This time Ohio State’s fall from the AP Poll was short-lived. A week after an embarrassing loss to Michigan sent the team plummeting into the others receiving votes category, the Buckeyes have earned their way back into the top 25. They now find themselves a solid 23 in the weekly poll.
The rise comes on the heel of two impressive wins. One was a decisive 81-57 victory over Nebraska and the other a close 65-61 comeback victory over Purdue, a team that had bested the Buckeyes earlier in the season.
Over the next seven days the team will have two more opportunities to improve its ranking before tournament season begins. The first will be Wednesday night against Penn State and the second will come in the form of #6 Wisconsin in what will be the Buckeyes’ biggest test of the season. If this season has taught us anything it’s that a 2-0 week and an 0-2 week are both very distinct possibilities.
A big part of the reason that Ohio State went 2-0 last week and climbed its way back to the top 25 was the play of its best player, freshman D’Angelo Russell. The Big Ten Conference took notice, awarding its Freshman of the Week honors to the Freshman for the seventh time this season.
Russell’s numbers were fantastic last week. In the two contests against Nebraska and Purdue he averaged 19.5 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists while shooting an impressive 46 percent from the field.
After a series of so-so (by his standards) outings, it appears that Russell is back playing to his potential, which is a welcome sight for Buckeye fans with the Big Ten Tournament rapidly approaching.
For fans of collegiate wrestling, the most wonderful time of the year is upon us. The Big Ten Tournament pre-seeds are out and Ohio State has ten of its ten wrestlers seeded, with only one seeded lower than six. The Ohio State wrestlers are ranked as follows:
125 – Nathan Tomasello – 3rd
133 – Johnni DiJulius – 4th
141 – Logan Stieber – 1st
149 – Hunter Stieber – 3rd
157 – Josh Demas – 6th
165 – Bo Jordan – 1st
174 – Mark Martin – 6th
184 – Kenny Courts – 5th
197 – Kyle Snyder – 1st
285 – Nick Tavanello – 9th
Stay tuned to Land-Grant Holy Land this week for an in-depth look at the tournament.
Three B1G players among 10 finalists for Wayman Tisdale Award (top freshman): D'Angelo Russell, Melo Trimble, and James Blackmon Jr.— Jeremy Werner (@WernerESPNCU) March 2, 2015
You didn’t think that we were done gushing about D’Angelo Russell, did you? In what is another in a string of accolades that he has earned this season, Russell has been named one of ten finalists for the Wayman Tisdale Award, w hich is presented to the National Freshman Player of the Year. For the season Russell is averaging 19/5.8/5.3 on the season and if he keeps it up, it just might be enough to win the whole thing.