It’s easy to look past an unranked opponent when the one after that is not only the No. 3 team in the country, but is also your nearest and dearest rival.
Ohio State basketball head coach Chris Holtmann met with the media Wednesday afternoon ahead of the Buckeyes’ matchup against an unranked Penn State on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. ET. Right off the bat, he was asked if his team was looking ahead to Sunday’s rivalry game against No. 3 Michigan. Without hesitation, Holtmann put that speculation to rest, adding that Penn State will be one of their biggest challenges of the season.
Are the #Buckeyes prepping for Michigan while prepping for Penn State?— Adam Jardy (@AdamJardy) February 17, 2021
Chris Holtmann: "No. Not at all. Not in the least. Not one second."
Holtmann referred to the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions’ last meet up, in which the Buckeyes won 83-79 after being down eight with only a few minutes to go. He said he has great respect for Penn State, and that his team is fully aware of how good their opponent is, considering the last couple times they played at Penn State, the Lions have beaten them handily.
Holtmann said the Buckeyes will need to make better decisions than they did last time against Penn State — Ohio State turned the ball over 17 times.— Lantern Sports (@LanternSports) February 17, 2021
Holtmann said their rebounding prowess will be tested tomorrow night against Penn State.— Lantern Sports (@LanternSports) February 17, 2021
"It's a point of emphasis in our program," Holtmann said on the team's rebounding. "We emphasize it as a important aspect of our defense."
The head coach shouted out a few players. He mainly credited Seth Towns, saying he has been an “enormous part” of their success, and that he knows they wouldn’t be in the position they’re in without his contributions. He also said Zed Key has brought consistent energy to the team, Justin Ahrens has been one of their hardest workers throughout the season and Kyle Young is “playing with great confidence now.”
Holtmann said the thing that makes him happiest in his job as head coach is seeing his players grow on and off of the court.— Lantern Sports (@LanternSports) February 17, 2021
Check out the Holtmann’s full interview in the link below.
"It's been one of the most enjoyable seasons I ever had, but also one of the most exhausting." - @ChrisHoltmann— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) February 17, 2021
The @OhioStateHoops head coach talks about how @B1GMBBall play prepares the team for what's next.
Full interview: https://t.co/kUC4lh8m9J | #GoBuckeyes pic.twitter.com/GbMNiNFG1S
“The Best Damn Uniform in the Land” and it isn’t close. Kevin Harrish of Eleven Warriors nailed this. What do you think?
Ohio State's got the best hoops uniform lineup in the country and ranking them would be like ranking your children. But we did it anyway. https://t.co/PrlMuPjNvK— Eleven Warriors (@11W) February 17, 2021
Could it be?! The Man The Myth The Legend Aaron Craft told Adam Jardy of The Columbus Dispatch that he might possibly return to Carmen’s Crew for The Basketball Tournament this summer. I feel like Craft is too nice of a guy to be teasing us like this...right? RIGHT?!
Spring is in the air! Okay just kidding, literally the opposite of spring is in the air. But that doesn’t mean we can’t look forward to some days in the sun, peanuts, Cracker Jacks (okay now I’m craving Cracker Jacks), and some Ohio State Baseball. The Buckeyes begin their season on Friday, March 5 against Illinois.
Trey Sermon is truly a legend both on and off the field. Through Pledge It, the former Ohio State running back is taking pledges for every inch of his vertical leap for his NFL pro day, and will donate the pledge money to Arise By Faith Incorporated.
“If you are unfamiliar, Sermon’s mother, Natoshia Mitchell, was a victim of domestic violence prior to his birth,” Patrick Murphy of Bucknuts explains. “While the running back gives a brief explanation of his mother’s past and why he is raising money for her nonprofit, there was also a really good story about her and their history from Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger written prior to the national championship game.
Help raise awareness and support victims of domestic violence https://t.co/nQBOW6sdzX— Trey Sermon (@treyera) February 16, 2021
Just a thread of Garrett Wilson’s finest to get you through the rest of this evening. Can you believe we get another season of both him AND Chris Olave catching passes from who even knows because it doesn’t matter because it’s GARRETT WILSON AND CHRIS OLAVE.