In college basketball, there are plenty of moments that put life and sports in perspective. Jimmy V Week and Coaches vs. Cancer are two of the many things during the season that do just that. Sunday afternoon was another example not only to remind us that college basketball and sports are just games and entertainment, but that there are far more important things in life than sports.
Being one of the lone new guys on a World Series contender can be tough, but Yonder Alonso seems to be fitting in quite well with his new club. His personality seems to fit just right with his Indians teammates.
Kevin Love won’t have the opportunity to actually play with his new teammates until he fully recovers from his hand injury in a few weeks, but it’s obvious that he loves the new-look Cavs and can’t wait to get back on the court. They already look much improved, just wait until they gain more chemistry and get Love back. Watch out, Eastern Conference (and the rest of the NBA).
A key part of the Indians’ World Series run in 2016, Rajai Davis has returned to the Indians. The veteran outfielder has signed a Minor League contract with Cleveland, which includes an invite to Spring Training with the big league club.
Kerry Coombs will be tough to replace, but Urban Meyer seems to have made a home-run hire, bringing back former Ohio State cornerbacks coach and most recently Temple defensive coordinator Taver Johnson, who was the cornerbacks coach on Jim Tressel’s staff in Columbus from 2007-11.
For the first time since January 6, 2014, the Buckeyes are ranked in the top 10, coming it at No. 8 in the AP Top 25 after upsetting Purdue and dominating Iowa last week.
Chris Holtmann has turned a thin roster into one of the best teams in the country. He doesn’t (and didn’t) make excuses for the lack of depth or anything else, he has just done the best he can with what he was given. Even if it’s just mid-January through March (and April), Holtmann has turned Ohio State into a basketball school. The basketball Buckeyes are fun again, and for that, Holtmann deserves to be the National Coach of the Years in his first season in Columbus.
With just one practice under their belt together, the new-look Cavs not only dominated the Celtics in Boston, but they did so while looking energetic and rejuvenated all while having fun and seemingly being unstoppable offensively.
To say that the Cleveland Cavaliers had a hectic trade deadline would be an understatement. The wine and gold acquired four players while trading away six, completely reshaping their roster. Following the deadline, WFNY’s Jeff Nomina and Josh Poloha took to WFNY TV Thursday night to talk a little about the trades, why Channing Frye will be missed, and what the new-look Cavs may look like going forward.
Cavs could potentially bring in Kendrick Perkins not to help them on the court, but the veteran would could potentially help the transition following the roster overhaul, along with his experience and leadership in the locker room. With the departure of Channing Frye, a guy that keeps things going well behind the scenes is important. Essentially, Perkins’ contributions off the court are more important to the Cavs than his potential contributions on the court.
When Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was recruiting the No. 2-ranked offensive tackle in the country and best player in Ohio, Jackson Carman, he told the kid that Meyer was on the back half of his career and Swinney himself was just starting up. The negative (and untrue) recruiting was one of the few reasons why Carman chose Clemson over Ohio State. That seems to be one of the reasons why Ohio State has given Meyer both an extension and a pay raise.
WIth so much pressure to improve the team, first-year general manager Koby Altman came through and had an incredible deadline day. Just how good does it seem to be? He got the nod of approval from former general manager David Griffin Tha’ts a good thing, right?
Isaiah Thomas’ game is broken, but his mouth seemed to run more than ever, especially when it came to blaming his teammates and coaches for the Cavs’ problems. He wasn’t the only problem, but IT sure didn’t help anything. Because of that, his departure will improve the Cavs going forward.
It seemed as though Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Greg Schiano was head to New England to be the Patriots new defensive coordinator. Contrary to reports earlier this week, Schiano will remain in Columbus and will receive a nice little pay raise from the Buckeyes because of it.
Don’t look now, but at 21-5 (12-1), the Ohio State Buckeyes are officially in first place in the Big Ten. Thanks to a Keita Bates-Diop’ tip in with 2.8 seconds left, the Buckeyes secured their biggest win of the season Wednesday night.
With one of the best offenses and defenses in the country, Purdue is dominant on both sides of the floor. Add in that they have two seven-footers and are one of the best three-point shooting teams in the country and the Boilermakers seem to be unstoppable right now. With that said, Wednesday night could be yet another reason for Ohio State to shock the college basketball world and give Purdue their first Big Ten loss of the season. The Buckeyes have a huge opportunity to add to their resume and show that they are the real deal, but it will be quite a tough one in West Lafayette.
After being left off the midseason Wooden Award Top 25 watch list just over three weeks ago, Ohio State Buckeyes star forward Keita Bates-Diop has been added to the Wooden Award Late Season Top 20 list. To say it’s a well-deserved nomination would be an understatement.
After dominating Indiana and taking care of business against Illinois this past week, the Ohio State Buckeyes jumped from No. 17 to No. 14 in the latest Associated Press Top 25, their second-highest ranking of the season. The Buckeyes travel to West Lafayette to take on No. 3 Purdue Wednesday night, in what is arguably the biggest game of the regular season in the Big Ten and one that could determine who wins the Big Ten regular season title.
Twenty-five games into the Chris Holtmann era and following Ohio State’s win over Indiana last Tuesday, it seems as though the Buckeyes made the right move by deciding to wait and hire Holtmann. Both his and Archie Miller’s long-term success in Columbus and Bloomington will be something to keep an eye on going forward.
A key part of the Cavs’ championship run in 2016, J.R. Smith has struggled since winning his first title ring. It seems to be the reason that the Cavaliers have included him in a number of trade offers.