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Chalk Talk: Wrestling champions & Tanner Fritz in-studio interview

March 27, 2015
Andrew Todd-Smith and Maddie Spielman recount details of the Ohio State wrestling team’s first-ever team national championship in 94 years of competition that was fueled in part by the individual titles captured by 125 lb. Nathan Tomasello and 141 lb. Logan Stieber. They also break down the women’s basketball team’s narrow defeat to the fourth-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels in third-round play of the NCAA Tournament. The men’s hoops program experienced a similar fate—exiting in their second game of March Madness—after getting soundly beaten by two-seed Arizona, and they discuss the loss. A conversation about what to expect from both teams next season with the exit of the senior classes… Read more

North Carolina ends Ohio State women’s basketball season on last-second shot

March 23, 2015
After tying the game with 5.1 seconds to play, the Ohio State women’s basketball team fell to North Carolina on a last-second shot in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. After trailing by 21 in the first half, OSU freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell made two free throws to tie the game at 84, but the fourth-seeded Tar Heels (26-8) answered back to seal their 86-84 victory. The loss came on North Carolina’s home court in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Monday night. No. 5 seed OSU finished the season with a 24-11 record and went 13-5 in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes’ second round exit marks their deepest run in… Read more

Ohio State women’s basketball tops James Madison, 90-80, in NCAA Tournament

March 21, 2015
The Ohio State women’s basketball team came out victorious in its first NCAA Tournament game since 2012. Junior Ameryst Alston and freshmen Kelsey Mitchell and Alexa Hart each scored at least 20 points to power the fifth-seeded Buckeyes (24-10) to a 90-80 win against James Madison in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Saturday. The 12th-seeded Dukes (29-4) hadn’t lost a game since Feb. 22 while the Buckeyes were coming off a loss in the Big Ten Tournament. The win sends the Buckeyes through to the second round, where they are scheduled to take on four-seed North Carolina on the Tar Heels’ home court Monday. Four players scored in double digits in… Read more

Ohio State comes back to top VCU, 75-72, in overtime

March 19, 2015
The Buckeyes were bloodied, but avoided the knockout punch in overtime in their first game of the NCAA Tournament. Despite suffering a cut next to his eye, Ohio State freshman guard D’Angelo Russell scored 28 points to lead 10th-seeded Ohio State (24-11) to a 75-72 win against seventh-seed Virginia Commonwealth University (26-10) on Thursday in Portland, Ore. The win sends the Buckeyes to the round of 32, where they are scheduled to face two-seed Arizona on Saturday. The game was tied at 66 at the end of regulation before the Buckeyes outscored the Rams, 9-6, in overtime. OSU capped the first half on a 16-5 run, with Russell scoring 10… Read more

Thad Matta to his team: ‘Represent the university’ in NCAA Tournament

March 18, 2015
With the Ohio State men’s basketball team heading into its seventh straight NCAA Tournament with a unique mix of freshmen and seniors, coach Thad Matta said he doesn’t want his team playing for him, or themselves. “The biggest battle cry they have heard from me throughout this year has been play for one thing, and one thing only, and that’s Ohio State,” he said. Matta’s reasoning for what some might call his own version of the ‘Buckeye Battle Cry,’ came from an unusual, but personal experience. The 11-year OSU coach was getting lunch at a sandwich shop before a game against Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., when he came across two… Read more

10-seed Ohio State set to play VCU in NCAA Tournament 2nd round

March 15, 2015
The Ohio State men’s basketball team is going dancing despite a quarterfinal loss in the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes (23-10, 11-7) were given the 10 seed in the West Region for the NCAA Tournament on Sunday night, drawing a matchup with seven-seed Virginia Commonwealth University set for Thursday in Portland, Ore. VCU holds a 26-9 record heading into the NCAA Tournament to go with a 12-6 mark in Atlantic 10 play. The Rams topped Dayton, 71-65, on Sunday to win their conference tournament championship. OSU dropped out of the conference tournament on Friday with a 76-67 loss to Michigan State in Chicago after topping Minnesota in the second round… Read more

Ohio State knocked out of Big Ten Tournament with 76-67 loss to Spartans

March 13, 2015
CHICAGO — In a different state on a tournament slate, the result was the same for the Buckeyes against the Spartans. The sixth-seeded Ohio State men’s basketball team lost to No. 3-seed Michigan State, 76-67, on Friday night at the United Center, just short of a month since the Buckeyes fell to the Spartans during the regular season. The loss knocks OSU out of the Big Ten Tournament and sends Michigan State through to a semifinal matchup against Maryland. OSU freshman guard D’Angelo Russell said the Spartans are a “great team,” that executed in spots the Buckeyes couldn’t. “Great group of guys that know how to play, and well coached,”… Read more

Buckeye News Now: Ohio State students divided over divestment

March 13, 2015
Undergraduate Student Government elections concluded Wednesday night but several Ohio State students and organizations are still divided on the topic of divestment. According to the OSU divest website, Issue one, called for the university to cut financial ties from companies “complicit in Israeli human rights violations and the occupation of the Palestinian Territories.” Issue 1 was originally on the USG ballot but was removed by the USG Judicial Panel on a technicality. In a Wednesday press release, the Judicial Panel announced that Ohio state students would have the chance to vote on the issue in a special election later this month.This episode of Buckeye News now brings you both sides… Read more

Family, players help Thad Matta to Ohio State record, beard and all

March 13, 2015
CHICAGO — When Ohio State took the court against Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament, Buckeye coach Thad Matta had a fresh layer of stubble coating his normally shaven face. “I’m a rugged dude,” Matta joked after his team dispatched the Golden Gophers, 79-73, Thursday night at the United Center. Jokes aside, Matta said he had an explanation when his players inquired about his new facial hair. “They asked me the other day, the said, ‘You haven’t shaved?’” he said. “And I said, ‘No, because I haven’t shaved since the Wisconsin game, every time you look at me I want you to think about that game.’” The game in question… Read more

Marc Loving bounces back in Ohio State’s win against Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament

March 13, 2015
CHICAGO — Marc Loving had a career night in the 22nd game of his sophomore season. Less than a week later, he was suspended. Ohio State’s sophomore forward scored 19 points and shot 5-for-5 from 3-point range in the Buckeyes’ 80-56 win over then-No. 16 Maryland on Jan. 29. But just hours before OSU tipped off against Purdue on Feb. 4, a team spokesman announced that Loving hadn’t made the trip. His suspension lasted three games, then Loving played just five minutes and didn’t score in the Buckeyes’ loss to Michigan State on Valentine’s Day. He followed that up with four points in a loss to Michigan and six points… Read more