Ohio State Overcomes Slow Start, Kam Williams Suspension to Defeat Illinois, 75-67

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mockjocks's picture

Illinois put up a good effort, but when the game was on the line we tightened upon both ends. Take care of business.

Heavy lifting award goes to KBD.

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ibuck's picture

Heavy lifting award goes to KBD.

A herculean effort was also given by every Buckeye on the floor during the last 10:05 of the 1st half and the first 1:20 of the 2nd half, when they held Illinois scoreless. During that 11.5 minutes, OSU scored 20 points, and went from down 15 points to up by 5. And also held Illinois to 1 point in the last minute and a half of the game.

And Holtmann said the fans gave OSU a big lift as well.

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

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IsJoeFlaccoElite's picture

From listening on the radio; it sounded like the refs kinda screwed Illinois on some calls late in the game - said they hadn't been calling it like that all game. Nice to win, but I would rather it not be like that.

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SM_Chi's picture

Oh, there were some bad calls on the Buckeyes, too. The refs were terrible throughout the game. Not surprising though...

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PhillyNut's picture

No consistency in the calls. Kept going from calling nothing to calling touch fouls and back to letting them play. The players had to be confused.

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Barfolomew's picture

Nice work coming back after the slow start. Illinois played a good game. What a performance by KBD, though.

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Seattle Linga's picture

Glad our Buckeyes survived down the stretch 

We hit big buckets when it mattered most

Go get'em Cal Poppy - we are behind you !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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KevinJ's picture

Sometimes you just gotta win ugly.

Missed the 1st half due to church have it DVR'd but not sure if I want to watch it. 

On to the next one, BEAT Purdue!!!

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Blackcoffee's picture

Exasperating, to say the least, and minus the outside threat of Kam, scary.

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kevdale86's picture

Just skip the first 10 minutes. 

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Schizo's picture

Definitely watch the last 10ish mins of the 1st half. Illinois couldn't buy a point and kept shooting themselves in the foot. 

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Buckeye Chuck's picture

As I've said before, the unsung factor in our improvement this season is that we're making our free throws.

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Ohio Guy in Jersey's picture

79% today is huge. And Tate has been much better from the line, which is important for a guy who will draw a lot fouls over the course of the season.

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BuckShotGinn's picture

Love having a big like Kaleb hitting the frees at a high percentage.  Tate has improved dramatically as well.

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Ohio1St81's picture

I like to think they're building toughness that will be important next month. 

The last time Ohio State won their 20th game of the season was on March 10, 2016. 

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analyticalguy's picture

KBD is damned good. And a win is a win.

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RedQueenRace's picture

CJ did not have a good game overall but came up big late.

Can't have this kind of game from the guards against Purdue though.

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TossTrap's picture

Nice win on a day when Williams gets suspended and Jackson can’t find his shot even at the free throw line. KBD showed why he is the MVP of this league. Hope we don’t see the Illini in the B1G tourney because they are scary.

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

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brutus360's picture

Very entertaining game. Diop is POY.

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G.'s picture

Shout-out to Kaleb Wesson for making his presence felt. He will be a big key to our success down the stretch as well.

G.

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CTownBucknut's picture

A mark of a good team is finding ways to win ugly. Can’t wait for Wednesday, just hope they start off much better 

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SFlaBuckeye13's picture

Another nice W but we can’t keep getting down double digits in the first half as we get near tournament time

#BeatPurdue

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TheVictoryBell's picture

Lucky to get out of this game with a W. Bates Diop carried the team today. Kaleb Wesson has some tough rebounds to go along with it. On to Purdue! We need everybody to play their A game on Wednesday and it wouldn't hurt getting Kam Williams back. 

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okiebuck's picture

Winning ugly is still wining; move on to Purdue, who damm near got beat by Rutgers yesterday.

The only hard day was yesterday

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bucknut1994's picture

#94Ways

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wyatt's picture

Tate needs to stay under control. A technical foul could decide a game.

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buckeyearchie76's picture

What is a competitor like Tate suppose to do?  Just stand there and take a late body shot like he got from that Illinois player after the whistle blew is going over the limits of the game.  I agree sometimes you have to think in a close game and not react.  But, that Illinois guy had no business taking that shot at Tate.  I am sure the coach will talk with him about doing that.  But, Tate retaliated and did not provoke.  GO BUCKS!

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BuckminsterFullback's picture

Illinois was generous with the elbows all day.

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Huskerbuck's picture

Not pretty but have to love the teams determination to stick with it and get it done. 

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Browns88's picture

I'm glad Illinois went to sleep in 2nd part of the 1st half.  Game could've easily got away

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

That was one of the more strange and annoying games ever. Illinois can't miss...then doesn't score for 10 minutes...then gets back to making shots. But after the last media timeout...Buckeyes took care of it.

Class of 2010.

