Greetings Hoops Fans, this is Dave Horning for Hoops on Lane Fan Podcast with a post-game review of Ohio State’s loss in overtime to Butler.
Final Score: Ohio State 66 Butler 67
There is no way to sugar coat this loss. This was a massive collapse by the Buckeyes over the last 10 minutes and especially in the last 4 minutes of the game. Ohio State snatched defeat away from the jaws of victory.
With 5 minutes 27 seconds left, CJ Jackson made a layup to give Ohio State a 15 point lead at 54-39. And with 3:46 left, CJ Jackson makes two free throws that again gave Ohio State a 15-point lead at 56-41.
Over the next 3 and a half minutes, Butler would score 18 points to tie the score at 59. However, Ohio State had the ball with 8 seconds left and a chance to win the game. And this is the most disappointing part of the game for me. After a timeout, Ohio State’s Mussa Jallow is given the ball for the inbound pass – but to whom? It wasn’t clear who the ball was going to or supposed to go to. No one was open. The ball is forced in to a heavily defended teammate who passed the ball immediately back Mussa Jallow who has no other choice but to drive baseline. However, he steps out of bounds before he can get what would have been a low percentage shot off. As I said, there is no way to sugar coat this collapse. I am at a loss to explain what the play was supposed to be and to explain how a player can step out of bounds and not get a shot off – and the worst part is that Butler got 3.8 seconds to take the final shot, which, fortunately, they missed – so the game goes into Overtime.
In Overtime, Ohio State can only make one basket, but takes a 1 point lead on free throws by CJ Jackson. With the ball and a one-point lead, Ohio State misses a long shot and Butler’s Kelan Martin is given a chance at the end and makes a basket with 3 seconds left to give Butler the win.
Final Score Ohio State 66 Butler 67.
Ohio State’s loss was not due to a lack of effort. It was a lack of having a killer instinct …. the missing of opportunities to put the game away, the inability to take advantage when you have the opponent down. If there is such a thing as “learning how to win”, then this would be a great next topic for the Buckeyes’ lesson plan.
CJ Jackson was the leading scorer for the Buckeyes with 19 points, going 1 for 3 on 3-pointers and 8 for 8 on Free Throws. Unfortunately, CJ had 7 turnovers, and there were 24 turnovers for the Buckeyes as a team. Late in the game, Ohio State had great difficulty against Butlers’ full court press.
At the Shooting Guard position, Mussa Jallow had 26 minutes of playing time and two points, and Andrew Dakich had 20 minutes of playing time with 2 points. Obviously, we need a scoring threat at the number 2 spot to take some pressure off Keita Bates Diop who scored 16 points and made 2 of 6 three point shots. Keita lead the Buckeyes with 11 rebounds.
Jae’Sean Tate played strong defense all night on Butler’s star, Kelan Martin. And when Jae’Sean Tate fouled out late in the game, it was a bad sign. Jae’Sean made some nice baskets with his driving elevating left-handed shot that banks in high off the glass. But he was 0 for 3 on his 3-point shots, missing badly each time. I’d rather see Micah Potter shooting 3’s from outside. By the way, Micah Potter only played 4 minutes, which we assume is because of a lingering ankle injury. Let’s hope he gets well soon.
Ohio State’s next game is Wednesday, November 29th against Clemson as part of the Big Ten – ACC challenge. Tip-off is at 7:15pm. The game will be played at the Schott, televised on ESPN2, and broadcast on radio at 97.1FM The Fan.
This is Dave Horning for Hoops on Lane Fan Podcast. I’ll see you at the game!