MOUNT PLEASANT – Ohio State head coach Thad Matta considered preparing for tonight's Carrier Classic aboard the aircraft carrier Yorktown by having his Buckeyes practice outdoors in Columbus.
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“But we just decided to open the doors to the gym,” Matta said.
Matta going into tonight's 7 p.m. college basketball season opener pitting No. 4 Ohio State against Marquette was concerned about the wind.
Not Marquette head coach Buzz Williams.
“We don't have anybody who can shoot,” Williams said. “Maybe the wind will help us and straighten up some of those curveballs we throw up there.”
The forecast for the 4 p.m. women's game featuring No. 7 Notre Dame and No. 19 Ohio State is 63 degrees and sunny with a 10 percent chance of rain and slight wind.
It gets cooler for the night game: 55 degrees at tipoff, dropping to 50 (almost no chance of rain).
Marquette players borrowed winter caps from the Warriors' lacrosse team.
Tickets remain available, priced from $500 to $2,500 (www.carrierclassic.org). Roughly half of the 4,300 tickets have been donated to military personnel.
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