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Buckeye golfer caddies for father during spring break  

Spring break can be a wild experience for college students. Ohio State freshman golfer Jamie Sindelar would agree, but probably for much different reasons that you might think.

Sindelar spent his break away from the Ohio State campus two weeks ago in an exotic locale, the Dominican Republic, caddying for his father, Joey, in a Champions Tour event.

Joey was three-time All-American and member of the 1979 national championship team at Ohio State. He is also an accomplished golfer on both the PGA and Champions Tours.

With son Jamie on the bag, Joey fired rounds of 70-68-67 to finish fourth at the Cap Cana Championship. Jamie estimates that he has caddied for his father between 10 and 15 times, but it still never gets old.

“Every time he tees it up its exciting,” Jamie said. “Not only because he’s my dad, but the players he gets to play with and because he is so good.”

Currently, Joey is second in Top 10 finishes with four in six tournaments and third on the Charles Schwab Cup points list and money list. The Champions Tour has grown in stature dramatically over the last decade.

“It’s scary good,” Jamie said. “You go out there and you’re like oh, there’s Jack Nicklaus; there’s Tom Watson and Greg Norman.’ I actually got to hit balls next to Greg Norman a few weeks ago.”

Over the years, the younger Sindelar, raised in Horseheads, N.Y., has been able to hone his skills on the bag. At first, he said he was just someone carrying his father’s golf bag. Now, he is able to stay in a playing mind set and offer advice, whether it is reading greens or club selection.

Growing up with a dad on the PGA Tour, you would think golf was always at the fore front, but that was not necessarily true in the Sindelar household.

“I always had clubs when I was a youngster, but I never got serious about it until I was 10 or 11 years old,” Jamie said. “He (my dad) never really wanted me to play. He just gave me clubs and asked if I wanted to go (to the course) and I would always say yes.”

From then on, Jamie fell in love with the game and had a successful high school career which led him to Ohio State as a second-generation Buckeye. He is red-shirting this season in preparation for next.

“I’ve wanted to play here since I was a little guy,” Jamie said. “I actually use my dad’s Brutus head cover from when he was playing here.”

Although Ohio State’s home Scarlet Course has changed over the years, there are subtle nuances between father and son.

“It’s weird seeing the similarities,” Jamie said. “My dad used to show me pictures of the course when I was younger and he told me he used to aim toward the tower on the range and I find myself doing the same thing now.”

Another factor in Jamie becoming a Buckeye was head coach Jim Brown, who was at the helm of that 1979 national title team. Although Jamie will only to get to play one season under the legendary coach, he is cherishing every moment of it.

“It’s really fun and everyone is excited to play well for him,” Jamie said. “But it is also sad knowing he won’t be here next year. He’s an unbelievable coach and is there for you so it’ll be tough losing him.  He said he’s going to be around, though, so I’m going to hold him to that.”

Between lessons picked up from his father and their college coach, the course ahead looks good for Jamie.

~ Blogged by Kyle Rowland, Ohio State Athletics Communications 

March 25: More than Words

 

Jaggers makes proclaimed NCAA repeat a reality last Saturday

J Jaggers, a returning national champion wrestler, was the subject of a blog posting 20 days ago. The story focused on his puzzling 2009 regular season and equally perplexing mediocre reputation among the national wrestling scene.
 
Ranked No. 13 at the time of the post (scroll down to March 5) and holding a pedestrian 19-7 overall record, Jaggers was prompted to make it known he fully intended to repeat as the NCAA’s best at 141 pounds. 

During a post-match interview Feb. 15, Jaggers proclaimed he would again win the national championship. Jaggers was well aware of his many doubters, but he knew self-confidence and the support of his coaching staff along with teammates would help him carry out his prophecy. 

Some may have formed their own opinions about such a proclamation, but last Saturday Jaggers did exactly what he said he was going to do and did so impressively.

