Posted on: March 26, 2011 1:16 am
Edited on: March 26, 2011 1:18 am
Posted by Matt Norlander
NEWARK, N.J. — Jared Sullinger, the Ohio State freshman big man who's been evaluated to be a top-five draft pick this June, told CBSSports.com he fully intends to return to Columbus for his sophomore season. Ohio State lost Friday night in the East Regional semifinals to No. 4 Kentucky, 62-60.
"I'm gonna be here, gonna be at Ohio State next year," Sullinger said when asked about his future. He further explained: "I don't like the look in peoples' eyes (right now) and I don't like the taste we have of losing. I don't appreciate losing. If I made a decision about (leaving) next year, it would be off a win, not a loss."
When asked if this was an emotional, in-the-moment decision, and if there were any possibility he would change his mind in the coming weeks, Sullinger said, "I'm a man of my word. That's period, point blank. I'm coming back."
Sullinger didn't tell his teammates about his choice prior to Friday's game against the Wildcats. According to the freshman, he mulled the scenario earlier in the day.
"I made this decision today, and I'm a man of my word," he said. "I don't go against my word. If I tell somebody I'm going to do something, I'm going to do it."
The freshman averaged 17.1 points and 10 rebounds per game this season for the Buckeyes, who spent the majority of the season ranked No. 1 in the polls and were the No. 1 overall seed in this year's NCAA tournament.
Posted on: February 15, 2011 3:25 pm
Posted by Matt Norlander
You haven't seen too much of it here at the blog, primarily because we don't see it as a major crisis, but the alleged spitting incident that took place in Madison, Wisc., Saturday afternoon still isn't going away. So long as Badgers coach Bo Ryan is doing interviews, he's fielding questions about Spitgate.
Ryan went on Jim Rome's radio show this afternoon, and the host of course asked Ryan his thoughts on Sullinger's claims that he was spat on both before and after the game.
Ryan stopped just short of calling Sullinger a liar, but he did toe the line pretty close. He also echoed sentiments about the crowd, the enthusiasm, etc. that he's said to media for the better part of the past three days.
“In America you can say anything, so I just I don’t — event management handles all that,” Ryan said. “But the amazing thing is, students, so many videotaped that post-game (celebration) because they wanted to save the moment forever , so I would think that, if anything — plus our whole Kohl Center is under surveillance cameras … so do you find it surprising that something hasn’t been, you know? So you go with it, let people talk about it, and we get ready for Purdue. But our fans are the best. You’ve seen this place, you know what it’s like. I know one thing: this head coach has our students’ back.”
Ryan's doing what you'd expect: backing the Bucky fans 100 percent, as there is no evidence to force him to turn his heel. No faulting him there. For the record, Ohio State head coach Thad Matta backed up Sullinger's claims in Monday's Big Ten conference call with media.
Rome then flatly asked Ryan if he believed Sullinger was making his story up. The Wisconsin coached largely dodged that question and continued to rah-rah.
“For me to have a hypothetical for a hypothetical, I don’t know,” Ryan said. “I just know we beat them for that 40 minutes, the place was electric, the university’s been just nothing but good things talked about and that’s the way we feel. We just feel really good about the atmosphere and our guys’ performance.”Still waiting for the back-and-to-the-left film to surface from this, which seems more and more unlikely. Perhaps we do have a new rivalry budding here, though, considering these allegations and the fact Wisconsin gave Ohio State its first loss in football and basketball this season. The next page-turn comes in the regular-season finale, when the Buckeyes host the Badgers.
Yes, the Nut House should be pretty prepared for that one. And it's same to assume the fans will keep their mouths clean — but certainly not closed.
Photo: Getty Images
Posted on: January 22, 2011 2:33 pm
Edited on: January 22, 2011 3:37 pm
Posted by Eric Angevine
First of all, what a gorgeous game to start out with on a Saturday. Sharp passing, spectacular inside play, and maximum effort by both teams.
