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Ohio State Makes the Cut


If you’ve been following my blog the past few days you’ll know that I’m on a streak of writing about an episode of College Basketball Final.  They ran through the 5 teams that have met the criteria of a championship caliber team.  These 5 teams are the Duke Blue Devils, Pittsburgh Panthers, Kansas Jayhawks, Ohio State Buckeyes, and the Purdue Boilermakers.  In this post you’ve probably already guessed that I’ll be writing about Ohio State given the title.  First I’ll review the criteria that has been met the past 10 Mens College Basketball National Champions.

  1. Teams have had win streaks of at least 10 games during the season
  2. Teams average MoV(margin of victory) is at least 10 points per game
  3. Teams must have been ranked in the preseason top 10

As you may also have guessed Ohio State met all three of these criteria making them 1 of 5 that have the best shot of winning the National Championship.

Ohio St.’s preseason ranking: 5 (As I mentioned before from the numbers I have Pittsburgh was also ranked 5th in the preseason)

Ohio St.’s MoV: 19.7

Ohio St.’s Record: 28-2 (15-2 Big Ten)

Ohio St.’s RPI: 2

I would be an idiot to say Ohio State isn’t a good team (although I did say that before they got into conference play. I was obviously wrong).  In fact I think they’ll get to the Championship Game.  One reason is the simple and undeniable fact that Jared Sullinger gets away with tons of fouls on the offensive end of the floor.  I haven’t watched a guy get away so many hooks (hooking your elbow around your defender giving you leverage as you push the defender clear of your desired path).  If for some reason the referees decide to start making that call I think Ohio State will face some bumps in the road.  Do I still think they’ll make it to the Championship game? Yes, I do.  That’s just my knock against the NCAA/Big Ten referees not making the right calls.  Sullinger is a very talented athlete and plays with an extremely gifted supporting cast.

The Buckeyes high five after a foul and a bucket

Thad Matta is also a very intelligent coach.  Ohio State only has 2 losses this season, #14 Wisconsin and #11 Purdue (All three of these teams are currently ranked in the top 10; OSU=1, Purdue=6, Wisconsin=10).  I do not blame either loss on Ohio State, both games were on the road.  Not many teams can go into the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin and pull off a win.  Playing Purdue in Mackey Arena is one of the toughest things to do as well, Purdue and Wisconsin both went undefeated at home this year too.

Ohio State currently ranks 20th in the nation in scoring (77.4ppg), 19th in assists/game (16.2), 3rd in Field Goal % (.495), and 216th in rebounds/game (34.1).  Some might look at the 216th in rebounds but look at how many they average.  34 boards a game isn’t too bad, it’s actually pretty good.  As of right now I have Ohio State losing to Kansas in the Title Game.

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Some of you may think my posts are very sporadic and inconsistent. I would have to agree wholeheartedly.  Please keep in mind that I’m busy with classes, work, working out, and random shenanigans that college students find themselves partaking in throughout the week.  I’ll reiterate that I do watch a lot of college basketball when I can and usually only write about stories/issues/players/or teams that catch my interest at any given moment.  This next post was inspired by College Basketball Final on ESPN that I was watching during the early hours of March 3, 2011.  It was around 1AM in the morning and I was folding my laundry about to pass out at any second.  Then out of nowhere they started talking about the criteria a National Champion must meet.  According to College Basketball Final the past 10 or so championships have met these requirements/criteria.

Many of you may be wondering to yourself, what could the criteria be needed to win a National Championship????? Well I’ll tell you.  1) Must have at least a 10 game win streak at some point during the season.  2) Margin of Victory must is in the double digits {+10}.  and 3) Must have been ranked in the preseason top 10.  Only 5 teams made the cut.  The 5 teams that have the best shot at winning the National Championship, according to College Basketball Final, are Duke, Pittsburgh, Kansas, Ohio State, and Purdue.  When Jay Williams (former Duke point guard and National Champion) was asked who he thought was going to be cutting down the nets in April he responded, “I’m going with the Boilermakers”.

 

I’m not necessarily sure I agree with Jay Williams but I like his answer a whole bunch.  He also gave some pretty good reasons as to why Purdue has a good shot at winning the title.  As a Purdue fan I really hope he’s right. But, as you all know predictions and whatnot are only that.  Each team has a shot if they make the field of 68.  I’ve done my homework and have compiled the most accurate up to date stats for the 5 teams that I could find.  I’m going to be posting my thoughts and findings on each team separately so keep you eyes open and please post some feedback on what you think as well.

Thank you all for reading!