After 15 months of construction, the renewal of Old Quincy — the neo-Georgian portion of Quincy House — was completed Saturday when it was renamed in honor of Robert G. Stone Jr. ’45, the late senior fellow of the Harvard Corporation, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony held in the House’s O’Donnell Courtyard.The House, which reopened to undergraduates three weeks ago, is the first fully renewed building in the effort to re-imagine and reconstruct Harvard’s undergraduate Houses to support living and learning in the 21st century, while also preserving their historic character. The building is now fully accessible for those with disabilities, is LEED Gold certified as environmentally friendly, and includes new social, music, and learning spaces.The event’s keynote speaker, Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Dean Michael D. Smith, saluted the critical contributions that students, faculty, alumni, administrators, architects, and engineers made to the project. He also noted the importance of the House renewal project to the future of undergraduate life at Harvard.“House renewal is predicated on one core belief,” said Smith, the John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). “The Houses are among Harvard’s most important learning places. They are communities where risks are taken, confidence is built, and connections are made with peers, faculty, and tutors. The Houses bring Harvard, the research University, down to scale, shaping memories and forging friendships that last a lifetime.”Lee Gehrke, master of Quincy House with his wife, Deborah, said it was a “momentous and historic day, not only for Quincy House but for all of the Harvard Houses and for Harvard College.”The renewal process has always “been about much more than bricks and mortar and physical improvements,” said Gehrke. “We can already see that the renovations are having a dramatic effect on the student experience through improved living spaces and learning spaces and tutor advising communities.”Gehrke, professor of health sciences and technology and microbiology and immunobiology at FAS and Harvard Medical School (HMS), listed many of the improvements to the building — ranging from complete accessibility to new meeting, social, and art spaces to a new innovation room that will facilitate more student-faculty interaction. One important change brought a particularly big cheer from the crowd.“Walk-through bathrooms,” Gehrke declared to enthusiastic applause, “are now a thing of the past at Quincy House.”Stone, who died in 2006 after serving on the Corporation for 27 years, also co-chaired two of Harvard’s capital campaigns and was known as an enthusiastic fundraiser. He had interrupted his Harvard studies to serve in the Army during World War II, and returned to captain the heavyweight crew that set a record for 2,000 meters in 1947.Under warm, late-summer sunshine, the Stone family unveiled a plaque with the new name, and ceremonial ribbons were cut in front of each of the building’s six entryways. The Gehrkes presented members of the Stone family with the Quincy Scroll, a framed image of the Quincy shield, and welcomed them as honorary members of the Quincy community.A host of Stone’s family members attended the event, including his widow, Marion “Tissa” Stone; his daughter, Jennifer Stone ’80, M.D. ’86; his son, R. Gregg Stone ’75, J.D. ’79; and his brother, Galen Stone ’43. Also attending were donors to House renewal, Quincy students, faculty members, and administrators from across the College.Quincy House committee co-chairs Ginny Fahs ’14 and James Wood ’14 relayed to the audience some of the comments they’d heard from students living in the renovated space: “Elevators make fourth-floor living so much easier. Now, I’m going to have to work out, though,” and “Oh God, oh God, oh God! So pretty!”Former Dean of the Faculty Henry Rosovsky read a letter from President Drew Faust in which she highlighted the importance of renewal and lionized Stone Hall’s namesake. Citing his creation of a financial aid fund that supported more than 260 undergraduates, Faust hailed Stone’s devotion to students, as well as his “tenacity, vigor, and generosity.”“Bob Stone was truly one of a kind: a sage advisor, tireless volunteer, passionate advocate, and committed son of Harvard,” Faust wrote. “I can think of no better way to honor his memory than for future generations of Harvard students to call Stone Hall their home.”Rosovsky and others remembered Stone as a tall, strong man who enjoyed a party and the sea, amusingly combining the two by creating a spigot on his boat that dispensed rum. In addition to this “external Bob,” Rosovsky noted that there was also an “inner Bob” who “understood and upheld Harvard values,” including the importance of change.“When Bob died in 2006,” Rosovsky said, “he probably understood that Harvard was, in many ways, a much better place than when he graduated in 1945, and he would be justifiably proud of that achievement.”According to Gregg Stone, while “Harvard College was the cause of his [father’s] life,” the “thrill of fundraising” was not far behind.The renewal of Stone Hall was made possible by a gift from James Rothenberg ’68, M.B.A. ’70, and his wife, Anne.“Anne and I are grateful for this opportunity to honor Bob Stone, a truly extraordinary Harvard citizen. Bob’s many contributions to the University are legendary. And with the unveiling of Stone Hall, it is fitting that his name will now grace one of Harvard’s most enduring traditions,” Rothenberg said in an emailed statement.