Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.PITTSBURGH — After rain washed away the final four innings at PNC Park on Saturday, Sunday was all about a drought.With a 407-foot, three-run home run in the top of the fifth, Giants catcher Buster Posey ended the longest homer-less streak of his career in a 3-2 comeback victory.Posey had gone 237 at-bats without homering, but his go-ahead shot off Pirates starter Chris Archer broke a drought that dated back to June …
22 February 2006The Maluti Community Digital Hub, comprising a telecentre, teleconferencing and refurbishment centre, was opened in the Free State on Monday, bringing information and communication technology to the rural Maluti community for the first time.The hub is housed in the Department of Agriculture in a semi-rural area about 42 kilometres from Harrismith and 10 kilometres from Phutaditjhaba.The telecentre comprises a client/server network set-up, with nine HP Intel Celeron Windows XP machines networked to an HP Intel Pentium 4 server with internet connection.The teleconferencing centre is equipped with a V/C unit and ISDN connectivity.Launching the facility, Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri said that world economic development was driven by the demands of new information and communication technologies.“In the past, access to telephones, let alone mobile phones, e-mail and the internet, used to be the privilege of the rich,” Matsepe-Casaburri said. “Today we are making every effort to bring these facilities within the reach of all our people, including those who live in rural areas.”According to the minister, the Department of Communications and the Universal Service Agency will be launching an extensive network of community digital hubs, including telecentres and e-school cyberlabs, throughout the country, especially in rural areas.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
6 October 2014The opening of a new wind tower manufacturing plant in the Western Cape, will expand South Africa’s manufacturing base, provide much-needed jobs and spur economic growth in the country.The R300-million Gestamp Renewable Industries (GRI) wind tower manufacturing factory will produce 150 wind tower masts a year for the local and export market, said Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies at the official launch of the plant on 5 November.“The opening of this facility is welcomed by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) as part of our drive to expand the capabilities of the South African manufacturing industry and to increase the country’s industrial base. The Green Economy has been identified as a key focus area in the Department’s Industrial Policy Action Plan, and provides significant opportunities for job creation and economic growth,” said Davies.Located in Atlantis, a town in the City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality, the wind tower manufacturing plant will employ more than 200 people some of whom will go through training in specialised fabrication processes.Trade and Investment South Africa (TISA), a division of the dti, worked closely with Green Cape, a development agency established to support the growth of the green economy in the Western Cape, to provide a seamless investment experience for GRI. Davies said the development incentive grant received from the dti was put to good use in constructing the Atlantis facility which has become a landmark in the area.“the dti is working closely with the green industries sector to develop policies that will enable further investment. We launched a study on localisation for the manufacturing of PV solar panels in South Africa. A similar study is currently being undertaken for the localisation potential in the wind industry,” said Davies.City of Cape Town executive mayor Patricia de Lille said the GRI production facility is the first major investment that the City has attracted through its pilot Investment Incentive Scheme in Atlantis.She said together with the dti, the Western Cape government and Green-Cape, the City is working towards the designation of a Special Economic Zone in Atlantis “where even more green technology companies will be incentivised to do business here’.“In so doing, the City of Cape Town will be playing its part in the protection of our environment, the strengthening of our economy, and improving the lives of residents,’ she said.GRI is the second wind tower investor in South Africa after DCD Dorbyl invested R300million in a wind tower plant in the Coega Industrial Development Zone in Port Elizabeth. DCD Dorbyl used the former Manufacturing Investment Programme grant from the dti to set up the Coega plant which is currently manufacturing 110 towers per year.SAinfo reporter
Flame Premium (includes Lustre)Flame Flare Smoke Advanced Flint Inferno Lustre Smoke2013 (on Mac)And here it what is available for the 2015 Product line: Flame Premium (includes Lustre, Flame Assist, Flare)Flame Flare Smoke Advanced Flint Inferno Lustre Smoke 2015Don’t let those product removals scare you, it’s actually good news. What this shows is a strong commitment to the Flame product and the Flame brand. People have always complained, and I was one of them, about the feature differentiation between the products. For example, Smoke Advanced lacked many of the compositing and effects tools inside of Action like 3D Particles and Projectors. And for Smoke on Mac , it lacked the Desktop Tools and Batch environment that Smoke Advanced has. And both lacked the Flame’s Reels.Flint and Inferno have not been products you could purchase new for several years now, but were maintained and updated for Subscription customers. Smoke Advanced and Lustre we’re still active products, but the last few