Mens Basketball Ohio State looking to prove everyone wrong in Holtmanns inaugural

Ohio State freshman forward Kyle Young (25), freshman forward Kaleb Wesson (34) and junior guard C.J. Jackson (3) defend Wooster forward Alex Baptiste on his drive to the net in an exhibition game on Nov. 5, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentPages of predictions for Ohio State’s season line the walls of assistant coach Ryan Pedon’s office. Those pages outline another rough campaign looming for the Buckeyes in Chris Holtmann’s first season at the helm despite the new coaching staff and trio of talented freshmen — four-star forwards Kaleb Wesson and Kyle Young and three-star forward Musa Jallow — joining Ohio State. The shake-ups are not enough to make people forget the worst season under former head coach Thad Matta, in which the Buckeyes finished 17-15 (7-11 Big Ten). “I think you only have to open a college basketball preseason magazine and read where we’re picked. 12, 13, 14, 11 [in the Big Ten],” Holtmann told The Lantern in October. “It’s all over, but it’s near the bottom.”Rather than ignore the predictions of a down year for Ohio State, the players and coaches are embracing the underdog mentality. “I think it’s hard to not be aware of [the predictions],” sophomore center Micah Potter said Wednesday. “But at the same time, you know we use it a little bit as motivation. Coach brings that up a little bit saying, ‘Hey, look guys. You know these teams are saying this is the time to get Ohio State.’ And this just kind of adds fuel to the fire.”But are the predictions wrong? Will the Buckeyes really surprise people and have a standout season?Perhaps they will. Perhaps won’t. Holtmann admitted Wednesday that the Buckeyes are “in the process of rebuilding our roster.”Ohio State has plenty of depth at forward with redshirt junior Keita Bates-Diop and senior Jae’Sean Tate returning to the Buckeyes’ starting lineup. In the Buckeyes’ exhibition game, the pair combined for 27 points and went 9-for-15 from the field. After missing the majority of last season with a stress fracture in his left leg, Bates-Diop shook off the rest and led the team with 17 points and nine rebounds. Returning for a healthy 2017-18 season, after receiving a medical redshirt, he could help provide the Buckeyes with a steady presence in the post while he mans the power forward position.Tate, the team’s leading scorer from a season ago, should once again be expected to be one of the Buckeyes’ offensive leaders. Holtmann and his staff will likely lean heavily on those two players. The Buckeyes will enter the season as a young, inexperienced team that lost three of its top four scorers from last season. Knowing that, Holtmann told The Lantern that Tate and Bates-Diop are the only known starters heading into the season.“After that, I’m still trying to figure out where to go from there,” Holtmann said. “I think we have multiple guys that can play and I think we’ll have a fairly fluid starting lineup throughout the year. That happens when you have eight to 10 guys that can potentially all start a game for you, or you have an injury or two.”Tate in particular could be relied upon more heavily than most other players due to the team’s lack of depth at point guard. The only natural point guard on the roster is junior C.J. Jackson, and the remainder of the guards on scholarship are shooting guards. Holtmann said Tate was a player who could be asked to provide Ohio State with another option at the one. Graduate transfer Andrew Dakich was another player listed as someone who will be asked to man the point for the Buckeyes. Jackson did not have a strong showing in the exhibition game against Wooster. He finished 1-for-11 — 0-for-6 from 3-point range — and only had four assists. Holtmann said Jackson has good feel for the position and will enter the year as the likely starter at the position, but that he will need to work on keeping his emotions in check during the game.Guard is the thinnest position for Ohio State, but the rest of the team’s depth will come down to how well the trio of exciting freshmen perform. Freshmen Kaleb Wesson, Kyle Young and Musa Jallow will all be counted on to play meaningful minutes for the Buckeyes, Holtmann said, even if they might not initially be counted on as starters. Young and Jallow will both provide the Buckeyes with versatile players capable of playing at both the forward and guard positions, though both are more natural forwards.Wesson, on the other hand, could quickly emerge as a candidate for starting minutes. The highest-rated commit in Ohio State’s 2017 class is a natural scorer and will compete with Potter at the center position. Against Wooster, Wesson was one of the more electrifying players for Ohio State, posting 16 points (5-for-8 from the field) and seven rebounds. Though he provided the Buckeyes with a glimpse of the bright future that could be in store for the freshman forward, he also demonstrated some struggles defensively and fouled out.There are several question marks pertaining to depth and expected performance. The uncertainty surrounding the team does not bode well for a team hoping to surprise some people. With a tough schedule facing No. 9 North Carolina, No. 18 Gonzaga and potentially No. 8 Florida, this young team could struggle against a lineup of high-quality opponents.With a promising young group of players and some returning core players from last year, Ohio State seems to be in a position to finish with a better record than last season, but an NIT appearance is more likely than a surprise NCAA Tournament bid.Having waited since June to see what the team will look like in the start of the Holtmann era, the Buckeyes are eager to get their first chance to show if they can prove any of the early predictions wrong and put together a strong season at 7 p.m. Friday at the Schottenstein Center. “Obviously there’s a lot of anticipation for this game. The new staff and pretty much new team,” Potter said. “It was good to be able to get out there and play hard and just see where we are. Obviously, Wooster is not the level of competition we’re going to be playing moving forward. But it was good to see us gel a little bit and see us make the little mistakes that we can fix very easily.” read more

