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March 12

Men’s Basketball

Big deal for the players Columbus Dispatch – They are “great for fans” and “great for television,” Ohio State coach Thad Matta said, which make them great for athletic department coffers.

Ohio State’s David Lighty positively helping Buckeyes stay optimistic Cleveland Plain Dealer

Next for the Michigan basketball team in the Big Ten tournament – top-seeded … AnnArbor.com

Michigan feeling good as No. 1-seeded Ohio State awaits

Detroit Free Press – Yet they see little reason they can’t shake that off on Friday against Ohio State. They already defeated the Buckeyes in January at Crisler Arena,

A relaxed Manny Harris shrugs off ugly end to regular season, leads Michigan … AnnArbor.com

What is Ohio State playing for in the Big Ten Tournament? Cleveland Plain Dealer

Men’s Hockey

Buckeyes save best for playoffs

Columbus Dispatch – ‎The Ohio State men’s hockey team is peaking at the right time, just as the Buckeyes prepare to play Miami University, ranked second in the nation

Miami hockey notes — OSU matchup about bragging rights

Oxford Press – Miami University sophomore forward Trent Vogelhuber is a firm believer in that

MU icers focused on Buckeyes

Dayton Daily News – Miami plays host to rival Ohio State in the second round of the CCHA tournament. By Rick Cassano, Staff Writer Updated 6:57 AM Friday, March 12,

Ohio State, Miami to face off in conference playoffs
OSU – The Lantern
But now OSU faces an in-state rival that has only given up four goals in its four meetings against the Buckeyes this season. “You’re going into a difficult

Miami scoring on the rebound

Boston Globe – – ‎The team was an overtime goal away from the NCAA men’s championship last year, losing a heartbreaker to Boston University.

Football

Buckeyes get going early

Columbus Dispatch – Brian Rolle is not much different from most other college students. Given the choice, he’d prefer sleep over rolling out of bed at 5:15 a.m. “But there’s hard work to be done,” the Ohio State senior linebacker said yesterday. “I’ve got to get to it.”

March 11

Men’s Basketball

Breaking down the Big Ten Tournament INDYSTAR.com

Allegiance to OSU must be put aside The Columbus Dispatch To Gene Smith, the Ohio State Buckeyes have become “they” instead of “we.” No, Smith hasn’t quit as OSU’s athletic director. It’s just that, through Sunday afternoon, Smith’s only relevant job title is member of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament selection committee.

Top Big Ten teams have much to prove Newark Advocate Injuries to Ohio State’s Evan Turner and Purdue’s Robbie Hummel might have dimmed the Big Ten’s chances of snagging a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament — not that the teams aren’t going to try to make a run and strengthen their cases.

Big Ten Tournament preview

OSU Lantern – The 11 Big Ten teams will meet in Indianapolis this week and crown a conference tournament champion. Play begins Thursday at noon in Conseco Fieldhouse and concludes with the conference championship game Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Ohio State After winning a share of their third regular season conference title in five years, the Buckeyes arrive in Indianapolis as the tournament’s No. 1 seed

Big Ten Tournament forecast: foggy with a chance of upsets

OSU Lantern – People should stop sleeping on the Wisconsin Badgers. Bo Ryan’s crew finished just one game behind the Big Ten champion trio of Ohio State, Michigan State and Purdue. The Badgers won their final four regular season games by an average of 20.

It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad March
U Weekly
So tomorrow begins the major conference tournaments, including the Big Ten, and your very own Ohio State Buckeyes carry the top seed.

Commentary: So Matta’s not a good coach, huh? Baloney

Columbus Dispatch – Golf retirees being experts on everything – just ask them – Jim Matta can’t escape hearing his son’s coaching abilities analyzed every which

Player of the Year Evan Turner of Ohio State

Herald & Review – ‎Coach Thad Matta has used a paper-thin rotation, relying almost exclusively on six players, including Big Ten Player of the Year Evan Turner.

Top Big Ten teams still have much to prove The Associated Press

Big Ten tournament capsules Chicago Tribune

Sullingers earn Naismith Awards

ESPN (blog) – The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Jared Sullinger of Northland High in Columbus, the No. 2 player in the ESPNU 100, was named the recipient of the 2010

Boys basketball: Northland’s Jared Sullinger and his dad, ‘Satch,’ are named … Columbus Dispatch

Northland’s Sullinger Named Naismith National Player Of Year 10TV

Key injuries shaped red-hot UW, Ohio State

Wisconsin State Journal – Ohio State’s Evan Turner and Wisconsin’s Jon Leuer both missed significant time during the season with injuries. Photos by Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press

OSU’s depth to be tested in Indy

CNATI – COLUMBUS — Great team, lacking depth. That’s Ohio State in a buckeye nutshell.