years the push as been to get people to Flame Premium. Well, now, they have done that in a pretty impressive move for Autodesk. One that really shows that they listen and care about their customers.Now current subscription licenses of Flint, Inferno, and Smoke Advanced on Linux are upgraded to Flame. So as a Smoke Advanced user I’m pretty happy about this free upgrade. I now have all the bells and whistles I was missing at my finger tips. It’s a huge feature upgrade and will be quickly seen in the spots I create. So we can now just call Smoke on Mac… just Smoke as it is the only Smoke.The Flame Premium users also get some goodies too, that really puts the Premium in Flame Premium. Each license gets a free license of Flare. Flare is a stand-alone software product, but you need to have a Flame license to get one. Flare contains the Batch environment of Flame for additional composting support in a multi-user environment. Flame Premium users also get access to a new product for 2015 called Flame Assist which runs on Mac.Flame Assist vs Smoke on MacWhen Smoke 2013 was released a few NAB’s ago, it was being aimed at the editors who also needed some effects tools like keying and basic compositing, tracking and color work. Smoke 2013 was $3495 and ran on a Mac and contained node based compositing tools in ConnectFX. It was the closest thing to a Flame that most mortals could get.This made it attractive to another user base… Flame users, both Post Houses and Freelancers. Post Production facilities and independent users were using Smoke on Mac as a mini-Flame, and largely as an assist tool for Flame in Post. It was being used to conform, in editing, and basic effects work like tracking and roto.Unfortunately, these 2 different camps need different things. The Flame users need something that ties closely with Flame in terms of workflows and library organization. Whereas editors need editing tools. It was difficult for Autodesk to service both audiences with a feature set that would line up with the price point that Smoke is being offered. So Flame Assist was born. And now Autodesk has 2 creative finishing products on the Mac Smoke however, has a few changes that may be alarming at first.If you are a subscription customer of Smoke you will get a perpetual license version of Smoke 2015. But for any new customers looking at pursuing Smoke, the licensing has changed to a rental license. Also, any future versions of Smoke will be part of the new Desktop Subscription. This means that you can rent the usage of Smoke monthly, quarterly, or yearly. It pretty much works like the Adobe Creative Cloud in that you no longer own the software outright. The cost however, is quite attractive.Smoke Desktop is $195/mo, $545/Qtr (4 mo.), or $1750/yr. Still more expensive than Adobe per month or per year. But cheaper than Smoke was in 2013. If you do the math you will see that yearly is still the best deal. And obviously no need for Maintenance Subscription anymore.A side note for current subscription customers. Check with your resellers on migrating to the new Desktop Subscription, I think you’ll find some good deals there.This is how the industry is moving at the moment, Adobe seems to be successful with it. Avid has introduced it in their product offerings. Autodesk already does rental licensing for some of their 3D products like Maya, and 3ds Max, so this news shouldn’t be too much of a shock. And you can love it or hate it, just like people do the Creative Cloud leasing. But hopefully it will allow more people easier access at a price point they can accept.So what happens moving forward? I have every reason to believe that things will continue to move forward for Smoke and for Flame Assist and that each will focus features on their individual target audiences. Flame Assist at workflows for, well… assisting Flame, and Smoke at giving the professional video market what they need.Flame Assist key Features Include: Project Creation Media Management & Wire Advanced Conform Versioning Media I/O Archive & RestoreThese features and future features will focus on freeing Flame from some of the more mundane project tasks, and allow it to focus on compositing shots and finishing of a project. Flame Assist will be able to render all of Flames Batch Effects, but only able to edit some. These would be the same limitations that Smoke on Mac has had. So no editing of Particles, Substance Textures, or other Flame only effects. Flame Assist will be available as a perpetual license and as a rental option. (Quarterly, Yearly) So houses can pick up an extra seat as needed when the workload demands.Smoke 2015 has some great new features. 3D Camera tracking is available in Action, the Timeline FX have all been improved to match the nodes in ConnectFX. You now have a single layer of Action on the timeline as well as Blur and 2D Transform.These tools will allow you to do more on the timeline, and allow you to move into ConnectFX seamlessly with your timeline effects for more advanced effects work. The overall Timeline experience has been improved regarding rendering and you will never see an “Unrendered Frame” again.Smoke will undergo some other changes along with the rental licensing. The perpetual license of Smoke 2015 that you will get with your subscription will still be compatible with Flame as far as projects and effect go. But this will change in the near future. The new Smoke Desktop will be lacking that compatibility.Desktop Smoke 2015No Flame Project Compatibility No Wire, Archive & Remote Connection workflow (with Flame) You can work among 2 or more other Smoke systems. No Burn Remote Rendering No Network Licensing No Remote Gateway for Media Transcoding.No Support for SparksNow many of these changes make sense