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Russell, Loving lead Buckeyes to blowout of No. 16 Maryland, 80-56

January 29, 2015
Another slow start and another ink-drying night for D’Angelo Russell. It’s become the norm for the Ohio State men’s basketball team as the freshman guard filled up the box score and led the Buckeyes to a 80-56 win against No. 16 Maryland on Thursday night at the Schottenstein Center. Freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate said the victory was a result of OSU’s best performance of the season. “We had great energy from the start. I think this was the best start we’ve gotten off to in a while,” Tate said after the game. “Great energy off the bench, everybody just played hard and played their role.” Russell totaled 18 points, 14… Read more

New lineup brings results as Buckeyes win 3rd-straight game

January 29, 2015
The Ohio State men’s basketball team stood at 14-5, 3-3 just eight days ago when coach Thad Matta decided to make a change to the starting lineup. Since then, the Buckeyes are 3-0, including back-to-back wins against top-25 teams at home, the most recent an 80-56 shellacking of the No. 16 Maryland Terrapins on Thursday night. Matta flipped senior center Amir Williams and sophomore forward Marc Loving in favor of redshirt-senior forward Anthony Lee and freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate, and the Buckeyes haven’t looked back. Matta said the reason for the switch was more a matter of Tate’s improved play than a lack of contribution from Loving. “We felt that… Read more

Ohio State men’s tennis extends home win streak to 199 with 4-0 win over Kentucky

January 29, 2015
The Ohio State’s men’s tennis team extended its consecutive home game win streak to 199 when it beat the University of Kentucky, 4-0, Thursday night. The victory over the Wildcats also continued OSU’s season streak: The Buckeyes are now 8-0 for the year. Redshirt-senior Hunter Callahan was perfect, winning his singles match in two 6-0 sets. Redshirt-senior Kevin Metka and sophomore Herkko Pollanen both picked up wins in two sets of their own to lift up the Buckeyes. Over on the doubles court, Metka and redshirt-sophomore Ralf Steinbach came through with a 6-3 win. Freshman Mikael Torpegaard and Pollanen cut it close, but also came out on top with a… Read more

Big first half leads Ohio State women’s basketball past Wisconsin, 85-73

January 29, 2015
With an 85-73 takeover of Wisconsin, the Ohio State Women’s basketball team has put itself back in position to finish the Big Ten season on a high note. At 14-7 overall and 6-3 in the Big Ten, the Buckeyes have moved up to fifth in the conference and have put themselves in a position to make a run in the BIg Ten Tournament and claim a spot in the NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes outscored the Badgers, 46-33, in the first half and were able to maintain that momentum, despite being outscored in the second half. Wisconsin put up 40 points after the break, but it wasn’t enough as OSU’s first-half… Read more

Ohio State men’s lacrosse focused on final preseason game against Duke

January 29, 2015
The last time the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team faced the Duke Blue Devils was Feb. 5, 2011. Since then, Duke has earned back-to-back national titles, while OSU missed out on the NCAA Tournament altogether last season. The Buckeyes are set to head to North Carolina to face the Blue Devils in the team’s final preseason exhibition Saturday, a challenge coach Nick Myers said his team recognizes and is prepared for. “We’re going to go against some of the best in the country with our schedule, there’s no doubt about that,” Myers said. “I think our men have worked really hard in the offseason. We understand what’s in front of… Read more

Ohio State wrestling set for No. 21 Purdue in St. John Arena finale, road trip to No. 22 Rutgers

January 29, 2015
As the Ohio State wrestling regular season winds down, the competition continues to ramp up. The No. 4 Buckeyes are set to take on the the No. 21 Purdue Boilermakers in their last meet at St. John Arena on Friday before heading to Piscataway, N.J., on Sunday for a match with Big Ten newcomer and 22nd-ranked Rutgers. OSU (9-3, 5-1) is on a season-high five-meet winning streak, despite dealing with multiple injuries to key wrestlers. Sixth-ranked 149-pounder Hunter Stieber (1-2), is listed as day-to-day with a left elbow injury. Stieber, a redshirt-junior, missed a majority of the year with a right elbow injury before returning against Penn State, where he… Read more

Freshmen guards highlight Ohio State, Maryland matchup

January 29, 2015
While the mix on Ohio State men’s basketball roster of freshmen and seniors used to be an unusual combination, it is slowly becoming the norm for college basketball teams. That particular situation also applies to the No. 16 Maryland Terrapins, the Buckeyes’ opponent Thursday night in Columbus. The Terrapins, like the Buckeyes, are led by a freshman guard who is surrounded by an experienced supporting cast. That guard, Melo Trimble, and Buckeye freshman D’Angelo Russell both lead their teams in scoring and take the court with a multitude of experience around them. One of those experienced players, OSU senior guard Shannon Scott, said Wednesday that while he has given the… Read more

Jae’Sean Tate’s toughness sparks Ohio State men’s basketball

January 29, 2015
Jae’Sean Tate is undersized, he doesn’t have a strong jump shot and he’s had more than three turnovers for every assist early in his collegiate career. But despite the areas Ohio State’s freshman forward might be lacking in, he makes his presence known on the court. “Assertiveness is something he’s never lacked, I know that,” coach Thad Matta said Wednesday. That assertiveness has helped Tate break into the starting lineup after coming off the bench for the Buckeyes’ first 19 games this season, and his impact has skyrocketed because of it. Overall he’s averaged 7.4 points per game and 4.6 rebounds per game this season, but the Pickerington, Ohio, native… Read more

Family helps keep balance for Ohio State women’s basketball coach Kevin McGuff

January 29, 2015
After edging out Purdue on the road in an overtime thriller on Sunday, the Ohio State women’s basketball team didn’t find its way back to Columbus until early Monday morning. A snowfall in West Lafayette, Ind., on Sunday evening forced the Buckeyes to make a 5 1/2 hour bus ride back to campus, rather than fly. And that was just the start of a busy week of traveling for coach Kevin McGuff. “This week we got home from Purdue at midnight, and Monday I flew to Florida, and today I flew back,” McGuff said before practice Tuesday afternoon. “Tomorrow, we will fly to Wisconsin and get back late on Thursday… Read more

Ohio State men’s tennis ‘looking forward’ to 2014 rematch with Kentucky

January 29, 2015
The 7-0 Ohio State men’s tennis team is set to play the University of Kentucky on Thursday and coach Ty Tucker said the Buckeyes will be heading into the match with an almost year-old chip on their shoulders. “We’ve got to be ready for Kentucky. Last year we ended up losing at Kentucky in April … So obviously the guys are looking forward to getting another shot,” Tucker said. The No. 5 Buckeyes split matches last year against Kentucky, first winning in Columbus, 4-0, in February but then losing in Lexington, Ky., 4-1, on April 9. Redshirt-sophomore Ralf Steinbach said OSU wants to beat the Wildcats because of last season’s… Read more