Buckeye Battle Cry: Fondest Memory Of Ohio State Basketball

Buckeye Battle Cry: Fondest Memory Of Ohio State Basketball

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Buckeye Battle Cry: Fondest Memory Of Ohio State Basketball


Here at Buckeye Wire, we agree on a lot of things, but just like family, we’re not immune to some mudslinging. Each week we bring you our Buckeye Battle Cry roundtables where each writer throws in his opinion on a topic. This time, with the post-season looming, each person reminisces on their fondest memory of Ohio State basketball.


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Buckeye Battle Cry: Fondest Memory Of Ohio State Basketball

Contact/Follow @TerryPJohnson

Although I have a lot of great memories of Ohio State basketball, the one that really stands out is the Buckeyes’ 64-63 win over Purdue earlier this year.

I’ll be honest: I thought the team was doomed in this contest. After all, the Boilermakers went up by 14 points with a little over 10 minutes left to play. My six year-old son even said to me, “don’t take it so hard, Daddy. You can’t win them all.”

We were both pleasantly surprised when the game ended. OSU slowly but surely chipped away at the lead, pulling ahead 64-63 on Bates-Diop’s put back with three seconds remaining.

So, why is this win so special to me?

Simple: it proved to everyone that the Buckeyes are capable of beating anyone. Much like the football team, the Ohio State basketball team doesn’t get the respect that it deserves from the national media. The only thing that we ever seem to hear (from both football and basketball writers) is that the Bucks aren’t any good and would lose if they played against top competition.

By rallying to defeat Purdue – which had the nation’s longest winning streak at the time – Ohio State put an end to that nonsense once and for all. It showed that when the Buckeyes are at their best, they’re very difficult to beat.

That, my friends, is why I picked them to win the Big Ten tournament.

Contact/Follow @PhilHarrisonBW

That’s a good one Terry — especially considering the gravity of what this season was supposed to be. It was a bit of an arriving moment, and a stamp that this year’s team was the real deal.

I’m going to hop in the Scarlet and Gray Delorean though, get this baby all the way up to 88 miles an hour and fireball my way back to Thad Matta’s first team in Columbus. That team had similar expectations coming into the year. Jim O’Brien was just fired because of some NCAA infractions, and the thought was that the program was in a bridge year.

That year was 2005 and they were ineligible for post-season play. It was an up and down year, and one where the team would have probably just missed out on an NCAA tournament appearance if it weren’t sitting in the penalty box, but when an undefeated and No. 1 ranked Illinois team strolled in, none of that mattered.

The Fighting Illini controlled most of the game in Columbus, but Ohio State just kept hanging around and made a run late. After a defensive stop down by just two points, the stage would be set for one last attempt to try and grab the lead when Matt Sylvester caught a pass on the right wing just outside the arc, and drained a it with 5.1 seconds left to give Ohio State the lead 65-64.

One last ditch effort by Illinois fell off target, and the upset was complete. It was the signature play and win during a season where there wasn’t much to play for.

And it was gold. It also seemed to fuel the momentum for the program and all the great things Matta accomplished during his tenure in Columbus.

Contact/Follow @markrussell1975

Both great memories fellas! I’m going back to the 2010 Big Ten Tournament.  My memory is not so much the entire game, but one moment… Evan Turner ripping the heart out of Michigan fans everywhere.

The No. 1 seed Buckeyes were on the ropes. Down two points with just 2.2 seconds left on the clock. It looked like the rival Wolverines were going to get the last laugh.

Ahh, but we had Big Ten and National College Player of the year, Evan Turner. And his jumper looked just as smooth from half court as it did from 15 feet.

The win would catapult the Bucks to a double overtime win against Illinois and eventual Big Ten Championship over Minnesota.

This clip never gets old… enjoy Buckeye fans!

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