Facebook Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Twitter Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results GAA GAA Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Winner announced in Clarke’s Care Plus hamper competition RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleGreat Father’s Day offer in The Killeshin HotelNext articleDeaths in Laois – Thursday, June 6, 2019 LaoisToday Reporter To celebrate their milestone of one year in business, we recently teamed up with our friends in Clarke’s CarePlus Pharmacy, Rathdowney to give away an amazing hamper of goodies worth over €200!There’s products from some very popular brands up for grabs including Sosu by Suzanne Jackson, Kinvara Skincare, Bellamianta, Pestle and Mortar, Field Day and more.To be in with a chance to win, all you had to do was like and share the LaoisToday Facebook post and like the Clarke’s CarePlus Pharmacy Facebook page.The prize proved hugely attractive and there were hundreds of entries.And we’re delighted to announced that the winner is:Louise Geoghegan from Rathdowney.Congratulations to Louise and thanks to all who entered.Don’t forget to keep an eye on the LaoisToday Facebook page for more great giveaways in the coming weeks.SEE ALSO – Check out the dedicated jobs section on LaoisToday TAGSClarke’s Care Plus PharmacyRathdowney By LaoisToday Reporter – 6th June 2019 GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin
Amid high housing prices and tougher mortgage rules, Fitch Ratings is forecasting tepid mortgage growth in Canada over the next couple of years.In a new report, the rating agency said that it is expecting Canadian house prices to remain relatively flat for the next two years. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton Related news It predicted that nominal prices will rise by about 1% over the coming couple of years, and that real prices will fall.“Stretched affordability and [macro-prudential] measures limiting the number of borrowers able to qualify for home loans will limit home price growth,” Fitch said in the report.Fitch also noted that government involvement in the Canadian mortgage markets is expected to decline, “which will make some home loans modestly more expensive.”The rating agency forecasted 1% mortgage growth for Canada in 2020 and 2021.Fitch said that mortgage performance is expected to remain stable in 2020, “supported by strong employment, projected income growth and low interest rates.”Additionally, Fitch said that Toronto and Vancouver “remain the most overvalued cities with home prices vulnerable to shocks.” bacho12345/123RF Economy lost 68,000 jobs in May Keywords Economic forecasts, MortgagesCompanies Fitch Ratings Consumer debt driven by new mortgages, but credit card debt at six-year low Stagflation is U.S. economists’ biggest fear, SIFMA says Facebook LinkedIn Twitter
COLUMBIA – After reviewing the tape of his team’s win over Central Florida, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier had an epiphany.USC quarterback Lorenzo Nunez (19) drops back to pass against UCF at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday, September 26, 2015.“Looking back on the game (Sunday) I remember saying Lorenzo Nunez didn’t have to win the game for us. It is a team event, just take care of the ball, play smart.“But it turned out I think I was wrong. I think he had to win the game for us. He accounted for 220 of our 400 yards of offense. In watching a tape of the game, the young man played very well. He threw a lot of good passes and certainly took care of the ball well.”Spurrier was pleased with other aspects of his team in Saturday’s win. But the statistics back up his words about Nunez.“I just wanted to go out there and see what I could do,” said Nunez. “I think I did a pretty good job. I did way better in the second half, I think. In the first half I was a little shaky.”Nunez completed 12 of 22 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing 18 times for 123 yards. As a team, the Gamecocks finished with 403 total yards.Despite the youth of Nunez, Spurrier says he has as much command of the play book as the remainder of the Gamecock quarterbacks.Spurrier acknowledged others played a role in the Gamecocks win, including wide receiver Pharoh Cooper who got off to a sluggish start, but found his footing in the second half.“Pharoh certainly had two big, big plays, the (touchdown) reception and then the double pass that he took off running with it and made about three or four guys miss,” said Spurrier.“Lorenzo gave him a good block on that play, too. Both guys were very involved in the big plays of the game. But, overall as a team, we played pretty well.”In holding Central Florida to a season low 204 yards of offense, Spurrier was particularly pleased with his team’s effort against the run as the Knights managed only 26 yards on 23 carries.“We did play well against the run,” said Spurrier. “We got a lot of guys up there and stuffed them pretty good.“UCF has not been a good offensive team, but it was very encouraging to hold them to I think about two yards per carry. It was our best defensive game thus far.”NOTE…Spurrier said running back Brandon Wilds (cracked rib) and center Alan Knott (high ankle sprain) are doubtful to return for Missouri but a final determination will be made later in the week.Both plays missed the Central Florida game.
