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March 20

Men’s Basketball

It’s OSU’s time to dance

After sitting out a year, Buckeyes are excited to be back in tournament

Columbus Dispatch – Before Ohio State left for Dayton, coach Thad Matta showed the players a highlights video of the Buckeyes’ run through the NCAA Tournament two years ago. As One Shining Moment, the signature song of March Madness, filled the room, they saw Ron Lewis’ last-second shot force overtime against Xavier. They saw Greg Oden’s last-second block stave off Tennessee. And they saw Oden’s awesome missed dunk against Georgetown that caromed seemingly to the roof of the Georgia Dome before falling back to earth.

The inside scoop Columbus Dispatch – Meanwhile, Evan Turner is blogging on the Ohio State Web site during the tournament.

Two No. 1 seeds and ‘OH-IO’ at UD Arena

Dayton hosting some top-flight squads and smaller schools looking to pull off a shocker.

Dayton Daily News – Eight teams, two No. 1 seeds, three schools with national championships all at UD Arena.

Ohio State Buckeyes men’s basketball team well-aware of Siena’s
The Plain Dealer – – Cleveland,OH,USA
8 seed Buckeyes tonight. “That’s the vibe we’re getting from everybody,” Ohio State point guard PJ Hill said. “Everyone thinks they’re going to beat us.

Dayton has a Sweet 16 feel
The pod also includes Ohio State, which will bring many of its fans from nearby Columbus, and big-name schools Tennessee and Oklahoma State.

Buckeyes grow up quickly to fill veteran void
Chicago Tribune – United States
Ohio State advanced to the Big Ten tournament title game, where it lost to Purdue, and enters the NCAA tournament as a No. 8 seed. The Buckeyes face

Siena looking to stun Ohio State
International Herald Tribune France/ USA Today
AP DAYTON, Ohio: Once Ohio State learned the identity of its first-round opponent in this year’s NCAA tournament, Buckeyes coach Thad Matta quickly went to


New York Post DAYTON The estimate by Ohio State’s leading scorer, Evan Turner, was “about 15 seconds.” Once the NCAA Tournament brackets came out, that’s how long it took the Buckeyes coaching staff to warn its team that Siena last year pulled off a stunning first-round upset.

Early exit by Mullens seems likely

Columbus Dispatch – B.J. Mullens used the expression “one and done” three times in a 10-minute conversation this week to describe the NCAA Tournament exit policy. The fearful Ohio State fan will worry that the freshman 7-footer was subconsciously describing his future with the Buckeyes, the parallel being that the lose-and-go-home mantra of March Madness rings similar to the lose-and-go-get-a-job tune sung by players such as Mullens who are considering leaving college early for the NBA.

Women’s Basketball

Prahalis’ rapid rise bolsters Buckeyes

Freshman point guard’s savvy, love of game show

Columbus Dispatch – At times the basketball seems as if it is an extension of her hands like a dollar bill attached by a prankster to a clear fishing line. Someone reaches for the prize and just as suddenly Samantha Prahalis takes it away. This is symbiosis, not accident. Prahalis and a basketball have been inseparable since she discovered the game in elementary school.

Ohio State eyes end to postseason drought
Connecticut Post – Bridgeport,CT,USA
14 Sacred Heart (25-7) on Saturday at the Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes are 3-0 lifetime against SHU, including an 84-40 victory


Five Buckeyes advance in NCAA wrestling
Columbus Dispatch – Columbus,OH,USA
He is one of five Ohio State wrestlers who advanced to Friday’s quarterfinals in St. Louis. Eight Buckeyes remain in the tournament.

March 19 


Men’s Basketball


Lauderdale comes on strong


With Gene Keady being one of a kind, it was not unusual to hear the retired Purdue coach impart a unique take on Dallas Lauderdale before the season.

“I love Lauderdale,” said Keady, who coached many bulky big men like the OhioState sophomore during his two decades with the Boilermakers.

