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Scarlet Sunrise: For Ohio State basketball, best appears yet to come

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Ohio State couldn't get past Houston in the second round. (Brett Rojo/USA Today Sports)

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Scarlet Sunrise: For Ohio State basketball, best appears yet to come

Good morning, Ohio State fans, and welcome to the Scarlet Sunrise! Football will always be our focus, but every day we’ll cover news, notes and analysis from across Buckeyes sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Ohio State football, recruiting, basketball and more.

Ohio State bows out against Houston

In the end, Ohio State didn’t have enough offense. The No. 11 seed Buckeyes were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament on Sunday night, falling to Houston by a 75-59 margin. What went wrong in the loss? How could Ohio State have flipped the script? What’s next for Chris Holtmann and his program? Lettermen Row will have full coverage of the Buckeyes right here moving forward, but let’s start with senior writer Austin Ward’s Three Points analysis on the second-round exit.

Lejond Cavazos back?

Former Buckeyes commitment Lejond Cavazos was back in Columbus for a loaded visitors weekend that coincided with Ohio State’s student appreciation practice. He’s been an interesting recruit to watch because although he decommitted quickly following Urban Meyer’s retirement, it’s always felt like the Buckeyes had a strong chance to regain his commitment. Here’s what Lettermen Row recruiting czar Birm had to say about the situation:

Cavazos, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound prospect who is being recruited by Ohio State as a cornerback, was in town Friday through Sunday and if you watched him during Saturday’s practice, you saw a young man that was very comfortable among the Buckeyes football team.

Cavazos rarely had, or needed, an Ohio State escort, choosing to spend his time moving from one Buckeyes recruiting target to another but primarily spending his time with the country’s top-ranked receiver, Julian Fleming. Cavazos was set to return home Sunday night and I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a decision made on whether or not to end his recruitment within the next week or so. If that happens, I think Ohio State is in very good shape to land Cavazos…again.

For more on Ohio State recruiting, check out Sunday’s edition of Dotting the ‘Eyes.

WrestlingBucks finish second

I hope one day people appreciate what Tom Ryan and the Ohio State wrestling team have accomplished over the last five or six years. Much like Alabama football, the Nittany Lions are currently being coached by one of the best to ever do it — if not the best — and are on an unprecedented winning tear that includes eight of the last nine championships. The one team to win one in that span? Not Iowa, not Oklahoma State… Ohio State.

The Buckeyes finished second again at the NCAA Championships, which I’m sure feels disappointing to the team’s rabid fans. I’m not sure if saying this will make things better or worse, but it’s just another sign that Ohio State would be the Penn State of wrestling right now if not for Penn State’s existence. They’ve moved firmly past the sport’s other longtime powers into the “second best until proven otherwise” category. Over the last five seasons, Ohio State has one title and three runner-up finishes. Its score in 2018 — 133 points — is the most ever scored by a non-champion and would have been a high enough total to win a championship in five of six years from 2011-2016. Pretty good.

Student practice observations

With Austin Ward in Tulsa covering the basketball team, future Lettermen Row writer Spencer Holbrook — who’ll be joining the site after he graduates college in May, stepped up to pinch hit at student appreciation practice on Saturday. Here’s two things you should read to catch up on the latest practice happenings:

Counting down

  • Oho State spring game: 19 days
  • NFL Draft: 31 days

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Ryan Ginn

Ryan Ginn has covered Ohio State football and recruiting since 2013, having done so previously for Buckeye Sports Bulletin and He is currently a student at Tulane Law School and resides in New Orleans, La.

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