Ohio State vs. Syracuse Instant Reaction: 3 Things We Learned In Defeat

Ohio State vs. Syracuse Instant Reaction - 3 Things We Learned

Ohio State vs. Syracuse Instant Reaction: 3 Things We Learned In Defeat

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Ohio State vs. Syracuse Instant Reaction: 3 Things We Learned In Defeat

Length And Athleticism Are The Buckeyes Achilles Heel

Against Syracuse, Ohio State had an awful time getting comfortable in the lane and with shooters closing out on outside shots. It’s exactly why Jim Boeheim recruits long and athletic players at every position and implements a zone look.

For all the hard work, blue-collar and girth the Buckeyes possess, it’s not the tallest of teams in the blocks. I said in the preview for this game that Syracuse actually matched up well with Ohio State, and this is the exact reason why.

Luckily, there’s not a whole lot of teams that have such length in the Big Ten, so hopefully it’s not too big of an issue going forward.

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