Lobotka wanted in Italy

first_imgStanislav Lobotka is attracting interest from clubs in Italy, according to talkSPORT.Napoli and Fiorentina are believed to interested in the securing the services of the midfielder from Celta Vigo.The Slovakian had a stellar 2017-18 season in Spain with Celta leading to PSG and Arsenal scouting him.But it seems the two European giants have turned their attention elsewhere leaving Napoli and Fiorentina to battle it out for his signature.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…It is believed both clubs are in talks with Celta as regards to a move for the 23-year-old with a transfer fee of around £25million involved in those discussions.Napoli are looking to secure Lobotka’s services to replace the outgoing Jorginho.Jorginho is expected to move to the Premier League this summer to either sign for Manchester City or Chelsea.Lobotka made 31 appearances for Celta Vigo last season in the Spanish La Liga.last_img read more

Well approach the season in the right way – Spalletti

first_imgThe Nerazzurri Coach Luciano Spalletti said after the final pre-season fixture that “we have a lot of options, defensive balance and consistency will be important.”Speaking to Inter official website Spalletti said:“You have to evaluate each half on its own. In the first half, we did well but we then dropped off in the second. We should have managed the ball better,” said Spalletti.Juventus v Atalanta BC - Serie ASerie A Season Preview 2019-20 Boro Tanchev – August 23, 2019 The 2019-20 Serie A campaign starts this weekend with the clash between Parma and defending champions Juventus.“We have lots of options in the team, you need to know how to switch between them while always maintaining defensive balance. Am I satisfied with pre-season? I’m sorry about the problem the Ninja had, the positive side was having guys who can approach the season in the right way.”“Lautaro’s goal was a really beautiful piece of play but the consistency that he showed throughout the match was more important.”“Today, the opponent was very strong and they’ve been winning for some years. In the second half, they made some important changes and we have to show more consistency because we dropped off. I’m satisfied but we must always be competitive, starting with every single training session.”last_img read more

Jurgen Klopp on Dejan Lovrens injury

first_imgJürgen Klopp has given an update on Dejan Lovren who is set to face a short spell on the sidelines due to a pelvis issueDejan Lovren returned to Melwood earlier this week but failed to participate in the club’s training due to the problem. He is likely to miss Liverpool’s upcoming fixtures.However, Klopp is anticipating Lovren will be back in training shortly, telling his post-match press conference following the Reds’ win over West Ham United: “He is not fit. Let me say it like this, last year he already had a few problems with that, but he could obviously play – and played really good.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Recovery days were always enough then it was not a problem, and he was in the next session again. We did not train a lot in the end of the season, of course, because we were more or less constantly playing, but he played constantly.“Now in the World Cup, [playing] three times [for] 120 minutes it got a bit worse, but I am pretty sure it will settle in the next one, two or three weeks. In that time he can probably for sure train already, but not the full programme, so that will then take time.“In the end, it is serious but not that serious, so it’s not that we need to be afraid that it will take him until whenever. At the moment he is not available, that’s true.”last_img read more

