A New Era Of Buckeye Basketball

A New Era Of Buckeye Basketball

Ohio State sports is gaining national attention again and it isn't because of football.
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In sports, it comes down to consistency.

For the Browns, it usually is an issue of not being consistent enough. The constant turnover of players, coaches, and front office personnel prevent any real tangible change from taking place. The other side of the coin is when teams find themselves in a rut. Things might not be bad but they are likely not improving and are often declining.

That was the position Ohio State basketball found themselves in during the final years of Thad Mattas tenure at OSU. Consecutive years of not making the NCAA tournament is one thing, but the inability to recruit in Ohio on top of that is inexcusable.

With those two issues staring OSU in the face, they elected to move on from Thad Matta, one of the longest-tenured and most respected coaches in college basketball. With Matta's departure, in comes Chris Holtmann and a new era of Ohio State Basketball. Hopefully.

This season, the Buckeyes are sitting at 22-7 overall and 13-3 in the Big Ten Conference. Having knocked off the two top teams in the conference in Purdue and Michigan State, the Buckeyes are poised to make a run at the conference title and will likely have a bid to the NCAA tournament.

All of that, in part, comes from a coaching change prior to the season (Holtmann is aided by potential conference player of the year in Keita Bates-Diop who was out with injury last season but let us just call that coincidence). It is clear that a change was necessary for this team. For seniors on the team especially, hearing a different voice in the locker room might have been just what they needed.

Different speeches before games and different gameplans can make all the difference in reinvigorating players love for basketball. It may sounds cliche, but everything may feel brand new and exciting for these players.

This quick and completely unexpected turnaround by Ohio State is one that should put the whole country on notice. Ohio State may not be a blue blood basketball school like Duke or Kansas, but if they can win enough games to inspire their homegrown talent to stay home, they can be a force at the national level.

But for that to be possible, Chris Holtmann needs to show that he is a capable recruiter. There are four Ohio natives in ESPN's top 100 basketball players of 2018. None are committed to Ohio State. If Ohio State is going to lose out to schools like Syracuse, Indiana, Northwestern, and Notre Dame on their home turf, that does not inspire confidence for the future of Ohio State Basketball.

The next LeBron James to come out of this state should be at least tempted to commit to his home state school. Right now, it doesn't seem like that incentive has formed. My prediction would be that that storyline will change after this season.

Nothing is a better recruiter than winning. Duke has the top three high school players committed, and it's because they win a lot and often. After a promising season like this one, the Buckeyes can almost officially call themselves "winners."

Only time will tell if this season is a magical one and done for the Ohio State Buckeyes and their new coach Chris Holtmann. They are far from having proved themselves with the Big Ten Tournament looming, along with the NCAA Tournament. If you want my prediction, the Buckeyes are in a potent recruiting location at a school that has plenty going for it in terms of location and academics. I think the Buckeyes are here to stay. Mark your brackets accordingly.

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20 Signs You Were A High School Cheerleader

You got really tired of hearing, "Point your toes."
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Cheerleading is something you'll never forget. It takes hard work, dedication, and comes with its ups and downs. Here are some statements that every cheerleader, past and present, know to be true.

1. You always had bobby pins with you.

2. Fear shot through you if you couldn't find your spankees right away and thought you left them at home.

3. You accumulated about 90 new pairs of tennis shoes...

4. ...and about 90 new bows, bags, socks, and warm ups.

5. When you hear certain songs from old cheer dance mixes it either ruins your day or brings back happy memories.

6. And chances are, you still remember every move to those dances.

7. Sometimes you catch yourself standing with your hands on your hips.

8. You know the phrase, "One more time, ladies" all too well.

9. The hospitality rooms were always one of the biggest perks of going to tournaments (at least for me).

10. You got really tired of hearing, "Point your toes."

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11. If you left the gym at half-time to go get something, you better be back by the time the boys run back out.

12. You knew how awkward it could be on the bus rides home after the boys lost.

13. But you also knew how fun it could be if they won.

14. Figuring out line-up was extremely important – especially if one of your members was gone.

15. New uniforms were so exciting; minus the fact that they cost a fortune.

16. You know there was nothing worse than when you called out an offense cheer but halfway through, you had to switch to the defense version because someone turned over the ball.

17. You still know the school fight song by heart and every move that goes with it.

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18. UCA Cheer Camp cheers and chants still haunt you to this day.

19. You know the difference between a clasp and a clap. Yes, they're different.

20. There's always a part of you that will miss cheering and it will always have a place in your heart.

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Serena Williams Fights Sexism at US Open

The way we treat male and female professional tennis players has to be the same.

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