What an up and down season for Ohio State basketball.
First there was the 13-1 start, highlighted by an upset road win over Cincinnati. Then the five game losing streak to start 2019, which included a loss to Rutgers (!!). Justin Ahrens scored 29 points against Iowa in late February, then scored 12 total points the rest of the season. It was bad, then it was good. It was frustrating, then it was a positive look toward the future. Literally almost everything that could happen did.
Ultimately, the Buckeyes scrapped and clawed their way to the NCAA Tournament, then played their best game of the season in upsetting six-seeded Iowa State, before falling to a powerful Houston squad in the round of 32. It was a fitting way for the season to end, and showed why the future is bright in Columbus, despite some of the growing pains in Chris Holtmann’s second season.
On this episode of the Hangout in the Holy Land, Patrick Mayhorn and I put a bow on Ohio State’s season, talk about some of the unsung leadership that is leaving the program in good hands, and what the future holds for the Buckeyes. We also discuss a little bit of Spring Football, including the unfortunate injuries to Justin Hilliard and Kamryn Babb, and more.
(Note: we recorded this episode before Jaedon LeDee’s decision to transfer.)