Ohio State Loses To Gonzaga: 3 Things We Learned

Ohio State Loses To Gonzaga: 3 Things We Learned

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Ohio State Loses To Gonzaga: 3 Things We Learned


Ohio State fought to the bitter end, but was unable to take down Gonzaga in the NCAA tournament. As a result, a remarkable and unexpected season comes to an end.


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Ohio State Loses To Gonzaga: 3 Things We Learned

The Hole Was Simply Too Big

When you make it to this point in the NCAA tournament, the margin for error is razor thin. Add that to the fact that this Ohio State team isn’t going to get by on superior athletic talent, and it’s simply to steep of an uphill climb both ways to come back from a 15 point deficit against a solid ball-club like the Zags.

But that’s what the Buckeyes were facing after missing layups, throwing the ball away and making questionable decisions in the first six minutes of the game. It was uncharacteristic, but there appeared to be a little bit of stage fright.

Good on them for eventually reeling it all back in and actually take a five-point lead, but the nightmare start was the difference in this one. There’s no other way around it.

Give Ohio State Credit For Fighting Back

Yeah, OSU lost, and yeah its a bummer for everyone who has been on the unexpected joy ride with this team, but there’s nothing to be ashamed of here. Lesser teams would have folded after the abysmal start.

Instead, this team kept on chipping away by continuing to play its game. It has been the earmark of this team, and you can bet the fight and determination the Buckeyes came out with in the second half put a scare in Gonzaga. Save for a few calls and breaks going the wrong way at the wrong time, this thing was anybody’s game.

Hopefully this is a hallmark of the Chris Holtmann era as we go forward.

It Was Still A Remarkable Season

I know it doesn’t feel like it now, but upon reflection, this season can be viewed as nothing more than a resounding success. This team was expected to be merely a speed bump for other teams in the Big Ten, and instead it almost messed around and pulled off a regular season league championship.

You want a good foundation to build a program on during the first year of a coaching change, and that’s exactly what Holtmann has here. This team just continued to get better and proved almost everyone wrong by coming within an eyelash of almost making the Sweet Sixteen.

Now we’ll see if this momentum carries over to the 2018-19 season.

 

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