Watchitoo Playground: Intuitive, High-Quality Videoconferencing For Small Businesses

first_imgThe name Playground is meant to invoke the fun and experimental sides of the collaborative process, Zarom explained. He’s looking for growth in the healthcare and educational sectors. The tool itself is certainly intuitive enough for doctors and patients, teachers and students to figure out without a tutorial – just about anyone, for that matter.Watchitoo Playground costs $3.80 per user per month, but a free version is available, limited to 11 people onscreen at a time and no screen-sharing capabilities. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Watchitoo, the video-conference and collaborative tool, launched Watchitoo Playground today, a simpler version of the service designed for smaller businesses. Playground is clean, bright and intuitive, and blows away other (albeit free) services like Google+ Hangouts and Tinychat.The New York-based video conferencing company has invested heavily in streaming infrastructure, and it shows. Up to 25 people can hang out in the chat at the same time. Screen-sharing and performance of shared YouTube videos are incredibly fast.“We put a lot of emphasis on quality, because we believe presentation is instrumental when we conduct business,” said Wachitoo CEO Rony Zarom. “Video quality is very important to us,” he added.Having used Tinychat and Google+ Hangouts to collaborate with coworkers, I was rather taken by the service, especially with the large size of the image. G+ Hangouts can lag. Tinychat frequently freezes, crashes, and locks people out, and its picture quality is terrible. With Playground, the picture captured by my laptop’s built-in webcam has never looked better. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market fruzsina eordogh Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#business#web last_img read more

Legends Jaworski, Arnaiz grace Game 2 of PBA Finals

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGame 2 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals between Ginebra and Meralco drew a mammoth crowd at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday.But lost in the shuffle of the 16,159-strong fans who made their way to the Big Dome was the presence of Philippine basketball greats Robert Jaworski and Francis Arnaiz.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  The legendary backcourt tandem was side-by-side again among the screaming crowd when their old teams clash for the title in the season-ending conference.As always, Jaworski’s presence drew a lot of attention as fans came in troves to get a photo of the former senator.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 shutoutBut it didn’t take long before the public acknowledged Arnaiz, who was smiling as he soaked in the atmosphere from the rambunctious Araneta crowd, that even celebrities in attendance like newscaster Arnold Clavio couldn’t help but ask for mementos.With Jaworski and Arnaiz terrorizing the backcourt back in their day, they led their old Meralco team, then-known as the Reddy Kilowatts, to the 1971 Open Championship in the defunct MICAA. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIEScenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Black challenges locals to make shots, help Durham Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight They then took their partnership in the PBA, as they helped Toyota win nine titles before switching sides to Ginebra, where they won the franchise’s first taste of gold in the 1986 Open Conference.The Gin Kings ended up taking Game 2, 86-76, to grab a 2-0 lead in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals. MOST READlast_img read more

VOLUNTEER SMALL EQUIPMENT GRANTS- OPPORTUNITY FOR TOUCH

first_imgDoes your local Association or Permit run on the strength and hard work of volunteers and always need more assistance in terms of equipment? This information may just strike a chord with you. On 27 January 2005, the Minister for Family and Community Services Kay Patterson announced funding for the Volunteer Small Equipment Grants 2005 to help Australia’s volunteers to carry on with their vital work. Organisations can apply for grants of up to $3000 to buy small equipment items that support the work of volunteers by making it easier, safer and/or more enjoyable. Under the Volunteer Small Equipment Grants 2005, priority will be given to organisations that: * have relatively small operating budgets with limited funding sources and a relatively high volunteer to staff ratio; * demonstrate that their requested equipment will provide maximum benefit to all their volunteers by making their work safer, easier and/or more enjoyable; * demonstrate that the organisation’s work supports families and/or strengthens their local communities; * have requested equipment that will have maximum benefit in the local community for a small outlay; and * have not received funding under VSEG 2003 or VSEG 2004. Organisations are encouraged to complete and submit their application form online. For more information or the online application form, simply use the following link to visit the Australian Government website. For further information or to request an application form be posted to you, please phone the toll free Volunteer Small Equipment Grants 2005 Hotline on 1800 153 477. Organisations with special needs may contact the department on TTY 1800 055 001. Applications close at 5pm EDST Friday 4 March 2005. It is important to note that online applications received and postal applications post-marked after this date will not be included in the assessment process. Before completing the application form, please ensure that you have read the guidelines and that you are familiar with the purpose of the Volunteer Small Equipment Grants 2005. GRANTS OPPORTUNITY FOR TOUCH VOLUNTEERSlast_img read more

