Can’t say it was a shock to see a report that says Ohio State’s LaQuinton Ross is going to turn pro. Still, it’s a big blow for Thad Matta’s squad, as Ross would have been the centerpiece of the 2014-15 squad. Ross paced the Buckeyes in scoring (15.2 ppg) and rebounding (5.9 rpg) this season as a junior. He emerged toward the end of his sophomore season and carried that momentum into this past season. The 6-8, 220-pound Ross is a dynamic athletic who can get to the hoop off the dribble. He also is good shooter. But, consistency could
March is National Child Life Month. The Child Life team at Iowa Children’s Hospital was recently featured. Ohio State’s 36th annual African American Heritage Festival ends on Friday, March 21-28. Wisconsin recently launched a brand new Discovery-to-Product initiative. Michigan State student and former Marine sniper Logan Stark has begun a biking project for fellow veterans in East Lansing The fifth annual Illini Jock Jams event was a huge success, raising nearly $11,000 for for three charities. Finally, the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research is a wonderful organization. Learn how you can help them here. What’s your story and how have
Ohio State sophomore Amedeo Della Valle announced Saturday that he is leaving the Buckeyes to pursue a professional career in Europe. Della Valle averaged four points and 1.8 rebounds in 33 games this season. He did score double figures in six games, including 12 in Ohio State’s comeback win over Nebraska in the Big Ten tourney. Read Della Valle’s message about the decision in this post. It's been real THE Ohio State University.Thank you for everything.Best experience of my life.Thank you BuckeyeNation! pic.twitter.com/2FYJBlEZRt — Amedeo Della Valle (@Ame_DV_33) March 22, 2014
Ohio State dropped a tight one against an in-state “Little Brother,” which had to make the loss all the more frustrating. There wasn’t anything especially unique about this loss—once again, Ohio State’s offense stalled out when it had to play in the half-court. The outside shooting was tepid (3 of 12 on 3s), and the ballhandling was suspect (the Buckeyes turned it over on 21 percent of their possessions; Aaron Craft and LaQuinton Ross each had five of their own). And on the 27 occasions when Ohio State had an opportunity to rebound one of its frequent misses, Thad Matta’s
The first full-fledged day of NCAA tournament action was a success for the Big Ten. Yes, No. 11 Iowa lost a play-in game to No. 11 Tennessee on Wednesday. And No. 6 Ohio State fell to No. 11 Dayton today. But neither loss was a stunner. But the fact the defeats came early in the tourney, it caught the attention of critics. No matter, the Big Ten’s “Big Three” opened with victories today. And they looked good doing it. [ MORE: Dienhart: Ohio State’s elimination no surprise ] No. 2 Wisconsin destroyed No. 15 American. No. 4 Michigan State whipped
Please, tell me you aren’t shocked by Ohio State’s 60-59 loss to Dayton in its opening NCAA game. Yes, the seeds said it was an upset, as the Buckeyes were a No. 6 seed and the Flyers were a No. 11 seed. But this was little more than a good-not-great Ohio State club. Has been all season. And Dayton may have been under-seeded coming out of the Atlantic-10, which had six seeds. (Remember when Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski beefed about that?) That’s as many as the Big Ten. The Big Ten is off to a tough start in the Big
In the first game of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, No. 11 seed Dayton upset No. 6 seed Ohio State, 60-59, at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo. The Buckeyes’ Aaron Craft had one last attempt at a game-winning shot, but it bounced off the rim. Vee Sanford hit the game-winning shot with four seconds to go, part of a 10-point performance for the senior, and Dayton (24-10) escaped with a dramatic victory. Dyshawn Pierre had 12 points, eight rebounds, and 2-of-2 shooting from the field. Dayton and Ohio State (25-10) traded the lead 15 times. Matt Kavanaugh shot 4-of-6
Two teams whose campuses are a mere 75 miles apart will clash today in Buffalo, NY, as Ohio State takes on Dayton. The Flyers arrive as an 11-seed with a mostly nondescript resume, but Dayton sports a legitimate offense. In fact, the Flyers led the Atlantic 10 in offensive efficiency, thanks to a balanced attack that does a little bit of everything well. Dayton’s leading scorer is a familiar name: former Buckeye Jordan Sibert. Sibert has come a long way since leaving Columbus two years ago, and he’s deadly from beyond the arc (44 percent shooting on a heavy diet
If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday show #BTNLive.” On tonight’s episode of #BTNLive at 6 p.m. ET, our experts discuss this question: Which Big Ten football and basketball head coaching duo is the best? The choices for this poll: Michigan (#MichDuo), Wisconsin (#WiscDuo), Ohio State (#OSUDuo) and Michigan State (#MSUDuo).
College basketball experts across the nation are picking Big Ten tourney champ Michigan State to win the NCAA tourney. The same goes for the President. As he’s done each of the past five years, Barack Obama filled out his NCAA bracket in a recent ESPN special, and he selected the Spartans to win it all. [ MORE: View Barack Obama’s full NCAA tourney bracket ] Obama has Michigan State topping No. 13 Delaware, No. 12 Harvard, No. 1 Virginia and No. 2 Villanova on its way to the Final Four. In the national semis, he has the Spartans dropping No.