Minnesota Throttles Lifeless Ohio State, Giving Buckeyes First Three-Game Losing Streak in Five Years

By Kyle Rowland on January 16, 2014 at 9:57p

Now is it panic time?

After a two-game losing streak, Ohio State head coach Thad Matta talked logic and pointed out it’s only mid-January. But following a third consecutive loss on Thursday – 63-53 at Minnesota – the Buckeyes could soon be sounding the alarm.

For the third time in as many games, sloppy play plagued Ohio State. The turnovers were down from the 21 and 17 in losses last week, but the Buckeyes’ 13 miscues seemed to occur at critical junctures. And after surrendering 84 points to Iowa, Ohio State allowed the Gophers to shoot better than 50 percent from the field.

LaQuinton Ross provided a bulk of Ohio State’s offense, scoring 22 points on 8-of-17 shooting. He's scored 44 points and connected on nearly 50 percent of his field goal attempts in the past two games. The inability to find a second reliable scorer has proven to be one of the Buckeyes’ Achilles heels. 

Sam Thompson’s 12 points were second most with no other player scoring more than eight. The starting five, aside from Ross, scored 19 points. Attacking zone defenses doesn't appear to be in the cards. As a team, Ohio State was 11 of 18 from the free throw line. Aaron Craft committed five turnovers, pushing his three-game total to 15.

Minnesota used its size advantage to scorch Ohio State down low. Newly-minted captain Elliot Eliason finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds. The Gophers outrebounded the Buckeyes 39-24 and scored 38 points in the paint. 

Ohio State attempted to do the reverse of Sunday's loss to Iowa and make a late second-half comeback, which has turned into the Buckeyes' calling card. Trailing by seven with 9:27 left, they trimmed the Gophers' lead to three. But Minnesota used a 13-2 run in the final minutes to put the game out of reach.

Two-game losing streaks under Matta are rare for Ohio State. Three-game skids are even more infrequent, the equivalent of spotting an ivory-billed woodpecker. The last time OSU lost three-in-a-row was February 2009.

Emotions were high throughout the night as both Ohio State and Minnesota entered 2-2 in the Big Ten and in need of a crucial conference win. After a double-foul involving Ross and Minnesota’s Oto Osenieks with 13:41 left in the game, Richard Pitino erupted, throwing his jacket and berating officials.

He was frustrated due to several close calls with Osenieks’ foul being the final straw. Pitino was assessed a technical foul, which caused Minnesota fans to throw drink cups on the court. 

In the end, Pitino got his first signature win as the Gophers' head coach, much the same as Iowa's Fran McCaffery did Sunday in Value City Arena. Minnesota ended a six-game losing streak to the Buckeyes. 

The Gophers turned the ball over 10 times in the first half, including nine times in the first 10 minutes. But Ohio State’s offensive woes didn’t allow it to build a lead. The Buckeyes were only 3 of 14 shooting midway through the half and went five minutes without a field goal. They finished the first 20 minutes with a 38-percent shooting percentage.

Their biggest first-half advantage was only three. Minnesota actually led by six late in the half.


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njclebuckeye5's picture

I love this team, but it's hard watching it play offense. 

Lobs it to the endzone... Touchdown Devin Smith!!

Thomas's picture

Sad, just sad...

thekornidentity's picture

Ok. Now it's time to panic.

“Nothing that comes easy in this world is worth a damn.” -Woody Hayes

CPDenn's picture

I'm sure there will be a lot of well thought out, reasoned takes in here.

theobi's picture

Not looking forward to this team playing Wisconsin

Thomas's picture

O god that game will be tough to watch.

topgun67's picture

yes, we will get killed.
we don't have enough offense to beat top half of B1G.  WI, M State, Iowa, UM, IN, MN, or IL...
we will beat NW, NEB.. that's nice.
we have no marquee wins (unless you count MD, ND)..
should make big dance but i doubt we go past 2nd round.
Got some help next year with Russell and gang, but still need a BIG man...

ATXbucknut's picture

Terrible. Just terrible.  OSU should pull Thad Matta's scholarship. (edit: that was sarcasm. we'll be ok)

brylee's picture

so...we're not at fire fickell yet?

