See more NBA predictions All newsletters Big Number(s)46 percentThere are only six teams who are on the bubble for a playoff spot in the NBA right now. Three of them are effective locks; the Spurs, Jazz and Thunder each have a higher-than-97 percent chance of making the postseason. This leaves three teams jockeying for two playoff spots. The Pelicans and Timberwolves are in the best position, each projected to finish 47-35 and each with just over an 80 percent chance of getting in. But there’s still hope for the Denver Nuggets, who have a 46 percent chance of making the postseason. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slackchris.herring:Shoutout to @kyle’s timing this year. He’s had at least 3 stories in which a team or a player had a huge win that same night. Jokic last night, Blazers a couple weeks back. Good stuff, man.Predictions NBA Oh, and don’t forgetThis is a pro-Nikola Jokic zone haters go elsewhere We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆 Join the squad. Subscribe Things That Caught My EyeWoods and Nicklaus are the only draws in golfTiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus are the only two players where high finishes have a statistically significant effect on Sunday ratings for the Masters tournament. When Tiger finished in the top 10, the average rating was a 10.0, and when Jack finished in the top ten the average rating was a 9.5. [FiveThirtyEight]When Dinosaurs Ruled The EarthThe fullback position is a tough one in the NFL these days. For college fullbacks, they’ve got to make an argument they can also contribute considerably on special teams lest teams overlook them in the draft. This is just part of the position; fullbacks averaged 182.4 plays per season last year, while offenses averaged 1,015.7 snaps per season, meaning you’re only going to see a fullback on offense 18 percent of the time. With a 53-man roster, that’s a tough sell. [ESPN]Sleep; it’s important!I don’t mean to blow your mind with science, but athletes need adequate sleep in order to perform at their peak performance levels. Due to the nature of the NBA schedule and also the width of America, that isn’t always feasible. There were 54 games this NBA season where one team faced a significant competitive disadvantage because of scheduling. For instance, the Denver Nuggets played in Memphis, then left immediately and traveled overnight, then lost an hour en route to Cleveland where they played their third game in five days. Indeed, the Nuggets have been the victims of these “schedule alert” games more than any other team, six of the 54 total games. [ESPN]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Big Ten lost in Frozen FourThe Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs best out Notre Dame this past weekend to win the Frozen Four NCAA men’s hockey tournament. They were the distinct underdogs; Minnesota Duluth spent just $655,000 on men’s hockey to Notre Dame’s $1.6 million. [ESPN]College Football Playoff probably happens without a Big 12 teamWith Oklahoma sending Baker Mayfield to the NFL, the Big 12 will see its chances of sending a team to the College Football Playoff slashed to 26 percent, lower than any of the other Power 5 conferences. Part of this is that the Big 12 lives and dies based on Oklahoma’s disproportionate performance. The SEC has an 84 percent chance of sending at least one team to the playoff, the Big Ten has an 80 percent shot and the ACC has a 65 percent chance. [ESPN]Cavs should consider preventing the other team from scoring so muchThe Cleveland Cavaliers would ideally prefer to make the NBA Finals, but they have a tough time preventing the other team from scoring the ball a lot, a strategy that other teams have taken to calling “defense.” Yes, interfering with the capacity of opponents to score is, for 28 other teams, a higher priority than for the Cavs and their 29th ranked defense. If they want to beat the Raptors, Celtics or Sixers — again, all who make any attempt, however small, to stop the other team from getting points — LeBron James should consider it! [ESPN]
OSU sophomore guard Asia Doss (20) shoots a free throw during the second half a game against Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament on March 5 in Indianapolis. OSU lost, 82-63. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorThe week leading up to the Big Ten tournament was incredibly rough on the Ohio State women’s basketball team. The team endured two road defeats after struggling through four grueling overtime periods, a deflating feeling heading into postseason play.After disposing of Rutgers, the Buckeyes headed into a semifinal matchup with the Michigan State Spartans with hopes of setting things straight before the NCAA tournament. However, OSU suffered two defeats against the Spartans: a near-20-point loss and the realization that the sprained right wrist suffered by senior guard Ameryst Alston the game before would prevent her from being too involved in the offense.That instability heading in could have been a reason for the No. 3-seeded Buckeyes’ apparent unreadiness to start Friday’s first-round NCAA tournament contest against No. 14 seed Buffalo. Eventually, however, the OSU offense overcame the early-game nerves, sending the Bulls packing with an 88-69 victory at St. John Arena.