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bucksfan92's picture

That was a very painful game to watch.  Thank God KBD showed up today, but falling down into a 15 point hole vs the last place team in the B1G is just totally unacceptable.  We went on a 20-0 run and had a 5 point lead to show for it, and STILL could not put them away until the last minute.  We missed Kam a lot today, he draws defenders with his shooting and can handle the ball, so we need him back to keep this thing going. 

I was also totally confused by our offensive strategy today - or honestly a lack thereof.  Why in the hell were we not dribble driving to the basket and pounding it down low?  Finke is a weak 5 and Wesson ate him alive the few times we actually did get him the ball.  We needed to do much more of that and much less standing around dribbling by the mid court stripe for 20 seconds.  The lane was open all day and instead of driving through the gaps we decided to throw wild passes around defenders.  I'm just glad we didn't actually lose this one that would have been an enormous black mark on the season.

Now go get better, get Kam back and let's try to spring  surprise on Wednesday night - and I mean a surprise in a good way, not a bad way like today! Go Bucks!

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I'm Ron Burgundy's picture

Totally agree. Illinois over extends their D to take away normal pass lanes, and doesn't help much off the ball. Should have spread and drove them to death rather than trying to pass out way around them.

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Buckfrombirth's picture

Lessons learned for the rest of the season. I'll take the W, regardless!

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Blackcoffee's picture

Yes you made the point of them being the last place team repeatedly during the open thread and now again. They' ve won the previous two games, sometimes teams just wanna salvage a season and with Kam suspended and aillinois 8 in the nation at forcing turnovers and 3 in the nation in offensive rebounding, times you gotta give even the worst some credit and maybe lighten up on the "what we did wrong" view.

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bucksfan92's picture

Yep they played pretty good defense, and got hot from the floor in stretches, but had OSU come out with the right strategy this would not have been a close game.  This Illinois team is not good.  They beat Indiana and Rutgers in C-U.  Wow, how impressive.  Their best showing to date was a 17 point home loss to MSU.  Also impressive.  You are what your record is.  They were 2-8 coming in, OSU was a 13 point favorite.  We had advantages in the paint, and we are an experienced team playing at home.  Simply put there is no way that Illinois could have hung around if OSU didn't make a lot of unforced errors.  I know this team was looking past this game to the showdown Wednesday night.  It's human nature, it almost got them bit.  There are 2 teams so what both teams do impacts the game, but the last time I checked this was an OSU site so I am focused mostly on what OSU does, and today they laid a big turd and got away with it.  Once Holtmann sees the film if this game is going to want to kick himself for the lack of aggression his team had.  There were wide open spaces all game long, and in the first half we could have had a substantial lead if we had only taken advantage of the mismatches and the open space by driving instead of trying to pass around defenders. 

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Ohio Guy in Jersey's picture

They are not a typical last place team. Illinois plays very hard on the defensive end, which is unusual for a last place team.

Bigger to me is that OSU hasn’t shot well from outside the last few games. When you aren’t shooting well, guys force more which leads to empty possessions. The cycle only grows. Missing Kam didn’t help either. My hunch is that the lack of bench players who can create offense is putting a lot of pressure on this team.

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bsk33's picture

I kind of look at the outside shooting as a bonus for this team. They are all over the place with 3pt shooting. They shot 29% in the first 5 games of the season, 47% in the first 5 games in conference, and have most recently shot only 26% in the last 5 games. They shoot 36% from 3 point land.

I don't mind that though. Keita consistently scores from everywhere on the court, Kaleb and Jae'Sean consistently score in the paint, and even CJ can take it to the hoop and score pretty well when is shot is off (and it was way off today). Plus we are a pretty good free throw shooting team (74%).

Sometimes even really good three point shooting teams struggle from deep in the tourney, especially when the shooting background sucks in the big arenas. Obviously, I hope we break out of this shooting slump, but the 3 point shooting concerns me about as much as the bench scoring which is very little. Now if Kam doesn't return, I would be a little concerned with both areas.

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Ohio Guy in Jersey's picture

I just meant shooting % generally. But it’s tougher to win when you shoot 26% or lower from 3 and ten other teams shoots 33% or better. The bench just needs one guy who can make a few shots consistently. I think someone will emerge during February.

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Blackcoffee's picture

Yea, I get you. Some say that even when this team plays bad, they manage to play good. Gonna need the men underneath to rewrite the season long narrative concerning Purdue, which is they force teams to play a perimeter game because size/intimidation underneath, so IMHO, OSU needs to take it to their strength, go inside, pound the ball to Tate, Wesson, Diop even Potter.

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Buckeyeincleveburg's picture

Some tense moments there.  Go Bucks, beat Purdue!

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I'm Ron Burgundy's picture

A win is a win, and Illinois' style is not a great match for OSU.

Definitely enjoying the ride, but the 2 long term concerns I am seeing are slow starts and a consistent struggle from the 3 pt line. Losing their best outside shooter indefinitely makes that a bigger deal. If you can't knock down some threes it is going to be tough to get past top teams like Purdue.

