Buckeyes Triumph on Road Again, Top Iowa 76-69

By Mike Young on February 4, 2014 at 9:08p

If January was the free fall, is February the revival?

A week ago, Ohio State hit a low point in their season by losing at home to Penn State. With a 76-69 victory over No. 17 Iowa, the Buckeyes have responded and now have consecutive wins in Big Ten road games.

OSU held a nine point on a pair of occasions in the second half, but the Hawkeyes were able to cut it within four. At the 2:06 mark, Aaron Craft threw the ball away and Iowa hit a jumper to bring them within four. Craft, carrying over his strong performance from the Wisconsin game, made up for his turnover with an aggressive drive to the basket and drew a foul after hitting a layup. He led all players with 17 points and also added six steals and six assists. 

Overall, Ohio State shot 51 percent from the field and, largely, avoided the turnover problems that plagued them in their first matchup with the Hawkeyes. Four other Buckeyes finished in double figures – LaQuinton Ross had 13, Lenzelle Smith Jr. and Amir Williams both scored 12, while Shannon Scott added 11 off the bench. Williams was particularly effective in the second half, with 8 points and a blocked shot.

After holding a players-only meeting and inserting Sam Thompson into the starting lineup, Ohio State (18-5, 5-5) is starting to resemble the team that was once ranked third in the country. OSU's ability to score off turnovers fueled the first 15 wins, but that quickly disappeared once they got a couple games deep into Big Ten play. The first half against Iowa (17-6, 6-4) was a welcome return to that style, as the Buckeyes capitalized on seven Hawkeye turnovers.

Throughout the game, Iowa uncharacteristically struggled from beyond the arc by hitting only three of their 20 triple tries. Craft also shut down their leading scorer, Roy Devyn Marble, who had 10 points and turned the ball over four times. Hawkeyes center Gabe Olaseni hit all five of his shots and had 14 points, but he saw inconsistent minutes due to foul trouble. 

Ohio State won't fight the snow storm and will wait a day to make their return to Columbus. They'll play Purdue at The Schott, Saturday. 


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Seattle Linga's picture

Great game - nicely earned win on the road BUCKS

CALPOPPY's picture

We won in Carver-Hawkeye Arena? This calls for celebration!

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

Seattle Linga's picture

Hopefully we can parlay this great news all throughout tomorrow...........

Poison nuts's picture

Holy righting the ship Batman!

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

sbentz4's picture

I am now prepared for several more ups and downs this season

theobi's picture

Back to back road wins at Wisconsin and Iowa. You're proving me wrong Buckeyes

Seattle Linga's picture

And How!!!!!!!!!!

buckeye4life050233's picture

Hopefully they don't get complacent again and don't just think bc they already beat Purdue that it will be the same easy way to beat them again... Hopefully tonight serves only as a great lead in to National Signing Day tomorrow.... Go Bucks can't wait to join the open thread for NSD in the morning

Killer nuts's picture

Great win! Nice to see Aaron, Lenzelle and Sam knock down shots

JDunc686's picture

And we saw Amir play some high energy basketball tonight, it happened, no take backs!

Killer nuts's picture

No doubt about it, Amir is getting better every game and I love that he's knocking down free throws and being more aggressive offensively

O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

I give the kid his due tonight, he gave real good minutes in 2nd half. Love the energy Trey is bringing too. Keep it up big fellas.

WC Buckeye's picture

He definitely showed improvement in his energy up and down the court, and also in finishing. The book's not closed yet, though - still ham-handed a few feeds like his hands were asleep, and missed a few bunnies down low. Overall, though, if Dakich isn't bitching about your effort every trip down the floor, Amir, you're getting better.

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

Posterchild's picture

Such a good win for our guys! Hard to see them drop so many games early, but they showed up tonight against a good team and got a win! There is hope for the BasketBucks still!

Hovenaut's picture

There's that hoops squad I know.

Good effort fellas.

And now, I can try to sleep this NSD Eve...

tennbuckeye19's picture

I loved seeing the Bucks get Iowa back and make Fran McCaffrey cry like a wee little baby. 

Poison nuts's picture

Yep, he was acting like a child who'd had his toy taken away toward the end & I enjoyed that quite a bit myself.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

I don't think we can underrate the importance of the lineup switch, which ironically seems to have really improved Scott's play in the process.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Very true. Scott has stepped up his play the last 2 games coming off the bench. 

chili96's picture

Agree. Scott was good coming off the bench.
Good game all around, except ADV and Loving didn't play so great. It was one of those games where toughness won the day.

Seattle Linga's picture

I am very excited to see Loving's game progress in the future.

thunderhawks51's picture

Happy, but never complacent!

IBleedSandG's picture

So gangsta.


osubuckeye4life's picture

I'm now cautiously optimistic about this team. Great gritty win on the road in the B1G!
Now if JJ re-confirms his commitment to the good guys & Mcdowell decides to take his talents to Cbus this will have been quite a week so far for the Buckeyes. :)

Deadly Nuts's picture

I honestly think we could win out if the team keeps playing like this... Matta is going to get another 20 win season guaranteed.


