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Reds beat Dodgers 3-2 in Cactus League action

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Aroldis Chapman is all smiles this spring (mlb)

The Cincinnati Reds beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-2 on Friday. Prized Left-handed pitcher Aroldis Chapman had another solid outing, striking out 2 in two scoreless innings. The Cuban allowed just two infield singles, relying on just his best two pitches: fastball and change-up. His fastball once again topped out at 100 mph.

Today, at the Reds will play the Chicago Cubs in Mesa, Arizona with Homer Bailey making his first start of the spring.

Turner’s 37-foot three-point goal helps Buckeyes escape Michigan

Evan Turner showed why he is one of the best, if not the best player in the country on Friday with his game winning shot. However, he also showed the human side by shooting 1 of 8 from the floor in the second half prior to his game winner.

With Michigan up 68-66 with 2.2 seconds remaining and the Buckeyes having to go fullcourt after the timeout to win the game, everyone knew that Evan Turner was going to take the shot, but how would he get a clean look at the basket. Surely, the Wolverines would pressure the inbounds pass and or put on a fullcourt press after the inbounds pass.

To everyone’s surprise, Michigan head coach John Beilein did none-of -the-above and it came back to bite him and his team.

David Lighty passed the ball inbounds to a surprised Evan Turner, who dribbled quickly up the right side of the court with two dribbles and with Stu Douglass defending, he shot a 37-foot desperation, 3-pointer with two-tenths of a second left to put the Buckeyes up 69-68. But hold on! The officiating crew of Ed Hightower, John Hughes and Ray Perone, went to the  monitors to take a look at the replay. Everybody on press row and the fans behind it wondered, what the officials were looking for? The scoreboard had not changed from 68-66 Michigan. The shot was clearly out of Turner’s hands before the clock went to zero and the backboards lit-up red and he was clearly in 3-point land.

After about a 30-second wait, the shot was declared good and the Buckeyes dodged a bullet that Syracuse, Villanova, Pittsburgh and Louisville couldn’t escape in the Big East Tournament, an upset!

Ohio State bench celebrates win (SI)

Most of the media and the fans at Conseco Fieldhouse wondered why the Buckeyes were on the verge of losing to a terrible Michigan team that during the regular season lost to Indiana and Penn State. But when you look at the Wolverines roster, there is some talent than can win games: DeShawn Sims, Manny Harris, Stu Douglass and Zack Novak. For whatever reason, they couldn’t win more than 15 games this season.

During Friday’s  Big Ten Conference quarterfinal game, Michigan took control of the game early on and were leading 19-10 with 9:31 to go in the first half due in part to Ohio State turning the ball over, not playing tough perimeter defense and Michigan was simply playing hard and couldn’t miss a shot.

Then Ohio State started to play like Big Ten Conference regular season champions, going on a 25-6 run which turned a 19-10 deficit into a 35-25 halftime advantage. During the run, the Buckeyes played stellar defense forcing Michigan into 6 turnovers  and the 3-point shot started to fall and reserve center Kyle Madsen grabbed some key rebounds and scored six of his eight points in the run. The game started to go the Buckeyes way.

The first nine seconds of the second half probably should’ve given everybody a glimpse that the tide was about to turn against Ohio State. Center Dallas Lauderdale picked up his 3rd foul at the 19:51 mark and with himout of the game, Michigan started to drive the lane and score some easy baskets.

Evan Turner leads the Buckeyes (AP)

Ohio State was able to maintain a sizeable lead over Michigan for most of the second half.  The score was 51-38 after a Michigan timeout with 11:40 to go in the 2nd half when things started to pick up for the Wolverines.

Manny Harris, Zack Novak and Stu Douglass started to drive the lane and forced the Buckeyes to foul and their free throw shooting cut into the lead. Aiding Michigan’s comeback were the Buckeyes themselves, Evan Turner, yes the star player, started taking bad shots; they started splitting free throw attempts and committed several turnovers.

