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9 league games will come into play in Big 10 in 2017


(courtesy of Big Ten)

The Big 10 Conference football teams will begin playing nine league games in 2017 instead of eight.

The change is no big surprise considering when Nebraska joined the conference for this coming season, Commissioner Jim Delany had said that nine games were being considered.

The conference has been playing eight league games since 1985.

The Big Ten split into two six-team divisions this season and will be holding a football championship game for the first time ever.


Info courtesy of the Big Ten Conference

Ohio State splits doubleheader at Penn State


Drew Rucinski (courtesy of Ohio State athletics)

The Ohio State baseball Buckeyes split a doubleheader with Penn State, winning game one 5-1 and losing the second game 5-2, Saturday afternoon at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. By splitting, OSU has a record of 16-17 while the Nittany Lions move to 23-13. Both teams are 6-5 and in a second-place tie in the Big 10 Conference.

Drew Rucinski, who is starting to become the ace of the staff, threw seven innings, allowing one earned run on five hits while striking out four to improve his season record to 4-1.


Heath Johnson (courtesy of Penn State athletics)

In the nightcap, the Buckeyes jumped out to the early 1-0 lead in the first off Penn State starter John Walter.

But the Nittany Lions came back with three runs on five singles against Buckeyes’ starter Brett McKinney in the bottom of the first inning to take a 3-1 lead. Penn State added two more in the second, on a pair of walks, two stolen bases and an RBI single by Jordan Steranka to up the lead to 5-1 after two innings.

Heath Johnson came on in the ninth inning to close out the game for the Nittany Lions, earning his first save of the season.


Info courtesy of Ohio State athletics

Ohio State women’s team gets second round “monkey off their backs”; out-physical Ga. Tech

Samantha Prahalis (courtesy of OSU athletics)

Don’t ask head coach Jim Foster if he likes St. John Arena. He told a reporter on Sunday, ” St. John Arena is not our home court. Your home court is where you play every day and practice every day. We just happen to have a very large auxilary gym.”

If you ask me and the rest of the media that cover the women’s basketball team, they should play a few games each season there because they have a tremendous advantage that they don’t have at the cavenous Value City Arena, an abundance of loudness. There were 3,881 fans in attendance at St. John and it sounded like there were 13,000. At Value City Arena, you can hear every insult and name that the fans yell at the referees. The venerable arena has an intimate setting.

Monday night, the Buckeyes beat a scrappy, quick and young Georgia Tech team, 67-60. The Buckeyes were insulted that Georgia Tech started trash-talking before the game ever started.

The Yellow Jackets with only two seniors, showed they are a good team against Bowling Green, using a suffocating press which caused the Falcons to turn the ball over 25 times.

Georgia Tech, coached by former Purdue star MaChelle Joseph, who has played several games in St. John Arena, received an at-large bid to their seventh NCAA Tournament after finishing 4th in the tough Atlantic Coast Conference. They beat four Top 25 teams but at 24-10, did not finish as an elite team in the country.

They were going for their first appearance in the Sweet 16, but it was not to be; but they tried very hard to beat Ohio State.

MaChelle Joseph as a Boilermaker (courtesy of Purdue athletics)

MaChelle Joseph Ga. Tech coach (courtesy of Georgia Tech athletics)

The Buckeyes were trying to get rid of the “monkey off their backs”, losing in the second round of the NCAA tourney, 6 of the past 8 trips.

OSU was determined not to let that happen. They got off to a good start in the game, 12-6, 25-18 and let 27-20. But then the physical and quick Yellow Jackets closed the first half with a 10-2 run led by freshman guard Tyaunna Marshall who led the way with 10 points to put Tech up 30-29 at the half.

The Yellow Jackets had to feel good about themselves as they held Samantha Prahlis to 6 points and Jantel Lavender with 4.

The first half had its drama and rough play. Deja Foster tried her best to rough up Prahalis while playing defense and offense, knocking her to the floor a couple of times before the referees called a foul.

Then there was a battle underneath the basket for a loose ball between Lavender and Chelsea Regins. The refs called a technical foul on each player after a 5-minute consultation reviewing the replays on the television monitors at the scorer’s table. Lavender was so upset, that Prahalis calmed her down knowing that an ejection would’ve hurt the Buckeyes in a key game.

As far as Lavender goes, at 6’4, the Yellow Jackets have never faced anybody on their schedule as good as Lavender in the post. The best they could do was put the shorter (6’2) Regins who is very quick on her.

Briefly to start the second half, Georgia Tech opened up a 33-29 lead on a 3-point goal by senior Metra Walthour on their first possession.