Zimmy07's picture

Three cheers for Craft!  I muted the game with 7 minutes left because I got tired of Dagich's comments.  I'm doing that for the whole game next time he's a commentator.

Brutus's picture

I actually don't mind Dakich's commentary.  He's honest, insightful and self-depricating.  And while even some of our own are tired of him effusing over Craft, I don't mind because I happen to feel the same way.  I'll take him over Dick Vitale any day.

vitaminB's picture

I love Dak this year.  He's been really honest.  You very rarely hear a guy call out a kid for not playing hard the way he has with Williams.  Plus he gave a class during the ND game on how to beat the 2/3 zone and now I've wowed my family and friends with my basketball insight.  Thanks, Dan. Double Thumbs Up!

WC Buckeye's picture

Yes, and I also like it when he calls the refs out on their game - I try to remain impartial about officiating (except whenever Hightower or Valentine did our games, then all bets were off), but that crew last night sucked the big one. Dakich doesn't hesitate to point out when they're having a bad spell.

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

BeijingBucks's picture

i do this at times too... just put on the radio.  jockich can get trying

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

BuckeyeTennis91's picture

I think they played great tonight. A much needed win, and a quality road win at that. Craft was awesome tonight, and everyone contributed (5, almost 6 in double figures). Great stuff, I hope they keep it rolling.


theobi's picture

Guess who's back to a first round bye in the tournament

Knarcisi's picture

Fabulous February ... up next, 2nd rated NSD class in the country.

dubjayfootball90's picture

Good all around performance and a much needed two game win streak after the Penn State debacle. Never too late to right the ship.

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

JOhio1560's picture

Victory, sweet victory! This season season is turning around here! I know we have Purdue on Saturday, but I'm already pumped for the *ichigan game. I can't wait to crush them skunk-bears.

I'm not finished!  Before we let you leave, your commander must cross that field, present himself before this army, put his head between his legs, and kiss his own arse.

PittBuckeye's picture

Interior defense worried me tonight, but a great win.

bucknut94's picture

Way to go Bucks. Beat Scum.

Bamabucknut's picture

What a great game.Really fun to watch.

BME_Buckeye's picture

Dan Dakich, please get off Aaron Craft dick. I know he's good but damn does he make watching the game unbearable. Good win tonight.

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


IBleedSandG's picture

Lol. Dakich said he doesn't know what a man crush is, but he sure has one going on with #4. 


ScarletNGrey01's picture

Quit trying to talk like Amir.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

NCBuckeye2011's picture

Before the week I was looking at the remaining schedule and I'll admit, I didn't have the Bucks coming out with both of these Ws. Now if they could finish strong this regular season they could very possibly end up 3rd in the B1G standings.
Here's the remaining schedule:
vs. Purdue
vs. #10 ttun
@ Illinois
vs. NW
vs. Minnesota
vs. #9 MSU
If tOSU beats the teams they "should" beat and lose to MSU and UM they would finish 24-7 (11-7). There is a huge logjam in the middle of the B1G standings that the buckeyes really need to stay above.
Obviously this team's consistency is a red flag so I'm not getting my hopes up. I miiiight be sipping the kool-aid from these past 2 Ws. They could really disappoint us or excite us. No more football at all, but at least college hoops is heating up. Hopefully the Buckeyes can get hot, that'll hold me over for a few more months.

theobi's picture

Minnesota and Indiana will be very tough games, I would predict we drop one of those to be honest. But I'm still feeling optomistic, we've looked good.

IBleedSandG's picture

Craft's best game of the year in my opinion. He was AWESOME! Amir was actually pretty sold as well. LSJ hit a couple big threes, as did Slam, and Q had a few nice moves in the paint. Scott was decent. Great team win!


BuckeyeinSECcountry's picture

Glory lies beyond the horizon, challenge the unattainable, speak of conquest and make it real.

allbucksallthetime's picture

What a difference two weeks makes?!  I'm very proud of this Buckeye team for the great fighting spirit they showed again tonight at Iowa and am happy for them to have won again in another difficult venue.  Let's hope this is the start of another long winning streak.  Go Bucks!

GoBucksOSU's picture

Very proud of the team tonight. I would also like to say that Iowa's head coach could use some anger management.

TilstheHun3's picture

I'm pleasantly surprised... Keep it up BasketBucks

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?

Seattle Linga's picture

Wow I miss that skit

TheSpiteHouse's picture

Wow...balanced scoring, good defensive effort, overall selflessness. I really have to give a lot of credit to Matta and his staff as well as Craft, Lenzelle and whoever the other leaders on this team are. When it was put up or shut up time, these guys have put up.
The idea of this team regressing scares me, but if they continue to put forth effort like they have the last couple games, they really should feel good about it.

Brutus's picture

Two improbable road wins.  Two games which I purposely refused to watch or record. (hadn't missed a game all season up until Wisconsin). Coincidence?