“It just felt like and looked like we got back to playing more like the team we’re capable of being,” said OSU coach Kevin McGuff.With Alston on the bench, sophomore guards Kelsey Mitchell and Asia Doss paved the way offensively for the Buckeyes, tallying a game-high 27 and a career-high 16 points, respectively. A pair of forwards, sophomore Alexa Hart and junior Shayla Cooper, provided the opposite with a punishing presence for the Buckeyes down low. Hart came up big for the Buckeyes with five rebounds, five blocks and two steals.As a team the Buckeyes shot 52.4 percent from the field and 47.1 percent from three, with the distribution of scoring being divided mostly between Mitchell, Doss and Cooper, who netted 17 points.The defensive pressure fueled by the full-court press resulted in Buffalo shooting just under 30 percent from the field. The Bulls hit the offensive boards hard, but their inability to finish around the rim erased their efforts in the paint. Sophomore guard Joanna Smith finished the day with a team-high 23 points.“I think that their length and their size just got the better of us for a bit,” said Buffalo freshman forward Courtney Wilkins.The Buffalo defense heavily contested the Buckeyes at the start of each quarter. OSU would hit their stride at the end of every period, but the break in between allowed the Bulls ample time to adapt and break the Buckeyes’ rhythm.The first few minutes of the first and second quarters were troublesome for the Buckeyes. Buffalo opened Friday’s contest with a 7-2 advantage, but the OSU women stifled the Bulls over the final five minutes of the first quarter.“I thought our defense did a good job with attacking them aggressively the first couple minutes of the game, but then after that they have guards that still did a good job at attacking,” Smith said.Despite allowing the Bulls to get the upper hand early on, the Buckeyes were extremely dangerous on Friday once they hit their stride. Unanswered runs of 22 and nine points in the first and second quarters, respectively, thwarted any previous Buffalo efforts toward an upset.“I feel like we had to pick (our defense) up a lot, and we emphasized that in practice,” Doss said.Doss sparked the initial run by the Buckeyes, hitting the second of back-to-back 3-pointers to give OSU its first lead of the game with just over three and a half minutes remaining in the first period. From that point on, the Buckeyes never trailed again.Mitchell and Doss were the spark plugs for the offense on Friday, shooting a combined 53.6 percent from the field. The backcourt duo was often the initiator in overwhelming Buffalo with the offensive onslaught that was present at most times throughout the season.The difference in Friday’s scoring dominance centered around the absence of Alston. The senior guard being confined to the sidelines was noticeable at first, but OSU found its groove in patches.When the team was completely in sync, the Buckeyes seemed like one of the most dangerous forces in the country.However, the spell of droughts, which only came in small pockets, presented some trouble.“Buffalo, they got off to a quick start, and our kids didn’t panic,” McGuff said. “We just kind of kept doing the things that make us good.”The Buckeye defense stepped up immensely whenever the offense sputtered, keeping tabs on Buffalo’s offense all day long. During OSU’s uncontested runs, the Bulls missed on all 16 of their shots, while the Buckeyes forced four turnovers and blocked five shots.The defensive pressure the Scarlet and Gray forced upon the Bulls throughout the course of the game eventually wore the visitors out. Once the Buckeyes started to push the pace of the game with an effective press and forward-thinking up-court visibility, they never let up.The drive that was on display for most of Friday’s game was what most were used to seeing throughout the course of the Buckeyes’ campaign. Even though the home team was missing Alston, a key component to the team’s regular-season success, the team chemistry became fluid as the game progressed.“I think what was different compared to today’s game and previous games is our intensity and our focus and our concentration on a lot of stuff that needed to be focused on,” Mitchell said.OSU led by 34 points at one point but let its foot off the gas during the final period of play. The runs that the team put together in the first half put the team in a position to cruise to the end of regulation.“We got a little bit lackadaisical in the second half, and it’s always upsetting as a coach to see that, especially when we played so hard in the first half,” McGuff said.Buffalo did chip into the Buckeyes’ lead at times during the second half, but Mitchell continued to step up as one of the nation’s top scorers to keep the Bulls out of striking distance.With the advancement to the second round, the Buckeyes are set for a Sunday matchup with No. 6 seed West Virginia. Tipoff time at St. John Arena has yet to be announced.
