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March 19

Women’s Basketball

Buckeyes’ Foster wouldn’t mind a shot at UConn
SI.com
Ohio State coach Jim Foster doesn’t go running from the discussion. Even though his second-seeded Buckeyes (30-4) would have to win three games for even a

Men’s Basketball

Jon Diebler’s can-do attitude a sure shot for the Ohio State Buckeyes Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tournament Diary: Ohio State’s Dallas Lauderdale making sure Evan Turner gets some rest Cleveland Plain Dealer

OSU’s Turner eyes NCAA run, starting with UCSB

Washington Post – AP MILWAUKEE — He returned from a back injury to become perhaps the nation’s best player, and his late-game long shot to beat Michigan in

Ohio State likes mojo of Bradley Center
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Competing teams in the NCAA Tournament will accept good luck and good omens anywhere they can find them, and the Ohio State Buckeyes are no different.

Previewing Friday in Milwaukee

ESPN (blog) –  If Ohio State’s Evan Turner looms over this pod — he is the best player, his is the best team — he looms even larger on the cover of

UC Santa Barbara’s quirky D; Turner overcame odds; Ford’s winning mentality

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (blog) – Some final thoughts from the Milwaukee regional, which had press conferences and practices Thursday at the Bradley

History lesson for Turner

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (blog) –  ‎Ohio State guard Evan Turner has been a pretty busy guy lately so it’s understandable if he hasn’t had a chance to do

Ohio State carries hopes of Big Ten

Chicago Tribune – But Wisconsin and Michigan State could surprise in NCAA tournament 

Last season, Michigan State held all the hope for Big Ten fans. All optimism for a spectacular NCAA tournament run this season seems to rest on Ohio State.

At No. 2, the Buckeyes are the highest seed among the five Big Ten teams playing in the tournament – all of which compete in first round games Friday. No. 11 Minnesota and No. 4 Purdue must have gone to a momentum swap meet as the Golden Gophers are surging and the Boilermakers are tanking. No. 4 Wisconsin takes on a tournament newbie in Wofford, while No. 5 Michigan State tries to add to its long tournament resume.

Healthy Turner powers Buckeyes

Boston Globe MILWAUKEE – He returned from a back injury to become perhaps the nation’s best player, and his late-game long shot to beat Michigan in the Big Ten tournament has been played over and over on highlight shows.

Buckeyes bank on experience

Players haven’t forgotten last year’s upset

Columbus Dispatch MILWAUKEE – Jon Diebler remembers what he felt like at this time a year ago. Not only him, but his Ohio State teammates, too.

“Whew,” he said. “We got in the tournament.”

OSU needs its big guy to play big

Columbus Dispatch If Ohio State is to satisfy many office-pool predictions by diving to at least Elite Eight depth, then one player in particular must channel a certain Michigan State legend.

Supporting cast key to Buckeyes’ success       

Columbus Dispatch In terms of simple arithmetic, one plus one has never equaled five on a basketball court. So a team with two established stars still needs three or more other players willing to sacrifice a little of the limelight to build a successful season.

Ohio State, the second seed in the Dayton Regional, enters the first round of the NCAA Tournament at noon Sunday in Pittsburgh against the St. Francis Red Flash (17-14) with two name players.

Former Buckeye fancies OSU’s tournament chances

Bucyrus Telegraph Forum – CARDINGTON — Former Ohio State standout Jay Burson likes what he sees in his crystal ball.

Football

Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith says lights will be added to football practice fields

Cleveland Plain Dealer – Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith says a project to add lights to the football practice fields will break ground in late April, and offers some insight into Jim Tressel’s contract.

Jim Tressel says he would embrace openly gay player at Ohio State
AnnArbor.com
Ohio State’s Jim Tressel claps as his team comes onto the field against Michigan at Michigan Stadium on Saturday, November 17, 2007. Ohio State coach Jim

Men’s Hockey

Hurricanes agree to terms with Ohio State’s Dalpe
USA Today
RALEIGH, NC (AP) – The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms for a three-year entry deal with Ohio State’s Zac Dalpe, the team’s second-round pick in

March 18

Wrestling

Stellar senior class has sights on national title

Columbus Dispatch – Corey Morrison was the odd man out. After not receiving a wild-card bid into the NCAA wrestling championships, Morrison thought he would have to rely on the hope that his fellow Ohio State seniors would be able to win the national championship that barely eluded them last year.