The Northfield, Ohio, native avenged an earlier loss this season to Iowa State’s Nick Gallick via fall in the quarterfinal round. He followed with another fall in the semis before he reassumed his position on the national championship podium with a 10-4 victory over Old Dominion’s Ryan Williams. 

Jaggers’ tone after the match consisted not only of fulfillment, but there also was a hint of “I told you so.” 

“(I feel) unbelievable. Especially, with how I struggled earlier in the year and how many people doubted me,” Jaggers, who is the third two-time national champ at Ohio State, said. “The No. 1 driving force obviously is to get as much out of myself for myself and for the people who supported me like Buckeye Nation out there. Second in line are the critics. 

“You just don’t luck upon this thing. Last year, a lot of people called me a one-hit wonder.’ The day after the national tournament last year people were saying, he won’t win it again.’ I think this proves you don’t just stumble on two national championships.”

From Jaggers’ prediction of a repeat national title, one could almost gather a sense he was fully aware of where he stood all season in familiar territory. 

“There are so many similarities that have happened between last year and this year,” Jaggers, who was 22-5 at the end of the 2008 regular season, said.” The main reason I get where I am in March is the pattern that me and Lou Rosselli follow. He is the coach I work with the most. We just get to work – 7 a.m.,  two-a-days. Now when I step on the mat in March, I feel like I have put in as much work as anyone.”

There was one difference between March 2008 and ’09. Instead of raising one victorious finger, Jaggers pointed two to the sky Saturday in St. Louis.

~ blogged by Pat Kindig
OhioStateBuckeyes.com
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Blog Post: Life Lessons On and Off the Course

 

Ohio State women’s golfers break up the winter practice schedule with speakers and activities that are helpful in their games and beyond

When she was in college playing on the Southern Methodist golf team, Therese Hession was driving through the plains of Oklahoma when her car broke down. She was the only one in her car full of teammates that even somewhat knew how to change the flat tire that stalled their trip. And her skills were put on the spot with not a town within miles. “It would have been a lot less scary if I had done it before,” Hession laughed when thinking back on it.

So with her experience in the back of her mind, Hession, now in her 18th season as head coach of the Ohio State women’s golf team, took her Buckeyes to a local car dealership for an afternoon of basic car care lessons. They learned how to jump a battery, check fluid levels and, Hession made sure, change a tire.

The trip to the car dealership was just one in a series of life lessons, both on and off the course, Hession arranges for the Buckeyes each winter season. While the golfers are hitting chip shot after chip shot and putting on turf indoors while a layer of snow covers the course, Hession breaks up the practice schedule with a speaker or activity every Wednesday in the off-season.

“I felt it would be good to make them more well-rounded as golfers and as people,” Hession said. “There was still a lot I was learning for the first time after I left college. I’ve tried to make it a well-rounded program to help them in something they might encounter.”

The life lessons have included financial planning, etiquette, car repair and public speaking. They also hit on golf topics ranging from course maintenance and management to establishing playing rules and sponsorship. And of course, listening to the experiences and advance of Betsy King, an LPGA Hall of Famer and the 2007 U.S. Solheim Cup captain, isn’t too shabby either.

“Coach has done a good job making them interesting and varied,” Jennifer Cassidy, a senior on the team, said. “At first we thought they were going to be all golf related seminars, which there have been several and those are great because it is good to get a chance to talk to the pros. But we’ve had people come in and talk about completely unrelated topics.

“The off-season speakers have not only been helpful to our games, but in life. Every time after one of them I hear teammates say, I learned so much I never knew.’”

One pro that stopped by this winter was Alice Miller, who won an LPGA major at the 1985 Nabisco Dinah Shore. She discussed not only her playing career, but her work within the LPGA since retiring as a player in 1998. Miller currently serves as tournament director of the LPGA championship and president of the Sponsors Board for the LPGA.

“Alice could give them a lot of insight on the sponsor’s side, what they’re looking for in players as well as in her own playing experiences,” Hession said. “She also had a short stint as an LPGA rules official so she gave them some ideas about course set up as well as some things they should consider when they get into situations on the course.”