The Illinois women’s basketball team hasn’t won a Big Ten game this year. That didn’t change Sunday afternoon when No. 10 Ohio State (19-1, 6-1 Big Ten) handed the Fighting Illini (6-14, 0-7 Big Ten) their seventh straight loss, 96-84. While the Buckeyes walk away with a victory, the Illini kept the game close until late in the match. “They’re as athletic as any team in the country,” OSU coach Jim Foster said. Before coming into Sunday’s game, the Fighting Illini had lost their last five games by a total of 18 points, including one overtime game. “We’re almost there, I just got to push them to get better,” said Illinois coach Jolette Law. At the end of the first half, the Buckeyes had a 44-36 lead, but it was in the second period of the game when the Buckeyes would be tested. Illinois cut the lead to four points after junior guard Tayler Hill was called for a flagrant foul. OSU then answered with consecutive 3-point plays from freshman guard Raven Ferguson and freshman forward Kalpana Beach to give OSU an eight-point lead with nine minutes left in the second half, but the lead wouldn’t last. With less than six minutes in the game, Illinois senior guard Lydia McCully hit both foul shots to knot the score at 76. The tie was short-lived though, as Hill and senior guard Samantha Prahalis drained consecutive 3-point shots to give the Buckeyes a six-point lead. “It comes with us being veteran guards and having the experience,” Prahalis said. “When the score is close like that, we need to score. We need to get a good shot.” The three points were among 10 Prahalis had in the final five minutes of the game. Prahalis led all Buckeye scorers with 28 points and six assists, followed closely by Hill, who added 26 points. While OSU only shot 48.6 percent in the first half, OSU rallied in the second half to finish with 96, their highest point total of the year. Sunday’s score was also the largest point total the Buckeyes have put up since 2009. The 84 points were the highest point total any opponent has scored against the Buckeyes this season. The Fighting Illini were led in scoring by junior forward and Ohio native Karisma Penn, who contributed 23 points. Penn was followed by junior guard Adrienne GodBold, who added 18 points and seven rebounds. Sunday’s win increases OSU’s winning streak to four, but the team is still a game behind Purdue for the conference lead. The top two teams in the Big Ten will face each other Feb. 12, when the Boilermakers travel to Columbus, Ohio. OSU will face the Fighting Illini again February 9. The Buckeyes return to action Thursday at Indiana. Tipoff is at 8 p.m.
Senior forward Mason Jobst races for a loose puck during the first period of Ohio State’s hockey game vs. Michigan on Jan. 11. Ohio State lost 2-1. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternDespite losing its first game of the series, the Ohio State men’s hockey team (19-8-5, 12-6-4 Big Ten) tied Michigan (13-12-7, 9-8-5 Big Ten) on Saturday, securing the regular season Big Ten title.Game 1In a tight, grueling battle on Friday, Michigan would take the 4-2 win against Ohio State in Game 1 of the weekend series. In the third period, what proved to the the turning point of the game, Michigan scored three times, twice within the last four minutes, ending its tie with the Buckeyes and securing them the win. The Buckeyes, meanwhile, were only able to net one goal in the third period when junior forward Tanner Laczynski, with an assist from senior forward Freddy Gerard, shot a puck past the Michigan defense.Ohio State senior forward Mason Jobst managed to score the first goal of the night, his 17thgoal of the season, within the first five minutes of the second period, giving the Buckeyes the upper hand after nearly 25 minutes of stalemate. Michigan responded with only 2.4 seconds left on the clock, however, and managed to tie it up. In the first period, Ohio State came out on top in terms of shots, doubling Michigan’s shot total 10-5.Game 2After recording a 3-3 tie at the end of regulation, Jobst recorded a goal in a one-on-one matchup against Michigan freshman goalie Strauss Mann in second overtime, earning the point to secure Ohio State’s Big Ten regular season championship. In the second period, Ohio State senior forward Brendon Kearney broke the 1-1 tie and scored with 17:07 left in the period. This was followed up minutes later when senior forward John Wiitala scored Ohio State’s last goal of the night on a power play. The Wolverines only managed one goal in the last half of the second period, keeping them down 3-2 going into the third.Ohio State was again able to score the first goal of the night.Following Michigan receiving a major penalty, junior forward Carson Meyer started the night off in a convincing manner when his puck found its way past the Wolverines defense and into the net 11:54 into the game. With less than five minutes left on the clock, though, Michigan was able to tie the game up 1-1 heading into the second period.Halfway through the third period,, the Wolverines netted their last goal of the match. While Ohio State was not able to score any goals in the period, it was able to kill a major penalty in the last five minutes despite being down a player, securing the Buckeyes a tie game at the end of regulation,Ohio State will end the regular season against Michigan State at home on Friday at 6:30 p.m and Saturday at 5:00 p.m.
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Actor Dwayne Johnson is reportedly being eyed by Universal Pictures to play the lead role in its The Wolf Man reboot. The project is part of its plan to revive its classic monsters.It will be included in the studio’s shared monster universe, which is being overseen by Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, reports aceshowbiz.com. Morgan wrote the screenplay of Furious 7.There is no confirmation yet from the actor and no other details about The Wolf Man are available as of now. It has been reported that other famous characters such as the Mummy, Frankenstein and Dracula will inhabit the same universe and interact with one another across films and plots. The Wolf Man reboot is scheduled to release on April 13, 2018.