Sterling sorry for late arrival at England camp

first_img0Shares0000England’s Raheem Sterling apologised to boss Gareth Southgate over late arrival © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Jun 2 – Gareth Southgate has revealed Raheem Sterling has apologised to his England team-mates after reporting late for their World Cup training camp.Sterling had been due to arrive at St George’s Park last Tuesday, a day later than the bulk of the squad due to a personal commitment which delayed his post-season holiday in Jamaica. But his return flight stopped in Miami rather than continuing direct to England, meaning the Manchester City winger did not arrive until the following morning.Sterling phoned ahead to warn of the delay, but England boss Southgate took him aside to discuss the matter further when he belatedly checked in at the national football centre.Southgate has made it clear he demands the highest professional standards and the 23-year-old got the message that he had to take his England commitments seriously.A chastened Sterling asked Southgate if he could say sorry to the squad for his lateness.“He was given off until the Tuesday night and he arrived on the Wednesday morning, so he was late,” Southgate said.“There was a mix-up on flights and a connection. In fairness to him he wanted to apologise to the group, explained his commitment to the team, and it’s done.“That was accepted and everybody has moved on.”Sterling had already been in trouble this week when he posted a social media picture of his new tattoo of an M16 assault rifle on his calf.Lucy Cope, who founded Mothers Against Guns after her son Damian was shot dead outside a club in July 2012, said the depiction was “totally unacceptable”.Sterling said the unfinished tattoo served as a reminder of his vow never to touch guns after his father was shot to death in his native Jamaica when he was just two years old.Asked if he felt let down by Sterling, Southgate insisted the player retains his full support.“It was not an intentional situation,” Southgate said ahead of Saturday’s World Cup warm-up against Nigeria at Wembley.“If someone doesn’t want to be here and wants to be late, that’s different. But I know how he was about it, so it was clear to me, his commitment and his focus.“Managers want an easy life, really. They don’t want to have (these) conversations and we know the world we live in.“Nothing stays private. That’s part of the long discussion we had when we went for a walk.“I don’t know why there are so many stories about him compared to others, but he is the type of player who can make a difference. There is a bigger expectation, a bigger focus on him.“If you want to be a top player, you have to be able to handle that.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Designed Selection Is Not Evolution

first_imgWhen you insert mindful choice or programmed choice into a process, Darwinism disappears.The following articles repeat a common mistake: confusing artificial selection with natural selection. Natural selection is a contradiction in terms. Who is the selector? If it is random chance, then the concept implodes into the Stuff Happens Law.AI and high-performance computing extend evolution to superconductors (Science Daily). The article begins by recognizing design: “Materials by design: Argonne researchers use genetic algorithms for better superconductors.” So what’s evolution got to do with it? The article creates a hopeless muddle like mixing oil and water:Owners of thoroughbred stallions carefully breed prizewinning horses over generations to eke out fractions of a second in million-dollar races. Materials scientists have taken a page from that playbook, turning to the power of evolution and artificial selection to develop superconductors that can transmit electric current as efficiently as possible.What Argonne National Laboratory is doing has nothing to do with evolution. At every point, the researchers are the selectors. They “need to be selective” to get defect-free materials, they say. This is not evolution; it is biomimicry – the imitation of design in nature.Programming the forces of evolution (Phys.org). Under a big photo of Charlie’s hairy face, this group similarly confuses designed selection with Darwin’s error, mixing artificial selection with his Stuff Happens Law. The confusion starts in the first sentence:The genius of evolution is rarely seen in action, so the invisible hand guiding the direction of biological systems is often taken for granted. However, by applying the principles of natural selection to research questions and designing robots to carry out these tasks, scientists are creating the world’s first evolutionary machines.It would be hard to design a more equivocal, confused, and misleading statement than that. Evolution is no genius. It is dumb! It is mindless. Such are the big lies and half truths utilized by Darwin propagandists today in the media.Darwin can help your doctor (Science Linx News). If you want to live healthy, kick that Darwinist out of your doctor’s office fast! History used Darwin’s ideas to murder and kill millions of people in the name of “survival of the fittest.” Darwinism treats human beings as a population no differently than a culture of bacteria in a petri dish. Here’s how to dress up an ugly idea and make it look fashionable:Taking an evolutionary view can inspire new ideas in clinical microbiology. For example, evolutionary studies can reveal why some antimicrobial dosing regimens are better than others in preventing the development of drug resistance. Looking at microbial communities, rather than just the pathogenic micro-organisms, can also lead to new insights. That is why clinicians, bioinformaticians analysing pathogens and evolutionary biologists should all work together.The evolutionary biologist, like a wolf in wolf’s clothing (yes, that’s what we mean), snickers as he openly weasels his way into the group committed to the principle, “Do no harm.”Regarding drug resistance, that is microevolution at best. Listen to Ann Gauger answer a question at ID the Future if antibiotic resistance represents evolution. She starts by saying “evolution is a fact” in this instance – but only because it involves random mutations in just a couple of amino acids in existing proteins that, because they break the antibiotic’s access, manage to spread through the population after the susceptible microbes die off  (microevolution). But that is not a case of new genetic information arising by chance. Gauger’s work with Doug Axe at the Biologic Institute concluded that for an enzyme to change its chemistry by just four amino acids in order to gain a new function would require more time than the age of the universe – by an order of magnitude. It’s not going to happen. (Visited 319 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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17 graduate from Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER program

