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March 26

Men’s Basketball

Ohio State doesn’t have most talent, but Buckeyes are best team

SI.com — There are better teams than these Ohio State Buckeyes. Kentucky is more talented. Kansas was twice as deep. Duke has more pure scorers.

When Evan Turner Is Covered, Ohio State’s Jon Diebler Shines New York Times- Ohio State guard Jon Diebler, a junior, is shooting 42.8 percent from behind the 3-point arc and averaging 13.3 points a game.

If Diebler’s hot, OSU’s tough to stop The Columbus Dispatch In a peculiar NCAA Tournament daydream, a deranged sports columnist climbs a mountain and asks a wise old man at the top for the secret to Ohio State’s five-game run through the postseason. “Jon Diebler,” the guru says, without flinching. Excuse me? It has to be Evan Turner, doesn’t it? Of course it does, he says, but no wise man is needed to come up with that answer. That revelation could be gleaned from anyone wearing an Ohio State T-shirt in a grocery store checkout line.

 

Upsets open up a path for top-seeded Ohio State in Midwest Regional

Los Angeles Times – The Buckeyes face Tennessee in one regional semifinal, and Northern Iowa tries for another upset when it plays Michigan State. Reporting from St. Louis

Will Ohio State come up short?

Yahoo! Sports – The Buckeyes’ starters – Evan Turner (35.6), Jon Diebler (37.1), David Lighty (36.6), William Buford

  • Also: Cleveland Plain Dealer: When quiet Jon Diebler is hot, the Buckeyes can make some noise
  • Also: Sports Illustrated: High school legend Diebler builds on hoops legacy at Ohio State

People like Evan Turner as a player and, yes, as a person Cleveland Plain Dealer – Evan Turner’s excellence on the basketball court is apparent. The Ohio State swingman is considered by many as the most deserving candidate for the national Player of the Year award. What most people don’t get to see, though, is how admirably Turner conducts himself not only on the court, but off the court as well.

Ohio State Buckeyes men’s basketball team familiar with Tennessee’s style of play
Plain Dealer
That unsteady Ohio State team has grown into this national title contender and the path to the Final Four will require the Buckeyes to embrace the SEC style

Lighty recalls ’07 Sweet 16 journey, wonders ‘what if’ Toledo Blade – While the Ohio State Buckeyes live in the moment as their NCAA tournament journey has taken them here for a Sweet 16 meeting tonight with Tennessee, junior David Lighty allowed himself a brief escape yesterday to ponder a big “what if.” What if the Buckeyes arrived here with all of the players that should be or could be part of this team – all the guys who over the last three years have left Columbus early to play in the NBA. That would mean Greg Oden, Mike Conley, Jr., Daequan Cook, Kosta Foufos, and B.J. Mullens would be in the Buckeyes’ locker room huddle, along with Lighty, Evan Turner, William Buford, Jon Diebler, and Dallas Lauderdale.

Looking Ahead: Round of 16 New York Times

NCAA Tournament: It’s about money, too The Columbus Dispatch The Ohio State men’s basketball team is playing for more than glory these days. The Buckeyes also are competing for financial gain – theirs and their Big Ten brethren’s. For each victory they and fellow Big Ten teams accrue in the NCAA Tournament, they will earn an additional $20,227 for each of the next six years. That’s based on a formula that this year awards a conference $222,502 for each team it has in the tournament and the same amount for every victory its teams earn through the national semifinal round. There’s no additional benefit for winning the national championship.

Tennessee’s Chism prepared for any assignment The Columbus Dispatch The last time Ohio State met Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament, the Volunteers’ Wayne Chism guarded Greg Oden. Today, he might be asked, at times, to guard Evan Turner. “I’m getting myself prepared to guard anybody,” Chism said. Such versatility has been a hallmark of Chism’s career. Whatever is needed, he has the ability and willingness to do. “I don’t want to be known as a person who can only do one thing,” Chism said.

Ohio State and Michigan State at Midwest Regional, one team without its star Cleveland Plain Dealer – Ohio State’s Evan Turner and Michigan State’s Kalin Lucas in St. LouisCould the Midwest Regional come down to a Big Ten battle? No. 2 seed Ohio State plays No. 6 Tennessee at 7:07 on Friday, followed by No. 5 Michigan State against No. 9 Northern Iowa. The winners meet Sunday to go to the Final Four. The Spartans might have the harder time holding up their end of the bargain.

