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March 8


Women’s Basketball


Buckeyes quickly settle matters


The starting five for OhioState stepped onto the court last night for a semifinal of the Big Ten women’s basketball tournament with more fizz inside their uniforms than a shaken bottle of champagne.


Fast start carries Buckeyes to easy victory
Indianapolis Star – United States
The 5:30 pm championship game marks the third time in four years Ohio State and Purdue have met in the finale. The Boilers won in 2007, the Buckeyes in


Ohio State vs. Iowa Big Ten Network Highlights:



Ohio State beats Iowa in Big Ten semi
The Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) It didn’t take long for Ohio State to show that its rematch with Iowa was headed for a much different result. The No. 12 Buckeyes ran


Buckeyes bounce Hawkeyes from Big Ten … – Des Moines,IA,USA
The Buckeyes certainly hadn’t forgotten their Feb. 12 game in Iowa City. In the teams’ only meeting, Iowa dropped Ohio State 85-75.


Men’s Basketball


OSU cramming to very end ColumbusDispatch – In eight previous years as a head coach, Thad Matta’s teams were to the point in the season now where they could spend less than an hour a day in the gym and be prepared to move on. Game preview: Northwestern at Ohio State

Off the streets ColumbusDispatch – Early on, B.J. Mullens’ career trajectory showed no indication the kid from a difficult upbringing could ever realize an NBA dream.

ColumbusDispatch: Audio slide show: Mullens revisits places from his childhood

Turner says he’s coming back


“I’m coming back — without a doubt coming back,” Turner said. “I enjoy college.”


Young Buckeyes must grow up for …
The Plain Dealer – – Cleveland,OH,USA
by DougLesmerisesAPOhioState junior Kyle Madsen qualifies as a veteran for the Buckeyes. Ohio State‘s young players need to play like veterans in today’s


Latest update on the Big Ten tiebreakers and seeding

Cleveland Plain Dealer Ohio State’s possibilities for seeding in the Big Ten Tournament are much more clear after Michigan beat Minnesota today and Penn State lost at Iowa in double overtime.

Men’s Hockey


Buckeyes snap out of funk


If it was not evident Friday in their playoff opener, OhioState hockey players learned early last night that blind passes and toe drags would not be an effective strategy this weekend. A few teeth-rattling checks by senior Nick Biondo and some yeoman’s work on penalty kills snapped the Buckeyes into focus.


Ohio State Sweeps Bowling Green
USCHO – Chanhassen,MN,USA
During that time, Falcons’ goaltender Jimmy Spratt stood in front of the Ohio State bench. At that point, Buckeyes co-captain Zach Pelletier dropped the


Nanooks set to host Ohio State
FairbanksDaily News-Miner – Fairbanks,AK,USA
FAIRBANKS One point determined that the Alaska Nanooks would finish ahead of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s




Maine baseball upsets Ohio State
Kennebec Journal – Augusta,ME,USA
The University of Maine baseball team upset Ohio State 10-7 on Saturday afternoon, handing the Buckeyes just their second loss of the season.


Men’s Lacrosse


Nittany Lion Lacrosse Hammers No. 15 Ohio State
LaxPower – Philadelphia,PA,USA
The Buckeyes return to action at 7:00 pm Friday when they host Robert Morris in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. Ohio State held an early 2-1 lead


Physical defense leads to upset, first win – The Daily Collegian …
The Daily Collegian Online – Sports –

The rest of the Nittany Lion defense played just as aggressively, and the PennState men’s lacrosse team notched its first win of the season by upsetting the No. 15 Buckeyes, 11-4. “Ohio State-PennState, you know?




OSU’s Pucillo derailed in Big Ten semis

Cleveland Plain Dealer -The anticipated Mike Pucillo-Jake Herbert match at 184 won’t happen once again. OhioState’s Pucillo lost in the semfinals of the Big Ten Tournament on Saturday night.



Hey, Doug: Doug Lesmerises answers your Ohio State questions

Cleveland Plain Dealer

March 7 

Women’s Basketball

Buckeyes exact revenge


OhioState, the regular-season champion and top seed in the Big Ten women’s basketball tournament, took the court last night in Conseco Fieldhouse for a quarterfinal against ninth-seeded Illinois.


