Our story begins a little more than eight months ago in a distant land they call New Orleans.
Ohio State was cruising against Kansas in the first half of its Final Four matchup and appeared primed to take on the …
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Moments after No. 7 Ohio State’s 74-66 loss to ninth-ranked Kansas on Saturday night, coach Thad Matta was asked about his team’s awful shooting. He answered by making a crack that was closer to gallows humor. ”I asked Santa for Christmas to improve our jump shooting,” he said. Maybe he’ll get that gift. But it sure didn’t arrive early. The Buckeyes misfired again and again – occasionally when they were unguarded, standing wide open on the perimeter – in losing to the Jayhawks (10-1). Ohio State shot just 31 percent (20 of 65 from the field) for the game, losing despite getting 16 more attempts. In the second half, with the game on the line, the Buckeyes made only 9 of 36 shots (25 percent), including a critical 10-minute span in which they didn’t have a field goal. Kansas plays good defense. On this night, it was hard to determine how much of the misfires were attributable to the Jayhawks’ defense and how much to an Ohio State team that has had difficulty…
Following a first half that looked like a classic heavyweight slugfest between two top-10 teams, No. 7 Ohio State struggled to find its shot after halftime, and as a result fell to No. 9 Kansas by a score of 74-66 on Saturday. The Buckeyes’ loss marked their third to the Jayhawks in the past 13 months.
Kansas stuffs Ohio State in Columbus, solidifying itself as a title threat (The Dagger: College Basketball Blog)
At the same time as the most of the rest of the Big 12 is underachieving, preseason favorite Kansas once again is exceeding expectations.
The Jayhawks, who have captured eight straight Big 12 titles, appear destined to extend that streak with ease after they punctuated a 10-1 start by going to Columbus on Saturday and taking down seventh-ranked Ohio State 74-66.
If recent dominant wins in Lawrence over Colorado, Richmond and Belmont showed Kansas would be tough to beat at home, then the Jayhawks’ ability to outplay a fellow top 10 team on the road suggests they’ll be pretty formidable anywhere. Kansas validated its status as one of the nation’s elite teams, showcasing unselfish offense, stingy defense and an emerging go-to player.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Quick thoughts following a 74-66 victory for Kansas in a top-10 showdown against Ohio State on Saturday afternoon at Value City Arena. Overview: The venue apparently doesn’t make any difference. Kansas has the formula for beating Ohio State anywhere the programs play. After beating OSU at home during the regular season a year ago and in a neutral building at the Final Four, the Jayhawks and coach Bill Self continued their mastery in the series between the top-10 programs by completing the trifecta with a convincing win in Columbus, the team’s first true road game of the season.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Redshirt freshman Ben McLemore scored 22 points and No. 9 Kansas proved it was more than just a bully at home by beating seventh-ranked Ohio State 74-66 on Saturday. It was the third victory for the Jayhawks (10-1) in little more than a year over the Buckeyes (9-2). Kansas won a 64-62 thriller in last year’s NCAA semifinals. The Jayhawks, who had yet to play a true road game, held Ohio State without a field goal for more than 10 minutes of the second half. The Buckeyes, who were led by Deshaun Thomas ‘ 16 points, hit just 9 of 36 shots from the field in the final 20 minutes. Jeff Withey added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Jayhawks. Elijah Johnson added 13 and Travis Releford 11. Shannon Scott had a career-high 15 for the Buckeyes. The game was expected to be a major challenge for Kansas, which has won nine in a row since losing to Michigan State 67-64 on Nov. 13 in Atlanta. The Jayhawks came in 7-0 at home, with two other games played before friendly fans in nearby Kansas City. They…
It was only around eight months ago that Kansas took down Ohio State in the Final Four, and now the two meet sharing 9-1 records.
Despite key pieces from last year’s matchup (Thomas Robinson, Tyshawn Taylor, Jared Sullinger and William …
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After Kansas knocked off Ohio State for the second time in two meetings last season, this time in the national semifinals, Buckeyes guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. didn’t have the heart to even watch the championship game. He temporarily lost interest. But when Ohio State’s schedule came out this summer and Smith saw that No. 9 Kansas was coming to play at the seventh-ranked Buckeyes on Saturday, he made special note of it. The teams have changed – each lost their top player from last season’s Final Four matchup. But a lot still is riding on it when the Jayhawks (8-1) and Buckeyes (8-1) meet for the third time in little more than a year, this time at Value City Arena.
What to watch this weekend: Ohio State seeks revenge against Kansas (The Dagger: College Basketball Blog)
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