Stu Douglass started to heat up from the floor and Michigan was able to make a game of it.

With the Buckeyes leading 59-57, Evan Turner split a pair of free throws to make it 60-57  with 3:43 to go. William Buford made a jump shot with 2:46 remaining, 62-57.

The game started to get interesting. As the Wolverines would end up making seven of their last 10 in the game. Michigan’s Manny Harris made 1 of 2 free throws, cutting the lead down to four, 62-58 with 2:16 left. A steal by Laval Lucas-Perry which led to Manny Harris scoring a 3-pointer, cut Ohio State’s lead to 62-61 with 1:52 to go.

Evan Turner was fouled by Laval Lucas-Perry with 1:22 to go and made both free throws, 64-61 Ohio State. Michigan on their next possession went down the court and tied the game at 64, on a 3-point goal by Stu Douglass.

The Buckeyes get the ball to Evan Turner and he drives the lane but misses a layup and in a scramble for the rebound, the ball goes off of Ohio State; Michigan ball with 45.1 seconds in regulation.

Manny Harris kept Michigan in the game (UM)

Michigan having gained momentum and confidence, ran their offense and found Manny Harris for a jump shot, which put them in the lead for the first time since the middle of the first half, 66-64 with :29 seconds left.

David Lighty drives into the lane for a jumper, Ohio State ties it at 66 with :13 seconds remaining. Michigan calls a timeout with :09 seconds to go.

After the timeout Michigan, they wasted no time getting the ball to the person most responsible for their second half comeback, Manny Harris. He drained a 15-footer from the right wing, making it Michigan 68 Ohio State 66 with 2.0 seconds remaining. Ohio State called a timeout to set up the Evan Turner game-winning half court shot. After reviewing the monitors, the officiating crew made the official time 2.2. Those extra two-tenths of a second were crucial, because Evan Turner let the ball go at exactly two-tenths remaining on the clock.

Ohio State improves to 25-7 and will play Illinois in the 1:40 p.m. semifinal game on Saturday. The other semifinal has Purdue up against Minnesota, who upset Michigan State. That game will start around 4:00 p.m.

Ohio State was led in scoring by Evan Turner with 18, followed by David Lighty and William Buford with 15 apiece and Jon Diebler with 11. They shot the ball well throughout the game, 56% in the first half, 48.1% in the second half and 51.9% for the game. The Buckeyes took selected 3-point shots, making 7 of 12 for 58.3%. They were outrebounded, 28-23 on the boards.

The Wolverines shot the ball just as good: 45.8% in the first half, 52% in the second half and 49% for the game. Manny Harris led the way with 26 points, Stu Douglass and DeShawn Sims each scored 16.

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

44 526 Evan Turner His release of the shot came at .2 seconds was he conscious of that

44 529 David Lighty OSU Up 51-38 with 10 minutes to go was it not playing in 10 days

44 531 Evan Turner Conseco Fieldhouse is an NBA environment did he like that moment

44 536 Thad Matta OSU coach The process in helping Evan Turner decide stay or go

44 537 Thad Matta Discussion in huddle with 2.2 left how fitting is it Evan does it again

44 540 Manny Harris Michigan Emotions in final seconds go up 2 but lose by 1

44 541 Zack Novak Michigan He and his teammates had a high intensity level

44 542 DeShawn Sims Michgan down 13 and came back to match OSU basket for basket

44 545A DeShawn Sims Michigan Playing with Manny Harris for the last time

44 545B Manny Harris Michigan On playing last game with De Shawn Sims

GAME NOTES

OHIO STATE BUCKEYES

* The Buckeyes are now 12-8 all-time in Big Ten Tournament games. The Buckeyes are now 6-2 as number 1 seed.

* With three rebounds, Evan Turner tied Frank Howard’s for 14th on the Ohio State all-time career rebounding  list, now with 635.

* Evan Turner’s eight assists tied the most by an Ohio State player in a Big Ten Tournament game (previous best was eight by Mike Conley and Scoonie Penn).

