1 Jan

Dubie promotes Vermont-made wind turbines on Alaska energy tour

first_imgVermont Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie was in Alaska this week to visit remote Alaskan villages where Vermont-made Northwind 100 wind turbines have begun to replace diesel-powered electric generators with clean, renewable and more affordable wind energy. Dubie toured the sites with Alaska Lt. Governor Craig Campbell, and executives from Northern Power Systems of Barre, Vermont, where the Northwind 100 machines are engineered and built.Dubie said, I m here to draw attention to a superior machine. The Northwind 100 is community-size and low maintenance which is a serious consideration when it s 40-below outside and you re hundreds of miles from the nearest city. The direct-drive, gearless design produces more power at lower wind velocities. Because it has fewer parts than conventional turbines, it breaks down less often.Alaska s remote population centers are largely powered by diesel generators. If the diesel is transported by air into a village, electricity retails for up to $1.00 per kWh. Shipping by barge reduces that cost by half. By comparison, Vermont s July 2009 electric rates average between 9 and 15 cents per kWh, depending on sector.Wednesday Dubie, Campbell and Northern Power representatives met with local leaders and toured turbine sites and power plants in the remote west coast village of Ulalakleet, 395 miles northwest of Anchorage, with a 2008 population 723, and in Savoonga, a village located on the northern coast of St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea, 164 miles west of Nome, with a population of 642.Today, Lt. Governor Dubie and Lt Governor Campbell are scheduled to conduct a town hall meeting on alternative energy at the University of Fairbanks.Lt Gov Dubie said, My involvement with Northern Power began in the summer of 2006, when we started to talk about ways for the company to grow its Barre operation. They asked me if I knew anyone in Alaska, where they knew that the Northwind 100 would be an ideal energy source in cold and remote regions. I had a good relationship with then- Lt Governor Loren Leman, so we set up a couple of conference calls and planted the seed.Dubie continued, As of today, Northern Power has sold 40 units into the important Alaska market, at roughly a half a million dollars each.  The number of installations should reach 31 by the end of this year’s construction season.Northern Power had 75 employees a year ago.  The company has added 55 more to date, and expects to double its staff by the end of this year, with an expected total of 150 employees.Dubie noted that a week ago, he was at Bolton Valley Ski Resort to break ground for the first Northwind 100 turbine installation planned for Vermont. The resort expects it to be operational in late autumn.Source: Dubie’s office. 9.18.2009.last_img read more

26 Sep

Football League chief calls for ‘cool heads’ over virus chaos

first_imgEnglish Football League (EFL) chairman Rick Parry has called for “cool heads” as he wrestles with the dilemma of how to finish the season with the coronavirus wreaking havoc. Aston Villa won the EFL’s Championship last season and were promoted to the Premier League The second-tier Championship, League One and League Two last week suspended play until April 3 at the earliest in response to the pandemic. Clubs are awaiting guidance on how to proceed, with concerns spiralling over the potential financial damage to smaller teams if the season is not able to finish. There is also the issue of promotion and relegation to resolve if games cannot be completed. A potential cancellation of Euro 2020 would open a window in the summer to wrap up the domestic season.Advertisement If that is not possible, there have been reports the current top two in the Championship – Leeds and West Bromwich Albion – would be promoted to the Premier League. That could trigger bitter legal action if clubs are unhappy they did not get the chance to complete potential promotion-winning campaigns themselves. Read Also: Pogba makes coronavirus fund-raising pledge All the speculation has led to an alarmist atmosphere around the English game but, with the EFL board set to meet for a further update on Wednesday, former Liverpool chief executive Parry urged teams to stay calm. “These are indeed challenging times for the league, its clubs and the game as a whole,” Parry said. “However, now is the time for cool heads and calm reflection rather than speculation as we look to steer our competitions and clubs through this period of uncertainty.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted ContentThe Great Wall Of China: The Hidden StoryWorld’s Most Delicious Foods10 Dystopian Movie Worlds You’d Never Want To Live InTop 10 Female Stars Everyone Had A Crush On In The 90sTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeithlast_img read more