New alum's picture

Last week this team looked like an early - round exit from the NIT. Now you they have you wondering if this was just another mid - year slump like the last couple years. This team lacks star-power, but they are again demonstrating they can get it done away. Terrific effort and win.

Proud Michigander, OSU grad. Life is complicated.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Don't look now, but somebody is starting to get a little momentum!!!
Go Bucks!!!

W-burgbuck's picture

Beat Iowa, Jamarco Jones confirms his commitment, other than this ice storm this evening rocks.


TossTrap's picture

I can't get too excited yet because both Wisky and Iowa are teams headed in the wrong direction. Wisconsin may right their ship but I don't believe Iowa was deserving of their ranking.
I still see way too many boneheaded plays by the Bucks, but hopefully the guys have some mojo working again and will play hard from here on out.

First and goal at the five and Arch is getting the ball.

Ebvine96's picture

This team has so much potential, still don't think they have fully peaked, matta is a genius his inbound plays are amazing, craft had his best game that I can remember in a long time, no hitch in his shot and amazing defense all night long, need to get Scott's confidence and offense up, LQR will get going and If Amir starts to get it look out, also liking mcdonalds scrappiness.  The only guy I have less and less confidence in these few games is loving, he has the makings for a very bright future but looks lost and a bit timid out there right now basically since the end of the Msu game
still think this team has a march run in them

Meaty19's picture
buy sunglasses

Always room for improvement, but a W is a W! GO BUCKS

SensibleBuckeye's picture

So proud of the Buckeyes win last night.  Craft was the leader he needs to be for this team to win.  Amir and Q finally played with some sustained passion.  Lenzelle, Amedeo, Slam, and McDonald contributed in the exact way the team needed them to.  Kudos also to Scott for not getting down on himself when he made mistakes as he kept his confidence to hit some key shots at critical moments.
Also have to credit Thad for making the right adjustments over the last few games and not panicking on this season and getting this team back on track.  Great win fellas...keep fighting!!!

NitroBuck's picture

I was hopeful of this outcome last night, but certainly not expecting it.  Great job Buckeyes!  Hit your shots and good things happen.  I really appreciated the energy Amir and Trey brought down low.

Ferio.  Tego.

OSUFlash's picture

I'm eating crow this morning and is it good!
Would sure like to see Thompson start to score some points though.


Bucks_Rule's picture

Nice to see everything come together last night, prob. the best offensive effort of the year. Craft, Ross, Thompson, Scott, Smith, Trey, all contributed and Dakich actually complemented Amir. Hopefully, they don't get caught looking ahead to the scUM  game and forget about Purdue, as that would ruin all the momentum these past two wins generated. 

BuckeyeSouth's picture

Another great road win and here's to keeping it going.
The Iowa fans were completely classless, booing Craft every time he touched the ball & cheering when he committed a foul.  I get that they don't like him but he's done nothing to deserve that kind of response.  If he were a Hawkeye instead of a Buckeye they'd love him.

Champions.  Undisputed.  

Buckeye in Illini country's picture

We are definitely not out of the wood yet.  Getting out-rebounded 38-25 is awful, and Amir Williams had ZERO rebounds; we can't have that from our starting center.

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  "We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!"

Moses Cleveland's picture

I was at the game - I couldn't understand why the Iowa fans were booing Craft, other than being Ohio State's best/most well-known player. He played one of his best games of the year with the boos roaring down on him every time he touched the ball.

Fun moment:  At the end of the “Quick Change” halftime show – the performer threw glitter into the air, most of it landed on a tarp … but a little bit was left on the court. As the performers and arena staff were cleaning up the, OSU came out of the locker room to warm-up. Without missing a beat, Aaron Craft runs to midcourt, picks up some glitter, kindly hands it to the crew and continues to the layup line. Pure class. #swoon

bucksfan92's picture

I'm happy they were able to go 2-0 on this road trip, but it really makes the home losses to Iowa and Penn State, and the road loss to Nebraska even more maddening and perplexing.  I still have to wonder why it took 5 losses for this team to right the ship?  Craft and Smith talked all offseason about being senior leaders.  They both had very good games last night, but if they expect to win the B1G, and they should, they have to win out, they cannot take a night off anywhere.  

pdan46's picture

Last night and against Wisconsin, we played with grit and determination.  Previously, we had not been playing that way.  We have no offensive stars or even dependable scorers.  But, when we play as we did last night, we can win.  We lost the rebounding war by a considerable margin and that has to change, especially on the defensive boards.  But, we took it to the hoop consistently and both Williams and McDonald were very aggressive.  Craft was Craft and, finally, was not afraid to take the 3 point shot.  Scott was excellent on both ends and Ross actually wanted the ball and kept it all the way to the hoop, which is what we need.  Amadeo, Smith and Thompson all aggressive last night.  Again, that is what we need every game.  Loving was a little off last night but they never tried to get him into the flow.  This team can only win ugly and every win will be just like Wisconsin and last night.  Cardiac Kids, but I like it!  Need to win at least 6 and hopefully all 8 of our remaining games.  Five at home against the top teams in the B1G, so we can do it!

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