Buckeyes Can Hoop A Little Bit, Too

Buckeyes Can Hoop A Little Bit, Too

Despite the perception that Ohio State is strictly a football school, the basketball Buckeyes might beg to differ. They are making their 11th trip to the Final Four, and only UCLA, North Carolina, Kentucky, Duke and Kansas have more.

What do UCLA, North Carolina, Kentucky, Duke and Kansas have in common with Ohio State?

The answer is obviously not football. The Buckeyes have celebrated five consensus national championships in that sport, five more than the Bruins, Tar Heels, Wildcats, Blue Devils and Jayhawks have won combined.

When the conversation turns to basketball, however, the overriding conjecture is that the Buckeyes do not belong in that group of elite programs. And that is where the overriding conjecture is dead wrong.

I mentioned this in a previous column a couple of years ago, but in light of the Ohio State basketball team making its 11th trip to the Final Four, it bears repeating.

Back in 1989 when Gary Williams was head coach of the Buckeyes, the two of us were visiting in the coach's office at St. John Arena. At one point during the interview, Williams wheeled around in his chair, looked outside his second-story window and said something to the effect of "I'll never understand why this school doesn't support basketball the way it does football."

Without much thought about how it would sound, I immediately replied, "Well, Coach, there's a simple explanation and part of it is why your office is located on Woody Hayes Drive and not Fred Taylor Drive."

Read the rest by clicking on this link: Rea's Day Blog: March 30.

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