Central Michigan was the next team to encounter Ohio State, they came into this 2-4, and OSU came out 5-1. Bruce Thornton had 25 points, the next closest guy was Felix Okpara with 14 points. Ohio State came out with the win here by 27 points, this meant that they not only got their 5th straight win, but they moved up to the second-best record in the Big Ten.
Ohio State only trailed the Chippewas for a matter of seconds. The big two reasons why Ohio State won were because of Thornton and Okpara, as you know Thornton led in points, but overall he leads this team to push to keep fighting. Then Okpara might not lead the team he for sure can get his job done, he got 9 rebounds and a block that night. Advancing the Buckeyes to 6-1, the final score was 88-61.
This game against Minnesota was a lot closer than some of their more recent games, winning by 10. Bruce Thornton and Jamison Battle were some of the biggest key parts in this win, Thornton went for 26 points, while Battle was able to score four 3-pointers, and got 25 overall points.
The Buckeyes showed their roughness through their defense once again as they got 8 steals, 7 blocks, and 23 defensive rebounds. Ohio State had 52.9% from the 3-point range, while Minnesota had a disappointing 28.6% from the same range. Beating Golden Gophers 84-74 Ohio State kept their win streak alive, making them 7-1.
4-4 Miami (OH) RedHawks would come to Columbus to play against the Buckeyes at the Value City Arena. Roddy Gayle Jr and Zed Key took this night by storm, Gayle Jr scored 15 points and Key had 13 points with 10 rebounds. The Buckeyes had an alright time at defense this game, getting 4 blocks and 5 steals.
This game didn't mean a lot to the Buckeyes, they easily beat the RedHawks by 20, and only struggled a tiny bit at the beginning. This moved them to 8-1, they had to then prepare for their next match-up with Penn State.