Yes, the Buckeyes are an uptick in talent and competition, but I still like Tom Izzo's team to roll here. Whether it was the fact that it was nationally televised or just that it was a home game, Ohio State seemed to have plenty of confidence heading into the game, the kind that you don't usually see when an unranked team goes against the top-ranked team in the country.
(2) NOTRE DAME 77, GEORGIA TECH 54: Arike Ogunbowale scored 25 points, Jackie Young added 14 and Notre Dame (15-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) had no trouble winning its eighth straight game with a victory over Georgia Tech (12-5, 1-3) at Atlanta.
Assist-to-turnover ratio is important for this team and when it hovers around 1-to-1, Michigan State struggles. Ohio State will host Maryland on Thursday.
"Right now he can get away with it on the high school level, but in college he will need improvement in that area, said Stephens". "This year it was us and last year it was Nick (that was a problem) and that shows great maturity on Nick's part".
It would be an understatement to say little was expected of Ohio State during the 2017-18 season, and yet the Buckeyes are 13-4 overall and 4-0 in the Big Ten, tied for first with Purdue. They shot 39.0 percent (23 for 59) while Ohio State made 52.5 percent (31 for 59) of its shots.
The run to end the first half isn't what did MSU in- after all, MSU is the best scoring team in the Big Ten, averaging 86.5 points, and the best field-goal percentage defense, 34.2 percent, in the country.
"We could go in the tank here the next couple weeks", Holtmann said. "We ran up against a team that played awfully well". In the third period, beginning with Joshua's unassisted game-winner, the teams combined for the final three goals of the night within a span of two-and-a-half minutes. "I thought it was much like the NFL", Lammers said.
The Buckeyes are now 13-4 on the season and a ideal 4-0 in Big Ten play, something that even Big Ten media members didn't expect. "It's just because of the facilities and crowds and everything else". Are you really that screwed up that you think we're just some powerhouse that can do all that? We didn't come to a visiting game with a lack of focus.
"We made some timely plays down the stretch and every guy up here made a big rebound and made a big jump shot".
But those teams had opportunities to compete for important wins in healthier times. "Everyone that checked into the game was locked in and ready to play".
"Listen, they're a legitimate national championship contender", Holtmann said of the Spartans. We just didn't get the product. We had seven guys with 3.0's and four guys on the Dean's list. "We will continue to build upon our past success and we're looking forward to the new challenges of the upcoming season". Ohio State fought hard to stay in front of him or move him out of position ("Most of the game they were fouling me", Ward said) to prevent him from getting the ball.
"(Friday) was a good win. Iowa and Minnesota both defeated Michigan State on the week.
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