Time on his side


Jon Diebler is a throwback. Time was, when basketball shorts stopped above the knees, players spent at least three seasons in college, honing their craft. They emerged more finished products than when they entered, and both sides benefited from the process. Practices open to public


Forbes: Buckeye hoops No. 10 most valuable in U.S.

Business First

March 19, 2009

Ohio State University’s men’s basketball team appears to be holding its own on Forbes magazine’s annual March Madness ranking of the most valuable squads among U.S. colleges. The ranking placed the Buckeyes 10th among the 20 most valuable college hoops teams, one slot behind the University of Maryland Terrapins and a slot ahead of the University of Wisconsin Badgers. The North Carolina Tar Heels top the list again this year. The magazine notes: OhioState remains the only athletic department in the nation that can lay claim to having a team in the top 10 in Forbes’ college basketball and college football rankings. Click here for a look at the full list of the most valuable teams on Forbes’ Web site.


Area has plenty to be happy about amid the Madness

Chillicothe Gazette

March 19, 2009

If it’s March, the Madness is upon us. After a set of conference tournaments that set the national tournament on its ear a little, tonight’s games will begin the NCAA tournament, which means your brackets had better be ready to go by the time the first game tips at 12:20 p.m. today. There’s a strong Ohio presence in the tournament this year as Akron, Ohio State, ClevelandState, Xavier and Dayton made the field of 65 this year. And there’s plenty of reason to celebrate in the SciotoValley with the coming of March Madness. Chillicothe’s Anthony “Humpty” Hitchens (Akron) and Greenfield’s Dant Jackson (Xavier) will play this year, and Jackson is making his second appearance in the tournament.


Three-pointers and a cloud of dust: Buckeyes need to bring gridiron attitude to hardwood

Cleveland Plain Dealer

March 19, 2009

The basketball Buckeyes need to take a little football attitude with them to Dayton. Siena is expected to use a variety of zones, a man-to-man defense and a three-quarter-court trap against OhioState in their first-round NCAA Tournament game Friday night. But if OhioState’s big men play like offensive linemen and Evan Turner hits the lane like a running back hitting the hole, it might not matter what defense Siena tries.


Buckeyes might fare well if Siena gets in a zone

Cleveland Plain Dealer

March 19, 2009

One of the defenses Siena is expected to throw at OhioState on Friday night, when the No. 8 seed Buckeyes meet the No. 9 seed Saints in a first-round NCAA Tournament game in the Midwest Regional, should be familiar to OhioState.


Siena: First-round opponent


Also: Fun is back in Hasbrouck’s game: Kenny Hasbrouck had just gone scoreless against Pittsburgh and was in the midst of a prolonged shooting slump. This was not the way the 2008 player of the year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference expected his senior season at Siena to unfold.

AP:Young Buckeyes must grow up fast

Matta Keeps Marching During Important Time of Season

WBNS/ – I’ll be the first to admit, that I’ve wondered how Ohio State basketball can reach the level it appeared to be headed following its run to the national title game two years ago.


Ex-Buckeyes give their team a round in celebrity bracket challenge

The Plain Dealer – 

Both Buckeyes picked Ohio State to win its first-round game before falling to Louisville in the second round. Conley’s other Final Four selections are


Ohio State men’s coach Thad Matta forced to rebuild yearly

The Plain Dealer – 

Thad Matta remembers walk ing off with his center, Greg Oden, at the game-day shootaround before Ohio State lost the 2007 NCAA championship game to Florida.

