Ohio State: Buckeyes basketball knocks off No. 1 Michigan State; Mike Weber will return for ‘one more year’
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Buckeyes basketball upsets No. 1 Michigan State
As you’ve heard by now, Ohio State basketball pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the year Sunday evening, beating Michigan State 80-64 in Columbus. Keita Bates-Diop stepped up with a career-best 32 points in the win. A full box score can be found here.
DOWN GOES #1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
— Ohio State Hoops (@OhioStateHoops) January 7, 2018
— Ohio State Hoops (@OhioStateHoops) January 8, 2018
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) January 7, 2018
The 16-point win changes the entire scope of Ohio State’s season. The Buckeyes — now 13-4 and 4-0 in Big Ten play — gave a huge boost to their NCAA Tournament resume and can start thinking of the possibility of a Big Ten title.
In Chris Holtmann’s first year as coach, the Buckeyes program is ahead of schedule, explains Land of 10’s Ryan Ginn.
“I understand what a moment like this can mean for our university when a program like ours is being successful, how much pride our fan base takes in it, but we’ve got a long way to go,” Holtmann told reporters. “I think we’ve got work to do in years, but I think a moment like this — if you’re saying, does it give you a glimpse about what this place can feel about a moment like this? — sure.”
Mike Weber coming back for ‘one more year’
The Buckeyes backfield is going to be loaded in 2018. Mike Weber, a redshirt sophomore in 2017, announced Saturday that he was coming back to Ohio State for “one more year.”
One more year.
— Mike Weber (@mikeweberjr) January 7, 2018
Weber has piled up 1,722 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns in his two years on the field with the Buckeyes. His workload was limited because of a hamstring injury and the emergence of J.K. Dobbins in 2017, but it’s still great news for Urban Meyer’s team to have Weber back in 2018.
Land of 10’s Austin Ward broke down what Weber’s return means for the Ohio State offense.
Is there such a thing as too much depth at tailback? Maybe if the roles aren’t clearly defined or Ohio State tries too hard to keep everybody happy. But that certainly qualifies as a good problem to have for the Buckeyes, who won’t need to worry about a lack of depth at such a critical position.
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Buckeyes wrestling tops Rutgers
The No. 2-ranked Ohio State wrestling team picked up a road win over No. 17 Rutgers on Sunday afternoon. The Buckeyes are now 8-0 on the season.
— Ohio State Wrestling (@wrestlingbucks) January 7, 2018
Ohio State women’s basketball tops Michigan in OT
The No. 10 Ohio State women’s basketball team picked up an overtime victory on the road against No. 22 Michigan on Sunday afternoon. The Buckeyes (15-2, 4-0 Big Ten) were led by Kelsey Mitchell, who scored a season-best 37 points. Here’s a complete box score.
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