“The House system is the heart of the College experience,” he added. “We’re pleased to be a part of an effort that effectively will transform a liberal arts education in the 21st century. Undergraduates will experience Harvard as they never have before.”In their comments, Faust and Smith highlighted the importance of the contribution to House renewal and to the University, as well as the contributions of other alumni donors.At the conclusion of the ceremony, the Gehrkes passed the ceremonial torch — or in this case, hard hat and shovel — to Howard and Ann Georgi, masters of Leverett House, the neo-Georgian portion of which is currently under reconstruction.Construction on Stone Hall, the first House renewal test project, began in June, 2012. The neo-Georgian portion of Leverett House — which, unlike Stone Hall, includes public spaces such as the master’s residence and the dining hall —is in the process of being renewed, and is expected to reopen next August.Stone Hall and Leverett’s McKinlock Hall were designed as test projects through which architects and administrators could assess design, construction, and financing concepts, before attempting to renew a full House.“Through the Old Quincy test project, we have learned an enormous amount,” Smith said. “But we are not done learning. We will learn even more from the students who now live here. We will put those lessons to good use in our next projects: Leverett-McKinlock and our first full House project in Dunster.”Dunster is the first full House scheduled for renewal, beginning next June. During construction, students from affected Houses live in nearby swing space that, beginning next year, will be centered on the building that formerly housed the Inn at Harvard.
Country musician Garth Brooks announced Monday he will be performing at Notre Dame Stadium on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in a press release sent to local media. The concert falls on the second Saturday of the mid-term break, according to the Office of the Registrar’s calendar.Brooks has been awarded the CMA Entertainer of the Year award six times and currently holds the title, the release said. The RIAA-certified musician is “the #1-selling solo artist in U.S. history” and has been inducted into several halls of fame. He announced his plan to perform at Notre Dame in a July press conference, marking the first-ever concert at Notre Dame Stadium.Ticket sales will open Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. and seats will cost $98.95. Each person can purchase up to eight tickets for “in-the-round staging,” according to the release, and the concert will be sponsored by Amazon Music. Tickets will be available by visiting www.ticketmaster.com/garthbrooks or by calling Ticketmaster Express at 1-866-448-7849 or 1-800-745-3000.Tags: Garth Brooks, Garth Brooks Concert, Notre Dame Stadium
Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Matthew Lerman saw the ball careen off the post adjacent to him on two separate occasions at the start of the first quarter against Hofstra.In Syracuse’s first exhibition game of the season, he needed some help early to make sure Hofstra’s attack didn’t find the back of the net.‘I got a little shelled in there against Hofstra right away. I got the first, and that’s the most important thing to me,’ Lerman said. ‘And as we say in practice, ‘The pipe’s not a goal.”Lerman started in net and played two quarters during SU’s opening scrimmage against Hofstra before playing one quarter in the second scrimmage against Le Moyne. He made just two saves against Hofstra despite a barrage of shots toward the net and allowed three goals. After some tense moments early on, the sophomore goaltender settled down and turned away numerous shot attempts by the Pride players to help Syracuse earn a 7-5 win. The Orange defeated the Dolphins 11-5 in the second game.‘I was happy with Matt,’ SU head coach John Desko said. ‘I thought he did a good job, and (it’s) tough on him going out there for the very first time as a starting goaltender, but I thought we got a good performance out of Matt.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHofstra came out firing from all directions right out of the gate, and Lerman made his opening save on a shot that bounced off the turf. The Orange got out in transition and midfielder JoJo Marasco scored, giving Lerman an early cushion.But later, Lerman was forced to stave off a number of man-up situations. After SU defender Brandon Mullins was called for a slashing penalty late in the second quarter, Stephen DiGiovanni got a clean look at the goal from up top in the attacking zone. He fired a blistering shot that ricocheted off Lerman’s chest protector and dropped in front of the crease where Hofstra midfielder Drew Coholan cleaned up the rebound to knot the game at 3.Lerman was happy with his first opportunity to start for the Orange.‘It was outstanding,’ Lerman said. ‘To be able to come out here and make the start and play well enough to not really claim my position in there, but to keep things going a little bit going into practice this week.’Orange struggles in man-up situationsJohn Desko wasn’t willing to show his hand in SU’s man-up situations in both scrimmages. Despite three man-up situations Sunday, Syracuse only took two shots.Neither really had a chance end in the goal.