Iowa men’s basketball: Eric May motivated by Ohio State’s Turner

DesMoinesRegister.com – Indianapolis, Ind. – Eric May has seen the video clip more than once. One minute, he was guarding Ohio

Women’s Basketball

Lavender dominates, Bucks hoist another trophy
U Weekly
By Eric Burch With two consecutive massive comebacks in the semifinals and finals of the Big Ten Tournament, the Ohio State Buckeyes women’s basketball team

Athletics

Notre Dame watching expansion plans ESPN- Notre Dame wants to remain independent in football, but that might not matter if the Big Ten and Pac-10 decide to expand and create sweeping changes to major college sports.

Wrestling

At-large picks increase Buckeyes’ contingent to eight for NCAA event The Columbus Dispatch Ohio State wrestlers Dave Rella (174 pounds) and C.J. Magrum (197) were awarded at-large bids yesterday to the NCAA championships, giving the Buckeyes eight participants at next week’s event in Omaha, Neb.

NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships

Gazette Online – Marion’s first opponent is Air Force’s Cole VonOhlen (23-5) Brent Metcalf (149): He is the second seed with Ohio State’s Lance Palmer getting the #1 seed. …  

Men’s Lacrosse

A Pair of Ohio State Benefits Set for April
Lacrosse Magazine Online
held in conjunction with the “Showdown at the Shoe” April 24 when Ohio State takes on Air Force in Ohio Stadium prior to the Buckeye football team’s

Football

Ballard: an unknown quantity to NFL Columbus Dispatch 

Kilroy ‘nuts’ for Buckeyes
The Hill
Mary Jo Kilroy (D-Ohio) went “nuts” for the Ohio State Buckeyes on Wednesday. Hazelnuts, that is, one pound of them, courtesy of a bet she won against Rep.

Closet door opens just a bit
San Francisco Chronicle
Ohio State’s Jim Tressel ripped up a stereotype recently. A football coach who wears sweater vests and describes his job as a ministry doesn’t necessarily

March 10

Men’s Basketball

Ohio State swingman David Lighty captains 11th annual All-Glue Team
SI.com
During his first week of practice as an Ohio State freshman, David Lighty, a 6-foot-5 swingman from Cleveland, was so dominant in a full-court,

Conference PoY winners msnbc.com – ‎It was nice of the Oscars to kick off awards season. College hoops can follow suit. It’ll be another few weeks before everything’s final on Evan Turner’s

National awards: Turning to Turner too obvious to miss CBSSports.com – I started the season with John Wall and stayed with the Kentucky freshman as long as I could. But Turner’s numbers and impact on both Ohio   

2009-10 All-American teams FOXNews – Evan Turner took the early lead for the National Player of the Year Award, but then gave way to Kentucky freshman John Wall while he sat for a month   

Sporting News college basketball Player of the Year: Evan Turner, Ohio State SportingNews.com – Before a January ceremony honoring Ohio State’s 1960 national championship team, a nervous Evan Turner broke the trophy he was to hand Jerry Lucas.

A two-horse race: It’s Turner’s award to lose OSU – The Lantern – When the Final Four rolls around in early April, Evan Turner should be collecting some well-deserved hardware, even if the Buckeyes aren’t

Buckeye briefs for Mar. 10

OSU Lantern – The Sporting News magazine named Ohio State point guard Evan Turner to its First Team All-American Tuesday. The junior leads the Big Ten with averages of 19.5 points and 9.4 rebounds per game and is second with 5.8 assists per contest. The First Team consisted of five guards: Oklahoma State’s James Anderson, Villanova’s Scottie Reynolds, Kentucky’s John Wall, Maryland’s Greivis Vasquez and Turner.

Football

Another two-time Heisman winner? Bucks nab Archie Griffin’s son
OSU – The Lantern
“Adam Griffin has a passion to be an Ohio State Buckeye,” Tressel said. “He will add a great deal to our football family on the field, in the locker room

Men’s Lacrosse

Robert Morris Beats Ohio State, Improves to 4-0
Lacrosse Magazine Online
In the first quarter, the Robert Morris University Colonials ran past the Ohio State Buckeyes by scoring the first five goals of the contest.  