Buckeyes provide different challenge for Vols Canton Repository – The last time Tennessee faced Ohio State in the NCAA tournament, the Buckeyes had a roster that made NBA general managers drool, with monstrous Greg Oden dominating inside and Mike Conley Jr. making sure everything flowed smoothly. Must be a relief to the Volunteers that they won’t have to see those guys again in Friday’s Midwest Regional semifinal, huh? Yeah, right. The second-seeded Buckeyes (29-7) might look a lot different than they did when they held off the Vols in the regional semifinals three years ago, but they’re no less formidable. In fact, Tennessee Head Coach Bruce Pearl said this Ohio State squad might be even more daunting.

  • Also: Youngstown Vindicator: Bucks worry Vols coach
  • Also: Lancaster Eagle Gazette: Pearl: OSU harder to plan for
  • Also: Dayton Daily News: No instant replay: Vols face different Ohio State
  • Also: ESPN: No instant replay: Vols face different Ohio State
  • Also: Mansfield News Journal: Vols face different Buckeyes

Shooting in dome presents a test: Buckeyes attempt to get comfortable  The Columbus Dispatch To prepare for its first game in a domed stadium this season, coach Thad Matta took the Ohio State men’s basketball team to the biggest place he could find on campus. “We practiced over in the ‘Shoe,” Matta said before the Buckeyes left town Wednesday. He was joking, of course. But then he channeled Norman Dale, the coach in the movie Hoosiers, who, after escorting his country kids into the massive Butler Fieldhouse, had them check the distance between the rim and the floor with a tape measure. “It’s the same,” Matta said. “You just try to get the guys comfortable with what they’re doing. I don’t make a big deal out of it. The baskets are still 10 feet high and you’ve got to play.”

  • ALso: Toledo Blade: Vols unlikely Sweet 16 qualifier – Buckeyes expect a hard fight
  • Also: Youngstown Vindicator: Tennessee is a familiar opponent for Ohio State

Swimming

NCAA swimmers have norovirus

The Columbus Dispatch-  Public-health probe confirms the stricken shared a flight from Dallas/Fort Worth

Norovirus is to blame for an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness that sickened at least 18 student-athletes and one coach and postponed the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been contacted amid concerns that the illnesses might be connected to a flight that arrived in Columbus on Monday from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, said Jen House, spokeswoman for the state Health Department.

  • Also: USA Today: Ohio officials say ailing athletes on same flight  

March 24-25

Women’s Gymnastics

Ohio State to host Big Ten Women’s Gymnastics Championships
Big Ten Network
Tickets can be purchased online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com (click on “Shop” along the top bar of links and then click on tickets, single game tickets through

Buckeye captain responds well to team’s tall order The Columbus Dispatch The question has followed Hillary Dow throughout her athletic career: “Aren’t you a little tall for a gymnast?” Yes, she is – and more than a little: At 5 feet 9 inches, she stands a half-foot taller, on average, than her Ohio State University teammates. “That’s about as tall as you can be and still survive,” said her coach, Carey Fagan. “When little girls do their tumbling, it tends to look effortless; when you’re 5-9, it doesn’t ever really look that way.”

Men’s Tennis

Ohio State Buckeyes Make History with 100 Consecutive Home Wins
ITATennis.com – COLUMBUS, Ohio – When the Ohio State men’s tennis team last lost a home match the date was April 5, 2003. Exactly 2532 days ago the Buckeyes dropped a 5-2

Men’s Swimming

OSU swimmer pools his talent Columbus Dispatch – For the second time in eight months, Ohio State senior Joel Elber will compete for a national championship — this time in the water rather than on land … Elber’s skills aren’t limited to the swimming pool, where he will compete in freestyle, backstroke and relay events. His hidden talent is in dancing, as a member of a German folk-dancing team.

Illness washes out start of NCAA swim meet Columbus Dispatch

Men’s Basketball

Ohio State’s supporting cast steps up when the time is right USA Today – Ohio State’s Jon Diebler is a critical piece of the Buckeyes’ puzzle along with player-of-the-year candidate Evan Turner. Diebler has averaged 13.3 points a game this season.

Ohio State’s Evan Turner played Jon Diebler in a game of HORSE this season. Simply put, Diebler shamed Turner, his teammate and roommate. That says a lot about Diebler. Turner is a national player of the year, averaging 20 points, 9.2 rebounds and six assists.

