I didn't think things could get worse for the Ohio State basketball program after last season. They finished 5-15 in the Big Ten and missed the NCAA Tournament. By the end of the season, the Buckeyes looked like they might lose every game. But at least they kept playing hard and had some close losses.
We thought that was the low point for the Ohio State basketball program in the Chris Holtmann era. Instead, we found the low point. It was on Saturday night when the Buckeyes lost at Northwestern 83-58. The 25-point loss is the most embarrassing loss for the team this season.
Ohio State hasn't won a road game in 13 months. Their last road win was against these Wildcats on January 1st last year. Some thought that the symmetry could mean the Buckeyes were going to win this game. The exact opposite happened and the Buckeyes quit.
At one point, this game was 31-25 with Northwestern leading. It was still a close game. After that, the Buckeyes proceeded to score just nine points in the next hour. It was a terrible display of basketball. The defense was the worst part of this game to watch.
Ohio State allowed Northwestern to shoot almost 58% from the field. They left shooters wide-open all over the court all night long. It was the same thing they did against Nebraska. The player I feel the worst for in this situation is Bruce Thornton. He had 18 points and continues to be the only reliable source of offense for this team.
It's clear the Buckeyes have quit on Chris Holtmann. The Ohio State basketball fans have quit on Holtmann. It's time to let him go. If this athletic department has any standards at all for the basketball program, they can't let him stay another year.