Chris Holtmann isn't hiding his disappointment in Ohio State's 3-7 record through the first 10 Big Ten games.
The Buckeyes started their conference schedule with back-to-back wins over league opponents, but have gone 1-7 in the Big Ten since then. With 10 games remaining in the regular season, Ohio State sits in 12th place in the conference standings on the heels of a 2-7 stretch through January.
Holtmann won't place a number on the amount of wins that would constitute a success through the final stretch of conference play, but wants to see the Buckeyes make improvements so they can close out the Big Ten schedule on a positive note.
“Sitting with 11 games that are guaranteed right now, I wouldn’t want to necessarily put a number on that. Because I think you can get lost in the macro and the big picture of things," Holtmann said during a press conference at the Schottenstein Center Monday. "I think right now, I can tell you that we want to improve in specific areas like rebounding and a few other areas.
"But right now, as I mentioned, it’s hard not to be disappointed with the first 10 games of league play. So our challenge is let’s finish this obviously in a way we feel good about. What specifically that looks like, I’m not really interested in getting into. What I do want to focus on is just improving in those specific areas we need to improve in.”
Following Saturday's 86-70 loss to Indiana at Assembly Hall, the Buckeyes return home for a matchup with Wisconsin at 7 p.m. Thursday. Holtmann discussed his thoughts on the Badgers and a number of other topics on Monday, and you can check out everything he said in the video above.