Chief B1G Dump's picture

We're fine. As long as we're in the top 68 or 69 or 83 or 96 or however many teams make ther tourney, its all good.

Im guessing we'll see some more zones against us. And anyone with a decent big man is going to hammer down on us.

Seattle Linga's picture

I think it's up to 357 teams

theobi's picture

We have very different definitions of "good"

jamesrbrown322's picture

Honestly, without a couple of good wins, this team may, MAY be in danger of not even making the tournament.
I think they are good enough to beat good teams, but the weakness is a glaring one. As much as we all love Craft for what he does on D, he is NOT that good of an all-around player. Craft is at his best when he does not have to do much offensively, at least on a consistent basis. He is the type who has to be given the opportunity to pick and choose his spots to try and score.
They will be much better next year, and moving forward, if you believe in recruiting rankings. However this year may be shot if they don't win at least three of the following games: Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Indiana, or Illinois (play 2x). They also cannot afford any losses to the likes of PSU, NW, Nebraska, scUM. '
Then again, this team is so unpredictable they may lose 5-6 more games, and then make a run in the B1G tourney. Who knows? I know I trust Matta, but wonder if perhaps this year they just don't have the horses offensively. Given the current state of the team, and Thomas's situation professionally,  it really makes you look back and say, "Deshaun staying in school another year may have been better for all parties."
Either way, I hope they turn this all around and start beating good teams, instead of cupcakes. Everyone has down years, and with the success Matta has had, it speaks volumes that probably winning 25 games and potentially making the Sweet 16 would be a let down. There are about 300 programs who would kill to be OSU basketball.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

daveyt11's picture

Agree with you on Craft, he is awesome at everything except shooting/scoring...defenses are packing the lane giving him space outside, Minnesota was daring him to shoot. Craft kept trying to dump the ball inside, those were 2 crucial turnovers. Hopefully we beat @Nebraska but Illinois/@WISKY/@iOWA? Look out. 

jbirmmd's picture

I'm starting to get a small taste of what it must have been like to be a scUM fan over the past decade.  This has been a difficult stretch for OSU fans (basketball and football). 
This team has some pretty MAJOR issues.   What happened to the Aaron Craft we have all come to know and love the past 3+ years!?

Doc's picture

So far 2014 sucks the testicular cancer mascot. Little Skully joke to lighten the mood. 

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jamesrbrown322's picture

This IS the Aaron Craft that we all have know for the last 3 years...at least offensively.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

jbirmmd's picture

I'm speaking of the turnovers and inability to get to the basket.  We all know he isn't a shooter. 

RedsBuckeyeBoy's picture

It's a down year, but can we all please agree to avoid comments such as:
"Fire the guy that made the basketball team relevant!"
"We want a return to the days of making the tourney 3 out of 5 years and never being higher than a 5 seed!"

Doc's picture

Wow!  That was a shit sandwich, with a side order of crap fries. Absolutely no offense, and no help on the glass. Thad and the boys have their work cut out for them. 
Did you guys know that the floor at The Barn is raised four feet?  I never knew that!  I wish Testicletores would have mentioned it at least once. 

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TLB's picture

We sure have become spoiled.

Seattle Linga's picture

Agreed especially since THAD took over

skid21's picture

I agree. However winning does that to a fanbase. What is the alternative? Being satisfied with mediocrity? I will still watch and root for the team but they have some serious problems with their offense.

Seattle Linga's picture

Agreed Skid - Buckeye til I die

GymClassHyro's picture

So...other teams can play zone. We cant? And other teams play zone...and we have literally no clue how to attack it? Methinks it's coaching at this point.

Deadly Nuts's picture

Me thinks it is no true big man. You need a big guy that can score and pass. Williams does not bring that to the table. I am praying for Myles Turner.


teddyballgame's picture

The consistent scoring threat that Deshaun Thomas was for us last year is sorely missed.
I thought Ross could step in and fill that void maybe, but it doesn't seem to be happening yet.  He's getting 10 more minutes a game this season, but only averaging 5 more points.

skid21's picture

Ross isn't the problem. The rest of the team shot under 25%

teddyballgame's picture

I'm not saying he's the problem, but I had higher expectations for him this season.
You're right about the rest of the team underperforming much more than him though.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

No, last year is exactly what's happening.  Ross is doing what Thomas did last year, and everybody else is doing what everybody else did.  The good news is that if it is like last year, then things will get better.  OSU didn't look like an Elite 8 caliber team at this time last year, either.  And maybe they won't be at all this year, but they got to get out of whatever funk they're in right now. 

