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Notre Dame vs. Ohio State: Live Score, Updates and Analysis

Wow. Ohio State trailed for the majority of the final ten minutes of the game and even found itself behind by eight points with about one minute remaining before going on an incredible 14-3 run to end the game. The Buckeyes’ suffocating defense forced 13 turnovers from the Irish, which was ultimately the deciding factor in the outcome. LaQuinton Ross led the way with 16 points, but it was Aaron Craft’s defense and timely assists and the late scoring from Lenzelle Smith Jr. down the stretch that decided it. The victory moved Ohio State to a perfect 12-0, while Notre Dame falls to 8-4. Next up for the Buckeyes is a matchup with Louisiana-Monroe. The Irish face Canisius before ACC play begins. Read more Ohio State Basketball news on BleacherReport.com

Ohio State Basketball: Why the Buckeyes Have the Best Defense in the Nation

Coming back from eight points down in the final 50 seconds of a game under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden just isn’t supposed to happen at the collegiate level. Maybe if Reggie Miller was out there to break Spike Lee’s heart by draining a couple of three-pointers and stealing an inbounds pass to shock the Knicks, but something like that just doesn’t happen from a college team that had scored a mere 50 points in the game’s first 39 minutes. Yet, that is exactly what did happen when Ohio State kicked its nation’s best defense into gear against Notre Dame on Dec. 21. The Buckeyes instituted a full-court press and shackled the ball-handlers of the Irish, and in one rosy-cheeked flash, Aaron Craft was hitting Lenzelle Smith Jr. on the baseline for the game-winning basket. Of course, for good measure, Craft and Smith combined to knock the ball loose one last time as Notre Dame attacked the basket in the final seconds. It was one of those rare memorable non-conference wins in December in a sport that is almost solely defined by what happens in March. It was only possible because the Scarlet and Gray have the best defense in the entire country. Don’t just take my word for it though. Ken Pomeroy ranks the Buckeyes as the No. 1 team in the nation in his pace-adjusted defensive-efficiency metrics, which is a much better system of comparing different defenses than merely looking at points allowed. Pomeroy’s rankings take into…

Ohio State Basketball: Why the Buckeyes Have the Best Defense in the Nation

Coming back from eight points down in the final 50 seconds of a game under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden just isn’t supposed to happen at the collegiate level. Maybe if Reggie Miller was out there to break Spike Lee’s heart by draining a couple of three-pointers and stealing an inbounds pass to shock the Knicks, but something like that just doesn’t happen from a college team that had scored a mere 50 points in the game’s first 39 minutes. Yet, that is exactly what did happen when Ohio State kicked its nation’s best defense into gear against Notre Dame on Dec. 21. The Buckeyes instituted a full-court press and shackled the ball-handlers of the Irish, and in one rosy-cheeked flash, Aaron Craft was hitting Lenzelle Smith Jr. on the baseline for the game-winning basket. Of course, for good measure, Craft and Smith combined to knock the ball loose one last time as Notre Dame attacked the basket in the final seconds. It was one of those rare memorable non-conference wins in December in a sport that is almost solely defined by what happens in March. It was only possible because the Scarlet and Gray have the best defense in the entire country. Don’t just take my word for it though. Ken Pomeroy ranks the Buckeyes as the No. 1 team in the nation in his pace-adjusted defensive-efficiency metrics, which is a much better system of comparing different defenses than merely looking at points allowed. Pomeroy’s rankings take into…

Notre Dame vs. Ohio State: Live Score, Updates and Analysis

While an Ohio State and Notre Dame clash on the football field would draw more headlines, fans will be treated to the 13th all-time meeting between the programs on the hardwood at the Gotham Classic at Madison Square Garden. The Buckeyes are a perfect 11-0, with every victory coming by double figures, while the Fighting Irish check in at 8-3. Notre Dame has had an up-and-down season with losses to North Dakota State, Iowa and Indiana State, but it does have a Big Ten win to its credit against Indiana. Keep it locked right here for live score, updates and analysis as Ohio State and Notre Dame battle it out on ESPN 2 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Read more Ohio State Basketball news on BleacherReport.com

