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No. 23 Iowa tops Ohio St. 77-73 in Big Ten semis (The Associated Press)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Theairra Taylor scored 21 points and made a go-ahead layup with 1:32 left as fifth-seeded and No. 23-ranked Iowa held on for a 77-73 win over eighth-seeded Ohio State on Saturday in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament.After…

Lucas scores 23, No. 9 Penn St women roll Ohio St (The Associated Press)

View gallery Ohio State’s Amy Scullion (25) tries to slow down Penn State’s Ariel Edwards (23) during the … COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Maggie Lucas had 23 points, including 12 during a 21-3 run, to lead No. 9 Penn State past Ohio State 74-54 on Sunday.Dara Taylor and Talia East each added 12 points for the Nittany Lions (18-5, 9-2 Big…

Moses leads No. 25 Purdue past Ohio St. 74-58 (The Associated Press)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Courtney Moses scored 18 points and No. 25 Purdue made 27 of 29 free throws to turn back Ohio State 74-58 Thursday.Liza Clemons added 14 points, April Wilson and reserve Whitney Bay both had 12 and Dee Williams added 10 for the Boilermakers (16-7, 6-5 Big Ten).Ameryst Alston had 26 points for Ohio State (14-12, 4-6) and Raven Ferguson …

No. 16 Penn St. tops Ohio St. 66-42 (The Associated Press)

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Maggie Lucas scored 18 points to lead Penn State in a 66-42 Big-Ten victory over Ohio State on Thursday night.Lucas finished with five rebounds and five assists. Ariel Edwards was the only other Lady Lion to score in double figures, and finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.Penn State (12-4, 3-1) shot just 25 of 72 from the …

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

Iowa-Ohio St. Preview (The Associated Press)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Iowa coach Fran McCaffery is coming back from a one-game banishment.It remains to be seen if No. 3 Ohio State’s swagger also returns after its first loss of the season.”There’s two ways we can go,” Buckeyes defensive dervish Aaron Craft said. ”Obviously, we want to try to win every game and we’re a competitive group. But the worst thing we can do is turn that loss into two.”McCaffery’s Big Ten-mandated suspension for his blow-up with the officials in a loss at No. 4 Wisconsin on Sunday is behind him. He’ll be on the sideline when the 20th-ranked Hawkeyes travel to play the Buckeyes on Sunday afternoon.Iowa (13-3, 2-1) has already rebounded from that loss to the Badgers, taking it out on Northwestern 93-67 on Thursday.Soon after that game ended, assistant Kirk Speraw, who filled in for McCaffery, said the Hawkeyes had their work cut out for them when they take on the Buckeyes (15-1, 2-1). View gallery Iowa assistant coach Kirk Speraw, left, huddles with players Jarrod Uthoff (20), Josh Oglesby and Za … ”We need a lot of things in Columbus,” he said. ”We need great defense, taking good care of the basketball, shooting the ball well, rebounding the ball well. I mean, that’s one of the better teams in the country, obviously, and so it’s just another step in our journey down the Big Ten schedule.”The Hawkeyes were clinging to the lead against the Badgers in Madison on Sunday when McCaffery was hit with two technicals. He stormed after the officials, briefly making contact with one. In the wake of that 75-71 loss, the Big Ten decreed he sit out a game.”I lost my cool, and you can’t do that,” he said in apologizing later. ”My passion and energy come from a good place. I want my players to play that way.”At the same time, a lot of eyes will be trained on the Buckeyes to see if they can bounce back after a 72-68 overtime defeat at No. 5 Michigan State on Tuesday night.Ohio State’s players and coach Thad Matta realize that they cannot afford a second straight slip. View gallery Ohio State’s Aaron Craft, left, puts up a layup against Michigan State’s Adreian Payne durin … Matta was reminded that a year ago the Buckeyes were in the thick of the Big Ten race in early February when they lost (in overtime) at another school from the state up north, No. 3 Michigan, 76-74. They returned home and were practically run out of their own gym by No. 1 Indiana, 81-68.”I mean, Indiana was No. 1 in the country at the time. And Iowa is kind of …,” Matta hesitated. When a reporter said, ”Good?” he smiled and continued. ”Yeah. That’s just something we addressed in terms of an overtime loss on the road

Ohio St DE Noah Spence still not at Orange Bowl

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says he may know Tuesday about the availability of All-Big Ten defensive end Noah Spence, who did not travel with the team to the Orange Bowl because of a ”personal issue.”

