Going after loose balls is important, but shooting is darn important too. In those close game losses, the Buckeyes shot:
34% @ Indiana, 14% treys, 63% FTs
42% @ Purdue, 27% treys, 67% FTs
44% @MSU (38% 1st half) 29% treys, 38% FTs
In their close wins:
50% @ Minnesota, 37% treys, 50% FTs
53% @ NW 47% treys, 44% FTs
In their losses to the Hawkeyes, they were outrebounded by 8 and 6 respectively, allowing iowa 15 and 14 offensive rebounds.
46% vs Iowa, 36% treys, 74% FTs
38% @ Iowa, 39% treys, 67% FTs
Of course, when the Buckeye defense is good, they get steals that often lead to layups, frequently uncontested ones, which really pumps up FG%. I’d like to see them shoot better from the line and beyond the arc. Rebounds will be key too. If they play good D vs UM, as they did in Columbus, where Caris Levert and Derrick Walton Jr both played at least 27 minutes, they held UM to 33% FG, 23% treys, despite allowing 12 offensive rebounds. OSU can DO IT, even on the road.