Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insisted his team were hard by for both Chelsea’s goals in their 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge.The Gunners felt Francis Coquelin was fouled in the build-up to Juan Mata’s opener and were also unhappy about the penalty which led to the Blues’ second.Wenger said: “We gave too much room to Chelsea and on top of that it was a free-kick on the first goal and not a penalty on the second goal.“I don’t understand. The referee gave many free-kicks today for much less than the Coquelin one.“It’s frustrating because in big games these type of decision have a big importance.“In the second half we dominated. Unfortunately we didn’t come back. We didn’t make enough of the chances we had and that’s why we lost the game.”See also:Chelsea win despite Gunners fightbackBenitez refuses to discuss Lampard’s future after derby victoryTerry must fight for his place – BenitezChelsea v Arsenal player 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Board of Regents and a consortium of Ohio universities and state agencies are investing $4 million in 18 research and development efforts aimed at solving water quality and algal toxicity issues in the western Lake Erie basin.Critical activities include developing a warning network for harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie and research into currently unknown effects of algal toxins on human health, fish and food crops.Other projects focus on detection and treatment technologies that will eliminate drinking water crises such as the one that affected Toledo and other lakefront communities in August 2014.“This research will start answering the most urgent questions related to water quality in Lake Erie,” said Bruce McPheron, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.McPheron and Thomas Bridgeman, professor of environmental sciences at the University of Toledo, co-chaired a working group of 60 water quality experts from Ohio universities, state agencies and the Ohio Board of Regents that identified priority investment areas for greatest impact in addressing and preventing harmful algal blooms, also known as HABs, in coming years.In addition to detection and treatment technologies for HABs, the consortium is investing to reduce pollutants flowing into the lake. One project, led by Ohio State University Extension and Heidelberg University’s National Center for Water Quality Research, aims to create an early warning system for high levels of phosphorus and nitrogen, the main chemical contributors to the formation of HABs.Another set of projects advances more sensitive technologies that allow researchers to distinguish problematic forms of pollutants such as phosphorus.“Our strong statewide effort will help protect water supplies from potential blooms this summer while we look for the most efficient ways to prevent future blooms,” said Bridgeman, who will lead the development of an HAB detection, mapping and warning network for western Lake Erie’s Maumee Bay.The projects include research teams from Ohio State, the University of Toledo, Kent State University, Heidelberg University and Bowling Green State University, along with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio Department of Agriculture.A total of $2 million in project funds will flow from the Ohio Board of Regents, with another $2 million in matching funds coming from the universities.“This collaborative effort is evidence of the value of higher education in Ohio to solving the toxic algae issue,” said Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor John Carey.The Ohio Sea Grant program, headquartered at Ohio State, will oversee project management and execution.
MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “I defended his takedowns, and it was very tough for me.”With the win, Belingon could find himself in a fight against Bibiano Fernandes for the bantamweight gold in the near future. Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Bolick shrugs off fatigue to deliver in clutch for San Beda Kevin Belingon opened up title shot in the ONE Championship bantamweight division after taking a unanimous decision win over Kevin Chung in Legends of the World card Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort The 30-year-old Belingon (17-5) won his fourth straight fight in the promotion while stopping Chung’s (4-1) win streak at four fights.“Kevin is a tough fighter, I did what I did,” said Belingon. “I wanted to keep the fight standing, and I just defended his takedown attempts.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlthough the fight lasted all three rounds, Chung never found his rhythm against Belingon who is six years his elder.Belingon constantly spoiled Chung’s attempts to bring the fight to the ground with knee strikes and timely transitions. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’01:42Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa
Former chairman of selectors Dilip Vengsarkar calls the second innings batting collapse at Old Trafford the worst he has seen from India. He tried to put his selectors hat on and fell short of finding replacements for the batsmen or the captain. Speaking to IndiaToday.in, Vengsarkar said that coach Duncan Fletcher must sort technical shortcomings of Indian batsmen. Excerpts from an interview:How alarming are India’s back to back losses to England in the third and fourth tests? India was folded out twice at Old Trafford in less than 90 overs.It was shocking to me. It was a very embarrassing defeat. There are millions of followers of Indian cricket, especially in England, and they were devastated. Old Trafford was very poor. I didn’t think we would lose a test in three days. The way India batted in the second innings was the worst I have seen from an Indian team.We knew that the Indian bowling could fall short. But what in your opinion explains the batting disasters?I think all the frontline batsmen are struggling with technical flaws. Except Vijay who is batting well, all others have got issues. And these flaws become very glaring in test match cricket?. Brought up on ODI’s and T20 format, when the ball moves around with good carry with four slips and a gully, you need a good