Tonight we are in for a special treat. We have yet another new writer out of Columbus. His name is Grant Freking and he is a certified “Sports Freak.” Grant will serve as our Ohio State correspondent from here on out.
Grant Freking is a Lantern (OSU Newspaper) sports writer. Ology magazine managing editor. OSU football featured columnist for Bleacher Report. High school football reporter for Newark Advocate. You can follow him on Twitter @GrantFreking.
To borrow a Godfather axiom, Ohio’s State game Sunday against Wisconsin is not just business, it’s personal.
Personal because it’s the last home game for seniors David Lighty, Jon Diebler, Dallas Lauderdale and Eddie Days.
Personal because Wisconsin not only ended their undefeated season, but the Buckeyes blew a double-digit second half lead in Madison.
Personal because they don’t want to share the regular season Big Ten championship with Purdue.
Personal because Ohio State wants to finish this season undefeated at home after going 17-1 last season.
Personal because Jon Diebler wants to break his own school record by nailing 11 three-pointers against the Badgers
OK, so all points except the last one apply.
Jared Sullinger made it clear to ESPN’s Dana O’Neil that he wants no part of splitting the Big Ten title. “It’s like sharing your girlfriend or your husband,’’ Sullinger said after OSU’s 82-61 win over Penn State Tuesday night. “You wouldn’t want to share your husband, would you? We don’t like to share.’’
Furthermore, a win would further enhance coach Thad Matta’s squad chances of claiming the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament.
One would be hard pressed to say OSU isn’t the best in the country. The two teams to topple OSU this season, Wisconsin and Purdue, haven’t lost at home this season.
Kansas lost at home to Texas and got dump-trucked at Kansas State. Texas has six losses, including dropping three out of four. BYU also has two losses, but the Mountain West isn’t the Big Ten or Big East. Pitt would probably make for the best argument, but they’ve lost twice in the city of Pittsburgh. Duke isn’t a title threat without Kyrie Irving.
Come Sunday, it’s strictly business for OSU…with a personal touch.
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