Class of 2010.

jamesrbrown322's picture

I like Ross, but he is NOT Thomas.
However, let's keep holding out hope that things will start to click for the Jrs and Srs on this team.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

topgun67's picture

it is obvious Smith isn't it.  Shannon was a great HS player and decent defender but don't have it.  Craft will need to find a diff life than basketball next year (which should be just fine by him).  Our AA center is lazy.  LQ makes bad mistakes in critical stretches at the 2nd halves.
This is just bad basketball team to watch.  Our records truly don't indicate how bad we are. 
For some reason, our starting 5 can't seem to have one game in which they all play to their capabilities... why is that?  are they just bad?  no, I don't think so.  Is it bad coaching?  Is it lack of chemistry?  Is it "michigan football like" complacency? 
I hope Matta knows and fixes it.  Forget about B1G championship... We might not make the Big Dance at this rate.  We will hover around 500 in the big ten fighting for last spots in the Big Dance
I see us losing most away games other than NEB or NW.. and losing home games... God Help us

Braxton2Devin's picture

Matta done did it again

ibuck's picture

The Buckeyes need to get it gone between the ears.
- OSU hoops announcer Ron Stokes 16Jan2013

Our honor defend, so we'll fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

ITWASME's picture

Maybe if someone stepped up and refused to lose like we saw sully and deshaun to game in game out no matter what. Like shit it just seems like you see Craft flying around and four other guys looking at him like "why the hell are you still trying?" WHERE THE HELL IS THE FIGHT AND THE PASSION!? We saw what these kids can do when they put their hearts and souls into a game against MSU now why isn't that there all the time?! God I'm just pissed off right now

ATXbucknut's picture

OSU is getting out-rebounded every game, out-toughed most games, and is shooting under 69% from the FT line.  We have a problem with fundamentals.

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Guys, Matta didn't shoot 35% and get out rebounded by 12. He wasn't one of our 2 PGs, on the floor knowing that they can't shoot, that had 5 assists to 9 turnovers. I know it's easy to look at a coach, but I really don't think Matta was to blame for msu or minnesota games. I do think Fran coached a hell of a game for Iowa the other night, but didn't think Matta coached particularly poorly.
My thoughts.
1. New zone offense had guys moving around better and got a lot of open looks. We just missed. 
2. Going small was an effort to bring another shooter in (Loving with Q). Unfortunately, Loving looked bad and didn't score, and going small killed us defensively and on the glass in the 2nd half.
3. Our veteran PGs need to calm down when things get tough. They tend to speed up and make bad turnovers. Both Craft and Scott had some really poor decisions in the 2nd half (and the last three games, really). 
4. Not having ADV was really bad for this game. The weak side was so open vs. that zone, good lord.
5. Outside of Thompson and Q, no one looked good on offense.
6. This is the first game where we got our butt's kicked on the boards. Trey and Loving in particular got pushed around a lot underneath. Amir wasn't great, but he was serviceable. 
7. Don't panic. Matta knows what he is doing. There is a reason he hasn't lost 3 in a row (before now) since 2009. Top 15 coach in the country, and possibly the best coach without a title.

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Great points and incredibly level headed.
I actually thought we had some great looks in the first half.  We penetrated the zone very well at the free throw line and off the dribble after quick passing.  That was encouraging.  
Minnesota was a very physical team and I think this frustrated us, particularly down low.  Defensively and offensively they out-physical'ed us.  Once they got Ross, Loving, or Thompson on defense down low, it was over.  
Ross needs to learn how to protect the ball during his dribble drive.  He uses body very well but hasn't learned how to shield the ball.  Often he seems to be out of control.  
Team needs to get an ear full about boxing out.  Giving up offensive rebounds and rebounds off free throws where they are granted position is unacceptable.
The defense is still lacking, perhaps stemming from a greater lack of passion.
I said it after the Iowa game: this team is greatly flawed, but not irreparable.  The highs are incredibly high and lows are like the last 2 games, low.  I hope they do progress and get it figured out.  If we could get some of the players to get out of their shooting slump, that could go a long way.  Perhaps this is the best year to just sit back and enjoy the ride.

