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Basketbucks Have Now Met Their Expected Win Total - with 11 Games to Go

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BrutusB's picture
January 18, 2018 at 9:11am
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Before the season, SI had this to say about OSU:

Buckeyes coach Chris Holtmann is only a few months into his new gig after leaving Butler. The roster former head coach Thad Matta left behind includes three upperclassmen projected to score at least 11 points per game (Jae’Sean Tate, Keita Bates-Diop, Kam Williams), but it’s dubious whether that’ll be enough for Ohio State to improve on the seven conference wins it posted last season.

They predicted the team to go 7-11 in conference. Last night OSU got its 7th win, so barring a pretty epic collapse it seems safe to say that those expectations will be exceeded.

Not picking on SI either (to their credit, they were the only ones with the cojones to actually do predicted win totals).

Here's BTN:

13. Ohio State. My, how the mighty have fallen. Chris Holtmann arrives from Butler to begin remaking the Buckeyes, who missed the last two Big Dances under Thad Matta. Jae’Sean Tate, Keita Bates-Diop and C.J. Jackson need to lead the way. Please. Be patient. There is work to do.

And Athlon:

12. Ohio State

Two shaky seasons and the loss of the entire 2015 recruiting class led to the end of the Thad Matta era. Chris Holtmann left more talent at Butler than he inherits at OSU.

 

 Still a lot of the season left, but its good to keep in perspective where we all thought this team would be.

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