Earlier in the week, we had this bit of scuttlebutt going on:
According to the four letter network, LaQuinton Ross has decided to forgo his last year of his college eligibility and opt in to the NBA draft next season. Here is the official word from ESPN’s Jeff Goodman:
Ohio State’s LaQuinton Ross will declare for NBA Draft, sources told ESPN.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 24, 2014
It is now official; LaQuinton Ross notified the Ohio State coaching staff today that he intends to forego his senior year for the purpose of pursuing a professional basketball career. So here we are; LQR is “gone, baby, gone”.
Ross averaged 16 points and 6 rebounds this last season as the offensive catalyst for the Buckeyes. After a strong tournament performance his sophomore season, the Jackson, Mississippi native carried Ohio State at points during his junior season. Upping his average minutes by 13 this season, Ross shot 45% from the floor and 73% from the charity stripe.
LQR has had some impressive moments as a member of the Ohio State Buckeyes, including his dagger of a three that sent his squad to the Elite 8 last year with the defeat of a very talented Arizona Wildcat team.
It is unclear where Ross is projected to land in the NBA Draft. The experts have pinned him to be drafted anywhere from the mid first to the late 2nd round if drafted at all.
There is no doubt that Ross was a unique talent and brought something to campus that the Buckeyes haven’t had in a while. He was a treat to watch, especially as he developed over his three years under Thad.
A true diverse weapon, was he. LaQuinton, thank you for the memories, and the best of wishes in your career.
How ’bout a little weekend “catch up” of all the news and notes? Since it’s a Sunday, we’ve got to choose our soundtrack wisely- something sacred, perhaps.
Why should Georgia’s elite 2015 prospects consider Ohio State? “You get a premium education with the opportunity to go compete for a national championship in a large city that really has no professional sports team. There’s a lot to be offered up here.”
So, of course folks decided to make this statement a slight against the Crew and BlueJackets… because, Bianchi. At any rate, we remind you of this:
Well, not really- it’s still sunny and eighty degrees here in California. But our Ohio (and TSUN and Buffalo) readers certainly could use a break from all of the snow and ice, and might enjoy a trip to some warmer climes. So, perhaps we can celebrate Ohio State’s break with a soundtrack that will encourage and enlighten your Winter Wednesday.
The Buckeyes rolled into Bloomington on Sunday afternoon, looking for a win. They rolled out on the short end of a 72-64 score to put them at (22-8, 9-8) for the season, with one regular season game to go. So, as of this evening, Ohio State stands in the fifth spot in the Big Ten conference; 1/2 game behind Nebraska.
Lenzelle Smith Jr and LaQuinton Ross led the Buckeyes with 19 points each, while Indiana was led by Yogi Ferrell and Will Sheehey, with 20 points and 19 points, respectively.
Ohio State shot 42% from the field (25-59) and shot 0% from 3-point range (0-11). They were also 61% (14-23) from the free throw line. Meanwhile ,Indiana shot 48% (24-50) from the field, 39% (7-18) from the perimeter and 81% (17-21) from the foul line.
In summary, Indiana could put the ball in the hoop, Ohio State couldn’t.
Ohio State’s season finale is next Sunday afternoon when they host Michigan State. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:30 PM EST, with television coverage provided by CBS. Of course, tBBC will provide LiveChat coverage, beginning approximately a half hour before tip-off.
The The #24 Ohio State Buckeyes (21-6. 8-6) host the Minnesota Golden Gophers (17-10, 6-8) this Saturday evening. The Buckeyes are out to avenge a 63-53 loss to the Gophers on January 19th. More importantly, the Buckeyes are in the midst of a five game stretch prior to the regular season finale against Michigan State. Currently, the Buckeyes sit in 5th place in the conference, one game behind Wisconsin. Ohio State wants to overtake them to get into the top four to earn a 1st round bye in the B1G Tourney.
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The Buckeyes entered tonight’s game against Northwestern looking to extend their winning streak (to two games!) and build some momentum prior to a regular season ending match against Michigan State. That they did, by moving to 21-6, 8-6 on the season with a 76-60 win over Northwestern. Since the Michigan loss, Ohio State is 2-0 in their 5-game stretch prior to hosting MSU to end the regular season. In a game that got chippy at around the 5 minute point, marked by player ejections (Cerina and LaQuinton Ross), the Buckeyes held their composure and overwhelmed the Wildcats in the 2nd half 39-27, after outscoring them in the 1st half 37-33.
Ohio State was led by four players in double figures; Amir Williams (16 pts), Sam Thompson (11), Aaron Craft (14) and Lenzelle Smith (14). Smith managed a double-double by pulling in 10 rebounds. In his first action of the season, Andrew Goldstein went scoreless. Darn it.
The Buckeyes shot 46% (23-50) and better yet, 44% (7-16) from the perimeter. The difference-maker was OSU’s foul shooting, as they outscored Northwestern 23-9 from the free throw line.
Northwestern was led by Drew Crawford (22 pts) and Tre Demps (14 pts). The Wildcats also shot 46% (23-50) from the field.
#22 Ohio State (19-5. 6-5) hosted #15 Michigan (17-6, 9-2) this evening in their only regular season meeting. Despite a horrendous January, OSU entered this game three games behind MSU/UM in the standings, and with 7 games to play, a legitimate chance to win the regular season championship. This has been some season..
In a classic example of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, the Buckeyes started out on fire, let Michigan back into the game before half, then watched Michigan put on a rebounding clinic, to fall to the Wolverines 70-60. This drops OSU to 19-6, 6-6 and pretty much takes them out of any possibility for the regular season championship. This was a game where Michigan overcame a 1st half 10-point deficit by exerting their will over the Buckeyes. Defensively, OSU was unable to block anyone out on the defensive boards. Offensively, despite early success with looking inside to score, had periods of settling for, and missing, perimeter shots.
This was as disappointing loss as I’ve seen lately, and in the past month and a half, I’ve seen several. The team got away, offensively, from what had been working, didn’t block out on the defensive boards, and generally let Michigan have their way.
The Boilermakers visited the Buckeyes this evening in Columbus for the return match of their two game series. Despite a slow start, and a bit of back and forth play, the game was all Ohio State as the Buckeyes secured the 67-49 victory. Surprisingly, LaQuinton Ross led the Buckeyes in scoring with 17 points, closely followed by Lenzelle Smith Jr. with 16. For the Boilermakers, Kendall Stephens put together 12 points off the bench, while AJ Hammons and Rapheal Davis both earned 11 a piece. The win gave the Buckeyes their third straight in Big Ten play.
Things started from a defensive perspective. Both teams demonstrated good movement against the offensive motion, and forced a number of turnovers early. The first points weren’t even scored until two minutes had elapsed, and Purdue was able to net the first three buckets of the game. The Bucks simply struggled to find good shots on the offensive end, and weren’t able to score until the fifth minute of the game on a Sam Thompson ally-oop.
The momentum changed in a hurry following the first TV timeout. The Buckeyes went on an 8 point unanswered tear to put together a 10-0 run and claim their first lead of the game. It was only ended by a Kendall Stevens three pointer after four minutes had ellapsed. Things had changed as the Buckeyes settled down in their attack, focused on getting the ball low against Purdue’s man defense. OSU also worked harder on the boards and began to balance the rebounding numbers.
With both teams locked into the game, they settled down into a steady back and forth battle. For the most part, it seemed that when one team was locked in defensively, so was the opponent. If one them started to pick up on the offensive end, it was reciprocated on the other end. That said, there wasn’t much in the way of offense through the first twelve minutes. The Boilermakers shot 5-20, while the Bucks hit only 7-18 by the third TV timeout.