Men’s Basketball

Buckeyes loose and ready for NCAA opener
San Francisco Chronicle
AP For the record, the fifth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes appear to be anything but uptight and nervous as they prepare for

Ohio State hoping offensive, defensive versatility pays off in NCAA dance: Analysis

Cleveland Plain Dealer COLUMBUS, Ohio — So President Obama likes Evan Turner’s game, name-dropping the Ohio State star while speaking in Strongsville on Monday.

Celebrity bracket for contestant Kosta Koufos, former Ohio State University basketball player

Cleveland Plain Dealer Former Ohio State basketball player Kosta Koufos doesn’t have to worry about getting razzed by the Buckeyes. Others might question his bracket, however.

President Obama’s praise, Jon Diebler’s illness, trying Evan Turner’s shot and other Ohio State notes: Video

Cleveland Plain Dealer Ohio State was planning to take off for Milwaukee around 4 p.m. today. The Buckeyes will practice off-site in Milwaukee on Thursday morning, then meet the media at the Bradley Center between 4:30 and 5 and have a public practice at the arena between 5:10 and 5:50. They play UC-Santa Barbara at 9:35 Friday night.

Flu-bitten Buckeyes say they’re ready to go

Columbus Dispatch It’s a good thing Ohio State had extended time off between the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments, because several players have been sick this week.

Lighty’s now a lights-out shooter Columbus Dispatch

First Fan’s Bracket Is All Business, No Politics

New York Times (blog) – Only one team in the Final Four – Villanova, from Pennsylvania – is from a typical battleground state. He picked Ohio State to win their first two games,

It looks like the year of the upset in the NCAA tournament

Pioneer Press – Ohio State junior Evan Turner (right), who set a Big Ten tournament record with 31 points in the title game against Minnesota, will likely win national of

Women’s Basketball

Top Prospects – espn.com  

March 16-17

Basketball

Unbreakable bond: Siblings Tayler and P.J. Hill have helped each other through a transitional year at OSU Columbus Dispatch

Bucks b-ballers semi-favorites among fans Business First of Columbus – The men’s and women’s basketball teams from Ohio State University are among fans’ top 10 favorites in the run-up to the March Madness tournaments, according to a new poll from Harris Interactive.

Men’s

Obama lauds Buckeyes’ Turner, but won’t reveal NCAA picks Columbus Dispatch – “That kid Turner looks pretty good,” observed none other than President Barack Obama

Obama name-drops Evan Turner

ESPN (blog) – THE PRESIDENT: Yes, that kid Turner looks pretty good. You guys are doing all right. Obama apparently wasn’t yet ready to give his NCAA tournament picks up

Evan Turner’s Sports Illustrated photo shoot for Ohio State cover: Video Plain Dealer

Ohio State Buckeyes backcourt more than just Evan Turner ESPN – INDIANAPOLIS — Thanks to his position on the basketball court, Jon Diebler rarely finds himself more than 40 feet away from Evan Turner

Turner’s Buckeyes among 10 who can win it all

msnbc.com – Evan Turner is the biggest reasons Ohio State is one of 10 teams capable of winning the NCAA tournament, writes Rob Dauster.

Diehards Snatch Up March Madness Tickets, Book Rooms

NBC4i.com – After a few close calls in the Big Ten tournament, the basketball Buckeyes locked a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament after a dominating win against upstart

Big Ten Network offers predictions on Big Ten basketball teams’ fortunes in … AnnArbor.com

Women’s

Unstoppable: Samantha Prahalis learned her game by knocking heads with the players Columbus Dispatch

OSU guard Samantha Prahalis is more than flash and dash Cleveland Plain Dealer Ohio State’s women will face St. Francis (Pa.) in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday. It’s bad enough for St. Francis that it will face All-American Jantel Lavender. Unfortunately, it will also have to deal with point guard Samantha Prahalis.

