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‘Ohio State’ Articles

Turner has an “off’ night; Buckeyes roll behind Diebler and Buford’s shooting

compiled by staff and wire reports

Dallas Lauderdale Ohio State (osu)

Jon Diebler Ohio State (osu)

Evan Turner proved that he is human and can have an “off” night. The Buckeyes have proven all season that they are not a one-man team and can win games without Turner scoring 20 or 30 points and if he’s injured.

Ohio State jumped on the backs of Jon Diebler and William Buford and the defensive prowess of Dallas Lauderdale, for a 68-51 victory over pesky and persistent California-Santa Barbara in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night.

Diebler scored 23 points and Lauderdale blocked a career-high eight shots and grabbed 12 rebounds for the #2 seeded Buckeyes who up their record to 28-7.

Diebler’s play was very impressive due in part that spent the whole week fighting off symtoms of the flu.

Turner scored only nine points on 2-of 13 shooting from the floor. He did pull down 10 rebounds. He seemed to have trouble playing against the Gauchos matchup zone defense.

The Buckeyes advanced to play Sunday against the number 10 seed Georgia Tech, who upset seventh-seeded Oklahoma State 64-59 on Friday.

Orlando Johnson scored 20 points for the number 15 seed UC Santa Barbara, who end the season at 20-10.

Ohio State rewards Tressel by extending contract thru 2014

Jim Tressel pacing the sidelines (espn)

Ohio State University has rewarded football coach Jim Tressel with an extension of two years to his contract through the 2014 season.

The ninth-year head coach is 94-21 with the Buckeyes and makes $3.5 million a year, depending on incentives and additions. Coach Tressel will be 62 years old when the new extension runs out and one portion of the addendum provides Tressel with a university job as an associate athletic director if he steps down as football coach on good terms before his contract ends. He would then make $150,000 a year.

The Buckeyes are coming off an 11-2 season, a Big Ten Conference Championship and a victory over Oregon in the Rose Bowl.

All contracts and extensions have to be approved by the Ohio State board of trustees. Their next meeting is in May.

COMMENTARY: John Markell out as Ohio State Hockey Coach

When I heard Ohio State did not renew John Markell’s contract as men’s hockey coach, it came as no real surprise to me. I had heard all season from media who cover the team on a regular basis, that it was going to happen if the Buckeyes didn’t at least get to the CCHA  Championship Game.

I used to cover the hockey Buckeyes’ home games on a regular basis until the Columbus Blue Jackets came to town. Since then I would cover at least 5-6 games a season.

I will tell everybody for a fact, that yes, I am a member of the media and have been for over 30 years and I do root for the teams I cover. I am a fan who happens to be a member of the media. Personally, it upset me when one of my fellow members of the media told me in a Facebook Chat on Tuesday that reports all over Columbus were saying that Coach Markell had been fired.

I know Coach Markell to be a good, kind and professional gentleman. He was always nice to me when I would show up at practice or a game and he would say, “nice to see you” and Thanks for coming”. Also, he knew I was covering the Blue Jackets more than the Buckeyes and after a long drought in coverage, he would say “glad you could fit us in.” I appreciated him pointing me out.

Another interesting moment with Coach Markell came when he took over on an interim basis back in 1994-95, I showed for one of his first practices and some arrogant, unprofessional reporter asked me “why was I there at practice. She had never seen me before.” Coach Markell interrupted and told her that “everybody was allowed to come to practice and that the hockey sports information director and him would decide if somebody belonged or not”. After that I became a John Markell fan and I never judged him or the program after that. I wanted him to succeed and stay on forever. Call me a “homer” if you want but I truly liked the guy.

John Markell won 280 games (osu)

In 15 years as head coach, Markell was 280-269-56 at Ohio State. He led his team to 6 NCAA Tournament berths, including the program’s first Frozen Four appearance in 1998, and to a CCHA Tournament Championship in 2004.

When he took over as the interim coach, OSU was averaging 9 wins a season and were the laughingstocks of hockey because, their home ice rink, seated 1,900.

After he became the permanent coach, the program started to grow averaging almost 20 wins a season; Value City Arena was born which aided in recruiting and produced current NHL stars: Dave Steckel of the Washington Capitals, R.J. Umberger of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks and Rod Pelley of the New Jersey Devils.