9 days agoLiverpool legend Kuyt: Klopp’s squad better than 2008/09

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool legend Kuyt: Klopp’s squad better than 2008/09by Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Dirk Kuyt says the current team is better than the 2008-09 squad.Managed by Rafa Benitez, the Reds finished second behind Manchester United that year with a squad featuring Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard and Javier Mascherano.And Kuyt thinks Jurgen Klopp’s side will go one better this season.”We were very close to success,” Kuyt told Liverpool’s official website of the 2008-09 squad, “we just missed a small detail to go one step further.”With the likes of Stevie [Gerrard] and Jamie Carragher, Mascherano, Torres and other very good players, we just missed a little something.”If you see the build-up of the team of Klopp, you see it progressing every time and it looks like it’s now coming to success also in the Premier League. We were a particular team like that, only we couldn’t go one step further at that time.”Hopefully this team will do it because, in my opinion, this team now on the pitch is even better than ours.” last_img read more

Video: Two Kentucky Fans Recorded “Big Blue Train,” A Bluegrass Ode To The Undefeated Wildcats

first_imgKentucky fans play bluegrass song about Wildcats.When you’re undefeated and dominating the competition like No. 1 Kentucky is, you’re bound to inspire passionate fans to drum up unique ways to express their love and appreciation. What better way for two fans to show their devotion to UK basketball than with a little Bluegrass tribute?That’s what the Jenkins twins decided to do. They recorded a musical ode to their beloved Wildcats, complete with shout outs of every key player, and jokes about Roy Williams, Rick Pitino and Bill Self drinking vodka. The chorus of the song features the line “We’re going to ‘Nap town on this Big Blue Train.” It’s a reference to Indianapolis, or ‘Nap Town, where the 2015 Final Four will be held.All in all, it’s entertaining in a quirky and hilarious way. [H/T : @KySportsRadio ]last_img read more

Daniel Craig to return as 007 in 2019 Danny Boyle at helm

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – Daniel Craig is back as Bond, the spy series’ producers confirmed, in a Danny Boyle-directed film due for release in 2019.Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions announced Thursday that production on the 25th official James Bond thriller will begin in December at London’s Pinewood Studios.Craig will reprise his role as 007 and Oscar-winner Boyle (“Trainspotting,” ”Slumdog Millionaire”) will direct from a screenplay by Boyle’s frequent collaborator John Hodge.Confirmation of Craig’s fifth Bond film followed speculation that the 50-year-old actor was about to hand in his license to kill. He said in 2015 that he would rather “slash my wrists” than return to the role — but later backtracked on those remarks, made just after he finished filming his fourth Bond film, “Spectre.”Boyle has directed Craig as Bond once before, in a 007-themed segment for the opening of the 2012 London Olympics.EON said that after more than a decade at Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures will release the next installment of the superspy franchise internationally. MGM will handle the U.S. release.Sony’s Bond contract expired in 2015 and many of the major studios competed for the chance to distribute the profitable franchise.As per tradition Bond 25 will open a bit earlier in the U.K., on Oct. 25, 2019, than in the U.S., where it will debut on Nov. 8, 2019.last_img read more

