Spencer girls basketball tops Granton

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterGRANTON — Lexi Baehr had 14 points and eight rebounds, and Spencer used a strong second half to defeat Granton 45-28 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division girls basketball game Tuesday night at Granton High School.Spencer led 10-4 after the first quarter and busted the game open in the second half, outscoring Granton 26-16.Spencer (4-9, 3-8 Cloverbelt East) forced 17 turnovers and held a 14-4 advantage on made free throws in the win.Cheyenne Redcay had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Bulldogs (0-11 overall and Cloverbelt East).The Rockets host Columbus Catholic on Friday. The game will be broadcast on WOSQ-FM 92.3 and wdlbwosq.com.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Rockets 45, Bulldogs 28Spencer 10 9 11 15 – 45Granton 4 8 5 11 – 28SPENCER (45): Lexi Baehr 5-13 2-2 14, Courtney Buss 3-5 2-2 8, Nadia King 2-11 3-6 7, Kallie Reckner 2-10 1-2 6, Liz Endreas 0-2 4-8 4, Melissa Lehman 2-8 0-0 4, Katie Fleischmann 0-1 1-2 1, Abby Varsho 0-4 1-2 1, Katleynn Walter 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 14-57. FT: 14-24. 3-pointers: 3-14 (Baehr 2-4, Reckner 1-6, Fleischmann 0-1, King 0-2). Rebounds: 49 (Baehr 8, Varsho 8). Turnovers: 9. Fouls: 11. Fouled out: none. Record: 4-9, 3-8 Cloverbelt Conference East Division.GRANTON (28): Cheyenne Redcay 6-9 1-2 13, Dani Anding 3-16 1-3 7, Alanna Dix 1-8 2-3 4, Jessica Richmond 1-9 0-0 2, Jill Richmond 1-6 0-0 2, Cassie Bandt 0-1 0-0 0, Caley Leggate 0-0 0-0 0, Kellisa Rowe 0-1 0-0 0. FG: 12-51. FT: 4-8. 3-pointers: 0-10 (Je. Richmond 0-5, Ji. Richmond 0-3, Anding 0-2). Rebounds: 36 (Redcay 9). Turnovers: 17. Fouls: 20. Fouled out: Anding. Record: 0-11 overall and Cloverbelt East.last_img read more

Columbus Catholic baseball blasts Gilman

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterGILMAN – Marshfield Columbus Catholic scored 13 runs in the first two innings and went on to crush Gilman 16-1 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division baseball game Friday at Gilman High School.The Dons scored five times in the first inning and added eight more in the second to roll to their second-straight win and improve to 2-1 overall and in the Cloverbelt East.Billy Young went 3-for-3 with four RBIs, and Tyler Fuerlinger and Charles Payant each had two hits for Columbus Catholic.Jeremy Binder threw three shutout innings to earn the victory for the Dons.Columbus Catholic’s next game is Thursday at Neillsville.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Dons 16, Pirates 1Columbus Catholic 580 21 – 16 14 0Gilman 000 10 – 1 4 5WP: Jeremy Binder. LP: James Copenhaver.SO: Binder (3 inn.) 5, Billy Young (2 inn.) 3; Copenhaver 5. BB: Binder 1, Young 0; Copenhaver 6.Top hitters: CC, Matthias Gouin 3B; Tyler Fuerlinger 2×3, 2B; Young 3×3, 4 RBIs; Charles Payant 2×2. G, Chase Rosemeyer 2B; Logan Anderson 2B.Records: Columbus Catholic 2-1 overall and Cloverbelt East; Gilman 0-2 overall and Cloverbelt East.last_img read more

