and explain it to yourself and the (many) barely literate SEC football players you seem to have high regard for...grace the stadiums in that conference. Football in the Big Ten, understandably a whipping post in recent years is due for a resurgence...you might want to pay attention.

As for last night, just to clarify things for you, OSU lost to an arguably more complete and better team, a premier college B-ball team and oh yes, a Big Ten team.

Sorry that you appear to be living in an area inhabited by rabid, OSU and Big Ten fanatics, Bob. Take a drive through the deep south or the east coast and you're bound to hear the same tone from people living there as well.

Since: Nov 09

Buford, GA

#14 Feb 18, 2010
A couple things come to mind watching this game. When Buford is good he's real good. When he's not, he's not. He tends to diappear from time to time. The same can be said of Diebler. I see a lot of standing around and everyone watching Turner. Turner took 3 shots, I can remember that he came down the floor and didn't look to pass, instead shooting 3 point shots which are not his strong suit. Drive and kick it out. Works almost every time. No bench hurts. Obviously Matta has no confidence in most of them. P.J. Hill is not a Division 1 player. Mediocre ball handling skills and no offensive threat at all. Jeremy Simmons has a tendency to make bad decisions whether on offense or lack of defense. AS well as Purdue shot the ball, i.e. 60 plus % in the first half and as poorly as the Buckeyes played, they still had a chance to win the game. Some of our players look like they went to the Shaquille O'Neal school of foul shooting. We had our chances and could buy a bucket or make a clutch free throw. When you fall back by 15 it takes a lot of energy to catch up and then you are spent. This a good team and I love Coach Matta. I don't understand how they can't sell out the Schott. If I still lived there I would be at every home game. Go Buckeyes!!!!!!!!!
Buckeye

Columbus, OH

#15 Feb 18, 2010
All the whining and crying above, but 8 Big Ten teams would gladly switch records with the Bucks!
Are we that spoiled?
james gregory

United States

#16 Feb 18, 2010
Buckeyes were in the "drivers seat" for the big ten title; popping the clutch in first with the win at Illinois. Now they're in the ditch with wheels spinning. Why just 6 players against Purdue?? How can we play as we did the first half last nite yet play so well the entire game vs Illinois?? ALL GOOD QUESTIONS-how many more times will they need to be asked!!
From Tobacco Road

Clayton, NC

#17 Feb 18, 2010
I posted yesterday that at this level of competition and this late in the season, a big item is the 'head game'. Turner said it when he said "some of our guys didn't have their head into it early". It was the big win over Illinois Sunday and the fact we were home. I saw the Buckeyes win at home over an undefeated Illinois team the last game of the season and it was LOUD. The crowd had nothing to do with the loss. Purdue was just more determined.
Also don't give me that tired legs crap or not playing the bench. If a guy can't play 40 minutes in a 2-hour span then he's not conditioned and these guys are conditioned. Turner also said "I felt fine, you don't think about being tired".
batexas

Carrollton, TX

#18 Feb 18, 2010
Let' see, we overcame a 12 point halftime deficit the first time against them at their place. They turned the tables on us. The difference between these two teams is one point in our favor. Now we get to go against MSU on the road. MSU is deep and is definitely the favorite. They have their shortcomings, but why is the coach always blasted?
3 Cheers for Tressel

Akron, OH

#19 Feb 18, 2010
Am I upset about last night sure, Is it the end of the year, NO !! You people need to either be fans or go watch the scum up north. My God . They play bad one game and everyone forgets about the nine straight wins and great basketball they have been playing. You people are truly amazing !! Good Luck to Coach Matta and the rest of the Buckeyes the rest of this year. If you were told that they would be 20-7(10-4) at this point you would of fell off your chair, especially coonsidering Turner was out for a four-five game stretch. Go Bucks!! Focus !
Chaz

Columbus, OH

#20 Feb 18, 2010
WOW, once again, I am overwhelmed buy all the Buckeye love and support I'm hearing! nearly every team in the NCAA has had an off night or bad night, and the Buckeyes had one last night so get over it and support them, or pick another team to criticize! And Pleeeeez, put the beer down and stop coaching from the couch!
Buckeye fans my A S S,,,,,,,,,,GO BUCKS!!

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