"Game time for Ohio State's 2015 Homecoming Game, Oct. 10 vs. the Maryland Terrapins, will be 12 noon."
Buckeye fans already know they'll have at least four night games this season, starting with the season opener at Virginia Tech (along with Penn State, at Rutgers, and Minnesota). Their homecoming showdown against Maryland won't be though, and Ohio State's SID tweeted this afternoon that the game will be a noon kickoff.
The TV channel for the game will be determined at either the 12 or six day designation window, per Mr.Emig, so don't expect any additional broadcast details in the immediate future. Game times have yet to be announced for much of Ohio State's 2015 schedule though, and we'll keep you posted once we hear about them.
"They were feeling around my orbital bone and cheekbone and they felt that it was caved in."
Memphis looked to be cruising in their first round series in the NBA Playoffs against Portland. The Grizzlies had won the first two games against the Trailblazers in Memphis, and were up during game 3 before former Buckeye Mike Conley took an accidental forearm from Portland's C.J. McCollum to the face while trying to gather in a loose ball. Conley immediately fell to his knees on the floor, where he remained for a couple minutes before being helped to the bench. After taking the forearm to the face, Conley immediately had a loud ringing in his head, which was accompanied by a bloody nose. Memphis went on to win the game to take a 3-0 series lead, but the bigger concern amongst his teammates and Grizzlies fans was the status of Conley going forward.
After heading to the hospital, a CAT scan revealed that Conley had a blowout fracture, with three fractures in his face. Not only was there a fracture under his eye and on the side of his eyebrow, but there was a displaced fracture along his jaw. Conley was told her almost broken his jaw and likely had a broken nose. After the diagnosis, surgery was the only option for Conley, but it was decided it was best to perform the surgery in Memphis so the point guard didn't have to deal with a plane ride after surgery. The details of what Conley went through during the night in Portland sound terrible, and once in Memphis he had a couple metal plates along with seven screws inserted into his face. Conley was fitted for a mask and returned in game two to help Memphis beat Golden State and even up the series. The Grizzlies have since fallen behind the Warriors 3-2 in the series, with game six coming on Friday night, but the former Buckeye is doing everything he can to try and help the Grizzlies advance in the playoffs.
"Right now, success for the Buckeyes hinges on quite a bit of the unknown. Meanwhile some others in the conference seem to be working with more known commodities."
Coming in last season with the group of seniors Ohio State had returning, along with incoming freshman D'Angelo Russell, expectations were high for the Buckeyes. While Russell went above and beyond those expectations, which helped to turn him into a probable top-five pick in next month's NBA Draft, the rest of the Buckeyes underachieved. While there are a number of talent freshman coming to Columbus this fall, there are plenty of questions that await the Buckeyes. According to 247 Sports, the Buckeyes have the top-rated 2015 recruiting class in the Big Ten, but other members of the conference seem better suited to win now. JaQuan Lyle, A.J. Harris, and Daniel Giddens are just a few of the incoming freshman, but Ohio State likely won't have a scholarship senior on the roster for the first time since 2008-09.
Meanwhile, Maryland already had Melo Trimble returning and five-star recruit Diamond Stone coming in, but the Terrapins were further boosted this week with the transfer of Rasheed Sulamion from Duke. Michigan will get back a healthy Caris Levert and Derrick Walton Jr. Indiana returns a strong core, and in-state rival Purdue comes back with big man A.J. Hammons. With the strength of other Big Ten foes, ESPN has Ohio State ranked seventh in the Big Ten for this coming season. Even before conference play starts Ohio State has matchups with Kentucky, UConn, Memphis, and Virginia on the schedule. While the Big Ten is never easy, this looks like it will be one of the tougher seasons for Matta to navigate, as he'll have to hope that a very young team grows up quickly.
"This is what you work all year for. One game away from Philly, that's the goal."
Last weekend Ohio State sent a shockwave through college lacrosse when they dethroned two-time defending champion Duke. Now the Buckeyes head out west to take on Denver University on Saturday with a berth to the Final Four on the line. The Buckeyes will be hoping to take down the Pioneers to earn their first trip a Final Four in school history. The win over Duke has already put Ohio State in uncharted territory, as this marks the first time that the Buckeyes have made it past the quarterfinal round. Six goals from Planning, along with 15 saves from sophomore goalie Tom Carey were enough to help Ohio State earn a 16-11 victory over the Blue Devils in Durham.
At 14-2, Denver is one of the best teams in the country, but Ohio State comes in with confidence, as they were able to hand the Pioneers one of those losses earlier this season when the teams met in Columbus on March 14th. Denver was the number one ranked team in the preseason, so the win by the Buckeyes was a bit of an upset. Ohio State coach Nick Meyers knows it is tough to beat a team twice during a season, and it'll be even tougher with the Buckeyes having to go on the road to try and clinch a trip to Philadelphia next weekend. Still it's not crazy to think the Buckeyes are capable of pulling the upset when the teams square of inside Mile High Stadium on Saturday afternoon. It's not like the Buckeyes haven't a habit of relishing the underdog role so far this year.
"It's a little more exciting this year making it to the round of 16. All of our matches were a bit tougher, so it made it a little more special. We're all excited to go to Waco, but we're not satisfied yet."
While Ohio State saw two lengthy winning streaks come to an end earlier this year, they are looking to save their best for last and make some noise in the NCAA Tournament. In early March a 200 match home winning streak, which dated by to 2003, came to an end when the Buckeyes fell to top-ranked Oklahoma 4-3. Then a few weeks later a 97 match winning streak in the Big Ten came to an end when Ohio State was blanked 4-0 by Illinois. The regular season ended with Ohio State compiling a 27-8 record, which was good enough for a share of the Big Ten regular season title, helping to earn a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the 10th consecutive season.
Now after finishing the season in the top-five, Ohio State enters the NCAA Tournament as the 11th seed and will face off today with the fifth-seeded Texas A&M Aggies in Waco, Texas. The winner of the matchup will move on to play either third-seeded Virginia or unranked Columbia on Saturday. The Buckeyes have already faced the Aggies this year, dropping a 4-3 match in January, which gave Ohio State their first loss on the season. Ohio State comes in to this weekend's action on a roll after not dropping a point against Buffalo and Vanderbilt at home in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament last weekend. The Buckeyes had to deal with Canadian Hugo Di Feo being ruled ineligible before the season began, as well as injury and sickness during the season, but they hope to be peaking at the right time.
STICK TO SPORTS:
- Good news! Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams has resumed production and the reopening of their shops is a little more than a week away.
- Heading downtown Saturday? Be aware of the road closures for the 2015 Komen Race for the Cure.
- The Food Truck Food Court may have been earlier today, but there are still four other ways to enjoy this summer in Columbus.
- Stage or not, this "Kiss Cam" video from last night's Hawks game was hilarious.
- Notice a trend for New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist on May 13th?