Dollarama stock falls to lowest in a year as slower sales growth

first_imgDollarama Inc. shares experienced their biggest one-day decline of 2018 in heavy trading on Thursday, after the national discount retailer’s second-quarter revenue, earnings and sales growth were weaker than analysts expected and the company indicated that it has been reluctant to raise prices due to competitive pressures.The Montreal-based company’s stock — which has outpaced the Toronto S&P/TSX composite index over the past three years but began to lose momentum against the market benchmark earlier this year — was down $9.50 or 18 per cent at $42.57 shortly after 1 p.m.That erased all of Dollarama’s stock’s gains since they jumped up $4.32 to close at $44.91 on Sept. 7, 2017, after the company announced last year’s second-quarter results.Dollarama Inc. announced early Thursday that it earned $141.8 million for its fiscal second quarter ended July 29, up from $131.8 million a year ago.Despite the increased profit, the 43 cents per share of earnings was below the analyst estimate of 44 cents per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Additionally, sales grew to $868.5 million, up from about $812.5 million in the same quarter last year, but were about two per cent below the analyst estimate of $887.6 million.Analyst Irene Nattel of RBC Dominion Securities acknowledged the second-quarter margin and cost improvements offset “tepid” same-store sales growth but lowered her price target for Dollarama’s stock to $52, from $55, to reflect a deceleration in Dollarama’s sales growth.Dollarama executives told analysts in a conference call that they had decided to delay pushing through a price increase for its customers for now because the cost of its imported goods has been more stable than expected and cost reductions introduced last year have offset the impact of higher minimum wages.“We initially expected inflationary headwinds on goods purchased in China to have a notable impact on gross margin in the second half of this year,” chief financial officer Michael Ross said.He added that, based on its orders with Chinese suppliers, the impact should be less than anticipated “leaving the margins for the remainder of the year stronger than originally expected.”In terms of labour costs, the company’s competitors haven’t pushed through the cost of higher minimum wages in Ontario to consumers and Dollarama decided to follow their lead, he said.Dollarama’s decision to postpone its usual price mark-ups will probably remain intact for the rest of the year, although they can be introduced quickly if circumstances change, Ross said.“It’s a daily decision,” chief executive Neil Rossy said. “It’s really an item by item study, as it always has been during our whole history, and that’s how we try to remain competitive across the entire store.”Rossy acknowledged that the decision to hold off on price increases had a negative influence in same-store sales, an important metric in the retail industry, which grew 2.6 per cent in this year’s second quarter.The same-store-sales growth compared unfavourably with the year-earlier growth of 6.1 per cent, but Rossy said that was especially strong because of souvenir sales geared to Canada’s 150th anniversary.However, Rossy added that Dollarama was also able to improve its gross margin to 39.7 per cent of sales, from 39.6 per cent, and diluted net earnings per common share increased by 13.2 per cent to 43 cents from 38 cents last year.Ross also pointed out that, based on experience in the first half of fiscal 2019, the company expects higher gross margin and EBITDA margin (a pretax measure of earnings) and lower percentage of revenue spent on sales and administration for the full 2019 financial year.Companies in this story: (TSX:DOL)last_img read more

Enbridge TransCanada shares flat after steep dive due to US tax ruling

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Shares in Canadian pipeline companies Enbridge Inc. and TransCanada Corp. failed to recover fully Friday from a steep sell-off on Thursday after the U.S. said it would eliminate a tax break for owners of certain interstate pipelines.Both Calgary-based companies hold such pipelines in the United States through master limited partnerships or MLPs.The decision by the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to no longer allow MLPs to recover an income tax allowance from the cost of service tariffs came in response to a 2016 court ruling that found its long-standing tax policy could result in double recovery of costs. Enbridge shares fell by 4.2 percent to $41.06 on Thursday but recovered to close at $41.28 on Friday, up 22 cents, after it issued a statement that says it is not expecting a “material change” to its financial guidance over the next three years because of the FERC ruling.TransCanada shares dropped 2.1 per cent to $55.89 on Thursday. On Friday, they rebounded to reach an interday high of $56.45 but closed two cents lower.The company had no immediate comment.FirstEnergy Capital said in a report TransCanada will be less affected than Enbridge because its main exposure is through its interest in TC PipeLines.Enbridge has two MLPs, Enbridge Energy Partners, and Spectra Energy Partners.It said in its statement the former is expected to experience an $80-million decrease in annual distributable cash flow because of the FERC decision, but that will be somewhat offset by a revenue increase on the Canadian Mainline system held by Enbridge IncomeFund Holdings Inc. About 60 percent of Spectra’s gas pipeline revenue comes from negotiated or market-based tariffs and are not directly affected by the FERC policy revisions but the remainder is from a cost of service-based tariffs which “could be subject to tax recovery disallowance,” it said. Spectra pipelines that move oil and other petroleum liquids are not expected to be affected.CIBC estimated the FERC ruling would knock about $3 per share from of its valuation of Enbridge and $1 per share for TransCanada.“We cannot help but wonder about the long-term viability of MLPs,” it said in a report.“Our expectations are that many of the MLPs held by corporations will need to consider converting to corporations if no consideration is given to the fact that they are held by taxable U.S. entities.”center_img The report says the implications of the FERC decision are difficult to quantify given the strategies companies may employ to deal with it and the mix of existing rate structures and rate settlement terms, but the impact should decline over time as newer pipelines tend to employ negotiated rates, not cost of service tariffs.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

