Buckeye Newsstand, March 6

Take a look at the best stories that weren't done by us. Come along as we take a trip around the 'net for all the Ohio State news that you can handle.

Friday, March 6
The Ohio State women's basketball team will begin its run in the Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis with a rematch against Illinois, the team that upset the Buckeyes last season. The Columbus Dispatch has a story on the Buckeyes having revenge on their minds as well as some notes on tonight's game. The Cleveland Plain Dealerhas breakdown of the tournament.

The men's hockey Buckeyes return to the old OSU Ice Rink for a CCHA first-round series against in-state foe Bowling Green this weekend, and the Dispatch has a story on the Buckeyes having to overcome the disappointment of not earning a bye. The Dispatch also has some notes on the series against the Falcons.

Jim Tressel is one of six coaches heading to Afghanistan in May as part of a meet-and-greet tour of U.S. military installations. The Dispatch, Plain Dealer, Canton Repository and Akron Beacon Journal have stories on Tressel's trip.

Finally, the Plain Dealer takes a look at the seemingly endless Big Ten seeding possibilities for the men's basketball team.


Thursday, March 5
The Big Ten women's basketball tournament starts today, and the Columbus Dispatch has a story on Illinois' 2008 run proved that lower seeds can contend. The Dispatch also has a look at today's games in Indianapolis.

The Dispatch has a short note on the J.B. Shugarts drug paraphernalia case.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has a story on the Ohio State-Toledo college football game that will be played at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Sept. 19 and how Buckeyes fans who choose to go will be helping the Rockets' athletic department. Doug Lesmerises of the Plain Dealer also has some OSU notes in a blog entry.

Finally, the Indianapolis Star has a feature story on former Buckeye Greg Oden, who is out with another knee injury.


Wednesday, March 4
Ohio State's men's basketball team survived in a crucial game Thursday night at Iowa. The Columbus Dispatch, Iowa City Press Citizen and The Associated Press (via the Mansfield News Journal) have game recaps.

The Plain Dealer has a story on what David Lighty's options are as he continues to rehab from a right foot injury.

The Dispatch has a story on the OSU wrestling team and its tough road in the upcoming Big Ten tournament.

Former Buckeye Maurice Clarett's blog from prison has recently been discovered, and Bob Hunter of the Dispatch, Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Kyle Nagel of the Dayton Daily News have blog entries about it.

Finally, the Dispatch has a note on three former Buckeyes being on the ballot for the 2009 College Football Hall of Fame class.


Tuesday, March 3
The drug paraphernalia charge against Ohio State offensive lineman Mike Adams was dropped, according to a Columbus Dispatch story. The Cleveland Plain Dealer also has a story on the Adams' legal issue.

The men's basketball Buckeyes face Iowa in a crucial game tonight. The Dispatch has some notes on the game in Iowa City as well as a story OSU's recent defensive struggles.

The Plain Dealer has a story on how important the last two games of the regular season are for Thad Matta's team.

The Dispatch has a story on the women's basketball team picking up some major Big Ten awards. The Dispatch also has a story on the evolution of women's basketball coach Jim Foster.

Finally, Bob Hunter of the Dispatch has a column on the blog of former Buckeye Maurice Clarett.


Monday, March 2
The fifth time is just as nice for the women's basketball team. The Buckeyes beat Penn State at Value City Arena Sunday night to clinch their fifth Big Ten regular-season title in a row. The Columbus Dispatch, State College (Pa.) Centre Daily Times and The Associated Press (via the Zanesville Times Recorder) have game stories.

Rob Oller of the Dispatch has a column on Jim Foster's Buckeyes seen through the eyes of Brice Westphall, the longtime women's basketball equipment manager.

The Dispatch looks ahead at the upcoming week for the men's basketball Buckeyes in its OSU Insider notebook. Bill Rabinowitz of the Dispatch also has his latest NCAA Bracketology.

The Dispatch has a feature story on former football Buckeye Ben Hartsock, who has caught on as a tight end with the Atlanta Falcons.

Former men's basketball player Jamar Butler apologized for his recent drug arrest to the Lima community in an open letter to the Lima News. The Lima News also has a story on the letter.

Finally, The Assciated Press (via the Cleveland Plain Dealer) has a short note on the arrests of OSU offensive linemen Mike Adams and J.B. Shugarts.


Sunday, March 1
The NCAA Tournament hopes of the Ohio State men's basketball took a hit with a lopsided loss at Purdue Saturday afternoon. The Columbus Dispatch, Lafayette (Ind.) Journal and Courier, Indianapolis Star and The Associated Press (via the Mansfield News Journal) have game stories.

Bob Hunter of the Dispatch says Evan Turner is left carrying the weight of the entire team.

The women's basketball Buckeyes can clinch an outright Big Ten title today on Senior Day, and the Dispatch has a story on Jim Foster's charges having something to play for. The Dispatch also has some notes previewing today's game vs. Penn State.

The men's hockey team's bid for a first-round bye in the upcoming CCHA playoffs fell short with a 7-5 loss on Senior Night to rival Miami. The Dispatch has a game recap.

Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer answers some Ohio State-related questions in his Hey, Doug! mailbag.

The Dispatch has a feature story on Ohio State holding steady on pay for assistant coaches and coordinators. The Dispatch also compares the salaries of offensive coordinator Jim Bollman and defensive coordinator Jim Heacock to counterparts across the country.

The Dispatch also has a short note on OSU freshmen Mike Adams and J.B. Shugarts, who were both cited in January for possession of drug paraphernalia.


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