and Autodesk says that many Smoke users never used these features anyway. Most of them I don’t have an issue with accept for the compatibility with Flame. But this is where Flame Assist would come in. Again, these limitations are not present in the perpetual license you get via subscription.Now, one last thing to mention, if you are a Creative Finishing customer and are running Flame and you have been using Smoke on the Mac. You will be able to cross-grade your Smoke 2015 product to a Flame Assist product. If you are solely a Smoke Desktop user, and you can not get access to Flame Assist, and this is what may cause a problem for freelancers using Smoke who may also share projects with larger post facilities running Flame.In my opinion, Autodesk has made a positive move with the Flame upgrades and with Flame Assist. It really shows their commitment to that product. I was skeptical at first with the changes in licensing and compatibility with Smoke, but after talking more with Autodesk my concerns were eased. I feel that they really want Smoke to succeed as a product, the new licensing and pricing will allow more people to gain access to it. And being that it can be a monthly, quarter, or yearly license the pressure to deliver new features and improvements to the software to make the user base happy and get them to renew that license will be even greater now. They realize this and I think are up to the challenge.I’ll be covering more of the great new Smoke 2015 features in future blog posts. And plan on doing some video tutorials to showcase the improvements to the workflows and effects. Stay tuned to Premiumbeat.com Autodesk made a big announcement on the Sunday before NAB and revealed their new product line up for their creative finishing products.Along with the big Flame Premium 2015 release, a much anticipated, feature rich version of Smoke 2015, and a new addition to the Flame family, Flame Assist which runs on OSX.Here is the line up of the current product release:Autodesk 2014 Releases: How different is Flame Assist and Smoke on the Mac? Well for the 2015 release, right now… almost nothing. In fact Flame Assist and Smoke on the Mac contain the exact same feature set. The only difference is that Flame Assist has the Linux UI skin. That means blue buttons are back! I am sure this will make Flame users happy.
Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “When you play this sport, getting to those moments, getting to the Eastern Conference finals, the Finals, that’s when you feel alive,” Wade said. “And I haven’t felt that in a couple years. And I wanted to make sure I put myself in that position. If I don’t win one, my career path is not going to change, but damn it sure will feel great.” Ronaldo surprised by increasing criticism Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight FILE – In this Dec. 25, 2014, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) and Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade talk following an NBA basketball game in Miami. Wade is expected to sign Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, with the Cavaliers, reuniting the 12-time All-Star with James, a former Miami teammate and one of his best friends. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)The wake-up calls for Dwyane Wade were coming at 5:45 a.m. for much of the summer. An hour or so later, he and LeBron James would be in the gym together working on their games.And the chemistry was as good as ever.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ “He drives me to want to be better,” Wade said.They’ll be grinding together on a daily basis now.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWade signed a one-year, $2.3 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday to reunite with James, with whom he went to four NBA Finals and won two championships in Miami. Wade’s deal was finalized quickly after he cleared waivers, which he had to do after getting a buyout from the Chicago Bulls over the weekend.“I’m all about the challenge,” Wade told The Associated Press. “If I didn’t want the challenge, I would have stayed in Chicago. But I wanted the challenge of being back on that big stage and playing in those moments and seeing what I’ve got. So I’m not going to talk about what I’ve got. I want to go out there and show, when the lights are the brightest and the games are the biggest, that’s when I’m alive. And I need that.” Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:34Google unveils motion-sensing Pixel 401:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games He took a hard look at going back to Miami, listened to sales pitches from Paul George and Carmelo Anthony in Oklahoma City, even considered San Antonio and got a call from Golden State.But in the end, he wanted to play again with James — someone Wade calls his brother.“I definitely think I can help him in different ways,” Wade told the AP via phone as he sat in his new locker room. “He is, in today’s game, the greatest basketball player that we have. So he doesn’t need me to help him be great. But there’s other areas that I’ve been able to be there, to help him think about things a certain way. He knows I’m going to put the work in with him. He knows I’m going to be right there.”Earlier Wednesday, James said he feels like a little kid having Wade with him again.“Come on, man, this is like one of my best friends,” James said after the first of Cleveland’s two practices on the day — the second one set to be Wade’s first with the Cavs. “It’s kind of like when you start school and you walk into the classroom and you’re not quite sure who your classmates are and when you walk in there and one of your best friends is in there, you’re like: ‘Oh, yeah, this is going to be fun. It’s going to be a good class.’”