defense which they lack. They are all playing with an angled bat. And that’s not the way to play when you are trying to defend. That’s what you do when you are trying to play through the off side. I don’t know what all the coaches there are doing including Duncan Fletcher. Or it seems he hasn’t found anything wrong in the batting of the Indian team.advertisementEvery time a question is asked about Duncan Fletcher, we are told he is good technically. It doesn’t seem to be helping?It’s amazing how badly Indian team has done since Fletcher has taken over but he continues. Perhaps you should ask that question to the BCCI.Virat Kohli got out 6 times out of 8 behind the wickets. How concerning is that? An indication that he needs to go back to the drawing board?Virat is getting out the same way. I am surprised he is not rectified that mistake. He’s repeating the same mistake over and over again and it’s due to a slight flaw in technique which is unfortunate. He’s a top class player and needs to sort the issue out himself.Virat and Pujara failing collectively. Is that what’s primarily letting Indian batting down?I had expected a lot from Pujara. He’s got a good defence but even he has been playing with an angled bat. But the adjustment has to made in English conditions where the ball will swing around with bounce.Gambhir replaced Dhawan at the top of the order in the last test. He like everyone else failed. But is he a long term solution?Gambhir is not a long term solution. Dhawan needs to be continued even though I know England is a different cup of tea than batting in India. I think he is a better bet at the top of the order than Gambhir.India go to Australia later in the year. If India doesn’t comeback in the last test, putting your selector’s hat on, what changes would you make?The unfortunate part is we don’t have any options. India A had gone to Australia recently and the average age was 29 which I think is quite high. I think it should be 23. That’s the age group which can be groomed. We have a Rayudu, a Kedar Jhadav who did well but would you want to take them? That’s a big question that selectors will have to answer.Is India hurting enough after these test losses you think?Test cricket is of primary importance. And they need to realise, only if you excel in tests will you be respected. You have to be at number 1, 2 in tests which we once were but are now struggling.Another question that invariably arises. What about the captain Dhoni. Does he need to lead differently or should he go?Fact of the matter is we don’t have anybody who is ready to take up captainship. It’s a fact that Dhoni has lost most of the matches abroad and his performance as captain away is poor. But who would be his replacement? Your vice captain is himself struggling for runs and you can’t burden him with captainship at this stage. He is himself not sure of his place in the team at the momentadvertisementDo you see India coming back in the final test match?Look it’s difficult to say if India will be able to comeback in the final test. But Oval is a good wicket to bat on and if we get a good start we will be able to do much better than this.
Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics But organizers later discovered the mixed-gender team — all of whom were serving soldiers — had strayed from the straight and narrow.Spectators had helped them by pointing the way and a number of “markings and small paths (were) prepared for them, which only they were aware of,” the International Orienteering Federation (IOF) said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe Military World Games bring together military athletes from around the world every four years.China built an athletes’ village to host around 10,000 participating soldiers, coaches and officials for the games, which kicked off in Wuhan on October 18 with a ceremony attended by President Xi Jinping. Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! A cheating Chinese orienteering team was disqualified after losing its moral compass and using secret paths and markings during the Military World Games in China.The home team bagged some of the top spots in a middle-distance competition, which sees runners navigating their way across unknown countryside using little more than a map.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect China’s Ministry of Defence, whose People’s Liberation Army are joint organizers of the games, did not immediately respond to AFP’s request for comment.Orienteering is not the only sport to have been embroiled in scandal in China, with marathons also tainted by instances of cheating.At one event in March a woman was caught using a bicycle for part of the course, while dozens of participants took shortcuts at the Shenzhen half-marathon in November.Three Chinese runners were banned for life for breaking the rules at this year’s Boston Marathon.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Oscar De La Hoya denies accusations in sexual assault lawsuit Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Hontiveros says it’s time to vote on Sogie bill, believes it has ‘strong chance’ PLAY LIST 01:17Hontiveros says it’s time to vote on Sogie bill, believes it has ‘strong chance’00:50Trending Articles01:13Groups hold prayer rally outside Senate vs Sogie bill02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Becoming his own man View comments
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Ex-Man Utd striker Berbatov: Messi and Ronaldo would struggle in Solskjaer’s teamby Freddie Taylor14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has laid into the team, by suggesting that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo would struggle in it.United are enduring a miserable start to the season that sees them only two points above the relegation zone in the league.They face Liverpool at home in their first game after the current international break.Speaking to Betfair about United, Berbatov explained: “The winter transfer window is going to be difficult and on the pitch Manchester United aren’t producing as a team at the moment. “It doesn’t matter how good you are, Messi or Ronaldo could go there and they would have difficulty because the team is not producing.”
A Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect for Jamaica as weakening Tropical Storm Chantal moves quickly westward and could pass close to the island’s eastern coastline.This means that tropical storm conditions pose a possible threat to Jamaica within 36 hours.At 1:00 p.m. the centre of Tropical Storm Chantal was estimated to be near Latitude 16.5 degrees North, Longitude 73.0 degrees West, or about 430 kilometres (270 miles) east-southeast of Kingston or 370 kilometres (230 miles) east-southeast of Morant Point, Jamaica.The Tropical Storm is moving towards the west near 46 km/h (29 mph). If Chantal remains a tropical cyclone, a turn toward the west-northwest and then northwest, with a gradual decrease in forward speed, is expected during the next 48 hours. A more westward track is likely if Chantal degenerates into a tropical wave.The centre of the tropical storm is, however, still projected to be near the south coast of Hispaniola today and pass close to northeastern Jamaica on its way to central Cuba on Thursday. If Chantal degenerates into a tropical wave, however, the remnants, including heavy rainfall, are likely to move rapidly westward across Jamaica.Maximum sustained winds remain near 75 km/h (45 mph), with higher gusts. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 165 km (105 miles) to the north and east of the centre. Further weakening is, however, forecast during the next 48 hours and Chantal is expected to degenerate into a tropical wave later today.Jamaica could begin feeling effects of Tropical Storm Chantal as early as tonight as the system passes in the vicinity of the island either as a tropical wave or tropical cyclone. The main threat at this time is for outbreaks of heavy showers and thunderstorms to develop over the island, starting with eastern parishes, during the course of tonight and into Thursday. Some flash flooding is, therefore, possible over eastern parishes. Periods of strong, gusty winds are also possible in thunderstorms. Marine operators should remain on alert due to unfavourable sea conditions through Thursday.The Meteorological Service continues to monitor the progress of this system.The next Bulletin on Tropical Storm Chantal will be issued at 5:00 p.m. today.[Press Release: Meteorological Service, Jamaica]
New Delhi: Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University has started online applications for Ph.D and M. Phil programmes at the Institute for the 2019-20 academic session. The online admission forms must be submitted by May 6. The PhD programmes will be available in over 15 disciplines ranging from Information Technology, Automation Engineering, and Computer Application to Sociology, Mass Communication, and Education. Whereas, MPhil programmes will be available in the following disciplines: English, Clinical Psychology, and Psychiatric Social Work. Further details regarding admission procedures are up on the university website.
