The Ohio State basketball team returned to the Schott fresh off a couple of victories in Florida in the Emerald Coast Classic. They were the champions of that tournament. Getting two wins over Alabama and Santa Clara was very nice. Could they get another one against Central Michigan?
That, they could. Ohio State cruised to victory over the Chippewas 88-61 in a game that wasn’t close in the last 25 minutes. Bruce Thornton once again led the way for the Buckeyes, putting up 25 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. He was the best player on the court.
Thornton was one of five Buckeyes that scored in double-figures. Felix Okpara had a career-high 14 points in the win and was a perfect 6/6 from the field. He also added 9 rebounds to his stat line. This was the first time he outperformed Zed Key at the center position.
Freshman Devin Royal had 11 points on 4/5 shooting in his first extended action of his career. He got in when the game started to get out of hand in the second half. It was nice to see him score the ball with confidence, even if it wasn’t against the best competition.
With the win, the Buckeyes improved to 6-1 on the season. With the way they are playing, they very well might be ranked in the next edition of the AP Poll. They were already the fourth team in the “others receiving votes” category in the last AP Poll.
Most seasons under Chris Holtmann have seen the Buckeyes play well early in the season. Hopefully, they can avoid the mid-season slide that typically comes when Big Ten play starts. Until then, enjoy watching this Ohio State basketball team win in the non-conference because they are playing well right now