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Bracket Lames: Big TENse, top-rated league could fall short again (The Dagger: College Basketball Blog)

Aaron Craft is super glue. He sticks to everything. Tenacious and tireless on defense, he is the reason why the Buckeyes rank No. 4 nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency and top-20 in five additional defensive categories.

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Buckeyes score last 4 in 69-67 win over No. 22 MSU (The Associated Press)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — LaQuinton Ross scored 22 points and Aaron Craft added 12, including a late free throw, to lead Ohio State past No. 22 Michigan State 69-67 on Sunday.

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Big Ten title out of reach, Buckeyes shift focus (The Associated Press)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — For the first time in five years, the 22nd-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes hit the middle of February with no shot at a Big Ten regular-season title.

Will an Upgraded Schedule Garner the Ohio State Buckeyes More Respect in 2014? (Yahoo Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | The Ohio State Buckeyes have finally made a change that was long overdue — upgrading their non-conference schedule.

Ohio St.-Minnesota Preview (The Associated Press)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — – After Ohio State lost its second game in a row Sunday, coach Thad Matta noticed in the locker room that freshman Marc Loving was obviously discouraged.Matta approached him and said, ”Hey, my man. This isn’t going to be the only time in your career you’re at a low point. Trust me. It happens. That’s the reality for me when I’ve been coaching as long as I have.”The thing we’re trying to find is, how do we get back to playing our consistent – our best – basketball?”Matta has been preaching this week that the 11th-ranked Buckeyes (15-2, 2-2 Big Ten) shouldn’t – and can’t afford to – dwell on the defeats. After all, it seems there’s always another major conference test right around the corner.Matta, Loving and the rest of the Buckeyes are trying to pick themselves up off the mat. Whether or not they have been successful in pushing away the negatives will likely determine the outcome of their game at Minnesota (13-4, 2-2) on Thursday night.Judging from the mood of the players, Matta’s upbeat approach is apparently getting through.”We were all down at first. We were pretty upset by the way we’ve been playing lately,” point guard Shannon Scott said. ”But we’re starting to get back our winner’s mentality now. We’re all positive. We all know what we have to do to be successful again, so we’re sticking with that and we’re going to try to move on from there.”After climbing to No. 3 in the nation, the Buckeyes fought back from a 17-point deficit at then-No. 5 Michigan State before falling in overtime 72-68 on Jan. 7. Then they blew a nine-point second half lead in losing at home to then-No. 20 Iowa 84-74 on Sunday.Now the Buckeyes are trying to answer a lot of questions – and doubts – when they step on the court at dark and drafty Williams Arena against a Golden Gophers team that almost won at Michigan State over the weekend.One of the big messages Matta has discussed is that this isn’t new ground for an Ohio State team.Just two years ago, the Buckeyes lost three of five games in one stretch in February – two at home – yet still rebounded to go 31-8 and make it to the Final Four.Last season, they followed a similar scenario. They lost two in a row to ranked opponents, then two games later were routed at Wisconsin, 71-49. But that team reeled off wins in its next 11 games to capture the Big Ten tournament championship and come within a narrow loss to Wichita State of making it to the Final Four again.”The last two years we did a good job of getting back to doing what we do,” junior sixth man Sam Thompson said. ”We weren’t really ourselves this past week on the court. So we want to make a point to play our game in Minnesota – to make sure we’re mentally ready to come out and play 40 minutes of Ohio State basketball.”Ohio State has won the last six meetings with the Golden Gophers, averaging just over 10 turnovers. The Buckeyes, though, totaled 38 in the back-to-back defeats and spent extra time working to avoid those errors in practice this week, in addition to preventing defensive lapses.”We definitely don’t think it’s the end of the world,” Thompson said. ”We don’t like losing

