Ohio State's NCAA Tournament run came to an end Friday night when Tennessee ousted Evan Turner and the Buckeyes in the Sweet 16. The Columbus Dispatch, Knoxville News Sentinel, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Toledo Blade and The Associated Press (via the Lorain Morning Journal) have game recaps. The Dispatch also has some photos from St. Louis.
Bill Livingston of the Plain Dealer has a column on Turner needing more help from his teammates. Livingston also has Four Things he thinks of the NCAA Tournament, as does OSU beat writer Doug Lesmerises. Dallas Lauderdale also has his final NCAA Tournament diary.
Bob Hunter of the Dispatch has a column on Turner deserving a better sendoff if this was his final game as a Buckeye.
The Dispatch has a story on local swimmers and divers at the NCAA championships at Ohio State.
Finally, the Plain Dealer also has an college sports notebook, led with a note on a new honor for OSU legend Archie Griffin.
Friday, March 26
The Ohio State men's basketball team faces Tennessee tonight in St. Louis with hopes of making the Elite Eight. The Columbus Dispatch has some notes on tonight's game, a story on the financial impact of OSU's run, a story on the challenge of shooting in a dome, a story on UT's Wayne Chism and a column by Bob Hunter on red hot Jon Diebler.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer has a story on the familiarity Ohio State and Tennessee have with each other. The PD also has the latest Dallas Lauderdale tournament diary, Four Things beat writer Doug Lesmerises thinks about the Midwest Regional, a column by Bill Livingston on Diebler and video from Thursday's open practice and a meeting on OSU's Evan Turner and injured Michigan State star Kalin Lucas.
The Toledo Blade has a story on the Volunteers being an unlikely member of the Sweet 16.
The Associated Press (via the Mansfield News Journal) has a story on the Buckeyes facing a different Tennessee squad since their last NCAA Tournament meeting.
Sad news from the Dayton Daily News, which is reporting Marcus Freeman's NFL dreams are over after he was diagnosed with having an enlarged heart valve.
Hunter has more OSU related topics in his weekly Rumblings column.
Finally, the Dispatch has an update on the reason the NCAA Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships were delayed by a day.
Thursday, March 25
As the end of the Ohio State women's basketball season sets in, the Columbus Dispatch has a story on OSU's early exit. The Associated Press (via the Cleveland Plain Dealer) has a story on the frustration of OSU head coach Jim Foster with another upset loss. The Dayton Daily News has a story on the Dayton Regional, which will now not feature the Buckeyes.
The men's basketball team is still alive, and The Associated Press (via the Dayton Daily News) reports that the Buckeyes are wary of being the next high seed to be ousted.
The Plain Dealer has a story on how Ohio State's new conditioning program has left plenty of gas left in the Buckeyes' tank as they reach the Sweet 16. Bill Livingston of the Plain Dealer has a column on Dallas Lauderdale's impressive NCAA performance so far.
Turning to OSU's Sweet 16 opponent, Tennessee, David Climer of the Tennesseean has a column on UT's Elite 8 hopes. The Knoxville News Sentinel has a story on UT's response to off-the-court troubles, while John Adams of the News Sentinel has a column on how not everyone is ruling out UT's chances against Ohio State.
Ken Gordon of the Dispatch has a blog entry on a poll of college football coaches who overwhelmingly like the BCS.
Finally, the Dispatch has a story on the illness that has delayed the start of the NCAA Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, which were scheduled to begin today at Ohio State. The Dispatch also has a feature story on OSU swimmer/German folk dancer Joel Elber.
Wednesday, March 24
It was another early exit for the Ohio State women's basketball team on Tuesday. The Buckeyes were dominated by No. 7 Mississppi State in a 20-point loss. The Columbus Dispatch, Toledo Blade and The Associated Press (via the Dayton Daily News) have game recaps.
Turning to the men's NCAA Tournament, the Dispatch has a story in which former OSU assistant John Groce gives a scouting report on Ohio State's Sweet 16 opponent, Tennessee. Groce led Ohio University against UT in the second round.
The Associated Press (via the Dispatch) has a story on Ohio State head coach Thad Matta enjoying OSU's tourney run.
The Knoxville News Sentinel has a story on the Buckeyes and Volunteers having far different looks since they met in the 2007 NCAA Tournament.
Finally, the Dispatch has an Ohio high school boys basketball story on the AP Division III All-Ohio choices, including OSU-bound Aaron Craft of Findlay Liberty-Benton.
Tuesday, March 23
The Columbus Dispatch has a story on Ohio State's next opponent in the NCAA Tournament, Tennessee, and the Volunteers' response to some off-the-court troubles earlier this season. The Dispatch also has an OSU Insider notebook and a national college basketball notebook.
Standout sophomore William Buford is the subject of a Toledo Blade profile story.
The Associated Press (via the Lorain Morning Journal) has a story on OSU's seemingly easier path to the Final Four.
The Knoxville News Sentinel has a story on Tennessee taking on the underdog role as the Volunteers prepare for OSU.
The Ohio State women's basketball team returns to the court tonight for a battle against Mississippi State in Pittsburgh. The Dispatch has some notes on the game, a story on the Buckeyes knowing what to expect from the Bulldogs and a Rob Oller column on OSU's selfless seniors.
Monday, March 22
Despite some foul trouble, the Ohio State men's basketball team is on to the Sweet 16 after defeating Georgia Tech on Sunday. The Columbus Dispatch, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Toledo Blade and The Associated Press (via the Canton Repository) have game recaps.
The Toledo Blade also has an OSU basketball notebook from Milwaukee. The Dispatch has photos from the game and a Bob Hunter column on David Lighty. The Plain Dealer has the latest Dallas Lauderdale diary, four things Doug Lesmerises thought about the tournament as of Sunday and four things Bill Livingston thought after the victory. Livingston also has a column on the Buckeyes' road the rest of the way.
The women's basketball Buckeyes also advanced in the NCAA tournament, opening its run Sunday with a rout of St. Francis (Pa.). The Dispatch and AP (via the Canton Repository) have the details. The Dispatch also has some photos from Pittsburgh.