Ohio State Basketball: Top Five Plays Of The Year

Ohio State Basketball: Top Five Plays Of The Year

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Ohio State Basketball: Top Five Plays Of The Year


It was a memorable season for Ohio State on the hardwood. It finished within an eyelash of winning a regular season Big Ten title, and made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament despite the very modest expectations for Chris Holtmann’s first year. Here are the top five plays of the 2017-18 season.


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Ohio State Basketball: Top Five Plays Of The Year

Who said this was a rebuilding year? Truth be known, head coach Chris Holtmann would like to build the program back up to be even better than what we saw this year, but making the NCAA tournament and finishing in a tie for second place sure is light years ahead of where all the experts thought the team would be.

We decided to reminisce and provide you with the top five plays of the 2017-18 season.

 No. 5 – Kam Williams Dunk Against Michigan State

For all intents and purposes, this was Ohio State’s announcement to the world that it was going to be a player in the Big Ten race. Michigan State — widely considered a preseason Final Four squad and ranked No. 1 heading into Value City Arena — was supposed to knock the Buckeyes back down to earth.

It didn’t happen. Ohio State controlled most of the game and sent the Spartans packing with an embarrassing loss. One of the momentum driving plays of the game was Kam Williams doing a back cut to beat his man and throwing down a one-hander on the baseline. It sent everyone in Scarlet and Gray in a frenzy.

No. 4 – Keita Bates-Diop 3-pointer To Tie Penn State

Ohio State had raced out to a 9-0 start in the Big Ten when it hosted Penn State on January 25. The Nittany Lions came to play from the tip, outhustling the Buckeyes and unleashing a 3-point barrage, going 11 of 14 from beyond the arc to control the game.

Ohio State began to chip away at a 13-point lead in the second half however, and with time running down, Keita Bates-Diop took a flip pass and pulled up from the edge of Ohio stained at center court and nailed a game-tying 3-pointer.

Unfortunately, the Nittany Lions answered with a buzzer beater of their own to give OSU its first loss in league play. You still can’t take anything away from that moment Bates-Diop provided though.

No. 3 – Kam Williams Drills 3-Pointer And One Against South Dakota State

The Buckeyes received a tough draw in the first round of the NCAA tournament when they were placed out West in Boise, Idaho. To make matters worse, they were matched up against a South Dakota State team that was plenty talented enough to pull off the dreaded No. 12 over No. 5 upset that seems to be written in tournament history DNA.

South Dakota State also had a true potential NBA first-round pick in Mike Daum, trying to will his team over the big, bad OSU power-five team.

OSU took control in the second half, but the Jackrabbits surged, and with the game tied at 70 late, Kam Williams hit a three pointer, got fouled and then proceeded to finish the four point play to give Ohio State just enough breathing room and momentum to finish the deal.

No. 2 – C.J. Jackson’s Winner At Indiana

Trying to secure a win in Bloomington is never easy, especially on senior day. But that’s what the Buckeyes were tasked with when it took on the Hoosiers in the regular-season finale.

It was an ugly, rough and tumble game marked with tough defense and forced mistakes, and it looked for all the world like Indiana was going to send its seniors out in style.

Until, that is, C. J. Jackson brought the ball up the court after Indiana took the lead on a layup with 7.4 seconds remaining and drilled a deep three with just over one second remaining to steal one on the road.

The win guaranteed Ohio State at least second place in the conference.

No. 1 – Keita-Bates Diop Put Back Winner At Purdue

There were so many great moments this year, but by far the biggest came in a huge matchup to give one team the inside track to a title. Purdue was undefeated and Ohio State just had the one lone loss against Penn State.

Purdue controlled much of the game, but the Buckeyes went on a run to close the gap late. It set the stage for one last possession to tryown just and win one in West Lafayette. Down just one point, Jae’Sean Tate got the first look. He went to his patented left for a contested layup that missed the mark. In flew superman from the weakside to grab control of the rebound and put it back for the biggest win of the season.

What do you think? Did we miss any?

 

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