Weekly record: 0-2
Season record (FINAL): 18-12
The final week of Ohio State’s season ended in pretty disappointing fashion with two conference losses to Northwestern and Wisconsin, but there’s still the Big Ten tournament and the NCAA (or NIT) tournament for this squad.
On Wednesday, the team traveled to Evanston, Ill. to take on Northwestern. The offense looked as anemic as ever, perhaps partially due to the fact that Kaleb Wesson was suspended. Keyshawn Woods (15) and Duane Washington (11) were the only Buckeyes to score in double digits against the Wildcats while Woods and Justin Ahrens tied for the team rebounding lead with 7. Northwestern’s defense smothered Ohio State’s offense into its third-worst performance of the season. The Buckeyes were downed 68-50.
Heading back home to Columbus for the regular season finale, Ohio State had all the motivation in the world to upset Wisconsin. It would have afforded the Buckeyes a higher seed in the Big Ten tourney, it would have given the home crowd something to be excited about, and it would have looked good as a win on their resume to close the season on a strong note. And, in fact, the Buckeyes were able to come back from only scoring 16 points in the first half to tie the game at 63 at the end of regulation. However, the comeback ran out of gas when overtime started, and the Badgers secured a 73-67 victory. C.J. Jackson led the Buckeyes with 22 points (17 in the second half), but he was also the only member of the squad who scored in double digits. When the dust settled, Ohio State earned the No. 8 seed in the Big Ten conference.
The team’s next game will be on March 14 against Indiana (Chicago, Big Ten Tournament).
Weekly record: 0-1
While the men’s squad will get started in the Big Ten tournament this week, the women’s squad has already played in and been eliminated from theirs. The team traveled to Indianapolis for the opening round of the Big Ten tournament and were downed by Wisconsin 73-63.
Dorka Juhasz notched her 11thdouble-double of the season with 10 points and 16 rebounds while Carmen Grande led the team in scoring with 12 points. Grande also dished out 8 assists and a total of five Buckeyes scored in double digits, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Badgers.
The team is awaiting postseason announcements concerning their next game.
Header photo courtesy of Ohio State Athletics.