4 Aug

Townhouses Approved For Vacant Tract in Atlantic Highlands

first_imgATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – After 27 hours of testimony and more than 10 months of public hearings, the borough planning board voted 6-2 to approve an application to transform one of the last significant pieces of undeveloped Bayshore property into a cluster of luxury townhomes. When the application was first submitted to the planning board, Denholtz initially proposed 21 homes, but scaled back the plan to accommodate requests for a public board- walk and open green space overlooking the bay. In his post-hearing publiccomments, board memberEd Cetron, who is a memberof the Atlantic HighlandsFire Department and joinedthe borough’s first aid andsafety squad in January,addressed the emergencyresponse concerns. Though the case was made the tract had never been developed for residen- tial purposes and should be recognized as an undeveloped space in a flood zone, Cetron, who helped craft the addition six years ago, disagreed. The McConnell Tract is currently occupied by Blackfoot Mobile Marine Services, a boat storage facility. The site has been zoned residential but used commercially since 1923. In 1929 the parcel was developed by Standard Oil and was later owned by Exxon for industrial operations. The property in question, better known as the McConnell Tract, is an elevated piece of land that backs up to Center Avenue and extends forward to the bay, pressing up against a narrow stretch of beachfront and a bulkhead that has taken a beating in recent years from historic weather events like Super Storm Sandy and Hurricane Irene. Borough resident Brent Sonnek-Schmelz stressed the dangers of developing homes so close to the waterfront and on a piece of land that has never previously held residential properties. “Regardless of the intent (of the code), we are legally bound by the wordage. And I think it’s absolutely clear that it only applies to undeveloped open space. This is clearly a developed space,” Cetron said. Chiles said the first meeting with Denholtz concerning funding took place in December 2018, where resources like the borough’s open space acquisition fund, county open space grants and green acres funding from the state were suggested. “We love the application and we think it’s going to be great for the town,” Denholtz said. “We have tried to do what they (the board and residents) have asked. It’s never fun to be in an environment where you have some vocal people, but I understand their feelings, and if they have ideas, we’ll be here to talk.” “We have an opportunity right now to actually protect our town, protect the land, protect the people,” Sonnek-Schmelz said. “We do not want to put homes where they are at risk in a storm surge situation like Sandy. And we’re not just talking about the residents who would live there. We’re also talking about our first responders who would report to rescue those who don’t evacuate when they’re directed to. These are potentially life-threatening situations and situations that we want to avoid.” “As a first responder who lived through Sandy and did a lot of work during and after Sandy, I know what the building standards are now. I’ve seen what the building codes are. And I have no intention of risking my life, ever. However, I do not see any opportunity here where I would be at risk of doing that, if these buildings are built to standards. And they will be. There will be no problem. It’s a lot more risky going into homes on the steep slopes we have thandown there,” Cetron said. This article was first published in the May 2-8, 2019 print edition of The Two River Times. In an interview with The Two River Times earlier this month, Denholtz CEO Steven Denholtz said the public portion of the project was cut after discussions about public funding options to maintain those amenities broke down. But according to Denholtz, who spoke to The Two River Times following the planning board’s decision, there is still time to hear suggestions from the public. Benson Chiles, leader of the resident opposition group Neighbors for Water- front Preservation, noted that the proposed development’s current alignment would result in three homes, as well as portions of seven of the planned lots, constructed in the AE flood zone. Neither Chiles nor Denholtz said they pursued any of the sources and the public facilities have since been removed from the plan. About 100 people attended the meeting concerning the Denholtz Custom Homes application calling for the construction of 16 luxury townhouses on 7 acres of land overlooking the Sandy Hook Bay. It was held at the Atlantic Highlands Elementary School. Cetron also did not agree with residents who cited borough code 150-84, which addresses general site design standards for subdivision site plans. The code lists several areas that should be preserved as undeveloped open space, including “lands in the flood way,” a provision added to the code April 24, 2013 in response to Super Storm Sandy. last_img read more

