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Buckeyes bounce Boilermakers, 65-61, after 2nd-half surge

March 2, 2015
The Ohio State men’s basketball team overcame a 12-point first-half deficit to win its second straight game at the Schottenstein Center. The Buckeyes (21-8, 10-6) fell behind, 35-23, at halftime against Purdue (19-10, 11-5), but outscored the Boilermakers 42-26 in the second half to win 65-61 Sunday night, avenging a 60-58 Feb. 4 loss to Purdue on the road. OSU was led once again by freshman guard D’Angelo Russell, who rebounded from a first half in which he turned the ball over three times to score 17 points in the second half to lead the Buckeyes to the comeback victory. Trailing by one, Russell drove inside and scored with 58.6… Read more

Win over Purdue a ‘step in the right direction’ for Ohio State as it enters month of March

March 2, 2015
Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta has never lost a game at home in the month of March. And he doesn’t seem to care. “We got what, one more left at home? What’s my road record, because we have one on the road before that?” Matta asked after a 65-61 comeback win over Purdue on Sunday night. The Buckeyes, despite falling behind by 12 points in the first half, polished off the comeback at home in front of 15,978 at the Schottenstein Center. The win puts OSU in a three-way tie for the fourth seed in the Big Ten Tournament, which is set to begin March 11 in Chicago.… Read more

Ohio State women’s basketball trounces Nebraska; earns 3-seed for Big Ten tournament

March 2, 2015
The Ohio State women’s basketball team won 10 of its final 12 regular season games, securing the No. 3 seed in the Big Ten Tournament. OSU (21-9, 13-5) capped that run with a 78-60 win against Nebraska (20-9, 10-8) on Sunday in Lincoln, Neb. Freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell led the Buckeyes with 28 points in the contest to go along with a career-high 10 rebounds. However, the real star of the show could have been sophomore forward Shayla Cooper. Coming off the bench, the 6-foot-2-inch transfer from Georgetown scored 13 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds. The Buckeyes blew the game open with a 15-0 run to close the… Read more

Phil Jackson could face fine over comments about Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell

February 27, 2015
New York Knicks president Phil Jackson could face a tampering fine from the NBA for making comments about Ohio State freshman guard D’Angelo Russell, according to multiple reports. Jackson was on hand at the Schottenstein Center on Thursday night to watch Russell and his OSU teammates dispatch Nebraska, 81-57. According to Cleveland.com, Jackson made comments about Russell as he was leaving the arena. “He’s a great-looking kid,” Jackson said. “Great prospect.” The Knicks currently have the worst record in the NBA, meaning they will likely have a top five pick in the 2015 NBA Draft in June. Russell is currently projected to be among those top five picks. Multiple reports… Read more

Jae’Sean Tate ‘a truck’ in Ohio State’s blowout win over Nebraska Cornhuskers

February 26, 2015
An NBA coaching legend was in Columbus to likely scout a freshman from Louisville, Ky., but it was a native son who stole the show for the Ohio State men’s basketball team. Freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate scored a career-high 22 points in an 81-57 drubbing of the Nebraska Cornhuskers at the Schottenstein Center on Thursday night. The Pickerington, Ohio, product scored 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting in the first half alone, finishing from all over the floor, including a 3-pointer. Tate, who has become known for his relentless effort on the court, earned high praise from his coach after the game. “There’s not a selfish bone in him,” OSU coach… Read more

Russell exits early as Ohio State routs Nebraska, 81-57, with Phil Jackson looking on

February 26, 2015
With arguably the greatest basketball coach in recent memory watching courtside, the Ohio State men’s basketball team got back on track at the Schottenstein Center. The Buckeyes (20-8, 9-6) bounced back from back-to-back losses in emphatic fashion, defeating the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 81-57, Thursday night. Playing in OSU’s first home game in more than two weeks, freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate said it felt good to be back in front of a home crowd. “It definitely feels good to be home. It feels like we haven’t been home in forever. But I just think the team buckled down,” he said. “We needed this win and we just came together and started playing… Read more

Ohio State men’s basketball trying to right the ship before postseason play

February 25, 2015
With just four regular season games remaining before tournament play takes over the college basketball landscape, the Ohio State men’s basketball team is limping back to Columbus. Having played eight of its last 12 games on the road, the Buckeyes have lost three of their last five games including back-to-back losses to Michigan and Michigan State. The good news for OSU is that three of its last four games are set to be played at the Schottenstein Center, with the last road game coming against Penn State next Wednesday. OSU coach Thad Matta said he knew months ago that the current stretch of road games could make or break the… Read more

Buckeyes aim to continue Cornhusker lockout

February 25, 2015
Most top-tier basketball teams have the luxury of coming home to a state of the art locker room nowadays. While the same can be said for the Ohio State men’s basketball team as they return home after suffering back-to-back road losses, the Nebraska Cornhuskers haven’t seen their lockers in days. After a 74-46 drubbing from Iowa on Sunday, Nebraska coach Tim Miles banned his players from the friendly confines of the Cornhusker facilities. While some might think that style of motivation is drastic, OSU coach Thad Matta said it doesn’t surprise him. “You would be shocked at how many coaches do that. You hear coaches talk about doing that all… Read more

Ohio State women’s basketball looks outside the roster for practice competition

February 25, 2015
The Ohio State women’s basketball team has found that the best way to improve in its craft might not be to simply practice against itself. The Buckeyes have composed their own practice team of male players to scrimmage against on a daily basis because coach Kevin McGuff said he believes it is the best way for his players to get better. “I have always done it,” McGuff said. “The boys can push and challenge our kids and make it a tough environment, I like that.” The male opponents are typically OSU students brought in by the coaches. Those coaches then leave it up to these men to find more players… Read more

Opinion: Derrick Rose should take early trip down Grant Hill’s path

February 25, 2015
By age 25, Derrick Rose was a three-time NBA All-Star and one-time NBA MVP. He’d averaged at least 20.8 points three times, and was all around considered one of the top point guards and overall players in the league. Sound familiar? For NBA fans paying attention in the late 1990s and early 2000s, it should. Grant Hill was a 25-year-old small forward for the Detroit Pistons during the 1997-98 season. He was already a four-time All-Star and had averaged at least 20.2 points per game three times. Hill wasn’t just looking like a perennial All-Star, but an all-time great player in the NBA. Fast forward a few years and Hill… Read more