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Ohio State's women's basketball squad is pulling it together late in the season

Kevin McGuff’s squad is picking up steam, winning has been scientifically proven as good, and more.

NCAA Womens Basketball: Ohio State at Connecticut David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

“All five Buckeye starters scored in double figures and Ohio State handed Michigan State its first loss at home this year with a 77-70 victory Thursday night”

- Ohio State Buckeyes dot com

It’s hard to blame you if you wrote off the 2018-19 women’s Buckeye basketball team as a lost cause back in November and December. The extremely young group started the season 4-8, and looked like one of the worst teams in the Big Ten as they headed into 2019. However, after a Jan. 5 loss to Maryland, things seem to have clicked for the Buckeyes.

The Buckeyes are 9-4 since then, 13-12 on the season, and up to 9-7 in conference play with two games to go. They’re a top five team in the Big Ten, and while they’ll need to win the Big Ten to return to the NCAA tournament, they notched yet another massive win last night in East Lansing.

It was a big showing for Carmen Grande, who played the entire game and dropped 17 points, including 10 in the final quarter. Janai Crooms led the way for the Buckeyes with 20 points, and has started to look like the top player Ohio State needs her to be.

With two games left, Ohio State has a good chance to move into the top four before the Big Ten tournament. They have what should be an easy win against Wisconsin, and a chance to upset Rutgers to launch themselves into the upper echelon of the conference.

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I’m of the opinion that prop betting is just about the dumbest thing you can do. So many things can go wrong when betting on weird things like the NFL combine, and it’s just so hard to get a good feel for what a smart bet would be. [Stephen A. Smith voice] HOWEVER. Betonline dropped player props today for the NFL combine, and a specific one should catch the eye of Buckeye fans.

We love and appreciate Dwayne Haskins here at the website. We also understand Dwayne Haskins’ limitations, of which there certainly aren’t many. Dwayne Haskins isn’t running a 4.71 40 time. J.T. Barrett ran a 4.70 last season, and I would bet my life of Dwayne Haskins not being 0.01 seconds slower than J.T. Barrett. If you’re a betting degenerate, slam this over now, before they fix it.

“Fans of a college football team that wins a big game could experience a boost in self-esteem that lasts at least two days after the event, a new study suggests.”

- Jeff Grabmeier, OSU News

Folks, it’s official. Ohio State winning football games has been scientifically proven as good.

Okay, maybe that’s not what the study says, but this article is still super interesting. Researchers talked to Ohio State and Michigan State students prior to the 2015 rendition of that game about their self-esteem and mood, and asked those students how they felt then after the game.

The Michigan State students reported much higher levels of self-esteem, which makes sense. However, the Ohio State students, following the devastating loss, reported roughly the same level of self-esteem, although there was a significant drop in mood for the Buckeye students.

However, as the study notes, the self-esteem stays roughly the same when students watched together, whereas students that watched the game alone felt worse.

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