‘To be honest with you, we don’t show a lot this time of year to our opponents,’ Desko said. ‘I think we could have done a better job with what we ran. I was a little disappointed with the number of guys coming back. In man-up situations that either started last year or were backups from last year, we didn’t get good looks off of it.’Syracuse struggled in its limited opportunities with a man advantage Sunday. With a simplified approach, SU had difficulty cracking through either defense.After the Orange came up shorthanded in its only two opportunities against Hofstra, Desko inserted his starting group against Le Moyne to try and get results after Dolphins defender Jeff Gildemeyer was assessed a minute penalty for slashing.Syracuse cycled the ball around the perimeter looking for an opening. Then SU attack Derek Maltz caught the ball high in the attacking zone, stepped beyond the line and Le Moyne was granted possession. As the time remaining in the man-up situation dwindled, the Orange was called for an offsides penalty, and the Dolphins responded scoring a man-up goal of their own.And the players recognized that despite the limited looks in both scrimmages, taking advantage of those opportunities is something they need to work on moving forward.‘The first scrimmage of the year, execution, we definitely need to work on that in practice, and man-ups is one thing that we’re going to stress,’ Maltz said. ‘Just moving the ball quicker, getting to our spots and, yeah, just execution overall.’[email protected] Published on February 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 04: Eric Berry #29 of the Kansas City Chiefs returns an interception on a failed two-point converstion for two points against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on December 4, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Last December, Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry, who played his college ball at Tennessee, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 25 years old. Less than a year later, he made his triumphant return to the NFL.Thursday night, Berry played his first home game since returning. The team announced his name last, and he received an incredible ovation from the crowd. Check it out:Why We Love Sports Today: Eric Berry received standing ovation in return to Arrowhead Stadium after battling cancer. pic.twitter.com/T37I1lotwt— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 18, 2015Berry was a two-time All-American at Tennessee and has already been named to three Pro Bowl teams in his young professional career. It’s great to see him back on the field.
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller, has called on the church to re-assert itself in the society.She said that the church is a critical institution in the life and process of the nation, and must provide guidance to the people at a time of increasing challenges.“For while Government might be charged with steering the process of economic growth and development, in these challenging times, the church must remain a blessing to the nation, providing our people with hope and assurance,” she stated.The Prime Minister’s remarks came in a message delivered by Minister with Responsibility for Sports, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, at a meeting of the Jamaica Baptist Union’s World Alliance on Tuesday, July 2, at the Roaring River Great House, St. Ann.She said that given the reach of the Baptist World Alliance across some 120 nations, it is well placed to play its rightful role.“This annual gathering of your alliance is therefore an excellent avenue to recommit and to redouble the role the Baptists are known for, by not only seeking to fulfill the mission of Christ, but renewing your leadership in defence of what is right and just and desirable,” she stated.The Prime Minister also pointed out that the values, which the Baptists have stood for, some of which has been indelibly itched in the history of Jamaica, through the work of some of the country’s National Heroes, are the same principles on which Jamaica must be built.“The principles, which drove the Baptist into action back then, remains necessary today…they are the principles of equality, commitment to service, justice, honesty, integrity and regard for God’s precious gift of life,” she stated.The Prime Minister, in her message, expressed the view that if “we are to build and overcome as a nation, then there needs to be a global movement to once again have these principles central to our lives, and etched in the hearts and minds of our people”.Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, in his greetings, described the work and Ministry of the Baptists in Jamaica as “legendary”.He pointed out that three of the nation’s National Heroes were Baptist.Contact: Bryan Miller
