Ohio State’s seniors could have easily given up on their final season in Columbus, one that was supposed to be a rebuilding year following Thad Matta’s departure, but they did the complete opposite. For that, Buckeye Nation should be forever grateful.
Tied at 70, Kam Williams’ and-one three-pointer was the biggest shot of the season for Ohio State and was just what the Buckeyes needed to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
It may have been ugly at times and Ohio State took to many three-pointers, but they got the win, and that’s all that matters in March. The Buckeyes will now take on No. 4 seed Gonzaga on Saturday, a rematch from earlier in the season.
Although the Ohio State Buckeyes made the NCAA Tournament, it’s hard not to think “what if” if so many players didn’t transfer from the program during Thad Matta’s last couple years with the program. Among those transfers, four have also made the Big Dance.
The Buckeyes are going dancing! Ohio State earns a No. 5 seed (in West Region) in Big Dance. They will open against No. 12 seed South Dakota State on Thursday.
The Buckeyes are a lock to make the NCAA Tournament, but they have fallen (again) to No. 17 in the latest AP Top 25.
Much like they did in the 2017 NIT, the NCAA will experiment with four more rule changes in this year’s NIT. There will be four changes that they will test, including moving the three-point line back (again) and changing from halves to quarters, along with two others.
To say that the Ohio State Buckeyes have exceeded expectations on the hardwood this season would be an understatement. Projected to finish 11th (out of 14) teams in the Big Ten by the conference’s media members prior to the season, the Buckeyes earned the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament. While the players have produced on the court, head coach Chris Holtmann’s role can’t go unnoticed. Luckily, it hasn’t.
With a perfect 2-0 final week of the regular season and get back in the win column, including an incredible double overtime win at Indiana last Friday night, the Ohio State Buckeyes jumped three spots from No. 16 to No. 13 in the latest AP Top 25. This is the first time since the 2013-14 season that the scarlet and gray have finished the regular season as a Top 25 team. Four years ago, they ended the regular season ranked No. 24 in the country.
The Ohio State Buckeyes’ success on the hardwood this season is due to their resilience, heart, teamwork, and their ability to always believe they will win no matter the situation, while also being led by a great group of coaches. While they have done very well as a team, there are three players that have led the scarlet and gray for much of the season. Forwards Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate and freshman Kaleb Wesson have been three of the team’s top players this season. With their success on the court, all three have earned all-Big Ten honors Monday night.
Having already exceeded expectations this season, the Ohio State Buckeyes will be the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, their best seed in the conference tournament since they were the No. 2 seed in 2013, the last time the Buckeyes won the Big Ten Tournament.. They will open play Friday night at 6:30 p.m. ET against either No. 7 seed Penn State or No. 10 seed Northwestern.
One of the main reasons for the Buckeyes playing so well this year has been due to forward Keita Bates-Diop. For his efforts so far this season, the forward has been given the sixth-best odds (18-to-1) to win the Associated Press Player of the Year award at season’s end.
For the first time since November, the Ohio State Buckeyes seem to be in a rut on the basketball court. Not only did they lose two consecutive games to Penn State and Michigan, but they also lost back-to-back games for the first time since early in the season. After going 0-2 last week, the Buckeyes fell from No. 8 to No. 16 in the latest Associated Press Top 25.
In college basketball, there are plenty of moments that put life and sports in perspective. Jimmy V Week and Coaches vs. Cancer are two of the many things during the season that do just that. Sunday afternoon was another example not only to remind us that college basketball and sports are just games and entertainment, but that there are far more important things in life than sports.
Kerry Coombs will be tough to replace, but Urban Meyer seems to have made a home-run hire, bringing back former Ohio State cornerbacks coach and most recently Temple defensive coordinator Taver Johnson, who was the cornerbacks coach on Jim Tressel’s staff in Columbus from 2007-11.
For the first time since January 6, 2014, the Buckeyes are ranked in the top 10, coming it at No. 8 in the AP Top 25 after upsetting Purdue and dominating Iowa last week.
Chris Holtmann has turned a thin roster into one of the best teams in the country. He doesn’t (and didn’t) make excuses for the lack of depth or anything else, he has just done the best he can with what he was given. Even if it’s just mid-January through March (and April), Holtmann has turned Ohio State into a basketball school. The basketball Buckeyes are fun again, and for that, Holtmann deserves to be the National Coach of the Years in his first season in Columbus.
When Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was recruiting the No. 2-ranked offensive tackle in the country and best player in Ohio, Jackson Carman, he told the kid that Meyer was on the back half of his career and Swinney himself was just starting up. The negative (and untrue) recruiting was one of the few reasons why Carman chose Clemson over Ohio State. That seems to be one of the reasons why Ohio State has given Meyer both an extension and a pay raise.
It seemed as though Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Greg Schiano was head to New England to be the Patriots new defensive coordinator. Contrary to reports earlier this week, Schiano will remain in Columbus and will receive a nice little pay raise from the Buckeyes because of it.
Don’t look now, but at 21-5 (12-1), the Ohio State Buckeyes are officially in first place in the Big Ten. Thanks to a Keita Bates-Diop’ tip in with 2.8 seconds left, the Buckeyes secured their biggest win of the season Wednesday night.