New State Fair Food Pavilion Fits Nicely with DuPont Mission

first_img Facebook Twitter Previous articleBarenie Wins State Fair Giant Pumpkin ContestNext articleA Matter of Perspective Andy Eubank Home Indiana Agriculture News New State Fair Food Pavilion Fits Nicely with DuPont Mission By Andy Eubank – Aug 12, 2012 SHARE SHARE The 2012 Indiana State Fair marks the first fair for the new DuPont Food Pavilion, the structure formerly known as the Pioneer Our Land Pavilion. A ribbon cutting was held on the opening morning of the fair.DuPont Executive Vice President Jim Borel was on hand for the event. He told HAT the idea of a state fair space dedicated to the many aspects of food and agriculture and educating consumers about where their food comes from and how to make better choices is a great fit for DuPont.“One piece of it is a contribution to the community to help them learn and grow and make value from it,” he explained. “On the other hand ag and food is a really big part of the DuPont company today, close to a third of the company and a major growth platform. We’re investing a significant amount in research and development to come up with newer, better products that can help farmers and food companies move forward and ultimately help us as consumers have more abundant and healthier food to eat. So food is important to us so this is a great opportunity for us as well.”Much of the R & D is finding a way for farmers to get better crops in years like this one when drought hits. Borel says today’s genetics have greatly improved crops’ ability to yield in times of stress, but research continues.“Certainly the drought in some areas is so devastating that we wouldn’t want to pretend that you can come up with a magic product that can live without water. But we are making great progress. The more we learn about how the plant works, and the more we’re able through breeding and new technologies to come up with ways to help it manage water better, we’ll get better and better about this.”He said DuPont Pioneer’s new AQUAmax line of hybrids is based on a number of native traits that will be help make yields in water stressed areas a bit more predictable.“We’ve got another generation coming behind that in a few years that we think will be even better able,” he added.Borel calls agriculture the optimistic science and firmly believes that society and the world will rise to the challenge of feeding the rising global population.DuPont Food Pavilion located on Main Street near the iconic Midway Arch features more than 30 Indiana-made specialty food items. Visitors to the 16,000 square foot exhibit during the fair are perusing the pavilion’s Hoosier Market where locally-produced items such as Hoosier Mama Bloody Mary Mix and Burton’s Maplewood Farms maple syrup are for sale.While bringing local favorites home for dinner is great, sampling food is even better. Volunteers at the retail store, sponsored by Indiana Artisan and Indiana Grown, will distribute complimentary samples of local cuisine every day.Dozens of local chefs will present interactive cooking demonstration at the pavilion’s Red Gold Culinary Corner. Featured chefs from Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest will also present daily food shows in the state-of-the-art exhibition kitchen.  Fairgoers can discover new recipes, interact with all the food experts and learn how to incorporate Indiana-made foods into every day meals.Demonstrations are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The pavilion’s retail store and exhibits are open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the fair through August 19th.[audio:https://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/08/DuPont-Food-Pavilion-opens.mp3|titles=DuPont Food Pavilion opens]In the full HAT interview hear more about DuPont’s efforts to feed the growing world population:[audio:https://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/08/Jim-Borel-DuPont-Executive-Vice-President.mp3|titles=Jim Borel DuPont Executive Vice President]Audio Playerhttps://media.blubrry.com/hoosieragtoday/p/www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/08/DuPont-Food-Pavilion-opens.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: RSS Facebook Twitter New State Fair Food Pavilion Fits Nicely with DuPont Missionlast_img read more

