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David Lighty hurts left foot again

compiled from staff, wire and Ohio State Athletics

Ohio State forward David Lighty has refractured a bone in his left foot and will undergo surgery.

Head Coach Thad Matta said Wednesday that Lighty suffered the injury during spring workouts Tuesday and will have surgery Friday at the Ohio State Medical Center.

David Lighty (osu)

The foot is the same one that Lighty broke in December 2008, an injury that forced him to sit out the remainder of the 2008-2009 season.

The rehabilitation period will be up three months.

Lighty, a junior, averaged 12.6 points this season, helping lead Ohio State to an NCAA tournament round of 16 appearance and Big Ten regular-season and  tournament championships.

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT: Mark Osiecki new Ohio State hockey coach (Part 2)

Mark Osiecki UW photo)

Ohio State’s new hockey coach Mark Osiecki has so many things on his plate before thinking about a game plan for next season. Look at the roster to see what is needed; hire a coaching staff; recruiting; move his family from Madison, Wisconsin and then become familiar with Columbus, Ohio and Ohio State University’s campus, students, faculty, staff, alumni, board of trustees and the schools many sponsors and contributors.

The former University of Wisconsin assistant says he won’t totally clean house like most coaches do to send an early message. But the most important thing he said is that there is a locker room full of “damn good hockey players”. But still there can be better players out there.

During his introductory press conference at the Schottenstein Center this past Tuesday is Coach Osiecki said that he knows what young men want when they sign a letter of intent to play college hockey, it’s an NHL career and he is willing to do everything he can to get them there if they’re willing to meet him halfway.

One of my fellow media colleagues in the interview room whispered in my ear that Osiecki sounded like Jim Tressel and Thad Matta in that respect. They want to recruit kids who yearn to be professionals after their Ohio State years. Most high school athletes today think pros first and college second.

Says Osiecki on the recruiting game, “You want the most talented player, hands down. You have to try to get a couple of those kids every year. The problem is, they sign (a pro contract) after year one or year two and you never get rewarded for the fruits of your labor. But you’ve got to be in those battles.”

SOUNDS FROM THE HOCKEY PRESS CONFERENCE (To listen to an audio file, click on the link)

44 907 Mark Osiecki OSU hockey coach Is Value City Arena too vast of a building (Mega)

44 908 Mark Osiecki OSU hockey coach Competing with the Blue Jackets is that a detriment (Mega)

44 909 Mark Osiecki OSU hockey coach What type of system does he employ as a coach (Mega)

44 911 Mark Osiecki OSU hockey coach When OSU called him on the phone, any hesitation (Mega)

44 912 Mark Osiecki OSU hockey coach Was there any reservations about taking the job (Mega)

44 913 Mark Osiecki OSU hockey coach His talk with football coach Jim Tressel (Mega)

44 914 Mark Osiecki OSU hockey coach What was Jim Tressel’s advice (Mega)

44 916 Mark Osiecki OSU hockey coach What did Dean Blais former CBJ assistant say about Columbus (Mega)

Part 3 with Coach Osiecki will be on Monday May 10.

Evan Turner follows his heart and enters NBA Draft

compiled from staff, wire reports and Ohio State Athletics

Evan Turner (OSU)

To no one’s surprise, Ohio State’s Evan Turner is skipping his senior year and entering the upcoming NBA draft. The 6’7 point guard is expected to be a top-three pick in the June 24 draft.

The Chicago native averaged 20.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 6 assists while shooting 52 percent from the floor, 36.4 percent beyond the arc and 76 percent at the free throw line.

Turner was moved to point guard before the season, a decision by coach Thad Matta that had media and fans scratching their heads because Evan had never played the position and had been prone to making mistakes with the ball.

With the junior sharp-shooter leading the way, Ohio State went a surprising 29-8 (second-most wins in school history); won a share of the Big Ten regular season title; won the conference tournament championship; and advanced to the NCAA tournament round of 16 before falling to Tennessee.

