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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State basketball misplaced, 79-56 on Thursday at Penn State. It was the No. eight Buckeyes’ second loss in Large Ten play, with each coming by the hands of the Nittany Lions.

Listed here are 15 ideas on the loss, and what it means for OSU shifting ahead.

1. This was all the time going to be a troublesome end to the schedule, as a result of Penn State and Michigan are matchup issues for the Buckeyes. That is not from me, that is from coach Chris Holtmann, and he is had his finger just about throughout something his workforce might doubtlessly encounter this 12 months. He warned us.

2. Penn State is an issue. We noticed that final time the groups performed, the Buckeyes simply had a powerful late rally from 13 factors right down to tie it after which misplaced on a buzzer-beater. You noticed a extra emphatic show of the issues that make the Lions problematic on Thursday. It is largely that the Buckeyes do not have nice dimension at guard, Penn State does, and the Buckeyes wrestle with lengthy, bodily groups.

Three. Additionally, Penn State is now No. 28 in KenPom, No. 14 within the nation in defensive effectivity. This can be a workforce that when full and never discovering methods to shoot itself within the foot, is de facto good. There is a cause Penn State was favored going into Thursday’s recreation. Do not let that get misplaced in all of this.

Four. None of which means the Buckeyes ought to brush off dropping by 23. Matchups are essential. Ohio State additionally bought outworked persistently for what felt like the primary time shortly, definitely the primary time in Large Ten play.

5. Ohio State has achieved a lot to indicate it is nothing like groups of the previous two years — with a powerful resolve, clutch performs and talent to return again irrespective of the deficit. There wasn’t a 30-point comeback on Thursday; that is a uncommon factor anyway. However the workforce — at the very least for one night time — reverted again to that unit that will get hit early and wilts. That is somewhat troublesome. 

6. Holtmann mentioned this on Wednesday:

“At this level as a coach, what you are most involved about is what is the spirit of your workforce and the way are you taking part in proper now. You clearly need to win each recreation, however you are most involved with the way you’re taking part in.”

That was in response to dealing with a schedule that has three of the ultimate 4 video games on the highway, and begins at Penn State, at Michigan. That is a good level. Groups lose, and obsessing over what the outcome could be is the improper approach to go about it. However even by this measure, Ohio State got here up quick. The spirit wasn’t nice — once more uncommon, for this workforce. The Buckeyes had been out of the sport early.

7. I believed it was fascinating that the lineup in the previous couple of minutes was Andrew Dakich, Kam Williams, Andre Wesson, Kyle Younger and Micah Potter. That is uncommon, even with Penn State’s lead hovering round 20. Then Holtmann pulled Keita Bates-Diop early for a spell within the second half, and put Younger within the recreation. Younger performed 10 minutes, abnormally excessive for him.

I am undecided if Holtmann was making an attempt to ship a message to his starters late within the first half, or if Bates-Diop was bothered by one thing. He did at one level look to be favoring the left hand/wrist he is had taped for a lot of the season. However that was an fascinating sub sample.

eight. Anytime Bates-Diop is Four-for-11 from the ground with 5 rebounds, two assists and two turnovers, it is bother. However he is had different decrease scoring video games that ended as wins for 2 causes: Another person picked up the scoring load, and Bates-Diop discovered different methods to affect the sport. Neither occurred on Thursday.

9. One good factor is that the ankle damage suffered by Kaleb Wesson early within the first half solely knocked him out of the sport for a couple of minutes. It appeared somewhat nasty, and he had a tough time standing up at first, however he got here again and performed 17 minutes with seven factors and 5 rebounds.

10. I believed protecting Andre Wesson within the beginning lineup, even with Kam Williams coming back from suspension, was the suitable transfer. Wesson, although, didn’t have his greatest recreation with two turnovers and one discipline objective. He bought out of place on protection guarding Tony Carr to begin the sport. Carr scored 30 factors. That is not all on Wesson.

I preferred not rocking the boat, and like having the extra defensive-minded Wesson beginning video games if he generally is a little extra engaged than he was on Thursday. Williams is simply not a defender, and was not very lively on both finish towards Penn State. He was 1-for-Three from the ground in 16 minutes. Nonetheless assume he is greatest fitted to a sixth-man scorer function.

11. If something, this loss was a reminder how skinny Ohio State’s margin for error is. That is to not rag on the gamers, who collectively have put collectively some unimaginable efforts. You do not beat Purdue with out profession video games from Andre Wesson and Musa Jallow. Everybody’s had a task. However should you take an goal have a look at the league’s expertise degree, Ohio State is much from No. 1, even when it was main the league standings. The Buckeyes bought by regardless of that due to their contentedness and poise on each ends of the ground. That was clearly missing on Thursday.

12. I do not assume that is the beginning of a troubling pattern. This workforce has earned extra advantage of the doubt than that. Although I did assume dropping in such lopsided style was behind them. There are simply groups which might be dangerous matchups, and Penn State might be among the many worst. Michigan on Sunday will probably be too, and perhaps that is a loss as nicely. I am extra within the factor Holtmann talked about. The method issues.

13. So far as the Large Ten race goes, Ohio State (22-6, 13-2) is now tied with Michigan State (25-Three, 13-2) atop the league. Purdue misplaced to Wisconsin on Thursday to stay a recreation behind. The Buckeyes’ head-to-head win over the Spartans solely issues for seeding functions within the Large Ten Match. A tie would imply co-champions it doesn’t matter what.

14. I imagine Ohio State has already clinched a double-bye for the Large Ten Match. I initially mentioned the Buckeyes needed to win yet one more recreation to lock that up. However worst case situation is ending with 5 convention losses and tying with Michigan for the fourth spot. Ohio State’s schedule would assist there, as a result of the tiebreaker is document towards the first-place workforce and on down till you possibly can break the tie. The one groups that may end 1-2-Three on this situation are Michigan State, Purdue and Nebraska — Ohio State beat all of them, and Michigan did not.

15. By itself, dropping to Penn State should not have any form of drastic impact on Ohio State’s NCAA Match seeding. A win would’ve been good, as a result of Penn State (No. 72 in RPI as I write this) is hovering across the No. 75 cut-off that makes this a “Quadrant 1” recreation within the eyes of the NCAA Match choice committee.

Quadrant 1 wins make it easier to enhance your resume, however losses aren’t a killer. The Buckeyes entered the night time on the four-seed line. That ought to stay regular contingent on what occurs Sunday at Michigan.

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