Amir Williams

Offense the problem in Ohio State’s home loss to rival Michigan

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After losing five of six games, Ohio State got back on track with three straight wins, two of which came on the road against Wisconsin and Iowa.

Back at home against rival Michigan, the Buckeyes let a halftime lead get away, and couldn’t respond to a Wolverine run as their rival earned a 70-60 road victory on Tuesday night. While Michigan takes a half game lead atop the conference standings, Ohio State is all but eliminated from the Big Ten race.

The Buckeyes to an early 17-8 lead behind hot shooting from the start. After taking a 26-16 lead, Ohio State went the remaining 6:25 of the first half without a field goal, turning a double-digit lead into only a four-point advantage at half.

Midway through the second quarter, Michigan went on a 12-0 run to take the lead and ran with it in late stages of the game when Derrick Walton, who played a terrific game, hit three free throws after being fouled on a long 3-pointer to put Michigan up 10.

“Every night is a war,” Ohio State head coach Thad Matt added after the game. “What you see in this league is a bad three-minute or four-minute stretch can cost you.”

“We’re at our best when three or four guys are clicking,” Matta added. “This group has got to feed off of each other and make each other better.”

LaQuinton Ross led all scorers with 24 while Lenzelle Smith Jr. registered 13 points. But no one else on the Buckeyes had more than eight, to go along with only four bench points.

There’s no question that this team is talented defensively. But its offense has been the problem for Ohio State, even on nights where Ross goes over 20 points.

Despite being pretty much out of the Big Ten race, the Buckeyes have one more chance to secure a conference win over a ranked opponent on its home floor on the final game of the regular season against Michigan State.

POSTERIZED: Pensacola State’s Jamal Thomas dunks through block attempt, makes coach go nuts

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A solid poster dunk went down in the junior college ranks last night as Pensacola State sophomore Jamal Thomas finished a dunk through a block attempt against Northwest Florida State.

The 6-foot-3 Thomas used his power and momentum to go through the opposing shot blocker and the play made his head coach, Pete Pena, go nuts with an over-exaggerated fist pump. The video is short, but be sure to watch for Pena’s reaction near the logo at the top right of the screen.

VIDEO: Boise State robbed of insane, buzzer-beating win on incorrect timing by officials

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It looked like James Webb III of Boise State had hit the season’s craziest buzzer-beater.

With 0.8 seconds left, he caught an in-bounds pass on the run on the right wing, hoisted up a prayer of a three and watched as it banked it as the buzzer sounded.

It’s pretty fantastic:

And it also clearly left his hands before time expired, but there was a reason for that. According to the officials, the clock (for the road team, mind you) did not start when the ball was caught.

They were right.

Where they were wrong was determining that it took more than a second for Webb to catch and release the shot, meaning that they were wrong to waive off the bucket.

This awesome slo-mo clip of the shot from Matt Stephens of the Coloradoan is all the evidence I need, but if you need more, Sportscenter anchor Scott Van Pelt clocked it at 0.7 seconds:

The game would go to overtime, where Colorado State would go on to win, 97-93.

As you can imagine, Boise State players and coaches were livid with the call.

“I hope it’s not a situation where you get an apology later but don’t get the win. I don’t understand it,” head coach Leon Rice said in a radio interview after the game. “I hope they got it right somehow, some way. I don’t know. It didn’t look right to me, but I’m not the official.”

This comes just four days after officials blew a call in a game between New Mexico and San Diego State that allowed the Aztecs to force overtime and eventually beat the Lobos. (That call may have determined the outcome of the Mountain West regular season title, to boot.)

New Mexico was essentially told, “my bad”, but the league as a result.

And Boise State will probably get the same treatment despite the fact that, if the league determines that the referees botched this call as well, the tame technically was over then.

Will they have the guts to award the Broncos a road win that they earned and deserve?

I doubt it.

UPDATE: Here’s a statement from the officiating crew: