Is Dark Matter Going Out of Style?

first_imgDark matter has been a staple in cosmological theories for decades.  One of the initial reasons was that galaxy rotation curves could not be explained without it.  Another was that galaxy clusters, to be held together over long ages, needed more “stuff” to bind them.  Finally, Big Bang cosmologists invoke copious amounts of dark matter and (more recently) dark energy to make their models work.  What the dark matter is has remained an unanswered question.  If it were normal “baryonic” matter we would see it, and it would not be “dark” (i.e., undetectable by current methods).    On the scale of galaxies, a paper in the Astrophysical Journal has undermined some of the justification for dark matter.  Brownstein and Moffat found a way to account for galaxy rotation curves without it1 (see also summary on EurekAlert).    On the cosmological scale, two other papers show that dark matter and dark energy are not simple parameters to model.  An American-Israeli team writing in Astrophysical Journal2 put constraints on cosmological simulations of dark matter halos and showed the picture is complex: “the clear separation of the evolution of an individual halo into series of quiescent and violent phases explains the inability to fit its entire evolution by simple scaling relations, in agreement with previous studies,” they wrote.  A news story in Science3 described some of the ruckus over dark energy’s role in the cosmos.  Specifically, astronomers are arguing about using gamma-ray bursts as a “standard candle” to infer the history of dark energy in cosmological theories.  See also the reprint on EurekAlert of a report from New Scientist that said, “the result stressed how little we know about dark energy and the need for different approaches.”1J. R. Brownstein and J. W. Moffat, “Galaxy Rotation Curves without Nonbaryonic Dark Matter,” Astrophysical Journal 636:721-741, 2006 January 10, 2006.2Romano-Diaz et al., “Constrained Cosmological Simulations of Dark Matter Halos,” Astrophysical Journal 637:L000, 2006 February 1, 2006.3Robert Irion, “Astronomers Push and Pull Over Dark Energy’s Role in Cosmos,” Science 20 January 2006: Vol. 311. no. 5759, p. 316, DOI: 10.1126/science.311.5759.316.In the history of science, practitioners sometimes invoked “imponderable substances” in their theories.  These included phlogiston, caloric, wound salve, ether, electricity, magnetism, and animal magnetism.  Some of these substances went the way of the dodo, others became staples of science.  So far, it appears that cosmologists are in the dark about dark matter (put “dark matter” in the search box above and see).  It will be interesting to see how future astronomers look back on this period.  Till established, theories built on dark matter should be treated like phlogiston theory or The Force.  Duct tape is like The Force.  It has a dark side, a light side, and it holds the universe together – at least as well as dark matter.(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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South African whizz-kid in line for Google award

first_imgLuke Taylor from Cape Town, a grade ninepupil, has beat more than 7 500 entrantsfrom over 90 countries to be chosen asone of the 15 finalists for the GoogleScience Fair competition.(Image: TechCentral) Taylor envisions his creation, Tribot, couldbe of great assistance to those strugglingwith existing graphic- and text-basedprogramming languages.(Image: Google)MEDIA CONTACTS• Shannon FallickConsultant: AfricaPractice+27 11 022 6564 or +27 83 721 4978RELATED ARTICLES• Google nurtures talent in South Africa• Google’s SMS internet for Uganda• Google SA seeks top pupil doodler• Mandela archive to go onlineRay MaotaSouth African grade nine pupil Luke Taylor has made it into the finals of the 2011 Google Science Fair competition, beating more than 7 500 entrants from over 90 countries with a computer program that enables a robot to act on instructions given in English.Taylor attends the German International School in Cape Town and is a self-described “robotics junkie”.Although he recently turned 15, he entered the competition before his birthday and is competing in the age 13 to 14 category with four other finalists.The winners will be announced at a ceremony at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, on 11 July 2011.The grand prize is a US$50 000 (R339 000) university scholarship and a trip to the Galapagos Islands, 1 000km off Ecuador’s mainland.If Taylor wins his category, he will take home, among other prizes, a $25 000 (R169 000) scholarship and a personalised Lego colour mosaic set.There are also categories for ages 15 to 16 and ages 17 to 18 – both of which have five finalists.Taylor, who found out he was in the finals on his recent birthday, said: “It was great. I was sitting in my bedroom, refreshing the Google blog, when my name popped up. I flipped out, fell back on my chair and then ran around the house.”He said he hoped his programme could be used to help bed-ridden people so they could give instructions like: “Robot, go fetch a cup of juice.”Keeping cool“Programming robots can be slow and challenging. In trying to assist a beginner with the NXT Mindstorms set (a programmable robotics kit released by Lego), I asked myself whether it would not be possible to design an application that could translate English instructions directly into compilable code that the robot could execute,” said Taylor of his competition entry.“If successful, it should be of great assistance to those struggling with existing graphic- and text-based programming languages.”Taylor’s entry, named Tribot, uses an application developed by him called “Simple”, which analyses and translates English sentences into the programming language of C-code.Taylor has never had any formal training in software development or robotics coding and is currently working on modifications to improve his design.“I am feeling the pressure, of course, but I’m doing my best and trying to keep it cool.  I am allowed to modify the project and I am working on voice recognition,” he said.Stiff competitionTaylor’s is facing stiff competition in his category from his four rivals: Michelle Guo, Anand Srinivasan, Lauren Hodge and Daniel Arnold – all from the US.Guo’s project is an attempt to find ways to curb Alzheimer’s disease, which is the fifth-leading cause of death in people aged 65 and older. He has found that cinnamon and herbal sensitisers could have a positive impact on those suffering from the disease.Srinivasan’s project looks into ways that could make prosthetics more manoeuvrable – like a person’s original limb – with the use of electroencephalography.Hodge is experimenting with ways to decrease cariogens in chicken meat, while Arnold’s innovation involving the testing of railway switches could help eliminate train accidents.last_img read more

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Brand South Africa AND IQbusiness partner to inspire patriotism

first_imgThe nationwide movement that is inspiring and empowering all South Africans into active citizenship, received another boost today.        Brand South Africa, under the #PlayYourPart programme, in partnership with IQbusiness, launched the #FlyYourFlag initiative at the IQbusiness annual Growth Conference on Tuesday, 9 October 2018 which was attended by 300 business, government and civil leaders.“We are extremely proud to be part of the #FlyYourFlag initiative that IQbusiness has proposed. The inspiring display of patriotism leading up to and during the 2010 World Cup, where everyone identified with the flag and wanted to be seen displaying the flag, infused a level of social cohesion that the country had not seen before. As proud South Africans, we need to recapture the spirit and pride of our rainbow nation and #FlyYourFlag” says Thembi Kunene-Msimang, CEO of Brand South Africa.The IQbusiness Growth Conference features exceptional thought leaders who provide practical advice on how to drive collective responsibility and participation in our country’s future.In his closing address, Adam Craker – the IQbusiness CEO – challenged all companies to reignite their South African pride by committing to flying a South African flag outside of all their branches, offices and other premises.        “We are challenging business, government and civil society to show their commitment to the future of this country by proudly flying a South African flag. If we are serious about changing the direction of the country, we must look as much at ourselves as our new leadership,” says IQbusiness CEO, Adam Craker.Brand South Africa and IQbusiness will be the driving force behind #FlyYourFlag to address some of the challenges the country is facing:1. Job creation: The South African flags, flag poles and installation will be manufactured locally as part of the IQbusiness Enterprise Supplier Development (ESD) Programme.2. Flag ambassador: Flag ambassadors will be nominated, in each organisation, to be responsible for the flag; they will educate the community on its significance and how flags should be treated.3. Youth Empowerment: Roadshows will be conducted at all flag sites, on the importance of the South African flag and the etiquette accompanying it.last_img read more

