The Buckeye Watch - Purdue
By Tony Gerdeman
There are generally three or four
guaranteed losses for every Big Ten team, even for those at the top
of the heap like Ohio State. These games are at Ohio State, at
Purdue, at Wisconsin and at Michigan State. Fortunately for the
Buckeyes, they don't have to play two of those games.
So, basically, where Ohio State stands
now is essentially where even the most diehard of fans could have
only hoped to see them to start the season. The Buckeyes are 25-2.
It's the second-best record in America.
Sure, the 76-63 loss at Purdue hurts.
For one, it brings the Big Ten standings together even tighter than
before, but it's still just a loss that was also supposed to be a
loss way back in November.
Think of it like a budget. The
Buckeyes can afford this loss. They put away for it. Of course,
E'Twaun Moore charged a little bit more than Ohio State was planning
on paying, but what're you gonna do?
12:58 I am watching this game from the
bowels of Mackey Arena. I am all alone in the media room. There is
a pan of chicken Alfredo, a pan of spaghetti, and some stupid salad
with stupid black olives. If I wanted to, I could just pull my chair
up to the food table and eat from straight from the pans.
12:59 Well, I'm in front of the pans
now, and I'm not proud of it.
1:04 I've got a feeling that instead
of jacking up threes like he's Michael Adams under Paul Westhead,
JaJuan Johnson will instead bang down low early on in an effort to
get Jared Sullinger in foul trouble.
1:06 Sullinger opens with a soft and
easy hook for two. He got way too deep. No double team that time.
I bet that changes.
1:07 Sullinger is two for two now.
Neither time was he double-teamed. It's too easy for him right now.
(That was not a complaint.)
1:08 “They give you all of the foods
in the food groups.” Clark Kellogg being Clark Kellogg. My only
question regarding that analogy is who are the fruits and who are the
1:09 More two-man game between Jon
Diebler and Sullinger, and it leads to a drive and basket, including
the and-one by Diebler. He's been taking it to the hole very well
the last month or so.
1:11 Lewis Jackson blows by William
Buford for the and-one. Buford sits with two fouls already. Aaron
Craft comes in and immediately gets fouled. The crowd chants
“Flopper Flopper Flopper!”
1:13 Diebler drains a turnaround three
with the shot clock buzzing. That's a pretty decent sign, though
I'm not convinced it was a three-pointer. It gets
immediately answered by E'Twaun Moore's own three-pointer. Copy!
Oh, and that three-pointer ties the Big Ten career record, by the
1:16 Teddy Valentine and Jared
Sullinger are talking, and Valentine's head is moving back and forth
like a mallrat's.
1:19 Great look from Deshaun Thomas
down to Sullinger for the quick layup. Everybody in the arena was
expecting a shot except for Sully there.
1:20 Sullinger just got fouled by
JaJuan Johnson. Let's do more of that. They went right at him again
with Sullinger and he just powered through Johnson like a high school
football team running through a paper banner.
1:24 I find it hilarious that fans of
Chris Kramer's former school would chant "flopper" at
ANYBODY. May as well chant “We are not aware of the meaning of
1:30 The Buckeyes have gone a few
minutes without scoring, but they're only down one. As long as they
can stay close like this without William Buford playing, thing may
not be so bad. It's amazing how much easier he makes it for the
team to score when he's out there.
1:31 Speak of the devil, Buford's back
out there, and gets fouled. Purdue leads 18-15 with 8:19 to play as
Buford goes to the line. He makes both, and then leaves for Dallas
1:37 William Buford comes back in
again and bounces in a three to get the lead back. So fun to watch
when his shot is falling, and it's pretty cool to see him become the
go-to scorer on this team.
1:39 Two straight putbacks for Jared
Sullinger on missed shots. Somebody should box out the big man, but
I don't want to pretend to be a coach or anything. Buckeyes lead it
1:41 Sullinger picks up his second
foul. It was an anticipated foul call and not a real foul call. The
ref never saw a foul, he just thought he did.
1:42 Deshaun Thomas is really
struggling right now. He had a great week of practice, but he's just
trying too hard to be good instead of just BEING GOOD.
