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Ohio State gets #2 seed in West Regional; plays Iona on Friday

Sam Thompson has been emerging lately for the Buckeyes

The Ohio State Buckeyes, who did the improbable, won their final five games of the season and then the Big Ten Tournament championship is heading to the NCAA and will only have to travel 85 miles to play.

The Buckeyes will travel to Southwest Ohio and play at the University of Dayton Arena against the Gaels of Iona.

The games in the West Region, will be Friday and Sunday.

Other matchups include, Indiana vs. the winner of the Long Island University/James Madison, NC State vs. Temple and  Notre Dame vs. Iowa State.

Aaron Craft will lead the Buckeyes on offense and defense


FIRST FOUR, Game 3 at Dayton Vermont 71 Lamar 59; Catamounts run away with game


(courtesy of Vermont athletics via wikipedia commons)

Dayton, Ohio — In the early going in Wednesday night’s opening game of the FIRST FOUR, the Vermont Catamounts tried to get a feel of the Lamar Cardinals, athleticism, speed, offensive and defensive sets and trailed 8-2 early.

But then, like an orchestra getting fine-tuned, they turned that 8-2 deficit into a 17-4 run and by the third TV timeout at 7:48, they led 22-12 and were never headed in a 71-59 win in the 74th NCAA Men’s Division I National Championship at the University of Dayton Arena.

The victory was the second in the history of Vermont basketball in the tournament.

Vermont defeated stunned Syracuse in 2005 in overtime, 60-57 and they also have a win in the CBI two years ago against Wisconsin Green Bay.

The Catamounts shot 50% from the floor, were 17 of 24 from the free throw line for 70.8 % had only 3 turnovers and the only blemish of the night, was that they were outrebounded 40-34 in improving their record to 24-11.

Vermont was led by Four McGlynn with 18 points, Matt Glass with 11 and Brian Voelke pulling down 12 boards.

Lamar, coached by Pat Knight, son of legendary coach Bobby Knight, ends the season at 23-12.

The Cardinals were led in scoring by Mike James and Devon Lamb with 16 points each, 14 points from Anthony Miles and 13 rebounds from Stan Brown.

The Cardinals shot free throws well, 15 of 21 for 71.4%, but only shot 33% from the floor and could not keep up with Vermont’s constant movement without the ball and could not play tight enough defense to shut down the determined Catamounts.

Vermont’s bench was stronger scoring 35-5 in that key stat.


*Vermont’s Four McGlynn was the 2011-2012 America East Conference Rookie of the year.

* Vermont head coach John Becker in his first year, keeps adding win totals to his already record for a rookie coach with 24. The previous record was 16.

* This was Lamar’s sixth NCAA Tournament appearance. But they have not won a tourney game since 1983.

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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

NCAA FIRST FOUR, Dayton, Ohio: N.C. Asheville beats UA-Little Rock

Photos courtesy of UNC-Asheville athletics

The Matt Dickey and J.P. Primm show led the way for the North Carolina-Asheville basketball team Tuesday night. Primm and Dickey each scored 22 points apiece.

Dickey keyed a late rush which put the game into overtime and J.P. Primm sank five free throws and had a key steal in the closing seconds, leading the Bulldogs to an 81-77 win over Arkansas-Little Rock in overtime, the First Four opening game at the University of Dayton Arena.

UNC-Asheville was taken to the promised land by its best player, Dickey who scored 14 of the Bulldogs’ last 18 points in regulation, including a three-point goal with 10.5 seconds to go that tied the game.

Matt Dickey

J.P. Primm

It took Dickey a long time to finally heat up; he took only two shots in the first half. The Big South tournament’s MVP was determined to lead his team to victory.

Dayton, Ohio has been a good friend of the Bulldogs (20-13). They also opened in the southwest Ohio town in 2003, when they became the first Big South team to win an NCAA tournament game. They defeated Texas Southern 92-84 in a the play-in for the 65-team field.

Alex Garcia-Mendoza matched his career high with 21 points for Arkansas-Little Rock(19-17). The Trojans played without Solomon Bozeman, the Sun Belt’s player of the year who fouled out with 55 seconds to go in regulation. He finished the game with 18 points.

The Bulldogs will board an airplane and head to Washington, D.C., where the next opponent is Pittsburgh, the Southeast’s #1 seed on Thursday.

Info from University of Dayton & North Carolina-Asheville athletics

DAYTON FLYERS Basketball Update: beats Grand Valley State & Findlay in exhibitions

(courtesy of Dayton Athletics)


Point guards Josh Parker and Juwan Staten led the Flyers with 14 and 12 points, respectively, as the University of Dayton men’s basketball team opened the season with a 77-66 win over Grand Valley State at UD Arena.

The two newcomers shared time at point guard as Parker came off the bench.

In just 19 minutes of action, preseason first team all-Atlantic 10 Conference selection Chris Wright scored 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor. Junior Chris Johnson rounded out the group of four Flyers scoring double-figures with 11 points, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range.

Lakers’ guard James Thomas scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half as the Sporting News Preseason Division II third-ranked team shot 52 percent from the field.


The Dayton Flyers closed out the exhibition season with 85-68 win over Findlay at The University of Dayton Arena.

Redshirt junior Josh Parker led all Dayton scorers with 15 points, and also dished out a game-high four assists, with no turnovers in 20 minutes of action. His assist on freshman Brandon Spearman’s layup at 14:10 gave UD the lead for good.

Parker was 3-of-5 from behind the three-point line, including back-to-back treys to help the Flyers pull away from the Oilers, 49-44, at the 13:33 mark. Parker also tied for the game-high in rebounds with seven.

Eleven different Flyers scored, including four who reached double figures. In addition to Parker, junior Chris Johnson and Paul Williams, as well as freshman Juwan Staten each scored 12 points. Johnson also tied for the game-high in rebounds with seven.

Findlay senior Nathan Hyde led all scorers with 21 points on 6-of-13 from the floor, including 4-of-9 from the three-point arc.

Info courtesy of Dayton Athletics

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