Lavender leads Buckeyes past Illinois 70-53
ChicagoTribune – United States
After Illinois closed to 43-27 early in the second half, the Buckeyes answered with a 14-2 run to rebuild a 57-29 lead. Game over. Ohio State wound up


Ohio State vs. Illinois Big Ten Network Highlights:



Ohio State, Wisconsin advance
Indianapolis Star – United States
Top-seeded Ohio State ensured one-and-done history wouldn’t repeat itself in the women’s Big Ten Tournament by hitting its initial 10 field-goal attempts in


Star-Studded Contest Awaits Hawkeyes
UI The Daily Iowan – Iowa City,IA,USA
Ohio State, however, takes number two in regards to the longest active win streak in the Big Ten with six the Buckeyes’ last loss came against the


Big Ten women’s tournament roundup: Freshman’s layup lifts …
Minneapolis Star Tribune – Minneapolis,MN,USA
Ohio State hit its first 10 shots in building a 22-7 lead, a lead that got up to 41-14 before halftime. The Buckeyes wound up shooting 31-for-54 from the


Men’s Hockey


Ohio State 5, Bowling Green 4: Cozy, but not pretty


OhioState eked out a 5-4 win over last-place Bowling Green in a first-round Central Collegiate Hockey Association playoff series.


U.S. College Hockey Online :: Ohio State Tops Bowling …
COLUMBUS, Ohio (March 6) The Ohio State Buckeyes, disappointed after missing out on a first round bye by a single point, responded with a 5-4 win over the Bowling Green Falcons in front of 817 in the OSU Ice Arena Friday night.


Men’s Basketball


Why we think Evan Turner will be back

Cleveland Plain Dealer

OhioState plays its final game of the regular season Sunday, and the normal Senior Day that accompanies that game will be held only for team managers, because there are no seniors on this team.



Tressel to visit troops in war zones in May
The Plain Dealer – – Cleveland,OH,USA
Columbus- Ohio State coach Jim Tressel regularly hears from Buckeyes fans serving in the military, and OSU’s football headquarters at the Woody Hayes


Tressel’s troop visit probably won’t be like Woody’s




March 6




Championships time

Five different schools are represented as No. 1 seeds in the 10 weight classes. Iowa and Wisconsin lead the way with the most top seeds at three apiece, while Northwestern features two wrestlers atop the preliminary seeding chart. Overall, of the 10 No. 1 seeds, nine rank among the top three in the nation in the latest USA Today/NWCA/InterMat Poll.

No 6 Buckeyes focus on top-ranked Iowa heading into Big Ten Championships OSU Lantern – The No. 6 ranked OhioState wrestling team travels to PennState this weekend with hopes of dethroning the reigning Big Ten champion and No. 1 ranked nationally Iowa Hawkeyes (24-0, 8-0).

Men’s Hockey


Tiny venue, massive stakes


The OhioState men’s hockey team has had plenty of what-if moments this season: a shootout loss to MichiganState; surrendering the tying goal against Notre Dame in the final second of regulation and the deciding goal in overtime; a three-goal rally against Miami that fell one short.

OSU-Bowling Green preview

Team dyes hair scarlet as conference playoffs open OSU Lantern – Corey Toy, OhioState hockey’s team-leader in penalty minutes, got stuck with the pinkish scarlet hue. Proposed by roommate forward Todd Rudasill, the mullet, of proud hockey history, should revive Toy’s tough-guy image.

Up Close And Personal: Ohio State
USCHO – Chanhassen,MN,USA
by Dave Starman/National Columnist The Ohio State Buckeyes secured a fifth-place finish in the CCHA in what can only be described as a major comeback season


Women’s Basketball


Buckeyes out to avenge loss to Illini


A first-game loss in the Big Ten women’s basketball tournament includes a second slap: one team returns to the hotel, packs and buses home. Fun, that ride home isn’t.

OSU-Illinois preview


Illinois defeats Penn State, Buckeyes up next – Big Ten Network Highlihts … 



Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament Breakdown

Cleveland Plain Dealer


Men’s Basketball


Big Ten: Player of the Year? – Nashville,TN,USA
Last year, Indiana’s DJ White was a no-brainer; the year before, the conference had a pair of All-Americans in Ohio State’s Greg Oden and Wisconsin’s Alando


The ridiculous Big Ten seeding possibilities for the Buckeyes

Cleveland Plain Dealer

This is so confusing, I’m not sure I should even put it out there, because I’m not certain of my figuring. But let’s give it a shot.