SEARCH TIMELINEOn Tuesday, July 23, 2019, the RCMP named McLeod and Schmegelsky as suspects in the double homicide of Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese. Their bodies were found 20km south of Liard River Hot Springs along the Alaska Highway on July 15, 2019.Then on July 19, the RCMP say they found a truck that had been driven by McLeod and Schmegelsky south of Dease Lake. The vehicle had been burnt, and the body of Leonard Dyck was found at a nearby highway pullout.Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were charged on Wednesday with one count of 2nd-degree murder for the death of Leonard Dyck.As a result of the charges, Canada-wide warrants have been issued for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky. RCMP investigators across the country continue to share information with other law enforcement agencies as the suspects remain at large.Until Tuesday, McLeod and Schmegelsky were considered missing. During the Tuesday press conference, the RCMP announced the two are now suspects in the three deaths in Northern B.C.The pair were seen in northern Saskatchewan on Sunday, July 21 and then in Gillam Manitoba on July 22. A new piece of surveillance video was also released on Friday. This video was taken in Meadow Lake S.K. on July 21.HAVE THEY CHANGED THEIR APPEARANCE?On Friday Manitoba RCMP said the pair might have changed their appearance and someone could have inadvertently helped the suspects.The RCMP is reminding the public to stay vigilant and call 911 if they have any information by Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky.The search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky near Gillam started on Monday after their vehicle was found on fire. Since then the RCMP have increased their presence in the community with SWAT vehicles and check stops. The RCMP are still asking for tips from the public. The RCMP say many tips are being shared on social media rather than with the RCMP, and that has caused substantial delays. If you have any information to share, contact your local RCMP or call 911.The RCMP continues to remind the public that it’s possible the suspects inadvertently received assistance & no longer in the area.Canadians with tips about the suspects should immediately contact their local police. Multiple tips of sightings have been posted to social media & NOT directly reported to police. If the tips are valid, it could create a substantial delay in the response by police. #rcmpmb— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 28, 2019OTHER SIGHTINGS BEFORE GILLAMRCMP in Cold Lake confirmed another sighting of the suspects on July 21. At 9:30 a.m., a north end resident of Cold Lake observed a vehicle stuck on a trail behind their residence. Two younger males were observed outside of a Toyota Rav-4. The resident assisted the pair in getting unstuck, and they continued on their way after a short, “unremarkable interaction.”Later that evening, the resident was on social media, where he identified the pair as Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam Mcleod. GILLAM, M.B. – The RCMP has now received over 200 tips about Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod, but not one of the tips has lead them to search anywhere but Gillam Manitoba.On day seven of the search near Gillam, the RCMP have said there are still no new sightings of the pair. “Officers are searching cottages, cabins, waterways, & along the rail line for any signs of the suspects. This search of remote areas is being conducted both on foot & in the air. The terrain is immense & varied w/lakes, ponds, muskeg etc.”No new sightings of suspects. Officers are searching cottages, cabins, waterways, & along the rail line for any signs of the suspects. This search of remote areas is being conducted both on foot & in the air. The terrain is immense & varied w/lakes, ponds, muskeg etc. #rcmpmb pic.twitter.com/9xp5eg8GnI— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 28, 2019
GURUGRAM: DLF, India’s leading real estate company, today announced its second joint venture with HINES. DLF Home Developers Limited (“DHDL”), a wholly owned subsidiary of DLF Limited (“DLF”), and Green Horizon Trustee (an affiliate of “HINES”) have entered into a Joint Venture for developing a high-end commercial project in Gurugram. DHDL will hold 67% stake in the joint venture while 33% will be held by Hines. The total investment by the joint-venture partners in this project is about Rs.1900 crores in accordance with the independent valuation undertaken by a category-1 merchant banker. Hines will initially own 33 percent equity share of the Joint Venture with an option to increase its stake to up to 49 percent. Hines has invested approx. Rs 500 cr today in the first tranche. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The project will be developed on 11.76 acres of land owned by the joint venture company. The land parcel is located across the highway to the existing business district of DLF CyberCity. Mr. Sriram Khattar, Managing Director DLF Rental Business said, “We are excited about the JV with Hines, this is our second JV with them. With our joint experience, we shall work together to develop world class buildings which will set new standards for commercial buildings in this part of the world”, Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”A significant feature of the relationship has been the implementation of international best practices in the industry in Indian conditions which has been accepted by both partners” says Surojit Basak, Executive Director DLF. He further added that the JV will commence construction in the next financial year. DLF and Hines entered into their first Joint Venture in the year 2008 to develop One Horizon Center in DLF-5 Gurugram. One Horizon Center is a marquee commercial development with LEED® Platinum rating (IGBC) and is home to Fortune 500 multinationals.
