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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

Health issues clearing up for Ohio State as season approaches (NBC Sports)

With Deshaun Thomas gone from last season’s Final Four team, the Ohio State Buckeyes have a question to answer as they approach the start of the 2013-14 campaign: how will they account for the 19.8 points per game that Thomas provided? If their 93-63 exhibition victory over Walsh University offered any insight when it comes to the answer to that question, it could be that Thad Matta’s team will rely on offensive balance. Five players scored in double figures on Sunday, with Lenzelle Smith Jr. and LaQuinton Ross scoring 15 points apiece to lead the way. Add in a solid effort on the glass both as a team (52 rebounds with 23 being of the offensive variety) and individually from center Amir Williams (ten rebounds) and freshman forward Marc Loving (nine rebounds), and overall Ohio State did what it needed to do. If there’s one concern it would be their 18 turnovers, but the Buckeyes made up for that by forcing 23 Walsh turnovers. Ross’ performance was key for another reason: according to Matta Sunday was the first time in about a week that the junior’s right (shooting) hand was out of a cast. Matta said he did not know what caused the injury, and Ross was not made available to the media. “Something in his right hand on the top,” Matta said. “There was nothing on the MRI, just some inflammation, and it’s obviously gone down. I thought he looked pretty decent offensively today, but it’s been kind of a challenging week for him.” Ross shot 4-for-9 from the field (making his lone three-point attempt) and 6-for-10 from the foul line in the win. Also of note according to Bob Baptist of the Columbus Dispatch is the fact that freshman Kameron Williams, who was sidelined for about a month due to a case of mononucleosis, is expected to return to practice this week. “He’s missed a lot,” Matta said of Williams according to the Dispatch. “It’s hard to miss a month of practice, but (he’s a) great kid. It’ll just take some time.” Guards Aaron Craft (14 points, five assists on Sunday) and Shannon Scott (nine points, seven rebounds) saw the most playing time of the nine Buckeyes to see action against Walsh, playing 28 and 26 minutes respectively. With those two, Smith Jr., Sam Thompson (12 points, four rebounds) and sophomore Amedeo Della Valle (13 points) all part of the equation on the perimeter it’ll be interesting to see if Williams can earn a few minutes once he catches up. Ohio State opens their season on Saturday against Morgan State, and they’ll host Ohio (November 12) before visiting Big East preseason favorite Marquette on November 16.

Minnesota-Ohio St. Preview (The Associated Press)

(AP) — – The word kept coming up again and again as Ohio State players spoke about their most recent outing: Embarrassing. That’s how Lenzelle Smith Jr. and Sam Thompson repeatedly described the 18th-ranked Buckeyes’ effort, mindset, defense and overall performance in a 71-49 trashing at Wisconsin on Sunday. February has mostly been a month to forget for Minnesota under coach Tubby Smith, who called Sunday’s 72-51 loss at Iowa one of the most disappointing of his career. These Big Ten rivals look to get back on track Wednesday night in a matchup that could go a long way toward seeding in the conference tournament and possibly even in the NCAA tournament. “I think I can speak for the team, we are embarrassed,” Smith Jr. said. “We not only embarrassed ourselves, we embarrassed our coaching staff, our university, our school president and our fans. We embarrassed everybody. We didn’t answer the call. We didn’t do anything…

Thomas scores 22, Ohio State escapes upset, 69-59 (The Associated Press)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Deshaun Thomas scored 22 points and No. 13 Ohio State used a late 12-0 run to beat Northwestern 69-59 on Thursday night, the Buckeyes’ 32nd consecutive home win against the Wildcats. Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 12 points – all in the first half – with Sam Thompson adding 11 and Amir Williams a career-high 10 for the Buckeyes (18-6, 8-4 Big Ten). Pesky Northwestern (13-12, 4-8) led throughout the second half despite having only seven scholarship players due to injuries. Tre Demps led the Wildcats with 16 points, Reggie Hearn had 12 and Dave Sobolewski 10. No one would have been surprised to see the Buckeyes blow out the Wildcats. They held a 111-45 upper hand all-time against Northwestern, including 65-14 in home games. The last time a Northwestern team had won in Columbus was Feb. 24, 1977 – when the original Star Wars was up for best picture and the Cincinnati Reds reigned as World Series champs.