9 February 2012South Africa’s push for universal access to education, and for improved learning and teaching, are starting to pay off, President Jacob Zuma told Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday evening.Delivering his fourth State of the Nation address, Zuma noted that over eight-million learners were attending no-fee schools and benefitting from the government’s school feeding scheme, with school attendance now close to 100 percent for the compulsory band of 7-15 years of age.“A major achievement is the doubling of grade R enrolment, from 300 000 in 2003 to 705 000 in 2011,” Zuma said. “We appear poised to meet our target of 100 percent coverage for grade R by 2014.”However, he noted that the government remained concerned by the report of the General Household Survey in 2010 that just over 120 000 children in the 7-15 year old band were out of school.‘In school, in class, on time’Zuma also congratulated the teachers, learners, parents and the communities for the efforts, which saw an increase in last year’s matric pass rate, adding that the government’s intensive focus on education was paying off.“We will continue to invest in producing more teachers who can teach mathematics, science and African languages. Our call to teachers to be in school, in class, on time, teaching for at least seven hours a day remains pivotal to success … we thank the teacher unions for supporting this campaign.”Higher education targetsWith regards to higher education, Zuma said the government was exceeding its targets, with close to 14 000 school leavers being placed in workplace learning opportunities over the past year, and over 11 000 artisans having completed their trade tests.He was pleased to see an increase in the number of learners attending Further Education and Training (FET) colleges, and urged parents to encourage their children to enrol in these colleges, as the country needed the skills these colleges were offering.To expand access to tertiary education, Zuma announced that R200-million was spent on helping 25 000 students to pay off their debts to institutions of higher learning last year.He further announced that a total of R300-million had been allocated for preparatory work towards building new universities in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape.Source: BuaNews
Worldwide public cloud computing grew at a phenomenal annual rate of nearly 28.6 percent during the first half of 2017, according to IDC.Frank Gens, senior vice-president and chief analyst at IDC, said that “public cloud adoption is accelerating in large part as enterprises recognise that the cloud has become the launchpad for virtually every new IT innovation in the past 24 months – including AI, blockchain, quantum computing and more. Organisations not on the public cloud will be increasingly isolated from the world of tech innovation.”Eric Newmark, program vice president for IDC’s SaaS, said that “businesses now think ‘cloud first’ when it comes to their IT strategy and software footprint, since the benefits of cloud are clear and have been broadly demonstrated in most industries. Many companies have picked the low-hanging fruit, in terms of apps that could be easily moved to the cloud, and are now evaluating the migration of their next set of larger strategic systems (i.e. ERP, supply chain applications, etc.) to a SaaS model. These projects, coupled with companies’ efforts to embrace digital transformation, will continue to fuel strong SaaS growth.”
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Bed Bath & Beyond displays search results on a map. (Source: Bed Bath & Beyond) (Large preview)There are other ways you use might need to use “deep” search functions on e-commerce apps.Think about stores that have loads of comments attached to each product. If your users want to zero in on what other consumers had to say about a product (for example, if a camping tent is waterproof), the search function would help them quickly get to reviews containing specific keywords.You’ll also see deep searches planted within travel and entertainment apps like Hotels.com: Wayfair includes filters in search to help users narrow down results. (Source: Wayfair) (Large preview)Wayfair’s list of search results is fairly standard for an e-commerce marketplace. The number of items are displayed, followed by a grid of matching product images and summary details.Here’s the thing though: Wayfair has a massive inventory. It’s the same with other online marketplaces like Amazon and Zappos. So, when you tell users that their search query produced 2,975 items, you need a way to mitigate some of the overwhelm that may come with that.By placing the Sort and Filter buttons directly beside the search result total, you’re encouraging users to do a little more work on their search query to ensure they get the best and most relevant results.Predictive SearchAutocomplete is something your users are already familiar with. For apps that contain lots of content, utilizing this type of search functionality could be majorly helpful to your users.For one, they already know how it works and so they won’t be surprised when related query suggestions appear before them. In addition, autocomplete offers a sort of personalization. As you gather more data on a user as well as the kinds of searches they conduct, autocomplete anticipates their needs and provides a shortcut to the desired content.Pinterest is a social media app that people use to aggregate content they’re interested in and to seek out inspiration for pretty much anything they’re doing in life: YouTube uses a magnifying glass to represent its search function. (Source: YouTube) (Large preview)The way I see it, the magnifying glass is the search design element you’d use when:One of the primary reasons users come to the app is to do a search,And it competes against another primary use case.In this case, YouTube needs the mini-magnifying glass because it serves two types of users:Users that come to the app to search for videos.Users that come to the app to upload their own videos.To conserve space, links to both exist within the header of the YouTube app. If you have competing priorities within your app, consider doing the same.