“Hearing Alice Miller’s experience and her thoughts when she was in our positions was really cool,” Cassidy said. “I felt like it spoke to me a lot and gave me some inspirations gearing up for the spring season.”

It may have begun as a way to break up the monotony of winter practices, but Hession’s weekly life lesson sessions have made an impact on her golfers. Maybe it’s appreciating the time that is invested into maintaining a golf course, or learning from rookie mistakes that previous LPGA players have. Or maybe it’s when one of them is driving though Oklahoma sometime and gets a flat tire, they can pull off the road and change it without a second thought. 

“Being a senior, in the past month it’s really hit me and I’ve realized I’m about to go out and look for a job and do something completely different,” Cassidy said. “Hearing all the outside little things makes me think there’s so much to do, but it’s been good to learn these helpful life lessons.”

~ blogged by Courtney Walerius
OhioStateBuckeyes.com

Blog Post March 13: Coaching Class

Pete Gaudet of women’s basketball staff takes unique approach to instructing Education 620 course at OSU 
 
Education 620: Coaching Basketball.
 
The course description seems self-explanatory.
 
It sounds like your basic coaching class.
 
However, with Pete Gaudet, a veteran of the game of nearly four decades, as its instructor the subject matter is not as much about coaching as it is about class.
 
Gaudet’s focus is on teaching respect for the game that has played a defining role in his life since his first day as a high school head coach in Westford, Mass., in 1968 to the back-to-back national titles he won as a Duke men’s assistant coach in 1991 and ’92 to his five Big Ten championship rings in his seven seasons with the Ohio State women’s team.
 
Gaudet’s makeup goes far and beyond running an effective high-low scheme or designing press-breakers.
 
Sure there are the chalkboard sessions, but Gaudet, who is instructing students for the first time since his days at Duke, presents much more.
 
“When you are an assistant coach or a high school coach or a middle school coach, what is going to be important to you are the relationships,” Gaudet said to his class while several members gasped for air after just completing an intense shooting drill.
 
“It is the relationships with the players. The 10 to 20 years later when you are invited to a player’s wedding or you are getting Christmas cards with photos of their first or second children. That is going to turn out to be your bottom line.” 

 

To help his students gain appreciation for the game beyond the Xs and Os, Gaudet assigns readings from various timeframes of basketball’s evolution.
 
“Coach Gaudet is really good about giving us all kinds of information,” Chris Powell, a third-year student from Belleview, Neb., said. “He has a binder that is out of control. It is a coaching bible. He’s got papers in there since the 1960s. They are tanned and the ink is wearing off.”
 
On this particular day, Gaudet passed out two articles, both involving former pupils at Duke. The first was “Defining Toughness in College Hoops” by ESPN’s Jay Bilas, published Jan. 29, and the second was a story from 1999 that focused on Christian Laettner’s famous game-winning shot vs. Kentucky in the 1992 NCAA regional final.
 
“In our next class, be ready to talk about the article by Jay Bilas on toughness,” Gaudet said, inflecting his final syllable to shake several yawning members of the class who were not quite ready for the 9:30 a.m. start.
 
“As you are reading that article, every time he uses the word tough,’ I want you to substitute the word winner’ and see what you gather from that. We will discuss it next class.”
 
When addressing the second article about Laettner’s miraculous make, Gaudet pointed out what nearly all people overlook when referring to that shot.
 
“Understand the main thing. I want you to take notice of how many teams win or lose a game because they cannot get the ball inbounds in the last 30 seconds.”
 
Laettner was quoted in the article that his No. 1 concern was catching the ball. If he did not gather the inbound heave, there would have been no dribble, no turnaround jumper, no swish and no ensuing hands-clasping-heads celebration that has been shown on television countless times each and every March Madness since that 1992 tournament.  
 