1:44 The place is going crazy right
now because Purdue got the lead back. E'Twaun Moore is wrecking
stuff. I can't hear anything from where I am unless something
amazing happens. A low rumble occurs, and then I know something bad
is about to happen because the television is delayed a second or two.
Purdue leads it 32-28 with under two minutes to play.
1:49 I like it when I don't hear
anything. Like on that layup by Aaron Craft. It's either
earthquakes or crickets. Show me...CRICKETS!
1:50 David Lighty with a huge
three-pointer to cut the lead to 35-33. He had a hand in his face.
Not a great shot, but he got a good look. The Buckeyes gotta get
scoring from somewhere right now with Buford and Sullinger watching
from the bench.
1:52 E'Twaun Moore hits an 18-footer
at the buzzer to close out the half, giving the Boilermakers the
37-33 lead. Nice fight by the Buckeyes to withstand that run by
Purdue, but I wonder if they were saved by the bell a bit. Sure that
Lighty three-pointer helped, but they still need to get some stops.
Moore was fantastic the last ten minutes. He's got 18 points on 7-10
shooting and 4-6 from three-point land.
1:55 The Buckeyes are only down
four points and William Buford only took one shot. Ohio State is
going to be much more difficult to defend in the second half.
2:09 Aaron Craft starts the second
half and Lewis Jackson drives right by him for the layup. Not a
2:10 Diebler hits an open three from
the wing and sets a new Big Ten record for three-pointers made in a
career. Now he can begin putting the record permanently out of
2:17 Twice now Craft has passed up
layups in traffic. I'm guessing he thinks JaJuan Johnson is
2:24 Craft forces a
shot up in traffic. Weird day for him today.
2:25 The Buckeyes are down 50-42 with
13:57 to play. Will be interesting to see how they finish.
2:29 I actually just dozed off.
Dallas Lauderdale picked up his fourth foul. Pasta makes me sleepy.
Maybe the Buckeyes had pasta for their pregame meal.
2:39 Aaron Craft is an amazing
defender. Imagine Deion Sanders with Ronnie Lott's mindset.
Buckeyes still down by ten though.
2:42 Uh oh! Buckeyes back to within
six following a fastbreak dunk by Sullinger, who was also fouled.
Ohio State hasn't given up yet. 56-50 with under eight minutes to
2:44 Seriously, how are the Buckeyes
even in this game? The offense goes silent for minutes at a time,
but here we are, just a few possessions separating the two teams.
2:45 Huge turnover by E'Twaun Moore,
dropping a pass out of bounds after David Lighty flashed his way.
Buckeyes down five points. Then Sullinger gets triple-teamed and
loses the ball.
2:48 That might have just done it.
E'Twaun Moore saves a backcourt violation, then hits a bailout
three-pointer. Then Sullinger turns it over on the next possession
inside of a triple team. Purdue leads it 61-53 with 5:20 to play.
2:55 It has not been a great day for
David Lighty. I won't go into details, but let's just say if today
was a car wreck, the rubber neckers would be stretched for miles.
Buckeyes still down by eight with 3:55 to play. There's only one
time for one more run for Ohio State and it has to happen soon.
2:59 Steal by Buford ahead to
Sullinger for the dunk! Buckeyes down by four points with 2:34 to
play. Purdue calls timeout. They've cut a ten-point lead down to
four in about a minute. They've already done the hard part. The
rest should be cake.
3:01 E'Twaun Moore is awesome today.
He just hit another three that he had no business taking. That's
the backbreaker. He's got 34 points so far. Boilers lead it 68-61
with 1:48 to play.
3:04 Ballgame. The Buckeyes are
fouling. Purdue is hitting free throws. The crowd is happy.
There's no longer any point in watching the game.
3:06 Boilers win 76-63. Another loss
on the road for the Buckeyes. Time to sell the stock. Board up the
windows. Salt the earth.
3:07 Nice game by E'Twaun Moore.
Hopefully we never have to see him again, and I'm even talking like
out in public, but we'll probably see him again in the Big Ten
Tournament because that's the only way we'll get our money's worth.
Stupid money's worth.
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