March 9

Women’s Basketball

Taking Flash in a Basketball Pass to Ohio State
New York Times
Prahalis, who shed her shoulder pads at 12 and is now a 5-foot-7 sophomore point guard for Ohio State, shies from the subject today.

Cleveland’s Jantel Lavender provides a consistent foundation for OSU women’s … Plain Dealer  – Her second ankle sprained, her knee aching, her shoulder hurting, Jantel Lavender placed her hands on her knees and felt tears of pain and frustration well in her eyes, right there on the basketball court. “Am I having a mental breakdown in the game?” Lavender wondered. What happened that January night? The usual — 20 points, 11 rebounds, another Ohio State win on the way to another Big Ten title. That’s what the best player in the Big Ten does, at her best, or, as she discovered this season, at her worst.

March Madness is in the air at Ohio State

The Ohio State men’s and women’s basketball squads have been crowned Big Ten Champions and are now preparing for post-season play. The men face a noon Friday (3/12) tipoff in the Big Ten Conference Tournament in Indianapolis, while the women await NCAA tournament action after winning the conference tournament title on Sunday (3/7). View a photo collage at http://www.osu.edu/athletics/marchmadness/.

Men’s Basketball

Driven to the top

Columbus Dispatch – For a player who never lacks for motivation to improve, seeing the Big Ten player of the year award go to someone else last year shifted Evan Turner into overdrive.

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Ohio State’s Evan Turner a landslide choice as Big Ten’s best player in 2009-10

Start the award train: Turner, Matta take home Big Ten honors

OSU Lantern – Well before the season started, coach Thad Matta told Evan Turner that he wanted the junior to make the switch from small forward to point guard. The choice to put the ball in Turner’s hands proved to be a monumental decision, as the Buckeyes became Big Ten regular season champions and Turner and Matta both took home postseason honors.

Kellogg preaches a quest for all-around excellence NCAA.org

Ohio State’s Evan Turner is Big Ten Player of Year; DeShawn Sims is second … AnnArbor.com

Ohio State’s Evan Turner named Big Ten player of the year; Spartans’ Kalin …

MLive.com – ‎Ohio State’s Evan Turner averaged 20.1 points per game in league contests.PARK RIDGE, Ill. — Ohio State guard Evan Turner has been named

Matta reflects on OSU tenure, success as Bucks prepare for Big Ten Tourney

OSU Lantern – Six years ago, Thad Matta arrived in Columbus with realistic expectations. “When we rolled in here and I think back to the first team meeting we ever had,” Matta said, “we were on a four-year plan to be honest.” The former Xavier coach had just been hired at OSU to take over for Jim O’Brien, who was fired amidst allegations of NCAA violations.

Matta’s pay among tops in country The Columbus Dispatch Ohio State’s Thad Matta is the fourth-highest-paid men’s college-basketball coach, with a contract averaging $2.5 million per year, Forbes.com reported yesterday.

Turner, Matta named tops in Big Ten

Columbus Other Paper (blog) – The honors were huge, but the surprise small Monday when the Big Ten league coaches and media named Buckeyes point guard Evan Turner the

Bracketology: Ohio State has shot at No. 1 seed — but needs help Columbus Dispatch

Race for the last No. 1 seed
Washington Examiner (blog)
Case for » With Turner in the lineup, the Buckeyes have played like an elite team (21-4). Since the loss to West Virginia on Jan. 23, Ohio State has gone

Football

U.S. House to agree: ‘Go Bucks’ Columbus Dispatch

Steelers sign Allen
Score
After playing his college football with the Ohio State Buckeyes, Allen was selected in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL draft. He has spent the first six

Tressel deals with gays in sports issue USA Today Ohio State coach Jim Tressel participated in an email interview with Outlook Columbus, a magazine that serves the gay community. This excellent column from Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel explains how a college coach with a conservative reputation came to share his thoughts with the magazine.

OSU’s Tressel speaks at Luncheon Club Canton Repository – For two dozen years, Jim Tressel has made his way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club as a speaker. Only Bob Huggins has spoken more, but Tressel joked that some of those years Huggins was in the NAIA at Walsh University. The Ohio State football coach’s speech is always full of good barbs with the audience, and it is a good-natured fun. Here is a sampling of what the Buckeyes head coach had to stay, including how he feels about coaching one of the teams favored to be among the top five in the country next season. 

 

March 5-8

Men’s Basketball

Just one of the guys Columbus Dispatch – A milk crate, a brick, nails and a telephone pole. That’s all Evan Turner and his brother Darius needed.