I'm not usually one to encourage kids to leave school early, but Jared Sullinger (right) already has post moves that some NBA veterans can't pull off. He backed down Illinois big men on some plays, beat them to position on others, and even uncorked a magnificent three-quarter-court pass to David Lighty for the assist on a monster dunk in transition. Perhaps even more impressive, it was Sullinger who dived on a loose ball and called time out, denying Illinois a chance at the tying score with seconds remaining. He was a superstar in every way -- scoring 27 points with 16 rebounds -- on a day when both teams showcased fab freshmen on the blocks.
On the home side, it was a national coming-out party for Illinois frosh Jereme Richmond, who put up 18 points and hauled down 10 rebounds, serving as the Illini's most valuable player on an afternoon when senior point guard Demetri McCamey simply couldn't find his range. The entire Illini backcourt struggled to capitalize on the space their inside men provided, hitting just 4 of 19 shots from behind the arc.
The Buckeyes (20-0) became the first team to hold serve and remain undefeated this weekend. #2 Kansas (18-0) plays host to #11 Texas at 4:00 p.m. on CBS, and #6 San Diego State (20-0) will definitely stay unblemished for the next four days; the Aztecs don't play a game until Wednesday's visit to #9 BYU.
Ohio State faces #13 Purdue on Tuesday in an attempt to get to 21-0 before the Aztecs have their shot. Illinois (14-6) travels to Indiana with hopes to rebound against a Hoosier team stuck in slow rebuilding mode.
Photo: US Presswire
Posted on: January 7, 2011 1:47 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2011 10:31 am
Posted by Matt Jones
I of course knew of Jimmer going into the season. I watched in awe as he dropped 37 on Florida in the NCAA Tournament and hit two clutch threes in double-overtime that showcased his Robert Horry-like potential for game-winning heroics. Going into the season, he made my preseason All-American team and I firmly believed he was the best upper classman in all of college basketball. But those accolades were more about my admiration for his skill. In the same way that we can all appreciate the beauty of Megan Fox from afar but only truly fall for those that we know, it takes something beyond gaudy statistics to make a player hit Stephen Curry-like levels of affection for me. I need to see flair that recalls Harold “The Show” Arceneaux, not just box score domination.
Well now, after forgoing my usual routine of late-night Seinfeld reruns for a number of BYU games from the West Coast, it is official. I am all-in for Jimmer. Watching a game involving Fredette is an exhilarating experience. As he comes down the floor, it is clear that literally anything can happen. His tremendous handle allows him to take quicker players off the bounce, while also being able to stop on a dime and rise for a three that seems to come out of nowhere. His game oozes with a confidence that some would mistake as arrogance, but I would classify as a “white boy swagger” that recalls former Kentucky guard Patrick Sparks (before he got fat). He knows he is better than you and he also knows that because of the way he looks, you don’t really believe it. So he is determined to not only show you he is better, but do it in the most dramatic way possible.
Before BYU’s victory on Wednesday night over UNLV, Rebel guard Tre’von Willis made the mistake of telling the media that Jimmer was “supposedly” the best player in the Mountain West Conference. Whether Willis meant his adverb to motivate Jimmer is unclear, but Fredette noted after the game that he saw the comments. While he told the media that it wasn’t a motivating factor, his play showcased a different conclusion. He looked more focused and played with a spring in his step that seemed to suggest a different gear. It shouldn’t however be a surprise. The best play with a different swagger when the game means the most, and the win over UNLV gave BYU a very important early flesh wound over San Diego State for the conference crown.
I admit that neglecting the Mountain West used to be a way of life for me. Whether it was because of the late start times, the fact that every school seemed to be located in the desert or the impossibility to find the channel of the games, the Mountain West used to rank just below anything involving Jay Leno in terms of my list of priorities. But now because of Jimmer, I would suggest that games in the MWC, specifically those involving BYU, are must-see tv. While Kemba Walker and Jared Sullinger may be this season’s breakout stars and Duke is without question the nation’s best team, the part of college basketball that is most guaranteed to put a smile on your face is located in Provo, Utah. I have fallen for the Jimmer show, and it is time that you do too.