* Turner vs. Diebler in H-O-R-S-E … who wins? What do you think? Fans chime in on Facebook.com/Buckeyes

Also: Lancaster Eagle Gazette: Players such as OSU’s Diebler give teams a chance to win

Buckeyes’ Evan Turner is a star on and off the court

St. Louis Post-Dispatch – When she doesn’t expect it, someone will come up to Iris James, the mother of Ohio State basketball star Evan Turner, and compliment her

WSYX TV Ch. 6 Columbus – Evan Turner’s Family Enjoying Ride to the Sweet 16

Solon grad Dallas Lauderdale keeps order on the court for Ohio State Buckeyes …

Plain Dealer – Other teams in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament should be aware that if

OSU on the attack

CNATI – COLUMBUS — After Selection Sunday, Ohio State fans spent a lot of time griping about the Buckeyes

Ohio State coach enjoying busy NCAA tournament run

SI.com – COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -It’s 10 o’clock on a Monday night in mid-March, the early NIT games are over and even avid basketball fans across the country are about

Also: Youngstown Vindicator: OSU coach enjoys NCAA run

Buckeyes wary of being next top seed to fall

SI.com – ‎COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -When Northern Iowa crumpled up and tossed America’s brackets in the trash by knocking off top-seeded Kansas last week, it figured to

Midwest Region Reset: Ohio State looks like best team still standing

SI.com – Going into the NCAAs, the Midwest was billed as the most loaded region. Now it’s the most volatile one after three of the top four seeds didn’t make it to

Turner emerged vs. Vols

Columbus Dispatch – Evan Turner charges into Tennessee’s Wayne Chism during the first-half of a 2008 game won by the Vols 74-69.

Ohio State Buckeyes men’s basketball team adjusts gas on conditioning, now has …
Plain Dealer
When Ohio State and Tennessee meet in a Midwest Regional semifinal in St. Louis on Friday, the Buckeyes will enter the game with starters Jon Diebler,

Ohio State didn’t celebrate Kansas’ stunning loss; instead …
When Northern Iowa crumpled up and tossed America’s brackets in the trash by knocking off top-seeded Kansas last week, it figured to benefit someone.
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Pearl, Vols arrive in St. Louis focused on making history
WVLT
If the Vols are to make it out of the Sweet 16, they’ll have to topple the second-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes, who are led by Player of the Year candidate

Scoring from Tennessee senior key for Vols to win

SI.com – ‎KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -JP Prince takes charges, steals balls, gets his fellow Volunteers involved in the offense and plays defense.

  • Pearl of wisdom Columbus Dispatch
  • Groce breaks down Vols Columbus Dispatch

UT tests its bench strength

Associated News Today – KNOXVILLE – There are two schools of thought for the best way to utilize a basketball bench, as evidenced by the Sweet Sixteen seasons of Tennessee and Ohio

Northland’s Sullinger Is Mr. Basketball — Again 10TV – ‎1 hour ago‎ COLUMBUS, Ohio – Northland High School center Jared Sullinger has been named Ohio’s Mr. Basketball for the second consecutive year, the Associated Press

  • High School Basketball Man of destiny Columbus Dispatch
  • Northland’s Jared Sullinger is selected Ohio AP Mr. Basketball for second year … Fox 59
  • Players named AP Mr. Basketball in Ohio Dayton Daily News

OSU recruit is top Division III player Columbus Dispatch Ohio State-bound point guard Aaron Craft of Findlay Liberty-Benton was named Ohio’s player of the year in Division III by the Associated Press yesterday.

Women’s Basketball

Mississippi State avenges loss, upsets Buckeyes
Stamford Advocate
Most of all, the Ohio State Buckeyes couldn’t handle the moment — and, because they couldn’t, another second-seeded team is out of the NCAA women’s

Rack’s 30 leads No. 7 Bullogs past No. 2 Buckeyes …
PITTSBURGH – Alexis Rack drove through and around Ohio State’s slow-to-react defense for 30 points and seventh-seeded Mississippi State upset the second-seeded Buckeyes 87-67 on Tuesday night to reach the NCAA women’s tournament round
Nashuatelegraph.com: Local News,… – http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/

  • Commentary: Ohio State plays soft, makes another early exit Columbus Dispatch

  • Mississippi State 87, Ohio State 67: Buckeyes fall flat Columbus Dispatch

Prahalis fouls out in Ohio State’s upset loss

Newsday (subscription) – PITTSBURGH – Alexis Rack drove through and around Ohio State’s slow-to-react defense for 30 points and seventh-seeded

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Ohio State Buckeyes women’s team rolls an unlucky No. 7, gets rolled by Mississippi State

Once again, Ohio State women end promising season with an early defeat in NCAA …

Fox 59 – Despite a No. 2 seeding, a hot start in the game and a relatively partisan crowd, the Buckeyes once again fell out of the NCAAs early to an underdog.  