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Seattle Linga's picture

Challenges abound in so many aspects of this team - we'll get it corrected

Baroclinicity's picture

One guy that can score, one guy that can play defense, not much else.  Need the upper classmen to step it up... especially Lenzelle.  It's not too late to get it going, so I'll stay optimistic.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

BuckeyeDynasty's picture

We lost this game before the ball was even tipped, the team is fragile right now, i knew Minnesota would win, they are a big team that plays a tough style of basketball, they make you fight for it, bucks simply dont have any fight right now, swagger and confidence was low going into the game and it showed. 'Im actually shocked that the media types are calling this a "Upset"

buckeyestu's picture

If Matta does not get this team turned around, it is time for him to be terminated. IMO, this season is done.

Deadly Nuts's picture

This has honestly got to be one of the stupidest things i've ever heard in my life. Terminate Matta? He is bringing in a top 3 recruiting class next year.



theobi's picture

While we're at it, lets fire Urban Meyer too

BuckeyeDynasty's picture

ridiculous comment, we are still a 15-3 ball club, just lacking confidence and momentum at the moment, Matta is one of the Top 10 coaches in the Nation, teams go into slumps, look at the Miami Heat. I believe we will pull out of this, not saying we are championship caliber (we may be, but would need some players to step up badly), but the season is nowhere near "Done". 

skid21's picture

Wow, Matta is the best thing to happen to OSU hoops since Jerry Lucus and we should fire him because of a losing streak. The stupidity of that isn't measurable.

Whoa Nellie's picture


“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

jamesrbrown322's picture

I'd have to disagree...
Best thing to happen since Jim Jackson, who put them back on the map...before Ayers drove them off the map and over a cliff.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

chowoon97's picture

2014 OSU signee D'Angelo Russell. In the first Half, 20pts 7/7 FGs 4/4 3pts. Do you want to let him go? Next OSU class is really great. No kidding. Matta will find an answer. May change a starting lineup.

NitroBuck's picture

As strong as next year's class is, I hope Thad adds another BIG to the mix.  The only decent Big man we have is Amir, and he can't do it all by himself.  It is really glaring how badly this team misses Evan Ravenel.  Anytime Thad gives Amir a breather (or chooses to go with a small lineup), it is the cue for the opposition to start pounding it inside.

Ferio.  Tego.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Spoiled Buckeye fan being spoiled Buckeye fan.  No wonder why so many other fanbases hate our's. 

Class of 2010.

dubjayfootball90's picture

Welp, time to hit the hay. Tomorrow is a new day.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

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chowoon97's picture

Lack of energy is killing the buckeyes. Where is energy? Lenzelle Smith, Shannon Scott, Sam Thompson. You should make wide open shots. Still believe that we will bounce back.

I_Run_The_Dave's picture

I think that playing away games at 9pm during the week in consecutive weeks may have something to do with it.  They really need to quit scheduling games for the sake of TV.

Crumb's picture

Come on man!!!

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

TilstheHun3's picture

Obviously when D. Thomas declared for the draft, we knew this could be a down year. With him, this team would be a legitimate Top 5 team. Without him, yeah, scoring is rough. We all were hoping Q would elevate his game and to some degree he has but this team is lacking offensive weapons. They still have some time to develop before the Tourney.
Let's not overreact, most of us aren't. Most of us realized this season had a chance to be a down year, or at the very least, not a season where we absolutely dominate the B1G. Matta is a fantastic coach and he'll do everything he can to get the most he can out of this current team despite the major flaws we see, especially on offense.
Regardless, not every season is a "championship caliber" team. Every program has a down year. On the bright side, at least we get to watch competitive college basketball and have a very strong recruiting class coming in next year.

What is this? A center for ants?!? How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read if they can't even fit inside the building?

Gametime's picture

The whole idea of recruiting great players is to recruit alphas - and to put it frankly Thad doesn't stock up enough of them in succession. He builds excellent teams; guys who are willing to lay it all out for each other: BUT we need to have more than ONE guy who will step up and take over a game on both sides of the ball.
The LAST time we did (the 2010-11 and 2011-2012 teams) saw us loose heartbreakers, but those guys were championship-caliber teams that lost to teams with similar or more NBA level talent.
Thad has to keep building like he does, and hopefully he'll be able to land some of these "1 and Done" caliber guys he keeps just missing out on on top of his already strong coaching and also to stop recruiting the same types of players; the latter is what's really the issue right now.

