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tBBC OSU MBB Win Important Thriller vs. Iowa 68-64

Discussion in 'News' started by jcollingsworth, Feb 28, 2016.

  1. OSU MBB Win Important Thriller vs. Iowa 68-64
    via our good friends at Buckeye Battle Cry
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    Thad should be very happy.

    The Ohio State University Men’s Basketball team won an important game Sunday (Feb. 28th) at Value City Arena against the #8 Nationally ranked Iowa Hawkeyes.

    The Buckeyes are now 19-11 overall and 11-6 in Big Ten Play. From the opening 19:52 mark in the game with JaQuan Lyle’s steal and the personal foul by Iowa’s Anthony Clemmons at the 18:59 mark there was a good feel in the air.

    Jae’Sean Tate sat this one out due to an injury and initial summations from various outlets was not optimistic for the Buckeyes. But not tBBC! In the Iowa Pre-Game glance, the suggestion about Iowa’s surprise has caught many off guard – both nationally and in the Big Ten. Nevertheless, as it was clearly mentioned – surprises often do not pan out. Iowa is losing at the wrong time. They have now dropped four of their last five games.

    Marc Loving led all Buckeyes with 25 points. Keita Bates-Diop added 19. Kam Williams had 11 including a questioned 2-pointer late in the 2nd half.

    Keita Bates-Diop would have six rebounds. Mickey Mitchell from off the bench would have seven boards.

    Jarrod Uthoff and Mike Gessell – both with 16 points, led the #8- team in the nation – The Iowa Hawkeyes – Adam Woodbury lead the Hawkeyes on the boards with nine.

    The importance of this game unfolds a couple possibilities. They will be heading into the Big 10 Tournament on a nice roll – regardless of how the season ends against the Spartans of *ichigan State. Secondly, it puts them into the conversation – on the bubble, as some prefer to say – for the upcoming March Madness.

    This victory was a wonderful performance by these young Buckeyes. They showed, as they have all year, that they could play against the “Big” boys (evidence provided in the KY, TTUN, and now Iowa, games). However, there have been disappointments, no question. Let us focus on the positive – and the fact they have won five out of six games.

    Even though this game had a seesaw motion throughout – the opening feel as I said was good. It was cemented after Kieta Bates-Diop preserved a two-point lead by blocking Mike Gessell’s lay-up with 5 seconds remaining on the clock. Marc Loving would hit on the two free throws that gave the Buckeyes the guarantee of the win.

    The Buckeyes now have a deserving rest. They will meet up with the *ichigan Spartans Saturday March 5th @ 12:00 p.m. in East Lansing. They took a “very” noticed loss at the hands of the Spartans back on February 23rd in Columbus 81-62. The past is the past. Today is today. Saturday will be Saturday.

    College Basketball today is fantastic. Anyone can beat anyone. Look for the Buckeyes to think revenge. And look for the Spartans to be looking ahead towards the Big Ten Tournament. Dare I say – Buckeyes will end the season on a cheerful note?

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