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C.J. Jackson is the latest former Ohio State player to commit to playing in The Basketball Tournament

After wrapping up his Ohio State career in March, guard C.J. Jackson will join former Buckeyes Jae’Sean Tate and Andrew Dakich on Team Big X in The Basketball Tournament

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Second Round-Houston vs Ohio State Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Guard C.J. Jackson is the latest former Buckeye to commit to playing in The Basketball Tournament this summer. Jackson will join forward Jae’Sean Tate and former Ohio State graduate transfer Andrew Dakich, who will serve as head coach for Big X. Jackson averaged 12 points per game, four rebounds per game, and 3.5 assists per game in his senior season, which was his third season in Columbus after transferring from Eastern Florida State CC.

Ohio State alumni have found plenty of success in The Basketball Tournament with Team Scarlet and Gray. While it is expected that the team of Aaron Craft, Jared Sullinger, David Lighty, and other former Buckeyes will play in The Basketball Tournament, due to “Scarlet and Gray” being a registered trademark of Ohio State, the team will have to change their name this year. In 2017, Team Scarlet and Gray made the Final Four before falling to Team Challenge ALS, while last year the former Buckeyes were bounced in the quarterfinals by Team Fredette.

The Columbus Regional of The Basketball Tournament will take place at Capital University July 19th-21st, with the finals of the $2 million dollar “winner take all” tournament taking place in Chicago August 1st-6th. All games of the yearly tournament will take place on the ESPN family of networks.


“The crowds are a big part of the pro game that we don’t see in college or in amateur golf. Knowing I can handle my nerves and prove to myself I can handle it, I can’t be any prouder to have a chance to represent myself, Ohio State and Cincinnati at the Memorial Tournament.”

Ohio State golfer Will Grimmer via Steve Helwagen, Bucknuts

Will Grimmer is just three days removed from closing out his golfing career at Ohio State, and today he was part of the field that teed off at the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Country Club in Dublin. After writing a letter to the Memorial Tournament, Grimmer received a sponsors exemption to participate in the event, which he has been attending as a fan since 2001.

Grimmer will be looking to rebound from a rough finish to his Ohio State career, in which he shot 15-over-par during the four days of the NCAA Tournament in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The score placed Grimmer at 53rd in the event, while Ohio State went on to finish in 13th place in the team standings. Grimmer closed out his senior campaign with six top-10 finishes. The highlight of Grimmer’s senior season came when he won his second career college event, placing first at the Musketeer Classic in his hometown of Cincinnati.

The Memorial is part of a packed schedule for Grimmer, who will play in a U.S. Open qualifier on Monday before returning to Arkansas to play for Team USA in the Arnold Palmer Cup, which is a Ryder Cup-style event which features the top college golfers in the United States squaring off against some of the best college golfers from Europe.

If Grimmer is able to qualify for the U.S. Open, it will be his third appearance in the major championship. Grimmer qualified for the event in 2014 and 2018. Last year Grimmer made the cut at Shinnecock Hills, finishing in 66th place. This year’s U.S. Open will be played June 13-16 at historic Pebble Beach.

Even though Grimmer’s schedule is packed, he’ll certainly enjoy playing in Jack Nicklaus’ annual tournament, since he has spent so much time watching it over the years. Despite his performance last week, Grimmer does have some confidence heading into this week’s tournament, and hopefully will be able to put himself into position to make some noise this weekend. Grimmer teed off at 1:49 p.m. earlier today, and is scheduled to start his second round at 8:59 a.m. ET on Friday morning.


“We talked when we left Minnesota that this can’t define us, we still have opportunities, we still can control our own destiny. We really tried to keep the guys in move-forward mode. Let’s get going and keep moving.”

Ohio State baseball coach Greg Beals via Bill Rabinowitz, The Columbus Dispatch

Earlier this month, it looked as if any hopes of postseason baseball for Ohio State were nonexistent. The Buckeyes had been just been swept in a three-game series at Minnesota, and were sitting at 24-23 overall and 7-11 in the Big Ten. With just eight teams making the Big Ten Tournament, Ohio State had no margin for error.

Ohio State has answered the call over the past three weeks, winning 11 of 13 games. The brilliant stretch by the Buckeyes was capped off by a win over Nebraska in the Big Ten baseball tournament championship. The win over the Cornhuskers earned Ohio State their third NCAA Tournament bid in four years.

When the NCAA Tournament bracket was revealed, Ohio State was slotted in the Nashville regional with Vanderbilt, who is the No. 2 overall seed in the tournament. Depending on how Friday’s results shakeout, the Buckeyes will then play either Indiana State or McNeese State.

While getting by the Commodores won’t be easy, Ohio State has their eyes on making it back to a couple places they haven’t been in a while. If the Buckeyes are able to emerge from the Nashville regional, they’ll advance to the Super Regionals, which they haven’t done since 2003. The next step after the Super Regionals would be the College World Series, where the Buckeyes haven’t been since 1967.

Ohio State has made it to where they are today with a lot of youth to compliment a few key veterans. Junior closer Andrew Magno saved three games in the Big Ten Tournament and was named most outstanding player, but 83 percent of the innings pitched by the Ohio State staff has been by newcomers.

Along with Magno, right fielder Dominic Canzone was a member of Ohio State’s 2017 squad, which finished with a 22-34 record. Canzone has sparked the offense this season, hitting a team-leading .351 and is tied for the team lead with 15 home runs. If the Buckeyes are going to advance in the NCAA Tournament, they’ll need some more big performances from the juniors, as well as solid outings from the young pitching staff.


“We are so excited for Lilli and Emily to finish their careers as All-Americans together. They have pushed each other and brought the best out of each other during their careers and it’s fitting for them to leave their mark together.”

Ohio State softball head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly via the Ohio State Athletic Department

Seniors Lilli Piper and Emily Clark closed out their Ohio State careers by being named National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Americans on Wednesday. Piper received honors for the third consecutive season, being named a NFCA second team All-American, while Clark was recognized for the first time by being named a third team All-American. Piper and Clark were the 12th and 13th Buckeyes to earn All-American honors, and the first pair of Buckeyes to be named All-Americans in the same season since 2009.

Piper finished up her Ohio State career by becoming the sixth Ohio State player to be named first team All-Midwest Region in three consecutive seasons. In 158 career games, Piper finished with a .419 average, which is second all-time in school history, and she never hit below .404 in her four seasons at Ohio State, becoming the first Buckeye to accomplish that feat. Piper leaves Ohio State with 48 career home runs, which is the third-most in school history.

Clark closed out her Ohio State career with one of the best offensive seasons in school history, finishing with 54 RBIs and 41 runs scored. Clark joins Piper and Maddy McIntyre in 2016 as the only Buckeyes to record at least 50 RBIs and 40 runs scored in a season. Clark finished the season with a .383 average, which was her highest in four years in Columbus.

Even though their Ohio State careers are over, Piper and Clark will continue their softball careers in the state of Ohio. The duo were taken with the 15th and 16th picks by the Cleveland Comets in the 2019 National Pro Fastpitch College Draft. With the tremendous gifts both Piper and Clark possess on the softball diamond, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them in contention for a spot on the US Women’s National Team in the future.


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