MH370: Ocean Infinity says search start is imminent

first_imgThe Hugin autonomous underwater vehicles being deployed to search for MH370. Photo: Ocean Infinity. Deep sea search company Ocean Infinity has confirmed it has inked a deal to continue the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and says the search will start “imminently” in the  zone identified by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.The company said the project’s sophisticated surface vessel,  Seabed Constructor,  was now close to the search area and the “no find, no fee” sweep, which was expected to last 90 days.“We are pleased that our offer to continue the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has been accepted by the Government of Malaysia, who I would like to thank for giving us the opportunity,’’ OI chief executive Oliver Plunkett said.“Whilst there can be no guarantees of locating the aircraft, we believe our system of multiple autonomous vehicles working simultaneously is well suited to the task at hand.“I wish our team the best of luck in their endeavours and sincerely hope that we will be able to play a part in providing some answers to the many people affected by this tragedy.”The company also confirmed it would use up to eight Hugins autonomous underwater vehicles capable of operating to depths of 6000m and already tested to just above that limit.The company did not give any details of the agreement but Channel News Asia reported earlier today that it was a tiered arrangement that would see the company paid up to $US50 million if it is found in the ATSB search area and $US70 million if it is found beyond that.The report said the it would be paid $US20 million if the plane, which went missing in 2014 with 239 passengers and crew on board, was found in first 5000 sq. km.The search will begin in a 25,000 sq. km area designated by experts in 2016 as the most likely crash site.Drift modelling and analysis of satellite imagery significantly boosted confidence among Australian experts that the wreckage of the Boeing 777, which went missing in March 2014, is in the southern half of a 25,000 sq. km.Scientists identified a location at latitude 35.6°S and longitude 92.8°E, near the seventh arc defined by satellite data, as the most likely location for the missing plane.However, if the wreckage is not found in the 25,000 sq. km search area the vessel will head north to  areas proposed by other experts.Ocean Infinity said the use of “free flying AUVs” meant they were not tethered and could collect higher quality data.The AUVs are equipped with side scan sonar, multi-beam echo sounder, sub-bottom profiler, HD camera, conductivity/temperature/depth sensor, self-compensating magnetometer, synthetic aperture sonar and a turbidity sensor.They can scour up to 1200 sq. kms a day, meaning the initial search area could be covered in about three weeks.The discovery of the wreckage will leave the Malaysian Government facing the question of how to retrieve the debris and particularly the crucial flight data and cockpit voice recorders.The quickest way to start the process would be to use the Seabed Constructor.MH370 Seabed Constructor Ocean InfinityThe Seabed Constructor. Photo: Swire Seabed.Sources have told AirlineRatings the sophisticated vessel  is carrying remotely operated vehicles and a 6000-metre rated recovery winch capable of retrieving debris at the kind of depths at which it is likely to be located.They also saw the  Seabed Constructor as the “asset of opportunity” if the wreckage is located before the winter weather sets in.Crucially, the ship is equipped with a dynamic positioning system that allows it to stay on station above the tethered robots as they work.Also on board to assist with analysis of sonar data are staff from Deep Ocean Search, a company which focuses on “ultra-deep water services” in depths of up to 6000m.DOS was instrumental in finding the SS City of Cairo, sunk by a German U-boat in 1942 while carrying 100 tonnes of silver coins from Bombay to England.Under contract to the UK government, DOS and recovered tons of silver coins from a depth of 5150m, a world record at the time and more than 1300m deeper than the Titanic.DOS told AirlineRatings it was unable to answer questions because it had signed a non-disclosure agreement with Ocean Infinity.But its website indicated operating at extreme depth was not without “serious technical difficulties’ which resulted in multiple breakdowns but were eventually resolved.ROV’s differ from the torpedo-shaped autonomous underwater vehicles being deployed in the search in that they are tethered to the ship by a cable and operated in real-time from consoles.They have cameras and often come equipped with sonar as well as thrusters and often manipulating armsSensitive electronics and data storage on deep water ROVs are protected in titanium vessels and  an  expert said every connector, cable and device had to withstand the pressure.He said there were many ROVs designed to run at a depth of about 3000m but very few work class ROVs rated for 6000m.However, he said the technology for deep dives was mature.“The ones around that can be used for this sort of thing are typically designed for something other than the oil and gas industry,’’ he said.Much deeper dives were conducted by the bathyscaphe Trieste in 1960  and by movie director  James Cameron in 2012. Both dived on the Challenger Deep in the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench  and reached depths of almost 11,000m .A Japanese remotely operated underwater vehicle called Kaiko established a depth record for umanned probes in 1995 when it reached the bottom of the Challenger Deep. Others to explore the abyss were Japan’s ABISMO, the US hyrbrid ROV Nereus and China’s Haidou-1.last_img read more

