Buckeye Newsstand, March 20

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 20
Despite battling flu-like symptoms, junior Jon Diebler played the hero Friday night in leading the Ohio State men's basketball team to a first-round victory in the NCAA Tournament against UC Santa Barbara in Milwaukee. The Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Toledo Blade and The Associated Press (via the Canton Repository) have game recaps. The Dispatch also has some photos from Friday's action.

The Plain Dealer has the latest from Dallas Lauderdale in his NCAA Tournament Diary. Doug Lesmerises of the PD has four thoughts from Friday's action and Bill Livingston has a column on Evan Turner.

The Plain Dealer also has a postgame transcript of Thad Matta, Lauderdale and Diebler from postgame interviews.

Next up for the Buckeyes is Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets defeated Oklahoma State on Friday, and the Dispatch and Atlanta Journal Constitution have the details.

Finally, the Plain Dealer has an update on the NCAA wrestling championships, where Ohio State's Lance Palmer has drawn a rematch with Iowa's Brent Metcalf in the 149-pound final.

Note: Buckeye Newsstand will return on Monday.


Friday, March 19
March Madness begins tonight for Ohio State when the Buckeyes take on UC Santa Barbara in Milwaukee. The Columbus Dispatch has a story on the team hoping to rely on experience as it begins its run. Rob Oller of the Dispatch writes that OSU's big man, Dallas Lauderdale, needs to play big.

The Dispatch also has a story on the Gauchos of UC Santa Barbara, who started the season 5-7 before turning its season around.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has a story on Jon Diebler and his can-do attitude. Doug Lesmerises of the Plain Dealer also has four things he thinks about the NCAA Tournament from Milwaukee.

Lauderdale also has a tournament diary for the Plain Dealer.

The Toledo Blade has a story from Milwaukee as the Buckeyes await their meeting with the Gauchos.

The Associated Press (via the Canton Repository) has a story on Evan Turner as he prepares to return to college basketball's biggest stage.

The Ohio State women's basketball team opens its NCAA tournament run on Sunday, and the Dispatch has a story on how depth could be the key to success for Jim Foster's squad.

The Plain Dealer is reporting Ohio State will add lights to its football practice fields.

The Mansfield News Journal has a story on Ohio State football associate director of football operations Stan Jefferson, who is one of seven OSU grads to earn a 2010 African American Alumni Society Award.

The Brantford Expositor of Ontario, Canada, has a story on former Ohio State hockey player Zac Dalpe, who recently signed an entry-level contract with the Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL. The Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner has a story on Hunter Bishop, who recently left OSU to sign with the Montreal Canadiens.

The News-Herald of Northeast Ohio reports that former OSU defensive lineman Thaddeus Gibson has scheduled a workout with the Cleveland Browns.

Finally, the Dispatch has an OSU sports roundup, led with a note on the wrestling team and seniors Lance Palmer and Reece Humphrey. The pair kept their national title hopes alive at the NCAA wrestling championships on Thursday.


Thursday, March 18
The NCAA Tournament begins today and while the men's basketball Buckeyes do not play until late Friday night, the Columbus Dispatch has a story on the team's depth and stamina. The Dispatch also has a feature story on David Lighty, a note on the flu affecting the tam and a look at OSU's first round opponent UC Santa Barbara.

The Dispatch has an entire 2010 NCAA Tournament special section today that is available on its website.

Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer takes a look at Ohio State's chances and says offensive and defensive variety will have to pay off. The PD also has video from Ohio State's Wednesday media availability.

The Associated Press (via the News-Herald) has a story on the Buckeyes feeling loose before heading to Milwaukee. John Kampf of the News-Herald thinks foul trouble will be OSU's top concern in the tournament.

The Associated Press (via the Toledo Blade) has a story on the first round of the Big Dance beginning this afternoon and how the NCAAs are a stage for stars.

The OSU women's basketball begins NCAA play this weekend, and the Dispatch has a feature story on Jantel Lavender and a look at first-round foe St. Francis (Pa.).

Finally, the Dispatch has a feature story on the Ohio State wrestling seniors as they hope to end their careers with a national title.


Wednesday, March 17
It was a busy day for Ohio State athletics on Tuesday. We'll first start with football, where head coach Jim Tressel has his contract extended through the 2014 season. The Columbus Dispatch and Cleveland Plain Dealer have the details.

Staying with coaching, Ohio State announced that longtime men's hockey coach John Markell will not return. The Columbus Dispatch has a story on the decision as well as a Michael Arace column on what's wrong with the Buckeye hockey program.

Turning to basketball, the Dispatch has a feature story on the bond between brother and sister P.J. and Tayler Hill.

The Dispatch also has a story on the Ohio University basketball team. The Bobcats will play in the NCAA Tournament this week and are led by former OSU assistant John Groce.

With the tournament technically underway after last night's play-in game, the Plain Dealer takes a look at the prospects for Big Ten teams in the Big Dance. The Plain Dealer also has a photo and video from Evan Turner's Sports Illustrated cover shoot.

The Toledo Blade has a story on the men's basketball Buckeyes focusing on academics - and UC Santa Barbara.

Finally, Ohio State added more football commits to the class of 2011, and the Dispatch has a note on the latest future Buckeyes.


Tuesday, March 16
The Ohio State women's basketball team will open the NCAA tournament with St. Francis (Pa.) this weekend, but it was a potential date with UConn that drew the buzz. The Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer and The Associated Press (via the Canton Repository) have stories on the second-seeded Buckeyes and their draw.

Staying with women's basketball, the Dispatch has a feature story on hard-nosed point guard Samantha Prahalis.

Flipping to the men's tournament, the Plain Dealer has a story on players to watch for this week as the Big Dance begins. The Plain Dealer and Dispatch also have notes on tickets for OSU's first games going on sale.

The Dispatch has an OSU men's basketball insider notebook.

Rob Oller of the Dispatch has a column on the ABCs of March as well as a story on Thad Matta looking back at some special teams he's led.

Finally, the Dispatch has a note on President Obama lauding the talents of OSU's Evan Turner.


Monday, March 15
The Ohio State men's basketball team completed an impressive Big Ten season by winning the tournament title Sunday against Minnesota. The Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Toledo Blade and The Associated Press (via the Canton Repository) have game recaps/looks ahead to the NCAA Tournament. The Dispatch also has photos from the game and Bob Hunter has a commentary on the continued excellence of Evan Turner.

Despite the victory, some were surprised that not only was Ohio State a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, but the Buckeyes are arguably placed in the most difficult region. The Dispatch has a story on OSU's reaction to its NCAA fate. Doug Lesmerises of the Plain Dealer has four thoughts on the tourney, a story on OSU standout Turner and a look at a pair of star's from Sunday's action: Duke's Jon Scheyer and Kentucky's John Wall.

The Toledo Blade also has a story on OSU's draw.

Turning to football, the Dispatch has a feature story on the the new style of quarterback being accepted in the NFL and how it affects Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor.

Finally, the Ohio State men's hockey team had its CCHA playoff run end Sunday night in a 2-1 loss at No. 2 Miami. The Dispatch and Oxford Press have game recaps.


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