Weekly record: 1-1
Season record: 17-10
As we continue to push toward the end of the season, Ohio State men’s basketball continues to show us what they have all season: the potential to keep up with the big dogs occasionally, but more often than not, they fall short against top-ranked opponents.
On Wednesday, Feb. 20, the Scarlet and Gray hosted the Northwestern Wildcats and put up an excellent defensive performance to propel them to a conference win, 63-29. Kaleb Wesson returned to his dominant form with 22 points alongside eight rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal while going a perfect 5-of-5 from the line. No other Buckeye scored in double digits, and Wesson led the Buckeyes in every statistical category.
On Saturday, though, the Buckeyes traveled to College Park to take on the Maryland Terrapins, and things didn’t go exactly how the Buckeyes would’ve liked. With a new starting lineup that featured Justin Ahrens, the Bucks seemed stymied offensively. Duane Washington, Jr. led the offensive charge with 15 points, five boards and four assists while Kaleb Wesson led the squad with seven rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to topple the Terrapins. The Buckeyes dropped the contest 72-62.
The squad’s next game will be Tuesday, Feb. 26 vs. Iowa.
Weekly record: 1-0
Season record: 13-12
A rough go of things in the middle of the season had the Buckeyes holding a losing record for much of the season, but now that they’re on a three-game winning streak (all conference wins, too!), the Buckeyes are back over the .500 mark.
On Thursday, Feb. 21, the Buckeyes traveled to East Lansing to take on Michigan State, and put up a performance that all Buckeye fans could be proud of. Janair Crooms poured in 20 points to lead the way while five Buckeyes scored in double digits, forming a very well-rounded offensive performance. At the end of the contest, the Buckeyes won 77-70.
The team’s next game will be Thursday, Feb. 28 @ Wisconsin.
Header photo courtesy of Ohio State Athletics.