Chris Cheng, Nehi Ogbevoen win presidency

first_imgChris Cheng and Nehi Ogbevoen were declared the winners of the Undergraduate Student Government presidential election Tuesday, according to preliminary results.Elected · Chris Cheng (right) is congratulated by Alex Bozzo, a junior majoring in political science and manager for Cheng’s campaign. Cheng, currently USG’s director of outreach, will be the next USG president with Nehi Ogbevoen as vice president. – Nathaniel Gonzalez | Daily Trojan Cheng, a junior and USG’s current director of outreach, and Ogbevoen, also a junior, earned 2,100 votes — 45.3 percent of the total votes. They were followed by junior Dylan Dann, a current Greek senator, and junior Addison McCaleb, who earned 1,429 votes; junior Jonathan Munoz-Proulx and sophomore Ryan Walsh, who had 615 votes; and junior Andrew Matson, USG’s director of academic affairs, and sophomore Juan Orjuela, currently a residential senator, who earned 407 votes.Cheng said he was “ecstatic” that his ticket won.“We worked hard for every vote we got,” Cheng said. “We were out there for two weeks shaking people’s hands in the dining halls and on Trousdale. We didn’t really have any expectations; we just worked our hardest.”Ogbevoen, who rushed to the Senate meeting from a basketball game to hear the results, was equally excited.“It hasn’t hit me yet, it’s surreal,” Ogbevoen said. “In about 10 minutes, I’ll be screaming like a girl.”Cheng and Ogbevoen credit their success to the amount of work they put into their campaign.Munoz-Proulx said he wasn’t surprised by the results, adding that he is “very thrilled with the candidates that have been elected.”Other candidates expressed similar views on the election.“I think they’re going to lead USG with a lot of strength,” Matson said. “They’re really going to be able to connect with the students.”USG Vice President Ashlie Chan said she was happy with this year’s election season.“I’m really glad that the [voter] numbers have increased from last year,” Chan said. “I think the numbers reflect what the students want.”Scott Hummel, co-director of elections and recruitment, said he was “impressed” by all the campaigns.“They were all just really impressive students,” Hummel said. “They were all well-spoken, involved and interested in making USG better for USC students … These candidates bring to light how students should have the biggest say.”Cheng and Ogbevoen are already making plans for the weeks before they take office. Among these tasks include building an “awesome and amazing” cabinet and talking to the administration, according to Cheng.“We just want to start meeting with the administrators as soon as possible,” Cheng said. “We really want to fulfill all the promises that we’ve made. We’ve already met with the administrators beforehand, which was a huge help, and so we already established a good relationship with the administrators which I think is really important. So now we have to meet with them again and say, ‘Hey, we won so lets try to get this done for next year.’”Ogbevoen also hopes to talk to the current USG president and vice president to gain insight from their experiences.“I’ve done a lot of research in the past two months about the current administration” Ogbevoen said. “I really just want to dive in and talk to Ashlie Chan about being vice president and Holden Slusher and see what struggles they faced last year so that we can keep moving forward.”During the campaign season, complaints were filed against Cheng and Ogbevoen for using the USG listserv to e-mail students. The elections commission ruled it a minor offense and ordered the ticket to remove 10 campaign signs from Trousdale Parkway. The other candidates brought the issue to the judicial board, which ruled that Cheng and Ogbevoen could not campaign until 3 p.m. on the third day of voting. No further action will be taken.Co-director of Elections and Recruitment Emiko Suzuki said the whole election season went well and that it was a fair election.“The atmosphere when the results were announced, everyone was still in good spirits and were all shaking everyone’s hands, and I think that shows that this was a good election and that nothing went terribly wrong and that nobody won by dirty means,” Suzuki said.The official results of the presidential and senatorial races will be announced next Tuesday after the elected candidates have been determined to be in good standing and have completed their budget proposal.last_img read more