Siena ready for its shot  AlbanyTimes Union

Siena arrives in Dayton, gets ready to take on Ohio State WTEN

Big Ten Network to broadcast press conferences

DetroitFree Press 

The pre-tournament press conferences for Ohio State, MichiganState and Wisconsin will air on Thursday night, as well as the post-game press conferences for

Women’s Basketball

Front and center


Senior Star Allen has found her place with the Buckeyes as a fiery leader and ferocious competitor

Also: Bad start doesn’t stop Sacred Heart

Big 10 teams try to reverse recent NCAA struggles
AP MINNEAPOLIS: Ohio State was the only Big Ten women’s team consistently ranked in the national polls this season, one clear sign that this league of late

Big Ten lags in NCAA tourney success
Minneapolis Star Tribune – Minneapolis,MN,USA
And the league has had only one team in that span get past the third round (Ohio State in 2006) — also the fewest among the BCS leagues; the Big East,


Men’s Soccer


Ex-OSU star from Dublin joins Crew


When he was a ball boy for the Crew, Eric Brunner once cowered behind the goal in Ohio Stadium after goalkeeper Brad Friedel bellowed at him.


Men’s Gymnastics


Not insane; just a little crazy Columbus Dispatch – If you’ve ever wondered, as I have, just what kind of person is attracted to gymnastics, a sport in which body joints dislodge about every four hours, well, I have your answer. (and yes, I know, that sentence contained way too many commas). Pej Ebrahimi is that person. The OhioState gymnast from California was about 15 years old when he noticed people jumping from cliffs while vacationing in Hawaii.




Safety or cornerback? OSU’s Jenkins can fit in both spots

USA Today 

Last season’s Jim Thorpe Award winner as the nation’s best defensive back, Ohio State‘s Jenkins wants NFL talent evaluators to drop notions he’ll line up


Former Ohio State lineman shares his message of faith
The Hillsdale Daily News – Hillsdale,MI,USA
The former Ohio State Buckeyes defensive tackle, part of the 2002 national championship team, spoke a message of “standing your ground” via an unshakeable


March 18


Men’s Basketball


Ohio at center of the Madness


BuckeyeState has five teams in tournament, showing how deep its talent pool has become… Ohio matchups


Siena has edge in experience because of Buckeyes’ ever-changing roster



It’s home sweet (almost) home

AlbanyTimes Union


Saints confident, but not cocky
Albany Times Union – Albany,NY,USA
Ohio State, an eighth seed out of the Big 10 at 22-10, vs. Siena (ninth seed) is a toss-up game. Both teams pose problems for the other. …


Tournament snapshot: Ohio State


By Sporting News staff reports Why they’re a threat: Ohio State doesn’t have any seniors, but Thad Matt has all the experience a team could need – he has


Watching your step at Big Dance
San JoseMercury News
And how about Ohio State? Seeded No. 8, the Buckeyes still get to play in Dayton, Ohio. We like No. 1 Pitt, but it’s worrisome that the Panthers haven’t


Big Ten notes: NCAA tourney 101

Big Ten Network 

Big Ten champ Michigan State and Big Ten Tournament Champion Purdue will represent the conference along with Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State and


Wednesday’s Buckeyes coverage

AlbanyTimes Union 

As I await the Saints arrival, thought I’d pass along a couple Buckeyes’ links. The Columbus Dispatch says Ohio State’s color is green as in young and


OSU’s team color: green

ColumbusDispatch – Even his veterans on the OhioState men’s basketball team don’t have NCAA Tournament experience because they’re only sophomores.


Women’s Basketball


14 tourney teams have perfect graduation rates

Ohio State among schools that excel at hoops, academics

Associated Press

March 18, 2009

Fourteen women’s basketball teams in the NCAA tournament have perfect graduation rates.

That list includes the tournament’s top seed, Connecticut, according to a report released Monday by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida.

Of the other No. 1 seeds, Duke has a 90 percent graduation rate, Oklahoma is at 69 percent and Maryland is at 67 percent.

The other schools with 100 percent graduation rates are DePaul, Evansville, Florida, Lehigh, Marist, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Sacred Heart, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, Vanderbilt and Villanova.

Story appeared in 139 publications


Buckeyes are pleased to play so close to home

AkronBeacon Journal 

COLUMBUS: Ohio State will hit the road traveling all of about 3 miles to play in the women’s NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes (27-5), regular-season and




Friedman book recalls famous OSU-Michigan game



From Buckeyes to Bengals?

