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Derrick Rose steals the show; LeBron, Cavs take the game

October 20, 2014
Even though it wasn’t a regular season game, NBA action at the Schottenstein Center was in full swing as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Chicago Bulls on Monday night, 107-98. The player many people undoubtedly came to see — Cavs forward LeBron James — did not disappoint as the Akron native totaled 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting to go along with seven rebounds and six assists in 32 minutes of play. James said playing in front of the Central Ohio crowd was special. “It was great, it was great to be here. It is great to have these fans and for us to put on a show for them,” James… Read more

Thad Matta: Still too early to pick out Buckeye leaders

October 13, 2014
Thad Matta has had rosters led by standout freshmen and teams led by hardened veterans. This season, he’ll have a mix of both. The Ohio State men’s basketball coach is entering his 11th season at the helm in Columbus as the team boasts a roster of four true freshmen, one redshirt-freshman and six seniors. Matta sat down with The Lantern on Wednesday and discussed the task of melding together a team with a strong freshman class and experienced veterans on the same roster. ‘Still early to tell’ who leaders will be A year ago, Matta knew exactly who the leaders of his team would be. Then-senior guards Aaron Craft and… Read more

Mix of youth and experience set to drive Ohio State men’s basketball

October 2, 2014
With six new faces as well as five returning seniors in the fold, the Ohio State men’s basketball team is working to quickly blend the age groups before the season tips off. The team hosted its 2014 media day Thursday at the Schottenstein Center, and one of the main topics discussed by the players and coach Thad Matta was dealing with the divide in age and experience. “There are some pieces that are back, and those guys are consistent,” Matta said. “We have worked hard to integrate the new players so they mesh well and challenge the returning players to work and fight for a spot.” Matta said the character… Read more

Ohio State men’s basketball trip to Bahamas cost more than $200K

September 18, 2014
The Ohio State men’s basketball program spent $223,221 on hotel and airfare for a team trip to the Bahamas in August, OSU athletics spokesman Dan Wallenberg told The Lantern. The team was in the Bahamas Aug. 5-10 to play two exhibition games against the Bahamas All-Stars and the Providence Storm. The Lantern originally requested this information on Aug. 11 before receiving the final numbers after a third records request Wednesday afternoon. The cost for the Atlantis hotel was $65,000, while the airfare totaled $158,221. While on the trip, the team also participated in extra activities that included snorkeling, a three-hour catamaran tour and a trip to a USA soccer game… Read more

Aaron Craft preparing for post-Ohio State career with Golden State Warriors

September 11, 2014
When the 2014 NBA Draft concluded, and his name hadn’t been called, Aaron Craft was unfazed. Like the majority of his career at Ohio State, Craft dusted himself off and began to move forward. Despite going undrafted in June, Craft was invited to play with the Philadelphia 76ers and Golden State Warriors during the NBA summer league before being officially signed by the Warriors last week. For most, receiving an offer from an NBA team would be cause for celebration. For Craft, it led to a deep breath before getting back to work. “It wasn’t anything super crazy. There’s definitely a little bit of relief once we actually figured out… Read more

Former Buckeye Aaron Craft officially signs with Golden State Warriors

September 3, 2014
Former Ohio State basketball player Aaron Craft has officially signed with the Golden State Warriors, according to NBA.com. Golden State elected not to release the details of Craft’s contract — nor the contracts of fellow free agents James McAdoo and Mitchell Watt, who were signed along with Craft — in accordance with team policy, the website said. Craft played in five games for the Warrior’s NBA Summer League team and averaged 7.4 points per game to go with better than two steals, rebounds and assists per game for the summer. The Findlay, Ohio, native played four years at OSU and earned a plethora of individual honors including being named the… Read more

Ohio State men’s basketball announces Big Ten slate

August 21, 2014
Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta announced the Buckeyes’ 2014-15 Big Ten Schedule in a Thursday evening press release. A new-look OSU roster — now without Aaron Craft, Lenzelle Smith Jr., LaQuinton Ross and Amedeo Della Valle — will open its conference schedule against the Iowa Hawkeyes Dec. 30 at the Schottenstein Center. “The roster this year is one I’m anxious to see blend together over the course of the season,” Matta said in the release. “We have leadership and experience in a senior class that has continued to improve over the years and a freshman class that has proven itself at the high school level. “I believe our… Read more

Ohio State men’s basketball set for home-and-home series with Connecticut

August 20, 2014
The Ohio State men’s basketball team is scheduled to play a home-and-home series against the University of Connecticut, coach Thad Matta announced Wednesday via a press release. OSU’s matchup with the Huskies is set to begin Dec. 12, 2015 when the Buckeyes are scheduled to travel to Connecticut. The Huskies are then scheduled to visit Columbus Dec. 12, 2016 at the Schottenstein Center. According to the release, the 2015 game will take place in one of two locations: the Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn., or the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. The Buckeyes hold a 3-1 all-time record against Connecticut, with the most recent matchup coming in 1992 when OSU… Read more

Ohio State men’s basketball’s 2014-15 non-conference schedule announced

August 18, 2014
The non-conference schedule for the Ohio State men’s basketball 2014-15 season was announced by coach Thad Matta Monday. The Buckeyes’ season will be its first in the three-year, newly-launched CBS Sports Classic, which pits OSU against North Carolina Dec. 20 at Chicago’s United Center. The round-robin style tournament will also see Duke match up against UCLA this season, while OSU is scheduled to play Kentucky in 2015 and UCLA in 2016. OSU’s regular season is set to begin Nov. 14 against University of Massachusetts Lowell at the Schottenstein Center. After playing Marquette on Nov. 18 at home for their second game of the season, the Buckeyes are slated to travel… Read more

Opinion: LeBron James makes good on another promise at homecoming gathering

August 10, 2014
“I’m not having a press conference or a party. After this, it’s time to get to work.” Those were the words LeBron James uttered to Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins in the piece that will forever live in Cleveland’s sports lore, henceforth known as “The Letter.” When it was announced weeks ago that James would be hosting a “welcome home” gathering in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, however, those words didn’t seem to mean much. That is, until the actual gathering took place Friday night. Having come across a ticket to the free event at the last minute, I took the trek up to InfoCision Stadium at the University of Akron… Read more