“I’m going to try and follow Pat’s step, Pat’s lead. The transformation I’ve been able to make over four years, following behind Pat; that’s going to be tough losing him. Taylor Decker was a huge part of this, Jacoby Boren -- those guys set the culture. It’s my job to lead them next year.”
Pat Elflein left Billy Price quite a blueprint on how to make the most of your senior season at Ohio State. Much like Elflein did, it is projected that Price will move for guard to center for his senior year. Price is hoping that he enjoys the same success as Elflein, who won the Rimington Award as the nation’s best center this year. Price will also assume the leadership role of the offensive line much like Elflein did prior to last season. While Price has never played center during a game for Ohio State, he did take snaps at center in practice during the season, just in case anything happened to Elflein.
Ohio State came into this year with some unfinished business to take care of after the loss to Michigan State erased any shot the Buckeyes had at the College Football Playoff. Ohio State was able to make the College Football Playoff this year, but they were thoroughly embarrassed by Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. Now Price will try and lead the Buckeyes back to the playoff, but with a different ending next year. With just one year left in Columbus, the next question is who might follow Elflein and Price’s lead and make the shift to center for the 2018 season.
“We are not a basketball school. We are not. Indiana is a basketball school.”
What a difference just a few years can make for Ohio State men’s basketball, not only on the court, but in the stands as well. Gone are the days in which Ohio State student tickets for men’s basketball are sold out within minutes of going on sale. Now the Buckeyes are doing everything they can just to get fans in the seats at Value City Arena. Attendance figures certainly aren’t helped by the inconsistency Ohio State has shown on the court lately, not only missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time in eight years last year, but also looking like they are heading towards another year of not being invited to the big dance this year.
In this year’s home opener, Ohio State wasn’t able to even get 10,000 fans in the seats, drawing just 9,787 against North Carolina Central. Sure, the opponent wasn’t one that was going to get fans excited, but it still should draw better than having just over 50% of Value City Arena occupied. Over the last few years, Ohio State has tried a number of different packages to try and get students back into the building. After recently offering a ticket package that got students tickets to every game, the school has pivoted back to what they did in 2013, offering a 10-game package with all the games played while classes are in session. No matter how Ohio State packages the tickets though, there is no substitute for winning.
“Just making sure we’ve got five people in the right defense at the right time executing the right thing, that usually is the telltale sign. So we’ve got to get that fixed and we’ve got to get it fixed now.”
Expectations were high for the Ohio State women’s basketball team coming into this season with the return of junior guard Kelsey Mitchell. For the most part the Buckeyes have met those expectations, but lately there has been some worrisome trends. After starting off Big Ten play by outscoring Minnesota, Indiana, and Northwestern by an average of nearly 10 points in the first quarter, the Buckeyes have started the last three games slow. Against Michigan, Ohio State needed to overcome an early 10-point deficit to earn the win over their rival. In the first quarter against Purdue, Ohio State scored a season-low six points before recovering to earn the victory. The slow starts finally bit the Buckeyes when they lost to Michigan State by 19 points last time out.
Some of Ohio State’s recent struggles can be attributed to some cold shooting from Mitchell, who has hit just seven of her 35 shots over the past two games. While Mitchell is more than talented enough to snap out of her slump at anytime, the extra attention she receives on the floor makes her work even harder to put points on the board. Ohio State will try and shake their recent slow starts tonight when they host Wisconsin, who has just five wins on the season and has lost all five of their conference games so far.
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