It was pretty apparent that fatigue was an issue for Ohio State as they closed out the regular season. The Buckeyes went 2-2 in the span of eight days, not always showing the consistency, or offensive rhythm, that defined the team’s success in December and January.
With such little depth, starters like Keita Bates-Diop, Jae’Sean Tate, and Kaleb Wesson were pushed to the limit —with Wesson dealing with ankle issues, no less— including in Friday’s 80-78 double overtime win at Indiana. Now, with a full week off before Friday’s game against either Penn State or Northwestern, the Buckeyes should be plenty rested and ready to make their first serious run in Big Ten Tournament since 2014.
On this episode of the Hangout in the Holy Land, Colton Denning and Patrick Mayhorn discuss the crazy win at IU, how the time off can benefit the Buckeyes’ offense schematically, and being encouraged about C.J. Jackson’s recent string of aggressive decision making. Other topics include:
- Whether or not the players and coaches want another shot at Penn State.
- How this year will be remembered as a launching point for Ohio State basketball.
- Thoughts on the season overall.
The guys also have an in-depth discussion on the recent news of college basketball players being paid under the table, and why they think it’s time that athletes get their just share of the revenue that they create for the universities and the NCAA.
Fair warning: there’s some explicit language in this episode.