Buckeyes try not to look ahead to UConn Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State eyes unbeaten UConn down the road SI.com

OSU receives a No.2 seed in NCAA Tournament The Columbus DispatchThe Ohio State women’s basketball team, champion of the Big Ten in the regular season and conference tournament, is a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes (30-4) will face 15th-seeded St. Francis (Pa.) in the Dayton region. The tournament’s No. 1 seeds are Connecticut in the Dayton region, Stanford in the Sacramento region, Nebraska in the Kansas City region and Tennessee in the Memphis region.

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Ohio State’s women have St. Francis on their NCAA plate, but Connecticut on their minds

Youngstown Vindicator: OSU sent to UConn’s regional

St. Francis women to play Ohio State in NCAAs
Altoona Mirror
The Red Flash will play the Ohio State Buckeyes at the in Pittsburgh on Sunday as part of the Dayton Regional. St. Francis won its 10th Northeast Conference

St. Francis to play Ohio State in NCAA tournament

The Tribune-Democrat – LORETTO – The thing you have to keep in mind about Cinderella is that if she does not beat out her stepsisters, she was just another girl with

Wrestling

 

Football

Ohio state coach Jim Tressel talks football, life

The-News-Leader – Ohio State University Football Coach Jim Tressel speaks to a sold-out crowd of 1000 at Hudson High School March 8 in front of an

Tressel receives 2-year extension ESPN

Tressel re-ups for two more

Columbus Dispatch – The question of how long Jim Tressel will coach Ohio State football remains intriguing, even after Tressel received a two-year contract extension, which the school announced yesterday.

Sports in Brief: Two more years for Tressel | Philadelphia Inquirer | 03/17/2010

Philadelphia Inquirer – Ohio State fired men’s hockey coach John Markell after more than 15 years behind the Buckeyes’ bench. Markell was 280-267-56. Jason Robinson, a 21-year-old

Men’s Hockey

Buckeyes part ways with head coach John Markell

OSU – The Lantern – Ohio State will not renew the contract of John Markell, the coach of the men’s hockey team. Athletic Director, Gene Smith,

Markell: End of Tenure with Ohio State ‘Obvious Disappointment’ USCHO

The Columbus Dispatch: Markell’s contract not renewed

Commentary: Coach not problem with OSU hockey Columbus Dispatch

Athletics

Certain teams stay in coach’s mind, heart Columbus Dispatch

OSU’s Smith nominated for AD of the Year ESPN Ohio State’s Gene Smith has been nominated for the Athletic Director of the Year award given by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily. Smith joins fellow nominees Dan Guerrero (UCLA), Mal Moore (Alabama), Gene Bleymeier (Boise State) and Dick Baddour (North Carolina). Check out all the awards and nominees here.

 

March 13-15

Men’s Basketball

Buckeyes enter NCAA play on a high note

Columbus Dispatch – The Ohio State men’s basketball team was rewarded with a No.2 seed in the NCAA Tournament yesterday after adding the Big Ten Tournament championship to its regular-season title.

** Watch all of Ohio State’s Big Ten Tournament game highlights at BigTenNetwork.com **

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH THAD MATTA
SportingNews.com (blog)
This weeks special guest is the one and only Thad Matta head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Yours truly has been on a very limited blogging schedule the

Big Ten’s Best: Bucks dominate Minnesota, capture conference tournament title

OSU Lantern – Two nail-biters were enough for Ohio State. The Buckeyes won the Big Ten title Sunday, 90-61, in blowout fashion over Minnesota and asserted themselves as the Big Ten’s best team. It was something the Buckeyes have waited months to prove. “I think it was just about us coming together and playing as a team,” David Lighty said.

This Just In: Evan Turner is Really Good ESPN – Ohio State forward Evan Turner is getting a lot of National Player of the Year attention and rightfully so. Turner has averaged 19 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists per game for the Buckeyes this season.

