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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

Cleveland Cavaliers set for another preseason matchup at Schottenstein Center

August 8, 2014
LeBron James may finally be able to use his honorary locker within the Ohio State men’s basketball locker room. James, a long time OSU supporter and Akron, Ohio, native, and the Cleveland Cavaliers are scheduled to head to the Schottenstein Center to take on the Chicago Bulls in a preseason matchup set for Oct. 20 at 7 p.m, according to the team’s website. OSU installed the aforementioned locker as a tribute to James, who has sponsored the Buckeyes’ on-court apparel since 2007, but will need to change the number on the locker from 6 to 23, as James recently announced he will switch back to the number he wore throughout… Read more

Former Ohio State basketball player LaQuinton Ross signs with Italian team

August 8, 2014
After playing in the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League for the Los Angeles Lakers, former Ohio State basketball player LaQuinton Ross is set to play professionally in Italy. According to multiple reports, Ross signed on to play with Victoria Libertas in the Italian Serie A. Ross was passed on in the 2014 NBA Draft after deciding to pursue a professional career following his junior season with the Buckeyes. He was named to the 2014 Big Ten All-Tournament team as well as earning honorable mention All-Big Ten honors after averaging 15.2 points per game for OSU. Ross averaged 8.3 points per game as a sophomore in 2012-13 and played in nine… Read more

Opinion: Greg Oden has only himself to blame for most recent setback

August 7, 2014
The once promising career of former Ohio State basketball player Greg Oden has likely ended after the former No. 1 overall NBA Draft pick was arrested on battery charges after allegedly hitting an ex-girlfriend in his home state of Indiana. Oden, who helped lead the Buckeyes to the 2007 NCAA National Championship game, has largely been a recipient of sympathy across the basketball world, as injuries have plagued his career. No one, however, will likely give him sympathy after this latest incident. It is unfortunate that a man with such a bright future just eight years ago has seen his career disappear right before his eyes, however he has only… Read more