Football

A Big Ten title game without expansion? ESPN – As we all know by now, NCAA bylaws state that in order to hold a championship game in football, a conference must have 12 members. So for the Big Ten to hold its title game in Indianapolis, Detroit, Chicago or Sheboygan, a 12th member must be added.

March 23

Women’s Basketball

Seniors put team before themselves

The Columbus Dispatch – Four seniors dot the Ohio State women’s basketball team roster. All play, but none is a starter.

OSU knows what’s coming Columbus Dispatch

Like ’09, Buckeyes’ Lavender a potential road block to round of 16 for …

Los Angeles Times –  (AP) – The game will be played on a neutral court in Pittsburgh, not on Ohio State’s home floor in Columbus. Some of the players are different,

Ohio State star known for toughness Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Women’s NCAA tournament: Congolese trio evolves at Mississippi State

Pittsburgh Post Gazette – Mississippi State’s Chanel Mokango shoots over Middle Tennessee’s Brandi Brown during an NCAA first-round college basketball game at

Ohio State star Samantha Prahalis silences opponents

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review – Ohio State point guard Samantha Prahalis is only a sophomore but isn’t wasting time putting up numbers and getting

Men’s Basketball

Evan Turner wins Oscar Robertson Award as nation’s top player: Ohio State Insider
Plain Dealer
The cost is $175 for the three-game session, regardless of whether the Buckeyes win their first game. On the Ohio State Web site, go to Tickets,

Teams have good reason to take Turner No. 1 ESPN.com

Turner is basketball writers’ player of the year

Columbus Dispatch – Ohio State junior Evan Turner was announced this morning as the winner of the Oscar Robertson Trophy, presented annually to the national

Ohio State looks to repeat history while Vols hope to make history GoVolsXtra

Buckeyes’ Buford broadens skill set
Toledo Blade
COLUMBUS – William Buford came to Ohio State a year and a half ago as a scorer – a guy who could take the basketball and churn through Hades

Pearl of wisdom

Columbus Dispatch – Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl’s theme should be “the world is your oyster” as he prepares his team for a Sweet 16 showdown Friday against Ohio State, at least compared to the way things looked for the Volunteers on Jan.1.

  • OSU-Tennessee tickets go on sale today Columbus Dispatch
  • OSU Insider Columbus Dispatch

Men’s Volleyball

Lions ready to move on
The Daily Collegian
In the press conference following the Penn State men’s volleyball team’s upset loss to Ohio State on Sunday, Price rarely looked up,

 

March 20-22 

Men’s Basketball

Ohio State’s Evan Turner has a new No. 1 fan

USA Today – ‎MILWAUKEE — Evan Turner had a special guest attend Ohio State’s first-round game against UC-Santa Barbara on Friday night. Eleven-year-old Jack Zeidler of

Surprises Pan Out for Ohio State’s Turner

New York Times – COLUMBUS, Ohio – While pregnant with her third child, Iris Turner was thrilled to learn that sonograms showed she was going to have her

OSU’s Turner named Naismith Award finalist BigTenNetwork.com

Evan Turner Leads Buckeyes Into Round of 16

New York Times – MILWAUKEE – Things are breaking Ohio State’s way in the NCAA tournament, and Evan Turner could be ready to take command of a brighter

 

Dynamic Turner drives resilient OSU to Sweet 16

Chicago Sun-Times – His presence causes other teams to twitch. His presence at Ohio State can still cause several college coaches in Illinois to

Buckeyes learn from others: Look past no one in NCAA tournament

Chicago Tribune – MILWAUKEE – In this season’s NCAA tournament, the word “favorite” has lost its meaning, which is a lesson not lost on Ohio

Georgia Tech bounced from NCAAs by Ohio State

Atlanta Journal Constitution – MILWAUKEE – For all the unexpected brought by this season, Georgia Tech fell victim to the expected. On Sunday, the Yellow Jackets played

OSU, Turner handle the heat

Yahoo! Sports – ‎MILWAUKEE – Georgia Tech put the pressure on Ohio State, gambling its aggressive defense could counter

Turner rebounds big for No. 2 Ohio State

msnbc.com – MILWAUKEE – Nobody got a bigger boost than Ohio State when mighty Kansas tumbled and the Midwest Regional suddenly went up for grabs.

