The Buckeye Watch - NCAA Third Round - George Mason
By Tony Gerdeman
We are all witnesses.
The Buckeyes, playing in the House That Lebron Quit, laid
the wood to the George Mason Patriots 98-66. When they were done
laying wood, they poured cement. When the cement dried, they laid more
wood. It was uncomfortable. The Buckeyes were beating a dead horse so
bad, the CEO of Elmer's Glue even thought it was a bit much.
(Yes, I know Elmer's Glue isn't made from horse hooves, but if I would have referenced a glue company that does still use horse hooves, you probably wouldn't have gotten the reference.)
David Lighty showed everybody why his given middle name
is "Freaking" by going 7-7 from behind the three-point line. From
there, everyone else simply followed his lead. It was like a conductor leading
his orchestra, a conductor who crushes wills and rips out hearts, but a
5:03 Well, Duke beat Michigan, but it
was only by two points. The Wolverines really have their number, per
Zack Novak logic.
5:07 George Mason guard Luke Hancock
is back at the hotel throwing up right now. He's going to try to get
to the game, but he's not here now. Can't imagine he'd be much help
even if he does show up. Better hope he doesn't read the gameplan or
anything like that on the drive over (reading in a car makes me car
sick, and I've never tried it with sour tummy).
5:11 I love Gus Johnson, but I'd be
lying if I didn't tell you his being at this game is making me
5:15 Jim Larranaga's “When You
Dream” speech is right up there with some random speech from
5:16 What? Dallas Lauderdale didn't
even jump for the tip-off. He's probably tired of the terrible
tosses by the refs.
5:17 Great ball movement for a
Lauderdale dunk that started with a Jared Sullinger pass out of a
5:18 William Buford is now 0-2 from
the field. Neither shot was all that close. This is concerning.
5:19 Two turnovers for Ohio State, the
latest came from a Sullinger turnover on a double-team that he
couldn't get out of. Gotta get rid of the ball quicker. Now
George Mason is getting the rolls. A three-pointer bounced in for
a 9-2 lead.
5:20 Another turnover for Ohio State,
and that's followed by a terrible offensive foul call against
Sullinger as he went up for a short jumper. Of course, he could have
just gone straight up, but he chose to jump into the defender.
5:21 David Lighty nails a three to
stop the bleeding. If Buford isn't shooting, then somebody else
needs to be.
5:22 Aaron Craft enters the game and
George Mason commits two turnovers. These two things are so related
that their DNA is exactly the same.
5:26 Buford misses a third shot, but
it turns into a Jon Diebler offensive rebound and Sully dunk. It's
11-9 now and George Mason just turned it over again. Oh my! Lighty
with another three-pointer in his hometown to give the Buckeyes their
first lead. That's a 10-0 run.
5:28 Lighty for another three! He's
getting some very good looks. Clearly, the Patriots are willing to
allow Lighty to beat them, and David is willing to oblige.
5:29 Beautiful pick and roll between
Craft and Sully for a dunk. I'm thinking George Mason is going to
work to get Sully his second foul because it would probably be pretty
easy to do right now. Interesting, Thad Matta is taking Sully out
now because he knew a second foul was coming as well.
5:30 George Mason came into this game
hoping to draw charges, and they've gotten the refs to call two of
them so far.
5:31 Aaron Craft just got hammered
driving in for a layup. No matter how hard that kid goes down, I
never expect him to get hurt. I wonder if he even feels pain.
5:35 David FREAKING Lighty with
another three-pointer, and this one was of the semi-pull-up variety.
“Well, if nobody's going to respect me...” Buckeyes lead it
5:38 Jon Diebler is now 0-2 from
three. I'm guessing David Lighty will give him some pointers at
5:39 Oh my goodness!! Aaron Craft
just got trapped at mid-court, and somehow finds Sully under the
basket for the and-one. The free throw is good. Buckeyes lead
it 29-22. Does one school even deserve to have Aaron Craft for four
5:41 As we all say, when David Lighty
is on, this team cannot be beat. But we usually say that knowing
that one of Buford or Diebler will be as well.
5:44 The Buckeyes are 11-18 from the
field right now, and that's with Diebler and Buford missing four open
5:45 Lighty just missed two free
throws. He should have stepped back a few feet.
5:46 Lighty scores in the post playing
the two-man game with Buford. Leading 31-22. A thing of beauty.
5:47 Drive, drive on down the paint,
men of scarlet and gray... Diebler just did, missed it, but Sully
was there for the easy tip in. Even when things ain't clicking,
they're still clicking. I'm liking the way Matta keeps subbing
Lauderdale and Sullinger. Gives George Mason different looks at both
ends and doesn't let them get comfortable.
5:54 Make it five three-pointers for
Lighty now. Buckeyes lead it 36-24. He's 5-5 from three and now has
17 points. Just wait until...and there it is...Jon Diebler just hit
a three as well. It's 39-24 with 4:00 to play. The crowd is
5:56 We all know David will
score about four points in the second half, which is standard for any
Buckeye shooter this year when going off in the first half. The
defense then focuses on the hot guy and the others get freed up.
It's like an impossible math problem. I'm talking like Algebra II.
5:59 Four straight points for Sully
makes it 43-24. This is pretty impressive right here. Defensively
as well as offensively.
6:00 Oh my. Buford with a 25-footer
with a hand in his face. Len Elmore says George Mason is totally
demoralized right now. They're down by 22 points, so it's
6:01 Holy crap. Diebler for three.
