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Young Ohio State men’s basketball team looks to continue winning start

November 23, 2014
Two games into the season, the No. 20 Ohio State men’s basketball team has seen 10 players take the court. Of those 10 players, exactly half didn’t play a minute of basketball in a Buckeye uniform last season. With its new roster settling in, OSU (2-0) is set to take on Sacred Heart (1-1) on Sunday as the Buckeyes continue to work on a new style of play. Coach Thad Matta’s team has employed a two-three zone defense through the first two games of the year, and early results have been positive as OSU has allowed just 59 points per game. Senior forward Sam Thompson said the new-look defense helps… Read more

Ohio State defense contributes to second-half surge

November 22, 2014
Football, and many other sports, are often about taking your chances. When the situation gives a team an opportunity to influence an outcome, it has to make the most of it. When the Ohio State defense had a chance to help change momentum on Saturday, it took it. With the Buckeyes down six to Indiana late in the third quarter, OSU sophomore punter Cameron Johnston pinned the Hoosiers at their own one-yard line. A crowd that was otherwise frozen and uninspired by its team’s play was suddenly brought to life. Indiana freshman quarterback Zander Diamont threw incompletions on first and second down before junior running back Tevin Coleman was stopped… Read more

J.T. Barrett, Ohio State make second half turnaround

November 22, 2014
After just 11 games as Ohio State’s starting quarterback, J.T. Barrett has his name scattered across the program record books. But the redshirt-freshman — despite finding his name in the Heisman Trophy race — hasn’t been perfect this season. After Barrett threw two first-half interceptions during the Buckeyes’ 42-27 win over Indiana on Saturday, senior tight end Jeff Heuerman stressed that there will always be ups and downs in football. “You play so much, everything’s not gonna be perfect,” Heuerman said of Barrett’s play. “You’re gonna make mistakes, that’s part of the game, that’s part of sports.” As Barrett’s interceptions — along with a fumble by redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael… Read more

Jalin Marshall’s 4 touchdowns spark second-half comeback as Ohio State defeats Indiana, 42-27

November 22, 2014
For the large part of Ohio State’s game against Indiana, the Buckeyes, along with most of the crowd of 101,426 at Ohio Stadium, seemed to be sleeping through the icy conditions in Columbus. It took until 2:20 left in the third quarter for both parties to wake up. With OSU down 20-14, and not having scored since its second drive of the first quarter, redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall took an Indiana punt 54 yards for a score to give OSU the lead and the Buckeyes did not look back as they defeated the Hoosiers 42-27. Marshall said he thought he had to make something happen in order to spark the… Read more

Heisman winner Troy Smith to be honored at Ohio Stadium during Michigan game

November 22, 2014
With the names Ohio State’s first five Heisman Trophy winners already on display at Ohio Stadium, the school is set to honor its most recent winner during the Buckeyes’ regular-season finale. Former OSU quarterback and 2006 Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith and his No. 10 will be honored during halftime of the Nov. 29 contest between OSU and Michigan, OSU announced in a press release Saturday. Smith is set to join former OSU football players Les Horvath, Eddie George, Vic Janowicz, Howard “Hopalong” Cassady, Archie Griffin, Chic Harley and Bill Willis as the only Buckeyes in the history of the program to have their names and numbers displayed at Ohio… Read more

Ohio State men’s soccer set for NCAA 2nd round against No. 1 seed Notre Dame

November 22, 2014
After advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in dramatic fashion, it is understandable to experience a sort of emotional high. Many coaches might try to temper those feelings, and get their team to simply look ahead to the next one. Ohio State men’s soccer coach John Bluem, on the other hand, wants his players to ride that momentum all the way to South Bend, Ind. “I think it’s good to have it (the emotional high). I think it’s good to just feel great about yourselves after a win like that,” Bluem said. After tying Akron, 1-1, following two overtime periods Thursday night, OSU advanced to the second… Read more

Ohio State set for ‘ridiculous’ rushing attack from Hoosiers’ Tevin Coleman

November 21, 2014
A Heisman candidate, a Lombardi Award finalist and a jump in the College Football Playoff rankings are all topics surrounding the Ohio State football team. Coach Urban Meyer, however, is only focused on one thing. “I’m just worried about Indiana,” Meyer said Monday. The Hoosiers (3-7, 0-6) are scheduled to enter Columbus on Saturday as the only team in the Big Ten without a conference win, despite boasting the third-best rushing attack in the league. Leading the way for Indiana is junior running back Tevin Coleman, who has rushed for 1,678 yards and 12 scores in just 10 games for the Hoosiers. Coleman, a Doak Walker Award semifinalist, did not… Read more

Ohio State eyes playoff race, Big Ten title game appearance

November 21, 2014
“Beat Indiana.” Those are the first words Urban Meyer spoke when the topic of the College Football Playoff rankings came up Wednesday evening, but the Ohio State coach recognized that everyone knows the Buckeyes have moved up to No. 6 in the poll. Meyer said he addresses the national landscape with his team on Sundays, but stressed that continued preparation for the next opponent is of the utmost importance. “I haven’t talked to ‘em since I guess it came out Tuesday night,” he said. “You’ve just got to take care of business and play hard and practice well.” OSU’s rise in the rankings — the team was No. 14 two… Read more

Opinion: 5 questions for Buckeyes’ matchup with Indiana

November 21, 2014
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The Ohio State football team has two games left on its schedule, but the Buckeyes know a win — or a Michigan State loss — will give them a third. OSU (9-1, 6-0) is set for a shot to seal a trip to the Big Ten Championship Game against Indiana on Saturday at Ohio Stadium, but when it comes time for the noon kickoff, nothing will be a given. The Lantern sports editors picked five key questions needing answers as the Buckeyes look to book their ticket to Indianapolis and the Hoosiers try to delay their trip. 1. Will sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott become coach Urban Meyer’s second 1,000-yard… Read more

Ohio State men’s hockey teammates have different outlooks as pro prospects

November 21, 2014
Ohio State men’s hockey senior forward Tanner Fritz stood outside the locker room with his hands tangled inside his shirt. The more he spoke about plans for the future, the more his voice softened. Minutes later, a smile broke across the face of his teammate, junior defenseman Sam Jardine. The Chicago Blackhawks’ draft pick spoke proudly about his draft day, but as he discussed his NHL status, his tone changed from self-confident to self-precautionary: he’s still working toward a contract.  As Jardine spoke, Chad Niddery sauntered down the hallway that leads to the OSU locker room. Upon hearing he’d been requested for an interview, the Buckeyes’ senior forward half-jokingly declined… Read more