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North Carolina ends Ohio State women’s basketball season on last-second shot

March 23, 2015
After tying the game with 5.1 seconds to play, the Ohio State women’s basketball team fell to North Carolina on a last-second shot in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. After trailing by 21 in the first half, OSU freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell made two free throws to tie the game at 84, but the fourth-seeded Tar Heels (26-8) answered back to seal their 86-84 victory. The loss came on North Carolina’s home court in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Monday night. No. 5 seed OSU finished the season with a 24-11 record and went 13-5 in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes’ second round exit marks their deepest run in… Read more

Opinion: Career of Amir Williams is a mystery that will never be solved

March 23, 2015
What comes to mind when I say the name Amir Williams? For me, it’s one word: disappointment. Not in the person, because the senior was always an entertaining interview and more often than not earned high praise from coach Thad Matta. But in the player. A player who was rated higher than the likes of Ben McLemore and Trey Burke and was the fifth-rated center in the 2011 recruiting class averaged just 4.8 points per game in his career and became one of the most criticized players at Ohio State in any sport. Whether it was a missed dunk, putting the ball on the floor despite being wide open under… Read more

Alston, Mitchell fueling Ohio State women’s basketball in NCAA Tournament

March 22, 2015
The Ohio State women’s basketball team has an NCAA Tournament win under its belt, and perhaps the two best guards in the nation. At least that’s what junior Ameryst Alston and freshman Kelsey Mitchell are in the eyes of coach Kevin McGuff. “With (Kelsey) and Am at the one and two, in my opinion, we have the best backcourt in the country,” McGuff said before the Buckeyes played James Madison on Saturday. The duo, who combined for 51 points in OSU’s 90-80 take down of the Dukes in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Chapel Hill, N.C., were both still in high school the last time OSU played… Read more

Opinion: Departures could make or break future for Ohio State men’s basketball

March 22, 2015
When the final buzzer rang Saturday night in Portland, Ore., four Ohio State basketball players walked off the court for the final time as Buckeyes. At least four, I should say. The OSU careers of seniors Sam Thompson, Shannon Scott, Amir Williams and Trey McDonald are over, and their legacy is a question mark — much like the Buckeyes’ future outlook. Despite being part of 109 wins for the Scarlet and Gray, Thompson, Scott, Williams and McDonald never seemed to make their mark. After a Final Four run as freshmen and an Elite Eight finish as sophomores, the quartet failed to fullfil their potential after the departures of Deshaun Thomas… Read more

Russell struggles as Ohio State men’s basketball season ends with 73-58 loss to No. 2 seed Arizona Wildcats

March 21, 2015
For a half of basketball, the No. 10 seed Ohio State men’s basketball team was keeping pace with the No. 2 seed Arizona Wildcats for the right to head to the Sweet 16. But after trailing by just one at halftime, OSU (24-11) fell to Arizona (33-3) 73-58 on Saturday, ending its season in Portland, Ore. The Buckeyes were outrebounded by 17 for the game, and committed 12 turnovers as the Wildcats move on to the Sweet 16 and are set to take on the winner of Xavier vs. Georgia State in Los Angeles on Thursday. After a 28-point performance against Virginia Commonwealth on Thursday night, freshman guard D’Angelo Russell… Read more

Ohio State women’s basketball tops James Madison, 90-80, in NCAA Tournament

March 21, 2015
The Ohio State women’s basketball team came out victorious in its first NCAA Tournament game since 2012. Junior Ameryst Alston and freshmen Kelsey Mitchell and Alexa Hart each scored at least 20 points to power the fifth-seeded Buckeyes (24-10) to a 90-80 win against James Madison in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Saturday. The 12th-seeded Dukes (29-4) hadn’t lost a game since Feb. 22 while the Buckeyes were coming off a loss in the Big Ten Tournament. The win sends the Buckeyes through to the second round, where they are scheduled to take on four-seed North Carolina on the Tar Heels’ home court Monday. Four players scored in double digits in… Read more

Ohio State comes back to top VCU, 75-72, in overtime

March 19, 2015
The Buckeyes were bloodied, but avoided the knockout punch in overtime in their first game of the NCAA Tournament. Despite suffering a cut next to his eye, Ohio State freshman guard D’Angelo Russell scored 28 points to lead 10th-seeded Ohio State (24-11) to a 75-72 win against seventh-seed Virginia Commonwealth University (26-10) on Thursday in Portland, Ore. The win sends the Buckeyes to the round of 32, where they are scheduled to face two-seed Arizona on Saturday. The game was tied at 66 at the end of regulation before the Buckeyes outscored the Rams, 9-6, in overtime. OSU capped the first half on a 16-5 run, with Russell scoring 10… Read more

Thad Matta to his team: ‘Represent the university’ in NCAA Tournament

March 18, 2015
With the Ohio State men’s basketball team heading into its seventh straight NCAA Tournament with a unique mix of freshmen and seniors, coach Thad Matta said he doesn’t want his team playing for him, or themselves. “The biggest battle cry they have heard from me throughout this year has been play for one thing, and one thing only, and that’s Ohio State,” he said. Matta’s reasoning for what some might call his own version of the ‘Buckeye Battle Cry,’ came from an unusual, but personal experience. The 11-year OSU coach was getting lunch at a sandwich shop before a game against Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., when he came across two… Read more

10-seed Ohio State set to play VCU in NCAA Tournament 2nd round

March 15, 2015
The Ohio State men’s basketball team is going dancing despite a quarterfinal loss in the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes (23-10, 11-7) were given the 10 seed in the West Region for the NCAA Tournament on Sunday night, drawing a matchup with seven-seed Virginia Commonwealth University set for Thursday in Portland, Ore. VCU holds a 26-9 record heading into the NCAA Tournament to go with a 12-6 mark in Atlantic 10 play. The Rams topped Dayton, 71-65, on Sunday to win their conference tournament championship. OSU dropped out of the conference tournament on Friday with a 76-67 loss to Michigan State in Chicago after topping Minnesota in the second round… Read more

Staying within the system key for Ohio State as it moves past loss to Michigan State

March 14, 2015
CHICAGO — It was a familiar tale for the Ohio State men’s basketball team Friday night at the United Center. The Buckeyes fell behind quickly, trailing by as many as 16 in the first half, as they were bounced from the Big Ten Tournament, 76-67, in the quarterfinals, marking the first time OSU failed to make the semifinals since 2009. The deficit swelled to as many as 17 in the second half for the Buckeyes, many of whom said the loss was due to not “staying within the system.” OSU coach Thad Matta said deviating from the system is the reason the Buckeyes dug themselves such a big hole. “The… Read more