It’s not summer yet, no matter how many days of 90+ degree weather that we have in Los Angeles… but the summer blockbuster season is upon us. With that in mind, let’s revisit an SBP favorite for this week’s soundtrack.
The beauty of it is, kids are kids and people are people, and if they first and foremost feel that you care about them and that you really are there to serve them, it’s easy. I’ve had the chance to hone those skills for many, many, many years, and to me it’s second nature to want to see what I can do for someone.
This also sounds familiar,
That marketing and television and all of the funds that are involved in major college athletics have certainly taken a little bit of control, not just for the institution, but I think it’s affected the experience for the youngsters. It’s not necessarily what I believe in, and I worry a little bit that there’s so much time invested into that singular passion, that — are we giving them the experiences that they are going to need through the rest of their lives?
Akron students… I hope you know how fortunate you are.
Welcome to Wednesday, the first of May… it’s officially grilling season (unless you live in California, where it’s always that time). Here’s today’s soundtrack; if you don’t know why, then… well… keep reading.
Spring has finally arrived in Columbus, it seems- time to enjoy Oval Beach and discover all of the kids’ toys that were buried under the snow. Being Ohio, though, it only means that there’s another storm on the horizon… so, there’s but one choice for today’s soundtrack.
Gary Russell and I are covering the B1G Tourney live again although it’s not actually from Chicago! Some last minute travel plans fell apart and we are hanging out at his house in Zanesville covering the games! Hope you enjoy the updates!
#6 Iowa versus #11 Northwestern
The first half of the day one night cap has been all Iowa. They hold a 36-22 lead at halftime and the score doesn’t reflect how dominating the Hawkeyes have been. The Wildcats didn’t score until the 12:30 mark of the first half. Iowa has been very balanced on the offensive end. 8 different players have scored for the Hawkeyes, and none of socred more than 7 points. As painful as it is to say, Iowa’s Aaron White leads all scorers with 7 points. Northwestern is being led by Freshman Alex Olah’s 6 points.
Iowa didn’t quite dominate the second half like they did the first half as they did their best impression of Michigan in letting a team hang around. The Wildcats refused to go away getting the lead under ten several times and even down to seven at one point. Unfortunately for Northwestern, timely three point shooting from Mike Gesell and Roy Devyn Marble combined with a Flagrant One foul by Reggi Hearn kept pushing the Iowa lead back to double digits. In the end, Iowa knocked off Northwestern 73-59.
Iowa will now face Michigan State tomorrow evening at apprixmately 9:00 EST. We hope you enjoyed day 1 of the Big Ten Tournament. Remember to check back with us tomorrow as we update with all the action from Day 2 of the tournament! Read More
Yesterday’s win over Minnesota in the first round of the Big Ten tournament was huge for the Ohio State women’s basketball team’s hopes of making the NCAA tournament. Today’s matchup with top seeded and 7th ranked Penn State was an opportunity for the Buckeyes to improve their NCAA resume and virtually assure themselves a spot in the Big Dance. This was also a chance for OSU to get some revenge after Penn State overcame a halftime deficit to beat the Buckeyes in their only regular season meeting.
The game started out as a tight, back-and-forth defensive battle with both teams having to work hard to get an open look. The opening five minutes saw both team trading baskets with neither able to open up more than a three point lead. Ohio State led 14-13 at the fourteen minute mark but then Penn State scored six straight points to take a 19-14 lead just a minute and a half later and it seemed like the Nittany Lions were poised to take control of the game. The Buckeyes responded though, getting some defensive stops which led to some nice layups as OSU scored 8 straight to take the lead, 22-19, with eight minutes remaining in the half. The teams would go back to trading baskets for the next few minutes and OSU managed to extend its lead to 29-24 with just under five minutes left in the half. The Nittany Lions closed out the half strong though, going on a 9 to 2 run to close the half and to take a 33-31 lead into halftime.
We’re one week away from National Letter Of Intent Day, and the excitement (and chaos) is building. We’ll talk a bit this week about the idea of “verbals” and visits, but let’s dig through the news bucket a bit first, shall we? Oh, and Mark Titus’ favorite band brings us our musical inspiration for the morning. Happy Wednesday.
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Rushing out to a quick lead that they would never relinquish, the Buckeyes started strong and delivered Penn State’s 8th straight conference loss by a score of 65-51. The Buckeyes rode strong defense the majority of the way and prevented the Nittany Lions from finding enough offensive success to make a big difference in Thad Matta’s 17th straight win against PSU. Sam Thompson led the Buckeyes with 16 points and 6 rebounds, and was joined in double digit scoring by Lenzelle Smith and DeShaun Thomas who both put up 11. Penn State saw Jermaine Marshall (16), and D.J. Newbill (15) hit the double figures today.
Despite Dan Dakich indicating that the Nittany Lions were supremely confident, and more energetic than he’d ever seen a basketball team, Penn State struggled mightly with the OSU defense. Through an 11 and a half minute segment of the first half, the Nits were unable to buy a basket at all, and allowed the Buckeyes to take a double digit lead despite their own offensive ineptitudes. The Nittany drought did allow Thad Matta to experiment a little bit with his personnel, as he plugged Trey McDonald into the game for the most minutes since the preconference season.
The Nittany Lions made a few good adjustments at the half, and began to give the Buckeyes a hard time early in the second stanza. The Buckeyes responded by finding offensive success with Sam Thompson, who twice attacked the basket and drew a foul to help extend the lead. He followed that up later in the half with an excellent three pointer to help keep Penn State’s comeback attempt at bay for a while longer. But against this OSU team, it’s always seems to just be a matter of time before that comeback starts. With under 5 minutes to go and down 16, Penn State sank a couple baskets to put the Buckeyes on their heels. Unfortunately for the Nits, the Buckeyes did not back down like they have in previous games, and were able to right the ship enough to finish out the game.
The Buckeyes are in Happy Valley for a Shooty Hoops game against the Penn State Nittany Lions.
Today’s game is scheduled for 12:00 PM EST on ESPN2. The LiveBlog is scheduled to start 15 minutes before tip.