What seed will the Buckeyes sow?
Columbus Dispatch – I worked through some different tie-breaking scenarios while I was watching Illinois play Penn State tonight. Nine of them, to be exact, with Ohio State finishing 10-8 or 9-9 and in multiple-team ties in the final Big Ten standings.



Ohio State LB James Laurinaitis and his role model

Dallas Morning News

March 4, 2009

OhioState linebacker James Laurinaitis had a huge advantage in his quest to become a professional athlete. His father Joe already walked in those shoes. The elder Laurinaitis was a professional wrestler known as “The Animal.” 


Tressel excited for overseas military trip
The Plain Dealer – – Cleveland,OH,USA
In 2001, Jim Tressel made it back to Ohio State for his father, when he was named the head coach of the Buckeyes. In May, Jim Tressel will get closer to his


Tressel to visit U.S. forces in Middle East


OhioState coach Jim Tressel said he’s going to have a chance to step lightly in the shoes of his father and on a similar path Woody Hayes once trod when he joins several other college football coaches for a meet-and-greet tour of U.S. military installations in the Middle East in May.




No. 25 OSU looking to stay undefeated at RussMatt Invitational OSU Lantern – No. 25 Ohio State baseball heads into another four-game weekend tonight at the RussMatt Baseball Central Florida Invitational in Winter Haven, Fla. The team will face Rhode Island, Northeastern, Maine and Central Michigan in games played at Chain of Lakes Field, the former training center for the Cleveland Indians.


Men’s Tennis


Lions fall to Buckeyes
The Daily Collegian Online – University Park,PA,USA
3 Buckeyes for the first time since 1999, diminished. The PennState men’s tennis team failed to pick up any points as it was shut out by Ohio State, 7-0.

Men’s Lacrosse

Bucks travel to take on winless Lions OSU Lantern – The No. 15 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team has an opportunity to go into Penn State this weekend and knock off a suffering Nittany Lion team.

March 5

Women’s Basketball

Buckeyes want tournament title, too | | Journal …
JC Online – INDIANAPOLIS — Ohio State has ruled the Big Ten Conference women’s basketball landscape during the last five years. But can the 12th-ranked Buckeyes turn that regular season success into a conference tournament


Big Ten Tournament Preview – BTN Tournament Central




Illini proved lower seeds can thrive


As underdogs fly, the Illinois women’s basketball team looked every bit the caped crusader in Indianapolis last season during an unlikely, three-upset adventure that rocketed the Illini from the ninth seed to the Big Ten Tournament championship game.


Tourney wins at premium value
MinneapolisStar Tribune – Minneapolis,MN,USA
Ohio State has been the conference standard bearer all season and is the Big Ten’s highest-ranked team. But that doesn’t mean the Buckeyes will play on


Iowa, its Big Ten rivals seek national respect – Des Moines,IA,USA
Yet Ohio State, ranked 12th, is the only Big Ten team in the top 25. The Big 12 and AtlanticCoast conferences have five ranked teams, the Big East and


Men’s Basketball


Notes from around the country
Ohio State‘s Dallas Lauderdale essentially saved the Buckeyes‘ NCAA berth Tuesday night. Iowa’s Jermain Davis was going in for a game-tying layup with seven


Sorting out a wild Wednesday
BeatOhio State and the Wildcats would have a sweep of the Buckeyes, seven wins over the top 50 in the RPI and a 5-1 finish to the regular season.


Women’s Track and Field


Gray struggled, still broke Ohio State record at conference meet OSU Lantern – Most track and field athletes get to compete in all of their events at every meet. But OhioState’s Alana Gray had never competed in all of her pentathlon events at the same meet until the biggest meet of the indoor season – Big Ten Championships. This weekend in Bloomington, Ind….

Men’s Tennis


No. 3 Buckeyes present challenge
The Daily Collegian Online – University Park,PA,USA
By Eric Book Senior co-captains Brendan Lynch and Adam Slagter have one last shot to beat Ohio State. That shot comes at 3 pm today at the Indoor Tennis




College football: Tressel to go on Department of Defense tour

ColumbusDispatch: OhioState’s Jim Tressel is one of six college football coaches who will visit U.S. service personnel in the Middle East as part of an Armed Forces Entertainment tour in May.

