Wednesday, March 8, 2017 09:38 PM
One and Done
What has been a long season has resulted in a short stay in the Big Ten tournament for the Buckeyes.
For just the second time ever the Buckeyes were one-and-done in the B1G tournament falling to 14-seed Rutgers by a final of 66-57.
Neither team played well in this game, but Rutgers outworked the Buckeyes, particularly in the second half where they dominated on the glass and defended the Buckeyes like madmen. After shooting 53 percent from the field in the first half OSU shot just 23.8 percent in the second half, and much of that can be credited to Rutgers' defensive effort. The result was a 37-25 scoring advantage in the second half for Rutgers that erased a 32-29 half time lead for the Buckeyes.
The Scarlet Knights out-rebounded OSU 47-31 overall and amassed 19 offensive boards, many of which resulted in second-chance baskets.
While Rutgers was doing their thing, the Buckeyes seemed to be doing everything they could to help Rutgers to victory. They were poor at the free throw line,converting on just 15 of 28 free throw attempts. It also didn't help the OSU cause that two of their top scoring threats were nearly non-existent. Marc Loving and JaQuan Lyle have both averaged over 10 points a game this year, but combined to go 3 of 15 from the field. The duo combined for 10 total points, less than half what they would normally contribute.
Jae'Sean Tate led OSU's scoring with 18 points. C. J. Jackson added 12.