Where Does the Ohio State Buckeyes’ David Lighty fit in the NBA Draft?

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David Lighty played more games than anyone else in an Ohio State basketball uniform. He played with a National Player of the Year, was on two teams that went into the NCAA tournament as the number one overall seed, and played in a National Championship.

But is Lighty ready for the NBA?

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Cleveland Cavaliers Drafting Hometown Kid David Lighty from OSU?


Former Ohio State Buckeyes wing David Lighty, the last member of the “Thad Five” to enter the NBA, grew up a huge Cleveland Cavaliers fan.

Lighty talked at the NBA Draft combine about the prospect of playing for his hometown team.

“I’m pretty sure I will work out with the cleveland cavaliers, but I’m not sure when. It’s getting set up as we speak,” Lighty said.

“It would be pretty big, I know my mother and grandmother would love it. I would love it as well, to grow up there, go to Ohio State. It would be something that’s rare for a player- never leaving the state.”

Very true. It’s hard to think of many players who have done that, played all their basketball in the same state. Playing college basketball and professional in the same area doesn’t even happen all too often.

By Paul M. Banks

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Could Ohio State Be Even Better Next Season?


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Ohio State was knocked out of the Sweet 16 for the second straight year, but received consolation just hours after its loss to Kentucky when Jared Sullinger announced his return to Columbus for his sophomore season.

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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Ohio State Upset in Sweet 16 for Second Straight Year


For the second straight year, the Buckeyes advanced to the Sweet 16, only to be upset by an SEC team. Last year it was Tennessee who knocked them out, this year it was Kentucky, beating the Buckeyes 62-60.

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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Ohio State Pounds George Mason 98-66: NCAA 3rd Round Rapid Reaction

Not even a slow start could stop the #1 Ohio State Buckeyes from blowing out #8 George Mason 98-66 in front of essentially a home-crowd in the 3rd Round of the NCAA Tournament.

As Gus Johnson so eloquently exclaimed “Home Cookin,” because Cleveland native David Lighty was brilliant with a game-high 25 points on a perfect 7-of-7 shooting from behind the arc.

Lighty wasn’t the only one stroking from deep as the Buckeyes broke an OSU NCAA Tournament record with 16 made three-pointers en route to their most lopsided tournament win in school history.

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2011 NCAA Tournament: East Regional Bracket Breakdown

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Warning: I will not be responsible if you copy these brackets and are out of your NCAA Tournament pool by by Sunday.  However, if you do listen to my college basketball wisdom and win some money, I want 20% of the pot or at least a thank you note or shout-out on your twitter or facebook page.

By: David Kay
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#1 Ohio State Gets Last Laugh on #10 Wisconsin

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After the alleged “spitting incident” in Madison less than a month ago, Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said, “All I know is we won the game, deal with it.” By dealing with it, did he mean for the Buckeyes to embarrass the Badgers for 40 minutes the next time the two teams played? If so, Ohio State sure “dealt with it” on Sunday, winning 93-65.

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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Is Jon Diebler the Nation’s Best 3-Point Shooter?

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There’s been some dominant shooting performances in college basketball this year. Less than a month ago, we saw Jordan Taylor light up #1 Ohio State in the second half en route to a comeback upset and just recently seniors Ben Hansbrough and Tim Abromaitis put on a shooting clinic on senior night against Villanova. However, Jon Diebler’s outing Tuesday night may be the best yet.

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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LIVE BLOG from the Kohl Center: #1 Ohio State vs. #13 Wisconsin

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30 minutes til tip-off: The Kohl Center is absolutely packed for this one. The student section is already full, as expected. This is the second most credentialed game in Badger history, according to the always reliable Twitter.

15 minute countdown: First time seeing Jared Sullinger in person. He is one big boy. The Badgers will really need to do a good job of getting a body on him. On the defensive end, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ohio State go in a 2-3 zone to keep Sullinger in the paint. If the Buckeyes go man, Sullinger may have a hard time guarding Leur/Nankivil on the perimeter.

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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#1 Ohio State Stomps #20 Minnesota on Super Bowl Sunday


How They Won: Jared Sullinger will always be priority number one for opposing teams, but when the Ohio State guards are playing the way they did today they are nearly unstoppable. Minnesota witnessed this as they trailed the entire game after the first two minutes, ultimately losing 82-69.

It was a total team effort from the Buckeyes on Sunday as all five starters scored in double-digits. Per usual, Ohio State was able to move the ball around effortlessly, hence the even distribution of points. Unlike the Evan Turner-led team last year, this team is able to score in a number of different ways, which was evident against the Gophers.

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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Undefeated Season in the Cards For #1 Ohio State?

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Tuesday night’s game between top-ranked Ohio State and No. 12 Purdue – freshman phenom Jared Sullinger vs. the Moore/Johnson combo – had the makings for a classic Big Ten battle. Instead, it was a one-sided affair in favor of the Buckeyes as they embarrassed the Boilermakers 87-64.

To see where we forecast their first loss go here

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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Rapid Reaction: Ohio State 73, Illinois 68

It’s the return of the sad Illini face, boys and girls.

The Illinois Fighting Illini suffered their first home loss of the season on Saturday, taken down by the #1 Ohio State Buckeyes 73-68.

Dubious officiating, unfortunate bounces and, most importantly of all, terrible shooting plagued the Illini all game and ultimately led to their demise. [Read more…]