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a Comment Seventeen farmers and agribusiness professionals from around Ohio recently graduated from Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER Institute Class X. The elite leadership program was started in 2008 to help agricultural advocates gain influence over public policy issues that impact their businesses and communities.Class X graduates are Megan Dresbach of Circleville, Katie Esselburn of Shreve, Kayla Finton of Coshocton, Doug Franz of Mt. Gilead, Amy Hamilton of Hillsboro, Amanda Hill of Marion, Jacob Hoelscher of Osgood, Sarah Ison of Moscow, Bailey Morrell of Wooster, Victoria Popp of Cincinnati, Trish Preston of Canal Winchester, Ashley Rose of New Vienna, Aubry Fowler-Shaw of Thornville, Sara Tallmadge of Loudonville, Lindsey Walls of Defiance, Laramie Wells of Russellville and Jonathan Zucker of Marion.Over the course of a year, Class X participants learned from experts on how to become better leaders and advocates for the agricultural industry, including spokesperson and media training, etiquette training, social networking and communications. They learned about public policy matters important to their local communities, as well as the state, nation and world. They visited Washington, D.C. where they learned about national and global issues, and they visited diverse agricultural operations in Arizona so they could better understand the differences and similarities in agriculture from state to state. Partnering with Ohio Farm Bureau on AgriPOWER Class X were AgCredit of Mt. Gilead, Brown County Farm Bureau, Certified Angus Beef, Clermont County Farm Bureau, Coshocton County Farm Bureau, Farm Credit Mid-America, Ohio Beef Council, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, Ohio Soybean Council, Pickaway County Farm Bureau, Shoup Brothers Farm, Southern Ohio Agricultural & Community Development Fund and Wayne County Farm Bureau.Applications are now being accepted for AgriPOWER Class XI. Deadline to apply is April 19. To apply and learn more about AgriPOWER, visit ofbf.org/agripower. This is a news release for use by journalists. Questions should be directed to Joe Cornely, 614-246-8230.Editors: A high resolution photo of AgriPower Class X is available to accompany this story. Individual bios and head shots for all of the graduates are available in the OFBF newsroom.    Leave a Commentlast_img read more