“Search” Or Give A Hint?One other thing to think about when designing search for mobile apps is the text inside the search box. To decide this, you have to ask yourself:“Will my users know what sort of stuff they can look up with this search function?”In most cases they will, but it might be best to include hint text inside the search bar just to make sure you’re not adding unnecessary friction. Here’s what I mean by that:This is the app for Airbnb: Instagram places its search function in the bottom navigation bar. (Source: Instagram) (Large preview)With that said, the search function does exist in the navigation bar so that users can look up other accounts to peruse through or follow.As far as this basic breakdown goes, Sahay is right about how placement of search correlates with intention. But the designing of the search element goes beyond just where it’s placed on the app.Shallow Or Deep?There will be times when a mobile app would benefit from a search function deep within the app experience.You’ll see this sort of thing quite often in e-commerce apps like Bed Bath & Beyond: Flipboard displays search results as a list of hashtags. (Source: Flipboard) (Large preview)It’s not the most common way you’d see search results displayed, but it makes sense in this particular context. What users are searching for are categories of content they want to see in their feed. These hashtagged categories allow users to choose high-level topics that are the most relevant to them.ESPN has a more traditional basic search function: ESPN has designed its search results in a traditional list. (Source: ESPN) (Large preview)As you can see, ESPN provides a list of results that contain the keyword. There’s nothing more to it than that though. As you’ll see in the following examples, you can program your app search to more closely guide users to the results they want to see.Filtered SearchAccording to the aforementioned Kissmetrics survey, advanced filtering is a popular search method among website users. If your mobile app has a lot of content or a vast inventory of products, consider adding filters to the end of your search function to improve the experience further. Your users are already familiar with the search technique. Plus, it’ll save you the trouble of having to add advancements to the search functionality itself.Yelp has a nice example of this: Ibotta displays categories that users can search in. (Source: Ibotta) (Large preview)While users certainly can enter any query they’d like, Ibotta makes it clear that the categories below are the only ones available to search from. This serves as both a reminder of what the app is capable of as well as a means for circumventing the search results that don’t matter to users.Hotels.com also places limits on its search function: Data from a Kissmetrics infographic about site search. (Source: Kissmetrics) (Large preview)As you can see, 60% of surveyed users prefer using navigation instead of search while 47% opt for filterable “search” over regular search functionality.On a desktop website, this makes sense. When a menu is well-designed and well-labeled — no matter how extensive it may be — it’s quite easy to use. Add to that advanced filtering options, and I can see why website visitors would prefer that to search.But mobile app users are a different breed. They go to mobile apps for different reasons than they do websites. In sum, they want a faster, concentrated, and more convenient experience. However, since smartphone screens have limited space, it’s not really feasible to include an expansive menu or set of filters to aid in the navigation of an app.This is why mobile apps need a search bar.You’re going to find a lot of use for search in mobile apps:Content-driven apps like newspapers, publishing platforms, and blogs;e-Commerce shops with large inventories and categorization of those inventories;Productivity apps that contain documents, calendars, and other searchable records;Listing sites that connect users to the right hotel, restaurant, itinerary, item for sale, apartment for rent, and so on;Dating and networking apps that connect users with vast quantities of “matches”.There are plenty more reasons why you’d need to use a search bar on your mobile app, but I’m going to let the examples below speak for themselves.Ways To Design Search For Your Mobile AppI’m going to break down this next section into two categories:How to design the physical search element in your mobile app,How to design the search bar and its results within the context of the app.1. Designing The Physical Search ElementThere are a number of points to consider when it comes to the physical presence of your app search element:Top Or Bottom?Shashank