Ohio State Loses to Michigan: Three Things We Learned

Ohio State Loses to Michigan: Three Things We Learned

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Ohio State Loses to Michigan: Three Things We Learned


Ohio State dropped its second game in a row at Michigan. The effort was better than at Penn State, but the loss severely damaged the Buckeyes’ opportunity for a league championship. Here are three observations we took from the game.


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Ohio State vs. Michigan: 3 Things We Learned

Turnovers, Turnovers, Turnovers

Let’s be frank for a moment. Ohio State has played great team basketball, but if we’re being completely honest, the individual skill on this team is not where it has been in the past, and certainly not where Holtmann is looking to take it to.

For that reason, the margin for error is simply not that great. The Buckeyes can ill-afford to make costly mistakes and expect to stay in the game against quality competition. Michigan fits that bill, and Ohio State turned the ball over far too many times (14) to walk away with a win in this one.

As it moves forward, there needs to be more composure when getting the type of in your face, man-to-man pressure the Wolverines employed, and what OSU will likely get the rest of the way.

The team lacks a lot of true ball-handlers, but more than anything, taking care of the ball will dictate how far this team can go. Ohio State has to figure this out — like yesterday.

 Kam Williams Needs To Be Better

Look I know Williams is still getting his sea-legs back from being out with a three-game suspension. It shows. Nearly every shot he took was short, and the confidence to step up in rhythm and hit those spot up threes just wasn’t there the last couple of games.

Ohio State needs a bona-fide three-point threat heading forward to stretch the defense and open things up for Keita Bates-Diop, Jae’Sean Tate, and Kaleb Wesson.

That didn’t happen today, and there could be some early exits in the post-season if he doesn’t start knocking down shots like he was earlier in the year.

Nobody else has shown the type of consistent outside shooting teams need once tournament time rolls around, so it’s really him or bust.

Give It Up For Jae’Sean Tate

This game would have been an embarrassment if not for the efforts of Tate. His energy, work on the offensive boards, and ability to work and scrap for points in the paint kept Ohio State within striking distance until late.

But he can’t be the only one playing with the confidence and energy needed to win. Ohio State is starting to regress back to some things that got them into trouble last year, and it needs to reset, follow Tate’s example and quit playing scared and tentative in big moments.

It’s happening, and all of a sudden OSU is not a peaking team, but a team starting to doubt itself. It’s the wrong time of year for that.

 

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