Marist ticked off Kevin Rice and paid for it in tournament loss

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ In the game in which he scored a career-high in points, it was a bump on one of Kevin Rice’s teammates that set him off.Early into the third quarter, Marist midfielder Mike Begley leaned his left shoulder into Syracuse faceoff specialist Ben Williams on the run, causing Williams to fall to the ground.Rice confronted the Red Foxes’ faceoff man Dominic Montemurro after the play in a moment that was the culmination of what Rice called a “chippy” game. As he jogged to the sideline for his 30-second penalty, SU head coach John Desko violently clapped his hands together and loudly scolded at his senior captian.“Just in these playoff games we want to take advantage of everything we can,” Desko said of his message to Rice.“Obviously I overreacted a little too much,” Rice added. “I should’ve just gone in there to make sure Ben was alright.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFrom that moment on, Rice collected two goals and two assists to round out the quarter and give him nine points on the night. The break in character from the usually stoic Rice helped launch second-seeded Syracuse (13-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) over Marist (14-4, 6-0 Metro Atlantic), 20-8, in the Orange’s opening game of the NCAA tournament on Sunday night in front of 2,555 fans at the Carrier Dome.Rice dished off two assists and scored twice in the second quarter as a part of SU’s 10-0 run that lasted nearly 23 minutes.“He’s the whole package,” Red Foxes attack Joseph Radin said. “He can score, pass, and makes his teammates better all-around.”Rice didn’t produce anything offensively until the second quarter, and the Red Foxes actually opened the scoring in the contest before two minutes had gone by. The sparse, but rambunctious contingent of Red Foxes fans roared as the Marist players viciously bumped helmets and shoulders on the sideline.But as the deficit quickly grew for Marist, it was as if the Red Foxes tried to compensate by bringing out their sideline physicality on the field. In Rice’s offensive spree in the second quarter, his first goal was immediately followed with a body check from behind delivered by Marist defender Ben Willett.SU’s senior attack sprawled on the ground momentarily before popping up and celebrating with his teammates. Ultimately it turned out to be the prequel to his confrontation with Montemurro.“I just wasn’t into the game too much yet,” Rice said “… That hit sometimes wakes you up a little bit and gets in the blood flowing.“I think it just kick-started my game.”Before he was laid out across the crease, Rice was able to bank on his fellow attack and midfielders while he tried to work out of his early-game groove. Syracuse had built a five-goal lead before Rice’s name ever appeared on the stats sheet.He reestablished himself and amassed five points by the time he was forced to serve his 30-second penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. A six-goal deficit for Marist at the time didn’t mean the game was out of reach, but Rice took it upon himself to make it that way after his half-minute sabbatical.Attacks Randy Staats and Dylan Donahue teamed up upon Rice’s return to grow the Orange lead to seven. Rice then contributed four consecutive points and lofted the Orange’s lead over Marist to 10 when he converted on a Jeff Desko pass with two minutes left in the third quarter.His poise had returned, and the difference in Rice was stark from the beginning of the game. Syracuse and Rice got by unscathed in its opening-round win, but the message from the senior was clear that the ordeal was one he’ll move past with ease.“Coach had every right to be angry with me, it was a stupid play in a close game that could cost us.“That’s a mistake that I won’t make again.” Comments Published on May 11, 2015 at 12:29 am Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossmanlast_img read more

INDIGENOUS FASHION WEEK TORONTO KICKS OFF WITH NEW MOON

first_img Login/Register With: Sage Paul is a fashion designer and co-founder of Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator. (Westend Studios) Paul, who identifies as an Urban Dene woman, is the artistic director and founder of Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto. Advertisement The inaugural Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto kicked off Thursday evening, showcasing new and upcoming designers.The entire event will take place over four days, each day culminating with a runway showcase inspired by the traditional phases of the moon. Thursday was dubbed New Moon.“This is something that I’ve wanted to do since I was in college,” said Sage Paul. Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Lesley Hampton is a First Nations fashion designer based in Toronto who is showing her Fall/Winter 18 collection, ‘Lithium,’ at Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto. (Rhiannon Johnson/CBC)last_img read more

EPA chemical safety nominee drops out amid strong opposition

first_imgWASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s pick to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency withdrew his nomination Wednesday after bipartisan opposition made his Senate confirmation unlikely.Officials at the White House and the Senate told The Associated Press that Michael Dourson had sent a letter asking his name to be removed from consideration to serve as head of the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. The two officials were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.North Carolina’s two Republican senators, Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, said last month they would vote against Dourson’s nomination after The Associated Press and other media outlets detailed his past work as a toxicologist hired to defend major chemical companies.The Senate’s 48 Democrats were united in opposition, meaning only one more GOP defection would be needed to defeat Dourson’s nomination.In his letter asking the president to withdraw his name from consideration, which was obtained by the AP, Dourson said his stepping aside “avoids unnecessarily politicizing the important environmental protection goals of Administrator Pruitt.”“I sincerely and deeply appreciate all the love and support by my family, friends and colleagues during this ‘surprising’ confirmation process,” he went on to say.Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said his staunch objections to Dourson’s nomination were never a matter of partisanship.“I sincerely believe he is the wrong person to hold this important position, and it’s become clear that, even with a Republican majority in the Senate, he could not be confirmed,” Carper said. “Dourson, an individual who has spent most of his career promoting less protective chemical safety standards, had no business overseeing our nation’s chemical safety laws.”The EPA’s press office did not respond to requests for comment Wednesday evening. Dourson has already been serving at the agency as a senior adviser to EPA administrator Scott Pruitt. It was not immediately clear whether he will continue in that role, which does not require Senate confirmation.The AP reported in September that Dourson has for years accepted payments for criticizing studies that raised concerns about the safety of his clients’ products, according to a review of financial records and his published work.Past corporate clients of Dourson and of a research group he ran include Dow Chemical Co., Koch Industries Inc. and Chevron Corp. His research has also been underwritten by industry trade and lobbying groups representing the makers of plastics, pesticides, processed foods and cigarettes.Burr and Tillis, both of whom are considered reliably pro-business conservatives, cited Dourson’s past work and worries among their home-state constituents about tainted drinking water in opposing his nomination.Marine veterans and their families have blamed decades-old contamination of wells at a North Carolina base with solvents and dry-cleaning chemicals for infant deaths and serious health problems, including cancer.More recently, concerns have been raised about undisclosed discharges of chemicals used to manufacture Teflon and GoreTex into the Cape Fear River, a source of municipal drinking water for Wilmington and other southeastern North Carolina communities.Dourson worked at the EPA for more than a decade, leaving in 1994 as the manager at a lab that assessed the health risks of exposure to chemicals. The following year, he founded Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment, a private, non-profit organization that tests chemicals and produces reports on which chemicals are hazardous in what quantities.Dourson’s views toward industry are consistent with others Trump has selected as top federal regulators. Among them is Pruitt, who in March overruled the findings of his agency’s own scientists to reverse an effort to ban chlorpyrifos, one of the nation’s most widely used pesticides.Court records show Dourson and his work have also often been called on when his corporate clients are seeking to fend off lawsuits.Dourson’s withdrawal was first reported Wednesday by Bloomberg News.___Follow Associated Press environmental reporter Michael Biesecker at http://twitter.com/mbiesecklast_img read more

