OSU: More Access to Higher Education for Low-Income Students

The American Talent Initiative, a collaborative of 30 founding colleges and universities, seeks to increase the number of low-income students at up to 270 of America’s top-performing institutions by 50,000 by 2025. The Ohio State University is a founding member of the collaborative.

Each founding institution has agreed to a renewed focus on enrolling, supporting and graduating additional low- and moderate-income students. Importantly, the institutions have also committed to sharing what they learn about making progress toward their goals with one another and with the broader higher education community and public.

Over the next decade, the American Talent Initiative plans to expand to a total of up to 270 schools that consistently graduate at least 70 percent of their students in six years or fewer. To reach the goal of 50,000 additional low- and moderate-income students among those colleges by 2025, the American Talent Initiative hopes to recruit 10,000 by 2020 and 25,000 by 2022.

Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake, an American Talent Initiative Steering Committee member, says the initiative will give thousands of students who believe higher education is beyond their reach the chance to attend the college of their dreams.

Five Buckeyes watched by Maxwell FB Club

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Maxwell Football Club, presenters of the prestigious Maxwell Award and the Bednarik Award, announced its initial 2013 watch lists for each award today and five Ohio State Buckeyes are under consideration:

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (Maxwell Award watch list);
Senior running back Carlos Hyde (Maxwell Award);
Senior safety C.J. Barnett (Bednarik Award watch list);
Junior cornerback Bradley Roby (Bednarik Award); and
Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier (Bednarik Award).

The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert W. “Tiny” Maxwell, has been given to America’s College Player of the Year since 1937. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995.

Semifinalists for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced Oct. 29, while the three finalists for each award will be unveiled Nov. 18. The winners of the 2013 Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 5. The formal presentations of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Harrah’s Entertainment Atlantic City on March 7, 2014.

The watch list candidates have been chosen by the Maxwell Football Club’s selection committee, which analyzes both past performance and future potential.

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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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Craft Among Dozen Cousy Finalists

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. ? The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Thursday the 12
finalists on the watch list for the 2013 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award. The
annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top
point guards in men?s college basketball. An original list of 80 candidates was trimmed down by
a nationally based committee to the below watch list of 12 student-athletes.

Beginning Thursday, Feb. 7th at 1pm EST via the Bob Cousy Award?s website ?
www.cousyaward.com — fans will be able to vote for the top point guard. The player that
receives the most fan votes will receive one vote toward the final committee vote. Fan voting will
run one month ? beginning February 7th and will conclude March 7th.

2013 Bob Cousy Award 12 Finalists
Keith Appling, Michigan State University
Lorenzo Brown, North Carolina State University
Trey Burke, University of Michigan
Aaron Craft, Ohio State University
Matthew Dellavadova, Saint Mary?s College
Pierre Jackson, Baylor University
Shane Larkin, University of Miami
Phil Pressey, University of Missouri
Peyton Siva, University of Louisville
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State University
Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse University
Nate Wolters, South Dakota State University

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No. 14 Ohio State Holds Off Iowa, 72-63

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Deshaun Thomas, who missed part of the second half with a cut above his eye, scored 16 points and No. 14 Ohio State built a big lead and then held on to beat Iowa 72-63 on Tuesday night.
Thomas, the Big Ten’s leading scorer at 21 points per game, sat out about 3 minutes while an open cut over his right eye was bandaged.
The Buckeyes (14-4, 4-2 Big Ten) led by 24 points with under 13 minutes left but watched as Iowa cut the lead to four with 1:30 remaining.
Aaron White, an Ohio native playing his first college game in his home state, had 13 points for Iowa (13-6, 2-4).
Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. both had 12 points and Evan Ravenel added 11 for Ohio State.
The Buckeyes used a 10-0 run bridging halftime to build a 24-point lead. Iowa rallied to draw within five points on White’s bank shot with 2:30 left.
Ohio State missed a shot but rebounded it, before Craft was called for an offensive foul.
White then was fouled and hit the second of two to cut the lead to 63-59 with 1:30 remaining.
Craft added a foul shot with 1:02 left and, after forcing a turnover, Thomas made two more with 52.9 seconds remaining.
Roy Devyn Marble, who had a miserable shooting night for the Hawkeyes, then missed two free throws before Craft made two more to push the lead to 68-59 with 40 seconds left.
The victory finally broke a stalemate in the series, which began in 1915. Each team had won 75 meetings coming in. Ohio State has won eight straight against Iowa and 10 of the last 11. The Hawkeyes haven’t won in Columbus since 2004.
The Hawkeyes’ four Big Ten losses have come to teams ranked in the top 15 – No. 2 Michigan, No. 7 Indiana, No. 13 Michigan State and the 14th-ranked Buckeyes. Those teams came into the week with an overall combined record of 62-10 and 16-5 in the conference.
Ahead by 12 at halftime, Ohio State stepped up the pressure on defense in the opening minutes of the half.
Iowa turned the ball over on three of its first four possessions as Ohio State stretched a 6-0 run to end the half into a 10-0 streak as Craft and Thomas hit shots. That stretched the lead to 38-22.
The Buckeyes led by 24 points with 12:48 remaining before Iowa made it interesting by pressing full court, contesting every shot and making free throws.
Iowa, which had won its last two games, stayed within striking range despite shooting just 25 percent in the opening half.
The Buckeyes took the lead for good when LaQuinton Ross came in and hit a 3 and then a 12-foot jumper to go up 17-13. The lead hovered around five points for several minutes until Ohio State made a late surge.
With the Buckeyes ahead 28-22, Sam Thompson scored inside off an assist from Shannon Scott. At the other end, Ravenel blocked a shot by Basabe.
The Hawkeyes then collapsed in the waning seconds. Scott passed into the lane to Ravenel, who was fouled by Marble as he hit the basket. He missed the foul shot, but Smith leaped between two defenders to retrieve the ball and then bank it in for a 34-22 lead.
One reason Iowa was able to stay close was because of its hard work on the boards. The Hawkeyes grabbed 13 of the first 15 rebounds, including eight offensive boards. By halftime, Ohio State had narrowed the gap to 23-15 on the glass.
Craft set the school’s career mark for steals with 205 when he plucked the ball from White at the 14:25 mark with the Buckeyes leading 10-6. The junior came in sharing the record with Jay Burson (1986-89).
Iowa dropped to 1-3 on opposing teams’ home courts.
The victory followed a curious pattern for Ohio State. Over their last 10 games they have won, won, lost, won, won, lost, won, won, lost and now won. (Follow Rusty Miller on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/rustymillerap)

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