(Image courtesy ohiostatebuckeyes.com, game information courtesy ohiostatebuckeyes.com, ESPN.com, stats courtesy of teamrankings.com)
The last time the Buckeyes and Gophers played, December 15th, Minnesota took OSU to The
Woodshed Barn, 84-71. That began a stretch where Ohio State was 3-5 and looked pretty inept. Ohio State (12-7, 2-6) was at least competitive in this loss, 62-69, to Minnesota (11-8, 5-4).
The Buckeyes were up nine (37-28) at halftime. One minute into the second half, they were up by 11 points. Four minutes after that, their lead was 1 point. With :43 remaining in the game, it was tied, 59 all. At the :03 mark, Marcus Carr hits the game winning 3-pointer. Final score; Minnesota 63 – Ohio State 59.
The Buckeyes had a season high three players score in double figures. Kyle Young led with 14 points. He was followed by Duane Washington, Jr. with 12 and CJ Walker with 11 points. Kaleb Wesson pulled in a game high 14 rebounds and led the team with 3 assists.
The Golden Gophers had also three players in double figures. Marcus Carr led all scorers with 21 points. Gabe Kalscheur scored 13 points and Daniel Oturu had 11. Marcus also contributed 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Alihan Demir also had 2 assists.
Ohio State shot 43% (21-49) from the field, 31% (5-16) from 3-point range and 67% (12-18) from the foul line.
Minnesota shot 42% from the field (23-54), 33% (7-21) from 3-point range and 53% (9-17) from the foul line.
Several things worked out well Tuesday night:
- Kaleb worked the boards quite well with 14 rebounds, four of them offensive. Kaleb, particularly in the first half did an impressive job of holding Daniel Oturu to half his season average.
- Aside from Luther Mohammad, he team shot fairly decently. Net of Luther, they were 20-45 (45%) from the field.
In my recap of the Nebraska game, I wrote:
Clearly, the Brothers Wesson worked out quite well. Kaleb’s 13 points and 14 rebounds were his 7th double-double of the season. Andre’s 11 points and 3 rebounds were a nice complement. Andre’s “instant offense” in the early minutes of the game ignited the team.
- Not so much against Minnesota. Kaleb had 2 points and 14 rebounds while Andre had 6 points and 1 rebound. They combined for 5 turnovers and 5 assists.
- As long as I’m on Andre today; I have no idea what the hell he was thinking with his long (out of bounds) pass to his brother with :03 remaining. It’s possible that Andre had no idea either. Alone at mid-court on the other side of the court was C.J. Walker.
- Did I mention turnovers? Ohio State had 12 of them while Minnesota had 4. At a value of approximately 1 point per shot taken, those four points were the game.
- I’m pretty sure that Kaleb and Kyle don’t appreciate picking up fouls on weak-side help since the guards have no interest/capacity to play on-ball defense.
Ohio State (12-7, 2-6) is currently in 12th place in the B1G Conference. TeamRankings.com has them projected to go 7-5 to finish the regular season. I have them at 6-6, although lower end would be 3-9.
A couple weeks ago, a write at another site stated that “Chris Holtmann has been here before”, alluding to last season’s January swoon. I’m sure it was meant as a moment of solace, but it told me that Holtmann isn’t a very good Conference coach.
I believe that JJ Cale/Mark Knopfler has the state of Buckeye play summed up.
It’s always the same, ain’t no medicine for that kind of pain.
The Buckeyes head to Evanston, IL to play the Northwestern Wildcats (12-4, 3, 2-3). The game is scheduled for Sunday, January 26th with tip-off at 6:30 pm ET. You can watch the game on BTN or listen to it on 97.1 TheFan. Or both.