Alberta premier ready to talk but wants action at Trans Mountain meeting

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she will attend a meeting about the Trans Mountain pipeline in good faith and with an open mind, but the bottom line is the expansion project must get built without delay.Notley also says she will bring in legislation next week that would allow her to curtail oil shipments to British Columbia — regardless of the outcome of her Sunday meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and B.C. Premier John Horgan.Such action is expected to cause gas prices and other costs to spike in B.C.Trudeau has called the meeting for Ottawa amid increasing public pressure to resolve the impasse over Kinder Morgan’s pipeline from Edmonton to the port at Burnaby, B.C.The $7.4-billion expansion would triple the amount of oil headed to the coast, which Notley says is critical to ease transportation bottlenecks that are causing Canadian heavy oil to sell at a deep discount.The project already has federal approval, but Kinder Morgan says delay tactics and court challenges by B.C. have put the financial viability of it in jeopardy.(Companies in this story: TSX:KML)last_img read more

Rupee rises 79 paise to 6944 vs USD as mkt cheers exit

first_imgMumbai: The rupee appreciated 79 paise to 69.44 against the US dollar in opening trade Monday after exit poll results suggested another term for the ruling NDA government, even as crude oil prices firmed up. Forex traders said investors welcomed the exit poll results that predict a thumping majority for the current BJP-led government. Sentiments were also buoyed by positive opening in domestic equities. The rupee opened at 70.36 the interbank forex market, then gained further ground to touch 69.44 per dollar, displaying gains of 79 paise against the greenback. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra On Friday, the rupee had settled at 70.23 against the US dollar. Foreign funds pulled out Rs 1,057.82 crore in the capital markets on a net basis Thursday, provisional data showed. The benchmark BSE Sensex was trading with gains of 718.11 points, or 1.89 per cent, to quote at 38,657.65, while the NSE Nifty was trading at 11,615, up 207.85 points, or 1.82 per cent. Meanwhile, brent crude, the global benchmark, was trading at 73.28 per barrel higher by 1.48 per cent.last_img read more

Morocco Caucus At US Congress Strongly Supports Moroccos Autonomy Plan For

first_imgWashington-  The “Morocco caucus” at the US Congress reiterated firm support to the Moroccan autonomy plan for the Sahara and recalls the US administration “unchanged position” on the issue.In a letter to US president Barak Obama on the eve of a working visit to Washington by HM King Mohammed VI (Nov.22), the caucus stresses the utmost importance that this issue has for Morocco, calling the US chief executive to seize the “opportunity” of the Moroccan king’s visit to “reaffirm the US unchanged policy of support to a settlement based on large autonomy under Moroccan sovereignty.The Moroccan autonomy initiative put forward by Morocco in 2007 remains “the best framework for a negotiated political solution,” says the letter which also insists “it is one of the few issues enjoying wide consensus both at the House of Representatives and the Senate”. Of Morocco-US relations, the congress members recall that Morocco, the first nation to recognize the United States of America, is “a friend country and a solid partner in North Africa”, sharing “our values and aspirations for the region. As such, the letter goes on, “given the current juncture at the regional level”, relations with Morocco have “a capital and strategic importance”.The Morocco caucus also urges for seizing the opportunity of HM the King’s trip to Washington to consolidate “strategic relations” with Morocco to face “common challenges in North Africa and the Sahel region”.last_img read more