Donation rule will mean Ohio State fans at rare Cleveland game …
The Plain Dealer – – Cleveland,OH,USA
When Ohio State and Toledo play each other in football at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Sept. 19, most of the fans probably will be rooting for the Buckeyes





Ohio State sports: Buckeye update
The Plain Dealer – – Cleveland,OH,USA
Ohio State basketball coach Thad Matta had been shocked at what he thought were basically lucky 3-point shots several teams had made against the Buckeyes



March 4


Men’s Basketball


Turner sparks crucial win

ColumbusDispatch – Evan Turner’s ears started filling up at halftime. By the end of the game, they were full. David Lighty was in them.


Ohio State at Iowa – Big Ten Network Highlights 


Ohio State holds off Iowa 60-58
Chicago Tribune – United States
If this goes in, it’s going to be a long trip back to Ohio.”‘ Fortunately for Ohio State, Davis’s shot rimmed out and the Buckeyes survived what could have


What should David Lighty do?
The Plain Dealer – – Cleveland,OH,USA
David Lighty practiced Sunday, “not everything, but the majority of it,” Ohio State coach Thad Matta said. Then Matta was curious how


Women’s Basketball


Few women’s basketball fans witnessing greatness

OSU Lantern  – The No. 12 team in the nation. Back-to-back conference players of the week. The top seed in the Big Ten Tournament. Twenty-four wins and counting. Ohio State’s women’s basketball team continues to notch feat after feat, yet the majority of Buckeye backers opt to ignore the excellence that coach Jim Foster brands with the Scarlet and Gray…



OSU faces tough road in Big Ten meet


OhioState did not fare well in the first round of the 2008 Big Ten wrestling tournament. It lost eight of 10 quarterfinal matches and was buried near the bottom of the team standings. What happened next propelled the Buckeyes to their national runner-up finish two weeks later. OSU seeds

Big Ten Championships to decide final nat’l contenders

OSU Lantern – NineOhioState wrestlers pre-qualified for the National Collegiate Athletic Association Championships Feb. 26. “I haven’t technically qualified for nationals yet – the new qualification system is complicated,” said senior Jason Johnstone…



Undefeated baseball, 7-0, off to best start in 18 years OSU Lantern – The Ohio State baseball team improved its record to 7-0 this weekend, tying the team with the third best start in OSU baseball history, behind only the 10-0 1917 team and the 8-0 1991 team…

Men’s Volleyball

No. 13 Buckeyes travel to Division III Juniata

OSU Lantern – OhioState men’s volleyball will face JuniataCollege tonight in Huntingdon, Pa. The two teams faced off earlier in the season in Columbus and the Buckeyes swept the Eagles 3-0.



Five coaches to visit military personnel


March 4, 2009

Texas coach Mack Brown and OhioState’s Jim Tressel are among five FBS head coaches who have committed to travel to the Middle East to visit U.S. troops this spring on the second annual Under Armour Coaches Tour.

Head coaches Troy Calhoun of Air Force, Rick Neuheisel of UCLA and Houston Nutt of Mississippi, and former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville also will travel on the tour, which will meet and greet American military personnel in Afghanistan, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.


Former Buckeyes on hall of fame ballot

The members of the 2009 class will be announced April 30 and inducted into the hall on Dec. 8.



Women’s Tennis

Ohio State defeats Rice 5-2

OSU Lantern – Following a string of matches against seven ranked opponents, five of which were played on the road, returning home for two matches against unranked teams may have seemed a little too easy for the Ohio State women’s tennis team…


March 3


Women’s Basketball


Buckeyes clean up in Big Ten honors

ColumbusDispatch – In back-to-back years, OhioState women’s basketball coach Jim Foster recruited Jantel Lavender and Samantha Prahalis with the idea of quickening the pace of play of the Buckeyes. All-Big Ten


Old school no more


OhioState’s Star Allen gets her teammates pumped up before a game in Value City Arena. Spirited pregame routines are a new wrinkle for the


Big Ten Network Interviews with award winners …





Men’s Basketball


Defense springing leaks around arc


Seated for a blessed few minutes before another practice, the busiest player in Big Ten men’s basketball considered the question of whether the wear and tear of a long season is causing the OhioState defense to come apart at the seams at the worst possible time.