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Video: ESPN’s Jon Gruden Tells Marcus Mariota He Rooted Against Oregon Because Of The Ducks’ Uniforms

first_imgJon Gruden appearing on ESPN.ESPN’s Jon Gruden is apparently not a fan of Oregon’s brightly-colored uniforms. On Monday, ESPN aired Gruden’s QB Camp with former Ducks’ quarterback Marcus Mariota, who is expected to be a top-10 pick in the NFL Draft. During Mariota’s session with Gruden, the NFL analyst expressed some distaste for Oregon’s fluorescent yellow uniforms, saying he rooted against the Ducks when they wore them. Jon Gruden trashes @Univ_Of_Oregon fluorescent yellow unis to Marcus Mariota while wearing a fluorescent yellow polo pic.twitter.com/Ul6Ya9uSg6— Chris Law (@ChrisLaw) March 17, 2015Gruden, of course, said all of this while wearing a neon-yellow polo. We’re guessing a man of his intelligence realizes the irony in his comments.last_img read more

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Video: Watch Ohio State Linemen Brandon Bowen And Rashod Berry Go At It In An Intense 1-On-1 Drill

first_imgOhio State's players walking onto the field.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 03: A general view as the Ohio State Buckeyes enters the field before the game against the Wisconsin Badgers on November 3, 2007 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Wisconsin 38-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Spring football is underway in Columbus, and today Ohio State linemen took part in some intense one-on-one drills. OSU posted video of offensive lineman Brandon Bowden going against Rashod Berry, who recently moved from tight end to defensive line. Things are getting pretty intense already for the Buckeyes.According to the caption, Bowden was given the win, but Berry, who was giving up about 75 pounds in the matchup, seemed to hold his own as well.More: Vote In Our “Most Annoying People In Sports Media” Bracket >>>last_img read more

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Manitoba flood evacuees want Red Cross to take over

first_imgBy Melissa RidgenAPTN National NewsMany of the 2,000 evacuees still displaced by the 2011 Manitoba flood are alarmed because the Red Cross has not taken over evacuee services from the embattled Manitoba Association of Native Firefighters, as was announced by the federal government earlier this month.“MANFF continues to handle the evacuee file even though Red Cross was supposed to take over. Apparently it’s not happening,” one evacuee told APTN National News.On June 3, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt announced MANFF would be stripped of flood evacuee duties. The firefighters’ group is currently the subject of a management review as news reports about questionable spending are circulated.“Their capacity to deliver long-term recovery services and support for evacuees is limited,” the minister said. “This is something MANFF has indicated in discussions with my department.”He said Aboriginal Affairs would work with MANFF on a transition plan along with the affected communities of Little Saskatchewan, Lake St. Martin and Dauphin River First Nations and that the Canadian Red Cross would also be involved.Bertha Travers is an evacuee from Little Saskatchewan who has bounced from hotel to hotel since the Manitoba government flooded the Interlake area to spare Winnipeg from a flood in the spring of 2011. She was initially buoyed by Valcourt’s announcement but wonders why MANFF is still on evacuee duty three weeks later.“We’re being treated like shit by MANFF,” she said from the Misty Lake Lodge in Gimli, M.B. “Everyone is wondering what’s happening with the Red Cross. We’re verbally abused and MANFF staff has taken advantage of evacuees.”When contacted by telephone, MANFF spokesman Jimmy Mac declined to comments on Travers’ allegations of abuse.In a statement made after Valcourt’s June 3 announcement, MANFF said it “welcomes the transition, from its organization to the Canadian Red Cross, of services relating to the 2011 flood evacuation and as part of this process, MANFF is committed to ensuring a smooth changeover.”Red Cross spokeswoman Heidi Pfeiffer said a team was assembled this week and is posed to begin work.“The first step is to reach out to the communities, in this case the chiefs, and we’ll work to determine the longer-term needs of each,” Pfeiffer said. “When we’re done our assessment we take it to (AANDC) and they decide what to do with our recommendations.”She expects the Red Cross report will be ready for Aboriginal Affairs by mid-July.The trouble with all of this, Travers said, is that MANFF remains in charge and no one is bothering to ask evacuees what’s needed.“They’re going to ask chief and council what we need? How would they know? They’ve abandoned us too. They don’t know what we’re going through. They don’t come here to see us. It is still a crisis we’re in. We’re homeless and some people are still couch-surfing two years later. The Red Cross should come to evacuees to ask what’s needed.”[email protected]last_img read more

