"The Buckeyes will lose four of their top six scorers, including — all but certainly — freshman star D'Angelo Russell. The 6-foot-5 guard was their most exciting player in years, capturing the Big Ten scoring title and — with his no-look passes — the basketball imagination."
- David Briggs, The Blade
The Ohio State basketball season is officially over, and with a quick departure from the NCAA tournament, a lot of fans were left scratching their heads about what next year will bring.
One of the first and biggest questions currently unanswered is about the D'Angelo Russell and whether or not he will return to play college basketball next season. Already touted as a high first-round draft pick, Russell made a big impact this season and would certainly be welcomed back should that be his choice. Unfortunately, for fans, this likely wont be the case; once New York Knicks president and NBA legend Phil Jackson visited Columbus, it was almost certain that Russell would make his way to the pros next year.
Aside from Russell, there are a lot of questions that linger about what the future of the program might hold. Thad Matta is still a winning coach, and was still able to get the team to the big show, but when will that stop being enough for Buckeye fans?
"It's the matchup we have, so we'll certainly embrace it. As a matter of fact, the shot-clock operators might want to stay home. We probably won't need them."
- Ohio State's women's basketball coach Kevin McGuff
The men's basketball team might be out of the NCAA tournament, but the women's team is quickly winning their way to the top. They face one of their faster opponents in the next round, the North Carolina Tarheels.
The lady Buckeyes don't exactly play like the rest of the Big Ten and instead match the speed of other ACC teams. The test of a road game at such a critical moment isn't breaking the players momentum; they are looking ahead like it's any other game. Buckeye Nation can rest on the fact that there is still one team representing the school and hopefully dancing their way into another National Championship.
"Ohio State finished the day in fifth place with 137 victories, behind Columbia (165), Penn State (156), Notre Dame (156) and Princeton (148). In total, the Scarlet and Gray registered 890 touches scored with a +165 indicator."
The Buckeye fencing team competed in the 2015 NCAA Fencing Championships and walked away with their 14th (!!!) consecutive Top 5 placement. Six Buckeyes took the podium for their Top 8 performances, and of the ten total competitors for Ohio State, eight received All-American honors. Just as Ohio State is rich with tradition, a winning fencing team is one that everyone hopes keeps going.
"The Ohio State women's gymnastics team posted a 195.250 at the Big Ten Championships Saturday afternoon at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Buckeyes competing in the second session, tallied a ninth-place finish."
This past weekend was a whirlwind for Ohio State sports and that includes the women's gymnastics team. The Buckeyes traveled to Ann Arbor to compete in the Big Ten Championships. While the team didn't leave with a win, several individuals had career-best moments, including Taylor Harrison with a 9.900 on vault. They have just a few weeks to work on any issues before they host the NCAA Regional in early April.