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There are 41 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Feb 4, 2011, titled Ohio State 62, Michigan 53: Late knockout | BuckeyeXtra. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

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zappa912

Toledo, OH

#1 Feb 4, 2011
What a joy it is to watch the OSU basketball team this year. Not only have they won every game, but they have done it even though they are getting pounded physically from the time they leave the locker room. OSU can be a very physical team too. Last night, there were a number of apparent fouls committed by both teams that were not called. If the officials continue to "let 'em play" either serious injuries will occur or there will be a brawl on the floor. Bottom line, the Bucks won again thanks to a strong second half comeback. Another good team win. On to Minnesota with an opportunity to to be 24-0. Go Bucks, beat the Gophers.
O-H I-O

Columbus, OH

#3 Feb 4, 2011
Why don't the refs call fouls on players that hang all over Jared Sullinger's back?
ImUrPO

Wellington, OH

#4 Feb 4, 2011
It was A hard fought win for the Buckeyes !! I do feel bad for Sullinger, he gets pounded down low continuously. It wasnt a pretty Win, but a Win is a Win !!

Good Job BUCKEYES !!!
Buckeye fan

Columbus, OH

#5 Feb 4, 2011
O-H I-O
Columbus, OH
Why don't the refs call fouls on players that hang all over Jared Sullinger's back?

Yeah, Sullinger carries a load on his back most games.
Browns Fan

Columbus, OH

#6 Feb 4, 2011
These Buckeyes are something else!
Officiating in basketball leaves much to be desired.
At the professional level it is a joke.
ralsy

Coatesville, PA

#7 Feb 4, 2011
I think Matta is going back to his old style, of only playing 6. This did not work out well last year,and he in last 2 games is not using Thomas. Thomas makes things happen, erratic at times, but something is amiss here.You look at him on the bench, and he is down, and adjoining players keep patting him on the back.The missed foul shots are going to be a problem, and I think Sully gets tired or gassed, and his FS are really bad.Lighty just flicks the ball,cannot or will not try to be smooth. Good luck.The officials were bad for both teams, and they looked like 1 was trying to out call the other, and I don't remember ever seeing the 2 "Greek guys"?I think refs now want to be on the floor when #1 goes down, and the "Casters" of TV, seem like they all come from old B10, but hate Bucks, as they always talk about how great the other team is showing.The clown last night was from Michigan, what do you expect from ESPN.
Pan Blanco

Panama, Panama

#8 Feb 4, 2011
Whew! Another tight one. Or as Jimmy Crum used to say : A REAL BARN BURNER..... I hope these OSU players start to get it in gear or it will be another 2 and out in the Big Dance at the end of the season. Here is hoping things get put in place.
Bill

United States

#9 Feb 4, 2011
ralsy wrote:
I think Matta is going back to his old style, of only playing 6. This did not work out well last year,and he in last 2 games is not using Thomas. Thomas makes things happen, erratic at times, but something is amiss here.You look at him on the bench, and he is down, and adjoining players keep patting him on the back.The missed foul shots are going to be a problem, and I think Sully gets tired or gassed, and his FS are really bad.Lighty just flicks the ball,cannot or will not try to be smooth. Good luck.The officials were bad for both teams, and they looked like 1 was trying to out call the other, and I don't remember ever seeing the 2 "Greek guys"?I think refs now want to be on the floor when #1 goes down, and the "Casters" of TV, seem like they all come from old B10, but hate Bucks, as they always talk about how great the other team is showing.The clown last night was from Michigan, what do you expect from ESPN.
Thomas will get more minutes when his defense improves. He blew more than a few assignments last night during his nine minutes las night resulting in points for scUM. Even my yelled "Get him out of there!".
ima idiott

United States

#10 Feb 4, 2011
Just an outstanding effort by the entire ohio state basketball team. The coaches included, especially those un-sung assistants. My hats off to this team. I have never been so proud of a group of young men before in my life. I truly believe this team will go undefeated and win the national championship and go down in history as arguably the 2 or 3rd greatest college basketball team ever assembled. I just can't wait for them to play Minnesota before the super bowl. What an enjoyable day it will be for us all. Yes sir guys and gals, beat all you got on the buckeyes. They are truly magnificent. I just can't say enough good things about this team. I could go on forever. Well, I have said enough so let me close by saying god bless everyone on our team and I pray not one of them ever gets hurt or suffers any of lifes pains forever.
Viva la France
45has2

Brainerd, MN

#11 Feb 4, 2011
Sully should file a police report, he was mugged all night long. However, try as they may, Michigan can't lick our Nuts. Now, it's time to kill the gophers, Carl. 24-OH GO BUCKS.
jbuckeye8

Shelby, NC

#12 Feb 4, 2011
Go Buckeyes!

