Ohio State, Cincinnati announce basketball series

Published: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 12:53 PM

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 22:  Sean Kilpatrick #23 of the Cincinnati Bearcats goes to the hoop against Jared Sullinger #0 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during their 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball East Regional Semifinal game at TD Garden on March 22, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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BOSTON, MA - MARCH 22: Sean Kilpatrick #23 of the Cincinnati Bearcats goes to the hoop against Jared Sullinger #0 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during their 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball East Regional Semifinal game at TD Garden on March 22, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)(Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Ohio State and Cincinnati gave their basketball fans something to get excited about Tuesday with the announcement of a future home-and-home series between the programs. 

The Buckeyes will be the first opponent at UC’s Fifth Third Arena when it re-opens next season after an extensive renovation. That will be Ohio State’s game at UC since 1920. 

The Bearcats will make a trip to Columbus in the fall of 2019, though the exact date hasn’t been announced for either game. 

Both games will be season-openers. 

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Although the teams have rich basketball histories, they have only played 10 times, most notably in 1961 and ’62 when the Bearcats upset powerful Ohio State teams led by Middletown’s Jerry Lucas in consecutive national championship games. 

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The Buckeyes won the most recent matchup, an 81-66 decision in the Sweet 16 in 2012. 

In-state competition has been a hot topic for years among, and new Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann told fans at a summer meet-and-greet he was open to scheduling teams like the Bearcats, Dayton and Xavier. 

Nebraska walk-on event ‘everything and more’ for defensive end Ryan Schommer

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 11:20 PM

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Nebraska coach Scott Frost and his staff took the first step Wednesday evening to grow the Huskers’ walk-on program. Frost, alongside associate athletic director for football Matt Davison, and current and former players, hosted a two-hour #HomegrownNebraska event for in-state walk-on prospects that immediately sounded like a big success overall.

For preferred walk-on defensive end Ryan Schommer from Norfolk (Neb.), it was exactly what he hoped it would be.

“It was everything I expected and more,” Schommer told Land of 10. “It was a lot of information from different staff, and we got to talk to Coach Frost at the end. The majority of it started off with a dinner. After that, Matt Davison was a big part of it. He was the host, I guess you could say. He told his story a bit and then talked about other walk-ons from the past who were great players that even played in the NFL. We got to hear their stories. Joel Makovicka talked to us a little bit about what a great opportunity it was to even be in that room.”

The event also included current Huskers Chris Weber, Luke McNitt, Tyler Hoppes and Cole Conrad. All four have their own unique walk-on stories, which Schommer said was great to listen to.

“They talked about their walk-on journeys, which were all different,” Schommer said. “Hoppes went to Wayne State first and then came. McNitt went to UNK and then to Nebraska. We got to hear that side of what it could be like.”

The players also opened it up for questions, which Schommer said he was more than ready for. He was curious about the players’ goals moving from high school to college. Schommer took note of Weber’s reply.

“Chris Weber said his goals in high school were just to get the attention of the Nebraska coaches,” Schommer said. “He knew one way to do that was to get a 4.0 and he was academically attractive in that regards. He spoke about that and then also shared how he took care of things on the field.”

When the event concluded, Frost took players aside to talk one-on-one. Schommer knows the schedule Frost has been on this week with Peach Bowl preparation in Orlando with Central Florida and recruiting for Nebraska, but the Huskers’ new coach was fully invested Wednesday evening.

“It was pretty special,” Schommer said. “I talked to him on Sunday on the phone. Listening to him, you can tell he was a little tired but it was really special that he was going out of his way to have a conversation on the phone. And today he took me into his office to talk. I was really appreciative of him going out of his way. You can tell he’s a busy man but he’s making the most of it.”

Schommer also respects Frost’s decision to coach UCF in the Peach Bowl. He sees it as a testament to the coach’s relationships with his players.

“I think something he’s big on is the family part of it and being unified,” Schommer said. “If there’s no unity throughout and even afterwards, that relationship wasn’t as strong as he intended it to be. I can tell he has a strong bond with every player he coaches, just like Coach [Tom] Osborne had a bond with him. I look forward to developing that relationship with him.”

In Schommer’s conversations with Frost so far, they’ve discussed his position at defensive end. From the sounds of it, that’s exactly where Frost wants Schommer to play for the Huskers. It works out well too, because that’s where Schommer wants to stay as a player.

Beyond that, Schommer’s appreciation for Nebraska and Frost has only grown in the last few weeks. He’s looking forward to what the future will hold, and got to experience a little of that Wednesday evening.