“As a coach, (Gaudet) understands that there were certain things (Laettner) had to do first that most people don’t even realize,” Jason Corral, a senior from San Jose, Calif., said. “I think it’s great he points that out to us, because I would have never thought to catch the ball first. You would think it was obvious, but most of the time in that situation people are thinking about shooting the ball before they even catch it.” 

In addition to the abundance of information Gaudet shares with his students, he also requires the group to collect coaching strategies on their own by calling college staffs around the country.
 
“The students have been able to make some contacts and have some stuff sent back,” Gaudet said. “Jim Boeheim (Syracuse head coach) sent a VHS (tape) of a zone press and of his fast break. Jim Calhoun (Connecticut head coach) sent 20 pages of stuff. This is to convince kids that coaches are not keeping secrets. They will share things with you.”
 
To that same tone, everyone in Gaudet’s class is encouraged to be open with their thoughts. Many of the students enrolled are currently coaching youth, junior high or high school teams. They are afforded the opportunity to express their own philosophies because Gaudet calls upon them to take over instruction for certain segments of class.
 
“Well, they are here to learn how to coach, so I let them coach,” Gaudet, now in his fourth year as video coordinator with the Buckeyes after three seasons as an assistant coach, said. “I meet with them beforehand and go over what they are going to instruct for that day. The girl that you talked with, I met her before class to talk about what she was going to do for our next class.”
 
That girl is Julie Runner, a graduate student at OSU and currently the freshman girls head coach at PickeringtonNorthHigh School. She has ingrained into her players the information gathered from Gaudet’s class.

“It’s hard to find a good coaching book because there is not one coaching philosophy that fits everyone,” Runner said. “It’s been good to see what different coaches use to get their players motivated or what tactics they might use for their teams.”
 
Powell, who has coached teams ranging from fifth grade to AAU and high school, directed some shooting drills during class that day and values the chance to absorb other styles.
 
“This class is awesome,” Powell said. “There are so many different minds and so many different ideas. Those last two inbound plays, I hadn’t seen them before. Now, I’ve got some more information to throw in on my end.”
 
Gaudet does not limit his access to just the assigned class periods each week. His office in the SchottensteinCenter is always open, whether to plan for a turn at leading the course or to prep for an upcoming opponent.
 
“I can email coach during the week if I have questions or if we have a game coming up,” Corral, who heads an eighth-grade team in the area, said. “If I have questions about going up against a certain defense, he is more than helpful in getting me a video or answering my questions.
 
“He’s done a great job of showing us things that coaches have to overcome and deal with, not necessarily just the aspects of the game. He has brought flexibility to light. How you have to adjust to things that just come up. Just little things I never really thought about before.”
 
Corral’s statement brings this story back to its title and lead. Gaudet can spend every second of each 90-minute class session drawing up half-court sets or drilling proper hedge techniques, but character and class are what he hopes the students take away after 620’s final exam.
 
“Think about it. When we step on the court to play each other, the deciding statistic is not going to be any more than 50 percent win or 50 percent lose,” Gaudet said. “That is a tough dynamic. And 80 percent of the winner’s fans are not going to be happy with the way you won. So why not be civil with each other?”

~ blogged by Pat Kindig
OhioStateBuckeyes.com
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Blog Post March 10:

 

No Player of the Year Award for Turner, but Plenty of Respect 

Ohio State sophomore is only unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection

Did Evan Turner deserve to win the 2009 Big Ten Player of the Year announced Monday? Is he the best player in the league? Is the award given to the top player in the league each season?

All three questions can encircle a debate from now until the awards are thrown out the window upon first tip of the conference tournament Thursday in Indianapolis.

In the end, Turner was not the recipient of the league’s highest honor. The conference player of the year award went to Kalin Lucas of Michigan State, the runaway winner of the regular season title.

Even though Turner finished out of the top spot in the league voting, the level of respect for the 6-7 sophomore from Chicago ranks high across the league.

Turner, who was the only unanimous selection on the Big Ten’s first team, was praised by the man who walked away with the award.

