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No. 12 Ohio State men’s basketball rolls to 97-55 win over North Carolina A&T

December 17, 2014
A change of scenery didn’t seem to affect the No. 12 Ohio State men’s basketball team as it rolled to yet another blowout victory, extending its record to 9-1 on the season. Playing a home game down the road at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus, the Buckeyes jumped out to a 17-2 lead and didn’t look back as they defeated the North Carolina A&T Aggies, 97-55, Wednesday night. The early run by OSU was started by sophomore forward Marc Loving, who buried a  three-pointer to open the scoring. Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell also contributed to the fast start, as he added seven points in the first 3:20 of the game.… Read more

No. 12 Ohio State tops Morehead State, 87-71, in Thad Matta’s 500th career game

December 13, 2014
In his 500th game as a collegiate head coach, Thad Matta led the No. 12 Ohio State men’s basketball team to a 16-point victory over Morehead State for his 385th career win. Matta is 282-84 in his 11 seasons at OSU and 385-115 overall. He’s just 15 wins away from tying Fred Taylor for the most wins in program history. After the game, Matta said he feels like he’s coached even more than those 500 games over his career. “Yes it does, maybe a 1,000,” Matta said. “I didn’t know that (it was 500 games) until yesterday. I was joking when I gave the pregame speech today, I walked out… Read more

Young talent leads Ohio State men’s basketball into matchup with High Point

December 10, 2014
The Ohio State men’s basketball team moved up two spots to No. 12 in the Associated Press poll Sunday despite losing its first game of the year last week. OSU coach Thad Matta said he is hoping that his team will continue to improve each game. Seeming to do so are the young Buckeyes such as freshman guard D’Angelo Russell who was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Monday. Matta said that the young players in particular have stood out in the early part of this season. “These guys are just out here playing. They are not trying to calculate or figure anything, worried about this or that.… Read more

Ohio State women’s basketball set for Arkansas State Red Wolves

December 9, 2014
The Ohio State women’s basketball team will look to improve on its vapid defense as it gets ready to face Arkansas State on Thursday. The Buckeyes are 5-4 on the season following a double-digit win at home against Winthrop (S.C.) on Sunday afternoon. Freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell said the team isn’t satisfied with its current record and will try to bring as much intensity as it can for the game against the Red Wolves. “We need as much energy as possible,” Mitchell said. “We need all the energy we can to pick up this process so some of our chemistry can come together. We’re 5-4, who wants to be 5-4… Read more

Second half surge propels Ohio State women’s basketball to win over Winthrop, 66-52

December 7, 2014
After a lackluster first half, the Ohio State women’s basketball team swung the momentum to defeat visiting Winthrop (S.C.), 66-52, on Sunday. Coach Kevin McGuff said a renewed intensity allowed OSU to take control of the second half. “We really attacked a lot better in the second half,” McGuff said. “We got more stops, more turnovers (that) allowed us to play in transition a little bit more, and overall generated more quality shots.” The Buckeyes (5-4) opened the game with a 9-3 run in the first five minutes of the half. Winthrop (4-3, 1-0) rallied back, though, and score 10 unanswered points to take the lead. The Eagles continued to… Read more

Ohio State men’s basketball picks up 20-point win against Colgate

December 6, 2014
The Ohio State men’s basketball team bounced back to beat Colgate (N.Y.) on Saturday afternoon after losing its first game of the season against No. 5 Louisville on Tuesday. The No. 14 Buckeyes (6-1) outscored Colgate (1-7) by 10 in each half on their way to a 70-50 win. Colgate hung with OSU for portions of the matchup, but the Buckeyes pulled away late. Redshirt-freshman guard Kam Williams said that the Buckeyes needed to relax in order to finally pull away. “We just needed to calm down honestly,” Williams said. “We weren’t playing like our game and coach (Thad) Matta said after the timeout that we just needed to calm… Read more

Ohio State men’s basketball looks to rebound from 1st loss of season

December 5, 2014
After suffering its first loss of the season, the Ohio State men’s basketball team will look to readjust on Saturday when it hosts Colgate (N.Y.). OSU is 5-1 for the season following a 64-55 loss on the road to No. 5 Louisville on Tuesday evening. Sophomore forward Marc Loving said the team took a lot away from the game. “Just playing our type of basketball for 40 minutes,” Loving said. “Not letting our opponents take us out of our game plan, be more disciplined throughout the whole course of the game and sticking to our principles and what we worked on in practice through this whole beginning of the season.”… Read more

High-scoring Buckeye women’s basketball looks to improve on .500 start against Winthrop

December 4, 2014
Despite boasting two of the top scorers in the nation, the Ohio State women’s basketball has as many losses as wins heading into a matchup with the Winthrop Eagles. The Buckeyes are 4-4 for the season after losing 78-74 at home against Pittsburgh. Coach Kevin McGuff said the team still has work to do on defense as it moves forward in the season. “We’re just not good enough defensively,” McGuff said. “We have to get better on the floor for us to make progress.” Junior guard Cait Craft shared the same sentiment as McGuff and said a lack of solid defense throughout games has been a weakness for OSU. “We… Read more

Ohio State women’s basketball comes up short, falls to Pittsburgh 78-74

December 3, 2014
In a back-and-forth matchup, the Ohio State women’s basketball team lost at home to Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. The first half saw both teams trading scores with neither able to gain a sustainable edge over the other. With the game tied at 22 apiece, the Buckeyes (4-4) went on an 11-6 run to take a five-point lead with a little more than three minutes left in the half. The Panthers (5-2) closed out the final minutes of the half with an 8-4 run to cut the deficit to one. In the second half, the teams continued to match each other with the lead changing and the game tying several times.… Read more

Ohio State men’s basketball loses to No. 5 Louisville, 64-55, as second-half rally falls short

December 3, 2014
After falling behind by 19 in the first half, the No. 14 Ohio State men’s basketball team stormed back in the second half, but fell to No. 5 Louisville on the road. The Buckeyes second-half surge in Louisville, Ky., wasn’t quite enough as they took their first loss of the season, 64-55. The game moved OSU to 5-1 on the season while the Cardinals improved to 6-0. After falling into a 17-point hole at halftime, OSU outscored the Cardinals, 37-29, in the second half. At the 16:18 mark, OSU’s leading scorer — freshman guard D’Angelo Russell — committed his fourth foul of the game and was sent to the bench.… Read more