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Ohio State gets another basketball transfer in Trevor Thompson

Trevor Thompson (courtesy Virginia Tech)

Ohio State head basketball coach Thad Matta has had some good news the past two weeks.

First, he received word that Temple University forward Anthony Lee would transfer.

On Sunday, Virginia Tech freshman center Trevor Thompson said that he would be coming to Ohio State as well.

The two players add height and depth to the frontcourt. Lee is 6’9, Thompson is 7’0.

Trevor’s dad is former MLB outfielder, Ryan Thompson, who played nine years with the Mets, Cleveland, Houston, the Yankees, Florida and Milwaukee. Now 46 years old, Thompson won a World Championship with the Yankees in 2000.

With Virginia Tech during the 2013-2014 season: 2013-14: Played in 30 games, making ten starts … Named to the All-ACC Academic team … Made collegiate debut in the win over West Virginia, scoring five points, grabbing five rebounds and blocking three shots … Recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds against Western Carolina … Grabbed six rebounds and blocked five shots against VMI … Grabbed eight rebounds and added four points off the bench against VCU … Scored four points and blocked a shot in just three minutes of action against UNCG … Brought down four rebounds and added eight points against UMES … Made the first start of his career against No. 2 Syracuse, scoring four points and grabbing two rebounds … Recorded the second double-double of his career with 10 points and 12 rebounds against Wake Forest … Scored seven points and added four rebounds against Maryland … Scored six points, grabbed six rebounds and blocked three shots at Florida State … Had eight points and six rebounds at Pittsburgh … Grabbed 12 rebounds and scored eight points in the win over Miami … Neared a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds against NC State … Matched his career best with 15 points, adding three steals and six rebounds at No. 6 Duke … Scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds against No. 19 North Carolina … Led all players with 10 rebounds, also adding six points, at Maryland … Scored six points and grabbed five rebounds in ACC Tournament game against Miami.



MUSIC CITY BOWL preview: Today at 4:30 pm, ET on ESPN, Wake Forest & Mississippi State


(courtesy of bowl via wikipedia commons)

A pair of 6-6 teams will be playing in the Music City Bowl in Nashville (today) on Friday, December 30.

Wake Forest, under head coach Jim Grobe, defied all the predictions in the Atlantic Coast Conference by going to a bowl game. The Demon Deacons were picked to finish last.

The Mississippi State Bulldogs were expected to have a better record and a better bowl. Head coach Dan Mullen has yet to turn things around in Starkville, Mississippi.

Both teams are vying for a winning season.

Wake Forest did not play well down the stretch as they lost four of the last five games. The Demon Deacons are playing in their first bowl game since 2008 and are looking for their first winning season since then.

The Bulldogs are 9-6 in bowl games, which included a 52-14 win over Michigan in last year’s Gator Bowl. This is the second straight year that Mississippi State has made it to a bowl game, the first time since 1999-2000 that the school has gone to back-to-back bowls.


Info compiled from Wake Forest University & Mississippi State University news

Parker, Dillard, Kavanaugh leads Flyers past Fairfield


ORLANDO, Fla. – Josh Parker scored 15 points off the bench to lead the Dayton Flyers to a 56-49 victory over the Fairfield Stags in the semifinals of the 2011 Old Spice Classic.

Dayton moves on to the championship game to face the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Kevin Dillard added 12 points (all in the second half) and three steals, while Matt Kavanaugh recorded five points and 11 rebounds to help the Flyers improve to 4-1 overall. Kavanaugh has 13 offensive rebounds in the tournament’s two games.

Matt Kavanaugh ( photo)

With UD leading 51-49 with 1:02 remaining, Dillard converted a three-point play to extend the Flyers lead.

Holding a five-point advantage with 31 seconds to go, Dayton forced three missed Fairfield shots to clinch the victory.

After opening the Old Spice Classic with an offensive explosion, defense was the focal point in the Fairfield contest.

Dayton held the Stags to 18 percent shooting from three-point range with Fairfield converting only 2-of-11 attempts. UD also forced 14 turnovers and had seven steals.

After being held scoreless in the Wake Forest contest, Parker went 5-for-10 from the field and 3-of-8 from beyond the arc.

Josh Benson added nine points, while Chris Johnson and Paul Williams tallied five points apiece.


Game press release courtesy of Dayton athletics

Roberts, Elflein commit to OSU’s 2012 class


Patrick Elflein

The Ohio State football program received commitments from two local players this past week.

The hiring of former Ohio State and NFL linebacker Mike Vrabel as the new linebackers coach helped one of the players make up his mind about deciding on becoming Buckeyes.

Lancaster linebacker Luke Roberts and offensive lineman Patrick Elflein from Pickerington North, told head coach Luke Fickell they’ll be joining the class of 2012.

The 6’3, 285-pound Elflein accepted the scholarship after Lakewood St. Edward’s Kyle Kalis decommited and went to Michigan.

Ohio State now has two offensive lineman from Pickerington in the 2012 class; Jacoby Boren of Pickerington Central is also in the fold.

Elflein also considered Purdue, Northwestern and Indiana.

Luke Roberts

Roberts, who is 6’2, 225-pounds, has a 4.3 grade-point average, chose OSU because of its business school and the hiring of Vrabel as assistant coach.

Roberts also considered Cincinnati, Purdue, Wake Forest and half a dozen other schools.


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compiled from staff, Radio, TV & Recruiting news

Artificial Turf coming to OSU’s Bill Davis Stadium


Artificial Turf from Alfheim Stadium in Tromso, Norway (photo in 2006 by Guttorm Raknes via wikipedia commons)

Ohio State baseball coach Greg Beals had been thinking for awhile about having Bill Davis Stadium’s surface changing from natural grass to artificial turf.

There are several colleges who have the the GameDay Grass surface that Beals desired, Duke, Wake Forest, Wichita State and pro teams, Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays.

Illinois, Texas and the Cincinnati Bearcats also play baseball games on artificial turf.

So, Ohio State will be joining in that group in the fall.

AstroTurf GameDay Grass will be installed in time for the beginning of fall practice. The turf will cover every part of the field except the pitcher’s mound, warning track, batter’s box and the base areas.

Former Ohio State baseball star Nick Swisher, a two-time all-Big Ten performer and current New York Yankees outfielder, donated a genorous amount of money to get the project started.


Info compiled from Radio, TV, internet reports

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