March Madness 2011: Ohio State's Sad Ending to a Memorable Season
Well, I guess it's time for Buckeye Nation to return focus to their No. 1 passion: football.
Kentucky played with a little more passion.
I thought UK came out with a chip on their shoulder, especially Josh Harrellson.
At times, the Cats looked like they just wanted it a little more, and I knew they possessed more quickness than Ohio State, but thought the Buckeyes would win the battle in the paint. That wasn't the case, and you have to tip your hat to the big guy they call "Jorts." He isn't pretty, but he played hard from the opening whistle until the final buzzer.
Thad got outcoached.
I love Thad Matta.
He is a brilliant recruiter and a very fine coach, but I think Kentucky had a little better game plan and execution in this contest. They established the tempo they wanted and seemed to make Ohio State play their game. I thought Matta missed the boat on not benching Buford for a couple minutes in the second half in an attempt to calm him a little and slow him down.
Of course, love him or hate him, John Calipari is a top-notch coach. He might sell his own family members to win, but the man can develop a team.
Buford never settled in or settled down.
As mentioned above, William Buford never did establish a rhythm and had the worst game of his career, finishing 2-for-16 from the field. Part of that was due to great UK defense, led by DeAndre Liggins.
But the ball seemed to be like a hot grenade in his hands. Too often, Buford forced the action rather than involve teammates, and let the game come to him. It was an outstanding year for the junior from Toledo, so you hate to see it end on such a sour note.
Although this loss really stings, especially coming during a season that had the potential of bringing OSU another title, there was good news last night.
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