Ultimate should be fertile ground for analytics. The mostly amateur sport first blossomed at universities and remains popular with engineers, computer scientists, mathematicians and teachers — curious, creative nerds eager to break down the sport and share what they learn. Its profile is growing, too. This summer, the International Olympic Committee made the sport eligible to be included in a future Summer Olympics.When I attended the under-23 world tournament in England this summer, I saw hundreds of the sport’s future stars coached by some of its brightest minds, but I also saw a sport missing something vital: detailed data.It’s easy to take sports data for granted in an age when cameras track and quantify the movement of players and balls in baseball, basketball, tennis and soccer. The biggest challenges for analysts in those sports is how to wrangle and make sense of all that data and to get fans to look past traditional box-score numbers.But in ultimate, there are hardly any traditional box-score numbers. Other sports have digitized stat-keeping even at the college or high-school level. But for ultimate, even at a relatively organized and well-run event like the under-23 worlds, the sport’s best young players checked opponents’ scores on schedules filled in by hand. Coaches — including my FiveThirtyEight colleague Jody Avirgan, an assistant coach for the U.S. men’s team — carried clipboards to log who played each point, with paper flapping in the wind and ink blurring in the rain. Players got a glimpse of what wealth can bring to a sport every time they walked past one of Watford FC’s brand-new 500,000 pound ($750,000) fields, but rope fences made clear that the Premier League team’s training ground was off-limits — as were stats as advanced and sophisticated as the EPL’s.At best, ultimate box scores — such as those posted on the under-23 worlds website — contain just goals, assists and Ds (discs knocked down or intercepted). “That is Stone Age material to work with,” said Sean Childers, an ultimate player and co-author of a study on ultimate presented last year at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, in an email. “Imagine a baseball or basketball box score from 50 years ago, but worse.”Ultimate coaches dream of stats corresponding to some of their favorites from other sports. Several wished hockey assists — the pass that leads to the pass for the score — were tracked. Bob Krier, head coach of the U.S. men’s under-23 team, wants to see a shooting percentage for the most difficult passes into the end zone. Others want stats on “pulls,” ultimate’s version of kickoffs: Coaches suspect pulls matter a lot in helping a team set up its defense, both for how long they hang in the air and for where they land.A catch-all metric for player value such as wins above replacement would be nice, too. But Martin Aguilera, who coached the U.S. mixed team at the under-23 championships this year, said, “We’re so far away from that.”Many coaches said they look to basketball for stats they want to see for ultimate. On the surface, ultimate has more in common with football (passing toward a score in an end zone), soccer (a field sport with fluid positions and no play clock) and tennis (starting a point on offense is like serving, and scoring on a defensive point is called breaking). But ultimate has similar defensive principles to basketball, with players switching suddenly from offense to defense and both teams resetting after each score.Plus, basketball has lots of cool data. Ultimate nerds speak with envy and awe about SportVU, the system of cameras that ring NBA arenas and produce data about where the players and ball are at every moment of each game. And they cite the shooting charts of FiveThirtyEight’s Kirk Goldsberry as models for charts they’d love to see, ones that would map success rates for players’ shots at the end zone by field position.Other sports are also seeking better data than their traditional, limited box scores provide. In volleyball, “the official stat sheet is basically useless,” said Todd Dagenais, coach of the University of Central Florida women’s team. He’s seeking better stats to help his team but says there’s a dividend for spectators, too: A smarter sport is more fun to watch. “When an offense is run well, fans love that, which causes the defense to have to make more spectacular moves and more spectacular plays, which is also very entertaining,” he said.Ultimate’s stats are stuck in the Stone Age in part because it takes a lot of work to get not a lot of insight. To improve on the kind of time-consuming, manual stat-keeping process that some coaches at the world championships were using, ultimate players developed an app to track players moving around the field. The Ultiapps Stat Tracker can generate heat maps showing the best scoring spots. Childers and a fellow researcher used data from the app to figure out where those spots are and which players were best at getting the disc there. What they found mostly reinforced basic tenets of the sport, like the importance of keeping the disc in the middle of the field. The heat map above, which is from the paper by Childers and Jeremy Weiss, shows a team’s likelihood of scoring from different points on the field. As a team moves closer and closer to the end zone (at the top of the chart), its chances of scoring increase (the higher the number, the better). The large dip in the 40-percent zone — shown as 0.4 — suggests that a team is just as likely to score from about 50 yards outside the end zone (marked as 20 on the heat map) in the middle of the field as they are from 35 but stuck on the sideline.But data collected at one level of the sport with, say, little wind may not translate into a different level in windy conditions. Partly because of limitations like that one, teams mostly have stopped using the app to collect data.