3 Aug

Midget Reps post weekend sweep of Trail

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe Castlegar/Nelson Midget Reps exploded for 19 goals in two games to head into the Christmas break on a high note.Castlegar/Nelson bounced Trail Tier III 10-2 and 9-3 in a pair of West Kootenay Minor Hockey League games during the weekend.The two wins improve the Reps season record to 8-19-4. Castlegar/Nelson opened the season going 15 games before registering its first win.The strong weekend allows Castlegar/Nelson to bounce back from a 1-3 tournament result earlier this month. Elk Valley and Spokane U16 posted consecutive wins over Castlegar/Nelson by scores of 5-2 and 6-5.The Reps bounced back to defeat Westside 8-5 before falling to South Okanagan 7-4.Grant Matthews and Joseph Gauthier, both of Castlegar have led the Reps offensively. Matthews has accumulated 24 goals and 33 assists for 57 points while Gauthier has totaled 24 goals and 16 assists for 40 points.John Katountas and Matthew Macdonald of Nelson have 24 and 20 points respectively.The recent turnaround might be attributed to the signing of Nelson’s Jesse Yanke and netminder from Castlegar, Garrett Steeds.Yanke has 13 points in five games while Steeds has been able to take some of the pressure of teammate James Tucker.The Castlegar/Nelson squad is a mix of players from the two minor hockey associations. The associations needed to combine forces after it was determined the two could not ice teams [email protected]last_img read more

20 Jan

Runallday, Don Chassis impress in Caymanas feature races

first_imgHighly fancied RUNALLDAY and 10-1 outsider DON CHASSIS won the Front Runner-sponsored Hot Line and Sir Howard Stakes for native-bred three-year-old fillies and colts, respectively, over 1200 metres, at Caymanas Park yesterday.Both races, which offered purses of $1.1 million, marked phase two of the Front Runner Racing Series, which was introduced last year for native bred two-year-olds. This year, Front Runner and Newport Mills Limited extended the sponsorship to three-year-olds preparing for the classics in four races – Hot Line Stakes, Sir Howard Stakes as well as the Thornbird (Guineas trial) for fillies, and Prince Consort Stakes for colts and geldings, both scheduled for March 18 over 1400 metres.In the 23rd running of the Hot Line Stakes, contested by nine fillies, RUNALLDAY, who raced prominently in third as the marginal 4-5 favourite FORT JKOX disputed the lead with DON’T BLUSH BABE, stormed through on the rails past FORT KNOX, leaving the furlong pole to win by four lengths in a new stakes record time of 1:12.3. LADY FAYE (12-1) stayed on well to pip FORT KNOX for second behind fast splits of 22.1 and 45.2 for the half mile.LIGHTLY RACEDA lightly raced bay filly by Blue Pepsi Lodge out of Racee, RUNALLDAY, who won as the 4-5 second favourite, was ridden by top apprentice Linton Steadman for trainer Anthony Nunes and reigning champion owner Stephan Narinesingh. She was bred by HAM Stables Limited.Later in the afternoon, the Philip Feanny-trained DON CHASSIS ran on well from just off the early pace to catch and beat long-time leader and 1-2 favourite LOOSE CANNON under champion jockey Omar Walker by 2 1/2 lengths.DON CHASSIS, who had previously won the Mercury Sprint over the straight on January 28, was one-two winners for two-time champion jockey Shane Ellis and 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny. A lightly raced chestnut colt by Performing Magic out of Femme Doree (bred by Everglades Farms), DON CHASSIS covered the distance in the same time as RUNALLDAY (1:12.3).Superkids Racing Stables, who owns DON CHASSIS, highlighted the 11-race programme with three winners. The others were 6-5 favourite LORD EQUUS, with Ellis aboard, and stable-companion PINELOPE, who made all at odds of 7-2 to win the King’s Plate open allowance race over 1500 metres in decisive fashion with the apprentice Javaneil Patterson aboard. Both LORD EQUUS and PINELOPE are conditioned by trainer Patrick Fong.Nunes and stable rider Steadman completed a double as well with the 33-1 outsider KANALOA in the closing race over the round five course. Racing continues on Wednesday, the holiday card featuring the Ash Wednesday Trophy.last_img read more

