Does your team have what it takes to make a run in the NBA playoffs? Listen to these NBA fanboys tell you why or why not.

With more than a quarter of the NBA season in the books, it’s about time for  sportswriters and basketball junkies alike to get together and start arguing about the impending NBA playoffs.

The amount of time my friends and I have spent discussing the landscape of the NBA is mind-boggling. While we may not be professionals, we certainly do know an awful lot about the teams and players that can shape the future of the league.

Not only do we love the NBA, but college football is wrapping up and that can only mean one thing: OSU vs. Michigan. With both teams seasons on the line, we wrap up the podcast with a short discussion on who we think has the edge in the biggest game of the season.

Find out below who we think will make some noise this season and reach the playoffs and who will win this years edition of “The GAME.”

Listening Guide:

2:15 – Picks for Eastern Conference Playoffs

12:50 – Can anybody stop the Cavaliers?

18:57 – Picks for Western Conference Playoffs

41:12 – Are the Jazz real contenders?

43:42 – Lakers or Timberwolves for first out of the playoffs?

48:52 – NBA MVP picks

54:28 – Picks for OSU vs. Michigan game

This week in Ohio sports: Bobcats are playing strong while conference games loom on the horizon

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Just as students are getting into the heart of the school year, many Bobcat teams are reaching the heart of their schedules; but, unlike some students, most of these Ohio teams are thriving as conference play begins.

Did the good guys win?

For the most part, yes. The football team pummeled Gardner-Webb University 37-21, while the volleyball and field hockey teams both picked up big wins over conference rivals. On the other hand, the soccer team lost a close one to Toledo while the women’s golf team finished in eighth place out of twelve teams in Michigan State’s Mary Fossum Invitational.

What does this mean for the football team?

The Bobcats picked up their first home win of the season in front of a crowd of over 22,000 fans, showing all the visiting parents that their child’s college team actually did have a chance against Tennessee last weekend. Redshirt senior Greg Windham threw for 143 yards and a touchdown while picking up 62 yards with his feet. Senior wide receiver Sebastian Smith finished with 108 yards and found the end zone twice off of six receptions. The Bobcats sit at an even 2-2 on the season as conference play begins next week.

What about the volleyball team, they’re good right?

Following their phenomenal 2015 season where they were crowned MAC Champions for the ninth time, the Bobcats have started this season with a lackluster 6-8 record. But don’t count these girls out just yet, they definitely know how to win conference games as they haven’t lost a set to a MAC opponent so far this season. The Bobcats swept the visiting Akron team in three straight sets (25-15, 25-23, 27-25) to pick up their second win over a MAC opponent. Redshirt junior Ali Lake led both teams with 17 kills; Lake has finished with double-digits kills seven times this season. This is the fourth year in a row the Bobcats have started 2-0 in conference play.

What happened with the field hockey team? 

70 minutes of play wasn’t enough for the Bobcats and the visiting Ball State Cardinals but graduate student Amelia Milton knocked in the game-winning goal in overtime to give the Bobcats a 3-2 win. Both Milton and freshman Gabby Lorenzo scored their first career goals for the Bobcats in the thrilling win. Although the score doesn’t reflect it, the Bobcats led in both shots, 14-6, and penalty corners, 11-3. Despite their struggles to capitalize off their shots, the Bobcats held on to pick up their first conference win and improve to 3-6 on the season.

Will the soccer team bounce back? 

After dropping their first conference game against Bowling Green, the Ohio women’s soccer team lost to Toledo 2-1 to fall to 2-6-1 on the season. The Bobcats couldn’t get their offense going against the physical Toledo team. Although Ohio had six shots on goal, compared to Toledo’s three, the Rockets had nine more shots and nine more corner kicks than the Bobcats, giving them more opportunities to find the back of the net. This is the fourth consecutive loss for a Bobcat team that hasn’t won a match since their 5-0 flattening of Cleveland State back on Sep. 2.

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Senior Mollie Whitacre battles for possession  | (via Ohio Athletics)

How bad is eighth place really?

The Bobcats finished in eighth place out of twelve teams at the Mary Fossum Invitational over the weekend. Although many MAC teams were at the invitational, the Bobcats (+61) were outmatched in talent by more qualified teams like the Miami Hurricanes (-4) who demolished the completion. Despite the low finish, senior Hailey Hryenewich led the Bobcats and tied for 11th place in the tournament with a final score of seven strokes over par. To see how the rest of the Bobcats finished, check out the final standings here.

What’s going on next week?

Monday:

  • Men’s Golf host Bobcat Open in Worthington, OH

Thursday:

  • Women’s Volleyball takes on rival Miami in Oxford at 7 p.m.

Friday:

  • Men’s and Women’s Cross-Country teams compete in All-Ohio Championship in Cedarville, OH
  • Women’s Soccer face Western Michigan here in Athens at 4 p.m.
  • Women’s Field Hockey play Central Michigan at home at 5 p.m.
  • Women’s Volleyball hosts Bowling Green at 7 p.m.

Saturday:

  • Softball takes on Charleston University in a doubleheader in Athens, first game starts at 1 p.m. while the second starts at 3 p.m.
  • Football travels to Oxford to face rival Miami at 2:30 p.m.

It may not look like it now, but some famous OU alumni lived here

 

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While nobody can deny the rich history of Ohio University, one of the oldest universities in the country, for some, 2016 will mark the final year that one of Athens oldest buildings is open to students.

The Phi Kappa Tau fraternity house on 50 East State St., one of my favorite places in South Eastern Ohio, is undergoing significant renovation throughout the 2017 school year. While the century-old original house will be demolished, the impact of the chapter and its alumni will live on for generations to come.

Originally founded in 1906, the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity made its way to Ohio University in 1911 and quickly built a house for their members that stands to this day. Needless to say, the house is in dire need of renovation but nevertheless many members are still sad to see it go.

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While this massive renovation project will certainly mark the end of an era for the longest continually operated chapter at Ohio University, it also serves as a time to reflect on the partnership between the fraternity and Ohio University over the last century.

The late Ohio Senator Greg Voinovich, an Ohio University graduate and Phi Kappa Tau member, formed the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs in 1998.

According to the schools website: “The school integrates scholarship, learning, and practice to solve environmental and energy problems; promotes value creation, smart policymaking and innovation in governments and nonprofits; builds businesses, drives entrepreneurship, helps develop the regions economy and molds current and future strategic leaders in public and environmental affairs.”

Before Voinovich was spending his college days at 50 East State, famous actor and Navy veteran Paul Newman joined the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. Although Newman never graduated from Ohio University, he spent the rest of his life raising money for his SeriousFun Children’s Network.

 

 

To this day, every chapter of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity donates money raised during their philanthropy events to Newman’s charity. The Ohio University chapter consistently gives more than any other chapter in the nation. In 2015, the members of the Ohio University chapter raised $3,000, a sizable difference than the $1,000 average given by other chapters.

Although the house that has fostered these outstanding Ohio University alumni is being torn down, the influence of the chapter will undoubtedly grow as time goes on. While the renovation of this historic house is definitely due, the members of the fraternity will certainly miss their favorite place in Athens throughout the lengthy process.