Buckeyes seeking answers after consecutive losses (The Associated Press)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After Ohio State lost its second game in a row last Sunday, coach Thad Matta noticed in the locker room that freshman Marc Loving was obviously discouraged.Matta approached him and said, ”Hey, my man. This isn’t going to be the only time in your career you’re at a low point. Trust me. It happens. That’s the reality for me when I’ve been coaching as long as I have.”The thing we’re trying to find is, how do we get back to playing our consistent – our best – basketball?”Matta has been preaching this week that the Buckeyes shouldn’t – and can’t afford to – dwell on the defeats. After all, it seems there’s always another major Big Ten test right around the corner.Matta, Loving and the rest of the Buckeyes are trying to pick themselves up off the mat. Whether or not they have been successful in pushing away the negatives will likely determine the outcome of their game at Minnesota (13-4, 2-2 Big Ten) on Thursday night.Judging from the mood of the players, Matta’s upbeat approach is apparently getting through. View gallery Ohio State’s Lenzelle Smith, left, tries to dunk the ball over Iowa’s Aaron White during the … ”We were all down at first. We were pretty upset by the way we’ve been playing lately,” point guard Shannon Scott said. ”But we’re starting to get back our winner’s mentality now. We’re all positive. We all know what we have to do to be successful again, so we’re sticking with that and we’re going to try to move on from there.”After climbing to No. 3 in the nation, the Buckeyes fought back from a 17-point deficit at No. 5 Michigan State before falling in overtime 72-68 on Jan. 7. Then they blew a nine-point second half lead in losing at home to No. 20 Iowa 84-74 on Sunday.Now the 11th-ranked Buckeyes (15-2, 2-2) are trying to answer a lot of questions – and doubts – when they step on the court at dark and drafty Williams Arena.One of the big messages Matta has discussed is that this isn’t new ground for an Ohio State team.Just two years ago, the Buckeyes lost three out of five games in one stretch in February – two of them at home – yet still rebounded to go 31-8 and make it to the Final Four.Last season, they followed a similar scenario. They lost two in a row to ranked opponents, then two games later were routed at Wisconsin, 71-49. But that team reeled off wins in its next 11 games to capture the Big Ten tournament championship and come within a narrow loss to Wichita State of making it to the Final Four once again.”The last two years we did a good job of getting back to doing what we do,” said junior sixth man Sam Thompson. ”We weren’t really ourselves this past week on the court. So we want to make a point to play our game in Minnesota – to make sure we’re mentally ready to come out and play 40 minutes of Ohio State basketball.”Ohio State has won the last six meetings with the Golden Gophers of first-year coach Richard Pitino, the son of the legendary Louisville coach, Rick Pitino.The Buckeyes, averaging just over 10 turnovers a game over their winning streak, totaled 38 in the defeats. They’ve spent extra time working to avoid those errors in practice this week, in addition to preventing defensive lapses.They’ll have more than 100 hours to get over the most recent loss.”We definitely don’t think it’s the end of the world,” Thompson said. ”We don’t like losing. But there’s always a chance for improving.”—Follow Rusty Miller on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/RustyMillerAPSports & RecreationAmerican FootballOhio StateThad Matta

Buckeyes hire Penn State’s Johnson to coach D-line

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Larry Johnson, who spent the past 18 years as an assistant at Penn State, is joining Ohio State’s staff as an assistant head coach and defensive line coach.Johnson was Penn State’s interim coach before James Franklin was hired for the top job on Saturday. Johnson replaces three-year Buckeyes assistant Mike Vrabel, who left his alma mater to work for former Nittany Lions coach Bill O’Brien with the Houston Texans.Seven of Johnson’s Penn State defensive linemen were first-round NFL draft picks.Ohio State still must replace co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Everett Withers, who took the head coaching job at James Madison.Sports & RecreationAmerican FootballPenn StateLarry Johnsondefensive line coach

Dr. Saturday’s Too Early Top 10: No. 5 Ohio State (Dr. Saturday)

If quarterback Braxton Miller had decided to leave for the NFL, Ohio State would have been in trouble. The Buckeyes lose star running back Carlos Hyde and H-Back Philly Brown as well as four offensive linemen.

Ohio State Basketball: Will Balanced Scoring Help or Hurt Buckeyes in March?

If you think you had a bad week, try being an Ohio State basketball player. The Buckeyes dropped consecutive decisions to Michigan State and Iowa in games that showcased an offense as prone to sputtering as a 1970 AMC Gremlin. A team that averaged 10.3 turnovers per game before heading to East Lansing, Mich., found itself struggling to 38 in the pair of losses. Despite all those empty possessions, OSU was still able to make an epic rally to force overtime against the Spartans and held a lead in the final five minutes against the Hawkeyes. Even after two of its worst performances of the season, it’s hard to doubt Ohio State’s defensive mojo. The Buckeyes will get back to making opponents look silly, perhaps as soon as Thursday against a dangerous Minnesota team. The offense, however, is lagging behind as it seeks someone to assume the mantle left behind by All-American Deshaun Thomas. The best thing we can say about the OSU offense is that it’s balanced. No opponent ever knows who’s going to take over the game that night. Of the nine players in the Buckeyes’ rotation, backup center Trey McDonald and freshman forward Marc Loving are the only men not to lead the team in scoring this season. On the other hand, the worst thing we can say about the Ohio State offense is that it’s balanced. Like the opponents, Thad Matta and his players never know who’s coming to do some work from night to night. Ross at a Loss Junior forward LaQuinton Ross leads Ohio State in…

Season wrap: Ohio State

The vast majority of teams in the country would have gladly traded places with Ohio State, but the season still qualified as a disappointment, given the combination of high expectations and a pair of postseason stumbles.

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