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Sci-Fi 101: Tips for Creating Awesome Time Travel Films

first_imgFollow these tips and tricks to create awesome (and accurate) time travel sequences in your next sci-fi film or video project.Cover image from Future Man via Sony Pictures Television.From time travel classics like Back to the Future to the recently released series Future Man, time travel has been a staple of science fiction filmmaking for decades. If you’re gearing up to travel some time in a sci-fi project of your own, here are some great resources for creating awesome effects as well as some general guidelines to help keep your timelines straight.Study the Rules of Time TravelImage from Primer via THINK Film.If you’re serious about making engaging and meaningful sci-fi, you absolutely need to do your research and understand how time travel works in film. Yes, films can often be loose with how time travel works, but defining your own clear set of time travel rules will help you craft your story and keep your audience in the loop.There are tons of great resources for how time travel works in some cinema classics, and while it doesn’t have to be Looper or Primer complex, finding your balance will help you keep your head.Period ClothingImage from Back to the Future Part III via Universal Pictures.Another thing to take into account is proper time-specific costuming. Whether you’re in the past or in the future, to truly sell your production, you need to make your characters look like they belong in their time and place.Appropriate SetsImage from Looper via TriStar Pictures.Like wardrobe choices, set dressing becomes another big factor to keep an eye on as you transition between time periods. There are big decisions, like making something look futuristic — or like a western frontier — but there also small details to consider, like power lines and cars in the background that can become distractions when you’re working with conflicting periods. Finding creative ways to minimize uncontrollable elements is a must.HUDsDepending on the sophistication of your time travel apparatus, you may have some opportunities to create flashy special effects. While you can always create these on your own from scratch if you know your way around After Effects (or more advanced programs like Cinema 4D), you can purchase a full HUD (Heads up Display) pack from Shutterstock, which has over 200 video elements for some really cool and customizable HUD displays and loops. Check the Shutterstock Elements HUDs here.Futuristic Title SequencesAnother good way to give your project some sizzle is a solid title sequence that can give your sci-fi film sophistication and style. You can always customize based on the thematics of your project, but to get started, here are some great resources for creating futuristic-looking title sequences.5 Easy Tips For Creating an Awesome Title SequenceCreating a Star Wars-Inspired Title SequenceCreate Animated Sci-Fi Titles + 19 Free Space Background Videos200 maps, grids, and HUD assets Sound EffectsAs a bonus, to really sell your futuristic sci-fi devices and technologies, adding some professionally created sound effects (SFX) can turn even the most rudimentary objects into powerful science fiction devices. Here’s a FREE DOWNLOAD PACK that has 29 royalty free SFX for you to use on any personal or commercial project to get your sci-fi time travel whirring, whooshing, booping, and buzzing.For more sci-fi tips, tricks, and assets, check out some of these articles.Create and Composite Sci-Fi UI Graphics in After Effects + FREE AssetsFuturistic Sci-Fi Synth: Royalty Free Music for Ultramodern Noir Thrillers2018 Creative Trends | Shutterstock Blog10 of the Greatest Sci-Fi Short Films of All Time25 FREE Action Compositing Elements from RocketStocklast_img read more

