For the first time since Week 17 of the 2014-15 season, the basketball Buckeyes are ranked in the AP Top 25. Ohio State comes in at No. 22 following a 15-4 start to their season, including a perfect 6-0 record in the Big Ten. Not bad for a team that was projected to finish 11th (out of 14 teams) in the conference this season by Big Ten media members.
No matter what sport, every player has his own role; a role that they can succeed in and help the team, whether they are the star or the last player on the bench. Joey Lane’s role isn’t to fill up the stat sheet, the former walk-on knows that he isn’t on the team to provide something that people will see in the box score or in see in a game recap. To the average fan, a player like Lane may seem pointless in terms of the team’s success. But that’s far from true for the junior guard.
The Ohio State Buckeyes have shocked the college basketball world so far this season and forward Keita Bates-Diop has been one of the main reasons the Buckeyes have played so well. Although he leads the Big Ten in scoring, Bates-Diop was left off the midseason Wooden Award Top 25 watch list on Monday.
Projected by many to be one of the worst teams in the Big Ten this season, the Ohio State Buckeyes have already turned plenty of heads through 17 games this season. Despite their perfect 4-0 Big Ten record, the scarlet and gray weren’t ranked on the latest AP Top 25 following their upset over previously No. 1 Michigan State.
With Ohio State’s stunning upset over No. 1 Michigan State, the Buckeyes not only seem to be back on the map, but Keita Bates-Diop seems to be the real deal, too. So far this season, the forward is leading the scarlet and gray to a 4-0 record in the Big Ten (13-4 overall) and has made plenty of people ask if the Buckeyes have a shot at not only a berth in the NCAA Tournament, but a shot at the conference title as well.
Seven months into the Chris Holtmann era, the Ohio State Buckeyes secured their first signature win of the season, upsetting No. 1-ranked Michigan State, 80-64, Sunday afternoon in Columbus. Now 4-0 in the Big Ten, the Buckeyes may have put college basketball and the rest of the conference on notice following their stunning win over the top-ranked team in the country.
With just one game last week due to the holidays, the Ohio State Buckeyes took down Miami (Ohio), 72-59, to close out their non-conference schedule. Now, Big Ten season lies ahead.
In Chris Holtmann’s first year, the season will be filled with plenty of ups and downs. This past week was a perfect example.
Student-athletes are actually students after all, too. Due to Finals week, the Ohio State Buckeyes didn’t have a game during the week, which therefore meant that they only had one game last week. The Buckeyes took down Appalachian State, 80-67, Saturday night in their lone game this past week.
In his 13 years at Ohio State, head coach Thad Matta proved to be the best (and winningest) coach in program history. While he turned the Buckeyes into a legitimate title contender during the early part of his time in Columbus, health and the fact that he ran a clean program were his biggest downfalls during the final years at Ohio State.
After an incredible 20-point comeback to beat Michigan and start Big Ten play 2-0, the Ohio State Buckeyes carried that momentum into the rest of the week to go a perfect 2-0 on the hardwood this past week. Their dominate win over William and Mary allowed head coach Chris Holtmann to clear his bench.
Much like this past week, Ohio State’s season will be filled with plenty of ups and downs. For the Buckeyes, it was most apparent after they blew yet another double-digit second-half Wisconsin and then followed that up by dominating Wisconsin just three days later.
After starting the season 4-0 against four cupcakes, Ohio State went just 1-2 in Portland in the inaugural PK80 Invitational. At times, the Buckeyes showed plenty of promise, but against teams like Gonzaga, it was obvious that Ohio State still has plenty to work and both in terms of on-court performance and on the recruiting trail. Then again, Chris Holtmann and his staff will only make the team better as time goes on.
It’s been against weak competition, but 4-0 has to mean something, right? While Ohio State has dominated their way through the first four games of the season, they will face much better competition this week. Holtmann’s Buckeyes will face their first ranked team of the season in Gonzaga Thanksgiving night.
Even though it was against two opponents that Ohio State should have easily beaten, getting the first-game jitters out of the way for both the new coaching staff and seven newcomers was important for the Buckeyes. Ohio State began a perfect 2-0 during the first weekend of college basketball after beating Robert Morris and Radford.
Chris Holtmann has made it known that he wants his Buckeyes to have a much tougher non-conference schedule. With the news that Ohio State will open against Cincinnati in both 2018 and 2019, it’s a step in the right direction.
Over the last few years, Thad Matta lost out on key recruits, which turned into his teams getting worse as time went on. With the most recent scandal in college basketball, Thad Matta’s demand to have a clean program seemed to be one of the main reasons why he is no longer the head coach at Ohio State.
On Monday, the Ohio State men’s basketball team had zero commits in the class of 2018. Four days later, the Buckeyes now have three commits and currently own the 13th-best class in the country (sixth-best in the Big Ten) in 2018.
The Ohio State men’s basketball team is gearing up for their first season under Chris Holtmann as the season schedule is released.
The Scarlet and Gray continue to dominate The Basketball Tournament as they inch closer to a $2 million payday.