It's 49-24. This is everything machines think they are.
6:03 The Buckeyes hate Cinderella,
clearly, but this is a little bit excessive. Why keep berating
Cinderella like this? Just walk away!
6:05 George Mason scores! They
finally score!! Buckeyes get the ball for the last possession...it
turns into a scramble and ends in another Diebler three-pointer at
the buzzer. Insanity. Buckeyes lead it 52-26 at the half.
6:06 “Our start wasn't real good.”
That's Thad complaining about the first half. It's not how you
start, it's how you hold Cinderella's be-toweled face under the water.
6:13 Nice. Kenny Smith still can't
compliment the Buckeyes. Weird. Says they're not comfortable in a
running game. Charles Barkley agrees. 'Nuff said. Barkley also
says they need to make Sullinger beat them. Okay. Gladly.
6:18 Jim Larranaga halftime speech:
"It's 0-0 out there guys. Now let's get on our unicorns and
prance, prance, prance on to victory!"
6:19 The Buckeyes are 19-30 from the
field—and they started a little cold. George Mason is fortunate
it's only 26 points.
6:22 Jim Larranaga's actual halftime speech:
"The journey of a thousand miles starts by making the refs blow
6:27 Game is back on. Buford misses a
three-pointer. Uh ohs.
6:29 The Buckeyes have missed two good
looks and George Mason has scored four points. Sully just scored, so
the run stops at four. Now I can not be nervous again.
6:30 It just don't matter. Lighty
hits his sixth three, and he was open again. They should stop
leaving him open, maybe? They're obviously expecting him to shoot
himself into a slump. He'd have to miss about ten straight threes to
finally start shooting his average.
6:36 Diebler has now missed two open
threes, and Andre Cornelius hits another. The lead has been cut to
61-40. Make it 63-40 because Lighty scores again. He already has
one more point this half than I thought he'd get.
6:37 The Buckeyes have been going down
to Sullinger quite a bit this half, falling right into Charles
6:39 George Mason is getting chippy.
Time to end them. No mercy. I'm talking dynamite versus bunny
rabbits. I want the cottontails to RAIN DOWN FROM THE HEAVENS!!!
6:40 Lighty is now 7-7 from three.
That one came in transition, so it's hard to blame George Mason for
ignoring him. The record is ten, still held all these days by Jon
Diebler. The question now becomes whether or not Diebler would
freeze Lighty out if he gets to nine three-pointers.
6:45 Buford for three. Yawn. It's
72-42. Yawn again. 75-42. Buford again. Save some of this
demolition for the rest of the country!
6:46 This is just awesome to watch.
When the Buckeyes don't score, it's a surprise. How are you supposed
to compete against that? How are you supposed to not stay at home
and hide against that? An opponent's phone rings. It's Ohio State.
They immediately hit ignore. It rings again. Ignore. It rings
again. Ignore. Then Ohio State leaves a voicemail. Delete
without listening. Then when they see Ohio State later this summer,
Ohio State will say, “Hey, we tried calling you. Did you get our
message?” “Message? No. Oh, you know what, I was having some
issues with my phone, so that's probably what happened.”
6:51 Deshaun Thomas three. William
Buford three. It's 83-46. Gus Johnson and Len Elmore are
laughing saying “You can't do anything!” There's nothing you can
do about this game except forget it, or save it forever on your DVR.
6:52 Jordan Sibert has come in with
8:08 to play. I like it.
6:53 Un. Real. Aaron Craft nearly
turns it over, spins on the ground and flips it to Diebler who hits a
three and gets fouled. That's 12 assists now for Craft. I think the
school record is 14 by Curtis Wilson back in the day.
6:55 Forget NBA lockouts. The Cavs
ownership is going to 'Lock In' the Buckeyes.
6:57 Craft to Lauderdale for another
dunk. That's 14 assists for him, tying the school record. George
Mason is actually making shots right now and they can't gain any
ground. It's 89-55 with 6:14 to play.
7:03 Ohio State has 92 points with
3:50 to play. I want eight more. Lenzelle Smith is now in with
Jordan Sibert. Good minutes for those kids. The crowd is already
chanting for Eddie Days.
7:04 Eddie Days goes to the scorer's
table. I know this because the crowd erupted. Here he comes in
for Aaron Craft. There's still about three minutes to play, so he's
got a legitimate chance to score for the first time in his career.
7:08 Hey, hey! Eddie Days gets fouled
bringing the ball up the court. He'll shoot one and one. He makes
the first and gets a very nice hand from the crowd. Misses the
second. Buckeyes lead it 96-61 with 1:10 to play.
7:10 The Buckeyes are stuck on 98
points and have the ball, but they're going to sit on it even though
the crowd wants another bucket. There's the ballgame. Ohio State
wins it 98-66. Yes, that score is correct—the Buckeyes gave up 66
Two down, four to go. If they all go like this, you would be bored by
it, so I'm going to blame any future close games on you.
Up next is Kentucky. The city of Cincinnati is going to be torn--should
they root for Kentucky, root for Ohio State, or continue going about
their daily routine making corn liquor in the backwoods? My guess is
the corn liquor.
Donate by Check :
1380 King Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43212
Help us bring you more Buckeye coverage. Donate to the-Ozone.
Click here to email this the-Ozone feature to a friend...or even a foe.
(c) 2010 The O-Zone, O-Zone Communications, Inc. All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, rebroadcast,rewritten, or redistributed.