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Keeping up with Kobe

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim As the son of former PBA Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player Benjie Paras, basketball excellence runs in Kobe’s blood. The high expectations come with the territory as he is part of basketball royalty in this hoops-mad country.Kobe moved to California four years years ago to take his game to the next level. As one of the top high school talents in Los Angeles, he was recruited to play for University of California in LA (Ucla), where he could have teamed up with current Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball. But Kobe withdrew his application as he failed to meet academic requirements.Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, came calling, but Kobe hardly saw time on the court for the Blue Jays in his first NCAA season, leading to his decision to transfer to California State University-Northridge.“I didn’t play much last season, so that still fuels me to play and want to prove something,” he says. “I still have three more playing years and four more years in college, so I’m going to take it year by year, day by day.”As he waits for the start of the school year in the United States, Kobe is keeping himself busy representing the country, most recently in the Fiba 3×3 World Cup in Nantes, France. He is expected to play a key role for Gilas in both the ongoing Jones Cup in Taipei and the Southeast Asian Games next month in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES At Gilas, Kobe has the opportunity to showcase his talents. He’s been hailed by coach Chot Reyes as the future of the national team program and he has responded with flashes of stellar play in Gilas’ tuneup games.“I’ve told Kobe that he’s going to be a big part of the future of Philippine basketball,” Reyes says. “But in the meantime, he has to be more patient, not to get too hard on himself, let the game come to him, and continue to learn and to grow. It’s the first time he’s been exposed to this level of competition. This will go a long way in his development and maturity and I have very high hopes because his talent and potential are limitless.”Kobe says the feedback from Reyes comes in handy as he works on his game. “I’m just glad that coach keeps it real,” he says. “Sometimes I try to do too much and Kiefer (Ravena) and the guys tell me that I don’t have to prove anything. It just lifts me that I have teammates who understand my situation.”He has plenty of time. And with coaches like Reyes and Gilas legend Jimmy Alapag guiding him in the national team, he’s in a perfect environment to grow as a player. “I’m the type of player who doesn’t care who I go up against,” says Kobe. “I just want to give my all playing my own game, but coach tells me to relax a bit.”Says Alapag: “I think he’s the youngest of the group, and anytime you’re the youngest, there’s an opportunity to learn and just to continue to improve. I know he has not played enough the last year and a half, but I think being part of the [Gilas] program gives him that opportunity. Getting some tough competition will serve him as well through his time in college.”Kobe’s talent is undeniable. His size and athleticism make him an asset for the national team. But what stands out is Kobe’s work ethic, says Alapag.“Obviously, he’s very talented,” says Alapag. “I didn’t realize how big a 6-6 kid he was until he got here. He’s coming in and excited to get to learn and do the work. Hard work is the foundation of any good player.”Kobe is just delighted to be representing the country and shows a deep understanding of what it means to wear the country’s colors, thanks to his father.“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing,” he says. “There are a lot of players my age who want to be in this position. My dad keeps reminding me, ‘Every time you wear that jersey and play, you’re not just fighting for the people, you’re fighting for the soldiers who fight for freedom, too.’”Off the court, Kobe describes himself as “ambitious.” While he plans to take up fashion or art-related courses in college he has also taken an interest in culinary arts. View comments In the know: Kobe Paras “I love to cook,” he says. “I love to play the guitar. I love fashion. There’s just a bunch of stuff that I want to do. People think I’m just about basketball. There are people who tend to take basketball outside the court and I don’t think I need that because I’m also interested in other things.”Kobe says his style is a mix of urban and high fashion, and considers basketball stars Russel Westbrook and Nick Young as his fashion icons. The teenager also harbors dreams of doing his internship in some of the world’s top fashion firms like Chanel, Gucci and Louis Vuitton.“It’s exciting what the future holds,” he says.Philippine basketball will be watching Kobe Paras grow, but there will be more to him than just his talents on the court.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Kobe Paras walks out of Gilas Pilipinas practice wearing a loose, colorful air-cool basketball shorts under a vintage black shirt. The teenage basketball sensation had slipped into a pair of dirty white Vans sneakers, before putting on a light brown leather backpack and a yellow cap.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes There’s an air of swag as the 6-foot-6, 19-year-old leaves the gym. His looks depict his personality—young, creative and carefree. Make no mistake about it, Kobe puts so much thought into his style, just like the way he works on his game.“I’m trying to make wearing basketball shorts a new trend,” says Kobe. “It’s different. You don’t see this everyday and I love vintage shirts.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsKobe’s eyes light up when he talks about fashion. His Instagram feed is equal parts basketball, fashion and family.“I was in LA (Los Angeles) and that’s where it started,” says Kobe on his interest in fashion. “Everyday in LA is a fashion show. You don’t really need to dress to impress, but when you dress good you feel good. But that’s just me, I just like to stand out.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetlast_img read more

