No. 8 Buckeyes blown out by Penn State; Ohio State now paying assistants at championship level
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Ohio State basketball falls again to Penn State
Ohio State lost its second conference game of the season on Thursday night — and it wasn’t even close. The No. 8 Buckeyes were blown out 79-56 at Penn State. Both of Ohio State’s conference losses have come to the Nittany Lions.
Penn State stormed out to a large lead and led Ohio State by 24 at halftime. The Buckeyes got the lead down to 16 in the second half, but did not get any closer. Ohio State shot just 2 for 15 (13.3 percent) on 3-pointers. C.J. Jackson led the Buckeyes with 13 points. Keita Bates-Diop was held to just 10 points.
Final from State College.
— Ohio State Hoops (@OhioStateHoops) February 16, 2018
The only silver lining for Chris Holtmann’s team was that No. 6 Purdue, which entered Thursday night in second place in the Big Ten, fell at Wisconsin. The Buckeyes are now tied with No. 2 Michigan State — a team they have a head-to-head win against — for the Big Ten lead at 13-2.
Ohio State is paying its assistants like a champion
Gene Smith opened up Ohio State’s checkbook and gave increased salaries to seven of the eight returning assistants on Urban Meyer’s staff earlier this week. Those bumped salaries include the first pair of million-dollar assistants the Buckeyes have ever had in Greg Schiano ($1.5 million salary) and Ryan Day ($1 million).
Land of 10’s Austin Ward explains why Ohio State’s spending is matching its play — which has been at a championship level since Meyer arrived in Columbus:
Paying elite coaches is one of the few areas where college football programs can find an edge, and retaining them is the surest way to keep it. Smith might not be a fan of the deals Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher or Alabama’s Nick Saban signed, even though Meyer is still well ahead of the curve when it comes to annual compensation. But you get what you pay for on the sidelines, and Ohio State is fully committed at a championship level.
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Evan Turner gets his money from Draymond Green
Draymond Green made the mistake of betting against the Buckeyes. Evan Turner was not going to walk away without his money, even if it meant breaking up an interview. Turner, the former Ohio State star, won a pair of bets with Green, a former Michigan State standout, over some recent meetings between their two schools.
Turner won $100 thanks to Ohio State’s wins over Michigan State in football and men’s basketball in the last three months, and he made sure to get it after his Portland Trail Blazers beat Green’s Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night. “You owe me $100, bro,” Turner shouted while Green answered questions in a press conference. The former Spartans star paid up right away. Anthony Slater of The Athletic tweeted out a video of the hilarious exchange:
Evan Turner comes calling for his $100 mid Draymond Green interview after Ohio State's win over Michigan State and gets his money!! pic.twitter.com/z1qIps4Ma4
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 15, 2018
Ohio State’s 2019 recruiting targets
The Buckeyes are hoping to land another lauded recruiting class next year. So who are Meyer and Co. going after on the recruiting trail? Land of 10 recruiting expert Ryan Donnelly broke down the top recruits in the 2019 class that Ohio State will be targeting on offense.
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