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Craft, Simon, Smith among Ohio State spring graduates

More than 10,000 people officially joined the ranks of Ohio State alumni over the weekend, a group that included more than 150 scholarship athletes.

John Simon

Out of the latter group, three names stood out above the rest: Aaron Craft, John Simon and Katie Smith. Two defensive standouts and the player who has scored more points as a pro basketball player than any other woman in the U.S.

(Should note Smith already received her undergrad degree a few years ago as part of OSU’s degree completion program.)

Read more: Craft, Simon, Smith among Ohio State spring graduates | FOX Sports on MSN.

Time For More Buckeye Basketball In-State Battles

I have to agree with a piece earlier this week from BSB editor Jeff Svoboda regarding the dearth of in-state schools on Ohio State’s basketball schedule in the past decade-plus.

Scout.com: SvoNotes: Its Time For More In-State Battles.

As he mentioned, we have in the past discussed an idea for an All-Ohio tournament that could take on one of several forms and drive interest in roundball throughout “the heart of it all” early in the season.

Some will argue Ohio State has more to lose than to gain from changing the way it does business now, but I’m not sure there is much evidence to support that claim. 

If you really get down to it, the Ohio State basketball brand is still underdeveloped. Considering the success both recently and historically, fan support should probably be much more intense.  Continue reading Time For More Buckeye Basketball In-State Battles

‘Vegas Bracketology’ includes 5 Ohio teams

Ohio State, Cincinnati, Xavier and Cleveland State are all included in this edition of  “Vegas Bracketology” published by Fox Sports and Don Best Sports gaming analyst Todd Furhman.

He has the Buckeyes highest at at No. 4 in a killer region with No. 1 seed Louisville, No. 2 Arizona and No. 3 Kentucky.

Cincinnati gets a six seed in another region while Xavier is rated as a No. 11 seed, Cleveland State is a 12 and Toledo a 13.

As Furhman freely admits, this bracket projection has some unique and surprising entires topped by Iowa receiving a top seed, but he explains the differences are a result of using the power numbers generated by Vegas oddsmakers.

Check it out: Vegas Bracketology : Outkick The Coverage.

At a crossroads – Analyzing the Ohio State women’s basketball coaching change

A new season is almost ready to start, so I thought I would share this analysis of where the Ohio State women’s basketball program has been over the past decade under former head coach Jim Foster and where it could be going in the future under new head coach Kevin McGuff.

Kevin McGuff

Like most of our women’s basketball coverage, it appeared in the print edition along with our annual team preview.

Check it out!

Scout.com: Analysis: McGuff Brings Change To OSU Women.

Some thoughts on the Big Ten tournament

Well the weekend in Indianapolis was certainly an interesting one.

I have enjoyed covering the women’s Big Ten tournament there for the past six years, but this was my first trip for the men’s version, and I liked just about everything about it.

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The tipoff between Ohio State and Purdue at Bankers Life Fieldhouse

The whole thing was run very well, and the teams played their parts as well from Michigan’s comeback against Minnesota on Friday night to Ohio State’s big run to put away Purdue. Ohio State and Michigan State both dispatched of semifinal opponents then staged a classic in the championship game.

What do we think of the Buckeyes now? Continue reading Some thoughts on the Big Ten tournament