19 Dec

SA items in World Digital Library

first_imgA San rock painting from the Bethlehem area in the Free State province, depicting an antelope with a bleeding nose lying on its back. The upside-down posture indicates death. This is the oldest item to date in the World Digital Library. (Image: World Digital Library) The World Digital Library currently holds over one thousand historically important items, many of which are priceless. (Image: stock.xchng)Janine ErasmusAn 8 000-year-old South African rock painting of an injured antelope is the oldest item in the archives of the World Digital Library, (WDL) which goes live on 21 April 2009. The library is to be launched at a ceremony at the headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) in Paris, France.Completely free of charge, and available in seven languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish), the WDL presents significant cultural and historical materials from societies around the world.Its main aim, it says, is to foster international and inter-cultural understanding and awareness, as well as to provide resources to teachers, students and the general public around the world, expand non-English and non-western content on the internet, and contribute to academic research.In addition, through capacity-building initiatives in partner countries, the WDL hopes to close the digital divide within and between developed and developing countries.Partnering with Unesco is America’s Library of Congress, which developed the WDL, and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina of Alexandria, Egypt, which provided technical assistance.So far 26 libraries and cultural institutions in 19 countries have contributed their precious resources and expertise to this important internet project.Historically importantOver 1 100 historically important treasures have been digitised for the project. These include manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, architectural drawings, and other cultural materials.The idea of an online digital library, which encompasses all the cultures of the world, was first mooted by US Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, who envisioned a resource with the broadest possible access.Speaking to the US National Commission for Unesco in June 2005, Billington remarked that such a library could “bring people together by celebrating the depth and uniqueness of different cultures in a single global undertaking”.Development of the former history professor’s remarkable proposal began four years ago with a US$3-million (R27.4-million) donation from Google, Inc., the first to come on board.Google co-founder and president of technology Sergey Brin said at the time that “Google supports the World Digital Library because we share a common mission of making the world’s information universally accessible and useful. To create a global digital library is a historic opportunity.”For everyoneBillington commented recently that the WDL is expected to become a useful tool in stimulating people to ponder the interaction between cultures over the years. “We hope it will increase international understanding and also increase the curiosity of the world we live in about cultural achievements of humanity.”And, he added, “the beauty of this whole system is that it doesn’t prejudge who it’s for. It’s for everyone.”Rich African historyThe collection can be searched in a number of ways – by time frame, contributing institution, name of collection, geographical region, country, topic, type of media, and more.To date there are 122 items from Africa, giving interested audiences a fascinating glimpse of the rich history of the continent. These range from a late 18th century Spanish map depicting Port Louis in Mauritius; a treatise on numeric calculation in astronomy from the Timbuktu Manuscript collection; to a late 19th century photograph of Zimbabwe’s spectacular Victoria Falls.Other international works are Arabic scientific manuscripts from the National Library and Archives of Egypt; the 11th century Tale of Genji, written by Japanese imperial lady-in-waiting Murasaki Shibuku and recognised as one of the world’s oldest novels; and Sweden’s famous 13th century Codex Gigas (Giant Book) or Devil’s Bible, the largest medieval manuscript in the world. It is known as the Devil’s Bible because inside is a full-page illustration of that malevolent entity.These examples are a fraction of the educational wealth on offer, and it is just the beginning as Billington plans to expand the content as much as possible with the ongoing help of more partners and funding.He explained that since the site functions independently of politics and economics, and is therefore untouched by the controversy that often accompanies the two topics, he hopes that it will become a “truly international project”.South African contributionThe country with the most contributions is the US with 118, followed by the Russian Federation with 93.There are 17 South African items. The University of Pretoria contributed 11 items from its library, featuring six San rock paintings and five photographs of early Pretoria.The rock paintings are held in Pretoria University’s Woodhouse Rock Art Collection, which features over 23 000 items in various media such as slides and tracings. Rock art researcher Herbert Woodhouse, whose life’s work makes up the collection, received the National Order of Ikhamanga (bronze) in 2006 for his contribution to South Africa’s archaeological and cultural heritage.The early Pretoria photos come from the university’s Van der Waal Collection, which was put together by architectural historian Dr Gerhard-Mark van der Waal and focuses on architecture in South Africa.The Library of Congress and the Central Library of the Qatar Foundation have donated six old-time maps and images, including an early 20th century photo of uncut diamonds in Kimberley, a 1770 Spanish map of the Cape of Good Hope, and an 1895 photo of a Zulu chief.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesThe history of South AfricaThe African Activist ArchiveSA present at Timbuktu unveilingUseful linksWorld Digital LibraryUnescoUniversity of PretoriaPretoria University Department of Library ServicesPretoria University Department of Library Services on FacebookInternational Federation of Library Associationslast_img read more

