Thad Matta's Ohio State Buckeyes are 11-for-11 on the 2013-2014 men's basketball season. They've also won every contest by double digits. Perhaps in their toughest test to date (thanks for underachieving, Marquette), the Buckeyes travel to New York City and the hallowed hardwood of Madison Square Garden to take on the ACC (weird to read as it is to write)'s Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
While Mike Brey's Irish are far from unblemished this season, they are coming off a solid neutral court win over Tom Crean and Indiana. The Irish's 3 defeats? Larry Bird's alma matter, Indiana State, at then #23 Iowa (B-1-G! B-1-G! B-1-G!) and during the early stages of the Gotham Classic against the same North Dakota State side Ohio State soundly dismissed.
The key for the basketball Bucks? Play their game. If LaQuinton Ross continues to show up (as he has for much of the last several contests), Amir Williams' growth continues to become a trend and not an aberration, and Lenzelle Smith Jr./Aaron Craft/Shannon Scott/Marc Loving fill in the gaps, the Bucks should be fine. Given that this particular group doesn't have a ton of experience away from the cozy confines of Value City Arena on the season, this should prove a nice final pre-conference increased degree of difficult warm up.
Below is your Ohio State-Notre Dame GameThread. Whether you're a sidewalk ND alum, lifetime Ohio resident, or alumnus of either schools, be good to one another, and we'll be swell. GIF Oracle is still hungover following yesterday's network issues, so you'll have to provide your own lulz in the comments below.
|OHIO STATE BUCKEYES||NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH|
|11-0 | #3 AP / #2 Coaches|| 8-3 |
|Aaron Craft||G||Demetrius Jackson|
|Shannon Scott||G||Pat Connaughton|
|Lenzelle Smith Jr.||G||Jerian Grant|
|LaQuinton Ross||F/G||Eric Atkins|
|Amir Williams||F/C||Garrick Sherman|
|Date:||December 21st, 2013 ||Location:||New York City, NY |
|Time:||7:30 p.m. ET ||Arena:||Madison Square Garden |
|TV:||ESPN2 - Time Warner Columbus/Delaware 1302 HD/32 SD, WOW! 222 HD/34 SD, DirecTV 209, DISH 144||Spread:||-7.5|
|Radio:||WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460||Over/Under:||137|
|Internet:||WatchESPN||SBN Affiliate:||One Foot Down|
|Leprechaun 2 is pretty much the dopest movie ever. No disrespect to Mike Brey.|