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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

Former Ohio State basketball player Aaron Craft signs with Golden State Warriors

August 6, 2014
One of the four players that left the Ohio State men’s basketball program following the 2013-14 season has found a home in the NBA, at least temporarily. Former OSU guard Aaron Craft has signed a partially-guaranteed contract and has accepted an invitation to attend training camp with the Golden State Warriors, after playing for their NBA Summer League team in July, according to a report by the Bay Area News Group. Following the announcement of the news, Craft, who went undrafted in June’s NBA Draft, tweeted his thoughts on the deal from his Twitter account, @ACraft4. Excited & grateful for the opportunity to take part in the @warriors training camp!The… Read more

Opinion: Thad Matta basketball tree evident with Boston Celtics

July 24, 2014
The talk of this summer’s NBA free agent frenzy has been all about LeBron James coming back to Ohio to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, another reunion of sorts is taking place elsewhere — and it isn’t in Ohio. The Boston Celtics brought in former Ohio State Buckeye forward Evan Turner on Monday to improve a young roster with a young coach. That coach, Brad Stevens, also has an interesting tie to OSU. Stevens coached under current Buckeye coach Thad Matta while Matta was the head man at Butler University. Stevens went on to take the same position and led the Bulldogs to back-to-back NCAA Championship Games, but fell… Read more

Opinion: The return of LeBron James means everything to Cleveland

July 11, 2014
I will never forget where I was four years ago, when LeBron James broke the collective hearts in Cleveland by announcing his decision to join the Miami Heat. I sat in a Florida hotel lobby as the “King” made his announcement to take his talents to South Beach, and the lobby let out a collective roar. I sank in my chair knowing that the chances of a championship happening in Cleveland were, once again, dashed. Flash forward to today — I sat in my bedroom. Not my school bedroom but my bedroom back home. The bedroom in which I grew up, and I heard the news that James was returning… Read more