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Environmentalists applaud opportunity to voice opinion on pipeline

first_imgAPTN National NewsResidents in Ontario will soon have the opportunity to voice their opinion on the proposed energy east pipeline.The Ontario government has announced it will launch public consultations.Many environmentalists are applauding the decision.last_img

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A Duke Loss Was Always Going To Look Like This

West11Xavier3281+25+7+1 Midwest3Oregon43112+20+4+1 After a boring first round and an exciting round of 32, we’re through the first weekend of March Madness. Here’s a rundown of four major storylines that jumped out at me and the numbers behind them:Happy trails, DukeThat Duke’s run as the No. 2-seed in the East would ultimately end against No. 7 South Carolina, was undoubtedly surprising. But the way it lost wasn’t. Duke struggled this season to pressure opposing guards into turnovers and is not a strong rebounding team. Against the Gamecocks, Duke lost the turnover battle 18-11, and the Blue Devils were outrebounded 37-34, grabbing a measly 62 percent of the rebounds available on defense. Both performances were among the worst of Duke’s season, and they happened to be in metrics that had correlated with disappointing Duke games all season, particularly at the defensive end of the floor.No wonder South Carolina on Sunday posted the fifth-highest offensive rating Duke had allowed all season long.VIDEO: How the Villanova and Duke losses shook the bracket East8Wisconsin46275+35+22+3 South3UCLA32144+12+5+2 Midwest7Michigan57173+38+11+2 East4Florida54346+41+28+5 Midwest4Purdue30194+10+7+1 Midwest1Kansas705315+15+15+5 South1N. Carolina68349+10+5+2 CURRENT CHANCE OF ADVANCING TOCHANGE SINCE END OF ROUND 1 East7S. Carolina44161+34+14+1 West2Arizona68269+30+10+5 South4Butler32122+7+2+1 West4W. Virginia34206+8+5+3 The Gamecock guards also destroyed what had been a strength of Duke’s defense: Keeping opponents off the free-throw line. Against the Blue Devils, South Carolina’s backcourt drew 26 free-throw attempts, with Sindarius Thornwell and Rakym Felder making 12 and 10 trips to the line, respectively. The Gamecocks’ 32 total attempts tied for the most Duke yielded in a game all season, and South Carolina made 84 percent of them — including several crucial ones down the stretch to extinguish a potential Duke rally.For Duke, it was the kind of flat performance associated with most of its midseason struggles. It was also a game that wouldn’t have come as much of a surprise if you hadn’t tuned in for Duke’s dominating ACC tournament run.The favorites play it close (again)Although the second round of the NCAAs wasn’t as upset-free as the first, it’s still been a good year for favorites at the tournament. Through Sunday night’s games, better-seeded teams have won 38 of 48 matchups, or 79.2 percent — tied for the best rate for favorites through two rounds since 1991. (Going into this year,1Since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985. the average winning percentage for favorites through the first two rounds was 73.2 percent.) Although we’ve seen a No. 1 seed (Villanova), two No. 2s (Duke and Louisville) and a No. 3 (Florida State) be dispatched at a relatively early stage of the tourney, the rest of the bracket’s chalk is entirely intact, with only one double-digit seed (West No. 11 Xavier) still alive to play Cinderella.That being said, this year’s favorites have been pretty lucky to win so often. Their average margin of victory is currently 7.9 points per game, which is below the historical average of 8.1 points per