“Teams liked our analysis but found collecting and inputting the data was too onerous to justify the time investment,” Childers said.Part of would-be ultimate analysts’ challenge is that top ultimate players don’t play that many meaningful points1Each game of ultimate is played to a certain number of points, and each team must keep the same group of players on the field until the next point is scored. in a season. Players might play during only eight or 10 points of a game because top teams are deep, usually with more than twice the number of players on the sideline as are on the field at any time. And the roster is rarely the same from tournament to tournament.2Even in an age when ESPN is airing ultimate, no one makes a living playing the sport. Top players often skip tournaments because of personal or job conflicts.Even if everyone could agree on which new stats are needed in a sport like ultimate, a tough question remains: Whose job should it be to collect the stats? Tournaments are mostly run by volunteers focused on tasks such as ensuring players find the right field, have enough water and uphold the sport’s unique spirit of the game during play. That leaves coaches to keep any extra stats they’d want for analysis. But they’re also busy doing lots of other things during tournaments. It’s often easier to collect advanced stats during tryouts or practices instead.For the under-23 tournament, U.K. mixed coaches had to choose 26 players from 93 who showed up at trials. They divided them into six groups and filmed them, rating them in 24 categories. None was scores, assists or Ds. The categories were more subtle: essential but hard-to-measure ultimate and interpersonal skills. One, for example, was “nicehead,” which gauged how well someone played with others. “What we didn’t want to do is pick very skilled players who couldn’t interact with other human beings,” coach Megan Hurst said. She and her fellow coach Felix Shardlow entered all the stats into a big spreadsheet and looked for players whose low ratings came in categories they could easily improve, like catching. Aguilera thinks that more ultimate should be filmed and that more film should be watched. He filmed games at the under-23 worlds from atop a ladder he’d bought for 30 pounds ($45) just before the tournament. Many top college basketball players have seen hundreds of games by the time they get to campus. Incoming college ultimate players might have watched fewer than 20 ultimate games, Aguilera said.Absent data, coaches have to rely on scouting to get ahead. Film analysis has become a hallmark of the best college and club programs in the country. And it was on display at the tournament in England, too.Take, for example, the women’s final between the U.S. and Japan. Mike Whitaker, the head coach of the U.S. team who’d been scouting that Canada-Colombia game with his assistants near the start of the tournament, said that Japan used “advanced scouting more than any other team at the worlds.” The Japanese team brought personnel dedicated to the practice, which played a big role in the final’s outcome. He noticed Japan made adjustments to its defense after its group-stage game against the Americans (the U.S. won 17-13) and scouting other U.S. games.Eri Hirai, Japan’s head coach, said the team tracked which players on other tournament teams threw the most long passes and which ones ran the most. Harai said this kind of scouting is standard practice in Japan. “It’s very important because we knew nothing about other teams before the tournament,” she said in an email interview conducted through a translator. By the end of the tournament, the Japanese team knew enough about the Americans to win the final in a big upset, 17-15. It was the only game any U.S. team lost in the tournament. ST ALBANS, England — On a field 20 miles north of London, three people were camped on the edge of a field wearing USA Ultimate hoodies, notebooks open in front of them. They were the coaches of the U.S.’s under-23 women’s team, and they were scouting two of their biggest Ultimate Frisbee rivals, Canada and Colombia, who were about to play in a group-stage match of the 2015 world championships. The coaches barely even had any data on their own team — but there they were, scrounging for some on their future opponents. Read more: A Plea For More Frisbee Data From A U.S. Ultimate Coach Riley Erickson records video of future opponents for the U.S. mixed team. Carl Bialik Head coach Mike Whitaker and assistant coaches Carolyn Matthews and Lauren Boyle of the U.S. women’s team. Carl Bialik