But there have been several things that have hurt Coach Markell and the OSU Hockey program: Miami of Ohio, one of their rivals in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association has passed them up recruiting-wise and having sellouts at most of their games. The Buckeyes practice most of the time in the 50-year old OSU Ice Rink and Value City Arena, once a big help in pushing Ohio State Hockey forward on a national level, is now holding it back because it is too big, has no intimacy like most smaller arenas, Munn Ice Arena and Steve Cady Arena. Also, if OSU finishes 5 through 8 in the CCHA standings, they’ll host any first round home games at the OSU Ice Rink because Value City Arena has a contract with the Ohio High School Athletic Association Wrestling Championships. What’s more important, your hockey program or High School Wrestling?

So no matter if Markell was going stay, or whoever they bring in to replace him, these are the obstacles that are and will continue to hamper the hockey program. Opposing coaches will use these obstacles in the recruiting game.

To be honest with you, I’m surprised Markell stayed as long as he did, considering all that he had to deal with.

I haven’t heard many rumors about a possible replacement, but Paul Pooley’s name comes to mind because after all, his number is hanging in the rafters at Value City Arena and that would be quite fitting, a former Buckeye coaching the Buckeyes!

As for John Markell, I wish him well and thank him for all the kind gestures he extended to me and the other members of the media. Don’t be surprised if we see him on an opposing CCHA team’s bench in the near future!

Hockey Buckeyes lose deciding game to Miami; season ends at 15-18-6

Courtesy of Ohio State Athletics

The Ohio State men’s hockey team battled hard and stayed toe-to-toe with Miami in the weekend series in Oxford, Ohio. But the RedHawks showed why they’re the number 1 seed in the CCHA and one of the top teams in the country, by squeezing out a 2-1 decision on Sunday. Miami wins the series, 2-1.

The teams skated to a scoreless first period.

Miami opened the scoring at 9:15 of the second period on a goal by Cameron Shilling.

Miami extended the lead to 2-0 in the third on a goal by Alden Hirshfield at 10:15 mark.

Ohio State scored on its first power play of the game when John Albert passed the puck into the slot and C.J. Severyn stationed at the right post tapped it in to cut the deficit down to 2-1 but never scored again.

Mathieu Picard OSU's lone senior (osu)

Post Game Notes

* Mathieu Picard, the only senior on the team, ends his career with 128 games played with 19 goals, 23 assists for 42 points.

* Zac Dalpe, a finalist for CCHA Player of the Year honors, ends with a team-best 21 goals and 45 points, the most points for a Buckeye since 2005.

* Peter Boyd had a team-best 27 assists and was second with 33 points.

Ohio State blows out Minnesota to win Big Ten Tournament title

Indianapolis, IN- The Ohio State Buckeyes, who proved to their fans, the opposition and college basketball, that a team doesn’t necessarily need a bench to win, beat Minnesota Sunday in the Big Ten Conference Tournament Finals. 90-61. This time, Ohio State didn’t need any last minute heroics from Evan Turner to bail them out.

The score is surprising, if you consider that the Gophers are tall in the frontcourt with 6’11 Ralph Sampson, III and 6’10 Colton Iverson. Minnesota was making its first appearance in tournament championship game.  Their march to the title game was remarkable. As a sixth seed, they were expected to beat Penn State, but they upset Michigan State and Purdue.

Ohio State celebrates title (Mega Sports News.com)

The championship game in the beginning didn’t look like the best teams in the tournament were playing. The play was sloppy, with several turnovers and bad shot selection probably due to the fact that Minnesota was playing its fourth game in 4 days and the Buckeyes were play their third game in 3 days.

Minnesota knew they didn’t want to get into a run-and-gun affair with Ohio State so they worked the shot clock down and would shoot inside of 7 seconds. They tried to get the ball inside to Sampson, III and Iverson but all the Buckeyes did was double-team those two and forced outside shooting with Lawrence Westbrook keeping them in the game.

With the score 18-18, Ohio State started to take off. William Buford score a fast break layup, Evan Turner and Jon Diebler each hit 3-point goals causing Minnesota to call a timeout with 4:58 remaining.

After the timeout, the Buckeyes kept it going, Jon Diebler scored on a fast break dunk and a 3-point goal to make it 33-25. However, Devoe Joseph made a 3-point goal at the buzzer for the Gophers and the halftime score was 33-30 Ohio State. The old saying is that when a team score on a buzzer-shot before halftime, usually has the most momentum for the second half.

Evan Turner & David Lighty address the media (mega sports.com)

However, Ohio State came out of the locker room and was the aggressor. Turner scored a basket, Jon Diebler made a 3-point goal off the left wing and William Buford canned a 3-pointer off a fast break, an 8-0 run made the score 41-30 with Minnesota calling a timeout.

Minnesota came out of the timeout and made a run of their own, 7-0 to cut the deficit to four, 41-37 at the 15:47 media timeout.

