Ohio State Basketball: Best Three Wins This Season

Ohio State Basketball: Best Three Wins This Season

Mark Russell

Ohio State Basketball: Best Three Wins This Season


Despite a disappointing loss for the third time at the hands of the Nittany Lions, the 2017-2018 Buckeye basketball squad has been quite a nice surprise. To help ease the pain of an early exit in the Big Ten Tournament, let’s take a look at three of the most memorable performances from the regular season.


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January 7, 2018: Michigan State at Ohio State

Michigan State rolled into Value City Arena as the No. 1 team in the land, looking to take care of business as usual. Ohio State would have other plans.

Nobody saw this coming. At 12-4 the Buckeyes had a record that looked nice, but of those 12 wins, none were against a quality opponent. Against any team they had the opportunity to make a statement, the Bucks fell flat.  Losses to Clemson, Butler, North Carolina and a blow out at the hands of Gonzaga.

OSU played inspired basketball on this night however. With the game tied at 29, Tom Izzo would get a technical foul and the Bucks would go on a 12-0 run to end the half up 41-29.  The Schott was in a frenzy and the team would feed off that energy.

It would be Ohio State who looked like the No. 1 team in the nation. The unassuming Buckeyes would push the lead to 20 early in the second half and finish the game with an impressive 80-64 victory.

A huge win and boost of confidence that would have Ohio State believing it could play with anyone in the country.

February 7, 2018: Ohio State at Purdue

Even after such a remarkable win over Sparty, we all knew a date was looming with the Boilermakers in West Lafayette. Anyone can catch a team on an off night, especially on your home court. Playing away from home –well, that can be a whole different story.

Ohio State was finally starting to garner some respect coming into Mackey Arena as the No. 14 ranked team in the nation. But No. 3 Purdue was undefeated in conference play, hadn’t lost since November, and was looking to solidify their place atop the Big Ten.

The Boilers came out of the gates on a mission. They would eventually build a 14 point lead with just ten minutes left to play. However, Ohio State would stay calm and just keep chipping away at the deficit. The Buckeyes would cut the lead to just seven with a little over five minutes to play in regulation.

With just seconds left, Purdue was clinging to a one point lead. Ohio State’s Jae’Sean Tate put up a shot which went long and Keita Bates-Diop was in the right place at the right time for the put back with 2.8 seconds on the clock.

”I knew if Tate was going to miss he was going to miss long, so I just went in for the offensive rebound,” — Keita Bates-Diop

It was such a great win, Buckeye Wire’s Terry Johnson picked this game as his fondest memory in a recent article.

February 23, 2018: Ohio State at Indiana

No matter the Hoosiers record, Assembly Hall is always a tough place to get a win for opposing teams. It would be no different on this night.

Ohio State would come into the contest as the No. 16 ranked team in the nation while Indiana would be ending a sub par regular season. But it was the Crimson and Cream who looked like the ranked team for most of the night.

The Buckeyes on the other hand, seemed to be sleepwalking through much of the game. It looked like Indiana would take another victim in Bloomington until C.J. Jackson hit a 3 pointer with just 1.7 seconds left in the 2nd overtime.

This wasn’t the prettiest win for Ohio State, but sometimes you win ugly and have to grind one out. That’s exactly what happened on this night and it just may prove to be an invaluable experience going into March Madness.

 

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