Vieira: ‘Balotelli can’t understand teamwork’

first_imgNice coach Patrick Vieira was “disappointed” with Mario Balotelli. “It’s really difficult for him to understand that football is about teamwork.” The Italy international has never hit the heights his potential warranted and is now also struggling at hometown club Brescia. “It was a real pleasure to work with Mario,” the Nice coach told beIN Sports at an event. “It was I think at a time where it was really difficult for him to understand that football is about teamwork, the team effort, and it’s something that is difficult for Mario to understand. “It has nothing to do with talent of the player, because he is a really special talent, but it’s disappointing that I was unable to get the best out of him, but he needs to understand as well that for him to play at this level, he needs to be part of the team. “I hope he understands that really soon, because there is still time for him to do so and he can go back to scoring goals. He’s got the talent to be the leader of the team, but the leader of the team has to put his talent at the service of the team.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

Oklahoma State Finishes 12th In Final CFB Playoff Rankings

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State finished No. 13 in the AP Poll and Coaches Poll on Sunday, and it finished No. 12 in the final CFB Playoff rankings. Here is a look at the final top 25.#CFBPlayoff Selection Day:Final Top 25 Rankings pic.twitter.com/8Fwt1FBtXp— College Football Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 4, 2016Last year the Pokes finished No. 16 in these rankings. Here is a look at how they were ranked week by week starting with the first CFB Playoff poll in October.Week 1: No. 18Week 2: No. 13Week 3: No. 11Week 4: No. 10Week 5: No. 10Final: No. 12Also, this is pretty impressive (we won’t talk about 2014).Only 8 teams have been in every set of CFP rankings since the start of last year: Bama, Clemson, FSU, Michigan, Ohio St, OU, #okstate, Utah.— Gavin Lang (@glang1) November 29, 2016last_img read more

The Reload: Where Mike Gundy and Glenn Spencer are Recruiting

first_imgEnjoyed my home visit with @Coach_Yurcich #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/6sPLP0Q9cg— LANi ‼️? (@jelani_thegreat) December 7, 2016Glenn in GeorgiaDefensive coordinator Glenn Spencer has recruited Georgia better than any other OSU coach in my memory. And he was on the trail earlier this week recruiting linebacker Tyler Taylor, a four-star recruit.Had a Great in home visit with coach Spencer ?? #GoPokes #PistolsFiring pic.twitter.com/BXPCr9F3KL— Tyler Taylor 2️⃣4️⃣ (@tylertaylor8) December 6, 2016Taylor has made several visits to Oklahoma State, and although Georgia and OU continue to be major factors, OSU has remained in the mix. The Cowboys could use a promising inside linebacker, and depth is always a concern, especially after losing Seth Jacobs in the offseason.Four-star receiver commit gets in-home visit from Kasey DunnLC Greenwood, a four-star commit, got an in-home visit from receivers coach Kasey Dunn. Greenwood is a Lakeview Centennial recruit and one of several receivers expected to sign in the 2017 class.https://twitter.com/Lc_Greenwood/status/8063202775629905932017 QB planning visitOklahoma State recent quarterback offer Myles Brennan, a former LSU commit, is expected to take a visit soon.He told the Biloxi Sun Herald this week he plans to take an official visit to OSU in January. LSU and Florida State figure to also be in the mix. But 247sports analysts project OSU is trending as the favorite. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. After a small sabbatical, the reload is back and chalked full of recruiting nuggets surrounding the Oklahoma State program. Let’s get to it.Gundy visits JUCO linebackerMike Gundy was on the road Tuesday to visit junior college linebacker Patrick Macon, a long-time Oklahoma State target from Arizona Western. He is a 6-foot-3, 235-pound prospect. And he’s expected to take an official visit to Oklahoma State this week.Great Visit From Coach Gundy ‼️ See You Soon Stillwater GoaPokes? pic.twitter.com/e69GvyXSwc— PatMaconMoves‼️〽️ (@Patrick_Macon44) December 6, 2016Macon is a 2017 recruit so he can be eligible to play for OSU next season.Marcus Arroyo visiting Canada this weekThe running backs coach is expected to make the haul to Canada to visit Oklahoma State running back recruit Chuba Hubbard, the 2017 class second highest-rated recruit. Keeping Hubbard in the fold is big as they head towards signing day. Both him and Arroyo have a very tight relationship.Mike Yurcich pays visit to 2017 QB commitJelani Woods earned a visit from offensive coordinator this week. Woods, who is expected to enroll early at OSU, is high priority to make sure he gets to Stillwater. It appears Woods’ entire family has become OSU fans, naturally.last_img read more

