Oden Dominates Battle of Big Men
Greg Oden
Greg Oden
Posted Mar 24, 2007

Joey Dorsey isn't very bright. Maybe he should pursue a job in boxing instead of the NBA. Memphis' resident enforcer talked the talk, but he couldn't walk the walk in the Tigers' 92-76 loss to Ohio State.

It was just plain stupid for the sculpted 6-foot-9 man-child to wake the sleeping giant, Greg Oden, prior to the Elite Eight matchup.

"I think (scouts) really will be watching this game tomorrow night because it's two great big men going up against each other," Joey Dorsey told writers on Friday. "I'm an underrated big man and he's a lot overrated as a big man."

Dorsey finished with the big goose-egg. Zero points.

Underrated? I think not.

However, he did manage to grab four rebounds. This coming from the same guy who said he was going to pull down 20 boards in his head-to-head matchup against Oden. By my math, he was 16 shy of his prediction.

Dorsey did have an opportunity for some measure of redemption with 4:15 left when he went to the line and his team trailing, 74-66. He did exactly what Tigers coach John Calipari told him to do: visualize.

Clank. Clank.

Dorsey misfired on both free throws. I guess practice might have been beneficial — at least in Dorsey's case.

The two missed foul shots came moments after Oden took him to school in the paint with a short left-handed hook shot.

Dorsey is a boxing promoter's dream. His mouth doesn't stop moving. It doesn't take much to get him riled up. He doesn't have any clue when to shut his trap.

Sometimes it works, but in this case there was no need to give the mild-mannered Oden any inspiration. It backfired.

Oden did get into foul trouble, but he was on the floor and was productive when it mattered most. He was critical in the Buckeyes' victory that got them into the Final Four.

Dorsey was virtually invisible.

Oden's layup and subsequent free throw tied the game at 60 midway through the second half. Chris Douglas-Roberts picked up a technical on the play after basically giving Oden a bearhug when the big freshman had the ball within a few feet from the basket.

Oden picked up a loose ball and his emphatic dunk gave Ohio State a 64-62 advantage with 9:05 remaining, but Antonio Anderson tied the game 30 seconds later on a pretty pull-up jumper from 15 feet.

Jamar Butler answered with a trifecta and then it was Oden's move that silenced Dorsey and the Tigers. Ohio State was money down the stretch from the free throw line. The Buckeyes were 35-of-41 from the charity stripe in the game.


Greg Oden had his way against Joey Dorsey, especially in the second half as the Buckeyes surged to a 92-76 victory. (David J. Phillip / Associated Press)

Mike Conley Jr., scored 19 points and Ron Lewis led the Buckeyes with 22.

Oden had just nine points and had played a total of 13 minutes when he checked back into the game with 12:39 left after Memphis took its first lead since early in the first half.

Oden finished with 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting and nine boards. Dorsey didn't finish with a single point and played just 19 minutes due to foul trouble.

Oden and the Buckeyes advanced to their first Final Four since 1999, while Dorsey and the Tigers were sent packing for the second consecutive year in the Elite Eight.

Dorsey got his 15 or so minutes of fame.

He can keep talking, but no one is listening. Well, maybe Don King.

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