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Huskerbuck's picture

Not only knock down some 3's but defend them as well. 

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buckeyeinWI's picture

Great win guys, congrats!  Way to grind it out ...

GO BUCKEYES!

16-2 is SWEET!

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BuckeyeDevil's picture

The B1G might be down a bit this season and a 20 win season may not be what it used to be. But 20 wins is quite an accomplishment for a team which a lot of us just hoped would play hard and be competitive. This is the best feeling 20 win season in a long time.

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allbucksallthetime's picture

The one huge issue for this Buckeye team coming into the year was the lack of a true point guard.  Because of the extreme pressure that Illinois puts on the ball and their attempts to take away passing lanes, the Buckeyes could never really get into any sort of offensive rhythm.  

Today was a good win for OSU.  Illinois is better than their record and winning conference games in February is never easy.  Go Bucks!  

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NorthPoleBuckeye's picture

I will be the first to admit that I did not predict 20 wins this year but I am super glad to be wrong.

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wyatt's picture

I just wanted maximum effort and desire. The Buckeyes have really exceeded my expectations. 

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actionstanleyjackson's picture

Was at the game today. Late arriving crowd but it was pretty full. Probably one of the worst games I have seen from CJ Jackson. Turnovers were brutal for OSU...but they pulled it out. 

Stay golden, Ponyboy.

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Sanantonefan's picture

If you had told me before the season we'd be at 20 wins now, I would have laughed in your face. Every win from here on in is just gravy, icing on the cake. I am swimming in gravy and loving it!

You Got Barbecue Back There!?!?!?!

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CALPOPPY's picture

But gravy on the cake doesn’t sound very good.

Memento mori

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Sanantonefan's picture

How about icing on the gravy?

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PhillyNut's picture

Jackson really struggled in every aspect today. Took forever to bring the ball cross half court, then wasted another 5 to 7 seconds each possession dribbling a d going nowhere. Kept picking up his dribble in bad spots against a pressure defense leading to several bad passes. Could not hit a 3 despite having some wide open shots. Even struggled with his free throw shooting. Yes, he got a few good drives in late but even then on one them he got bailed out right before being caught out of bounds with the ball. Hope this was one bad game but he looked completely lost against tight pressure.

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actionstanleyjackson's picture

Seems like a lot of good teams struggled this weekend against not so good teams...MSU, Purdue, 
OSU, Duke, Kansas, Florida Kentucky, Michigan

Stay golden, Ponyboy.

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LeftCoastBuckeye's picture

Just watched the 40 minute replay.  Man, that was an ugly game!  Have to cut out the turnovers for the next game, or it could be a long night against Purdue.  

My aim, then, is to whip the Weasels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom.   - William Tecumseh Sherman (with apologies)

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Icouldnotgofor3's picture

It was fantastic to see Dakich attack the basket with those two critical lay ups. I would really enjoy seeing that a lot more. Kid has some game, let him rock on.

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awlinBrutus's picture

Dakich has been a joy to watch as long as he plays within his capabilities. Occasionally he forces things with an ill advised 3. Other than that he compliments this team well. The wild card on this team imo is Musa Jallow. Im hoping the game slows down for him by the time the tourney rolls around. Physically he looks like a college player. He reclassified which allowed him to enroll a year early, so this should have been his senior year in HS. If he can gain confidence he could contribute to a deep tournament run.

MICHIGAN STILL SUCKS

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Icouldnotgofor3's picture

Jallow reminds me of a younger Sam 'slam" Thompson. That kid has the talent and he should be attacking the rim and slamming it down. You're right, he needs confidence but I'd add to that by saying he needs the right attitude as in more aggressiveness. He seems to play timid. He should just let his hardwood instincts take over and have some fun playing. Same goes for Potter.

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buckeyestu's picture

A bit of a ragged game, but a win is a win. They better not get off to a slow start on the road playing Purdue or it will be ugly. Beat Purdue, GO BUCKEYES!!!!!!!

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Trebor40's picture

We were picked in the bottom third of our division THIS YEAR! When the buzzer sounded and our guys had won it was a surreal moment realizing they had 20 wins! Yes they have issues, multiple ones for that matter yet it was a joy watching them compete, as they have done all along yet now believe in themselves as a result! We are a dangerous team! That is the bottom line, Our guys will likely not win some large banner of ANY KIND, yet they have won respect! Which we have been missing for some time! 

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Icouldnotgofor3's picture

"Our guys will likely not win some large banner of ANY KIND, yet they have won respect! Which we have been missing for some time! "

Best statement, by far, of the entire season. Well said.....

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puddy's picture

 I really enjoy watching this team. During the Marc Loving, Amir Williams era, the Bucks found ways to lose games like this.  The current squad finds ways to  win even when not playing their best. Also, I have been critical of the game environment in the past, but yesterday's crowd brought good ( not great ) energy. If the Bucks keep winning, the Schott may become a difficult place for opponents to play , in spite of the venue's limitations

puddy

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