Oklahoma State Starts Offseason Competition Highlighted By Player Draft

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The other seven teams are captained by the following duos.Marcus Keyes and Ramon RichardsKenneth Edison-McGruder and James WashingtonMarcell Ateman and Chad WhitenerZach Crabtree and Justin PhillipsKeenen Brown and Jerel MorrowCole Walterscheid and Jalen McCleskeyTre Flowers and Justice HillRobert Allen takes a look at the full competition rosters here ($). The teams will compete for the next month of Tuesdays in speed, agility and strength drills. Here is a look at the first day of competition (this is an every Tuesday ritual).We NEVER stop grindin’!! Those Ws are earned HERE! Get it! #GoPokes #okstate pic.twitter.com/QkqOH1ALMJ— Oklahoma State FB (@CowboyFB_Elite) February 9, 2017 We are a month away from spring football (it starts on March 6) which means it’s time to watch dudes flip tires and scream encouragement at one another.Rob Glass’ famous offseason team competitions started this week, and this video shows a little behind-the-scenes look at how the teams were constructed. Mason Rudolph and Sugar Loaf Daniels had the first pick and took … Chris Lacy?As all current and former #okstate football players can attest, our team competition is a big deal. The 2017 version starts today. More: pic.twitter.com/EcJQv2JhG7— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) February 7, 2017last_img read more

Eng colleges to lose affiliation for not following directives of redressal panel

first_imgNew Delhi: Engineering colleges and other technical institutions, which fail to comply with recommendations of the Student Grievance Redressal Committee (SGRC), may be penalised with withdrawal of approval and affiliation besides withholding of grants, according to draft of new regulations of the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE).The technical education regulator has prepared a draft of “All lndia Council for Technical Education (Redressal of Grievance of Students) Regulations, 2O19″ aimed at addressing and effectively resolving grievances of students related to AICTE-approved technical institutions. Public feedback and suggestions from various stakeholders have been sought on the draft before August 20. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”In respect of any technical institution which wilfully contravenes or repeatedly fails to comply with the recommendation of the Ombudsperson or the Student Grievance Redressal Committee, the council will take action including withdrawal of approval granted to the institution; withdrawal of declaration of fitness or entitlement to receive grants or financial assistance from the Council and withholding any grant allocated to the institution,” the draft read. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KDeclaring the institution ineligible for consideration for any assistance under any of the general or special assistance programs of the Council; informing the general public, including potential candidates for admission, through a notice displayed prominently in suitable media and posted on the website of Council declaring that the institution does not possess minimum standards for redressal of grievances and recommending to the affiliating university for withdrawal of affiliation, are among actions that have been prescribed by AICTE in new norms. As per norms, every AICTE approved institution is supposed to constitute Student Grievance Redressal Committee (SGRC) and any complaint from an aggrieved student relating to the institution shall be addressed to the panel which will be required to send its report with recommendations within 15 days. Institutions have been asked to prominently furnish, on its website and in its prospectus, all relevant information in respect of SGRC coming in its purview, and the Ombudsperson for the purpose of appeals.last_img read more