Clemson-Ohio St. Preview

It took some time for Ohio State to get over the disappointment of not playing for the BCS national championship. The Buckeyes insist they’re now focused on the Orange Bowl.The reality of facing Tajh Boyd and Clemson’s high-powered offense with a vulnerable defense has grabbed the team’s attention.In what is shaping up to be one of the season’s more entertaining bowls, two of the nation’s most prolific offenses will be on display when seventh-ranked Ohio State and No. 12 Clemson square off in Miami on Jan. 3.Playing for the national title was the goal from the start for Ohio State (12-1), which was No. 2 in the AP preseason poll after going 12-0 in 2012 – though the team was barred from the postseason due to NCAA infractions.Led by duel-threat quarterback Braxton Miller, the Buckeyes went virtually unchallenged through the regular season and entered the Big Ten championship game second in the BCS standings.A berth in the national title game was there for the taking, but a stunning 34-24 loss to Michigan State on Dec. 7 dashed those dreams.”Obviously, we’re not going to where we thought we were going or where we wanted to be going, but we’re playing in the Orange Bowl and that’s a big-time bowl game,” Ohio State offensive lineman Jack Mewhort said. “When you start going back to the coulda, woulda, shouldas, that’s poisonous for a team. It’s our job as leaders to look ahead and make sure everybody is doing their business.”Clemson (10-2) also had national title aspirations after opening the season with six consecutive wins. The Tigers were ranked No. 3 heading into a home matchup with Florida State on Oct. 19, but were whipped 51-14 and knocked out of the BCS conversation.While Clemson struggled against the Seminoles and in a 31-17 loss to rival South Carolina in the regular-season finale, its offense has otherwise been sensational.The Tigers averaged 45.1 points and 534.6 yards in their wins, and are led by Boyd at quarterback and receiver Sammy Watkins. Boyd passed for 3,473 yards and 29 touchdowns, and he scored another nine TDs on the ground. The senior’s 102 career touchdown passes are tied for 15th in major-college history.”I’ve been watching Tajh Boyd play for many years now and I think he’s transitioned from a good player to a great player,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. “He’s a dynamic thrower. And as with most excellent quarterbacks, his surrounding cast might be the best in America.”Watkins led the ACC with 1,237 yards on 85 catches, had 10 TDs and was named a second-team All-American. Martavis Bryant had 800 yards and five scores on 39 receptions for an average of 20.5 yards per catch – one of the nation’s highest marks.As teams have tried to gameplan to stop Boyd and the passing attack, holes have opened up for running back Roderick McDowell. The senior rushed for 510 yards and five touchdowns, and had another two receiving scores in the final five regular-season games.”They have a lot of good athletes,” Ohio State All-American linebacker Ryan Shazier said. “This might be the best passing team we’re going to face this whole season.”That could spell trouble for the Buckeyes given their recent problems against the pass. Ohio State allowed its last four opponents to complete 63.7 percent of its passes for an average of 340.8 yards and 11 total TDs. The Spartans’ Connor Cook, who came in averaging 176.6 yards, threw for a career-best 304 yards and three scores.Meyer said personnel changes on defense are possible with freshmen Tyvis Powell and Vonn Bell seeing more playing time in the secondary.While Clemson’s offense presents significant challenges, Ohio State has also piled up the points this season. The Buckeyes ranked fourth in the FBS in scoring at 46.3 points per game and seventh in total offense, averaging 518.5 yards.Most of the damage comes on the ground with Miller and running back Carlos Hyde powering an offense that averaged 317.5 rushing yards – the nation’s third-best mark.Miller, the Big Ten offensive player of the year, averaged 155.8 rushing yards per game, 9.4 per carry and ran for eight TDs over his last four contests. He also led the Big Ten with 22 passing touchdowns while throwing for 1,860 yards.The junior, who may forego his senior season for the NFL, is hoping to redeem himself on another big stage after going 8 of 21 for 101 yards and a score in the Big Ten championship game. He has completed less than 50.0 percent of his passes in three of the last four contests.Hyde, a third-team All-American, was second in the Big Ten with 14 rushing touchdowns despite missing the first three games due to a suspension. In the last six contests, he rushed for 965 yards with an average of 8.7 per attempt.”Miller and Hyde are as good a combination of quarterback and running back as there is,” Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables told the school’s official website. “They have power and speed.”This will be our greatest challenge physically this year.”The Tigers have had trouble stopping the run, allowing an average of 169.5 rushing yards in their last four games, but have been solid against the pass, yielding an average of 132.3 yards and two total passing TDs over that same span.Defensive end Vic Beasley was among the nation’s leaders with 12 sacks, and Mewhort, a third-team All-American, draws the difficult assignment of matching up against him.”We’re really going to have to play our tails off to move the ball against them,” Meyer said.The schools have met only once before, with Clemson winning 17-15 in the 1978 Gator Bowl.

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No. 10 Michigan St. shocks No. 2 Ohio St. 34-24

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Michigan State shook up the BCS title chase again Saturday night.

Ross scores 20, No. 5 Ohio St beats Maryland 76-60 (The Associated Press)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Welcome to the Big Ten, Terps. LaQuinton Ross scored 17 of his 20 points in the first half, hitting his first four 3-pointers, to send No. 5 Ohio State to an early lead and a 76-60 victory over Maryland on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. It was Maryland’s last appearance in the annual conference matchup – well, at least as an Atlantic Coast Conference team. Next year, the Terrapins join the Buckeyes in the new 14-team Big Ten. ”We didn’t talk about it being our last one,” coach Mark Turgeon said. ”We just talked about Ohio State and obviously we didn’t do a good job playing against them. So give them credit.” Sam Thompson added 14 points, including four rim-rattling dunks off alley-oop passes, and Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 12. Aaron Craft created havoc on defense and chipped in with 10 points as the Buckeyes (7-0) controlled the game at both ends. ”Basketball is basketball,” said ex-Xavier guard Dez Wells, who led Maryland with 19 points. ”I don’t care what conference you’re in. That doesn’t matter to me.” Ohio State blitzed the Terrapins (5-3) on defense – scoring 25 points off 14 turnovers. The Buckeyes also shot 60 percent on 3-pointers in the opening half and 52 percent from the field for the game. The lead never dropped below double digits over the last 24 minutes, and the Buckeyes eased up after going up by 25 points in the second half. Ohio State had struggled shooting in its first four games. But the Buckeyes lit it up for 69 percent from the field – the sixth-best mark in school history – during a 99-64 rout of North Florida on Saturday. ”We shot the ball well last game and we wanted to build off it,” said Craft, who finished with five steals and six assists. ”We just wanted to come out and not have a slow start, come out with our minds right. We were able to do that. Obviously, LaQuinton helped out a lot coming in and knocking down those early shots. And that kind of relaxes everybody else and gets them going.” The Buckeyes led 43-26 at halftime and never really let the game leave their grasp…

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