Weekly record: 1-1
Season record: 1-1
I know the men’s basketball team has been confusing lately, but this week might be the most confusing of all for this year’s squad. As the season comes to a close, the Buckeyes split conference games against ranked opponents.
The week started with a bang: a decisive 90-70 win over No. 20 Iowa. C.J. Jackson might have had his most dominant game of the season and showed off with 29 points, two assists and three rebounds while going a perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line and 6-for-10 from beyond the arc. Kaleb Wesson poured in 18 points and 11 rebounds and the Buckeyes put up perhaps their most dominant win of the season.
However, whatever momentum was gained against Iowa was crushed at Purdue. The Buckeyes scored only 20 points in the first half and finished scoring only 51 while Purdue put up 86. It was a stagnant offensive performance from a team that had four days earlier put up 90 on a top-20 team. Jaedon LeDee was the only Buckeye in double digit scoring with 16. Kyle Young grabbed eight rebounds and scored seven in 17 minutes, but the biggest concern was about Kaleb Wesson, who was suspended:
Holtmann has offered something in the way of an explanation:
The team’s next game comes on Wednesday March 6 @ Northwestern.
Weekly record: 1-1
Season record (FINAL): 14-13
After playing much of the season under .500, the Bucks were able to secure a winning season record by splitting their final two games of the regular season.
On the final day of February, the team traveled to Madison, Wisc., to take on the Badgers and left with a 61-50 victory. Four Buckeyes scored in double digits, with Carmen Grande leading the squad at 17 and five assists and Dorka Juhasz scoring 10 along with 14 rebounds. On the whole, the Bucks outrebounded the Badgers 41-32.
The final game of the season came at home against Rutgers, and Ohio State couldn’t stand up to the Jersey-based squad, and fell 66-56. Carly Santoro led the team with 13 points and Janai Crooms contributed 12 points of her own, but no other Buckeye scored more than 9 points. Dorka Juhasz, who has been the team’s best rebounder all season, was held to just one board against the Scarlet Knights.
The team’s next game comes on Thursday, March 7 against the winner of Wisconsin v. Penn State (Big Ten Tournament, Indianapolis).
Header photo courtesy of Ohio State Athletics.