I don't understand the statement of "Performances like Sunday give Ohio State false hope." OSU didn't do anything any differently Sunday than they have all season. They played with a little more grit, but it is not the first time we've seen that this season. In fact, we've seen it quite often. Only during two different stretches of the season did we not see it from this team (during the 5 of 6 game losing skid, and the recent two game losing streak).
I'd argue this is the exact formula OSU needs to lean on in order to be successful. They need to take smart shots, don't rely on shooting a bunch of threes, don't turn the ball over, and rebound. Let's be honest - MSU had no business being in the game when you really dive into the details. They made 10 3-pointers, turned the ball over 16 times, and OSU missed 12 free throws. OSU should have won going away.
It's the little things OSU has to continue to work on cleaning up. What is amazing is how inept this team can be offensively for two or three prolonged stretches each game. And yet, they still do not ever get blown out when they do lose. They do, in fact, win the majority of their games despite the scathing reviews they get each time out, it seems.
If they can just figure out how to cut those 4 1/2 minute droughts without a FG to 2 1/2 minutes, they're going to do some damage in the tournament. Is that really so hard to do? They've made it seem so at times, but now is the time to get it figured out.