Peter BourjosLAA311232.548.285.262 Francisco MejiaSD231131.541.309.232 Buxton is tearing it up this springMLB players by difference in weighted on-base average (wOBA) between 2019 preseason Marcel projections and spring training performance Cristhian AdamesCHC271536.533.286.247 Jose PirelaSD291531.562.303.258 wOBA Byron BuxtonMIN251130.579.297+.282 That 282-point difference in wOBA would imply a 17-point increase over projected during the regular season, good for a .314 mark when applied to Buxton’s on-base projection. That’s essentially the same wOBA Buxton had during his breakout 2017 campaign — a number that still wasn’t quite league average but was good enough to combine with his stellar defense to make him worth 4.3 wins above replacement (WAR),3Using an average of the metrics found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. as opposed to the -0.4 number he produced last season. And for a Twins team that we currently project to win 84 games with a 37 percent chance of making the playoffs, even incremental improvements from a key player like Buxton could pay massive dividends in terms of postseason odds. My former colleague Rob Arthur estimated that, in the era of two wild cards, an 86-win team would generally increase its playoff probability by about 10 to 15 percentage points over an 84-win one. (The mid-80s win range is basically the steepest area for adding playoff odds with an extra win.)Now, to pump the brakes a little on Buxton’s spring: 30 plate appearances is a very small sample, and most of them have come against sub-AAA quality pitchers, according to Baseball-Reference.com’s estimation. Buxton currently has a batting average on balls in play of .368, much higher than his regular-season career average of .320. His biggest action items as a hitter — plate patience and strike-zone judgment — have shown some signs of life this spring, but he’ll have to sustain them all season to convince skeptics that his skills have truly improved. And Minnesota can only hope those spring homers are merely a sign that Buxton will be an average power hitter again (like in 2017) rather than the guy who didn’t hit a single home run in 90 MLB at-bats last season.4He did hit four homers on assignment at Triple-A Rochester last year.It really does just comes down to health and hitting for Buxton — defensively, on a per-inning basis, he was just as great last year as in 2017; he was also the fastest player in baseball. If Buxton can recapture a version of his 2017 production at the plate, it would be very good for the Twins in their quest to return to the American League Division Series for the first time since 2010. Minnesota added some impact free agents over the offseason (Marwin Gonzalez, Nelson Cruz, Blake Parker), while the division-favorite Cleveland Indians spent the winter shopping around their stars and generally resting on their laurels. Maybe the Twins are still longshots to truly knock the Indians off of their three-year perch as AL Central champs, but a healthy, star-caliber 2019 season from Buxton would make that task a lot easier. Greg AllenCLE261028.532.302.230 Lewis BrinsonMIA241334.517.274.243 Domingo SantanaSEA261028.575.344.231 Chance SiscoBAL241029.560.304.256 Minimum 25 spring plate appearances for players who have already made their regular-season MLB debuts. Stats are through Friday, March 15.Source: Baseball-Reference.com Brandon LoweTB241032.560.321.240 The Minnesota Twins were one of the best stories of the 2017 MLB season: Coming off a 59-win campaign in 2016, they won 85 games and made the playoffs seemingly out of nowhere. Minnesota even spotted itself an early three-run lead against the Yankees in the American League wild-card game (before promptly giving it away in the bottom of the first and ultimately losing). With one of baseball’s youngest lineups, this seemed like a team on the rise, and its best all-around player — 23-year-old center fielder Byron Buxton — had a lot to do with that, putting together a breakout season of his own.By the same token, when Buxton faltered in 2018, so did the Twins. In an injury-plagued lost season, Buxton managed just 94 plate appearances and graded as below replacement level, according to whichever metric you choose to consult. Minnesota, in turn, dipped from 85 wins to 78 and wasn’t really in the playoff picture after the All-Star break. Buxton wasn’t the only Twin to suffer a miserable 2018 decline,1Third baseman Miguel Sano, pitcher Ervin Santana and even franchise-fixture second baseman Brian Dozier — who was traded to the Dodgers at the deadline — all come to mind. but it is fair to say his absence played as big a role in Minnesota’s