(Image courtesy philyvoice.com, game information courtesy ohiostatebuckeyes.com, ESPN.com, stats courtesy of basketball-reference.com, teamrankings.com)

The #15 Buckeyes (18-5, 9-1) lost to Penn State (14-8, 4-5) by the score of 82-79 Thursday evening in a “are you kidding me?” finish. I think that most of you saw the game Thursday night, so I’ll make this recap a bit shorter.

Basically, Kieta Bates-Diop made a flying buttress 3-point shot to tie the game at 79 with :05 in the game. Then with :01 remaining, Tony Carr banked, no less, an improbable shot from ‘closer to half court than to the 3-point line‘ shot to win the game.

The Buckeyes were led by Kieta Bates-Diop (25 points), Jae’Sean Tate (17), C.J. Jackson (12), Kaleb Wesson (10) and Kam Williams (10). Jae’Sean led the Buckeyes with 10 rebounds to record a double-double. C.J. led the Buckeyes with 4 assists.

The Nittany Lions were was led by Tony Carr (28 points, who at times played like Austin Carr), Lamar Stevens (15), Shep Garner (14) and Josh Reaves (10). Stevens led PSU with 6 rebounds and Carr led with 5 assists.

Ohio State shot 56% from the field (28-50),  47% (7-15) from 3-point range and a perfect 100% from the foul line (16-16).

Penn State shot 58% from the field (28-48), an astounding 79% from 3-point range (11-14) and 75% (15-20) from the foul line.

Thoughts and such…

  • I have a couple of “hat-tips” to Penn State. First is to their effort and intensity. For much of the game I thought they were more active and aggressive, particularly on defense.
  • My 2nd h/t goes to PSU’s Tony Carr. Not only did he hit the game-winning shot, he led all players with 28 points and all players with 5 assists. That’s a lot of offense running through one person.
  • The Buckeyes did a nice job of weathering the Penn State Storm. In the first four minutes, PSU was leading 16-6 on 5/6 from the field (5-5 on 3-pt) and scoring at a 4-points per minute (160 PPG) clip. By intermission, OSU had closed the gap to 1 point.
  • At halftime, my friend Joe Dexter  https://twitter.com/BuckeyeRadio and I were texting back and forth, and I felt comfortable, based on the late Ohio State first half run and that PSU couldn’t sustain it’s otherworldly shooting (56% field, 67% -3’s), the Buckeyes had a very good chance to win this game.
  • Well, the problem was that Penn State shot even better in the second half (60% field, 100% -3’s). Despite OSU playing very well offensively in the second half, the final 20 minutes were an exercise in basket-trading.
  • According to teamrankings.com, the Buckeyes are now projected to finish the regular season 23-8 and 14-4 in B1G play. They rank Ohio State as the 20th best team and give them a 95% chance to make the NCAA’s.
  • I thought that Kieta was a bit lethargic early in the game, due to a stomach ‘situation’ but still played well (12 points in 19 minutes. The killer was early 2nd half foul trouble. In the first +5 minutes, he was whistled for his 2nd, 3rd and 4th foul. That put a damper on his minutes and defensive effort in the 2nd half. Uh-oh.
  • Granted, it would have been preferable not to have been in the hole, but the Buckeyes surged from down 9 points with 2:53 remaining to tie the game with :05 remaining. I’m not sure that last year’s squad would have been able to come back like that.
  • Losing that game was disappointing, but it was great drama. I’m not sure there are really any takeaways from the game; both teams played exciting, and for the most part solid, basketball and it took an improbable field goal for one team to prevail. It was a good effort, put it behind us and on to the next game.

Up Next

The Buckeyes host Indiana on Tuesday, January 30th.  Tip-off at VCA is scheduled for 7:00 pm ET.  The game can be seen on ESPN2 and/or you can listen to it on 97.1.

Indiana (12-9, 5-4) – pending upcoming Sunday results vs #3 Purdue, are guided by first year (at Indiana) Archie Miller.

They are averaging 73 points per game while allowing 71 ppg.  They average 36 rebounds and 13 turnovers per game. For comparison, the Buckeyes are scoring 78 and allowing 67. Ohio State averages 37 rebounds and 12 turnovers per game.

The Hoosiers have two players that average double figures scoring per game. They are Juwan Morgan (16.0) and Robert Johnson (13.6).  Morgan also leads Indiana with 7.1 rebounds per game.

Ohio State has four players averaging double figures; Kieta Bates-Diop (19.9), C.J. Jackson (13.0), Jae’Sean Tate (12.8),  and Kaleb Wesson (11.2). KBD also leads the Buckeyes in rebounds with 8.6 per game.