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.
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
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
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
Dorsey got his 15 or so minutes of fame.
He can keep talking, but no one is listening. Well, maybe Don King.