Buckeye Battle Cry: What NCAA Tournament Loss Stung The Most?

Buckeye Battle Cry: What NCAA Tournament Loss Stung The Most?

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Buckeye Battle Cry: What NCAA Tournament Loss Stung The Most?


It’s time again for our weekly debate here on Buckeye Wire. Sometimes we agree, other times we don’t, but we’re all just friends trying to make a difference one question at a time. It’s the weekly Buckeye Battle Cry, and this week we’re asking the question: What NCAA tournament loss stung the most?


 

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Buckeye Battle Cry: What NCAA Tournament Loss Stung The Most?

For a team that’s been to a slew of Final Fours to only come away with one national title, disappointment runs rampant. Of all the monumental losses for the Buckeye program, which one hurt the most?

Mark, you have the floor first.

Contact/Follow Mark Russell

This is a tough one for me. I feel that almost every Ohio State loss in the NCAA tournament that I can remember is one that should’ve had a different outcome. Maybe it’s just my eternal Buckeye optimism.

I have two that stick out above the rest… 1992 and 2007. I’m going to give 2007 the slight edge as just a little more painful in my book.

The 2007 squad had everything. Veteran leadership from guys like Ron Lewis and Ivan Harris along with the “Thad Five” which included Greg Oden and Mike Conley Jr.

This team was fun to watch. They were skilled, worked hard, and Oden was the first dominant big man at Ohio State in a long time. The Bucks would roll through the season, earn a No. 1 seed in the dance, eventually squaring off against defending National Champion, Florida.

OSU just couldn’t make a run against a veteran Gator team and would fall by a final of 84-75. I think this one stung a little more than the rest because the Gators were experiencing so much success at the time, and seemingly at the expense of the Buckeyes.

The Gator football team had just put a beat down of epic proportions on the Bucks who were heavily favored in the BCS National Championship Game. And the Florida Basketball team had already beat OSU soundly in Gainsville earlier in the season. Another win for the Gators in the NCAA title game and the chants of “SEC, SEC, SEC!” was a punch to the gut that still makes me nauseous to this day.

Contact/Follow Terry Johnson

Without question: it was the loss to TTUN in the 1992 NCAA Tournament.

This was a painful defeat for several reasons. For starters, it was Jim Jackson’s final game in the Scarlett and Gray. It was disappointing that the greatest basketball player in the school’s storied history didn’t get the opportunity to play in the Final Four.

Of course, what really stings about this loss is that it allowed the Fab Five to go to the Final Four. Even though they won as many Big Ten titles as Jim Harbaugh has (which we all know is a big fat zero), all that the media would talk for the next 13 months was about how “amazing” Chris Webber and crew were. Had Ohio State won this contest, the coverage might have been totally different.

Let’s be honest: Buckeye basketball was never the same after that loss to TTUN. Ohio State dropped to 15-13 the next year, and finished with a losing record in each of the following four seasons. While Jim O’Brien would ultimately turn things around, you have to wonder if the Buckeyes would have tailed off so dramatically if they’d gone to the Final Four in 1992. They might not have cut down the nets, but they would have given Duke a run for its money.

It’s hard to think of a more painful memory than that – especially if you’re an SEC fan that always gets a “do over” (no I’m not letting that go).

Contact/Follow Phil Harrison

Those are too great ones guys. I agree with both, and throw in the loss to Kentucky in 2011 for honorable mention, but agree with Mark and give the razor thin bump to the loss against Florida in the national championship game. Why? Gator fans still hang the double feat of basketball and football over Ohio State fans’ heads, and probably will until they quit drinking sweet tea in the South.

But we have your all-timer of a coach so … neener, neener.

Plus, more than anything, it was all there for the taking. The Buckeyes dodged a couple of bullets that you have too in order to make it that far, and just had an off shooting night. That team was maybe the most talented I’ve seen with my own eyes, and had the ability to seal the deal and bring home the first national title since 1960. That’s quite the drought for a program with the sixth most Final Fours of anyone in the history of college basketball.

Of course you have to give some credit to Florida, but I’ll go to my grave declaring that team as the best in the country that year.

 

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