Sahay explains why there are two places where the search element appears on a mobile app:1. Full-width bar at the top of the app.This is for apps that are driven by search. Most of the time, users open the app with the express purpose of conducting a search. Uber’s recent search results provide one-click shortcuts to repeat users. (Source: Uber) (Large preview)Before I even had a chance to type my search query in the Uber app, it displays my most recent search queries for me.I think this would be especially useful for people who use ride-sharing services on a regular basis. Think about professionals who work in a city. Rather than own a car, they use Uber to transport to and from their office as well as client appointments. By providing a shortcut to recent trips in search results, the Uber app cuts down the time they spend booking a trip.If you have enough data on your users and you have a way to anticipate their needs, autocomplete is a fantastic way to personalize search and improve the overall experience.Limited SearchI think this time savings point is an important one to remember when designing search for mobile apps.Unlike websites where longer times-on-page matter, that’s not always the case with mobile apps. Unless you’ve built a gaming or news app where users should spend lots of time engaging with the app on a daily basis, it’s not usually the amount of time spent inside the app that matters.Your goal in building a mobile app is to retain users over longer periods, which means providing a meaningful experience while they’re inside it. A well-thought-out search function will greatly contribute to this as it gets users immediately to what they want to see, even if it means they leave the app just a few seconds later.If you have an app that needs to get users in and out of it quickly, think about limiting search results as Ibotta has done: How To Design Search For Your Mobile App How To Design Search For Your Mobile App Suzanne Scacca 2019-01-08T14:00:40+01:00 2019-01-09T11:26:46+00:00Why is Google the search behemoth it is today? Part of the reason is because of how it’s transformed our ability to search for answers.Think about something as simple as looking up the definition of a word. 20 years ago, you would’ve had to pull your dictionary off the shelf to find an answer to your query. Now, you open your phone or turn on your computer, type or speak the word, and get an answer in no time at all and with little effort on your part.This form of digital shortcutting doesn’t just exist on search engines like Google. Mobile apps now have self-contained search functions as well.Is a search bar even necessary in a mobile app interface or is it overkill? Let’s take a look at why the search bar element is important for the mobile app experience. Then, we’ll look at a number of ways to design search based on the context of the query and the function of the app.Using The Web With A Screen ReaderDid you know that VoiceOver makes up 11.7% of desktop screen reader users and rises to 69% of screen reader users on mobile? It’s important to know what sort of first-hand difficulties visually impaired users face and what web developers can do to help. Read article → Our new book, in which Alla Kholmatova explores how to create effective and maintainable design systems to design great digital products. Meet Design Systems, with common traps, gotchas and the lessons Alla has learned over the years. Facebook prioritizes app search by placing it at the top. (Source: Facebook) (Large preview)Facebook is a good example. Although Facebook users most likely do engage with the news feed in the app, I have a sneaking suspicion that Facebook’s data indicates that the search function is more commonly engaged with — at least in terms of first steps. Hence, why it’s placed at the top of the app.2. A tab in the bottom-aligned navigation bar.This is for apps that utilize search as an enhancement to the primary experience of using the app’s main features.Let’s contrast Facebook against one of its sister properties: Instagram. Unlike Facebook, Instagram is a very simple social media app. Users follow other accounts and get glimpses into the content they share through full-screen story updates as well as from inside their endless-scroll news feed. Airbnb offers hint text to guide users to more accurate search results. (Source: Airbnb) (Large preview)The search bar tells me to “Try ‘Costa de Valencia’”. It’s not necessarily an explicit suggestion. It’s more helping me figure out how I can use this search bar to research places to stay on an upcoming trip.For users that are new to Airbnb, this would be a helpful tip. They might come to the site thinking it’s like Hotels.com that enables users to look up things like flights and car rentals. Airbnb, instead, is all about providing lodging and experiences, so this search text is a good way to guide users in the right direction and keep them from receiving a “Sorry, there are no results that match your query” response.2. Designing The Search Bar And Results In ContextFiguring out where to place the search element is one point to consider. Now, you have to think about how to present the results to your mobile app users:Simple SearchThis is the most basic of the search functions you can offer. Users type their query into the search bar. Relevant results appear below. In other words, you leave it up to your users to know what they’re searching for and to enter it correctly.When