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A good team, too.Wade and James spent four seasons together with the Heat, winning two championships and making the Finals four times as a duo as devastating as any in league history. They’ll now join forces on a Cleveland team that saw Kyrie Irving traded to Boston and the roster get remodeled by adding Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, former league MVP Derrick Rose and free agents Jeff Green and Jose Calderon.Wade has talked to coach Tyronn Lue about his role and seems assured that he’ll be in the mix for a starting job.“You want to earn your spot, but I definitely wanted to make sure it wasn’t something that was off the table,” Wade said. “I don’t want ever to be given anything in this league. I want to feel like I earned it. That’s kind of how you want it coming to a new team. … This is a deep team. That really excited me about the potential of this team and what you need to compete with a Golden State. You need a deep team to compete with them.”Wade has said many times that a fourth ring isn’t a make-or-break goal for him. His legacy is secure. He’s a certain Hall of Famer. He’s one of the best to ever play the game.That doesn’t mean another title is irrelevant, though. And he gave back about $8 million in the buyout with the Bulls to get this chance, after taking smaller-than-he-could-have-gotten deals in Miami multiple times to help the Heat and their championship quests.“I want to compete for it,” Wade said. “I’ve always said if I don’t win another one, it’s not going change the course of my career and what I’ve been able to accomplish. But as everyone knows, as has been very highly documented, some of it documented the wrong way, I’ve probably given back the most money of any player in NBA history. And it’s always been to be in position to compete for a championship.”The Cavaliers have been to the last three NBA Finals; add the Miami years in there, and James has been to the title round in seven consecutive seasons.Wade hasn’t played a June game since 2014.He’s hoping that changes in 2018.
PBA IMAGESAfter a failed semifinals bid, TNT and Glen Rice Jr. are ending things on a sour note.The TNT managed has slapped a hefty $10,000 (P500,000) fine on the volatile import for his “undesirable, unprofessional, unruly and unsportsmanlike” behavior in the team’s 115-105 loss to Ginebra in the PBA Governors’ Cup semis last Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Ferrer on Rice ejection: ‘I didn’t do anything’ TNT also added that Rice’s behavior has affected the “wholesome” image of the KaTropa and the reputation of the PLDT group, which is owned by Manny V. Pangilinan.“Mr. Rice, as a professional player, promised to comply with all the Team’s rules and regulations and to act or conduct himself in a gentlemanly manner at all times so as to project a totally wholesome image for the Team and the PLDT Group,” the statement also read.Rice, who flew out of the country Tuesday night, was earlier ordered to pay P26,000 by the PBA for his ejection.The total amount of fines will be deducted from his final payday with TNT.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary NBA: Embiid seals reported $148 million 76ers deal Read Next MOST READ In a statement released on Wednesday, TNT said Rice’s attitude which got him thrown out with 1:41 left in the opening quarter of Game 4 was constituted a “willful violation and breach of his contract.”READ: TNT import Rice ejected early in Game 4FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 26-year-old son of NBA great Glen Rice threw the ball at Ginebra rookie Kevin Ferrer and continued to engaged in trash talk he was ejected for incurring a flagrant foul penalty one and a technical.He was seen taunting Ginebra fans on his way to the dugout and instead of waiting for game to finish inside his team’s locker room, he immediately left Smart Araneta Coliseum. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Calling for creating a strong sporting nation with sound sports infrastructure, President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday set the ball rolling for the next Olympics in Brazil expressing hope that India will improve its ranking in the world.Felicitating Indian sportspersons who won medals at the just concluded London Olympics, the President said, “there is no time to rest on laurels. We must collectively lift our nation to greater heights.”The onus for doing so is not just on our athletes and sports authorities. It must become the duty of every citizen to promote a sporting culture in our country,” Mukherjee said and also asked major corporates to sponsor, help identify and nurture talent.”A strong sporting nation can be built only on the foundation of sound sports infrastructure. We must create sports facilities across the country and nurture talent from the grassroots,” the President said.”I am confident that nothing less than a ‘medal spring’ awaits us at the next Olympics,” he said.He said while the entire nation is rejoicing the achievements in London, it was a moment when everyone needs to re-dedicate in building India’s sporting future.”Let preparations for the next Olympics begin from today itself. Let us set our goals high and tell ourselves – ‘Rio, here we come’.”The President complimented medal winners — Gagan Narang, Saina Nehwal, Vijay Kumar, MC Mary Kom, Yogeshwar Dutt and Sushil Kumar — and said, “through their success, we have broken through the glass ceiling of our past.””What is now needed is a little more determination and perseverance. Our athletes must now cross the last mile. I am confident that if we set our minds to the task, India can join the