Putting emotions on centrestage

first_imgDelhi is yet again gearing up to host and witness one of a grand theatre extravaganza. Called the Modern Theatre Festival, it will showcase interesting plays like Rangbhoomi, Jivito Mrito, Bol Ke Lab Azad Hain Tere, Math ke Raaste Mein Ek Din and Shayar Shutter Down. The five days theatre festival which is oganised under the aegis of Sahitya Kala Parishad, is an initiative of Delhi Government to promote theatre in the capital. From a struggling story of a common man, to a painful saga of a widow, to a biography of a legendary poet, the festival will bring together a variety of plays of different genres on the Capital stage. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ ‘There are many famous and distinguished directors who have come up to promote theatre in our country. We will present the different genres of plays and plays of different diversities in a compact, seamless format that will appeal to contemporary audiences, while maintaining the essence of the ancient tradition,’ commented J P Singh, Assistance Secretary, Sahitya Kala Parishad. Rangbhoomi, the play to be performed on the first day has been directed by Surendra Sharma and is based on a novel written by Munshi Premchand. It is life playing itself in its arena and in many shapes, forms and emotions. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix’My play speaks about the tricky ground of tensions between the rulers and the ruled. Capturing the travails and traumas of peasant  society, it celebrates the unassailable spirit of the common man,’ said Sharma. Jivito Mrito has been adapted from a story of Rabindranath Tagore and is directed by Anuradha Kapur. The play underlines the poignant moments in the life of a widow and her struggle for acceptance.Then, Math ke Raaste Mein Ek Din has been adapted by a story written by Satish Aalekar and has been translated by Seema Mittal. The stage show will be directed by Suresh Bharadwaj and will be presented by Aakar Kala Sangam. Bol Ke Lab Azad Hain Tere brings the story of author Faiz Ahmed Faiz, which features the biography and struggle of his journey. It is a musical drama of 90 minutes written by Parvez Ahmad and directed by Lokendra Trivedi. The fifth and the final day will showcase a play, Shayar…Shutter Down. Written and directed by Tripuarari Sharma.DETAILAt: Shriram Center, Mandi HouseWhen: 10 – 14 DecemberTiming: 6.30pm onwardslast_img read more

Blame air pollution for irregular menstrual cycles

first_imgThe growing level of pollution in the air raises the chances of irregular menstrual cycles among teenage girls, a new study led by an Indian-origin researcher has warned. According to the researchers, teenage girls affected by the air pollution may have slightly increased chances of menstrual irregularity and longer time to achieve regularity in high school and early adulthood.The researchers also warned that exposure to air pollution can cause infertility, metabolic syndrome and polycystic ovary syndrome. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”While air pollution exposures have been linked to cardiovascular and pulmonary disease, this study suggests there may be other systems, such as the reproductive endocrine system, that are affected as well,” said Shruthi Mahalingaiah, Assistant Professor at Boston University.The menstrual cycle is responsive to hormonal regulation. Particulate matter in air pollution has demonstrated hormonal activity. However, according to the researchers, it was not known if air pollution was associated with menstrual cycle irregularity, until now. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor the study, the researchers used health and location data gathered in the Nurses’ Health Study 2 plus air pollution exposure metrics from the EPA air quality monitoring system to understand a participants’ exposure during a particular time window.They found exposure to air pollution during high school was correlated with menstrual cycle irregularity. “Implications on human disease may come through reducing emissions on a global and individual level.”last_img read more