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Thursday, March 23, 2006

College Basketball recap for Ohio schools in 2005-2006

Since many fans are so enamored with their own team that they often forget other in-state schools exist, I thought I would post the records of all 13 Division I-A basketball programs for the 2005-2006 college basketball season.

Big Ten
Ohio State Buckeyes – 26-6 (12-4 in Big Ten) – After losing in the Big Ten Tournament Championship game the Buckeyes received a #2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. A first-round win over #15 seed Davidson proved to be no easy task and the Buckeyes met their match in the 2nd round as #7 seed Georgetown ended the Buckeyes season by a final score of 70-52.

Big East
Cincinnati Bearcats – 21-12 (8-8 in Big East) – Any write-up that doesn’t include Bob Huggins’ forced departure and Andy Kennedy’s emergence, before being hung out to dry by the Cincinnati administration is probably incomplete, but those topics really deserve their own blog posts. An up and down end to the Big East schedule and an early loss to Syracuse in the Big East Tournament busted Cincinnati’s bubble as the Bearcats season resulted in an NIT bid. Currently in the NIT’s Elite 8, the Bearcats have already defeated both Charlotte and Minnesota to advance in the Tournament.

MAC
Kent State Golden Flashes – 25-9 (15-3) – After a slow OOC start the Golden Flashes put it together in MAC play leading some to wonder “what are they putting in the water at Kent State?” The Flashes’ success continued into the MAC Tournament where they knocked out Ohio in the semifinals and Toledo in the MAC Championship. As the lone MAC representative in the NCAA Tournament and a #12 seed, the Golden Flashes were overmatched by the #5 seed Pittsburgh Panthers in a 79-64 loss.

Akron Zips – 23-10 (14-4) – In 2005-2006, the Zips had their best season since Bob Huggins was their coach (yes, Bob Huggins once coached at Akron!). Their 23 wins and 14 MAC wins both set school records and their NIT bid was their first since Huggins led his 1988-89 team to the NIT. After an NIT first round win @ Temple the Zips were forced to travel to Creighton, a strong Missouri Valley team, where they lost 71-60.

Miami RedHawks – 18-11 (14-4) – The RedHawks probably played the toughest OOC schedule in the MAC this year and had a 4-6 record to show for it. But, as always, Charlie Coles had his team ready for MAC play. Miami won 14 conference games before a surprising loss to Ohio in the quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament in Cleveland. A scheduling conflict changed the RedHawks’ home NIT game into a road game and the RedHawks fell @ Butler 53-52 to end their season.

Ohio Bobcats – 19-11 (10-8) – The Bobcats started the season 12-3 (6-2 OOC) before hitting the wall in the middle of the season, never to recover. While the Bobcats did enact a bit of revenge on rival Miami in the quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament, their 1-day fire was quickly put out by Kent in the semifinals.

Toledo Rockets – 20-11 (10-8) – The MAC West’s preseason favorite, the Toledo Rockets disappointed many by beginning the MAC schedule 1-6 in their first 7 conference games. But a late season surge resulted in a 10-8 MAC record and run through the MAC Tournament as the #7 seed Rockets knocked off the #10 seed BG Falcons, #2 seed NIU Huskies and #3 seed Akron Zips before falling to the MAC’s #1 seed Kent State Golden Flashes in the MAC Tournament Championship game.

Bowling Green Falcons – 9-21 (5-13) – After handing former Ohio Bobcats coach Larry Hunter his first win as the coach of Western Carolina in their season-opener, the Falcons surprised us all with a 72-71 win over ACC member Virginia Tech. Unfortunately for BG fans that was the highlight of the season as the Falcons struggled all season long, lacking depth and talent due to a multitude of transfers. BG ended the season with 8 consecutive losses and little to look forward to in the near future for the program.

Atlantic 10
Xavier Musketeers – 21-11 (8-8 in A10) – The Musketeers surprised everyone by winning the Atlantic 10 Tournament after favorite George Washington was beaten by Temple. As a #14 seed in the NCAA Tournament, Xavier lost a hard-fought 1st round game to #3 seed Gonzaga by a score of 79-75.

Dayton Flyers – 14-17 (6-10 in A10) – The Flyers started the season off strong, winning 6 of their first 8 games, but a month-long 7-game losing streak in December and January turned a promising season into a mediocre one at best.


Horizon
Wright State – 13-15 (8-8 in Horizon) – The Raiders were a streaky team all season having 3 winning streaks of 3 or more games as well as 3 losing streaks of 3 or more games.

Cleveland State Vikings – 10-18 (5-11 in Horizon) – The Vikings were inconsistent all year long, they won back-to-back games 5 times this season, accounting for all 10 of their wins. After starting the season 8-9, CSU dropped 9 of their final 11 games to end the season.

Youngstown State Penguins – 7-21 (4-12 in Horizon) – Much like CSU, the Penguins also struggled to close the season. A 9-game losing streak ended a long season for YSU hoops and turned a mediocre season into a poor one.

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