Jody Victor: OSU Lady Basketball advance to NCAA Sweet 16

Jody Victor: Go OSU Women’s Basketball! The Lady Buckeye’s beat Maryland in the second round game of the NCAA tournament. Final score was 75-65. Now OhioState (30-4) will face third-seeded Rutgers on Sunday in the Philadelphia Regional semifinals. Game time is 2:30pm. Spend quality time with your family and friends watching the game while snacking on Easter food! I’m sure Steve Victor and Joe Victor will watch it with me on Sunday…as long as they don’t miss out on Kathy’s great food!

 

Go Lady Buckeyes!

Jody Victor

On Tuesday, March 22nd the OSU Lady Buckeyes played Maryland on their home court in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes were victorious and advanced to the round of 16 for the first time since 1993.

Ahead 58-53, the Buckeyes used a 9-3 spurt to go up 67-56 with just over 3 minutes left.

Maryland made only four baskets in the final 9:42, two of them in the final 40 seconds.

The Terrapins were 13-3 at the ComcastCenter, but playing at home and in front of a partisan crowd wasn't enough to overcome OhioState's speed and tenacious defense.

 

Another OSU Lady Buckeye Announcement…

 

OhioState women's basketball sophomore center Jessica Davenport has been named an Associated Press First Team All-American announced Wednesday. The voting was done by 45 members of the national media panel, who also vote in the weekly AP poll. Davenport is leading the Buckeyes this season with 19.3 points per game and 9.1 rebounds per game.

Davenport becomes OhioState's second Associated Press All-American, but the first to be named first-team. Former Buckeye Katie Smith earned second-team honors in 1996.

Davenport was dubbed the 2005 Big Ten Player of the Year and was the only unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and media. She is one of four finalists for the Naismith Trophy and also is a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award and the Kodak/WBCA All-America team.

Davenport became the third Buckeye sophomore to score 1,000 points, reaching the milestone against Minnesota in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament. She is second in the OhioState record book with 114 career blocks and also recorded the program's first triple-double against MichiganState Feb. 20.

More information can be found on http://ohiostatebuckeyes.collegesports.com/

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Jody Victor: Ohio State University Fun Facts

Jody Victor: It's always interesting to find out facts about places that mean so much to  you. Although I only spent a short period of my life in Columbus, it has impacted my life greatly. I find it fun to learn about the history of my alma mater and I hope you enjoy it too!

Although Steve Victor and Joe Victor did not attend this university, they attended Bowling Green, they still treat OSU like their own. Enjoy!

Go Bucks,
Jody Victor

University Fun Facts
• On
Sept. 17, 1873, 24 students met at the old Neil farm just two miles north of Columbus. In 1878 the college’s name was changed to The Ohio State University. In that same year the first class of six men graduated, and in 1879, the university graduated its first woman.
OhioState rests on the 40th latitude, which measures distance north or south of the Equator. OhioState is 40 degrees north, the same latitude that passes through Boulder, Colo., Philadelphia and Toledo, Spain.
OhioState is believed to be the only major university that still presents actual diplomas to individual graduates at its commencement ceremony.
• Orton Hall is home to the campus chimes (16 bells: 14 in D-flat, 1 in G-sharp, 1 in A-sharp). First played
June 15, 1915, they were acclaimed to be the best in the country. Chimes mark each quarter hour and hour and can be heard for three miles.
• An 1893 master plan of campus proposed a grouping of buildings around a central open space, which became today’s Oval. The first recorded reference to this space as the Oval came in 1910, with the name becoming official in 1929. The Long Walk is the sidewalk that crosses the Oval.
• An
OhioState tradition says that if you walk the complete length of The Long Walk hand-in-hand with your significant other, the two of you will be together forever.
The remains of Herbert “Hub” Spencer Atkinson, a former trustee, are located behind a plaque on the second floor of Bricker Hall. A 1913 graduate, Atkinson was a member of the Board of Trustees from 1925-48. Upon his death in 1952, his ashes were placed in the
AdministrationBuilding, now Bricker Hall, as he requested. Buildings on campus believed to be haunted are: Bricker, Drackett, Hopkins, Orton and Pomerene Halls.

