Rob's Hoops Notebook: Turnovers Killing Bucks; Bucks Sliding Down the Polls, Loving Draws Praise
By Rob Ogden
A day after Ohio State dropped its second-consecutive game, coach Thad Matta has had time to review the film.
Maybe the biggest takeaway from the film session? The problems that caused the Buckeyes to commit 17 turnovers against Iowa were many of the same problems that caused them to commit 21 against Michigan State in a loss last week.
"There were some common threads, yes," Matta said Monday. "Just some things that we need to look at as a team and say these are the things we need to eliminate."
Of those 38 turnovers, 11 of them were committed by point guard Aaron Craft, who said Sunday he wasn't sure what was plaguing the Buckeyes.
Guard Shannon Scott had 6 in East Lansing, and forward LaQuinton Ross committed 5 against the Hawkeyes on Sunday.
Michigan State had 26 points off turnovers and Iowa had 27. The Buckeyes managed only 27 in the two games combined.
"We had moments where we haven't been as sharp as we needed to be," Matta said about the turnover issue. "The margin of error is small when you're playing the caliber of teams that we're playing right now. Those are the things that we've got to get addressed."
Buckeyes Slide Outside Top 10
Following the loss to Iowa, Ohio State was moved outside of the top 10 to No. 11 in the AP Poll, released Monday.
With two losses in less than a week, the Buckeyes were bound to be bounced from their No. 3 spot.
Big Ten foe Wisconsin (16-0) climbed to No. 3 in the poll while Michigan State moved up to No. 4.
Iowa, No. 20 at the time of Sunday's win, leaped all the way up to No. 14, giving the Big Ten four teams in the top 15.
Interestingly, with the exception of new ACC member Syracuse at No. 2, no other ACC team ranks inside the top 20.
In the Coaches Poll, the Buckeyes remain in the top 10 at No. 9.
Matta Likes What He's Seeing From Loving
Freshman forward Marc Loving continues to draw praise from Matta.
Loving played a career-high 23 minutes against Michigan State, and has scored in double figures in two of his past three games.
He's shown a ton of aggressiveness during that span and an ability to present matchup problems for opposing defenses.
"He's ready to play at the highest level," Matta said about the freshman. "He's been a very consistent player. He's been on the rise since day one. Couldn't be happier with the way he's been playing right now. I think he's got a tremendous future."
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