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Why is this news?: Buckeyes plummet in AP basketball poll, Sports Illustrated profiles Cardale Jones

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"Ohio State Basketball's second straight top 25 loss caused the team to plummet in the AP poll."

On the heels of Saturday’s lopsided loss to the North Carolina Tarheels, the Ohio State men’s basketball team took a nosedive in the Associated Press poll. Previously ranked 12, the Buckeyes slid nine spots to 21. Meanwhile, the Tarheels rose four spots to 20.

The Buckeyes have only faced two ranked opponents this season, Louisville and North Carolina, and the team has looked bad against both. The next opportunity for the Buckeyes to beat a ranked team will come January 29 when they face off with #15 Maryland.

Rank

Team

Record

Pts

1.

Kentucky Wildcats (65)

12-0

1625

2.

Duke Blue Devils

10-0

1548

3.

Arizona Wildcats

12-0

1502

4.

Louisville Cardinals

10-0

1344

5.

Virginia Cavaliers

11-0

1336

6.

Wisconsin Badgers

10-1

1322

7.

Villanova Wildcats

11-0

1214

8.

Gonzaga Bulldogs

12-1

1170

9.

Texas Longhorns

10-1

1149

10.

Kansas Jayhawks

9-1

1096

11.

Wichita State Shockers

8-1

966

12.

Iowa State Cyclones

9-1

821

13.

Washington Huskies

10-0

798

14.

Utah Utes

8-2

796

15.

Maryland Terrapins

11-1

678

16.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

11-1

536

17.

St. John's Red Storm

9-2

517

18.

West Virginia Mountaineers

10-1

464

19.

Oklahoma Sooners

7-3

436

20.

North Carolina Tar Heels

9-3

414

21.

Ohio State Buckeyes

9-2

411

22.

Baylor Bears

9-1

203

23.

Northern Iowa Panthers

10-1

162

24.

Colorado State Rams

11-0

144

25.

TCU Horned Frogs

11-0

120

"You can’t see where you’re going if you’re dealing with what you’re going through. That was Cardale."

-Ted Ginn Sr. to Sports Illustrated

In the wake of his three-touchdown performance against Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game, Ohio State’s Cardale Jones has gone from relative anonymity to a household name in college football circles. Still, we don’t really know who Cardale Jones is as a person. We know about the infamous tweet. We know he came to Ohio State by way of Glenville High School and Fork Union Academy, but we don’t really know much about Jones away from the field.

That changed today when Sports Illustrated released a feature on Jones written by Pete Thamel. In it, Thamel chronicles Jones’ early years and introduces the reader to some of the figures in his life that helped him get to this point. It’s a compelling story and a must-read for Buckeye fans. Click the link above to check it out.

"I just catch the ball on the wing and size my man up to see which way he’s gonna play me."

-Austin Grandstaff to USA Today

Austin Grandstaff is one of the most-hyped players in Ohio State’s 2015 recruiting class and his "wing size-up and jab" move is a big reason why. Today USA Today took a closer look at the move and its effectiveness. Grandstaff explained the move as follows:

"I just catch the ball on the wing and size my man up to see which way he’s gonna play me. I’ll give him a few jab-steps and get him off balance then I just let it fly. It works because they’ve gotta play me for the drive too. I got the move from Kobe."

If Austin Grandstaff has a little bit of Kobe in his game, I think that Buckeye fans are going to be ok with him. Grandstaff, a shooting guard from Rockwell, Texas is ranked 44 in the 24/7 composite rankings.



Ok, I’ll admit it. This probably isn’t worthy of WITN from a strictly editorial perspective, but it’s Christmas and I want to give something to the loyal LGHL readers. So in the spirit of giving, here’s a University of Michigan highlight film that I think all Buckeye fans will approve.

To make things a little bit more newsworthy CBS Sports put out an article today listing several potential candidates to fill the open Michigan head coaching position, and a lot of big names made the list. According to Jason La Canfora, names being bandied about include John and Jim Harbauh, Sean Payton, Doug Marrone, and Jason Garrett.  It's important to note that La Canfora says that these are names that Michigan is considering, not names that are considering Michigan. It would be a major upset for any of the names mentioned above to leave the pro ranks for Ann Arbor.

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