Another hard fought win against a scrappy team resorting to thug like tactics.

Only two comments; watch the turnovers and damn it, make your free throws!!!!

Up next Minn Gophers..........
ima idiott

United States

#13 Feb 4, 2011
That posting was for all of you folks that post here. This is what I really thought:
Craft is one heck of a basketball player. That boys hustles and tries his hardest the entire game. The antithesis of that is Diebler. He laughs to much on the court. Personally, I take the game, as a competitor, more serious than that. Sullinger is good for sure especially with all those guys hanging on him. But overall I don't see where Ohio State in any better than any of the other 30 teams that I have watched on tv. I just can't see it, that's all. Some people can. But I did like what Matta said during his interview after the game and he said "we didn't play our best, but we won and we have won 23 games in a row and that is a heck of a feat". And when I looked at it in that light I have to agree with him. This really is one heck of a team for doing that. I guess I am just looking for a more dominant team and that does not exist in college basketball anymore. Parity is here.
And might I end by saying I have supported Ohio State sports since January, 1949. Or to put it another way, I was a Buckeye fan before Joe Paterno got to Penn State and Before Woody Hayes got to Columbus. As an elder I may be critical and truthful and express my views as the founders of this great country wanted me to do.
So give Ima a break.
dean

Montrose, AL

#14 Feb 4, 2011
Just more thug refs thanks to Jim Delaney. And I'm referring to the uncalled fouls on UM. UM's coach can cry all he wants. He's delusional.
HuskerBuck

Newton, NC

#15 Feb 4, 2011
Does Matta believe on having his players work on thier free throw shooting disciplines? Why all the easy back door lay-ups? Eventually it will cost us. Go BUCKS!
bsharp

Columbus, OH

#16 Feb 4, 2011
Pan Blanco wrote:
I hope these OSU players start to get it in gear or it will be another 2 and out in the Big Dance at the end of the season. Here is hoping things get put in place.
There is no way to guarantee a championship in the "Big Dance". Close basketball games depend on mood, luck and individual matchups. All you can do is win as many as you can in the regular season and try for a high seed. Also, keep a little something in reserve so you won't be too predictable at the end. And that's exactly what Thad Matta is doing. Thomas might end up being the secret weapon in March. Maybe Lauderdale. Wouldn't that be a cool ending to his senior year?
Dude

North Royalton, OH

#17 Feb 4, 2011
Even ESPN is beginning to say the Big Ten is the toughest league there is this year. I don't look for any run away scores. Unless a win by 10 points is considered a run away. We shouldn't look at the won/loss records of these teams. They are all tough when the play us. Last night was another example. Coaches are studying game films of us and finding a weakness here and there. And exploiting them such as last night. Slow the game down some and HACK away and complain about the fouls after the game.
Matta? He knows his players and played those that he thought would be the ones to bring us the win.
We won....Thomas, he's still learning defense and that's what won our game. Defense.
Terp

Lancaster, OH

#18 Feb 4, 2011
Unless they start getting a lot more offensive boards (which I saw no mention of in the article) they are not going to be successful in the NCAA. I cannot believe the lack of attention Matta seems to be giving to this important area. If Jerry Lucas watches these games I'm sure he must be shaking his head in disbelief.
OKOSU

Oklahoma City, OK

#19 Feb 4, 2011
It was a hard fought win, you must remember when you are #1 you have a target on your back and every team you play will bring its best effort to upset you. We had to many turnovers that were not caused by a stiff defense but carelessness. It seems that we may be in a little slump but the good thing is we can still win in a slump and will come out of it. GO BUCKS!!!
Logic

Columbus, OH

#20 Feb 4, 2011
Interestingly when Thad was interviewed by ESPN after the game he expressed great frustation about the rough play directed towards Jared Sullinger. I've never seen that frustrated before. It reminds me of how Dale Brown often complained about the rough play involving Shaquille O'Neal when he played for the Tigers. Nevertheless, because of Jared's size his body absorbs the contact and (while technically he's being fouled) the refs are looking at how the contact has adversely affected his positioning on the court. Because Jared is so big it is difficult for the refs to see how the contact is hurting Jared and the refs are swallowing their whistles. Thad should have his video people compile snippets of the thuggish play that is permitted by the refs against Jared and send the video to the Big Ten and tell them that the refs are going to get this kid hurt!
PJ Maybruck

United States

#21 Feb 4, 2011
I am so proud of the team spirit and tenacity of our OSU Buckeyes.

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