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.

Saturday, March 6
Big Ten Player of the Year Jantel Lavender outdueled Illinois senior Jenna Smith and led the Buckeyes to victory Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament. The Columbus Dispatch, Champaign (Il..) News-Gazette, Indianapolis Star and The Associated Press (via the Coshocton Tribune) have game recaps.

Ohio State will next face Wisconsin tonight. The Badgers ousted Purdue, and the Indianapolis Star, Lafayette (Ind.) Journal & Courier and Wisconsin State Journal of Madison, Wis., have game recaps.

The Ohio State men's hockey team, behind two goals by senior Mathieu Picard, beat Notre Dame 3-1 in the first game of a best-of-three CCHA first round playoff series. The Dispatch has a short note on the victory.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has video of Ohio State men's basketball standout Evan Turner talking about meeting Shaquille O'Neal for the first time.

The Baltimore Sun reports on the Ravens' tender of former OSU Heisman winner Troy Smith.

Finally, the Dayton Daily News ha a short note on the Cleveland Browns being warm on former Ohio State safety Kurt Coleman.


Friday, Match 5
The Ohio State women's basketball team begins its defense of the Big Ten tournament title tonight against Illinois is the quarterfinals. The Columbus Dispatch has a story on the Buckeyes being at full strength against the Illini, and The Associated Press (via the Chillicothe Gazette) has a story on the team setting out to prove itself again. The Dispatch also has some notes on tonight's contest.

The Indianapolis Star has a recap of Illinois' 59-53 victory over Indiana in the first round of the tourney and a Big Ten women's basketball tournament notebook.

The CCHA playoffs begin for Ohio State tonight. The Buckeyes begin a best-of-three first round series at the OSU Ice Rink against Notre Dame. The Dispatch has a short note on the series. The South Bend (Ind.) Tribune has a story on Notre Dame playing a rare role - underdogs.

Finally, Ohio State's hopes of winning the Big Ten men's basketball regular season title outright are on hold after Michigan State held off visiting Penn State on Thursday. The Lansing (Mich.) State Journal has a recap of the Spartans' Senior Night victory.


Thursday, Match 4
The Columbus Dispatch has a story on the start of the 2010 Big Ten women's basketball tournament in Indianapolis as well as a bracket. Top-seeded Ohio State does not play until Friday.

The Big Ten wrestling meet is also this weekend, and the Dispatch has a story on how the Buckeyes want to get off to a fast start.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has some additional notes and quotes from Wednesday night's OSU men's basketball win over Illinois. The PD also has video of fans trying to persuade junior standout Evan Turner to remain in school one more year.

Staying with men's basketball, the Detroit Free Press has an Michigan State notebook led with a note on Ohio State keeping the pressure on MSU as the Spartans attempt to share the Big Ten title with the Buckeyes.

Finally, the Fremont News-Messenger has a short note on Fremont Ross product Lincoln Fahrbach, who helped the OSU men's swimming and diving team to the Big Ten championship last weekend.


Wednesday, March 3
The Buckeyes are Big Ten champs again. The Ohio State men's basketball team earned at least a share of the conference crown Tuesday night with a Senior Night victory over Illinois, and the Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Champaign (Ill.) News-Gazette, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune and The Associated Press (via the Lorain Morning Journal) have game recaps.

Doug Lesmerises of the Plain Dealer has video from the postgame celebration.

Bob Hunter of the Dispatch ha a column on OSU winning the Big Ten title and how it is still a meaningful accomplishment.

While the men's basketball team was winning another conference title, future Buckeye Deshaun Thomas was playing his final Fort Wayne City League game. The Fort Wayne (Ind.) Journal Gazette has a story on Thomas leading his team to a 116-64 victory.

The Dayton Daily News has a short note on Archie Griffin speaking at a banquet in Kettering.

Finally, the Dispatch has a story on former Ohio State football safety Kurt Coleman, who will wait to run the 40-yard dash for pro scouts until OSU's March 12 pro day.


Tuesday, March 2
Tonight is Senior Night for the Ohio State men's basketball team, and the Columbus Dispatch has a feature story on reserve center Kyle Madsen as well as an note on Evan Turner's legacy and a preview of tonight's game against Illinois.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer also has a story on Turner as he prepares for what might be his final game at Value City Arena.

The Associated Press (via the Coshocton Tribune) has a story on the Buckeyes earning a share of the Big Ten title with a win tonight.

The Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader lists reasons why voters should pick UK's John Wall as player of the year over Turner.

Jantel Lavender was named the Big Ten Player of the Year for the third time on Monday, and the Dispatch has a story on her honor. The Dispatch also posts the Coaches All-Big Ten and Media All-Big Ten.

The Plain Dealer also has a story on Lavender's three-peat.

With the NFL combine now over, the Dispatch has a story on the Buckeyes' mixed results.

Finally, the Chicago Tribune has a story on five schools - Missouri, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Rutgers - that were analyzed recently as the Big Ten considers expansion.


Monday, Match 1
The Columbus Dispatch has an Ohio State men's basketball Insider notebook and a note the first possible opponent for the OSU women's basketball Buckeyes in this week's Big Ten tournament.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has a Big Ten Insider notebook.

Gregg Doyel of CBSSports.com has a feature story on National Player of the Year candidate Evan Turner.

Ken Gordon of the Dispatch reports from the NFL combine in Indianapolis with updates on former Buckeyes Troy Smith and Brian Robiskie.

Members of the Ohio State football team took part in a charity video game tournament Sunday afternoon in Columbus. Among those were quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who gave fans an update on his left knee in this Plain Dealer video. The PD also has an OSU Insider notbeook.


Sunday, February 28
The Ohio State men's basketball team kept pace in the Big Ten title chase with a home victory over Michigan. The Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Toledo Blade, Detroit Free Press and The Associated Press (via the Lorain Morning Journal) have game recaps. The Plain Dealer also has a story on OSU junior David Lighty and his long-range accuracy.

Bob Hunter of the Dispatch has a column on what next season may look like for the Buckeyes if Evan Turner decides to stay. Dispatch sports editor Ray Stein receives some OSU basketball atmosphere questions in his weekly mailbox.

Doug Lesmerises of the Plain Dealer also has his weekly OSU mailbox.

The Dispatch has a feature story on former Ohio State defensive lineman Thaddeus Gibson, who hopes his time playing linebacker will help impress NFL teams. The Dispatch also has a Q&A with former Penn State quarterback, and Ohio native, Darryl Clark.

The AP (via the Plain Dealer) has a feature story on Big Ten expansion. The AP (via the Toledo Blade) has a story on Ohio State announcing it will open the 2014 football season against Navy in Baltimore.

The Dispatch has an OSU sports roundup.

Finally, the Dispatch has a story on the passing of OSU icon Fred Beekman.


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