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Jody Victor: OSU Mens Basketball ROCKS Illinois

OHIO STATE BUCKEYES ROCK ILLINIOIS

MarkerMan Productions Jody Victor: Unbelievable Baby! OSU Men’s Basketball rocks Illinois with a last second 3-pointer to beat top ranked Illinois! What an event! Steve Victor, Joe Victor and I were glued to ESPN to watch this unbelievable shot over and over again! Way to Go Bucks! I’m sure the OSU campus will be celebrating this week!

Enjoy and Go BUCKS!

Jody Victor

Here is the write up from today’s OSU website (www.osu.edu):

For the first time this season Illinois has to bounce back from a loss.

Ohio State reserve forward Matt Sylvester hit a 3-pointer with 5.1 seconds left on Sunday to hand the top-ranked Illini their first defeat, 65-64.

The Illini (29-1, 15-1) were trying to cap the Big Ten’s first unbeaten season in 29 years. Instead, they frittered away a 12-point lead in the second half and didn't score over the final 3 minutes.

Sylvester scored a career-high 25 points – eight more than his previous best. “We were in the huddle and Coach told us, 'We're not going halfway. We’re going for the win,”' Sylvester said.

First-year coach Thad Matta drew up a play in which center Terence Dials set a pick and rolled to the basket and guard Tony Stockman was used as a decoy. The Illini bit on the deception.

“As we left the huddle, Matt said, ‘I’ll make the shot’,” Matta said. “And he did.”

“We didn’t take care of the ball and they made all the plays at the end, “Illinois center Jack Ingram said. “They won it.”

It was the second straight season a team coached by Matta ended a run at perfection. Matta’s Xavier team handed Saint Joseph’s its first loss last season in the Atlantic 10 tournament.

“I’d like to be the other team just one time,” Matta said with a laugh. “I’m living for the day I’m the No. 1 team and someone else is trying to do it to us.”

The last team to reach the NCAA tournament without a loss was UNLV in 1991. On Saturday, Matta had shown his players film clips of several huge upsets and the Rebels’ loss to Duke in the national championship game that year was one of them.

The Illini led 64-58 after James Augustine’s layup with 3:23 left – but didn’t score again.

The Buckeyes ran off the next seven points, with Dials, who had 21 points, scoring on a half-hook before Sylvester drove the lane for a left-handed scoop to cut the lead to 64-62 with 1:40 remaining.

“They were loosey-goosey,” Weber said of the Buckeyes. “They didn’t quit. They’re an NCAA tournament team. Playing on their home court, they made the plays.”

With just over a minute left, Illinois’ Deron Williams drove the lane and wrapped a pass around a defender to Roger Powell, but Dials swatted the shot away to teammate Je’Kel Foster. Sylvester missed a 15-footer for the Buckeyes and then Illinois’ Luther Head misfired on a 3-pointer with 17 seconds left.

OhioState called a timeout with 12 seconds left. Foster inbounded to Brandon Fuss-Cheatham who passed to Sylvester on the right wing, in front of the OhioState bench. His quick shot seemed to surprise the Illini, nestling in the net while a capacity crowd at Value City Arena roared.

“The other day I was in the gym with Brandon and I said, ‘Wouldn’t it be unbelievable to score 25 points and hit the game-winner against Illinois?”’ Sylvester said. “This feels so good I can’t describe it.”

After a timeout, a pass was tipped out of bounds in front of the Illinois bench. The Illini had one last chance with 2.2 seconds left. Williams passed to Powell, but his hurried 3-pointer from the top of the circle was well short and off the mark.

Fans rushed the court after the buzzer sounded, snapping photos, jumping up and down and slapping the Buckeyes on the back.

Dee Brown led the Illini with 13 points, although he was rattled all day by chants of “air ball” after several errant second-half shots. He was 3-of-11 from the field and had only five points over the final 34 minutes. Powell and Head each added 12 points.

Williams, who came in averaging 12.8 points a game, was 1-of-7 from the field and finished with two points.

“They just outplayed us,” Brown said. “They deserved it.”

Foster added 10 points for OhioState, which enters this week’s Big Ten tournament as the No. 6 seed. After that, the Buckeyes will head home.

Matta was asked if the victory over Illinois makes his team’s postseason ban even more difficult to accept.

“Yeah. I thought we could win the national championship,” he joked. “And nobody’s ever going to know.”

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