Greetings Hoops Fans! This is Dave Horning for Fan Podcast with a post-game review of the Ohio State Buckeyes victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes, the Buckeyes winning by the score of 82 to 64.

And, as just about everyone knows, the victory improved Ohio State’s record to 13-1 in the Big Ten – in first place all alone because Purdue sustained its second loss to Michigan State earlier on Saturday. Michigan State and Purdue are both 12-2, one game behind the Buckeyes. Boy, does that sound great!

Way to Go, Buckeyes .. and way to go Buckeye Fans – turning out in huge numbers to support this team – the Schott was filled to the rafters – almost a sell-out. That is huge support for this Buckeyes team – and it will help with recruiting for Chris Holtmann and his staff.

There is a great article in The Lantern about this Iowa game and its effect on recruiting.

Men’s Basketball: Blowout win, sellout crowd, Chris Holtmann shows top recruits his Ohio State vision

Iowa played strong for the first part of the first half – but the Buckeyes were sensational – shooting 6 for 9 3-point shots in that first half. Kaleb Wesson unstoppable inside plus he was making his free throws – he finished 8 of 11.

Best of all was seeing Keita Bates-Diop make his first two 3-point attempts. He finished 3 of 7 for 43% – I’ll take that all season long. He missed his last 3 attempts, but I don’t care – keep shooting Keita … as long as they aren’t fade-away 3’s !

My only concern was seeing Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon making that long 3 – that was how Penn State started out against us at home on January 25 – Penn State’s Shep Garner made those two long 3’s to start the game – the Buckeyes just weren’t ready on defense when we played Penn State, and I was concerned early that Iowa had read that script.

But the Buckeye Defense was solid against Iowa all game long. The post-game box score showed that there were 8 steals by 7 different Buckeyes – great defense. And, the Buckeyes out-rebounded the taller Iowa team – Keita Bates-Diop gathered 8.

It is always interesting to me to see how important the first 5 minutes of the second half are in college basketball. This game showcased that theory. Ohio State had a 10-point lead at half-time, but Iowa scored the first basket of the second half when Tyler Cook benefited from a weird bounce that allowed Iowa to get an offensive rebound. Cook, Iowa’s leading scorer, had been held to just 4 points in the first half, and I was concerned that he was going to start getting hot.

However, after the Buckeyes and the Hawkeyes traded baskets, CJ Jackson hit a 3-point shot to start at 14-0 run and the Buckeye defense stiffened and held Iowa at 36 points for the rest of the 5-minute opening segment. With 15 minute left, Ohio State had a 22-point lead at 58 to 36 and never looked back. It was pure joy watching the Buckeyes play during that stretch. Tyler Cook made just one more basket the rest of the game.

CJ Jackson finished with 14 points on 3 of 4 shooting on 3-point attempts, and gave out 5 assists.

Final Score: Iowa 64 @Ohio State 82.

Up next, a road trip to State College Pennsylvania for a re-match against the only team that has beat the Buckeyes this year – Tip-off is 8:00pm on Thursday, February 15 – televised on the Big Ten Network and on radio at The Fan 97.1 FM.

This is Dave Horning for Fan Podcast. Go Bucks! Beat Penn State!!