Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
As we finish up non-conference play, we’re getting a better picture of where the teams stack up, and where they have holes to fill. No team is perfect, so everyone could stand to benefit from some gifts from Santa (or whoever). Here’s a rundown of what everyone needs.
Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE
I’m rolling out some quick football season reviews during the lull between the end of football’s regular season and the bowl games, and I’m starting with Ohio State. In Urban Meyer’s much-anticipated debut, Ohio State went 12-0 and ranked No. 3 in the AP poll as one of just two FBS unbeatens. It was the sixth unbeaten and untied season in school annals. But, because of NCAA probation, the Buckeyes weren’t eligible to play in the Big Ten title game or a bowl.
Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
Ever wonder why John Beilein left West Virginia for Michigan? Well, it’s all right here in this story by Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com.Baumgardner also tells you why Beilein is not leaving Michigan. “I love rebuilding programs, (I wanted to) do one more,” Beilein said. “And the University of Michigan ended up being that choice.” It’s one of my many links today.
OK, the time has come for teams to account for Sam Thompson on each and every inbound pass under Ohio State’s basket. There’s no excuse – not after the athletic sophomore threw down an inbound alley-oop for at least the fourth time in his year-plus in Columbus.
Ryan Evans scored 13 points to lead Wisconsin to a 65-54 win over Wisconsin-Green Bay on Wednesday night. Sam Dekker and Jared Berggren each added 10 points for the Badgers (7-4).
Deshaun Thomas scored all but one of his 22 points in the first half and No. 7 Ohio State showed its firepower inside and out in beating Savannah State 85-45 on Wednesday night. LaQuinton Ross added 13 points, Shannon Scott had 12 and Evan Ravenel 11 for the Buckeyes (7-1), who are three games into an eight-game homestand that will carry them all the way through the Big Ten opener against Nebraska on Jan. 2.