DaytonDaily News

The Bengals are considering running back ‘Beanie’ Wells.

March 17


Men’s Swimming

Against the current

ColumbusDispatch – Two days a week, Pelkey meets with 11-year-old Danny Clark for a three-hour exercise session that is full of both motion and emotion. Clark is autistic, and although he understands spoken words, he communicates through sign language.

Women’s Basketball


Ex-Commack star Prahalis doing well at Ohio State

New YorkNewsday

From her game to her appeal, Sammy Prahalis has taken to Ohio State. She has a fan base that begins with the coaching staff and extends to the youngest spectators, who have imbued Jonas Brothers-like idolatry to the freshman basketball star from CommackHigh School. Clearly, she hit the bull’s-eye by becoming a Buckeye.


Five alive – Regular-season and postseason champ OhioState headlines a quintet of Big Ten teams that received bids to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament on Monday night.


BTN’s Women’s Bracket Breakdown: 




Ohio State gets No.3 seed, will face Sacred …
Columbus Dispatch – Columbus,OH,USA
The Ohio State women’s basketball team, champion of the Big Ten regular season and conference tournament, received the third seed in the Berkeley Regional Tournament trail begins at home


OSU’s Foster certain Buckeyes women can break hex of early NCAA exits

Cleveland Plain Dealer – Every year it’s the same — OhioState women’s basketball coach Jim Foster holds a watch party at his home for the NCAA Tournament selection show, the Big Ten champion Buckeyes are given a high seed, the players smile confidently … and then they exit the tournament long before they’re supposed to.


The Chronicle-Telegram – Lorain County’s leading news source
By Associated Press
COLUMBUS Ohio State will hit the road traveling all of about 3 miles to play in the women’s NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes (27-5), regular-season and tournament champions of the Big Ten, received a No. 3 seed and will be the host


Ohio State draws Sacred Heart in women’s NCAA
Danbury News Times – Danbury,CT,USA
AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, OhioOhio State will hit the roadtraveling all of about 3 milesto play in the women’s NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes (27-5),


Men’s Basketball


Evan Turner and Jon Diebler interviews with BTN



Ubiles’ job: Stop a shooting star
AlbanyTimes Union – Albany,NY,USA
8 Buckeyes in a first-round NCAA Tournament game in Dayton, Ohio. A classic stat-stuffer, the 6-foot-7 Turner leads Ohio State in scoring (17.1 ppg),


Experienced Siena unlikely to suffer NCAA stage fright

ColumbusDispatch – Siena College at a glance


Also in Dispatch: OSU sells out tickets — all 550 of them

Ohio State University sold all of its tickets to the men’s basketball game in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Dayton within minutes yesterday morning. Although the University of Dayton Arena holds about 13,000 people, Ohio State received 550 tickets. Of those, only 144 went to students and to faculty and staff members who were season-ticket holders.”There were no public tickets,” said Dan Wallenberg, athletics department spokesman. OSU Insider


Battle-tested Saints know how to handle pressure
The Daily Gazette

In the men’s basketball offices, the coaches continued to work on crystallizing a game plan for Ohio State, one of the biggest schools, by enrollment, taking on the smallest in the 65-team field. several of the Saints watched some of Ohio State’s loss to Purdue in the Big Ten championship game on Sunday, they don’t know a lot about the team. Evan Turner, a 6-foot-6 forward, stands out on paper with his 17.1 per-game scoring average, but the Buckeyes are bigger than


Midwest Region: First-round picks
USAToday – USA
The Buckeyes better watch out for an experience Sienna team. Pick: Ohio State Tim: Ohio State’s win over MichiganState impressed me. I like Siena.

Ohio State – Team Notes USA Today – The good news is Ohio State could advance all the way to the Final Four and never have to leave the Midwest. The bad news is the Bucks probably won’t make it out of Ohio, thanks to the difficult task of facing Louisville in the second round.

