Ohio State Falls to Michigan State in OT, 72-68

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Ohio State gave itself a shot to stay undefeated, rallying from a 17-point deficit with 7-plus minutes left at Michigan State.

Aaron Craft had a lot to do with that.

Keith Appling, though, made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 29 seconds left in overtime and finished with 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds to help the fifth-ranked Spartans beat the third-ranked Buckeyes 72-68 on Tuesday night.

“I’m proud we came back, but we weren’t as sharp as we needed to be in this caliber of a game,” Ohio State coach Thad Matta said. “You can’t come on the road and have 21 turnovers.”

The Spartans (14-1, 3-0 Big Ten) led 55-38 and the Buckeyes forced overtime with a 20-3 run to close regulation. Michigan State did just enough in the extra period to earn its second win over a top three team.

“I should be happier than I am,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. “But I’m a big picture guy and you shouldn’t have those kinds of letdowns.”

Ohio State (15-1, 2-1) entered the day as one of six unbeaten teams in Division I, getting off to its best start since the 2010-11 season when it began 24-0.

The Buckeyes almost ended the night still undefeated after a remarkable comeback.

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Gotham Classic Schedule Set

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PRINCETON, N.J. – National men’s college basketball powers Notre Dame and Ohio State highlight the field of the second annual Gotham Classic.

Joining the Fighting Irish and Buckeyes in the 2013 Gotham Classic are Bryant, Delaware, and North Dakota State.

Notre Dame and Ohio State will tip-off against each other for only the 13th time in history when they meet on Saturday, December 21 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Ohio State holds a 7-5 series advantage with the two having last met in December of 2008. Notre Dame and Ohio State have combined for 58 NCAA Tournament appearances. ESPN2 will televise the Showcase Game.

TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets for the Gotham Classic doubleheader featuring Notre Dame vs. Ohio State at Madison Square Garden on December 21 are on sale now and may be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 866-448-7849 or through Ticketmaster.com.

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Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2013 Announced

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame will enshrine 14 new members this fall, with 12 former student-athletes and two coaches among the honorees. The class will be inducted Sept. 27 at a dinner and will be introduced to the public at halftime of the Ohio State home football game against Wisconsin Sept. 28.

The 2013 class includes Matt Beaumont (baseball), Hugo Boisvert (men’s hockey), Dan Cheney (men’s lacrosse), John Cooper (football coach), Jim Daniell (football), Ninett Kossowsky (rowing), Melissa Miller (women’s soccer), Saskia Mueller (field hockey), Laura Murray (pistol), Scoonie Penn (men’s basketball), David Pichler (men’s diving), Monica Rincon (women’s tennis), Tommy Rowlands (wrestling) and Jim Sweeney (pistol coach).

The hall of fame was created in 1977 and has inducted 269 men through 2012. Daniell will be the 109th former football player to be inducted, while Cooper is the fifth former football coach to receive a spot in the hall of fame. Penn brings the total of former basketball players to 28 and Pichler will be the 19th diver enshrined. Beaumont will be the 15th former baseball Buckeye to be inducted and Rowlands brings the total number of wrestlers in the elite group to 12.

Women were first inducted into the hall in 1993, with 100 inductees enshrined through 2012. Mueller is the seventh former field hockey player to join the prestigious list, while Kossowsky and Rincon bring the total for their respective sports to five each. Miller and Murray are just the second inducted for soccer and pistol, respectively, and Sweeny will be the first coach of a co-ed sport to be enshrined.

The Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner, which will be a joint dinner for the men and women, will be held in the Archie M. Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union Sept. 27. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with hors d oeuvres and cocktails; dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $75, with tables of eight available for $600. Tickets will go on sale July 1. Payment will not be accepted at the door; reservations and payment must be submitted by Sept. 13. Registration information will be available on OhioStateBuckeyes.com later this month.

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O-H-L-A: Buckeyes Face Arizona In NCAA Sweet 16

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No. 2 seed Ohio State Buckeyes (28-7) vs. No. 6 seed Arizona Wildcats (27-7)

Date: March 28, 2013
Site: Staples Center (18,118)
Game Time: 7:47 p.m. ET
Television: TBS
Talent: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play)
Reggie Miller (expert analysis)
Len Elmore (expert analysis)
Lewis Johnson (sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius TBA/XM TBA
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play)
Ron Stokes (expert analysis)

The 2013 NCAA Tournament
The No. 2-seeded (West) Buckeyes entered the 2013 NCAA Tournament after winning the 2013 Big Ten Tournament in Chicago with a 3-0 record. Thad Matta, in his ninth year as head coach at Ohio State, has taken the Buckeyes to seven NCAA tournaments during his time in Columbus, including a title game appearance in 2007. The Buckeyes have appeared in the last five NCAA tournaments.

Ohio State enters the game vs. Arizona with a 28-7 overall record and as 2013 Big Ten Tournament Champions. The Buckeyes finished the Big Ten regular season with a 13-5 record, good for a tie for second with Michigan State. Ohio State was the No. 2 seed in the league tournament last week. The Buckeyes have won 20 Big Ten titles and are making their 25th appearance in the NCAA tournament.

2013 Buckeyes in the NCAA Tournament: Deshaun Thomas is averaging 23.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in NCAA tournament play this year. Sam Thompson has contributed 13.5 points along with a team-leading 6.5 rebounds a game. LaQuinton Ross (12.0 ppg.) and Aaron Craft (11.0 ppg.) also are in double digits offensively. Shannon Scottand Craft each have 13 assists. Craft has a team-high eight steals. As a team, Ohio State is shooting nearly 50 percent from the field (59-120/.492) while averaging 86.5 ppg.

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Buckeyes Move from Madhouse to Madness

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No. 2 Seed Ohio State Buckeyes (26-7) vs. the No. 15 Seed Iona Gaels (20-13)

Date: March 22, 2013
Site: Dayton Arena (13,409)
Game Time: 7:15 p.m. ET
Television: CBS
Talent: Jim Nantz (play-by-play)
Clark Kellogg (expert analysis)
Tracy Wolfson (sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 93/XM 191
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play)
Ron Stokes (expert analysis)

Ohio State and The NCAA Tournament
This is Ohio State’s 25th appearances in the NCAA tournament. Overall, Ohio State has a 45-23 record all-time in NCAA tournament play. The Buckeyes have advanced to play in 10 Final Fours, have finished as the runner up four times (1939, 1961, 1962, 2007) and own one title (1960). Ohio State finished third four times (1944, 1945, 1946, 1968). The Buckeyes have played in three-consecutive NCAA “Sweet 16s,” a feat last accomplished at Ohio State from 1960-62. The Buckeyes have made 13 “Sweet 16” appearances in NCAA Tournament play.

The 2013 NCAA Tournament
The No. 2-seeded (West) Buckeyes enter the 2013 NCAA Tournament after winning the 2013 Big Ten Tournament in Chicago with a 3-0 record. Thad Matta, in his ninth year as head coach at Ohio State, has taken the Buckeyes to seven NCAA tournaments during his time in Columbus, including a title game appearance in 2007. The Buckeyes have appeared in the last five NCAA tournaments.

Ohio State enters the 2013 NCAA event with a 26-7 overall record and as 2013 Big Ten Tournament Champions. The Buckeyes finished the Big Ten regular season with a 13-5 record, good for a tie for second with Michigan State. Ohio State was the No. 2 seed in the league tournament last week. The Buckeyes have won 20 Big Ten titles and are making its 25th appearance in the NCAA tournament.

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