Winning games on the road is hard in any sport. That's especially true in college basketball in the Big Ten. The Ohio State basketball team has to face plenty of really good programs in great environments. That doesn't change the fact that you should win some of those games.
Yet, the Buckeyes have not. In fact, the Ohio State basketball team hasn't had a road win since last year. It's been over a calendar year since the Buckeyes won on the road. Their last road win was New Year's Day of 2023 at Northwestern. They haven't won a road game since.
That's a truly embarrassing streak for any basketball program. It's especially problematic for Chris Holtmann. He is on the hot seat and the annual January slide his team is on hasn't helped matters. Ohio State has gone from being a projected five-seed in the NCAA Tournament to being squarely on the bubble since the month began.
The Buckeyes have to end this terrible streak. They won't get a chance to do so until next week when they face Nebraska. They play Penn State on Saturday at the Schott and I'm not sure they'll even win that game. It's still the month of January, after all.
Ross Bjork, Ohio State's new athletic director, gave a vote of confidence to Ryan Day as the man to lead the football program. He gave no such vote of confidence to Holtmann. If Holtmann doesn't turn things around, he should be without a job once March rolls around.
Ohio State basketball fans are tired of the mediocrity. It's been so bad recently that the program has actually lost fans. The Schott is never during home games and fans aren't excited to go watch them. Winning a few games on the road might start to change that.