Between goals and achievement is discipline and consistency. That fire you have inside to do whatever you love is placed there by God. Now go claim it. ~ Denzel Washington

ScarletGray43157's picture

We're not just losing but sort of stinking up the joint with the poor shooting.  This is hard to watch.
May play in the NIT this year instead of the Big Dance unless something changes quickly, because the B1G Teams can smell blood in the water, especially against an OSU team that has taken home a lot of hardware over recent years.  
B1G formula is win at home and go at least .500 on the road.  We will see what happens.

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

TheBigCat's picture

Have we not learned anything from prior years?  This is almost the exact same story that we were singing two years again, and that team made a massive run and made the final 4.  The same thing happened a year ago.  Pump the brakes a bit folks. 
Agreed, there are issues this team needs to address.  Lack of intensity, legitimate #1 scoring threats, etc.  However, there is plenty of time to get these things resolved before the B1G tournament, and most importantly, the NCAA's.
We are getting destroyed by turnovers, and I think this is something that Craft and Scott will resolve as the season goes on.  Our defense will keep us in any game, and if Q can conjure up remnants of his NCAA tourney performance from last year, we'll be OK.
Cut this team a break.  We knew it was going to be a bit of a down year.  Thad has spoiled everyone.  Just take a peek at the recruiting class we have coming in next year.  
Let's regroup near B1G tourney time, and I bet a lot of the folks who are bitching about the team now, will be praising Thad for the coaching job he did with the talent this year.  

I_Run_The_Dave's picture

The turnovers aren't all on Craft and Scott.  When Craft drives to collapse the zone, nobody is moving to create passing lanes for him to kick the ball out.  In fact, aside from Scott and Craft, nobody is ever moving on offense...

jaxbuckeye's picture

I don't think anyone seriously feels we should fire Matta.  But, he isn't immune to criticism.  He gets paid millions a year to win.   In 99% of the games, he starts out with an advantage, better players.  I have no problem with the Michigan St loss.  Almost winning in E Lansing was impressive.  But, no way Iowa or Minnesota have better players.  So, those losses clearly fall on Matta's shoulders, IMO.
Not giving up on the team.  Certainly don't think it's panic time.  But, it's time for Matta to earn his pay.  He needs to get the players motivated and put them into a position to win.

chowoon97's picture

Kentucky of John Calipari, who receives more than $5M, lost to Robert Morris in NIT 1st round. Anything happens in Collge basketball and football. That is what we love college sports more than pro sports. Ask Roy Williams, already lost to UAB, Bellmont, Wake Forest, ...

buckeyestu's picture

Mich St loss i can stomach, but the poor performance at home playing Iowa and whatever this was tonight, is shameful. I figured maybe 6 losses in conference play, they will be lucky to get 6 wins.

Nutinpa's picture

Why panic?  Just accept this team for what it is and hope they can improve.  Then again, when it comes to Offense, you are what you are - and this team just isn't very good. Forget about a "run" in March.  This team's ceiling is Sweet 16 and quite frankly, that is a stretch right now.  This could be a .500 team in B1G play.  The other teams in the League will be like sharks circling chum.

Jdadams01's picture

I had a feeling we were gonna lose when we held them to 6 points through the first 9 minutes, forced 8 turnovers, and yet only had a 1 point lead. This team cannot score the ball right now. And I don't see it getting a lot better this year. We just don't have many scoters on the team right now.

buckeyestu's picture

No panic, just being a realist.

Stinson's picture

"The height of human desire is what wins, whether it's on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium." -Wayne Woodrow Hayes

emac2ts's picture

The non-Ross Bucks shot 29%.  TWENTY NINE.  They get good looks, they simply have no shooting on this team at all.  last night they were missing dunks and layups.  Thad can fix defense, offense, motivation.  He can't fix the inability to shoot.  We rely on someone, anyone,  getting hot each game.  This is what happens when no one gets hot.