Team S. Dot Timeout with Danny Peters
SLAM Online (blog)
Watch for Danny and his Ohio State Buckeyes as they look to compete for a Big Ten postseason championship, while they also seek to win the 2010 NCAA

College basketball Ohio State wins Big Ten tournament

Detroit Free Press – ‎When it appeared there was nothing more he could do to make his Big Ten tournament performance better, the junior had 31 points and 11 rebounds to lead No.

Big Ten title caps Turner’s big weekend

Chicago Sun-Times – When it appeared there was nothing more he could do to make his Big Ten tournament performance better, Turner scored 31 points and grabbed 11

Buckeyes roll to title behind Turner

Kansas City Star – ‎Ohio State’s Evan Turner (left), who blocked Minnesota’s Ralph Sampson III, scored 31 points for the Buckeyes. INDIANAPOLIS | Evan Turner didn’t need any

For Big Ten fans, Friday’s NCAA tournament schedule just sick

Chicago Tribune – CHAMPAIGN – If you’re a Big Ten fan, call in sick to work Friday. All five of the conference’s teams that made the NCAA

Buckeyes seeded 2nd, play UCSB in NCAA first round

San Jose Mercury News – COLUMBUS, Ohio-Evan Turner had a hard time being heard on the bus headed home on Sunday night. The Ohio State Buckeyes were

Buckeyes’ backcourt too much for Gophers

ESPN (blog) – ‎Turner still played a huge role in a 90-61 win against Minnesota, but backcourt mates David Lighty, Jon Diebler and William Buford

STAR OF THE DAY

Washington Post – As if his late-game heroics in Friday’s Big Ten quarterfinals weren’t enough, Turner willed the Buckeyes past Illinois in the Big Ten semifinals on Saturday

Turner has last word after game full of trash talk

Chicago Sun-Times – INDIANAPOLIS — It’s the game within the game. It’s called trash-talking, a combination of braggadocio and pushing of emotional

OSU gets curious seeding

Columbus Dispatch – INDIANAPOLIS – If Ohio State had a case for being the second-best No.2 seed in the NCAA Tournament field, why were the Buckeyes placed in the same region as Kansas, the tournament’s overall No.1?

Commentary: Turner’s feats are quickly becoming legendary Columbus Dispatch

Buckeyes outlast Illini in double-OT NCAA thriller

Toronto Star – Marcus Morris, left, and Xavier Henry of Kansas converge on Kansas State’s Jamar Samuels on March 13, 2010. Morris scored 18 in a 72-64 win.

OSU 88, Illinois 81 (2OT): Full-court defense helps Ohio State turn tide, reach final in Big Ten Columbus Dispatch

OSU works OT for spot in title game

Detroit Free Press – ‎INDIANAPOLIS — One day after making a 37-foot buzzer-beater in the quarterfinals, Evan Turner bailed out the No. 6 Buckeyes again Saturday.

Turner saves day for Ohio St.

Salt Lake Tribune – One day after making a 37-foot buzzer-beater in the quarterfinals, Turner bailed out the Buckeyes again Saturday, scoring 12 of his 31 points after

Turner, McCamey up the trash talking

ESPN (blog) – INDIANAPOLIS — There’s a line for Ohio State junior Evan Turner when it comes to trash talking. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Evan Turner

Commentary: Turner has last word with mouthy Illini Columbus Dispatch

Mr. Big Shot: Turner’s basket from just inside half-court line saves OSU from upset by Michigan Columbus Dispatch

Commentary: 2.2 seconds plenty for Turner Columbus Dispatch

Buzzer-beater: Turner’s 37-foot winning shot earns place in OSU lore Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State wins on Evan Turner buzzer-beater
Newsday (subscription)
Ohio State’s Evan Turner came to the rescue as he drained a desparation three as time expired to push the Buckeyes past Michigan, 69-68, in the Big Ten

Evan Almighty: Ohio State’s Turner puts up a prayer and beats Michigan in Big …
Plain Dealer
INDIANAPOLIS — Ohio State’s fate in the balance, Buckeyes star Evan Turner released his final shot on the move with less than a second to play.