a relevant query is entered, you can provide results in a number of ways.For an app like Flipboard, results are displayed as trending hashtags: Table of Contents →Mobile App Search Is Non-NegotiableThe search bar has been a standard part of websites for years, but statistics show that it isn’t always viewed as a necessity by users. This data from Neil Patel and Kissmetrics focuses on the perception and usage of the search bar on e-commerce websites: (ra, yk, il)From our sponsors: How To Design Search For Your Mobile App Yelp users have filter options available after doing a search. (Source: Yelp) (Large preview)In the search above, I originally looked for restaurants in my “Current Location”. Among the various filters displayed, I decided to add “Order Delivery” to my query. My search query then became:Restaurants > Current Location > DeliveryThis is really no different than using breadcrumbs on a website. In this case, you let users do the initial work by entering a search query. Then, you give them filters that allow them to narrow down their search further.Again, this is another way to reduce the chances that users will encounter the “No results” response to their query. Because filters correlate to actual categories and segmentations that exist within the app, you can ensure they end up with valid search results every time.e-Commerce websites are another good use case for filters. Here is how Wayfair does this: Posted on 9th January 2019Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Apple Photos uses autocomplete to help users find the most relevant photos. (Source: Apple) (Large preview)In addition to using it to store all of my personal photos, I use this on a regular basis to take screenshots for work (as I did in this article). As you can imagine, I have a lot of content saved to this app and it can be difficult finding what I need just by scrolling through my folders.In the example above, I was trying to find a photo I had taken at Niagara Falls, but I couldn’t remember if I had labeled it as such. So, I typed in “water” and received some helpful autocomplete suggestions on “water”-related words as well as photos that fit the description.I would also put “Recent Search” results into this bucket. Here’s an example from Uber: How To Design Search For Your Mobile AppYou are here: Pinterest anticipates users’ search queries and provides autocomplete shortcuts. (Source: Pinterest) (Large preview)Take a look at the search results above. Can you tell what I’ve been thinking about lately? The first is how I’m going to decorate my new apartment. The second is my next tattoo. And despite only typing out the word “Small”, Pinterest immediately knew what’s been top-of-mind with me as of recent. That doesn’t necessarily mean I as a user came to the app with that specific intention today… but it’s nice to see that personalized touch as I engage with the search bar.Another app I engage with a lot is the Apple Photos app: Bed Bath & Beyond uses deep search to help users find nearby stores (Source: Bed Bath & Beyond) (Large preview)In this example, this search function exists outside of the standard product search on the main landing page. Results for this kind of search are also displayed in a unique way which is reflective of the purpose of the search: Hotels.com forces users to make a choice so they don’t end up with too many results. (Source: Hotels.com) (Large preview)As you can see here, users can’t just look for hotels throughout the country of Croatia. It’s just too broad of a search and one that Hotels.com shouldn’t have to provide. For one, it’s probably too taxing on the Hotels.com server to execute a query of that nature. Plus, it would provide a terrible experience for users. Imagine how many hotels would show up in that list of results.By reining in what your users can search for and the results they can see, you can improve the overall experience while shortening the time it takes them to convert.Wrapping UpAs you can see here, a search bar isn’t some throwaway design element. When your app promises a speedy and convenient experience to its users, a search bar can cut down on the time they have to spend inside it. It can also make the app a more valuable resource as it doesn’t require much work or effort to get to the desired content. Hotels.com includes a deep search to narrow down results by property name. (Source: Hotels.com) (Large preview)You’re all probably familiar with the basic search function that goes with any travel-related app. You enter the details of your trip and it pulls up the most relevant results in a list or map format. That’s what this screenshot is of.However, see where it says “Property Name” next to the magnifying glass? This is a search function within a search function. And the only things users can search for here are actual hotel property names.Bar, Tab, Or Magnifying Glass?This brings me to my next design point: how to know which design element to represent the search function with.You’ve already seen clear reasons to use a full search bar over placing a tab in the navigation bar. 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Another day, another college football top 25 released. This time – it’s by the knowledgeable team over at Pro Football Focus, one of the most respected analytical football sites on the web. It won’t surprise you to hear that they’re going with Alabama, the reigning national champion, as the No. 1 team heading into 2016. Alabama is followed by another College Football Playoff participant from last year – Oklahoma. LSU, Clemson and Michigan round out the top five. Stanford is the highest-ranked Pac-12 team, at No. 7. Here’s the entire top 10. You can check out all 25 ranked programs over at PFF.1. Alabama 2. Oklahoma 3. LSU 4. Clemson 5. Michigan 6. Florida State 7. Stanford 8. Ohio State 9. Tennessee 10. Ole MissAll in all, there are six SEC teams, six Pac-12 teams, three Big Ten teams, three ACC teams, four Big 12 teams, one independent and two non-power five teams. College football fans – do they have it right?[Pro Football Focus]