Jack Fu's picture

There's no reason to panic. The team just isn't that good. We got unlucky in that a group of players came in as decent role players (Craft, Smith, Thompson so far) and never got much better. Sometimes it happens. The fanbase just needs to dial expectations way down and be happy with a tourney birth and hope they get to the sweet sixteen. Honestly, for this team, that would be gravy.

Live Look's picture

There's no reason to panic, because Matta will get this thing turned around. As already noted, our Buckeyes have had skids before. After winning at Purdue and throttling Nebraska by 30+, I projected a 14-4 B1G season. I'm still looking at the rest of the schedule and thinking this team has the potential to go 12-6 or even 13-5.
We've seen it done before. The fight has been there this season against Notre Dame and at Sparty. We must remember this is a veteran team. Veteran teams will usually get it rolling again. Last night was ugly, but with how ugly the Bucks have played of late, they still had a 9 point lead against Iowa in the second half and had a chance to win at the buzzer against Sparty. I still have faith in this team!

Nutinpa's picture

Yes, we have seen them turn things around before, no doubt.
But....that was when this team had: Sully; Diebler; Buford; Lighty; DT
The team was built around those guys scoring and allowed Craft and Smith (even Scott) to be role players.
This team has no such luxury and no scorer besides Q. 
You could be right in thinking this team turns it around like other Matta , Buckeye teams have.  I am afraid it is an apples to oranges comparison, however.

Nashville Buckeye's picture

Certainly no reason to panic.  I think everyone here can agree that our blistering start to the season was not a true measure of hoe good we were, nor is our 3 game skid an indictment on our future success.
Simply put, we clearly aren't as good as that #3 ranking, but we also aren't as bad as some people are making us out to be either.  We will get the ship righted and be formidable come tournament time.
It's hard to win on the road in the B1G, especially when you are out-rebounded by 15 and everyone except Q and Thompson have off nights.

st pete bch buckeye's picture

How every guy outside of ross can have zero confidence shooting is beyond me.  When your shot isnt falling you need to get layups or draw a foul.  I thought the refs call a very poor game and allowed minny to be more physical then osu.  
Not time to panic this is still jan. And there is lots of talent on this team.  They can still easily get 24 wins before tourney time.

OSUFlash's picture

Don't these guys have a weight program? Amir, Ross, Thompson and Scott look the same as when they were freshmen. We are very weak in the paint catching, shooting, dribbling and defending.
The lack of a big man will doom us once again. Williams was horrible as a Freshman and is horrible as a Junior. Miles Turner could step on campus today and start for us Monday at Nebraska.


Brutus98's picture

Was Ohio State never that good or are they just playing terrible these last few games?

Buckeye Pride...win OR loose

Zimmy07's picture

I don't think they deserved a top 10 ranking but they probably aren't as bad as some of the comments would have you believe.

buckeyepastor's picture

I thought they actually played really well and rose to the challenge at MSU.  I actually still felt pretty good about them after that loss.  It was a battle against a very good program where we came up just short and could have had our first big win of the year.   But the Iowa collapse in the second half was painful to watch, and last night was more of the same.   
What I saw was not just shots not falling and a lot of turnovers.  Shootiing slumps and sloppy play catches up some nights with every team.  What I saw was a team that in key situations did not have an "answer," did not seem to have a clear sense for what the five guys out on the floor needed to do, did not seem to have guys that were saying, "I want the ball in my hands" when points were desperately needed.  

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

lax20's picture

No Consistent Scorers + No Post Play = Mediocre Season (9-9 at worst and 11-7 at best in the B1G).  I hope.

Zimmy07's picture

My guess is 12-6 in conference.  OSU should surge late.

buckeyepastor's picture

I could understand this sort of offensive struggle and confusion if we were in one of those "rebuild" cycles where we just lost a whole lineup to the NBA and we're building it back up with freshmen and sophomores.  But there are WAY too many juniors and seniors on this squad for this sort of nonsense.   
Also, if this was a team that trended young, it would give me a lot of hope that we'd get a lot better as the season progressed.  With so many in their third or fourth year, it leaves me instead thinking that most of our roster is approaching their ceiling for college ball, in which case there's really no reason to expect the "light to come on" in March for them.   

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

SeattleBuckeye20614's picture

Me watching the game last night...