The Ohio State men’s basketball team suffered another Big Ten defeat on Saturday, losing to Iowa, 85-72.
With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 13-9 on the season and 3-6 in conference play. The Hawkeyes, meanwhile, improve to 12-10, 4-5 in the Big Ten.
How it happened
After Iowa played Ohio State to a 21-19 lead in the game’s opening nine minutes, the Hawkeyes scored seven straight points over the course of less than two minutes, fueled by a pair of 3-pointers from Brady Ellingson.
Lacking the resiliency to respond as key players battled foul trouble, the Buckeyes never recovered.
By the end of the first half, Iowa stretched its lead to 11 points, taking a 40-29 advantage to the locker room, following a shot clock-beating 3-pointer from Jordan Bohannon.
Iowa, up 11 at the half, without Peter Jok. Jordan Bohannon beating the shot clock at the end. pic.twitter.com/kWbm75bZlA
— Big Ten Geeks (@bigtengeeks) January 29, 2017
The second half saw more of the same, and Ohio State never got any closer than nine points. Iowa led by as many as 20 points.
Ellingson led the Hawkeyes with 17 points on the night.
What it means for Ohio State basketball
While the Buckeyes and Hawkeyes could be perceived as evenly-matched teams based on their records, the absence of guard and leading scorer Peter Jok in the Iowa lineup makes Saturday night’s defeat one of the uglier losses on Ohio State’s already lackluster resume.
CBSSports.com ‘Bracketlogist’ Jerry Palm listed the Buckeyes as his last team to make the field after Wednesday’s win over Minnesota, but losses like Saturday’s could go a long way toward pushing Ohio State to the wrong side of the bubble at season’s end.
At the very least, the Buckeyes’ margin for error when it comes to making the NCAA Tournament ontinues to shrink as Ohio State approaches the second half of Big Ten play.
Junior forward Jae’Sean Tate led Ohio State with 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting.
Junior center Trevor Thompson battled foul trouble for the better part of the game and scored zero points, fouling out in just 13 minutes of action. Sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle scored 12 points but shot 4 of 12 from the field, including 1 of 6 on 3-pointers.
What’s next for Ohio State basketball
The Buckeyes will return to action on Tuesday when they host No. 22 Maryland at the Schottenstein Center. The Terrapins lay claim to a 19-2 record and are tied for first place in the Big Ten standings with a 7-1 mark in conference play.