No 16 Seeds Are Due

2003Kentucky2149IUPUI155998.119.9 1991UNLV2187Montana159298.443.1 2012Syracuse2054UNC-Asheville161994.97.5 1987Indiana2007Fairfield147398.066.0 1992Kansas2106Howard141098.937.8 2009Pittsburgh2021East Tennessee St.153696.210.4 2008Memphis2023Texas Arlington144298.111.4 2010Duke2059Arkansas Pine Bluff142298.79.5 2002Duke2193Winthrop141199.522.5 CHANCE THAT NO. 1 SEED WINS … 1996Purdue2050Western Carolina153996.829.5 2013Indiana1986James Madison157494.56.2 2002Kansas2066Holy Cross156197.321.9 1997Kentucky2181Montana157897.727.9 1988Temple2058Lehigh152197.258.2 1988Purdue2015Fairleigh Dickinson150297.562.6 2007Florida2046Jackson St.136598.712.4 1994Purdue2036Central Florida137399.034.2 1988Arizona2003Cornell149497.756.9 1993Kentucky2066Rider142798.835.1 1988Oklahoma2043Chattanooga152995.759.9 1989Illinois2094McNeese St.150998.553.6 2001Duke2149Monmouth154498.623.7 1985Georgetown2135Lehigh125699.7%99.7% 2015Kentucky2158Hampton150399.05.4 2000Stanford2092South Carolina St.141798.424.1 More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed 1985St. John’s1948Southern163687.783.7 1999Auburn1988Winthrop143897.425.7 1991Ohio St.1997Towson153096.540.4 2011Kansas2117Boston U.157098.18.1 1992Ohio St.2038Miss. Valley St.147598.138.3 2015Duke2028Robert Morris155496.45.2 1985Michigan2024Fairleigh Dickinson146198.082.0 1989Arizona2117Robert Morris136099.556.6 2011Pittsburgh2008UNC-Asheville159494.58.3 1987North Carolina2133Pennsylvania149298.869.3 1994Missouri2003Navy141498.333.6 1986Duke2116Miss. Valley St.160797.577.7 1992Duke2209Campbell134599.738.2 2006Connecticut2109Albany153197.916.2 1992UCLA1959Robert Morris148597.036.6 2008North Carolina2141Mount St. Mary’s156398.311.6 2003Texas1919UNC-Asheville127298.419.6 1998Duke2135Radford146298.826.5 2013Gonzaga2032Southern143598.46.7 1995UCLA2059Florida Intl.131399.531.2 1991Arkansas2034Georgia St.144896.639.0 1999Duke2295Florida A&M124899.925.3 2000Michigan St.2125Valparaiso147098.824.7 2011Duke2117Hampton147598.78.2 1998North Carolina2155Navy146498.926.8 2014Arizona2012Weber St.155795.75.6 1990Michigan St.2052Murray St.160794.543.8 1997Minnesota2023Texas St.142398.327.4 2012Michigan St.2029Long Island U.157995.76.9 2006Duke2084Southern143199.116.5 2010Kentucky2029East Tennessee St.152696.59.8 2002Maryland2110Siena154298.321.5 2005North Carolina2095Oakland151098.417.0 1999Connecticut2140Texas San Antonio146898.625.3 1989Georgetown2055Princeton153196.751.9 2015Villanova2086Lafayette149998.05.4 1996Massachusetts2127Central Florida136599.629.4 2009Louisville2059Morehead St.153497.010.1 2014Wichita St.2041Cal Poly153997.45.9 1995Kentucky2115Mount St. Mary’s144399.031.4 2003Arizona2069Vermont148198.520.3 1986Kansas2059North Carolina A&T151797.179.6 2005Washington1964Montana150495.217.4 2001Illinois2030Northwestern St.147598.023.0 YEARNO. 1 SEEDELONO. 16 SEEDELOTHIS GAMECUM. GAMES 1997North Carolina2099Fairfield143399.128.8 2007Kansas2063Niagara161395.212.6 2002Cincinnati2055Boston U.149497.821.1 1994Arkansas2001North Carolina A&T136498.932.7 1990UNLV1989Ark.