ranks of leading sporting nations of the world,” the President said, adding India, a 1.2 billion strong nation, deserves a better ranking than 55 attained at London Olympics.”Compared to the medal drought India has undergone since independence, six medals appear a good harvest,” he said.Mukherjee said winning in sports is all about hard work, team spirit and single-minded dedication to the set target.”It is also about inculcating sportsman like spirit which comprises of a sense of fair play and courage under pressure.I am happy the entire contingent took part in the Olympics with dedication and commitment,” he said.Individually complimenting the medal winners, the President said those who won the laurels for the country deserve highest of praise.”But those who did not, also, deserve equal appreciation and encouragement. To them, I say do not lose heart. Each one of you have done your best for India. India is proud of all of you and what you have achieved in London,” he said.The President presented commemorative plaques to the six medal winners.advertisement
The Ministry of Education is moving to implement a policy, to make it mandatory for schools to allow school-aged mothers to resume their education after childbirth.This was disclosed by Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, at the weekly Jamaica House press briefing, held at the Office of the Prime Minister, on June 6.Miss Falconer informed that Cabinet has approved the policy for mandatory re-integration of all teenaged mothers into the formal school system, following the completion of an intermediary education programme.She said the policy is intended to allow the girls to continue their education after the birth of a child and not be barred from the school system.“The schools will now be advised that places temporarily vacated by a student during a period of pregnancy should be retained for the student’s return to school, following the completion of an approved transitional programme,” she informed.The education regulations provide that a girl who becomes pregnant shall leave the formal school system during the period of her pregnancy.Under those stipulations, the Minister of Education has the discretion to facilitate the re-entry of such girls into educational institutions.Senator Falconer noted that no policy framework existed before the exercise of this discretion.“Instead, schools have, at times, misinterpreted the provision to treat the girls as absent from the school permanently,” she said.The Minister said the new policy will provide the same flexibility to students wishing to attend a different school after they have had a child.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker
Head coach Chris Holtmann talks to the Buckeyes during a timeout in the second half of the game against Michigan State at the Big Ten tournament on Mar. 14 in Chicago. Ohio State lost 77-70. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State head coach Chris Holtmann has never lost in the Round of 64. Because of the Buckeyes’ 62-59 win against No. 6 Iowa State on Friday, that remains true, remaining 5-0 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.But to move into the Sweet 16, the Buckeyes will have to go through No. 3 Houston for an attempt at its first Round of 32 win since 2013, something Holtmann has a less successful history in. In the four previous times Holtmann has led a team into the Round of 32, his teams have went 1-3.Projected StartersNo. 11 Ohio State (20-14)G — C.J. Jackson — Senior, 11.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.1 apgG — Keyshawn Woods — Redshirt senior, 8.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.4 apgG — Musa Jallow — Sophomore, 2.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 0.7 apgF — Andre Wesson — Junior, 8.7 rpg, 4.0 rpg, 1.8 apgF — Kaleb Wesson — Sophomore, 14.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.8 apgNo. 3 Houston (32-3)G — Corey Davis — Senior, 16.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.8 apgG — Galen Robinson — Senior, 7.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.9 apgG — Armoni Brooks — Junior, 13.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 0.9 apgF — Braeon Brady — Senior, 6.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 0.5 apgF — Fabian White —Sophomore, 6.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 0.7 apgThe Cougars come in winners of 32 of their 35 games this year, most recently defeating No. 14 Georgia State 84-55.Houston held the Panthers to 30 percent shooting while getting 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists from senior guard Corey Davis.Davis is the Cougars’ leading scorer, averaging 16.9 points per game, shooting 38.2 percent from 3 and a team-high 86.7 percent from the free-throw line.While Houston averages 77.8 points per game, No. 2 in the American Athletic Conference, its strength is on the defensive end.The Cougars allow 61.1 points per game, seventh-least in the NCAA, forcing opponents to 36.5 percent shooting from the field, the lowest in the nation.Teams shoot an NCAA-low 27.5 percent from 3 against Houston on the season.Another strength for Houston is on the boards, with its 1,442 rebounds ranking No. 3 in the NCAA.Against Georgia State, the Cougars outrebounded the Panthers 51-27.The rebounds come from a variety of pieces on the roster, with eight Houston players averaging two rebounds or more.According to KenPom, Houston ranks as the No. 12 team in the country, ranking No. 22 in offensive efficiency and No. 12 in defensive efficiency.The Buckeyes are No. 41 on KenPom, and are given a 32 percent chance to win on the analytics website.No. 11 Ohio State takes on No. 3 Houston in Tulsa, Oklahoma at 8:40 p.m. Sunday.