With just under 30 seconds to go, Ohio State sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop hit a corner 3-pointer to cut 10th-ranked Virginia’s lead to just three points, 61-58. But after not being able to steal the ensuing inbounds pass, the Buckeyes were forced to foul, sending the Cavaliers to the free-throw line. Virginia cashed in on a pair, eventually dodging the upset bid from OSU to win 64-58. The loss drops OSU to 2-4 on the season, while also giving the Buckeyes just their fourth four-game losing streak since the turn of the century. Virginia moves to 6-1 after the victory.OSU had three players in double-figures, highlighted by forward Marc Loving’s 19 points on an efficient 7-of-11 shooting, including netting three of his six 3-point tries. The junior forward also chipped in five rebounds. Joining Loving in double figures was Bates-Diop, with 15 points, powered by him shooting 3-of-6 from deep, and sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate with a dozen. Tate added eight rebounds, five of which came in the second half. Although they might have picked up the loss, the Buckeyes churned in, arguably, their best performance of the season.“I definitely think we’ve gotten better,” Tate said. “It just seems like all our games come down to the wire. We just have to figure out a way to bring it home. We’re so close.”One of the main reasons why the Buckeyes could not bring it home was the performance of Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon. The redshirt senior guard led the way for his team, scoring 22 points on 7-of-16 shooting, including six 3-pointers. It seemed that as soon as OSU would close the gap, Brogdon would be there to hit a big shot to swing momentum back toward the Cavaliers. “That kid is one of the best players, honestly, I’ve seen,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “He’s so patient, he’s so smooth, he’s so efficient when he plays … when he made his first couple shots, I was so like, ‘Oh boy, here we go.’” As Matta mentioned, Brogdon got out to a hot start, scoring nine of Virginia’s first 13 points. But after being down 13-6, the Buckeyes climbed back into with an 8-2 run to make it a one-point game. The Cavaliers seized momentum back from the Scarlet and Gray from there to go up 26-17 with 2:39 left in the first half. The nine-point advantage was the game’s largest by either team, but instead of rolling over, the Buckeyes fought back to behind a personal five-point run from redshirt sophomore center Trevor Thompson. A key to the Buckeyes entering the locker room trailing by just two was their defense. OSU held Virginia to just 26 first-half points, a season-low, on 37 percent shooting. Freshman center Daniel Giddens was instrumental in the strong defensive showing, as any time a Cavalier player got into the paint, he was there to alter their shot. In the first half alone, he had three blocks. Because of his presence, Virginia often was passive, settling for jump shots. But for the Buckeyes, it turned out to be a double-edged sword, as the Cavaliers shot an efficient 4-of-9 from deep.“We haven’t gone against a team that is able to block shots like that yet,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said, adding, “When we’d try to go to the lane, they’d just block it.” In every one of OSU’s four losses, the game has been very close at halftime. In fact, it even led in two of the three prior to Tuesday’s matchup. However, the problem for the Buckeyes had been less-than-stellar second halves. Against Virginia, the opposite happened. Bates-Diop and Loving hit early 3-pointers to grab OSU its first lead since five minutes into the game. The cliché about basketball being a “game of runs” was definitely true in the second half, as the team’s traded runs for much of the final 20 minutes. “I just think that we were hungry for a win — everybody, coaching staff, teammates,” Tate said about finally having a strong second half. “I feel like that was the key. Everybody was locked in.” OSU’s final lead came with 13:20 left in the game, but it had multiple trips to the offensive end where it could’ve taken the lead or tied the contest. Loving hit a 3-pointer from the right wing to cut Virginia’s lead to just one point with just over eight minutes left to play. The Buckeyes forced a missed shot by the Cavaliers on the ensuing possession, give them a chance to grab the lead. Instead, freshman guard JaQuan Lyle kept up with what has been plaguing OSU all season long: turning the ball over after dribbling into traffic. In those critical moments, the young Buckeyes just continued to come up short. As for why, Matta said he was clueless. “I don’t know,” the coach said, chuckling. “That one I don’t know the answer to. You look at this team and just how few a plays away we are from turning the corner.” And against the Cavaliers, it was certainly just a few plays here and there that, had they gone the other way, perhaps OSU would be celebrating its upset. Because of just how close it was, Loving said the loss leaves him with mixed emotions. “It’s bittersweet,” he said. “It’s bitter because we lost but it feels good to know that we’re getting better each and every game to the point where we’re able to compete with top-10 teams. “We’re just taking each day in practice to get better and prepare for our next opponent.”That next opponent is a team from the same commonwealth as the Cavaliers, in the Virginia Military Institute. The Buckeyes and the Keydets are scheduled to be in action at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday inside the Schottenstein Center. OSU freshman guard Austin Grandstaff (3) dribbles around Virginia’s Malcom Brogdon during a game on Dec. 1 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost 58-64. Credit: Bree Williams | Lantern Photographer