“I’m thrilled. It’s been a dream of mine for most of my life,” Schommer said. “I wasn’t always positive that football would be the sport for me. I was thinking basketball because I was tall and I could score points, but football took a turn and I opened my eyes up to other ideas. While I’ve always been a fan of Nebraska, once football became the sport and that was decided, I guess you could say I’m 100 times more a fan right now. It’s good to know my family and my sister will be able to share this experience with me.

“I’m just so grateful.”

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Centerville gets defensive, stalls Springfield revival

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 10:58 PM

Centerville jr. Alexis Hutchison scored 11 points in a 71-35 defeat of visiting Springfield in a girls high school basketball game on Wed., Dec. 13, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Resurgent Springfield came to Centerville on Wednesday night loaded with a great start to the girls high school basketball season and the area’s most celebrated freshman. That was enough to geek up the Elks.

“The difference was we worked and fought and didn’t give up,” Centerville junior Alexis Hutchison said after a decisive 71-35 defeat of Springfield.

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It was the first GWOC National East win for Centerville, which won its second straight game, improved to 4-3 overall and 1-2 in the division. Sam Chable led the Elks with 13 points, Hutchison added 11 and Jasmine Broner 10.

Springfield (4-2, 1-2) was by eight points apiece from Makayla DeArmond and Naomi Hookfin. Wildcats’ celebrated freshman Mickayla Perdue was held to a season-low seven points. She came into the game averaging a GWOC-best 25.6 points and had scored 40 in a season-opening defeat of Yellow Springs.

“We defended her well,” said Hutchison.

Springfield won just three games last season. The Wildcats snapped a 79-game divisional losing streak by defeating Miamisburg 60-56 last Saturday. Springfield’s previous divisional win was a 36-34 defeat of Wayne way back on Dec. 16, 2009.

Miamisburg is in the GWOC National West and Springfield in the National East, but crossover games in the same conference count toward divisional standings.

Centerville hosts Beavercreek at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Springfield is at Fairborn at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

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LSU basketball outlasts Houston, wins shootout 80-77

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 11:01 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. — Behind a 10-0 second half run and dazzling offensive performances from forward Aaron Epps and guard Tremont Waters, LSU pulled off its biggest and most impressive non-conference home win of 2017-18.

LSU defeated Houston 80-77  Wednesday night, improving to 6-2 on the year while knocking Houston to 8-2. Epps led the way with 26  points on 8-of-12  shooting with 16  rebounds, while Waters added 17  points and 6  assists in 39  minutes. Sophomore point guard Skylar Mays showed off his versatility as well, scoring 18 points with 9 rebounds and 2  assists.

LSU jumped out to a hot start, opening the game on a 16-5 run where Epps had 10 points in the first 4:10 of the game. Houston steadily battled back, knocking down 8 first-half 3-pointers on the way to a 38-37 halftime lead.

In the second half, the Tigers opened up with some of its strongest defense of the season, holding Houston scoreless as the LSU offense broke out into its 10-0 run. From there, LSU benefitted from taking away Houston’s offensive possessions and lengthening its own. The Tigers forced 11  turnovers in the second half alone and scored 14  second-chance points in the period.

Waters sealed the victory with a blocked 3-pointer with less than 10 seconds remaining.

LSU dominated Houston in the paint, outscoring the Cougars 38-18. Epps was a huge factor in this. The senior posted career highs in both points and rebounds Wednesday night while fellow senior forward Duop Reath was uncharacteristically quiet, scoring 5 points with 2  rebounds.

The free-throw line was also LSU’s friend Wednesday. Though the Tigers started slow, not attempting a free throw deep into the first half, the Tigers went 17-for-20 from the stripe with Epps going 8-of-9.

What’s next for LSU basketball?

LSU returns to action Saturday afternoon for a home matchup versus Stephen F. Austin. Action is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. CT and will be televised nationally on the SEC Network. Internet users can find a stream of the game through WatchESPN.

Report: LSU plans to hire Los Angeles Chargers’ James Cregg to be new offensive line coach

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 10:56 PM

LSU is expected to lose offensive line coach Jeff Grimes. And it appears the Tigers are already lining up a replacement.

According to Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports and Sports Illustrated, LSU plans to hire James Cregg as its new offensive line coach. Cregg is currently an assistant offensive line coach for the Los Angeles Chargers of the NFL.

This is a breaking news report that will continue to be updated.