How the Buckeyes wound up in Dayton
The Plain Dealer – – Cleveland,OH,USA
It made more sense three years ago when Ohio State was also in Dayton, but the Buckeyes earned that right as a No. 2 seed. NCAA Selection Committee chairman


Ohio State men’s basketball center BJ Mullens frustrated by lack …
The Plain Dealer – – Cleveland,OH,USA
Ohio State men’s basketball freshman center BJ Mullens checked into the Big Ten Tournament championship game against Purdue on Sunday with 15:49 left in the




Coach’s passion … make Buckeyes great


OSU lineup at NCAAA Tournament


Men’s hockey


OSU on NCAA bubble after CCHA defeat



Football – Tressel speaks at HOF club
Ohio State head football coach Jim Tressel talked with reporters before the Buckeyes’ 2008 national championship game against LSU. Tressel talked about Ohio State’s goals of getting back to the title game and how that starts with the


Marcus Freeman’s draft stock going up

Dayton Daily News – OhioState outside linebacker and Wayne graduate Marcus Freeman has performed as of late as if he is trying to persuade the Detroit Lions to select him with the first overall pick in April’s draft. Although being selected with the No. 1 pick seems highly unlikely for the former Buckeye, Freeman is proving that he belongs among the elite linebackers entering the draft.


A high opinion of Brian Hartline Cleveland Plain Dealer – Brian Hartline was one of the few Buckeyes who are sure to get drafted that we didn’t hear from after last Friday’s Pro Day in Columbus. But’s Peter King sure heard good things about Hartline, calling him a second- or third-round choice based on his latest workouts.


WSYX 6 TV Columbus: Former Buckeye Eddie George Starts New Show 




Ohio State notebook of March 16
Canton Repository – Canton,OH,USA
Northwestern and Michigan State rotate off OSU’s conference schedule and Indiana and Iowa return in 2009. Buckeye coaches are going to North Carolina,

March 16

Men’s Basketball

Ohio State will face Siena in NCAA tourney

ColumbusDispatch – The Ohio State men’s basketball team, runner-up in the Big Ten tournament, will face Siena in the NCAA Tournament.

Siena feels fine about 9

AlbanyTimes Union – Saints get highest seed ever, to meet OhioState


WSYX Ch. 6 TV Columbus: Thad Matta’s Bucks Ready for Big Dance 


No doubt which sport is king

AlbanyTimes Union


Two No. 1 seeds coming to UD Arena
Dayton Daily News –  A closer look at who’s coming to Dayton

Buckeyes OK with seeding


INDIANAPOLIS Closer to home is preferable to an easier road.

Projected by some bracketologists as high as a No. 6 or 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament after its run to the Big Ten tournament championship game, the Ohio State men’s basketball game instead received the No. 8 seed in the Midwest Region last night. Ohio State (22-10) will play Siena (26-7), the No. 9 seed, in a first-round game at approximately 9:40 p.m. Friday in University of Dayton Arena.


Young Buckeyes benefit from pressure treatment



Buckeyes come up short in Big Ten finale

ColumbusDispatch -INDIANAPOLIS – Fifteen days after losing at Purdue by 25 points, the OhioState men’s basketball team gave the Boilermakers every bit of a game befitting the Big Ten tournament championship.

Buckeyes have impressive tournament resume – Although Ohio State only has one national championship, in 1960, the Buckeyes have appeared in eight Final Fours and four championship games. In fact, Ohio State played in the first NCAA tournament championship game, losing to Oregon,

Ohio State basketball: Buckeyes draw No. 8 seed and Siena in first round

ClevelandPlain Dealer -OhioState did not play itself out of an 8-9 game in the NCAA Tournament with its run to the Big Ten championship game. The Buckeyes were made the No. 8 seed in the Midwest Regional today, and will face No. 9 Siena in the first round on Friday.

Women’s Basketball


OSU isn’t interested in history



Is women’s center among the best athletes on campus?

