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No. 12 Ohio State men’s basketball rolls to 97-55 win over North Carolina A&T

December 17, 2014
A change of scenery didn’t seem to affect the No. 12 Ohio State men’s basketball team as it rolled to yet another blowout victory, extending its record to 9-1 on the season. Playing a home game down the road at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus, the Buckeyes jumped out to a 17-2 lead and didn’t look back as they defeated the North Carolina A&T Aggies, 97-55, Wednesday night. The early run by OSU was started by sophomore forward Marc Loving, who buried a  three-pointer to open the scoring. Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell also contributed to the fast start, as he added seven points in the first 3:20 of the game.… Read more

Dominant Oregon attack set for undefeated Florida State in 1st College Football Playoff semifinal

December 17, 2014
When the Oregon Ducks and Florida State Seminoles face off in the first-ever College Football Playoff game, much of the focus will be on two players unlikely to take the field at the same time. The matchup pits the newest Heisman Trophy winner — Oregon redshirt-junior quarterback Marcus Mariota — against his predecessor, Florida State redshirt-sophomore quarterback Jameis Winston, the 2013 Heisman recipient. But when Mariota is on the field, 11 Seminoles not named Jameis will lineup on the other side, and when Winston is on the field, he’ll face a Duck defense that has tallied 34 quarterback sacks this season. With Winston — who finished sixth in this year’s… Read more

Ohio State’s Joey Bosa named 1st team AP All-American; J.T. Barrett, Michael Bennett make 3rd team

December 16, 2014
Individual awards kept rolling in for the Buckeyes on Tuesday as one player was named a first team Associated Press All-American and two others picked up third team honors. Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa was named to the first team while senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett and redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett each garnered third-team honors. The first team All-American selection for Bosa adds to an already successful awards season, as Bosa was a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik — given to the nation’s most outstanding defensive player — and the Rotary Lombardi Award for the top lineman or linebacker in the country. Bosa was also named the Big Ten Defensive… Read more

Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman named head coach at Houston

December 15, 2014
Ohio State co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman has officially been named the next head coach at Houston, the school announced Tuesday. Herman is set to be introduced at Houston in a Friday press conference, the school announced in a press release. His contract spans five years and is worth $6.75 million. The release said Herman will stay with the Buckeyes’ coaching staff until OSU’s run in the College Football Playoff comes to an end. “This is a tremendous opportunity for my family and I to come back to Houston and lead one of the top programs,” Herman said in the release. “I am looking forward to working with… Read more

Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett finishes 5th in Heisman Trophy voting; Oregon’s Marcus Mariota wins

December 13, 2014
Ohio State redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting after a record-setting season as the Buckeyes’ starter. Barrett — who fractured his ankle in OSU’s regular season finale against Michigan — led the Buckeyes to an 11-1 record as a starter and set school records for total touchdowns, total yards and passing touchdowns in a season. His 45 total touchdowns also set a new Big Ten single-season record, breaking the mark previously held by current New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. The Wichita Falls, Texas, native finished behind Heisman winner and Oregon redshirt-junior quarterback Marcus Mariota, Alabama junior wide receiver Amari Cooper, Wisconsin redshirt-junior running back… Read more

No. 12 Ohio State tops Morehead State, 87-71, in Thad Matta’s 500th career game

December 13, 2014
In his 500th game as a collegiate head coach, Thad Matta led the No. 12 Ohio State men’s basketball team to a 16-point victory over Morehead State for his 385th career win. Matta is 282-84 in his 11 seasons at OSU and 385-115 overall. He’s just 15 wins away from tying Fred Taylor for the most wins in program history. After the game, Matta said he feels like he’s coached even more than those 500 games over his career. “Yes it does, maybe a 1,000,” Matta said. “I didn’t know that (it was 500 games) until yesterday. I was joking when I gave the pregame speech today, I walked out… Read more

Ohio State women’s volleyball NCAA Tournament run comes to an end against Wisconsin

December 12, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky., — After advancing into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team’s came to a sour end. The No. 18 Buckeyes (23-12) lost to Big Ten foe No. 2 Wisconsin for the third time this year. Despite the loss, the Buckeyes’ still managed to do something they couldn’t in two matches against the Badgers during the regular season by winning two sets. Wisconsin swept OSU on Sept. 28 and then again on Nov. 21 before the Buckeyes took its 3-2 (20-25, 25-21, 25-22, 24-26, 12-15) loss in Louisville, Ky. After the loss, OSU coach Geoff Carlston said the match was sloppy as neither… Read more

Braxton Miller’s father reportedly says quarterback plans on returning to Ohio State

December 12, 2014
Ohio State senior quarterback Braxton Miller intends to return to the Buckeyes next season, his father said, according to a Friday article in The Columbus Dispatch. “Unless something drastic changes, that’s his plan, that’s why he went to Ohio State,” Kevin Miller said, according to The Dispatch. “He loves Ohio State. So right now that’s what the plan is, to come back and do whatever he can do to help the team make it to the playoffs again next year and win the title.” Braxton Miller was widely considered to be a Heisman Trophy candidate coming into the season, but tore the labrum in his throwing shoulder during fall camp.… Read more

Ohio State women’s volleyball set for Big Ten tilt in NCAA Tournament

December 12, 2014
The Big Ten is “the best of the best,” outside hitter Katie Mitchell said. She’s not the only Ohio State women’s volleyball player to have said that this year and the conference has backed it up on the postseason. Five Big Ten teams remain in the NCAA tournament, which is the most from any conference. Of the remaining 16 teams, three Big Ten teams will play in Louisville, Ky., on Friday, including No. 18 Ohio State and No. 2 Wisconsin. Despite the Badgers (30-2) sweeping the Buckeyes (23-11) in each of their two matches this season, the team believes it has a great chance of pulling of the upset, OSU… Read more

Kam Williams’ career-high point output leads Ohio State to 97-43 win over High Point

December 10, 2014
After 10 minutes and seven seconds, the No. 12 Ohio State men’s basketball team had just a seven-point lead against High Point on Wednesday night. Then redshirt-freshman guard Kam Williams was subbed into the game. Less than a minute after taking the floor, Williams hit a pull-up 3-pointer, then tacked on another five points in just over two minutes. By halftime, he had 13 points on four-for-four shooting from the floor as the Buckeyes took a 43-24 lead into the break. After the game, Williams said his success shooting the ball stems from the work he puts in between games. “Well I try to take all of my shots in… Read more