“I probably would’ve had to give it to Turner,” Lucas said on the Big Ten Network’s awards show Monday night. “He is long. He can score. He can rebound. I think he is a great player.”

Tim Doyle, a former All-Big Ten performer at Northwestern and now an analyst for BTN, expanded on Lucas’ thoughts and voiced an animated opinion.

“The best player in the league and the most valuable player in this league is Evan Turner,” Doyle said on the awards show. “He is the best 1-on-1 player. He helps his teammates. He led the team in assists. He just does it all. He is the type of guy who can single-handedly win a game. I think he meant the most to his individual team.”

Let the debate begin: do conference player of the year awards truly go to the top individual in the league or to the player who clearly leads his team to the title?

Former Buckeye Jim Jackson, who won a pair of Big Ten player of the year honors as a conference champion in the early 1990s, adheres to the win-loss column.

“I think Evan is the most valuable player to his team,” Jackson said on the BTN set. “Kalin Lucas won basketball games. That is what it comes down to when you look at player of the year awards. You need a catalyst. He was the catalyst that helped Michigan State win it.”

Turner also served as the catalyst for an Ohio State team that featured no seniors and lost its most-experienced player in David Lighty before the start of Big Ten play.

Turner not only led Ohio State in nine different categories (stats), but was among the conference’s Top 10 in six separate rankings (Big Ten stats). Lucas was sixth overall in scoring at 14.8 and fourth in assists at 4.6. He also ranked in the Top 10 in 3-point field goal percentage.

Obviously an argument can be made for both Turner and Lucas, as well as any of the other three super sophomores that made up the Big Ten’s first team.

“It is a lot like a couple years ago when Terence (Dials) won it (in 2006),” Thad Matta, who owns a pair of Big Ten coach of the year honors at Ohio State, said. “We were the best team in the league and Terence was the best player on our team.

“When it was close as this year between Evan Turner and Kalin Lucas, you could see where people would say, Kalin’s team won the Big Ten. We’ll vote for him.’”

Matta attributed Turner’s standout 2008-09 campaign to his commitment to offseason workouts. Turner more than doubled his scoring output from his freshman season of 8.5, but his contributions went far beyond just the numbers.

“Evan obviously is very important to our team,” Matta said. “He does a lot of different things for us on both ends of the floor. Evan had a tremendous offseason. We saw signs last year of his ability to do a lot of different things. He had much more poise this year throughout the course of a Big Ten race and the course of the season for us.”

Rookies Tabbed for Specialist Awards

Turner is not the only Buckeye awaiting delivery of new hardware to Columbus. Rookies William Buford and B.J. Mullens were named freshman of the year and sixth-man of the year, respectively.

One can only wonder what kind of seasons Buford and Mullens could put together with offseason work similar to Turner’s sophomore preparation.

If Buford and Mullens could duplicate Turner’s improvement, Ohio State hypothetically could be looking at 22 points a night from Buford and roughly 18 from Mullens.

At the very least, it serves as a nice thought.

 

Six Major Awards in the 614 

Between both the men’s and women’s teams this season, Ohio State wracked up a full load of Big Ten hardwood hardware.

In addition to Jantel Lavender’s second player of the year award, the Buckeyes claimed both freshman of the year awards as point guard Samatha Prahalis preceded Buford last week. Shavelle Little was deemed defensive player of the year, while Jim Foster landed coach of the year honors.

In all, Ohio State combined for a half dozen individual league awards. 

~ blogged by Pat Kindig
OhioStateBuckeyes.com
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Blog Post March 6: Bucking the Beard 

Red-headed Buckeyes ready for Bowling Green

Is the traditional playoff beard dead? At Ohio State, it might be. Heading into their opening round of the CCHA playoffs this weekend vs. Bowling Green, the Buckeyes are sporting new hairdos. 

Nearly all of the players have dyed their domes several shades of red, including the customary Ohio State scarlet and several other hues not always associated with hockey players. (view photos)

“Everybody is going to have red,” Captain Peter Boyd said. “A lot of guys went with the mohawk style. Some of them are a little pink though. It is pretty funny in the dressing room for sure.”

