Ohio State vs. Iowa: 3 things we learned in defeat

Ohio State vs. Iowa basketball: 3 things we learned in defeat

Ohio State vs. Iowa: 3 things we learned in defeat

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Ohio State vs. Iowa: 3 things we learned in defeat

The Ohio State basketball team sorely needed a win to steer the Scarlet and Gray ship back out into open waters. Instead, it got ambushed and grounded by Iowa on the road and now are under .500 in the conference for the first time in Chris Holtmann’s career.

Here’s three things we learned.

Wessonless is weaponless

Don’t let the halftime score fool you. It’s true that Ohio State found a way to lead by two at the break despite Kaleb Wesson finding himself in foul trouble and on the bench yet again early on.

But it takes a toll. Without Wesson, others have to step up and absorb minutes and the physical toll of the Big Ten. The Buckeyes clearly wore down through the second half in this one, and even with Wesson back on the floor just didn’t have the energy to reel the Hawkeyes back in and find a way to steal it.

At this point, it feels like he’s getting whistled for some cheap fouls, and Holtmann’s likely at a loss as to how to rectify the litany of fouls adding up. Short of going to a zone defense (which has its pitfalls), one has to wonder where to go to minimize the whistles on the big guy.

Turnovers are killing this team

I’ve said it before, but this team has a very small margin of error. It’s not like there’s a bunch of walk-ons playing, but the talent level across the board is not where Holtmann wants and needs it to beHe’d be the first to tell you that.

You can look at rebounds, turnovers, and foul shots when it comes to ways to win games against good teams on the road, and the in the turnover department, this team is falling well short.

Twenty-one turnovers is simply not going to get it done. It’s a plague that has crept up all of a sudden, and something has to be done to correct it. Or else …

The season is not loss

After three-straight losses, it sure seems like the sky is falling, but trust me here. It’s not. You have to remember that the wins Ohio State had early on in the non-conference count just as much as the ones they’ll get from here on out. It’s about the entire body of work, and the Buckeyes are still in very good shape as far as making the NCAA Tournament goes.

Now, that being said, not finishing above .500 in the league might spell doom, but there’s still plenty of time left to get some wins and get this thing going back in the right direction. And … the program seems to have the right guy for the job in Chris Holtmann.

Hang in there. There’s another opportunity coming Friday.

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