Ohio State basketball win might be too little too late

The Ohio State basketball team got a hard-fought win against Maryland on Saturday night in double overtime. It might be too little too late for them.
Feb. 10, 2024; Columbus, Ohio, USA; 
Ohio State Buckeyes forward Jamison Battle (10) is guarded by
Feb. 10, 2024; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes forward Jamison Battle (10) is guarded by / Barbara J. Perenic/Columbus Dispatch /

We've waited all season long for the Ohio State basketball team to show up in a close game and play tough. They haven't really done it. In fact, they seem to crumble anytime the game gets close at the end. They finally broke through that barrier on Saturday afternoon.

Ohio State took on Maryland and was able to beat them in double overtime 79-75. It's one of the few times the Buckeyes actually had some poise down the stretch, although they got bailed out at the end of regulation and the first overtime when Maryland missed shots to win.

Bruce Thornton was once again the engine of Ohio State's offense. He had 24 points and 7 rebounds. He's the best player the Buckeyes have and if he has a bad game, they have no shot to win. Roddy Gayle was the only other player in double figures with 17.

While it's nice to see the Buckeyes haven't fully quit on the season, this win might be too little too late. They have to play Purdue and Wisconsin in back-to-back games and they still haven't won a road game all year. I guess it's nice for Chris Holtmann to see his team is still trying for him though.

I'll be honest, I didn't think this Ohio State basketball team was going to win this game. They had lost five straight games heading into the matchup and eight of their last nine. I thought the Buckeyes had completely quit. Thornton won't let them do that it seems.

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It'd be nice if the Buckeyes could actually win a road game this year. They travel to Madison to take on a Wisconsin team that has lost four straight. Perhaps they can pull an upset and beat the Badgers. That'd be nice to get right before Purdue comes to town.