downfall as anything else.This spring, Buxton and the Twins are looking to recapture the spirit of 2017 — and the early returns are encouraging. Last week, the former No. 1 prospect in all of baseball hit what was already his fourth home run of spring training:It’s been part of a tear that has Buxton looking like the best hitter in baseball during the spring so far. Although spring training results are easy to scoff at, they aren’t completely devoid of meaning — and that’s something the Twins will hang on to if it means there’s a chance Buxton rebounds and helps them close the gap in the AL Central.According to my research from a few years ago, massive spring outlier performances do carry some predictive value going forward. It just takes a lot of improvement to signal real breakout potential: You need a weighted on-base average (wOBA) in the spring 17 points above projected — using the simple-yet-effective Marcel projection system — just to predict a 1-point increase in wOBA (relative to projection) during the regular season. So for most players, they’ll never hit well enough in the spring to move the needle of their season expectations very much either way.But Buxton is hitting so well that it might actually be a much-needed sign of hope for his performance this season. When we compare players’ spring wOBA with their preseason Marcel projections, no player2Minimum 25 plate appearances. has exceeded expectations more than the Twins’ center fielder: PlayerTeamAgeGamesPASPRINGProjectedDiff
OSU senior forward Christopher Soldat slides for the ball during the Buckeyes game against Akron on Oct. 26. Credit: Harrison Reber | For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s soccer team enters the Big Ten tournament this Sunday at 1 p.m., as they take on Wisconsin in the quarterfinals. The rematch in Madison will come just one week after the Buckeyes fell to the Badgers 2-1 in the final match of the regular season. “We have a week to prepare and talk about how we can do things differently but so do they,” OSU coach John Bluem said. “They won, so are they going to be overconfident? Are we going to have more motivation since we lost up there? It’s an interesting problem for both teams.”The Badgers were aggressive last time against the Buckeyes, outshooting OSU 15-3 in the opening period and taking a 2-0 lead as a result. The second half seemed to flip the field, as OSU outshot Wisconsin 12-4 and closed the gap by scoring a late goal. “Statistically, we outshot them and out-possessioned them and all that in the second half,” Bluem said. “For 25 minutes we had a man advantage, and that really gave us the opportunity to take over the game. Unfortunately, we were only able to come up with the one goal.”Wisconsin finished the season with a 10-3-3 record (4-2-2 Big Ten). They outscored their opponents 25-12 on the year, with an 8-0-1 record in Madison. The Badgers are led by midfielder Christopher Mueller. The junior Illinois-native has scored a team-high six goals through the team’s 16 games. Mueller also leads his team in assists with 10. Despite the wound remaining fresh from the recent defeat at the hands of Wisconsin, the Buckeyes are excited for the rematch. “Outside of our lackadaisical start, we really took it to them,” senior forward Christian Soldat said. “It was a real hard-fought game between two teams. It always feels great to get revenge on their field and knock them out and hopefully advance to the semifinals.”The team knows its only chance at making the NCAA tournament is to win the Big Ten tournament. For the seniors especially, they do not want the season to end this weekend. “Nobody wants it to be your last game,” senior forward Danny Jensen said. “Right now, a lot of it is on the shoulders of the seniors. We are the old guys who have been through it all. If the seniors step up, I think we should be pretty good.”The Buckeyes have won the Big Ten tournament three times (2000, 2007, 2009). They have an overall record of 18-20-2 in their 25 appearances in the tournament. OSU earned the No. 1 seed in last year’s tournament, advancing to the championship match before falling to Maryland 2-0 in Columbus. While this year’s team may not have had the type of season they had hoped, earning them the sixth seed, the Buckeyes are still extremely confident they have what it takes to win the championship. “There is no doubt that we have a chance to win this tournament,” Soldat said. “We have played every single game close to the chest and have had a chance to win every single game. With this team fighting hard and getting players back from injury, there is no doubt that we can make a run all the way and win.”