Just like old times for Turner and Shumpert

Chicago Tribune – ‎MILWAUKEE – Ohio State’s Evan Turner and Georgia Tech’s Iman Shumpert passed each other in a Bradley Center hallway Friday night, and true to the stereotype

Ohio State’s Evan Turner adjusting to more physical play

USA Today – Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt said Evan Turner strikes him as “very composed” when asked for his impressions of Ohio State’s 6-7 point guard who averages

Breaking down the Buckeyes, starts with Shumpert vs. Turner

Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog) – MILWAUKEE – So this is how they celebrate the first day of spring round here? Snow?! Well, what the heck, might as well have it. Covering an NCAA basketball

Evan who? UCSB coach on Ohio State’s Jon Diebler: ‘That kid’s a stud’

USA Today – ‎MILWAUKEE — Friday night, UC-Santa Barbara did a terrific job flustering Ohio State’s Evan Turner in a first-round game in Milwaukee.

Ohio State’s Evan Turner knows that this time of year, every second counts …
Plain Dealer
Because Ohio State, Turner’s reputation aside, is not a one-man team, the Buckeyes were able to cope with Turner’s 2-for-13 shooting horror show Friday.

  • Cohesion is OSU’s strength Columbus Dispatch
  • Rough stuff used on Turner Columbus Dispatch
  • Adios, Gauchos Columbus Dispatch

Not exactly a statement, but Ohio State Buckeyes still get solid NCAA …
Plain Dealer
15 seed UC Santa Barbara was, however, the first NCAA Tournament victory for any of the Buckeyes‘ regulars other than Lighty and Ohio State’s first tourney

Women’s Basketball

Jantel Lavender dominates inside, Ohio State routs St. Francis, Pa. 93-59

Los Angeles Times – PITTSBURGH (AP) – Turns out the turkey sandwiches bothered Ohio State a lot more than St. Francis did. Jantel Lavender dominated inside for Ohio State with

Watch OSU-St. Francis Replay on ESPN360.com

Lavender, Hill in lineup despite illness

ESPN – ‎AP PITTSBURGH — Ohio State starters Jantel Lavender and Tayler Hill were in the lineup for the Buckeyes’ NCAA first-round game against St. Francis (Pa.

Women’s basketball: Rallying cry made too often by Buckeyes: Ohio State will …

Columbus Dispatch – When the Ohio State women’s basketball team takes the Petersen Events Center court at noon today against St. Francis for the first round of the NCAA

  • OSU teams drive on Columbus Dispatch
  • Ohio State beats St. Francis in NCAA tourney Pittsburgh Post Gazette

St. Francis (PA) no match for Ohio State
Sports Network
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Jantel Lavender racked up 23 points and 16 rebounds to lead the second-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes to a 93-59 triumph over

Ohio State overwhelms St. Francis
The Tribune-Democrat
PITTSBURGH – The Ohio State Buckeyes were not looking ahead to undefeated and top-seeded Connecticut as the Red Flash had hoped.

Wrestling

OSU’s Palmer second, team eighth in NCAA wrestling championships

Plain Dealer – Lance Palmer tapped his hand on the mat, but nothing happened. His Ohio State wrestling coach, Tom Ryan, threw up his arms in disgust and shouted at the

Ohio State roundup: Palmer reaches NCAA wrestling final

Columbus Dispatch – Ohio State senior wrestler Lance Palmer knew that, to win the 149-pound NCAA championship this season, he would have to beat Iowa’s Brent Metcalf.

Ohio State wrestler Lance Palmer has rematch against Iowa standout Brent …

Plain Dealer – Ohio State senior and former St. Edward standout Lance Palmer is in the 149-pound

Football

Tressel constantly working on what’s under the helmet Columbus Dispatch 

Stan Jefferson wins award at Ohio State

Mansfield News Journal COLUMBUS — Former Mansfield Senior principal and football coach Stan Jefferson is one of seven Ohio State graduates receiving a 2010 African American Alumni Society Award.

Men’s Hockey

Fairbanks’ Bishop inks NHL deal
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Former Ohio State Buckeyes forward Hunter Bishop, right, pursues the puck alongside former Alaska Nanooks defenseman Steve