Junior guard Shannon Scott (3) attempts a layup during a game against Nebraska March 14 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. OSU won, 71-67.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorINDIANAPOLIS — It felt all too familiar.Ohio State, after jumping out to an eight-point lead in the first half against Nebraska in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals Friday, had all but reverted back to the form Buckeye fans have grown accustomed to seeing this season.A 36-10 run by the Cornhuskers stretching from the end of the first half, into the second saw the Buckeyes lead disappear, and the good feelings of shooting the ball well in the first half along with it.But this time was different. This time, the Buckeyes (25-8, 11-8) found their legs and a little something extra down the stretch and roared back to beat Nebraska (19-12, 11-8), 71-67.Instead of wilting late in the game like they have so often this season — at Michigan State, at Nebraska and against Michigan to name a few games — OSU found it’s bearing and was able to put the wheels back on to secure a win. It appears the Buckeyes could have finally taken that much needed needed step forward to team maturity at this, the most important time of the season.“I hope so … But we need to stop going through things like this,” senior guard Aaron Craft said on his team’s late-game mojo. “Competition gets better, competition gets better every game. We can’t expect to turn it on when we want to. That’s how we lost in the NCAA Tournament last year.”The game OSU’s leader was referring to was the 70-66 loss to Wichita State in the Elite Eight, where the Buckeyes trailed by as many as 20 before an attempted comeback fell just short and their season ended.Although the Cornhuskers only stretched the lead to 18 Friday, a similar comeback was needed by OSU.Junior guard Shannon Scott — who committed four turnovers just in the first half alone — helped spark the rally along with sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle, scoring six of his nine points in the game’s final 20 minutes.Scott said the mindset of the team when they looked up at the scoreboard and found itself down 18 points was to just take things one step at a time.“We know there’s not 20-point baskets, so we’ve got to take every possession one at a time,” Scott said after the win. “We’ve got to get a stop. And once we started doing that, we really got pride in our offense and that really got us going.”After committing just three turnovers in the first half, Nebraska coughed up the ball eight more times after halftime due in large part to the Buckeyes’ full court pressure.“It seemed to work pretty well for us, especially down the stretch making them call timeouts and stuff like that,” Craft said of the press. “It can get tiring as well. It’s kind of a hit and miss, but if you got the adrenaline rolling like we did you kind of feed off that.”With the adrenaline pumping through their veins, OSU made the plays it needed down the stretch — including hitting eight straight free throws in the final two minutes after shooting 9-20 prior to then in the game.“I think in this tournament, as you saw, players make plays. Even for Nebraska, some of the plays those guys made were, wow,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “But I think that you hope at this point of the season, all the work you’ve done … can come into fruition. You’ve seen it across the country. There’s been a lot of ups and downs in these tournament.”Such up and down trends during the course of a game can cause frustration for any player — Buckeye leading scorer junior forward LaQuinton Ross was pegged with his third technical foul in seven games after shoving a Nebraska player after a play — but this time OSU came away on the right side of things when it was all said and done.“We’ve been in this situation before with Nebraska, Michigan State and other times in the season as well but we were able to just keep our composure down the stretch,” junior center Amir Williams said postgame. “We didn’t panic, continued to fight and we were able to come away with it.”With a showdown with top-seeded rival Michigan looming Saturday in the semifinals at 1:40 p.m., avoiding a stretch like the one that caused them to fall behind by 18 to the Cornhuskers is critical. But doing so will be easier senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. said, because of where the team is mentally.“We’re a lot different, we’re not self destructive and falling apart. We’re not selfish anymore, we’re fighting for one another and that’s all that matters for us,” Smith Jr. said after the game. “We’re playing for Ohio State and the guys in this locker room, at this point we’re the only ones that matter and as long as we can look each other in the eyes after the game we’re happy with that.”