Senior Zach Pelletier, one of the Buckeyes that chose to buzz his top, said the new hairstyles should provide motivation to continue on in the postseason.

“This gives us a little more determination to win, because we don’t want to not be playing with these crazy haircuts,” Pelletier said. 

Where did the idea come from?

“A few guys on the team said we should do something and a couple ideas got thrown around,” Boyd said. “The red hair seemed like the best solution. It is to keep us loose and we all thought it would be a good tradition to start.”

As it turns out, the redhead stunt is more of a tweak to a continued tradition as opposed to instituting a new one.

Several Ohio State teams in recent seasons also have hit up the hair care aisle at the local convenience store.

In 2001-02, a band of blonde Buckeyes reached the semifinals of the CCHA Super Six in Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena.

In 2003-04, a more rag-tag mix of peroxide, beards and buzz-cuts captured the CCHA title and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament with a 4-2 win over rival Michigan.

Although the tactic has worked in the past, it remains to be seen if the Buckeyes’ playoff run will live or dye this weekend vs BG.  

~ blogged by Pat Kindig
OhioStateBuckeyes.com
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Blog Post March 5

Defining J: It’s not just about Ws and Ls

Despite 2008 NCAA title, Jaggers still pushes past his critics

With success comes expectation. Ask a couple New York Yankees fans how pleased they were with their team missing the Major League Baseball playoffs for the first time in more than a decade last year.

J Jaggers knows the feeling. The senior from Northfield, Ohio, walked away from the 2008 NCAA Championships at the top of his class, knocking off the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 seeds during a miraculous run to the national title last March.

The wiry and unorthodox 141-pounder entered this season as the No. 1 wrestler in the country, a title commonly anointed to a returning national champion.

As the top wrestler in the country, Jaggers was expected to win every match, or at least almost every match, this season.

With an overall mark of 19-8, Jaggers, who never once dropped out of the National Top 10 last year, comes into the 2009 Big Ten tournament with a No. 5 pre-seed and is ranked 13th in the country.

Those figures are a far cry from the national championship podium in 2008. After a 6-2 loss to second-ranked Nick Gallick of Iowa State in late November, Jaggers relinquished the top ranking and a free-fall ensued. After the holidays, Jaggers had dropped to 14th and now has steadied at No. 13.

What do all of these rankings mean? To Jaggers, not a whole lot.

“I still have another national title to win,” Jaggers said after his senior day fall over Illinois’ Ryan Prater Feb. 15. “I read the blogs and the posts on the internet. They are trying to look at it from an outsider’s perspective, wondering what is going on. Why is my record like this?”

Overall, Jagger’s season totals have not strayed far from those of his junior campaign. At the same point in time last year, Jagger’s held a 21-5 record and was 6-2 in Big Ten action. He was the No. 3 seed in the Big Ten tournament and it held true as he finished third, dropping his only match of the postseason in the semifinals.

Jaggers went on to complete the postseason with a 9-1 record and a national title. Can it be repeated? 

“I tell (my critics) I am going to win the national tournament again this year. If they do not believe in me, that is fine. The people that need to believe in me and the people that mean the most are all here right now.” Jaggers proclaimed while pointing in the direction of the Ohio State bench.

*OhioStateBuckeyes.com on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/OhioStateBuckeyescom).

Former Buckeye J.D. Bergman, who joined Jaggers as an All-American in 2008 as national runner-up at heavyweight, attributed nearsightedness to Jagger’s ratings thus far this season.

“People do not take into account the mental and physical combination of it,” Bergman, who calls the play-by-play action for live Web streams of home matches, said. “They don’t understand that J cuts down from 165 pounds. That takes so much out of you. It takes some time to get accustomed to it.”