Boren bringing Buckeyes with him as leader

Zach Boren has been training for this upcoming football season since he was a kid. Since he was 4 years old to be exact. The Ohio State senior fullback comes from a family of athletes. His parents, Mike and Hope Boren, played football and ran track, respectively, at Michigan in the early 1980s. His older brother, Justin, is an offensive guard for the Baltimore Ravens – as well as a former Buckeye – and his younger brother, Jacoby Boren, is a freshman offensive lineman at OSU. Everything the Pickerington, Ohio, native, and his brothers did growing up was a competition. So, when OSU coach Urban Meyer came to Zach Boren last winter and explained to the fullback what he wanted from him in terms of intensity and leadership, he was ready. “The way my parents raised me, it was kind of easy,” Zach Boren said of his transition from being a three-year veteran to becoming a senior leader. That competitive drive – the one Meyer said helps make Zach Boren “the best fullback in the country” – has been instilled in the 6-foot-1, 240-pounder from the first time he began playing football. Zach Boren started tackle football at 4 years old, the same year Justin Boren, who was 7, started. Every practice after stretching, the two would take a lap around a nearby baseball field to get warmed up. And any time Zach Boren tried to beat his older brother back to the field, he hit the ground. “Every time I would try to pass him, he would just throw me down in the dirt,” Zach Boren said. “When I was four and he was seven, we were competing on who would become first in a lap around the field before practice.” Zach Boren said his parents emphasized to him the importance of leadership throughout his childhood. The example he set for his teammates this offseason resulted in him being voted a captain of the 2012 Buckeyes. He’s had some help leading along the way, most of which came from his fellow captains: senior defensive lineman John Simon, redshirt senior linebacker Etienne Sabino, senior nose tackle Garrett Goebel and senior running back Jordan Hall. “We want to be those leaders,” Zach Boren said of himself and his fellow captains. “We want to set an example for the rest of the guys out there. It’s something that, ever since coach Meyer was here, he kind of told us what he expects.” Not only has Zach Boren fulfilled Meyer’s request, he has gone a step further. “We just took it and ran, and said, ‘All right, if you expect this, we’re going to do this and more, and bring other guys with us.’” Boren did bring other guys with him. Literally. Starting shortly after the Buckeyes season ended in January in a Gator Bowl loss to Florida, Zach Boren and Simon began taking younger players with them to their lifting sessions. Zach Boren usually brought sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller, redshirt sophomore running back Rod Smith and junior running back Carlos Hyde. They did it because Meyer told them they were not allowed to be in the weight room at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center unless they were with a younger player, but more so, Boren said, to motivate the players that will be taking their spots as leaders on the team in future years. Spending time with younger players meant Zach Boren and Simon were around each other less than they had been their previous three years at OSU. For the two seniors, who are likely as close as any two Buckeyes, it was a bit of an adjustment. “It’s weird. We always used to lift together and stuff from years past. But now, we kind of don’t lift with each other any more,” Zach Boren said. Their relationship, which, outside of football, consists mainly of poker nights, video games and joking around, hasn’t seemed to suffer, though. At Big Ten Media Days in Chicago, Simon and Zach Boren were each sitting at a roundtable, surrounded by a sea of reporters and photographers. Simon, glancing at Zach Boren, told a member of the media to go ask the fullback who is stronger. Zach Boren responded to the question, “I am,” with a smile. Simon had anticipated his friend’s answer, and told the reporter, jokingly, “go ask him again.” Boren laughed and said, “Tell him I have bigger arms than him.” The two often tease each other, but Meyer praises no one on the Ohio State roster more than Zach Boren and Simon. Meyer said of the two, “That’s why I got back into coaching.” As Boren’s role off the field has been praised and expanded, his responsibility on it is likely to increase, too. During his first three seasons at OSU, Boren had just one carry for two yards. He was a blocker, paving way for others to gain yards. That is likely to change this season. Since January, Zach Boren has lost 25 pounds, going from a 265-pound bruiser to a 240-pound playmaker. He’s lighter, faster and, Meyer said, will see action in a variety of ways. “He’s an athlete, but I didn’t know that. I wanted to evaluate him during the spring, and I did. He’s a guy that will touch the ball,” Meyer said. Zach Boren said he is excited to see what his role really is once the season starts this Saturday against Miami (Ohio). “I think I’m going to be used in a lot of different ways this year – like a hybrid, doing a lot of things,” Zach Boren said. “I don’t think my role will truly come out until Sept. 1 against Miami (Ohio) when we see what I’m doing on a regular basis.” Zach Boren said he might even see time in a wildcat formation, receiving snaps in the shotgun close to the goal line. “Maybe I’ll meet up with Tim Tebow one day and get some pointers from him. I’ve never met the guy, so I’m looking forward to meeting him whenever I do and get some pointers,” Zach Boren said of the former Florida and current New York Jets quarterback and jump-pass extraordinaire. In the same competitive mindset Zach Boren has had since he was 4 years old, when he tried to beat his older brother in a lap around a baseball field before pee-wee practices, the fullback said he is not going to settle for mediocrity in his final season as a Buckeye. Not even when it comes to the naming of his special formation. “Maybe you guys (reporters) can think of something, like wild tiger or something. Something that’s manly,” Boren said. OSU is set to open its season Saturday against Miami (Ohio) at noon at Ohio Stadium. read more

