In the Buckeyes win Wednesday at Northwestern, 71-65 a little piece of history was added to the excitement. Chris Holtmann became the first coach in 95 years to win his first seven Big Ten games in # 22 Ohio State’s victory.
Micah Potter led the Buckeyes with 13 points off the bench. C.J. Jackson had 12 points, eight assists and three steals. Jae’Sean Tate added 12 and Keita Bates-Diop, having a bit of an off day, scored 10 points along with eight rebounds for the Buckeyes (16-4, 7-0). This is the Buckeyes’ sixth win in a row.
Holtmann is the third Big Ten coach to win his first seven conference games.
He now joins in the record books Wisconsin’s Walter Meanwell (1911-12) and Iowa’s Sam Barry (1922-23). Holtmann replaced Thad Matta, the program’s all-time wins leader, this season.
The Wildcats fell to their second double-digit loss in a row. Vic Law led Northwestern with 14 points and Scottie Lindsey added 13 as the Wildcats are now 11-9, 2-5.
Picked to finish 11th in the Big Ten in a preseason media poll, the Buckeyes have been the story of the conference -if not all of college basketball.
Coming off successive routs of then-No. 1 Michigan State, Maryland and Rutgers, Ohio State led Northwestern by as many as 15 in the second half before holding off a late Wildcats charge.
Northwestern got within three at 68-65 on a 3-pointer by Lindsey with 43 seconds left, but Jackson sealed the deal for the Buckeyes from the foul line.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes won on the road without a big game from their ‘big-gamer’ Bates-Diop. The reigning two-time Big Ten Player of the Week, Bates-Diop entered the game leading the Big Ten in scoring (20.3) and was third in rebounding (8.8).
The Buckeyes will be hosting Minnesota at Madison Square Garden (My neck of the woods) @ 12:00. I’ll be sleeping – but recording – so Shhhh! Don’t tell me!