Ohio State squared off against Michigan State in Columbus this afternoon; OSU going after its 2nd consecutive win, MSU trying to stop a 4-game slide. However, the Buckeye’s came up short as the Spartans rolled by the score of 82-68. If you enjoyed fouls and turnovers, I don’t understand why you would, this game was for you. The teams combined for 39 fouls and 37 turnovers. Although the Buckeyes did manage to score 68 points (36 in 2nd half), they had no answer to MSU’s offense, as the Spartans scored 45 points in the 2nd half. The Spartans placed 4 players in double figures; Tori Jankoska 25 points, Aerial Powers 20 points, Klarissa Bell 11 points and Annalise Pickrel 10 points. Defensively they blocked 11 Buckeye shots, 7 by 6’7″ center Madison Williams.
The Buckeyes were led off the bench by Raven Ferguson 20 points, Ameryst Alston 16 points, and Cait Craft with 12 points.
The Ohio State men’s basketball team wasn’t the only Buckeye squad looking to end a losing streak tonight. The OSU women’s basketball team came into tonight on a two game losing streak and were looking to break that as they traveled to Ann Arbor to face rival Michigan. The game was even more meaningful as the Buckeyes were looking for revenge after losing to the Wolverines in Columbus earlier in the month.
Neither team started out shooting well in the game and points were difficult to come by early on; at the midpoint of the first Ohio State led 8-7. The Buckeyes managed to get the offense going a little better over the next three minutes as they used an 8 to 1 run to open up a 16-8 lead with just over six minutes remaining. The two teams then traded baskets and with three and a half minutes remaining OSU held up 21-15. Unfortunately, the Buckeye offense hit a wall at that point and didn’t score the rest of the half while Michigan closed with 11 straight points and the Wolverines headed into the locker room with a 26-21 lead. Ohio State shot atrociously in the first half, going 29% from the field and 22% from three point range. Fortunately, Michigan didn’t shoot much better going 33% from the field and 20% from beyond-the-arc.
Michigan hit a layup to open the scoring in the second half but Ohio State responded with a 10 to 3 run to tie the game at 31 six minutes into the second period. The Wolverines quickly fired back, outscoring the Buckeyes 9 to 2 over the next two and a half minutes to retake a 40-33 lead. Ashley Adams and Raven Ferguson weren’t impressed by the Michigan run though and teamed up on the next three baskets with Ferguson hitting a jumper sandwiched between assisting on layups by Adams. The baskets by Ferguson and Adams sparked the rest of the Buckeyes and ignited a 17 to 2 run that put Ohio State up 50-42 with five minutes remaining in the game. That run pretty much broke Michigan’s spirits and the Wolverines would never get closer as Ohio State cruised the rest of the way to a 61-50 win.
The on-again, off-again Buckeyes looked to get “on-again” against the Iowa Hawkeyes in a Sunday afternoon game in Columbus. However, OSU couldn’t get the “on” switch, or rather, couldn’t find Iowa’s “off” switch this afternoon, as the Hawkeyes held on to a 81-74 win. This was a tale of two halves. The Buckeyes, down by 13 at the half rallied in the 2nd half, but by not quite enough in the 2nd half to pull off the win.
As you see below, the Buckeyes absolutely got rocked in the first 10 minutes by Iowa’s offense, but held their composure and outplayed the Hawkeyes in the final 30 minutes. To be honest, this performance, other than the opening 10 minutes impressed me. Although getting blitzed, they persevered for the rest of the game, played at a high level and came fairly close to pulling off a win. For this, this team must be congratulated. Yes, it’s still a conference “L”, but it was still an encouraging performance by McGuff’s crew. Well, done, ladies.
After a poor shooting performance in a disappointing loss to rival Michigan, the exciting promise of the Ohio State women’s basketball team’s Big Ten opening upset of Purdue was highly muted. With the Buckeyes heading to Bloomington to face a 22nd ranked Indiana team that entered the game 14-0, things didn’t look terribly promising for OSU’s hopes of turning things around.