Jaggers seems to be doing just that. During the last two months, he has been getting accustomed to wins in 12 of his last 14 matches. The two setbacks have come by way of an overtime defeat to No. 7 Mike Thorn of Minnesota and a tight 2-point decision to No. 2 Kellen Russell of Michigan.

Jaggers will have the grounds to prove his claims true this weekend. Counting Russell and Thorn, four of the Top 7 wrestlers at 141 in the nation will vie for the Big Ten crown.

 

J Jaggers (right) and fellow NCAA champion Buckeye Mike Pucillo threw out the first pitch at a Cleveland Indians game last summer.

~ blogged by Pat Kindig
OhioStateBuckeyes.com
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Blog Post March 3

Time to “Man Up”

Buckeyes look for first road victory in more than a month Tuesday at Iowa

Following its 25-point defeat at No. 16 Purdue Saturday, Evan Turner revealed to the Columbus Dispatch that head coach Thad Matta said, “He brought boys to a man’s fight.”

Those can be piercing words to young men between the ages of 18-21. For Matta, he hopes it leads to sparking a fire into his squad as the Buckeyes round the final leg of the regular season.

“When coach (Matta) says something like that it definitely fires me up and the rest of the guys, I would hope. We do not want to be boys.” Kyle Madsen, a junior forward said during media availability Monday.

After dropping four of their last five games and three in a row on the road, the Buckeyes’ game at Iowa tonight is critical in keeping their NCAA tournament bubble afloat.

“Two weeks ago we were sitting pretty well and we have now dug ourselves a bit of a whole,” Madsen said. “We are going to fight these last two games. We know what we have to do and we will focus on that.”

Jon Diebler, who went just 2-for-12 from the field Saturday vs. the Boilermakers, said it starts with getting stops.

“I think a lot of it has to do with our confidence on defense,” Diebler said. “At the beginning of the year, we had a certain swagger on defense. I think teams kind of feared our defense.

“Now, I think teams have a confidence against our defense. We have to look at ourselves in the mirror and say, am I doing everything I can on the defensive end?’ We just have to man up and get it done.”

Will Matta’s “boys-to-men” statement be enough to change the team’s mindset?

“You say a lot of things throughout the course of a game to challenge your guys and motivate your guys,” Matta, who is 0-3 at Iowa, said Monday. “Our guys have to understand it does not get any easier. We have to be focused-in, dialed-in every single possession of the game and mistakes against great teams are costly.”

The Buckeyes have just one game remaining at Value City Arena, the site of Ohio State’s only wins during the month of February. That fact adds a sense of urgency in proving the Buckeyes can win away from home, a place they hope not to see during the postseason.   

“We are fighting to get into the (NCAA) tournament. We are going on the road again. It is hard to play on the road in the Big Ten, regardless of who you are playing,” Diebler said. “We just have to take our game to another level.
 
“We all know we did not come in with the intensity we needed against a good Purdue team. Coach (Matta) just kind of emphasized the point. I think he was kind of trying to light a fire under everybody’s butt.”

Top quote from yesterday’s press conference …

Madsen on assistant coach Alan Major’s newfound and unwanted fame after his tumble on the sideline vs. Penn State landed at No. 1 on ESPN’s “Not Top Ten” list …

“I did not even know he swatted at me. I was running back trying to get back on defense. After the game, somebody told me he swatted at me and fell. After the game, I saw the clip on SportsCenter. I am happy that he made me famous.”

~ blogged by Pat Kindig
OhioStateBuckeyes.com
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Blog Post Feb. 26

 

More than Just the “Old School” Shorts Has Changed

Fifth Big Ten title in a row equals Ohio State’s 1983-87 run. Look back at the world when OSU last dominated Big Ten women’s hoops. 

A win over Wisconsin tonight would give the women’s basketball team its fifth Big Ten title in a row, equaling the Ohio State run from 1983-87. Obviously, things have changed during the past three decades with the institution of the shot clock, the 3-point line and of course the length of basketball shorts.

Take a look at what else was going on around the world when Ohio State last