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07:29 AM ET 01.30 | For a time, it seemed easy enough to chalk up Ohio State losing streak as a bump in the road -- and then Wednesday night happened. This feels different. "This hurts the most out of every game since I have been at Ohio State," said senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. as he fought back tears. "I don't think we care enough. These losses don't hurt enough. This is embarrassing. Every other team in our conference is laughing at us right now." Ohio State lost three of four games last February, but the Buckeyes rebounded and rattled off 11 consecutive wins all the way to the Elite Eight. ... This year it feels more like a nosedive. The tally is now up to five losses in six games, but two of those losses were uncharacteristic for a Thad Matta-led team.

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January 30, 2014  08:16 AM ET

It's not March, so basketball threads aren't worthy.

January 30, 2014  08:20 AM ET

Have to agree with LSJr, last night was an eye-opener.

January 30, 2014  08:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Have to agree with LSJr, last night was an eye-opener.

Did they play last night? All I saw ESPN report on was Durant vs. LeBrawn ... over and over and over and over ...

January 30, 2014  08:47 AM ET

NIT

January 30, 2014  09:07 AM ET

Hard to call a team with as much success as OSU the "laughing stock", also they are losing some close games. That said, the team doesn't have anyone they can trust to get points in clutch moments. Bad year, but Matta will have this program back in the top 10 within the next couple of years.

January 30, 2014  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

NIT

Only if they get lucky.

January 30, 2014  09:12 AM ET

Long season. All teams "slug through" some down times but it looks like the bucknuts are "slugging" very well.

Heard a commentary during the Zona/Stanford game last night. Said it appears tOSU wasn't as good as their record/rating and got exposed once conference play started. The commentators said they only played one away game prior to conference play and even the teams they played at home weren't challenging. Haven't checked the schedule but is that accurate BB?

January 30, 2014  09:12 AM ET

"This is embarrassing. Every other team in our conference is laughing at us right now."

The laughter MAY extend beyond your conference....IJS

January 30, 2014  09:12 AM ET

"This is embarrassing. Every other team in our conference is laughing at us right now."

The laughter MAY extend beyond your conference....IJS

January 30, 2014  09:12 AM ET

"This is embarrassing. Every other team in our conference is laughing at us right now."

The laughter MAY extend beyond your conference....IJS

January 30, 2014  09:12 AM ET

"This is embarrassing. Every other team in our conference is laughing at us right now."

The laughter MAY extend beyond your conference....IJS

January 30, 2014  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Long season. All teams "slug through" some down times but it looks like the bucknuts are "slugging" very well.Heard a commentary during the Zona/Stanford game last night. Said it appears tOSU wasn't as good as their record/rating and got exposed once conference play started. The commentators said they only played one away game prior to conference play and even the teams they played at home weren't challenging. Haven't checked the schedule but is that accurate BB?

Are you talking about tOSU football or basketball teams?

January 30, 2014  09:14 AM ET

Oh, it's a bball thread. The headline made me think football.



hehehe


<dodges incoming bucknuts>

January 30, 2014  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

"This is embarrassing. Every other team in our conference is laughing at us right now." The laughter MAY extend beyond your conference....IJS

Your enfeebled efforts have produced.... a Quad.

January 30, 2014  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Hard to call a team with as much success as OSU the "laughing stock", also they are losing some close games. That said, the team doesn't have anyone they can trust to get points in clutch moments. Bad year, but Matta will have this program back in the top 10 within the next couple of years.

That appears to be the essence, BS.

January 30, 2014  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Are you talking about tOSU football or basketball teams?

Hoops. I understand the football scheduling. But the selection committee in hoops has been looking at scheduling as a selection criteria for a while. And most big name schools have started scheduling a few toughies at neutral or away sights. That's why the comment surprised me. I thought all of the big ones had started playing a few against each other in OOC games.

I'll go check their schedule and see if the commentators are right.

January 30, 2014  09:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Are you talking about tOSU football or basketball teams?

Yes.

January 30, 2014  09:25 AM ET

I think they are just having one of those years, and still have time to pull it together and come out on top or close to the top and make a good go of it, I have faith in them and that they can do it and pull it off!

Go Bucks Go

Go Bucks Go

Go Bucks Go

January 30, 2014  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Yes.

Thank you, Sir! May I have another?

 
January 30, 2014  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

I think they are just having one of those years, and still have time to pull it together and come out on top or close to the top and make a good go of it, I have faith in them and that they can do it and pull it off!Go Bucks GoGo Bucks GoGo Bucks Go

Nice of you to say so, O-6, but this Bucks' Bball season is a train wreck. I'd be surprised if they even got a NIT invite.

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