-Little Rock160794.048.0 2007North Carolina2097Eastern Kentucky149498.413.5 1995Kansas2049Colgate147997.732.0 2004Saint Joseph’s1941Liberty144896.518.9 2004Duke2037Alabama St.133999.318.8 1991North Carolina2108Northeastern155797.241.9 2010Syracuse1986Vermont161992.68.8 2004Stanford2041Texas San Antonio145098.418.5 2007Ohio St.2084Central Conn. St.155097.713.2 2011Ohio St.2115Texas San Antonio152398.78.0 2009Connecticut2024Chattanooga150397.411.1 2001Stanford2113UNC-Greensboro145999.123.4 1993Indiana2130Wright St.155797.935.5 1998Arizona2159Nicholls St.152198.827.1 It’s the sort of statistic that seems ripped from pages of the Washington Generals media guide. Since the men’s NCAA Tournament went to a 64-team format in 1985, No. 16 seeds are winless: an imperfect 0-124 record.No. 16 seeds can be pretty bad basketball teams, of course. Often, they’re teams from small conferences that won automatic bids by winning their conference tournament in a series of upsets after having barely cleared .500 during the regular season. (Small-conference teams that win both the regular season and their conference tournaments will usually wind up with No. 13, 14 or 15 seeds instead.) Furthermore, No. 16s have the misfortune of being matched up against No. 1 seeds, which are theoretically the four best teams in the country.But being bad is one thing; going 0 for 124 is another. My hunch is that No. 16 seeds have been unlucky not to have pulled off at least one upset.Consider that in the 1998 women’s NCAA Tournament, No. 16 seed Harvard (those plucky upstarts) beat No. 1 seed Stanford. And in the men’s tournament, several No. 16 seeds have come close to winning. Two of them, Princeton and East Tennessee State, lost by a single point in 1989 to Georgetown and Oklahoma, respectively. The next year, No. 16 seed Murray State took Michigan State to overtime before losing by four.Meanwhile, plenty of No. 15 seeds have won. Well, not plenty, but seven of them have upset No. 2 seeds. And No. 14 seeds have beaten No. 3 seeds 20 times. These results suggest that 16-versus-1 upsets ought to be possible, especially because there isn’t always a whole lot of daylight separating teams from one seed to the next. As its choices this year made clear, the selection committee is not infallible. Sometimes a team gets seeded as a 16 when it should probably have been a 14 or 15. Sometimes a No. 1 seed should have been a No. 2 seed. If a No. 15 seed can beat a No. 2 seed, then surely a 15-seed that’s mis-seeded as 16 can beat a 2-seed that’s mis-seeded as a No. 1.But we can be more precise about this. In building our NCAA Tournament forecasts this year, we developed an Elo ratings system for college basketball. Although our forecasts for this year blend Elo with several other computer ratings, we can run Elo-based projections for past tournament games going back as far as we like.Here, then, is how Elo would have forecast every past 1-versus-16 matchup on the day it was played. Once we figure out the No. 1 seed’s odds of winning each game, we can simply multiply the probabilities to figure out their cumulative odds of winning all 124. It’s a long table, so scroll down to the bottom for the punch line. 1993Michigan2095Coastal Carolina146398.534.6 2006Memphis1931Oral Roberts162987.114.1 1985Oklahoma1963North Carolina A&T154495.795.4 1994North Carolina2082Liberty145098.433.1 2000Arizona1982Jackson St.139699.024.5 1986St. John’s2006Montana St.154094.470.1 