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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

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

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith uninterested in paying players

July 16, 2014
While Gene Smith supports covering all college costs and promising four-year scholarships, he doesn’t think student-athletes should be paid. “I am not a proponent of creating an employer-employee relationship, which changes the whole dynamic,” the Ohio State vice president and athletic director said in a July 7 interview with The Lantern. “At the end of the day, you get fired if you don’t perform if you’re an employee, and we don’t want that.” Smith said he hopes the NCAA never makes it to the point of paying student-athletes beyond the cost of attendance, and added that if it did, it could lead to less lucrative sports being cut. “I hope… Read more

Opinion: Kyrie Irving’s new contract offers new hope for Cleveland Cavaliers

July 2, 2014
On April 15, 2013, as the final buzzer sounded, he ran toward the locker room and wasn’t seen again for the rest of the evening. It was simultaneously the final game of the 2012-13 season at Quicken Loans Arena for the Cleveland Cavaliers and “Fan Appreciation Night” —  a night dedicated to the thousands of Clevelanders who watched the Cavs put together another atrocious campaign. While many players stood on the hardwood following the game to toss their shoes, uniforms and promotional giveaways into the audience as a sign of their appreciation, Kyrie Irving could not be bothered. All of a sudden, the 21-year-old prodigy, who offered a ray of… Read more

Opinion: LeBron James, Aaron Craft headline intriguing NBA Draft, off-season for Ohio basketball fans

June 24, 2014
As the dust from the NBA Finals has settled, basketball fans have turned their attention to the much anticipated 2014 NBA Draft, and even more so, free agency. For basketball fans in the state of Ohio, two names will be watched closely: LeBron James and, for those in Columbus, Aaron Craft. James, who according to multiple reports will exercise his early termination clause with the Miami Heat, has Cleveland fans buzzing about the thought of seeing “the King” return to his home state and to the team that drafted him in 2003. The Cavaliers have been building, and tearing down at times, their team since James took his talents to… Read more

Opinion: Things setting up perfectly, too perfectly, for LeBron James to return home

June 17, 2014
Almost four years ago, I sat in the passenger’s seat of my mother’s SUV, my mouth stuffed with red-stained tissues and napkins, sore from the early morning removal of my wisdom teeth. As my mom sped along the highway with my exhausted sister in the backseat (she had just been through an exciting week at a tennis camp at the University of Florida), I sat in that front seat, staring at the dark, star-speckled Florida sky, wondering  what I did to deserve this punishment. An hour earlier, LeBron James had uttered those infamous words that will forever live in NBA lore, spurning Cleveland, the city that I loved and opting… Read more