Staying within the system key for Ohio State as it moves past

Senior guard Shannon Scott looks to score during a game against Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago. OSU lost, 76-67. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorCHICAGO — It was a familiar tale for the Ohio State men’s basketball team Friday night at the United Center.The Buckeyes fell behind quickly, trailing by as many as 16 in the first half, as they were bounced from the Big Ten Tournament, 76-67, in the quarterfinals, marking the first time OSU failed to make the semifinals since 2009.The deficit swelled to as many as 17 in the second half for the Buckeyes, many of whom said the loss was due to not “staying within the system.”OSU coach Thad Matta said deviating from the system is the reason the Buckeyes dug themselves such a big hole.“The biggest thing I told our guys, you’ve got to trust the system more in terms of what we’re doing,” Matta said. “We deviated some, especially early, and it got us.”OSU’s leading scorer was once again freshman guard D’Angelo Russell, who echoed his coach’s words, adding that despite inching their way back, the Buckeyes can’t afford to keep putting themselves in the same type of situations.“When everything’s getting tough we always run away from our system instead of trusting it, and we always end up with a loss,” Russell said. “We always kick, scratch and claw back and cut it within six, five, whatever it is, but we always run away from our system and it shows at the end with a loss.”But what is the system?Another freshman, forward Jae’Sean Tate, said the system is as simple as each player executing their individual assignments.“Intensity on offense. Just doing your job. Setting screens, running the floor, just being prepared and playing hard. That’s the system,” Tate said. “We got to come out with intensity and we have to trust the system. When we do that, we are a whole completely different team. When we don’t, we come up short.”Tate, who will likely make his first NCAA Tournament appearance next week, said the Buckeyes remain confident they can make a run.“Every time we have trusted our system starting off the game the way we’re supposed to, with Ohio State basketball, we’re a pretty tough team,” Tate said. “I think that this week in practice, we are going to have to stay focussed and be ready.”Senior guard Shannon Scott, who scored 13 points to go along with nine assists in the loss to Michigan State, said he will need to be a more of a leader for the young Buckeyes as the season winds down.“I don’t call them freshmen anymore, but I definitely have to be more vocal,” he said. “They haven’t been in the NCAA Tournament. I’ve been fortunate to get to the Final Four, but also lose in the first round so I’ve been on both ends of the stick.”Ultimately, Scott said the Buckeyes need to relish the moment, while also keeping their intensity.“You got to enjoy it. It’s the best time of your life, but no one is going to step down,” Scott said. “It’s the NCAA Tournament. everybody feels like they can be a Cinderella team, no matter who it is.”The Buckeyes are set to find out their NCAA Tournament fate on Sunday night after the final conference tournament comes to a close. read more