2008Kansas2102Portland St.169895.511.8 2013Kansas2024Western Kentucky149997.76.5 2008UCLA2074Miss. Valley St.135099.512.3 2009North Carolina2103Radford152098.010.8 2001Michigan St.2105Alabama St.145098.522.6 1987Georgetown2015Bucknell148197.364.2 1990Oklahoma2101Towson150498.651.1 2010Kansas2161Lehigh151499.09.7 1997Kansas2194Jackson St.145199.228.6 2004Kentucky2085Florida A&M142199.018.3 This data suggests that No. 16 seeds have in fact been pretty unlucky. On average, Elo would have given the No. 1 seed a 97.6 percent chance of winning each individual game; the range runs from 99.9 percent (Duke against Florida A&M in 1999) to 87.1 percent (Memphis against Oral Roberts in 2006). But given 124 chances to pull a rabbit out of their hats, No. 16 seeds “should” have come away with about three victories, according to Elo. Furthermore, the probability of them having gone winless is only about 5 percent. I wouldn’t call the No. 16s phenomenally unlucky — we’re talking about odds of about 20-to-1 against, not 20,000-to-1 against — but this confirms my intuition that they haven’t caught very many breaks.The good news for No. 16 seeds is that their situation has been improving very slightly. Since the tournament introduced its play-in game in 2001, the average No. 16 to play a No. 1 had an Elo rating of 1504; before that, their average rating was 1470. The play-in games are helpful to the cause of the No. 16 seeds in two ways. First, the truly execrable No. 16s, like Florida A&M in 1999 (which came into the tournament with a 12-18 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), will be routed into the play-in game and will usually lose it instead of wasting one of the 16-seeds’ four opportunities. Second, the play-in winners will have a game of NCAA Tournament experience under their belts. That helps both in real life and for a team’s Elo rating, since Elo weights recent games (and especially recent tournament games) more heavily.So cheer up, Holy Cross, Hampton, Florida Gulf Coast University and Austin Peay State. Yes, you’re probably going to lose by 30 points. But sooner or later, one of you is going to make history.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s 2016 March Madness Predictions. 1996Connecticut2134Colgate146698.829.1 Every No. 1 vs. No. 16 men’s NCAA Tournament matchup, ever 1998Kansas2144Prairie View131799.626.4 1990Connecticut2015Boston U.153396.446.3 By Nate Silver 2012North Carolina2059Vermont162996.07.2 1986Kentucky2029Davidson152495.674.2 2013Louisville2124North Carolina A&T145199.06.8 1995Wake Forest2077North Carolina A&T136199.131.7 1989Oklahoma2028East Tennessee St.151796.254.4 2005Illinois2132Fairleigh Dickinson147599.017.2 2014Florida2086Albany155498.06.0 2012Kentucky2105Western Kentucky147698.57.9 2003Oklahoma1975South Carolina St.147397.820.6 2014Virginia2028Coastal Carolina145197.85.5 1999Michigan St.2112Mount St. Mary’s142898.925.0 2006Villanova2035Monmouth150597.413.7 1993North Carolina2147East Carolina148098.936.2 2015Wisconsin2129Coastal Carolina148498.95.1 1996Kentucky2127San Jose St.157797.830.5 1987UNLV2064Idaho St.150697.367.4 2005Duke2058Delaware St.146998.316.7 Our sports podcast Hot Takedown previews March Madness. 2000Duke2161Lamar137299.624.0 Embed Code read more