Player of the year candidate Evan Turner a success story at Ohio State
Plain Dealer
Eric Gordon to Ohio State teammate Kosta Koufos to high school teammate Demetri McCamey of Illinois to Minnesota’s Blake Hoffarber. He led the Buckeyes

FINAL NO. 1 SEED HAS YET TO BE CLAIMED
FOXSports.com (blog)
Duke and Kansas State still have a shot, but there are others: Ohio State and a pair of teams from the Big East in Villanova and West Virginia. The Buckeyes

Kudos to the Big Ten’s best

Gary Post Tribune – Only four days from the annual Big Ten basketball tournament it’s time to consult my muse and take

*Watch more of Titus at www.BigTenNetwork.com

Big Ten Tournament preview

Cincinnati.com – Ohio State. Of the top-seeded Buckeyes’ seven losses this season, three came on the road (Butler,

Women’s Basketball

Quite a comeback

Columbus Dispatch – INDIANAPOLIS – Early in the second half, Jantel Lavender looked at the scoreboard in Conseco Fieldhouse and suddenly felt like a speck about to disappear from the rearview mirror of a speeding car.

Lavender (35 points) leads Ohio State’s comeback for Big Ten title

Detroit Free Press – ‎She scored 35 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. She picked up another award. And yes, she walked away a champion again. Even for a three-time Big Ten player

*Watch highlights from all three Big Ten tournament wins at www.BigTenNetwork.com

Star’s Record Day Helps Give Ohio State Big Ten Title

New York Times – ‎Ohio State’s Jantel Lavender tied a Big Ten Conference tournament record with 35 points, the last 2 on free throws with 1.9 seconds left to give the

Ohio State’s Prahalis gets best of pair of close calls

Indianapolis Star – The two invaluable point guards were involved in bang-bang plays early in the second half of Sunday’s women’s basketball Big Ten Tournament

Lavender highlights Big Ten tourney team

Big Ten Network – ‎Ohio State rallied past Iowa and survived a game-winner at the buzzer to claim its second straight Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament on Sunday at

Lavender’s career day leads OSU to comeback, championship

OSU Lantern – With the clock ticking toward zero and the game in the balance, the No. 10 Ohio State women’s basketball team had a decision to make. Needing a basket to win the Big Ten Tournament Championship, who takes the last shot for the Buckeyes? The decision wasn’t too difficult to make.

No. 10 Ohio St. 82, Wisconsin 73
ESPN
Tayler Hill added 14 points and six rebounds for Ohio State, which won all three games against Wisconsin this season. The Buckeyes (29-4) will defend their

Buckeyes pull away down the stretch Columbus Dispatch

No. 10 Ohio State | 66 Illinois 55: Little’s steal seals the deal for Buckeyes Columbus Dispatch

Commentary: Tournament hurts Big Ten, Foster says Columbus Dispatch

Chicago Tribune:Despite rolling to regular-season title, No. 10 Ohio State must do it again in Big Ten tourney

Also: The Columbus Dispatch: Illini aim to upset Buckeyes again

Also: The Columbus Dispatch: OSU gets healthy in time for title run

Wrestling

OSU’s Palmer posts big win Columbus Dispatch

OSU takes fourth at Big Ten wrestling championships OSU – The Lantern

Hawkeyes win title, but not everything went right

DesMoinesRegister.com – But Ohio State’s second-ranked Lance Palmer (27-2) put Metcalf on his back in a scramble, scoring a takedown and three near-fall points in the final 20

Big Ten Championships preview

Big Ten Network – ‎2 Reece Humphrey (Ohio State) vs. No. 8 Mike Thorn (Minnesota) Humphrey, an NCAA runner-up last season at 133 pounds, is one bad day away from being

Football

OSU’s Tressel talks acceptance with GLBT publication

ESPN – Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel doesn’t grant many exclusive interviews. He isn’t the type to constantly seek out video cameras and tape recorders, even in a media environment where the loudest college football coaches (cough, Lane Kiffin, cough) often get the most attention, regardless of their win-loss total. That’s why I was surprised to see the interview Tressel recently gave to Outlook Columbus, which bills itself as “a lifestyle and advocacy publication” that serves Ohio’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community (GLBT). Outlook Columbus’s March 2010 issue is entitled “Queers & Sports,” and features interviews with both Tressel and Ohio State athletics director Gene Smith, among others.