game even though they’ve won more games than usual. In other words, the games have been close enough to allow for slightly more upsets — it’s just that things have broken the better seeds’ way more often than we’d expect. The good news is that we’re now left with an unusually strong, balanced set of teams for the Sweet 16, which should lead to even tighter, more exciting games.Weekend winnersEvery team that punched a ticket to the Sweet 16 is now significantly closer to winning the tournament than they were at this time last week. But some teams have seen their chances improve more than others, based on what happened in the bracket around them. For each of the remaining teams, here are the swings in their chances of getting to the Elite Eight, making the Final Four and winning the championship as a result of this weekend’s games: South2Kentucky684011+22+11+3 REGIONSEEDTEAMELITE 8FINAL 4CHAMPSELITE 8FINAL 4CHAMPS How our tournament predictions changed during the round of 32 East3Baylor56%23%4%+27+14+2 West1Gonzaga664618+4+4+4 Florida won big this weekend — both literally (they crushed Virginia 65-39 on Saturday night) and figuratively. With both the No. 1 and 2 seeds in the East now eliminated, the Gators’ chances of making the Final Four skyrocketed. Then again, so did Wisconsin’s: Our model now thinks the eighth-seeded Badgers are the second-most-likely team to represent the East in Phoenix.The other regions saw less movement, which makes sense considering that they haven’t been as chaotic. Midwest No. 1 Kansas’s path got slightly easier with No. 2 Louisville out of the picture; by contrast, West No. 1 Gonzaga’s odds were relatively unchanged after No. 2 Arizona (and No. 4 West Virginia) stayed on a collision course with the Bulldogs. And the same was largely true for North Carolina in the South, after both Kentucky and UCLA moved on.No tournament magic for Izzo this timeI’ve written before about how Michigan State coach Tom Izzo squeezes more NCAA tournament victories out of his teams than just about any other coach ever, and it seemed like he was set up for more of the same this year. Contrary to what our model predicted before the tourney, Midwest No. 9 Sparty knocked off No. 8 Miami with ease in the first round. And in their second-round game, MSU nearly pulled even with No. 1 Kansas with about 12 minutes left. Visions of another overachieving Izzo Final Four run were surely dancing through heads in East Lansing — but, alas, it was not to be. KU switched on the afterburners down the stretch and turned what had been a close game into a 20-point blowout.Taking a No. 9 team to the Final Four would have been a remarkable run even by Izzo’s standards. He’s gone that far seven times as Michigan State’s coach but never with as low a seed as he had this season. Izzo’s Final Four squads have carried seeds No. 1 (1999, 2000, 2001), No. 2 (2009), No. 5 (2005, 2010) and even No. 7 (2015). But only five teams seeded ninth or worse have made the Final Four since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, and only one — Wichita State in 2013 — was specifically a 9-seed. No. 9-seeds have a particularly hard mission: They must upset a first-round opponent and then immediately face the No. 1 seed in the second round. Taking that difficult a route to the Final Four is just about the only thing Izzo hasn’t pulled off yet.You have three days to rest up before the games begin again. Take a breath, take stock of your bracket, and start prepping for another four days of nonstop basketball. Come Thursday, those win probabilities are going to start changing again.Check out our March Madness predictions. read more

