The wait was much longer than many expected, but former Buckeyes star Keita Bates-Diop is headed to the Timberwolves
They were able to work it out this season, but Ohio State is missing virtually an entire senior class next winter due to recruiting failures at the end of Thad Matta’s time with the Buckeyes.
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.
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.
Ohio State has already delivered an unforgettable season. They now look to continue this remarkable journey into the NCAA Tournament.
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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.
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.
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.
With one of the best offenses and defenses in the country, Purdue is dominant on both sides of the floor. Add in that they have two seven-footers and are one of the best three-point shooting teams in the country and the Boilermakers seem to be unstoppable right now. With that said, Wednesday night could be yet another reason for Ohio State to shock the college basketball world and give Purdue their first Big Ten loss of the season. The Buckeyes have a huge opportunity to add to their resume and show that they are the real deal, but it will be quite a tough one in West Lafayette.
After being left off the midseason Wooden Award Top 25 watch list just over three weeks ago, Ohio State Buckeyes star forward Keita Bates-Diop has been added to the Wooden Award Late Season Top 20 list. To say it’s a well-deserved nomination would be an understatement.
Once projected to finish 11th in the Big Ten, Ohio State (66-to-1) has the 17th-best odds to win the NCAA Tournament. Chris Holtmann’s first season in Columbus was supposed to be filled with plenty of inconsistencies and maybe an NIT berth, no one expected this. Now, the Buckeyes not only have a shot to win the Big Ten, but are in the driver’s seat for a spot in March Madness as well.
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.
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.
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.