RTC Live: Ohio State @ ButlerPosted by rtmsf on December 12th, 2009
It is a place where dreams happen. It is the home of Hoosiers. It is a basketball treasure tucked safely away in the Heartland of America at Butler University in Indianapolis, protected from boosters and alumni who crave a modern arena with all the trappings of money and power. It is Hinkle Fieldhouse: Home of the Butler Bulldogs. Butler will host big-time foe Ohio State Saturday afternoon at the historic old barn, dubbed by some as a venue designed as if God Himself wanted a basketball arena. The Bulldogs seek to move back into the national conversation after several losses in the past few weeks, while Ohio State looks to recover from a devastating injury to National Player of the Year candidate Evan Turner. There’s been talk around the country that the formerly nationally-ranked Bulldogs are in a no-win situation with this game. If they beat the Buckeyes – well, they should have, goes the thinking. After all, they’re at home and OSU is without its superstar, Turner. If they lose to OSU, well, that’s not good either. One thing we can say with assurance is that Butler head coach Brad Stevens is undoubtedly shooting for the first “bad” option over the second one, as right now, Butler needs nonconference Ws any way they can get them. And if Ohio State manages to go into Hinkle and steal a win without the spectacular Turner scoring, rebounding and assisting, then the Buckeyes will be viewed even better by the NCAA Selection Committee when he (hopefully) returns in February. Join us this afternoon at Hinkle for what could fairly be described as an important December game for both of these teams.