OSU-Iowa preview


Last two games are crucial for Buckeyes
The Plain Dealer – – Cleveland,OH,USA
Columbus- There’s no way Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta is as clueless as he pretends to be about his team’s standings in the basketball world


Iowa opens final homestand of the season against Ohio State
AP – March 2, 2009 5:14 PM ET IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Iowa opens its final homestand of the season by hosting Ohio State this week. The Buckeyes beat Iowa



Ohio State takes second at Big Ten Championships, best finish in 31 years

OSU Lantern – Earlier this season, men’s swim coach Bill Wadley said that focus could translate into faster times for the No. 9 Buckeyes. That focus was far from absent last weekend in West Lafayette, Ind. … 

Men’s Track and Field

Without All-American See, Bucks finish fourth at Big Ten Championships

OSU Lantern – Despite a slow start, the Ohio State men’s track and field team finished fourth at the Big Ten Indoor Championships Sunday at State College, Pa. Minnesota took home the team title, defeating the rest of the field by at least 42 points. The Buckeyes were sitting in ninth place with nine of the 18 events completed and were able to put together a strong finish without senior Jeff See, the reigning Big Ten champ and All-American in the mile….


Women’s Track and Field

Wright leads OSU with third place finish in 60m hurdles, seventh in 60m sprint

OSU Lantern – After a tough first day at the Big Ten Indoor Championships held in Bloomington, Ind., the Ohio State women’s track and field team came out stronger the second day to finish ninth in the conference. …


March 2

Women’s Basketball

Ohio State 74, Penn State 63: Unanimous decision


The 14th-ranked Buckeyes (24-5, 15-3) had just put away stubborn Penn State 74-63 in front of 5,683 fans to cap a fifth consecutive championship season.

Ohio State’s Big Ten titles


Commentary: A practiced eye sees a team that plays well


Sometimes it takes airing a team’s dirty laundry to sort out what makes it tick, which explains why Brice Westphall has the scoop on how the OhioState women’s basketball team just won its fifth consecutive Big Ten regular-season title.



Buckeye women crowned Big Ten champs
Akron Beacon Journal – The Buckeyes (24-5, 15-3) were already the outright Big Ten champs before tipoff, thanks to Purdue’s 57-55 home loss to Michigan State. OhioState, which fell a game off the lead with back-to-back losses in February, won its last five …

Star Allen scores career-high 25, OSU wins fifth straight Big Ten crown OSU Lantern – Star Allen made certain that her final performance at the SchottensteinCenter didn’t disappoint. The senior forward scored a career-high 25 points to lead the No. 14 Ohio State women’s basketball team to a fifth consecutive Big Ten title with a 74-63 win over PennState

No surprise: Buckeyes top seed in women’s tourney
Big Ten Network – Chicago,IL,USA
The Big Ten Championship is the Buckeyes’ 12th overall and fifth consecutive, making this OhioState team the second in conference history to win five …


Men’s Basketball


OSU Insider



Jon Diebler Feature on …




Men’s Tennis

Sweep of Baylor puts home win streak at 80 OSU Lantern – Sunday afternoon at the VarsityIndoorTennisCenter offered great theatre for those in attendance as the No. 4 Buckeyes swept No. 10 Baylor University and extended their home win-streak to 80 matches …

Men’s Hockey

Late comeback falls short OSU Lantern – The reality of having played his final game on Saturday at the SchottensteinCenter didn’t sit well with Corey Elkins, and not for sentimental reasons.

Men’s Lacrosse

James Green, Mario Ventiquattro each score four points in 11-6 win OSU Lantern – The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team downed another opponent Saturday in front of a sellout crowd at the WoodyHayesAthleticCenter. The Buckeyes improve to 3-1 this season after beating Fairfield (1-1) 11-6.



NFL: Hartsock, rarely a receiver, caught on nicely in Atlanta

ColumbusDispatch – Last season marked a career renaissance for Hartsock, a Chillicothe native and OhioState graduate. He was a key component in the Falcons’ resurgence from 4-12 in 2007 to 11-5 and a playoff participant.


Eddie George moving nicely into Big Ten Network gig

’95 Heisman winner a good fit as host on Big Ten Network

Chicago Tribune

Eddie George was known as a sharp individual during his playing days, thoughtful and self-aware, so a postcareer transition to broadcasting seemed sensible and inevitable.





Ohio State Wins Battle of the Bats Against the Huskies with a 21 …
UConn Huskies – Storrs,CT,