In the second half, the Buckeyes were able to get Lavender open and she was unstoppable ending the game with 21 points. Prahalis scored 16 and Tayler Hill added 11.

The Buckeyes were the ones who played great defense, limiting Georgia Tech to only two free throws for the game and 38% shooting from the floor.

The OSU women shot the ball well all night, 55% first half, 63.6% second half and 59.5% for the game.

Georgia Tech won the battle of the boards, outrebounding the taller Buckeyes, 34-31, 18-5 on the offensive boards which resulted in a 16-5 advantage on second-chance points. The Yellow Jackets also won the bench battle, 14-0.

Lavender who set a record this year as the only basketball player, man or woman to win four Big 10 Conference Player of the Year Awards, set another record during the game. She scored in an NCAA record 135th game in double figures, breaking the old record set by Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris who scored in 134.

The fourth-seeded Buckeyes (24-9) now move into the Sweet 16 round of the tourney. They’ll play in the Dayton regional semifinal on Saturday against top-seeded Tennessee at the University of Dayton Arena.


46 612 MaChelle Joseph Ga. Tech coach (overall on the game)

46 613 Alex Montgomery Ga. Tech Did OSU playing on own campus a key

46 614 Sasha Goodlett Ga. Tech On OSU playing at St. John Arena

46 615 Sasha Goodlett Ga. Tech Did they feel good up 30-29 at halftime

46 618 MaChelle Joseph Ga. Tech coach Lavender only 4 pts in 1st half unstoppable is 2nd half

46 619 MaChelle Joseph Ga. Tech Her team got 30 more shots & turned OSU over 21 times but no win


46 620 Jantel Lavender OSU Wanted to get past the 2nd round to the Sweet 16

46 621 Jantel Lavender OSU Down 33-29 team just took off what adjustments made

46 622 Samantha Prahalis OSU Team looked confident vs Ga. Tech, Tennessee is next up

46 623 Samantha Prahalis OSU A very physical game that OSU had to fight through

46 629 Jantel Lavender OSU What she knows about Tennessee or play against them in AAU ball

46 634 Jim Foster OSU coach OSU seems better when they get spacing on floor

46 635 Jim Foster OSU coach In 2nd half held Ga. Tech scoreless for 6 minutes

46 636 Jim Foster OSU coach In 2nd Half Jantel Lavender so open why

46 638 Jim Foster OSU coach Ga. Tech press didn’t stop Samantha Prahalis

46 641 Jim Foster OSU coach On playing Tennessee next in Dayton Ohio

OSU’s Hill honored by Big 10 with honorable mention & all-defensive team

Tayler Hill (courtesy of OSU athletics)

Ohio State sophomore guard Tayler Hill has been named to the Big 10 Conference all-defensive team by the coaches and was named on the honorable mention team, which was picked by both the coaches and the media.

Hill turned in solid all-around numbers for the Buckeyes in 2010-2011, averaging 12.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals. She was an excellent free throw shooter, going to the stripe 172 times, shooting just under 80 percent.

Hill was pivotal for the Buckeyes during the final stretch of the season, averaging 14 points and four assists while recording back-to-back 19-point games in wins at Minnesota and #23 Penn State.

compiled from Ohio State & Big Ten news

Nebraska Cornhuskers join the Big Ten; 12 teams means title game coming

compiled from Big Ten and Nebraska Cornhuskers news

The Nebraska Cornhuskers will now have trips to places they ordinarily wouldn’t travel to: Chicago, Illinois (Northwestern), Columbus, Ohio (Ohio State), Greater Detroit (Michigan), East Lansing (Michigan State) and State College, Pennsylvania (Penn State).

That’s because, the Cornhuskers are saying “goodbye” to the Big 12 and “hello” to the Big 10 Conference.

Tom Osborne Nebraska AD (courtesy of Nebraska Athletics)

The Big Ten’s board of presidents and chancellors unanimously welcomed Nebraska to the family on Friday afternoon. The move takes effect on July 1, 2011.

Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman said the Big ten offered the stability “that the Big 12 couldn’t.”

Nebraska is the Big ten’s first new member since 1900, when Penn State became the 11th member, and it comes just six month’s after the league announced that it was looking at expansion.

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said he presumed there would be a Big Ten championship football game beginning in 2011. He said the conference will not be looking at anymore expansion at least for the next 12 to 18 months.

Most Nebraska fans are used to playing against the likes of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa State and Kansas State for years. But now they’ll have to get to know the Big Ten schools.

With the move to the Big Ten, they’ll likely start a rivalry with their border neighbor, the Iowa Hawkeyes.