Buckeye Newsstand, April 4

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.

Saturday, April 4
Rob Oller of the Columbus Dispatch has a column on the 1939 Ohio State men's basketball team and its part in the first NCAA Tournament.

Jim Naveau of the Lima News has a column on how the OSU football team won't answer all its questions this spring.

Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer has a blog entry on the release of Ohio State's spring depth chart.

The Dispatch has a short recap of the Ohio State baseball team's loss on Saturday to Minnesota.

Around the Big Ten
Michigan State will represent the conference in tonight's national semifinals at Detroit's Ford Field. The Lansing State Journal has plenty of pregame coverage on its Green & White page.

The Toledo Blade has a story on MSU's potential strategy - tiring UConn big man Hasheem Thabeet.

MSU freshman Delvon Roe, a Cleveland St. Edward grad, has a diary on the Plain Dealer website. Lesmerises is in Detroit and posted four things he thinks about the Final Four on his blog.


Friday, April 3
Ohio State's kicking game is the subject of a blog entry by Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Former Buckeye Orlando Pace found a new NFL home Thursday when he signed with the Chicago Bears. The Chicago Sun-Times has the details.

Baseball Buckyee Mike Arp is the subject of a Columbus Dispatch feature story.

The Ohio State women's lacrosse team faces a challenge this weekend at home against No. 2 Maryland and No. 4 North Carolina. The Dispatch has a story on how the Buckeyes will measure themselves at the American Lacrosse Conference-Atlantic Coast Conference challenge at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

The Dispatch also has a feature story on the OSU women's gymnastics team, which hopes to qualify for the NCAA championships during this weekend's Central Region championship at St. John Arena.

Around the Big Ten
Another year, another NIT title for a Big Ten school. Penn State defeated Baylor Thursday night at historic Madison Square Garden. The Centre Daily Times of State College, Pa., and The Associated Press (via the Dispatch) have game recaps.

The Toledo Blade has a feature story on Michigan State's Goran Suton as his Spartans prepare for the Final Four. The Lima News has a feature story on teammate Travis Walton, a graduate of Lima Senior.

The Lansing State Journal has a feature story on Kalin Lucas, a native of Detroit who will return home for the Final Four. The State Journal also has plenty of additional MSU FInal Four coverage on its Green and White page.


Thursday, April 2
Ohio State football head coach Jim Tressel held his first spring press conference for more than one hour on Wednesday, and the Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Canton Repository, Toledo Blade, Lorain Morning Journal and The Associated Press (via the Akron Beacon Journal) have stories on the Buckeyes as they begin spring practice.

The Dispatch, Canton Repository and Plain Dealer each also have news and notes from the press conference.

Doug Lesmerises of the Plain Dealer has a blog note on OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor from Wednesday.

Rob Oller of the Dispatch is skeptical when it comes to the notion that Tressel will open up the Ohio State offense.

Around the Big Ten
Michigan State's men's basketball team left Lansing for Detroit on Wednesday for the Final Four. The Lansing State Journal has a story on fans cheering the Spartans as they left. The State Journal also has a story on MSU's demolishing of Louisville in the Elite Eight and how it is one of head coach Tom Izzo's best wins.

Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press has a column on MSU center Goran Suton. The Free Press also has a story on Izzo's recruiting class of 2006.


Wednesday, April 1
As the seasons are changing, so is the Ohio State football team's offense. The Columbus Dispatch has a story on the Buckeyes' offense. The Dispatch also has a schedule of important spring football dates.

The Canton Repository has a preview of Ohio State's spring football season.

Carlos Holmes of the Dayton Daily News has a blog entry on Marcus Freeman and his busy week.

Women's basketball sophomore center Jantel Lavender was named to The Associated Press All-America team. The Dispatch and AP (via the Cleveland Plain Dealer) have the details.

Bob Hunter of the Dispatch has a column on how Ohio State fans should be happy men's basketball head coach Thad Matta was not on Kentucky's radar.

The OSU baseball team rallied to beat Xavier in its home opener Tuesday afternoon, and the Dispatch has a short game roundup.

Finally, the Toledo Blade has a note on the deadline for ticket orders for the Ohio State-Toledo football game.

Around the Big Ten
Penn State advanced to the finals of the NIT with a win over Notre Dame last night at Madison Square Garden. The Centre Daily Times of State College, Pa., and The AP (via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) have game recaps.

The AP (via the Toledo Blade) has a story on the Final Four-bound Michigan State men's basketball.

The final Big Ten team in the NCAA women's basketball tournament fell Tuesday night when Purdue lost its Elite Eight game against Oklahoma. The Lafayette Journal and Courier has the details.


Tuesday, March 31
The Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer and The Associated Press (via the Toledo Blade) have stories on Ohio State's new multimedia marketing agreement.

The Ohio State men's basketball team could lose as many as two scholarships with the results of the latest Academic Progress Rate. The Dispatch has the details. Bob Hunter of the Dispatch has a blog entry on Thad Matta losing his coaching his sizzle nationally.

Around the Big Ten
The Michigan State men's basketball team is heading to Detroit for the Final Four. MSY fan Jason Aikens, who has a blog on the Lansing State Journal website says the rest of the Big Ten helped MSU get there.

The State Journal also has a feature story on MSU center Goran Suton.


Monday, March 30
Ohio State will announce today that it has sold its media rights to IMG College and RadiOhio for $110 million over the next 10 years, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

The Dispatch has a feature story on the women's basketball Buckeyes as they look ahead to next season. Former OSU coach Tara VanDerveer is the subject of a San Francisco Chronicle feature story days after her Stanford Cardinal eliminated OSU from the NCAA tournament.

The Ohio State baseball team dropped a game to Penn State on Sunday. The Dispatch has the details.

Around the Big Ten
Michigan State's men's basketball team is Final Four bound thanks to the Spartans' 64-52 victory over Louisville Sunday afternoon. The Lansing State Journal and The Associated Press (via the Zanesville Times Recorder) have game stories. Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press has a column on the Spartans' run to Detroit.


Sunday, March 29
It happened past midnight last night, but the Ohio State women's basketball team had its season come to an end in the Sweet 16 against Stanford. The Columbus Dispatch, San Jose Mercury News and The Associated Press (via the Cleveland Plain Dealer) have game recaps.

The OSU men's hockey team also ended its season Saturday night with a loss to top-seeded Boston University in a NCAA regional semifinal. The Dispatch, Boston Globe and The Associated Press (via the Plain Dealer) have game recaps.

The Dispatch has a story on Terrelle Pryor's work in Jeannette, Pa., this spring.

Future men's basketball Buckeye Jared Sullinger won a state title on Saturday at Value City Arena. The Dispatch has a game story. Rob Oller of the Dispatch has a column on victorious Northland.

Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer has his Hey, Doug! OSU mailbag.

Kyle Nagel of the Dayton Daily News has a column on OSU men's basketball head coach Thad Matta.


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