Ohio States Sam Thompson looking to lessen scoring pressure on LaQuinton Ross

Junior forward Sam Thompson scans the court during a game against Minnesota Feb. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 64-46.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorEven Michael Jordan needed a Scottie Pippen. A star player can’t carry the team all on his own.As often as individual brilliance dazzles in the sport of basketball — NBA Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain scored 67 or more points in losses four times in his career — a balanced attack will more often than not win the day.For the Ohio State men’s basketball team, this presents a problem.Despite leading the Buckeyes in scoring this season with 14.3 points per game, junior forward LaQuinton Ross can’t do it all alone.Since losing Deshaun Thomas to the NBA Draft at the end of last season, the No. 22-ranked Buckeyes (22-6, 9-6, fourth in the Big Ten) have relied heavily on Ross to carry the load.Emerging as the team’s top scoring threat, Ross has encountered comparisons to Thomas throughout the season, something he said isn’t exactly how he wants it.“I try not to look at it that way. I try to be myself,” Ross said Wednesday. “If other people are throwing out the comparison, that’s fine, I don’t get into that a lot. I try to do what I can at Ohio State and eventually, like Deshaun left his legacy, I try to do the same and do mine.”So far in 2013-14, Ross has six games in which he scored 20 or more points. His teammates have only managed one between all of them.Ross said he doesn’t feel the added pressure of scoring in tight situations, especially late in games.“I came into Ohio State as a scorer. I’ve been labeled as that for a long time now so in those situations in games, that’s something that’s almost a talent for me so I don’t feel pressure from it,” Ross said. “I think sometimes during those moments in the games my teammates look for me. I’ve just got to step up to the talent.”Since conference play began, Ross has seen his number called more and more often, in particular when the game is on the line.In the Buckeyes’ six conference losses this season, Ross has shot an average of 24.4 percent of the field goals attempted by OSU as a team, as compared to 19 percent of the total shots taken during wins.But in recent games, Ross has had some of the pressure alleviated with the help of a fellow junior forward.After only managing double digits in two of OSU’s first 13 Big Ten games, Sam Thompson has averaged 15 points in the last two, including a 19 point performance against Minnesota.Thompson said he can step up as the second go-to scorer for the Buckeyes, as long as he keeps playing with intensity.“I just have to continue to be aggressive, continue to make plays,” Thompson said. “Do so within the flow of the offense and do so within the flow of the team, but continue to make plays and I feel like that’s when we’re at our best.”Ross added that having Thompson scoring at a high rate will help him while the team aims for an NCAA Tournament run.“It definitely makes my job a lot easier,” Ross said. “Anytime anybody is pitching in and we’re getting that extra scoring — not even that extra scoring, just people making plays and being aggressive — I think that helps our team out a lot. I think we’re a way better team when everybody is being aggressive and trying their hardest on the offensive end and when we’re playing offense like we play defense.”Thompson has had more of a chance to shine since coach Thad Matta made the decision to put him in the starting lineup in lieu of junior guard Shannon Scott.Matta said Thompson has the ability to be the team’s second scorer, and that will help the team immensely.“It definitely gives us another guy out there that you have to be concerned about in terms of putting the ball in the basket. I think it opens things up in terms of driving opportunities, drive and kicks, even posting the basketball,” Matta said Wednesday. “I think Sam, when he’s playing like that, puts pressure on the defense to rotate more and those are things that all coaches look for. The more, the better.”Matta also said Thompson is on an upward trend as a player, provided he can continue to do what he does best.“The biggest thing he’s got to do is continue to play at this level,” Matta said. “(I’m) not saying getting 20 points or anything like that, but just bring what he has to the table. And it’s not the dunks … But it’s all the other things. Finishing around the basket, making his free throws, knocking down some threes. Those are the things that can complete kind of who he is. Assist-to-turnover ratio and those types of things.”OSU is set to travel to State College, Pa., to take on Penn State (13-14, 4-10) Thursday at 7 p.m.Thompson will be looking to continue his trend as the team’s second scorer against a team that held him to one point Jan. 29 in a 71-70 Buckeye loss in overtime. read more