Chris Holtmann and Ohio State traveled to Ann Arbor tonight to take on the 5th ranked Wolverines. The Team Up North currently stood at 19-1 with their lone loss to the Badgers coming last week. They were very clearly prepared tonight and came out executing extremely well and were able to put away the Buckeyes rather easily for win number 20 as the Bucks dropped to 13-7 on the year.
The Buckeyes would come out and take control early competing and executing well in the first half. C.J. Jackson has typically been a second half player this season, but would start off well and scored nine points in the half while running the Ohio State offense really well. Kaleb Wesson also came out strong playing very hard and affecting the game early. The Bucks also managed to contain the high-powered Wolverine offense with their new zone defense by closing out out shooters and being active to start. They would however allow star wing Charles Matthews to score a quick five points and push the Wolverines ahead. The Buckeyes began to play very sloppy and had atrocious ball-security that allowed John Beilein’s team to take a 32-26 lead. The Bucks found themselves in the game, but their 10 turnovers opposed to their opposition’s one was why they found themselves down at the break.
The Bucks started out the second half well for the first few minutes, but would run into more problems. The ball-handling continued to be an issue and they were absolutely unable to stop the Wolverines in transition. They began to pick up a rhythm and Ohio State then had no chance to slow down the outside shot as the likes of Isaiah Livers and others hit three after three. Kaleb and Andre Wesson would also both pick up their fourth fouls with a lot of game to go and would be forced to the bench. Kaleb was called for an offensive foul that lead to two technicals on each team. Zavier Simpson and Jordan Poole were called for techs for the Wolverines as Keyshawn Woods picked up one along with Kaleb. This would lead to Beilein’s squad gaining some momentum from the crowd and pulling away. They got out and ran and coasted until the end with easy bucket after easy bucket. The Wolverines would finish on top 65-49.
- OHIO STATE STANDOUTS
Kaleb Wesson: 12 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks
C.J. Jackson: 11 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists
- WOLVERINE STANDOUTS
Jordan Poole: 15 points, 3 steals, 1 block
Ignas Brazdeikis: 14 points, 2 steals
Zavier Simpson: 11 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists, 2 steals, 1 block
- OHIO STATE STATS
24 3PT FG%
- WOLVERINE STATS
37 3PT FG%
The Buckeyes started off well competing and executing the game-plan well. The Wolverines proved to be too much and just wore them down and were much more disciplined. Jon Beilein is still a top coach and has tremendous players as Zavier Simpson lead the way along with their numerous other stars. They looked like a top five team and Holtmann’s Buckeye squad could not prevail. They will look to get back on track this Saturday in a rematch against Rutgers in Columbus at noon.
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