Ohio State Loses To Penn State Again: Three Things We Learned

Ohio State Loses To Penn State Again: Three Things We Learned

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Ohio State Loses To Penn State Again: Three Things We Learned


Turns out, the third time was not the charm as Ohio State dropped another game to Penn State, this time for an early exit from the Big Ten tournament. Here’s three things that stood out.


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Ohio State Loses To Penn State In The Big Ten Tournament: 3 Things We Learned

The Buckeyes Couldn’t Take Advantage In The Paint

Kaleb Wesson needed to be big in this game. With Mike Watkins out, the stars were aligned for that to happen, but instead, the meteor shower fizzled out.

Wesson scored just five points on just 2 of 6 shooting. Worse yet, he only logged 20 minutes in the game because of continued foul trouble. When he was in there, he was unable to clear the glass — finishing with no defensive rebounds.

Ohio State needed Wesson to show up and he was largely missing from this game. It likely made all the difference between moving on in the Big Ten tournament, and now sitting at home awaiting word on its first game of the NCAA tournament.

Give Penn State Credit

It would be easy to wine sour grapes with some questionable calls by the zebras and a bounce here or there that would have made all the difference in the world, but the real writing is on the wall.

Penn State is just a bad matchup for Ohio State. The defense has no answer for Tony Carr but to try and double team him, and when that happens, others find open spots on the floor. He’s shown growth and awareness as the season has wore on in giving the ball up when it makes sense.

Too often a man was running free because of the help OSU tried to employ on Carr. Trying to help out too much is like raising the white flag saying we can’t stay with you man on man.

After three games, and three losses against the Nittany Lions, it’s hard to argue against that.

Three Is Greater Than Two

I said in my preview that the Buckeyes needed to make Penn State beat them inside the three-point arc. In the first two matchups — and in many other victories against other teams — Penn State has been able to bomb away. If you can take away the long-range looks, there’s a better shot at coming away victorious.

Welp. Ohio State failed on that today. Penn State took nineteen three-pointers tonight and made nine of them (47.4%). The volume  of long daggers needed to be much less, but the Buckeyes failed to close out on defense.

The Nittany Lions shot just 37.9% from other spots inside the arc, so OSU defended those well. There just needed to be more effort to push more shots closer inside.

Hey, after this one, maybe Ohio State will get one more shot at the Nittany Lions in the NCAA tournament.

 

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