Men’s Hockey

OSU roundup: Buckeyes sweep Irish in hockey

Columbus Dispatch – ‎Ohio State advanced to the quarterfinals of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association tournament with an 8-2 victory over Notre Dame last night in the OSU

No luck for the Irish: Bucks hand Notre Dame beating, advance to face Miami

OSU Lantern – The Ohio State men’s hockey team’s lone senior elevated his play in his final postseason. Led by Mathieu Picard, the team swept Notre Dame in the first round of the conference tournament. Picard led the Buckeyes with two goals in Friday night’s opener, propelling the Buckeyes to a 3-1 victory.

College Hockey: Carlson Stops 47 as Ohio State Sweeps Notre Dame

USCHO – “Notre Dame is a good hockey club, but we just scored some timely goals and they didn’t.” Buckeyes’ forward Hunter Bishop notched Ohio State’s only hat

Irish Icers end season with 8-2 loss at Ohio State WNDU-TV

Notre Dame men’s ice hockey: Ohio State takes series lead
South Bend Tribune
Notre Dame had a pair of power plays in the opening period while the Buckeyes had just one. ND ended the night 0-for-6 on power plays. Ohio State broke

OSU to play host to Notre Dame in CCHA playoff series The Columbus Dispatch The Ohio State men’s hockey team will play host to Notre Dame in a best-of-three, first-round CCHA playoff series in the OSU Ice Rink. The first two games are at 7:05 tonight and Saturday.

Women’s Hockey

OSU’s season ends with double overtime defeat

OSU Lantern – The Ohio State women’s ice hockey team ended its season Saturday in a 5-4 double-overtime loss to Minnesota in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association semifinal game in Minneapolis, Minn. After beating last year’s national champion, Wisconsin, in two overtime matches on Feb.

Gophers women again need overtime

Minneapolis Star Tribune – ‎Minnesota used two overtime sessions to advance to the WCHA playoffs final against Minnesota Duluth. By NEWS SERVICES Or as your goalie would say, “sisu”.

Women’s hockey pregame report: (3) Gophers vs. Ohio State

Minnesota Daily (blog) – The WCHA Final Faceoff has arrived, and the Gophers will look to continue their postseason run with a matchup with Ohio State.

Bulldogs spoil conference title hopes
Minnesota Daily
Minnesota scored three times in the period but each time the Buckeyes responded with a goal of their own. The final goal came with Ohio State on a

Men’s Volleyball

IPFW drops five-set heartbreaker to Buckeyes
News Sentinel
The ‘Dons made a late rally to cut the lead to three at 26-23, drawing a timeout from the Ohio State bench. However, the visitors regained the momentum and

Men’s Lacrosse

Lions fall to Buckeyes in OT

The Daily Collegian Online – The Penn State men’s lacrosse team lost to Ohio State (3-1) Saturday, 11-10, in an overtime thriller. Sophomore Matt Mackrides led the Lions

Overtime score propels Buckeyes to victory

OSU Lantern – Usually when someone is getting jumped on by a group of men it is a bad thing. For freshman Logan Schuss, though, getting jumped on was a good thing. “At first it wasn’t the best; I couldn’t breathe. But after that it was good,” Schuss said.

Baseball

Down to their last out, Streng saves Buckeyes
Big Ten Network
16 Ohio State Buckeyes were down to their final out when Matt Streng came to the plate against Sean Clark on Friday, but he delivered a single to carry the

Buckeye briefs for Mar. 8

OSU Lantern – One run kept the No. 16 Ohio State baseball team from a perfect weekend at the Snowbird Classic. A 10-9 loss in the second game of a doubleheader against St. Louis’ Billikens Saturday left the Buckeyes with a 3-1 mark on the weekend, with wins against the Billikens, Duquesne and Farleigh Dickinson.

Softball

No. 14 Ohio State drops East Tennessee
Big Ten Network
14 Ohio State Buckeyes and the East Tennessee Buccaneers both had their opportunities on Saturday, but it was Ohio State that took advantage of them and

Pruner lifts Buckeyes to win over Bucs
Big Ten Network
Friday was a great day for Ohio State’s Courtney Pruner. She led the No. 14 Ohio State Buckeyes to a 13-1 victory over the East Tennessee Buccaneers (7-6)

Men’s Tennis

Texas A&M Men’s Tennis To Face Big Ten Powers Illinois and Ohio State
KBTX
OhioStateBuckeyes.com. 2000 Big 12 Tennis Championship Team Reunion Weekend…The Texas A&M Lettermen’s Association will welcome back and honor the 2000 Big