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Cavs’ Colin Sexton, WNBA legend Ticha Penicheiro lead Jr NBA PH national training camp

first_imgFILE – Colin Sexton #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers watches the action against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on December 18, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFPMANILA, Philippines—A women’s basketball legend and an NBA upstart is set to hold a camp for the Jr. NBA Philippines later this month.WNBA legend Ticha Penicheiro and Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Colin Sexton will help coach the top youth players aged 13 to 14-years-old in the National Training Camp at Don Bosco Technical Institute from May 17-18.ADVERTISEMENT PBA D-League: Che’Lu sends AMA packing to boost playoff bid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Penicheiro and Sexton will then select the top five boys and top five girls from the 80 finalists who will be named 2019 Jr. NBA Philippines All-Stars and they will also serve as assistant coaches in the Jr. NBA Alumni All-Star Game.Sexton was selected eighth overall in the 2018 NBA Draft and averaged 16.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.8 assists for the Cavaliers.Penicheiro, meanwhile, was the second overall pick in the 1998 WNBA Draft with the Sacramento Monarchs and was a one-time WNBA champion and four-time All-Star.She’s also set to be enshrined in the 2019 class of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame this June.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The most outstanding athletes from that group will then compete in the boys and girls exhibition game at SM Mall of Asia Music Hall on May 19.“I’m excited to work with aspiring young athletes and help contribute to their basketball development,” said Sexton. “The Jr. NBA is a perfect program for them to learn essential skills and values that will help elevate their game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsFILE – Ticha Penicheiro #21 of the Los Angeles Sparks handles the ball under pressure from Diana Taurasi #3 of the Phoenix Mercury during the WNBA game at US Airways Center on July 5, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPPenicheiro, the second all-time assists leader in the WNBA, is thankful for the opportunity to teach young children the importance of holistic growth for budding basketball players.“I’m grateful for the opportunity to nurture their holistic growth and put them in a position to succeed in basketball and in life,”  said Penicheiro. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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20 days agoBrighton boss Potter delighted with Alzate deal

first_imgBrighton boss Potter delighted with Alzate dealby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Graham Potter is delighted with Steven Alzate’s new deal.Alzate signed a new four-year deal with the Seagulls yesterday.Potter said, “He’s been with us from the start and has done very well since he came into the group.“He’s not looked out of place at all; sometimes youngsters can come into the group and have a session or two where you might notice a difference in levels, but that hasn’t happened with Steven.“The others can see his quality every day he’s with us, that naturally grows his confidence. It’s never straightforward, but he performed well against Newcastle and I think he can continue to develop and improve.“Against Chelsea he showed his adaptability in terms of starting in one role and then ending the game in midfield, so I’ve been really pleased with him. We have to make sure he’s playing to his strengths as often as we can – he can take the ball in tight situations and is good physically too, as well as being dynamic in his movement.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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18 days agoLiverpool defender Van Dijk: Thank-you Wolves – but I’ll say no more!

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool defender Van Dijk: Thank-you Wolves – but I’ll say no more!by Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has paid tribute to Wolves after their shock win at Manchester City.Van Dijk was surprised that City were unable to score against Wolves on Sunday.The defending Premier League champions lost 2-0 at home to Nuno Santo’s side while Liverpool won 2-1 against Leicester City to extend the gap at the top of the table to eight points.Reds centre-back Van Dijk said he thought it would be a “difficult game” for City but not as tough as it eventually proved.“I didn’t expect that, of course,” he told Sky Sports.“Everyone expected a difficult game for City, but City at home but it doesn’t happen much that they don’t even score one goal at home.“A great performance from Wolves, you have to give credit to them but you know the situation, you can’t really say much about it.“They will try to bounce back from it and until then we’ve just got to focus on our international football of course.” last_img read more

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Tiffany Cameron earns Big Ten honor after recordsetting week

For her recently concluded record-setting week for the Ohio State women’s soccer program, senior forward Tiffany Cameron has been named the Big Ten Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week. Cameron posted a four-goal week in games against then-No. 17 Michigan and Michigan State, scoring two goals in each game. Two goals in a 3-1 upset win against the Wolverines on Thursday allowed Cameron to set the program’s single-season record. During her final regular season home game donning Scarlet and Gray, Cameron scored two more goals to extend her single-season scoring record to 16 and pull into a tie for most career goals with 35. Cameron, a Canadian international player, tied former Buckeyes Lara Dickenmann and Lisa Grubb for OSU’s career-goals record with her second tally in the 3-1 win against the Spartans. Cameron will have an opportunity to break the career-goals record in the Buckeyes’ final regular season game at Indiana, but will have her work cut out for her as the Hoosiers defense has posted six shutouts this season. The game against the Hoosiers (9-8-1, 4-6-0 Big Ten) kicks off Friday at 7 p.m in Bloomington, Ind. read more