Instant replay No. 1 seed Buckeyes 69, No. 8 Wolverines 68

Detroit Free Press – What happened: Michigan took an early nine-point lead as DeShawn Sims was aggressive and focused. Once Ohio State found its legs after a

Evan Turner’s 37-footer propels Ohio State Buckeyes past Michigan in Big Ten …

Washington Post – ‎By AP Evan Turner took an inbounds pass, dribbled upcourt and drained a 37-footer at the buzzer to give No. 5 Ohio State a 69-68 win over Michigan in

Evan Turner lifts Ohio State to victory

Los Angeles Times – ‎He finishes with 18 points and eight assists for the Buckeyes, delivering a 69-68 victory over Michigan with a buzzer-beating 37-foot shot.

A Buckeye’s dream day
Lancaster Eagle Gazette
The team it saves, the Ohio State Buckeyes, parties at midcourt. The coach whose curious defensive strategy allows it to happen, John Beilein,

KENTUCKY FANS: TURNER CAN MAKE BIG SHOTS, TOO

FOXSports.com The argument for Kentucky fans always came down to the following when backing their guy, John Wall, for National Player of the Year honors.

Turner’s miracle shot lifts Buckeyes to win

ESPN (blog) – INDIANAPOLIS — If there were any doubts left about who should win National Player of the Year in college basketball, Evan Turner just

Turner’s 3 at Buzzer Lifts No. 5 Ohio State to Semis

New York Times – ‎Ohio State Coach Thad Matta, left, congratulated Evan Turner after he sank a 37-footer at the buzzer to lift the Buckeyes to a one-point victory over

Shot heard ’round the world: Turner launches game-winner to knock out Michigan

OSU Lantern – Evan Turner may have gone from great player to legend, all in 2.2 seconds. That’s how long it took the Big Ten Player of the Year to take an inbound pass and drain  a 37-footer at the buzzer. It left every Big Ten fan in attendance at Conseco field house with a look of utter disbelief on their faces as Buckeye fans celebrated a 69-68 win over rival Michigan.

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

Men’s Hockey

Buckeyes mount attack too late Columbus Dispatch

Miami knocks out Ohio State in decisive playoff matchup

OSU Lantern – The Ohio State men’s hockey team was out-gunned by No.1 Miami over the weekend. In a dramatic quarterfinal matchup, of the CCHA tournament, The RedHawks end the Buckeyes season Sunday night with a 2-1 victory. Miami out-shot OSU in all three games of the series and their extra chances paid off as they won both Friday and Sunday’s games, by scores of 6-2 and 2-1 respectively, to win the series.

Ohio State edges Miami 5-4 in OT
Cincinnati.com
Ohio State converted a 3-on-1 breakaway 6:35 into overtime to lift the Buckeyes to a 5-4 victory Saturday night at Steve Cady Arena and force a deciding

Ohio State roundup: Men’s hockey ties its series with Miami Columbus Dispatch

Top-seeded Miami thumps Ohio State 6-2
Cincinnati.com
OXFORD , Ohio – Top-seeded Miami defeated Ohio State 6-2 in the first game of a Central Collegiate Hockey Association tournament best-of-3 quarterfinal

Football

Ohio State’s Thaddeus Gibson gives solid performance at pro day workouts
Plain Dealer
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Thaddeus Gibson was the Buckeyes player most of the 29 NFL teams on hand came to see at Ohio State’s pro day workouts Friday.

Small, Rose try to raise draft stock

Columbus Dispatch – The issues with Ray Small and Rob Rose have never been about athletic ability, and yesterday was a reminder of that.

A new breed of QB Columbus Dispatch The potholes that once might have obstructed Terrelle Pryor’s path to becoming an NFL quarterback seem to be getting filled.

Diving

Davis, Ison receive Big Ten scholarships Columbus Dispatch Ison, a Northwestern football player, and Davis, an Ohio State diver, each received a $5,000 postgraduate scholarship for their achievements in academics, athletics, extracurricular activities and leadership as undergraduate student-athletes.

Tennis

OSU roundup Columbus Dispatch Fourth-ranked Ohio State won its 100th straight home match with a 7-0 win over Purdue last night at the OSU Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. The streak is the longest of its kind by a team in any sport in Big Ten history.