18 Oct

INX Media Case Live Updates CBI arrests P Chidambaram

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress leader P Chidambaram was arrested on Wednesday hours after the Supreme Court posted for hearing on Friday his petition seeking a stay on the Delhi High Court order dismissing his anticipatory bail petitions in the INX Media case. In a dramatic press appearance in the evening, former finance minister P Chidambaram claimed that the FIR lodged against him does not accuse him of any wrongdoing. “If I’m asked to choose between life and liberty I shall unhesitantly choose liberty. Between now and Friday, I will walk with a clear conscience and my head held high,” he said while addressing the media. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Earlier today, the Supreme Court listed Chidambaram’s bail plea, seeking protection from arrest, for Friday. Meanwhile, Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the CBI issued a look out notice against Chidambaram and both investigative agencies, earlier in the day, filed a caveat against the former finance minister in the top court. The delay in the process of listing the matter occurred after the Registrar pointed out some defects in the Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed by Sibal. However, after clearing the defects, the case was still not listed by the court. The top court said the defects in the petition had been removed “just now” and it “cannot be listed for hearing today itself”. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe CBI has finally arrested P Chidambaram after almost an hour of drama outside his residence. The former finance minister was driven out in the CBI car, TV news channel NDTV flashed. The team of about 30 CBI sleuths accompanied by Delhi police officials reached the Jor Bagh residence of Chidambaram and knocked at the doors for a few minutes before scaling the boundary wall to enter the premises. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

15 Oct

Kanye West a cowriter on Drakes Kid Cudi diss track

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Kanye West is listed as a co-writer on Drake’s controversial track which disses Kid Cudi.According to credits on streaming service Tidal, Kanye is listed as a writer and co-producer of the Canadian star’s song Two Birds, One Stone, in which he describes Cudi’s depression a “phase.”“My numbers are out of the world, no wonder they got me feeling so alienated/You were the man on the moon, now you go through your phases/Live for the angry and famous,” raps Drake in the track. But in a new curve ball, it has been revealed that Kanye is listed alongside Drake and frequent collaborator Noah “40” Shebib as a co-composer and co-lyricist on the tune.His involvement is especially interesting given his most recent support for his former GOOD Music label colleague and protege. Last month, Kanye called Cudi “the most influential artist of the last 10 years.” More recently, he asked his fans to sing Father Stretch My Hands Pt.1 in the singer’s honour during a recent stop on his Saint Pablo tour. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