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Mens Basketball Ohio State continues inconsistency during losing streak

Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann puts his hands up after questioning a call in the second half of the game against Michigan State on Feb. 17. Ohio State lost 44-62. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorMichigan State head coach Tom Izzo did not forget what former Spartan Magic Johnson told his team. After the Spartans’ win against No. 20 Wisconsin on Feb. 12, Johnson asked the locker room “Who’s going to stay consistent the longest?” As Izzo reminisced on this moment, Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann was already gone, his team having lost to No. 11 Michigan State 62-44 after holding a 31-25 halftime lead. Instead of consistency, Holtmann saw irregularity, watching an offense that had shot 40 percent from the field in the first half come out of the locker room and make 4-of-21 from the field and 1-of-9 from 3-point range. This was a challenge the head coach expected heading into the season, seeing a roster turned over with the loss of five of its top seven leading scorers. But that does not mean Holtmann is accepting the struggles as the reality for his team.  “It’s frustrating when you are struggling to score as much as you are struggling to score,” Holtmann said. “I think that is frustrating for guys because you tie so much of yourself to your offense.” In each of the past two games — both losses for Ohio State — the Buckeyes have struggled with second half scoring. They have combined to shoot 26.7 percent from the field, making only one of their 16 3-point attempts in the final 20 minutes. To sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson, the offensive inconsistency has not been because of the offense itself. He said the Buckeyes play in a difficult league, leading to no easy shots. He said that part’s fixable. What isn’t fixable to Wesson is the inconsistency on offense leading to points in the other basket. “Defense wins games, defense wins championships. There’s not a team that’s going to win any game without defense,” Wesson said. “If shots aren’t going to fall, they aren’t going to fall. But they got to score on the other end.” In Ohio State’s two consecutive losses to Michigan State and Illinois, the Buckeyes have allowed opponents to shoot 47.1 percent from the field in the second half, making 15-of-27 from inside the 3-point line. Wesson said this defense is where Ohio State’s game starts. And it’s something that both the Fighting Illini and Spartans saw in the first half, as each shot a combined 36 percent from the field in the first half, scoring 55 points between them. With the implosion of the defense comes the implosion of the offense, showing a lack of size against opponents, including the Spartans, who recorded eight blocks against the Buckeyes on Sunday.“I’d like our fours to be a bit longer, but that’s not going to happen,” Holtmann said. “We were not great in finishing in transition and that’s where we get some of our shots blocked, but I want us to continue to be aggressive.” Size and physicality is something that teams have taken advantage of against Ohio State all season.Holtmann said Wesson, who played 29 minutes, but was limited to 13 second-half minutes, was fatigued during the game, more so than he has ever seen from the sophomore forward. Facing Michigan State junior forward Nick Ward and freshman forward Thomas Kithier, after Ward was sidelined with an injury for the majority of the second half, Wesson scored 12 points, the only Ohio State scorer in double-digits, and made 5-of-11 attempts. But the physicality proved too much for Wesson at times, something he is used to, but is tired of. “I’m not used to getting calls anyways,” Wesson said. “I get fouled almost every possession if you look at the film.” Holtmann said it was not just Wesson who looked fatigued. It was the entire team, saying Ohio State looked slow in terms of its pace against the Spartans. Ohio State had a three-point deficit in its seven-point loss to the Fighting Illini. The Buckeyes has a six-point lead against the Spartans in its 18-point loss Sunday. “It leaves a bad taste in your mouth because we knew this was a winnable game,” sophomore guard Musa Jallow said. “We just didn’t do enough to pull it out in the second half.”  Whether it’s fatigue or just momentum shifting to the opponent, this storyline has been the only consistent thing for Ohio State in the past two games. read more

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