Dayton Daily News


Men’s Hockey


Alaska wins CCHA series with late goal




Quarter in Photos: OSU Lantern

4 remain in running for OSU media rights

Business First

Four agencies have submitted bids to acquire Ohio State’s multimedia and marketing rights.

But the Buckeyes, whose rights are considered among the most valuable in college sports, could hold onto those rights. In light of the recession, they also could delay the process by a year or two. A decision is expected in the coming weeks.



March 15



Men’s Basketball


In him LeBron trusts

ColumbusDispatch – Basketball has carried ex-Buckeye Chris Jent and his family around the world to his role as coach and confidant to the Cavs’ superstar, but the trip has been far from smooth

OSU dangerous when big guys contribute

Columbus Dispatch – INDIANAPOLIS — There have been games this season where you would swear Ohio State’s post players were camped in another time zone, games where you wondered whether you had missed the announcement that they had seceded from the team.

Third time the charm for Ohio State vs. MSU 

DaytonDaily News


Buckeyes knock off top-seeded Michigan St.
Indianapolis Star – United States
This is Ohio State’s third trip to the Big Ten title game in the past four years. The Buckeyes lost to Iowa in 2006 but beat Wisconsin in 2007.


No. 1 seed no longer an issue after Buckeyes’ drubbing of Spartans
Detroit Free Press – United States
Does anybody really care what Purdue head coach Matt Painter or Ohio State’s Thad Matta have to say? Izzo has plenty of legitimate worries, primarily a team


2nd half belongs to OSU star
Lansing State Journal – Lansing,MI,USA
INDIANAPOLIS – He might not have received the award, but Ohio State’s Evan Turner proved Saturday that he might have been worthy of being named Big Ten


College basketball:
San Jose Mercury News – CA, USA
Ohio State 82, Michigan State 70: Evan Turner had all of his 18 points in the second half as Ohio State (22-9) upset No. 7 Michigan State (26-6) in the


Ohio State basketball: The game that doesn’t matter

Cleveland Plain Dealer OhioState and Purdue meet for the Big Ten Tournament title at 3:30 today on CBS, and just as a reminder, it probably doesn’t matter to either team’s NCAA position.

Men’s Hockey


Ohio State notches 4-2 victory to force Game 3 tonight
FairbanksDaily News-Miner – Fairbanks,AK,USA
By Danny Martin FAIRBANKS It’sa simple premise today at the CarlsonCenter for the Alaska Nanooks when they face the Ohio State Buckeyes in the third game





Hey, Doug! tackles your Ohio State questions
The Plain Dealer – – Cleveland,OH,USA
Jack Parks, Geneva, Ohio. A: Hey, Jack: Just 181 days until the Buckeyes and Trojans meet in Ohio Stadium on Sept. 12. That’s less than half a year — so


The Mailbox: Some think Monday’s paper slighted Ohio State women
Columbus Dispatch – Columbus,OH,USA
I have spent the past five years in northern Ohio. My favorite teams receive either minimal coverage (Buckeyes) or none at all (Blue Jackets, Crew,





Turnover at the corners


March 14 


Men’s Basketball


Ohio State turns to Evan Turner
ChicagoTribune – United States
INDIANAPOLIS Sometimes it appears Ohio State has a simple game plangive the ball to Evan Turner. That’s what the Buckeyes did Friday, and the St. Joseph



Turner plays like an MVP

ColumbusDispatch – Sophomore’s finishing kick helps Buckeyes reach semifinal

This year, youth has served the Buckeyes well



Unhappy ending for UW

Wisconsin State Journal


Buckeyes, Boilers advance
DetroitFree Press – United States
Ohio State led the Big Ten in field goal percentage (.484) during the season. The Buckeyes were slightly better than that this game, but the defense limited


Ugly win OK by Ohio State :: The SouthtownStar :: Sports
Sun-Times News Group
In the end, Ohio State did. The fifth-seeded Buckeyes held Wisconsin without a basket for the final 6:01 and stitched together a closing 14-3 run to post a 61-57 q