Real Pod Wednesdays: What's Happened to Ohio State Basketball and the Most Intriguing Buckeyes to Watch in Spring Football

By Dan Hope and Colin Hass-Hill on March 3, 2021 at 11:05 am
CJ Walker vs. Iowa
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This is March, which means two things are coming soon: The NCAA Tournament and spring football.

Ohio State basketball fans might not be quite as excited for March Madness as they were a couple weeks ago because the Buckeyes have lost their last three games, including losses to Michigan State and Iowa since our last podcast, but we don't think Ohio State fans should give up hope of a deep tournament run yet.

We spend the first half of this week's Real Pod Wednesdays discussing basketball once again, as we analyze why Ohio State's offense struggled in its last couple of games, why the Buckeyes can't afford any bad offensive days in March and which Buckeyes other than E.J. Liddell and Duane Washington Jr. most need to step up in March – but also why Ohio State still isn't out of the conversation for a No. 1 seed, and why the expectation for the Buckeyes should still be to make it to at least the second weekend of the tournament.

In the second half of the show (28:28), we begin looking ahead to spring football, which we now know will start in just over two weeks. Each of us draft four players who we're most intrigued to see this spring and discuss why.

At the 44:44 mark, we also spend some discussing the ongoing debate about Justin Fields as an NFL draft prospect and make our cases – after a week where Fields dropped as far as the 24th pick in one mock draft – for why Fields should be one of the draft's top picks and why the concerns some have about his ability to make reads and go through progressions are overblown.

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