The Thunder Suddenly Cant Rebound

Source: ESPN 2010-1151.36 SEASONSHARE OF REBOUNDSRANK 2013-1452.21 2011-1251.45 2012-1351.85 When Oklahoma City added Paul George and Carmelo Anthony this offseason, there was speculation about whether the two would diminish the brilliance of Russell Westbrook. Three games into the season, Westbrook appears unfazed, already hinting at another triple-double season. However, the George and Anthony moves do seem to have had an effect on another piece of the team’s core identity: For the first time in a decade, the Thunder are struggling to rebound.The Thunder have grabbed just 47.5 percent of available rebounds in their first three games — about 6 percentage points lower than last year and 24th in the league. As a team, the Thunder haven’t finished outside the top 10 since they moved to Oklahoma City. 2016-1753.41 2014-1552.62 2017-1847.5%24 2015-1654.71 2009-1051.76 The Thunder’s rebounding is off this yearRebound rate for Oklahoma City, through Oct. 24, 2017 2008-0950.87 Three games aren’t a lot to go on. There’s all manner of small sample size nonsense around the league that isn’t likely to hold up: Kevin Durant is not going to average four blocks a game, and the Cavaliers won’t field a lineup that is outscored by 100 points per 100 possessions (uh, probably). But with the Thunder’s rebounding, there’s reason to suspect these early struggles on the glass may signal an underlying change in the team.For years the Thunder had more rebounding than it knew what to do with, and rebounding, unlike shooting, carries steep diminishing returns. This made the team’s allocation of skills unusually lopsided, even as it shed a lot of rebounding in the past two offseasons. The summer of 2016 saw the departure of Durant — one of the best rebounding small forwards in the league — as well as Serge Ibaka, who was traded to Orlando, but the Thunder still managed to finish first in rebounding last season.This offseason, Enes Kanter, who is virtually unplayable on the defensive end but one of the best rebounders in the league, went to New York in the trade for Anthony. Domantas Sabonis, whose draft rights were acquired in the Ibaka trade, was a throw-in to the deal for George with Indiana. The trades have forced the Thunder to play almost exclusively small, with Patrick Patterson slowly working his way into the rotation after offseason knee surgery and looking very rough in the minutes he’s seen. The team has undeniably added talent with George and Anthony, but it has also traded big-for-small — and may have weakened its bedrock identity in the process.Through three games, Anthony has more made 3-pointers (7) than he does rebounds (6) as the starting power forward. George has fared better on the glass, but his 8.9 total rebound rate would still be a career low. The proposition was that Anthony and George both rebound well for their positions, and Westbrook is one of the best rebounding guards of all time. But with the small-ball starting lineup being badly outrebounded, it’s an open question just how valuable that out-of-position rebounding really is.Westbrook took a lot of flak a season ago for piling up empty rebounds — “deferred” rebounds, in the nerd parlance — that saw his big men box out so he could collect the board and rip up the court. The NBA hasn’t begun publishing player tracking stats yet this season, so we don’t have a breakdown on how many of Westbrook’s rebounds have been contested, but it’s going to be something to keep an eye on. Rebounding is essentially a team stat, but if Russ can collect 9.3 rebounds per game with a 15.7 rebound rate from the point guard position and his team still doesn’t win out on the glass, it calls the value of those boards into question. Either Westbrook’s rebounds are a little less valuable than we believed or the Thunder’s new-look roster has rebounded so poorly that Westbrook’s outsized contribution doesn’t matter. (Or, you know, it’s one week and three games and we need to settle down.)So far, the rebounding dropoff has cost the Thunder a little more than 4 points per game in second-chance points compared with last season. (They’re at -1.7 in net second-chance points, down from +2.6 in 2016-17.) This is a very noisy way to look at rebounding, but it’s also the most material way. OKC was outrebounded 58-45 against the Timberwolves on Sunday night in a game it ultimately lost on a buzzer-beater. That’s not the sort of game Oklahoma City is accustomed to dropping. But if the Thunder keep boarding like they have early on, they may have to get used to it.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State hopes to keep momentum rolling into tough matchup

Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann coaches Kaleb Wesson (34) on the sideline in the second half of an exhibition win against Wooster on Nov. 5, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentThe Ohio State men’s basketball team (6-3, 1-0 Big Ten) has wind in its sails as it prepares to square off against its arch-rival Michigan (7-2, 1-0 Big Ten) in the Schottenstein Center Monday at 6:30 p.m.The Buckeyes came away with their first signature win of the season Saturday in an 83-58 blowout of Wisconsin (3-5, 0-1 Big Ten) in Madison, Wisconsin.This game against Michigan will round out what has been a challenging slate of games for the Buckeyes. They will finish a stretch of six games in two weeks, having already played against then-No. 17 Gonzaga, Stanford, Butler, Clemson and Wisconsin.The team lost three of the games over that stretch, including blowing back-to-back double-digit leads to Butler and Clemson, respectively, but head coach Chris Holtmann said he believes the commanding win against Wisconsin was a confidence boost for a team that started to lose momentum.“We’ll see how we finish this stretch, but certainly I’m pleased with how we responded [Saturday] and then we’ll see if we can just continue to build off of it really into the coming weeks,” Holtmann said.Scouting MichiganOhio State will be transitioning from facing a team that possessed more gerth and started two forwards in Wisconsin and three guards to a taller, slightly lankier team that starts just one forward and four guards in Michigan.Though the Wolverines are not as heavy as the starting five for the Badgers, they possess the higher rebound margin with 1.2 compared to Wisconsin’s minus-1 margin. Offensively, every starter on the team has proven capable of knocking down 3-pointers. Though junior guard Duncan Robinson leads the team with 22 successful makes in 61 tries from beyond the arc, all six of the players who have started for Michigan have at least 20 attempts and 10 makes from 3-point range. Michigan has attempted the 15th-most 3-pointers in the nation (246) and drained the 20th-most (87).On the other side of the court, Michigan has proven to be among the most vaunted defenses in the nation. Its 62.4 points per game allowed is 29th-fewest in the nation, and its 66 steals rank 42nd-most.Holtmann views Michigan as a lock for the NCAA Tournament already at this early stage in the season and a team that will provide Ohio State with plenty of challenges in its attempt to end this stretch of games on a high note.“Their ability to spread you out, to make shots, to play downhill in transition, to play inside-out and their length,” Holtmann said. “They’ve got good size, good positional length. They’re just across the board a really complete team that’s no question one of the best teams we’ve played all year.”A key matchup in the game will come down to the battle at center between Michigan forward Moritz Wagner and Ohio State’s Kaleb Wesson. Wagner leads Michigan in points per game (15.6) and rebounds per game (8.4) while serving as the team’s lone starting big man. Wesson, on the other hand, has been filling in at center for injured center Micah Potter.Since becoming the starter, Wesson has double-digit points in four of the five games, including a career-high 19 his last time out against Wisconsin.Holtmann said Wesson has done everything asked of him so far and has held his own against some tough matchups. Starting opposite Wagner, a player Holtmann described as a “future NBA player,” he will have to continue to prove he is ready for this next challenge in his true freshman season.“There’s things we feel like he can continue to improve in, but man he’s given a great lift coming in with obviously the injury and the depth issues we have there,” Holtmann said.Micah Potter health update:Wesson will have to continue his strong play at center for the Buckeyes because Potter will be out a little longer. Holtmann said Sunday that Potter’s ankle injury, though not from season-ending, is probably going to force the team to temporarily shut down the sophomore for the foreseeable future until he can fully heal.“He wants to get back. We desperately want him back in the lineup and we need him. He was obviously playing really well before he got hurt,” Holtmann said. “But with ankles, it may be the right thing to just kind of let it heal, limit anything he does until he is completely confident in his strength.”Ohio State has been largely without its starting center for the better part of the past five games. During the team’s fourth game of the season, Potter injured his ankle and was forced to leave the game having played in only 13 minutes. He missed the next game against then-No. 17 Gonzaga. Against Stanford and Butler, he played in just 10 minutes combined and missed all of the game against Clemson. He played just three minutes against Wisconsin. read more