Notre Dame faces possibility of long fall from BCS

As alluring as the holiday season in New York City can be, it’s not exactly what Notre Dame had in mind for a postseason destination. The Fighting Irish (3-2), out of the rankings after last week’s loss to Oklahoma, face No. 22 Arizona State on Saturday at the lavish stadium in Arlington, Texas, that the Dallas Cowboys call home. It is part of Notre Dame’s Shamrock Series, what Irish officials like to call ”off-site games” that help the program maintain its national appeal. Another loss would put a return to the Bowl Championship Series in serious doubt for the Fighting Irish and could leave them with only third-tier bowl options when the postseason invites go out in December. After this game, Notre Dame’s schedule relents a bit. The Irish get their first week off before a home game against Southern California on Oct. 19. Hard to predict what type of team USC will bring to South Bend, Ind. Then the Irish play at Air Force, Navy, at Pittsburgh and BYU before closing the season at No. 5 Stanford. To get an automatic bid to the BCS, Notre Dame must finish in the top eight of the standings. If the Irish run the table and finish 10-2, that shouldn’t be a problem. Nine wins and a top-14 finish would make Notre Dame eligible for an at-large BCS bid. And with Notre Dame being Notre Dame, BCS bowl organizers would certainly be tempted to take the Irish. But if the BCS isn’t a possibility for the Irish – and assuming they get to six wins and bowl eligibility – Notre Dame will be picking through the bowl leftovers and hoping for the best. The Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Dec. 28 could grab Notre Dame to replace a Big 12 team. The Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 26 has a deal to take Army this season if the Cadets (2-3) can get bowl-eligible. If not, the bowl organizers in San Diego can go shopping for a free agent, and Notre Dame would no doubt be the most compelling one on the market. In most years, one or more power conferences have more bowl-ties than eligible teams. It is unlikely Notre Dame would get shut out of the postseason. It’s not quite BCS-or-bust, but it could be a long fall for the Irish. The picks: MAIN EVENTS No. 4 Ohio State (minus 7) at No. 16 Northwestern Buckeyes have won last four meetings by average score of 51-9 … OHIO STATE 38-17. No…

Ohio State turns to LeBron James for pep talk (The SportsXchange)

LeBron James could have played football for Ohio State had he chosen. He was an All-State wide receiver, who was recruited by major programs. In fact, he was recruited by current Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer when Meyer was an assistant at Notre Dame.

Roll Tide! Alabama No. 1 in AP preseason poll

NEW YORK (AP) — Alabama will begin this season the way it ended the last two – No. 1. Nick Saban and the two-time defending national champion Crimson Tide are top-ranked in The Associated Press preseason college football poll as they try to become the first team to win three straight national titles. Much like the BCS championship game against Notre Dame, the vote was an Alabama landslide. The Tide received 58 of 60 first-place votes from the media panel to easily outdistance No. 2 Ohio State and match Florida in 2009 for the highest percentage of first-place votes received in the 63-year history of the preseason rankings. The Buckeyes received one first-place vote. Oregon is No. 3, followed by Stanford and Georgia, which received the other first-place vote.

Audio: Brady Hoke Talks About the Michigan, Ohio State Rivalry

Michigan coach Brady Hoke discusses the Wolverines’ rivalries with Notre Dame and Ohio State, recruiting, Devin Gardner’s style of play and more with Colin Cowherd.…

Responses, many angry, flood Ohio St after remarks (The Associated Press)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Outraged priests. Furious alumni. Offended Roman Catholics. All were among dozens of people who wrote angry letters and emails to Ohio State University earlier this year over remarks former president Gordon Gee made jabbing Catholics, Notre Dame and Southeastern Conference schools, records show. Many demanded his firing or immediate resignation, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press through an open records request. ”The Board should be asking, what would they have done if any other employee of the university made similar remarks about Jews, gays, impaired persons, obese persons, same sex couples or a racially insensitive remark?” Dennis Lyons wrote in a May 31 email. He told the AP in a follow-up email he was satisfied with Gee’s retirement. In Dec. 5 comments to the university Athletic Council, Gee criticized the negotiating tactics of Notre Dame administrators during discussions…

‘Juju’ Smith close to finalizing official visits

The recruiting process isn’t exactly winding down for John “JuJu” Smith (Long Beach, Calif./Poly), but the No. 60 recruit in the nation provided a bit of clarity this weekend. The 6-foot-1, 206-pound athlete had official visits scheduled to Michigan on Sept. 6 and Notre Dame on Oct. 18. Recently, he added to those with trips to Ohio State on Sept. 27 and Alabama on Nov. 8. He’ll see the Wolverines host Notre Dame, the Irish host USC, the Buckeyes host Wisconsin and the Crimson Tide host LSU.

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