Ohio State fans were on “commitment watch” during the Spring Game weekend, but probably didn’t expect today’s news.
Thad Matta picked up his second transfer commitment for the upcoming season, as former Virginia Tech Hokie Trevor Thompson has given his verbal to the Buckeyes following his visit to Columbus.
The 6’11″ forward is an Indianapolis native, and was considering Indiana and Purdue as he looked to transfer closer to home. He will have to sit out the 2014-15 season, but will have three years of eligibility starting in the fall of 2015.
Thompson averaged 5 point and almost 5 rebounds a game in his single season with the Hokies, but managed 15 and 6 against Duke back in February.
Welcome to the Ohio State Family, Trevor… we’re looking forward to watching your career here!
Happy Wednesday, and happiest birthday to the young Buckeye in my avatar photo. Given all of the excitement here on the left coast over the past weekend, my choice for today’s soundtrack was pretty much decided for me. Thoughts and prayers go out to our friends in Chile and South/Central Americas as well…
Sorry, Iowa and Tennessee- the tournament don’t get rolling until tomorrow, no matter what you told people yesterday. So, we’ve got one more day of work before distraction takes us all… it’s madness, I say!
Here’s their Profile
Thad Matta took his suddenly surging Buckeyes into Happy Valley tonight to avenge the January 29th overtime loss to the Nittany Lions, 71-70. Alas, it was not to be, as the Nittany Lions beat the Buckeyes 65-63, to sweep the season series. It was an excruciating end to the game as Ohio State, down 1 point with 10 seconds remaining, then 2 points with 6 seconds remaining, completely lost their sensibilities on offense. In both scenes, rather than attack the basket, Lenzelle Smith Jr launched two 3-point shots that clanged off the iron.
The Buckeyes were led by LaQuinton Ross (19 pts, 5 rebs), Aaron Craft (10 pts, 4 asst) and Trey McDonald (9 pts, 3 blks). Ohio State shot 43% from the field (20-47), only 67% from the free throw line (18-27) and an embarrassing (29% (5-17) from 3-point range. Lenzelle Smith did grab 6 defensive rebounds, but his choice of shooting, 1-6 from the perimeter was deeply disappointing, especially for a senior. Well, Ohio State is now 22-7, 9-7 and has lost to Penn State (twice) and Nebraska this season. This is not at all what I’d imagined.
The Nittany Lions were led by D.J. Newbill’s 23 points, and Tim Frazier’s 16 points. In the previous game against OSU, Newbill also had 25 points, so he’s probably on to something. Penn State shot 44% (19-43) from the floor, 79% (22-28) from the free throw line and 38% (5-13) from the perimeter.
Ohio State held the halftime lead 28-26. After a quick start, the Buckeye offense went dormant at the end of the half as LaQuinton Ross’ FG at the 5:03 was OSU’s last FG of the half. Both teams shot 40% from the field; OSU was 10-25 while PSU was 9-22. Penn State’s 8 turnovers, to OSU’s 5 helped to blunt PSU opportunities, but OSU’s terrible free throw shooting (4-9) really kept the 1st half closer than it should have.
Things were a little choppy early in the 2nd half as the refs didn’t want their whistles to go to waste. At the 17 minute marks, DJ Newbill Ft’s tied the game at 33. At the midpoint, PSU grabbed a 36-35 lead, due to OSU still not figuring out how to attack a zone defense. At the under-12, the game was tied at 38. OSu was getting outrebounded 27-17, with PSU having 6 offensive rebounds to OSU’s 3. Just inside the 10 minutes mark, PSU held a 45-42 lead. At the under 4-minute mark, PSU held a 55-51 lead, thanks to another DJ Newbill 3-pointer. At the under-2 mark, PSU held a 59-55 lead.with :54 PSU had a 62-59 lead and the ball, and it wasn’t looking good for the Good Guys.
The Buckeyes’ next game is Sunday afternoon in Bloomington, IN against the Indiana Hoosiers. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:00 PM EST and will be televised coverage will be provided by CBS, check local listings. LiveChat will be provided by tBBC, beginning approximately a half hour before tip-off, check back here.
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.
Here’s their Profile
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.
The Ohio State Buckeyes (20-6, 7-6) host the Northwestern Wildcats (12-14, 5-8) Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM EST. As bad as January was for the Buckeyes, February is turning out to be just as good. Meanwhile, the Wildcats are trying to right their ship. They went on a 2-week tear in mid-January to win four of five games, but have now lost three straight.
Here’s their Profile