Senior wide receiver Devin Smith (9) hauls in a catch for a touchdown during a game against Illinois on Nov. 1 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 55-14 as Smith caught a pair of touchdowns from redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorIn its last matchup against the Michigan State Spartans, Ohio State completed just eight passes in a 34-24 loss in the Big Ten Championship Game.Entering Saturday’s rematch, senior tight end Jeff Heuerman said the passing game will be essential to pulling the upset over No. 7 Michigan State.“I think you have to throw it effectively. Throwing it effectively will open up the run game and vice versa, running it will open up the passing game,” he said Wednesday. “So I think they kind of work hand-in-hand.”In preparation for the Spartans, OSU coach Urban Meyer said he does not expect Michigan State to change its defense too drastically because of how talented it is.“I think any time you face a defense like this, there will be new adjustments,” Meyer said Tuesday during the Big Ten teleconference. “There will not be a new defense.”The Spartans boast the third-best defense in the Big Ten, allowing just 279.4 yards per game. They are led by redshirt-junior defensive lineman Shilique Calhoun who has been named a Chuck Bednarik and Lombardi award semifinalist along with OSU sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa.Senior wide receiver Devin Smith said Wednesday that while he believes the Spartan defense has improved, he doesn’t see much difference in its scheme.“We know that they like to blitz a lot, they like to play press so we are just going to try and take advantage there,” Smith said. “We have worked (on) a bunch of different things in practice so we are just looking to go out there and show it on Saturday.”Watching the Spartan defense has been a struggle for Smith, who said he is looking forward to Saturday.“I don’t really watch much of Michigan State this year just for the fact that what happened last year and they (are) kind of still on my mind,” Smith said Wednesday. “We want to hurry up and get to Saturday.”Smith went as far as to say that Saturday’s matchup is the biggest game he has played in during his career at OSU.“Probably No. 1 to be honest. With what happened last year and what we are going up against, and the circumstances that we are in, I thinks it’s right up there,” he said.While Smith is having trouble watching the film, fellow senior wide receiver Evan Spencer said Wednesday that he has seen things on the tape that he believes the Buckeye offense can take advantage of.“They have their certain things that we are going to try to exploit and I’m sure they do ours for their side of the ball,” Spencer said. “I think that we will be very successful as a receiver room and as an offense as a whole just because of our preparation and the way we have looked throughout the week.”Echoing Spencer, Smith said he believes taking shots downfield will be a way for OSU to open up its passing game.“I think that’s key. We just got to take every opportunity that we can and go in on Saturday and be ready,” Smith said.Taking chances downfield was something the Buckeyes couldn’t seem to do against the Spartans last year as they accumulated just 101 yards through the air.In an eerily similar circumstance, the Buckeyes completed just nine passes against Virginia Tech earlier this season, ultimately resulting in a 35-21 loss.While the quarterback is different this year for OSU, Smith said he believes redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett will be ready for the challenge the Spartans will present.“He is taking it like it is just a regular game,” Smith said. “He knows what this game means to this whole program and he just came in here all week and just worked hard and he is ready.”In addition to his preparation, Meyer added that Barrett “looks great,” after suffering a sprained MCL in the first half against Penn State less than two weeks ago.Meyer also said that he reminded his players this week that Saturday’s matchup encapsulates why they came to OSU.“I just had a conversation with our players. This is why they are trained. Every second of everything we do in the program from off-season to summer conditioning to training camp, we are training you for moments like this,” Meyer said. “Compete for a championship in November.”The Buckeyes and Spartans are set to kick off in East Lansing, Mich., at 8 p.m.