The game got off to a competitive start with both teams trading baskets but after almost seven minutes Ohio State held a 12-10 lead. Excellent OSU shooting over the next four minutes led to 8 unanswered points which stretched the lead to 20-10. The Hoosiers cut the lead to 7 over the next couple minutes but the Buckeyes responded with a 13 to 5 run to open up a 38-23 lead with two minutes remaining in the first half. Indiana responded with increased intensity and closed the half on a 6 to 1 run to trim the OSU lead to 39-29 at the break.
The second half opened like the first with both teams trading baskets. With the Buckeyes up 9, back-to-back baskets by Ameryst Alston keyed a 10 to 0 run that extended the OSU lead to 56-37 with just under eleven minutes remaining. Indiana wasn’t impressed and responded with 11 straight points of their own over the next three minutes to make it an eight point game. Suddenly all the momentum belonged to the Hoosiers and they were in reach of the lead. This time it was Raven Ferguson who hit back-to-back baskets to ignite a run of 10 straight points to give the Buckeyes a comfortable 66-48 lead with just under five minutes remaining. The Hoosiers couldn’t respond and would only score three more points the rest of the game, giving them only 3 points over the last eight and a half minutes, as Ohio State pulled off the 70-51 upset win.
The Ohio State Buckeyes (11-6, 1-0) are currently on a four-game winning streak after, a 2nd half surge moved them past #17 Purdue, 89-78 on Thursday. The Buckeyes return home for a Sunday evening game against the University of Michigan. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:00 PM EST this Sunday in Columbus.
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The Ohio State Buckeyes (10-6) are currently on a three-game winning streak, hopefully building momentum entering Big Ten Conference play. A good thing, too, since OSU hosts the #17 Purdue Boilermakers (10-2) who are currently on a five-game winning streak. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM EST on Thursday January 2nd in Columbus.
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The Buckeyes ground their way to a win against Appalachian State University on December 20th to chalk up a ‘W’ prior to Christmas. It often wasn’t pretty, but it was a ‘Win’, so we’ll take it.
McGuff’s team is now 9-6 and will host North Carolina Central Eagles (5-4) on Sunday the 29th of December at 12:00 PM EST.
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After getting bouncing back from a disappointing upset at the hands of Cincinnati with a dominating win over UT Martin, the Ohio State women’s basketball team looked to get on a winning streak as they played host to Appalachian State. While the Mountaineers entered this game with a 2-7 record, Buckeye fans everywhere should know that you can’t take Appalachian State lightly (yes, every article about Appy State must have that video included somehow).
The warning about not taking Appalachian State lightly seemed to be very prudent as the Mountaineers scored the first five points of the game on their way to getting out to an early 7-1 lead. Faced with that surprising deficit, Ohio State finally woke up and used an 10 to 2 run to take an 11-9 lead approximately six minutes into the action. The Buckeyes weren’t able to sustain that momentum though and a combination of poor shooting and turnovers led to an eight and a half minute scoreless streak. Fortunately the OSU defense continued to play tough and while Appalachian State was able to use OSU’s struggles to retake the lead, they were only able to go up 17-11 at the midpoint in the half before going on an eight and a half minute scoreless streak of their own; there was actually a four minute stretch where neither team scored. Once the Buckeyes figured out how to score again, they managed to trim the Mountaineer lead to one point, 17-16, with three and half minutes remaining in the half. OSU couldn’t retake the lead though and the two teams concluded the first half with Appalachian State leading 21-18.
Like they did in the first half, Appalachian State scored the first five points of the second half to go up 26-18 and cause OSU fans to worry that they were about to be the next Big Ten team to fall victim to the Mountaineers. Fortunately the OSU team had other plans and the defense clamped down, once again causing a scoreless streak for the Mountaineers that lasted over eight minutes. In the meantime the Buckeye offense showed some signs of life, scoring 16 points to put OSU up 32-26 with eight and half minutes remaining. A jumper by Appy State leading scorer on the season Maryah Sydnor ended the scoreless streak for the Mountaineers but the Buckeyes weren’t impressed as they then went on a 14 to 2 run to take control of the game with a 48-32 lead with three and a half minutes remaining on the clock. OSU would coast the rest of the way to a 52-38 win.