28 Sep

Our honor defended by OSU defense

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Ohio State football freshman quarterback Braxton Miller completed just 1-of-4 passes against then-No. 16 Illinois, but it didn’t matter because the Buckeyes’ defense was up to the task. Defensive coordinate Jim Heacock’s unit limited Illinois to just seven points and 285 total yards of offense at Memorial Stadium Saturday as the Buckeyes (4-3, 1-2) captured a 17-7 upset win against the Fighting Illini (6-1, 2-1.) First-year OSU head coach Luke Fickell said two keys to Saturday’s game were turnovers and field position. In addition to denying the Illinois offense throughout the game, the OSU defense helped satisfy the two needs Fickell identified for the team. OSU held a 3-0 advantage at half time, but an interception by freshman corner back Bradley Roby, which he returned 36 yards, helped the Buckeyes extend their advantage. With the team just 12 yards from the end zone, Daniel “Boom” Herron scored on a touchdown on the next play to put the Buckeyes up, 10-0. “This is a game of momentum,” Fickell said after the game. “That’s probably the biggest thing about it (Roby’s interception). One thing we’ve lacked on defense is making some plays and to have a play start right there and then answer right away with the offense — that’s what this game is all about.” The touchdown came in Herron’s 2011 debut and with his return to the lineup, only senior receiver DeVier Posey remains suspended for the Buckeyes. Posey sold OSU football memorabilia in exchange for improper benefits in the form of tattoos and was also overpaid for work he did not do at a summer job. Sophomore corner back Dominic Clarke, who was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for shooting what one witness described as a “compressed-air” gun from the top of Marketplace, a diner on OSU’s campus, did not travel with the team to Champaign. Another turnover that positioned OSU for a score came in the fourth quarter. Junior linebacker Storm Klein recovered a fumble on Illinois’ 37-yard line. Three plays after that, OSU again used the short field to its advantage as Miller completed his only pass of the game to junior tight end Jake Stoneburner for a 17-yard touchdown to put OSU up, 17-0. There was more to OSU’s defense than positioning the offense for scoring opportunities too. The Buckeye defense limited Illinois, which averaged 226 yards per game through six games, to 116 rushing yards on Saturday. “We tackled well,” Fickell said. “We didn’t give up big plays.” Sophomore safety C.J. Barnett agreed. “The coaches gave us a good game plan,” Barnett said. “We were able to execute. Everyone was able to do their job.” Sophomore defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, junior defensive tackle John Simon and Klein also combined for seven tackles for loss, totalling -23 yards against Illinois. Simon, who claimed four of the seven tackles for loss and added two sacks, and Hankins both tallied career highs in tackles with eight and nine, respectively. Simon and Hankins helped OSU hold Illinois’ offense to 162 yards below its per game average through six games. Thanks to an efficient outing from both OSU’s offensive and defensive units, OSU junior tight end Reid Fragel said the team was ecstatic in the locker room after the game. “It’s a much-needed win,” Fragel said. “We kind of felt like our backs were against the wall. (With) both sides of the ball finally coming together, playing some good football, that’s big for us.” Fickell said more improvement is needed as the Buckeyes enter their bye week. “We’re not going to let this define us,” Fickel said. “This game is a lot more fun when you win. That momentum is so huge… and maybe those guys (the OSU players) haven’t had that in a while.” After the bye week, the Buckeyes continue Big Ten Leaders Division play against No. 4-ranked Wisconsin on Oct. 29 at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. read more