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Womens lacrosse Underclassmen come through for Ohio State womens lacrosse team

Ohio State women’s lacrosse team is riding contributions from some less harolded players. Credit: James King II | Lantern reporterWith 10 points in two games and two consecutive Big Ten Freshman of the Week titles, freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez is making a name for herself early in the season.She is joined in her success by freshman goalie Jill Rizzo, who has started both games this season and helped the team remain undefeated in its first two games.The pair represent a youth movement on the women’s lacrosse team, as they are two of five underclassmen — along with sophomore midfielder Baley Parrott, freshman attacker Alex Vander Molen and sophomore midfielder Mackenzie Maring — who have led the way to a strong start.“The underclassmen are doing a good job,” said Ohio State coach Alexis Venechanos. “They’re playing fearless and they’re playing really brave right now.”Hernandez, a two-time All-American, is leading the team in points, after coming off an incredibly impressive high school career. Scoring 253 goals total over her four-year career, she’s bringing that same drive and dedication as she begins to play for the Buckeyes.“Yeah, it was great to get those awards, but I knew, like, once I get to college, those awards don’t really mean much,” Hernandez said. “You’re just in a pool … but I keep working and just getting better.”With two straight Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards, Hernandez is already continuing her pattern of excelling on the field and being rewarded for her performance.Currently, Hernandez is leading the team in goals, assists and shots, but isn’t letting her underclassman status intimidate her. Even though she’s only a freshman, she’s already becoming the person around whom the team rallies. “I’m not much of a vocal leader,” Hernandez said. “But in practice, I try to lead by example.”On the opposite end of the field, Rizzo has been dominating in the goal, playing full-time in both games and stopping an impressive number of shots. Rizzo was a six-year starter and three-year captain for her varsity team. She was also given the award for Queensbury High School Athlete of the Year in 2015 and 2016. But where Hernandez got her start excelling in a high school league that helped her build her skills, Rizzo got most of her experience playing in a more diverse summer league.“My high school isn’t — my league wasn’t that great,” Rizzo said. “When I played summer ball, and played on my club team … that’s where we were able to develop my skills.”Rizzo met Venechanos when she was younger and the two stayed in contact as Rizzo played through her high school career. Venechanos made sure to recruit her for the Buckeyes.   Sunday’s game against Jacksonville had the Buckeyes starting the second half down five goals. Rizzo refused to get frustrated and thanks her teammates for helping build her up. “I made a couple of good saves that gave our offense a little confidence,” Rizzo said, noting that they then went on to win the game 13-12 in the second half. Rizzo’s hard work and dedication is paying off. She was a contender for the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, making 16 saves on Sunday and improving her save percentage to 0.475, rising to third place behind the goalies at Rutgers and Maryland.It’s not only these two underclassmen who are currently championing the OSU lacrosse team as the season gets underway. Parrott is tied for second in points with freshman attacker Vander Molen. Tied for third is Maring and Morgan Fee, a senior midfielder and the only upperclassman who has appeared among the top five girls on the team. The underclassmen might be leading the team right now, but it’s the upperclassmen who are helping them feel confident enough to do so. “I think our upperclassmen create that environment, that culture, of letting the younger players step up and be courageous,” Venechanos said. “Our returners are doing a great job of pumping them up.”  At practice, the girls consistently motivate each other to do better and to push past their limits, and it’s the cohesive effort by the team that makes them all willing to work harder. The Buckeyes are hoping to keep the momentum going as they face off against Cincinnati on Sunday.“We’re not really looking at the past, we’re kind of in the current,” Venechanos said. “We’re going to be a little more focused and dial it up from the start.”With Hernandez in the middle, Rizzo in the net and the rest of the team rallying around the two, the team looks to be setting themselves up for success for the rest of the season. read more

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Mens Basketball Ohio State ends finals week with home tilt against Appalachian