* The Buckeyes are a perfect 16-0 this season when shooting 50 percent or better.

* Ohio State has reached the semifinals for the fifth time overall and the fourth time in the last five years.

* Jon Diebler had 11 points, and now needs just 11 more for 1,000 in his career.

* William Buford has 55 points and 28 rebounds vs. Michigan in three games this season.

* The 68 points by Michigan were the second-most given up in a Buckeye win this season (70, California).

MICHIGAN WOLVERINES

* DeShawn Sims (24, 11, 16) and Manny Harris (24, 10, 26) have scored in double figures in each of the three meetings with Ohio State this year.

* 2010 marks the fourth straight year that Michigan has lost in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament. Two of those losses have come to Ohio State.

* DeShawn Sims has played in a school-record eight Big Ten Tournament games, and his 106 career points are the second-most in the Big Ten Tournament to LaVell Blanchard’s 107. His 43 field goals are tops on that list.

Jon Diebler and David Lighty celebrate with Evan Turner (AP)



Kansas Jayhawks get past Texas Tech to secure its 2,000th win

#1 Kansas reached a major milestone on Thursday and only two other programs can make the claim.

By beating Texas Tech in the Big 12 Conference Tournament at Kansas City, Missouri, the Jayhawks join Kentucky and North Carolina in the 2,000 wins club.

Cole Aldrich Kansas (AP)

Leaning on their two star players, Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins, Kansas struggled but won, 80-68. Aldrich had 12 rebounds, 18 points and dominated the game defensively by altering shots by Texas Tech’s inside players. Despite foul trouble, Collins scored 19 points and handed out six assists.

West Virginia needs 3-point goal to defeat Cincinnati in Big East Tournament

The mentor (Bob Huggins) and the pupil (Mick Cronin) talk before the UC-West Virginia game. (Cin Enq.)

The Big East Conference Tournament had several upsets on Thursday. Notre Dame beat second-seeded Pittsburgh; Georgetown eliminated top-seeded Syracuse and the Marquette Golden Eagles upset fourth-seeded Villanova.

West Virginia, the tournament’s number 3 seed almost became the fourth victim as hungry and physical Cincinnati had them on the ropes. The Mountaineers became the only team from the conferences top four seeds to advance to the semifinals when Da’Sean Butler took an inbounds pass and banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the seventh-ranked team in the country a 54-51 victory at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

The top four teams in the 16-member conference were given double byes to the quarterfinals.

Bob Huggins, head coach of  (26-5) West Virginia says, “I’m not a fan of the double bye, bit I don’t know if that had anything to do with today’s upsets or not.”

Cincinnati (18-15), had a chance to win the game, but Dion Dixon lost the ball along the baseline with 3.1 seconds remaining to give the Mountaineers the final shot.

UC's Deonta Vaughn drives against West Virginia (espn)

Kevin Jones had 17 points for West Virginia with DaSean Butler finishing with 15 points for West Virginia, while Lance Stephenson led Cincinnati with 19 points.

Stephenson, the Big East Conference’s Rookie of the Year, tied the game at 51 on a 3-pointer with 42 seconds to play.

West Virginia, which has won six of its last seven games, is in the semifinals for the third straight year.

Ohio High School Athletic Association: Ice Hockey Championships

The OHSAA Ice Hockey Championships are this weekend, March 13 and 14.

Saturday March 13 at 10:30 a.m., it’s Cleveland St. Ignatius (29-7-3) vs. Hunting Valley University School (22-10-2). At 1:00 p.m., it’s Sylvania Northview (20-8-3) playing against Dublin Coffman (30-7-2). Both games are semi-finals matchups.

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Nationwide Arena, home of the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets, will play host to the 33rd annual state ice hockey tournament for the eighth consecutive year.

The finals will be played on Sunday March 14.

Hunting Valley University School beat Toledo St. John’s Jesuit in 2009 to capture it’s second ice hockey title.

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