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With added personnel, Thad Matta looking for more production from low post for Ohio State men’s basketball

April 21, 2014
For a time early in Thad Matta’s career as the Ohio State men’s basketball coach, his teams were built around the center position. Terence Dials, Greg Oden, Kosta Koufos, B.J. Mullens and Jared Sullinger were all standout post presences that helped carry the Buckeyes under Matta. But over the last two seasons — since Sullinger left for the NBA after two seasons in Columbus — the Buckeyes have had a bit of a crisis in the post. With junior centers Amir Williams and Trey McDonald — who averaged a combined 9.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game last season — trading time down low, the Buckeyes have been forced to… Read more

Virginia Tech transfer Trevor Thompson added to Ohio State men’s basketball roster, to sit out 2014-15 season

April 18, 2014
Seniors Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. might be gone, along with junior LaQuinton Ross and sophomore Amedeo Della Valle, but Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta is not wasting any time filling those vacancies. After announcing that former-Temple redshirt-junior forward Anthony Lee would transfer to Ohio State last month, Matta has secured another inside presence in Trevor Thompson. Thompson, who spent his freshman season with Virginia Tech, can start playing for the Buckeyes beginning in 2015-16 after sitting out for a season per NCAA transfer rules. Thompson tweeted his excitement in joining the Buckeyes on April 13, a day after attending the 2014 Spring Game at Ohio Stadium.… Read more

Opinion: Adreian Payne’s love for ‘Princess Lacey’ shows what’s good in college sports

April 14, 2014
There are so many things to be cynical about in today’s college sports world. Cheating, greed, corruption and crime scandals have plagued the NCAA and its institutions for decades. Sometimes it can feel like being a college sports fan is a test of your morality. Far too many times, I have heard intelligent people blindly defending despicable actions of athletes or coaches simply because they want to support their team. An obsession with sports can bring out the worst in people. Yet it took an 8-year-old girl’s infatuation with the Michigan State basketball team and her special bond with senior center Adreian Payne to make me realize just how extraordinary… Read more

Ohio State men’s basketball lands Virginia Tech transfer Trevor Thompson

April 13, 2014
To say the Ohio State basketball team is going through an overhaul is a bit of an understatement. First, the Buckeyes saw the careers of two of the most decorated players in program history — a total of 119 wins — come to a close on a cold, windy day in Buffalo, N.Y., more than three weeks ago when senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. battled to a 60-59 loss Dayton in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Two days later, sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle told coach Thad Matta of his intentions to leave Columbus and head back home to Europe to pursue a professional basketball… Read more

Opinion: March Madness doesn’t always represent college basketball’s best

April 9, 2014
I absolutely love the NCAA Tournament. Nothing comes close to beating it, in my eyes. The hustle, the close games, the heartbreak and jubilation — it is the ultimate sporting event. But it’s certainly not without its flaws. The Connecticut Huskies defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 to be crowned National Champions Monday night. But does this really make them top in the country? Obviously this is a massive accomplishment. UConn’s second national title in four years is something most fans can only dream about. But is it fair that surviving the tournament is the sole mark of the nation’s best team? The problem I often have with the tournament is… Read more

Report: Temple forward Anthony Lee to transfer to Ohio State

March 29, 2014
After taking multiple hits to his roster, it appears as if Ohio State basketball coach Thad Matta has started filling the void left by four players who are no longer with the program. Per a Saturday report by ESPN College Basketball Insider Jeff Goodman, Matta has received a commitment from Temple transfer redshirt-junior forward Anthony Lee. Lee can as early as next season per NCAA transfer rules, as he is set to graduate in May. An OSU athletic spokesman did not immediately respond to The Lantern… Read more’s request for comment Saturday. Lee — who posted a video to his personal Twitter and Instagram accounts — @AntLee_3, of his tour at

LaQuinton Ross to forgo senior season at Ohio State, pursue professional career

March 28, 2014
It’s official: LaQuinton Ross’ days as an Ohio State Buckeye are finished. The Buckeye junior forward announced his decision to forego his final year of eligibility and pursue a professional career to OSU coach Thad Matta and the rest of the Buckeye coaching staff Friday, according to a press release. The decision confirms a Monday report by ESPN College Basketball Insider Jeff Goodman. “My experience at Ohio State has been incredible,” Ross said, according to the release. “Coach Matta, my teammates and the staff were amazing to work with on a daily basis. My goal has always been to play at the next level and I believe now is the… Read more

Lenzelle Smith Jr. ‘had a blast’ as a part of the Ohio State men’s basketball team

March 25, 2014
As senior guard Aaron Craft’s shot helplessly rimmed out in the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s NCAA Tournament matchup against Dayton, there was another senior on the floor who watched as his career ended. For a moment, senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. wasn’t sure what the ball’s final fate was going to be. “You don’t have time to think about it,” Smith Jr. said after the game about the final shot by Craft. “You’ve got to get back to your spot to be wide open or if the ball may come to you or get into a position to tip the ball back in. But the ball didn’t just come… Read more

Opinion: ‘One and done’ rule bad for college basketball programs, fans

March 25, 2014
It’s almost that time of year again, to say so long to college basketball season until next year … but wait, there’s a few things you won’t exactly be seeing next year. You won’t be seeing some of the country’s top players return for another season. Many, allowed by the “one and done” NBA draft rule, will enter their names into the 2014 NBA Draft. Players like forward Aaron Gordon of Arizona, guard Andrew Wiggins of Kansas, and forward Jabari Parker of Duke are likely to take their opportunity to abandon the arenas filled with young, hopeful-hearted and spirited university fans to strive toward a game where their wins and… Read more

Ohio State’s LaQuinton Ross’ professional future unclear after conflicting reports

March 24, 2014
All season long, Ohio State men’s basketball struggled with scoring. In 19 of the Buckeyes’ 35 games this season, they scored less than 70 points, going 11-8 in those matchups en route to finishing the season 25-10. The team has already lost three players for next season — senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr., as well as sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle, who is heading back to Europe — and now might be without its leading scorer. According to a report Monday by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, junior forward LaQuinton Ross has decided to forego his senior season and enter the 2014 NBA Draft. Ross, however, took to Twitter… Read more