Ohio State 63, Nebraska 56

LINCOLN, Neb. — Ohio State didn’t shoot particularly great from the field, but the Buckeyes didn’t really need to. Not with the way they were shooting free throws. Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored 21 points, and No. 11 Ohio State was 23-of-28 at the foul line, the difference as the Buckeyes defeated Nebraska 63-56 on Saturday night at Devaney Sports Center.

Free throws key Ohio State to 63-56 win over Nebraska ( )

LINCOLN, Neb. — Ohio State didn’t shoot particularly great from the field, but the Buckeyes didn’t really need to. Not with the way they were shooting free throws. Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored 21 points, and No. 11 Ohio State was 23-of-28 at the foul line, the difference as the Buckeyes defeated Nebraska 63-56 on Saturday night at Devaney Sports Center. Ohio State (17-4, 7-2 Big Ten) made five fewer field goals than Nebraska (11-12, 2-8) but won because the Huskers attempted only five free throws, making four. “It’s a lot of time how you play, in terms of your style,” Ohio State coach Thad Matta said. “They shot 26 threes, we only shot 12, so we were playing two different types of basketball there.” The 28 free-throw attempts were the most by Ohio State in a Big Ten game this season. “That was a huge impact on the game…

No. 11 Ohio State holds off Nebraska 63-56 (The Associated Press)

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Ohio State opened a 15-point lead with 9 minutes left and still had to hold off Nebraska. Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored 21 points and the 11th-ranked Buckeyes found themselves in a tight game down the stretch before warding off a late Cornhuskers surge in a 63-56 victory Saturday night. ”We have to find a way to correct that,” Ohio State guard Aaron Craft said. ”But you’ve got to give them a lot of credit, too. They really picked up their intensity, especially on the offensive boards, and we didn’t get adjusted to it. But you’ve got to be happy with a road win in this league. We found a way to stay on top and finish with a win.” Ohio State (17-4, 7-2 Big Ten) led 53-38 after a pair of free throws by Craft with 9:05 left. Nebraska (11-12, 2-8) then made its comeback, outscoring …

Ohio State 72, Iowa 63 (The SportsXchange)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — With No. 15 Ohio State clinging to a four-point lead over Iowa, Deshaun Thomas blocked a layup in the final minute to preserve a 72-63 victory over Iowa on Tuesday night. Thomas, who scored a game-high 16 points, blocked Mike Gesell’s layup, corralled the rebound and sank two free throws to seal the win. Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 12 points each for Ohio State (14-4, 4-2 Big Ten) while Evan Ravenel scored 11 off the bench. Iowa (13-6, 2-4) was led by Aaron White, who scored 13 points to go with seven rebounds. After closing out the first half on a 15-6 run to make it a 12-point game at the break, Ohio State kept the momentum going early in the second half. They came out of the break on a 19-9 run keyed by Thomas, who had managed only five points in the first half. Thomas looked like he was finally starting to find that familiar rhythm when an errant elbow caught him just inside the temple area around his right eye. He was bleeding on…

No. 7 Buckeyes sprint to 90-72 win over Asheville (The Associated Press)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sam Thompson scored a career-high 18 points and No. 7 Ohio State made the most of an opportunity to get out and run to beat UNC Asheville 90-72 on Saturday. Deshaun Thomas had 17 points, Lenzelle Smith Jr. 16 and Evan Ravenel tied a career best with 12 points in the first half for the Buckeyes (8-1), who tuned up for a big showdown next Saturday against No. 9 Kansas with the fourth game in an eight-game homestand. Keith Hornsby , son of Grammy-winning singer and pianist Bruce Hornsby, had a career-high 26 points for Asheville (3-7), which had won its previous two games heading into a tough three-game road trip. Hornsby, with his father watching from behind the Asheville bench, hit 9 of 12 shots from the field including 6 of 8 3-pointers, made both of his free throws and added five rebounds and an assist. Will Weeks added 14 points and Jeremy Atkinson 11 Asheville was coming off wins over Montreat (85-51) and Lenoir-Rhyne (66-55…

Video: Buckeyes roll past Long Beach State

Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored 14 points and recorded nine assists as No. 7 Ohio State defeated Long Beach State 89-55.

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