Ohio State redshirt senior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) guards a Michigan player on an inbound play in the first half in the game against Michigan on Dec. 4. Ohio State won 71-62. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOne day after finals have ended for students at Ohio State, the men’s basketball team (8-3, 2-0 Big Ten) plays host to Appalachian State (5-6) for both teams’ first game in a week. The Buckeyes are coming off a dominant 97-62 victory against William & Mary in their first matchup since returning to their nonconference schedule. Here is a rundown of what to expect in Ohio State’s 6 p.m. matchup against Appalachian State Saturday.Projected StartersAppalachian State:G — Ronshad Shabazz — Junior, 6-foot-5, 217 lbs., 21.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.5 apgG — Justin Forrest — Freshman, 6-foot-2, 195 lbs., 16.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.5 apgF — Tyrell Johnson — Junior, 6-foot-8, 205 lbs., 8.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 0.9 apgF — Griffin Kinney — Senior, 6-foot-8, 240 lbs., 11.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 0.9 apgF — Isaac Johnson — Sophomore, 6-foot-9, 212 lbs., 6.8 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.4 apgOhio State:G — C.J. Jackson — Junior, 6-foot-1, 175 lbs., 13.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.0 apgG — Kam Williams — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-2, 185 lbs., 6.9 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 0.5 apgF — Keita Bates-Diop — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 235 lbs., 18.3 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1.5 apgF — Jae’Sean Tate — Senior, 6-foot-4, 230 lbs., 12.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 3.0 apgC — Kaleb Wesson — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 270 lbs., 12.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 0.8 apgScouting Appalachian StateThe Mountaineers have been one of the more prolific offenses in college basketball to this point in the year. They are 18th in both points per game at 87.6 and 3-pointers made per game with 10.6.The bulk of the Mountaineers’ offense has run through its starting point guard, Ronshad Shabazz. He will be the only player in this game with a points per game average of more than 20.“[Shabazz’s] a lefty that can score at every level,” Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said. “He’s an older kid. Strong, built a little bit like [Ohio State forward Jae’Sean Tate] and can do it all in terms of scoring and facilitating for his team.But according to Ken Pomeroy, much of that has to do with the type of opponents they have played. They have faced off against the 166th-best defensive schedule to this point, and thus their adjusted offense is only 124th-best in the nation. While the offensive success might be in question, the Mountaineers’ ability to rebound well and outplay their opponents on the inside has been a standout feature of their season. They are tied for 27th in the nation, averaging 8.3 more rebounds per game than their opponents. Appalachian State is not an exceptionally tall team. According to KenPom, it is only the 64th-tallest team in the nation. But the Mountaineers hold a significant weight advantage over many of their opponents. They have four starters that weigh in at more than 200 pounds compared to just three for Ohio State.“Depth and size across the board, really maybe in some ways, as good a positional size as we’ve seen in terms of bigger guards, bigger wings. They’re certainly bigger than us at those guard and wing spots,” Holtmann said. “They’re a tough, physical, veteran team that’s going to play exceptionally hard and I’m interested to see how we’ll respond after kind of a week of final exams and you’re always concerned about any game, but certainly concerned about the game after finals.”Avoiding the upsetOn paper, Ohio State should handle its business against Appalachian State. Ohio State has appeared the more dominant team against stronger teams and seems to have more on-court talent than the Mountaineers. But with finals week having just taken place, a week away from action and knowing they are playing against a weaker opponent, this could set the stage for a potential upset. Holtmann — citing a similar opponent in the University of Texas Arlington, who beat Ohio State in 2015 — said the Buckeyes are aware of the importance of not overlooking opponents like Appalachian State since that loss. He added that veterans on the team will be leaned on to keep a younger team focused on the matchup. “What I rely on and lean on in those situations is our older guys who’ve been through it. Because young guys don’t know,” Holtmann said. “They just don’t know. It’s not their fault, but freshman have no idea how good players are at all levels of college basketball.”Holtmann said that while he brought up the concept of losing to a heavy underdog if overlooking them, he is letting his veterans who were on the team that lost to UT Arlington — Bates-Diop and Tate — handle how much the team reflects on that loss. Those two veterans both said that loss was the reason Ohio State failed to make the NCAA Tournament that year.“They’re important games, and sometimes they can make or break you when it comes to March,” Tate said. “The only thing that me and Keita as older guys can do is learn our lesson that time and only that time, and just try to prepare the younger guys on the team who haven’t been in this situation.”Health UpdatesBoth sophomore center Micah Potter and freshman forward Kyle Young were absent from the team’s win against William & Mary, but they both practiced Thursday, Holtmann said. He said the two will be gametime decisions. Young and Potter are dealing with ankle injuries. read more

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