28 Sep

Mens Basketball B1G 100 No 13 Ohio State has a chance vs

Ohio State freshman forward Kaleb Wesson (34) works his way into the paint in the first half of the game against Maryland on Jan. 11 in the Schottenstein Center. Dakich made three of four three point attempts in the first half aiding Ohio State to a 91-69 win. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 13 Ohio State (18-4, 9-0 Big Ten) has survived a few scares. On Jan. 17, it came within four points of losing to Northwestern in the final minute in an eventual 71-65 win and was trading leads with Nebraska Monday, until pulling away late to a 64-59 win.Now it welcomes a struggling Penn State (13-7, 3-4 Big Ten), which has lost four of its past six games, to the Schottenstein Center at 8 p.m. Thursday, with eyes set on a 10-0 start to Big Ten play.Projected StartersPenn State:G — Jamari Wheeler — Freshman, 6-foot-1, 170 lbs., 3.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.0 apgG — Tony Carr — Sophomore, 6-foot-5, 204 lbs., 18.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.8 apgG — Shep Garner —Senior, 6-foot-2, 196 lbs., 10.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.4 apgF — Mike Watkins — Redshirt sophomore, 6-foot-9, 254 lbs., 13.3 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 0.7 apgF — Lamar Stevens — Sophomore, 6-foot-8, 226 lbs., 15.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.0 apgOhio State:G — C.J. Jackson — Junior, 6-foot-1, 175 lbs., 13.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.4 apgG — Kam Williams — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-2, 185 lbs., 7.9 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 0.5 apgF — Keita Bates-Diop — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 235 lbs., 19.7 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.3 apgF — Jae’Sean Tate — Senior, 6-foot-4, 230 lbs., 12.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.8 apgC — Kaleb Wesson — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 270 lbs., 11.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.1 apgScouting Penn StateThe Nittany Lions have been involved in plenty of close games this season. Nine of their 21 games have been decided by single digits, and two have gone into overtime.Part of the reason they are in so many close games has been their defense. Penn State has the 43rd-best defensive efficiency in the country and has held opponents to just a 47 percent effective field goal percentage (37th-best), according to the advanced statistics website KenPom.com. It also ranks in the top 25 in blocking and steal percentages.However, this defense matches up poorly against Ohio State. It typically plays man-to-man, a type of defense Ohio State has flourished against this season. The best way to slow down Ohio State’s 31st-best offensive attack has been to run a zone defense. Penn State’s offense also will not match up well against Ohio State’s defense. Though the Nittany Lions have shot 37.4 percent from the 3, they generate 54.4 percent of their offense from inside the arc, the 57th-highest rate in the nation.Teams that have been able to beat Ohio State do so from long range, with 36.4 percent of opponents’ points coming from 3-point range, 36th-highest in the country. Opposing teams have mustered only the 257th-highest 2-point percentage in its point distribution at 46.9 percent.Monitoring Kaleb Wesson’s minutesOhio State has relied heavily on freshman center Kaleb Wesson this season. After sophomore center Micah Potter injured his ankle in the fourth game of the season, Wesson took over as the starter and has not let up.As a starter, Wesson has averaged 11.3 points and 5.4 rebounds in 21.6 minutes per game. While the numbers don’t jump out, Wesson has become a better defender and has avoided foul trouble more. He has fouled out three times as a starter, but only once in his past 10 games.Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said that even though Wesson has shown improvements and has been a key cog in the team’s success this season, he still does not want to put much pressure on his young big man by playing him too much.“It’s a lot to expect a kid of his size as a freshman really even to play 20 minutes,” Holtmann said. “I think his minutes are probably where we’d like for them to be. I think sometimes he could play a little more, sometimes a little less depending on how he’s playing. He’s done a very good job with the minutes, but I wouldn’t want to put 30 minutes on him right now as a freshman.”Wesson’s conditioning has improved, but it is clear after five minutes on the court that he gets worn out. He starts to breathe heavily and is slower to post and seal, meaning the team needs to bring in a fresher defender to maintain solid interior play. As he continues to develop and adjust to the workload, Wesson will turn his raw tools into game skills and be able to keep using those tools later into games, Holtmann said.“He’s so gifted with his hands and I think his feet can get better,” Holtmann said. “They’re not bad right now, but they’ve got to get a lot better in the offseason. His explosiveness, his movement. But I think that you can tell pretty early on when he’s [tired].” read more