Even Thad Matta knew it time for Turner to move up to the NBA. “I told evan up front, I’m ok if you go. Coach Matta wants you back, but Thad Matta if ok if you go. It’s knowing what’s right for him,” Matta said.

Turner was a first team All-American and had a huge year despite missing 4 1/2 weeks with broken bones in his back. He was injured while dunking during a game on December 5, and had to go through an extensive rehab program before returning. Ohio State held their own without him, going 3-3.

A near-unanimous pick for Big Ten player of the year after leading the league in scoring, rebounding and finishing second in assists, he guided Ohio State to wins in 16 of its final 18 games heading into the NCAA tournament.

Evan showed in the Big Ten conference tournament that he is definitely ready for the NBA. He took an inbounds pass, dribbled to just past midcourt and hit a 37-foot 3-point basket at the buzzer to beat archrival Michigan 69-68 in the quarterfinals. Two days later, he had 31 points, 11 rebounds and six assists as Ohio State beat Minnesota to win the tournament.

Turner, who was the Associated Press Player of the Year and the Naismith award winner, was not even the top-player on his high school team in Chicago. Illinois’ Demetri McCamey was considered more of a blue-chip prospect. Turner set a record by being chosen Big Ten player of the year 10 times during his career, including an unprecendented seven times this sesason.

Turner said yesterday in announcing his departure, ” I leave the program in great hands. We’re going to stay on top.”

25 wins in a row as Butler upsets Michigan State; plays Duke for NCAA title

compiled from staff, wire and Butler Athletics

Butler coach Brad Stevens ( file)

Butler's Matt Howard ( file)

All of college basketball’s favorite programs are out of the NCAA tournament; Syracuse, Kentucky, Kansas, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Ohio State and Georgetown to name a few.

But Mid-major power Butler University of the Horizon League is still standing and will be playing in “the next game” which has been their theme all year, the National Championship Game against the Duke Blue Devils  who beat West Virginia, 78-57.

The State of Indiana’s latest version of the movie “Hoosiers” is playing out as Butler has shown that a small Mid-major university can dream big and play for a championship.

Gordon Hayward had 19 points and nine rebounds, including one with 2 seconds remaining left that sealed the game. The small-school Bulldogs took down another big-name in college basketball, Michigan State by a 52-50 score in the Final Four in Indianapolis, Indiana, Butler’s hometown.

The venue was Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, is 6 miles from Butler’s campus on the north end of town around Meridian and 49th Street.

Butler (33-4) and winners of 25 games in a row, will play Duke (34-5) in Monday’s title game.

The entire Hoosier state is along on the bandwagon. Indiana, Purdue and Notre Dame are the state of Indiana’s benchmark universities when it comes to college basketball but Butler, a small school of 4,200 has silently been in the Top 25 polls for years and has produced some solid basketball coaches over recent years in Barry Collier, Thad Matta, Todd Lickliter and now Brad Stevens. They have given college basketball fans a glimpse that the Horizon League is a quality league.

Michigan State (28-9) had been playing on the edge all tournament, after being hampered by injuries and sneaking by game after game but not against the scrappy Bulldogs who shutdown all of their scorers, Draymond Green, Durrell Summers and Raymar Morgan.

The awards keep piling up; Turner named AP Player of the Year

compiled from staff, wire, internet and Ohio State Athletics

Evan Turner (OSU)

Ohio State star Evan Turner has won another trophy. This time he has been selected as the Associated Press Player of the Year.

Turner, a 6-foot-7 junior swingman who averaged 20.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists, received 54 votes from the 65-member national media panel. Kentucky freshman John Wall was second with nine votes.

The awards ceremony was in Indianapolis, Indiana, home of this year’s Final Four. Coach Thad Matta was there, but Evan Turner didn’t expect two of his teammates, David Lighty and Dallas Lauderdale  to make the 175-mile, 3-hour trip across interstate 70 to be in attendance.

Turner said of the gesture by his teammate, “They are really family and this shows it.”

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