There was another media timeout at the 11:59 mark and afterwards Ohio State got down to business to put the game away. With David Lighty and Jon Diebler leading the way. Turner scored on a 3-pointer, David Lighty scored on a layup and a fast break drive and the lead was 11 at 51-40 with Minnesota calling a timeout.

For an eight minute stretch Dave Lighty just kept scoring at will helping the Buckeyes push the lead to 20, 65-45 and the rout was on.

The Buckeyes would win another tournament championship, their second. They defeated Wisconsin in 2007 and their record is 2-3 in the title game.

14, 598 at Conseco Fieldhouse saw the Buckeyes put on a good shooting display, 48.1% in the first half,  65.6% in the second half and 57% for the game. They shot 54.5% from 3-point land (12-22).

Ohio State outrebounded the taller Gophers, 37-23 with Evan Turner grabbing 11.

The Buckeyes had balanced scoring with Evan Turner leading the way with 31 points followed by David Lighty with 20, Jon Diebler 19 and William Buford with 13.

Ohio State defensively shut down Minnesota’s twin towers, Ralph Sampson, III and Colton Iverson who scored only 6 points apiece. But had trouble containing their two jump shooters in Lawrence Westbrook who scored 17 and Devoe Joseph with 14.

The All-Tournament Team has three Buckeyes: William Buford, David Lighty and Evan Turner as your most outstanding player. Also on the team. Illinois’ Demetri McCamey and Devoe Joseph of Minnesota.

Both teams will now focus their attention on the NCAA tournament as Ohio State will play California-Santa Barbara  and Minnesota will take on the Xavier Musketeers.

SOUNDS FROM THE POST GAME PRESS CONFERENCE (to listen to the audio file, click on the number)

44 576 Tubby Smith Minnesota coach On expanding the field to 96 teams

44 577 Tubby Smith The problems thar David Lighty presents to opponents

44 581 Tubby Smith On Devoe Joseph what he has to do to be All-Big 10 guard

44 586 David Lighty OSU guard On his unconcious play for eight minutes.

44 588 Evan Turner OSU guard On playing in Milwaukee Wisconsin

44 589 B Evan Turner On David Lighty being on the SI all glue team

44 596 Thad Matta Ohio State coach Expanding to 96 teams for NCAA Tourney

44 597 Thad Matta On David Lighty’s offensive game improving.

GAME NOTES

Ohio State:

* Ohio State played in its fourth championship game in the last five years.

* Ohio State’s four Big Ten Tournament championship game appearances are the second-most by any conference school.

* Coach Thad Matta is 11-4 all-time in tournament play.

* Evan Turner tied for the third-most points in a Big Ten Tournament game after scoring 31 against Illinois and Minnesota.

* Ohio State is 5-0 in tournament semi-finals matchups.

* The Buckeyes are 76-55 all-time vs. Minnesota.

* Coach Matta is 28-8 overall during March Madness at Ohio State.

* The Buckeyes are 14-8 all-time in Tournament action, 8-2 as the number 1 seed.

Minnesota

* Head Coach Tubby Smith is 6-3 in Tournament games.

* The Gophers are 54-5 under Smith when leading at halftime.

* Minnesota was the second number 6 seed to play in the championship game, Iowa won the Tournament in 2001 as the number 6 seed.

* Are 12-13 in all Tournament games.

* Leads the Big Ten Conference in blocked shots (188, 5.5 bpg), steals (269, 8.0 apg), assists (569, 16.8), and scoring offense (73.3 ppg).

* Al Nolen is out for the rest of the year after being declared academically ineligible by the NCAA.

* Finished 9-9 in the Big Ten Conference for the second year in a row, its first back-to-back .500 of better seasons since 2001-02 & 2002-03.

* Has posted three consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time in school history.

* The 63 combined wins in Tubby Smith’s first three seasons are the most in a three-year span in Gopher history.

* Reached 20 total wins for just the 10th time in school history.

* Senior co-captain Lawrence Westbrook against Michigan State on January 23, became the school’s 35th member of the 1,000-point club.

Big Ten Conference

* The Big Ten Conference Tournament drew 81,625 fans in attendance at the four-day event.

* The conference has once again surpassed the two-million mark in total attendance and the one-million mark in conference games. The conference has welcomed 2,334,825 fans in 187 home contests. This is the 18th season in which Big Ten has seen more than two million spectators pass through the turnstiles. For the 33rd season, attendance at Big Ten contests has eclipsed the one-million mark as 1,331,185 fans have attended 99 games.  The Big Ten is on pace to once again lead the nation in average attendance.





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