It’s Valentine’s Day and we are in the giving mood. Shouldn’t we be? But instead of handing out candy hearts to our significant other, we’re handing out virtual ones to Ohio State football and basketball.
Ten Valentines For Ohio State Basketball
We’ve already handed out ten valentines for Ohio State football, and now we’re heading down Lane Avenue to Value City Arena to do the same for the basketball Buckeyes:
- Chris Holtmann- Do we really need an explanation? Holtmann is the new crush that’s made basketball cool again in Columbus. And it’s happened faster than anyone could have imagined.
- Keita Bates-Diop- We knew Ohio State missed him last year, but does KBD really make that much of a difference? He’s making hyphenated names all the rage.
- Andrew Dakich- C’mon. The kid defected from the Storm Troopers and is helping fly the Scarlet and Gray colored Millennium Falcon. What’s not to like?
- Keith Wesson- The former Ohio State Center that played in the mid-80’s had two kids (Andrew and Kaleb) that both have critical roles with this year’s Buckeye squad. Former players having kids that play for good ‘ole State U sounds like a great recruiting philosophy.
- Jae’Sean Tate- Look, the son of another former player. I told you we were on to something. Seriously though, is there a kid that has had more of an impact on this team? He does it all, including being the heart and soul of the team.
- Butler- Thad Matta coached at Butler. So did Chris Holtmann. The pipeline from Indy to CBus is alive and well.
- Long-time OSU PA Announcer Matt McCoy- There’s one minute remaining and … (if you are a die-hard, you know what I’m talking about). His last game was the Penn State game on January 25.
- LeBron James- Thanks for keeping a spot inside the Buckeye locker room, and thanks for being an Ohio State supporter. There’s no doubt it helps to have one of the all-time greats tied to the program. Now, about all those trades that Cleveland just knee-jerked …
- All the naysayers- You all provided motivation for this team to work hard and play a brand of basketball that’s gotten the team to the top of the Big Ten standings. Well, come to think of it, maybe we were all naysayers with what we thought this team was, so I guess I’m pointing the finger at myself.
- The backboard- What you say? It may have given up a last second winner to Penn State, but it also played a part in a key three-pointer by Andre Wesson at Purdue, a half-court Andrew Dakich halftime-buzzer beater against Michigan State, and the winning shot against Purdue by Bates-Diop. Yes, the bank is indeed open on Sundays, after hours, and on Buckeye holidays.
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