Keita Bates-Diop scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half and the nations’ # 13 ranked team, The Ohio State University, handled a pesky Nebraska in Value City Arena 64-59. KBD marked his 17th consecutive game in double figures, which happens to be a Big Ten best. KBD has surpassed 20 points in eight of those contests
Jae’Sean Tate, in this outing, passed Brent Darby for the 26th on the Ohio State scoring list with his 17 points.
The 13th ranked Buckeyes handled Nebraska in a tight match that swung lead changes eleven times, eight in the second half, before prevailing when it counted. This is the eight consecutive win for the surging Buckeyes.
The back-and-forth game was indeed a fun one to watch. A pair of foul shots by Nebraska’s James Palmer Jr. cut Ohio State’s lead to four with 2:19 remaining, but the Cornhuskers just was not able to close the deal.
Jae’Sean Tate put the Buckeyes (18-4, 9-0 Big Ten) up by six with a lay-up with 1:02 left, and a pair of foul shots by Kaleb Wesson stretched it to eight. Palmer hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left, but Nebraska ran out of time.
Palmer had a career-high 34 points. Nebraska (14-8, 5-4) was fresh off a 20-point upset of then # 23 Michigan on Thursday.
Ohio State surpassed its win total for all of last season. Earlier in the day, it moved from No. 22 to No. 13 in the AP Top 25, its highest position since 2014.
The Buckeyes may have been fatigued after a rugged traveling schedule and three straight games on the road. But they found a rhythm in the second half and picked up another critical Big Ten win over a good team.
Keita Bates-Diop is moving, arguably, towards becoming the Big Ten Player of the Year. Last year (If we can recall) I mentioned this kid will show us all that he is indeed NBA worthy. I am pleased to say – I was right. Knicks? Isn’t as crazy as it sounds!
Next up: Thursday – the 25th the Buckeyes will host Penn State ….. I’ll leave it at that ….