You’re Nuts: Which loss in Ohio State hurt you the most?
Pain. It is something that everyone is familiar with. As Ohio State fans, we experienced it on Saturday after the soccer team lost a tough game to the Ducks. So we thought we were going to bring pain to the hoop kingdom and discuss the loss of Ohio State on the basketball court that personally hurt you the most.
Last week, thanks to the release of the full schedule, we discussed what we thought was the toughest game on the Buckeyes’ schedule. Connor won with 57% (30 votes) with his pick of the game at Purdue. Justin got 30% (16 votes) with his choice of the battle against Michigan in Ann Arbor (she’s a whore). And others got 13% (7 votes) but again the others didn’t listen and told us who they chose (except one to vote for Illinois which is hard to argue against) .
After 19 weeks:
Justin – 5
(There was a tie)
Connor: Penn State 82, # 13 Ohio State 79 (25 january 2018)
The 2017-18 Ohio State men’s basketball team – Chris Holtmann’s first team – had a knack for falling behind early and coming out in the dying minutes. They did it against Purdue on the road. They did it against Gonzaga in the NCAA tournament. And they did it against Penn State at home.
The Buckeyes were 9-0 in the Big Ten before this one, surprising many pundits and pundits who penciled them in mid-conference before the start of the season.
Army of the future B1G POY in Keita Bates-Diop, future NBA starter in Jae’Sean Tate, and the almighty Andrew Dakich, this team (in hindsight) was fantastic. After moving from unranked to No.13 nationwide in January, the Buckeyes were a real and legitimate threat to win their first B1G title in six years. Michigan, Michigan State, and Purdue tangled with Ohio State atop the standings. Penn State was not.
This particular Nittany Lion team were only 3-5 in the conference game leading up to that fateful night, but they also had two future pros in Lamar Stevens and Tony Carr – which we’ll talk about in a moment. New Ohio State playmaker Jamari Wheeler was also a freshman on that Penn State team. They really weren’t a bad team and actually finished sixth in the conference that year and won the NIT.
Regardless, Ohio State was in the top 25 and on a roll, having won eight straight games. A home clash with Penn State was just an echo on the radar. Fans burst in when the ball tipped into the Schottenstein Center, but neither the home team nor the home crowd seemed overly concerned about Penn State.
The Nittany Lions responded by hosting a shooting clinic unlike any we’ve seen before, going 11-14 over the arc (79%) and taking a dozen points in the second half. Every time Ohio State scored a bucket to start the comeback, Penn State responded. Stevens scored 15. Shep Garner – who is Flavor Flav’s cousin, believe it or not – had 14. Carr lost a record of 28. It was like trying to keep a boat afloat that didn’t. kept causing a new leak every few seconds.
The Buckeyes shot the ball well themselves, shooting it 56% overall and 46% deep. Normally this would suffice. Not a night when Penn State had the most impressive shooting clinic we’ve seen in years.
Down nine to two minutes from time, our good friend Keita had back-to-back triples to make it a one-possession game with 1:14 to go. He finished the game with 25 points. After a Penn State failure, Tate knocked down Mike Watkins and scored easily with his left hand, making it a one-point game with 19 seconds left. The Buckeyes had no choice but to foul, so CJ Jackson took the foul and sent the man of the hour – Carr – to the line. He hit both, unsurprisingly, making it a three-point lead, 79-76 Penn State with 14 seconds left.
And then it happened.
The most exciting, heartbreaking, rage-provoking, mind-blowing, screaming ending on TV that I can remember in recent memory.
CRAZY FINISH IN COLUMBUS!
Tony Carr and Keita Bates-Diop were unstoppable down the home stretch, and Carr had the final answer for @PennStateMBB to the buzzer to seal the upheaval in the state of Ohio # 13: pic.twitter.com/aoDBprnPRG
– Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) Jan. 26, 2018
Bates-Diop connects on a long triple with five seconds remaining, tying the game at 79. He landed doing the splits, something a 6-foot-9, 240-pound man shouldn’t be able to. to do. His teammates wanted to rush onto the field, harass him and celebrate overtime, but first they had to make sure Penn State wasn’t doing the impossible. Well, they did.
Carr casually brought the ball to the ground and called out a prayer a few yards in front of the half court line. He got out of the glass and entered the basket just before the horn sounded, and Penn State eluded Columbus with one of the most exciting – and impressive – wins of the season.
The Schott went from utter chaos after the Bates-Diop mark to dead silence on Carr’s buzzer-beater. The student section stood with their hands on their heads in disbelief.
Final score: Penn State 82, Ohio State 79. The Buckeyes would finish second in the Big Ten… just one game away from Michigan State.
Justin: Oral Roberts 75, Ohio State 72 (March 19, 2021)
When it comes to pain, there is one game that stands out. And this picture says it all. It’s a game I honestly thought I would never have to think about again. It was the last game the Ohio State men’s basketball team played, and it’s the one that really got netizens out of their minds. That’s when the No. 2 seed Ohio State Buckeyes fell 75-72 to the No. 15 seed Oral Roberts Eagles.
The game that made someone on the internet call me a coward and other mean words because I jokingly quoted them a meme. He obviously hadn’t seen the meme. The game that has made many people question Chris Holtmann as a coach, despite the fact that many people directly involved in the game will call him one of the most underrated coaches in the country.
The game that made people forget how good Duane Washington Jr. is and the real cowards on the Internet threatened EJ Liddell; as if he wasn’t the only reason the Buckeyes were in the game in the first place.
This game hurts for several reasons. The main one being that everyone who isn’t an Ohio State fan has had the best day of their life because, for some strange reason, they hate Ohio State and love seeing men between the ages of 18 and 21. living one of the worst days of their life. Lives. I think this is strange behavior, but I digress. I cannot tell you how many text messages I have received. Not. Amusing.
The other reason was that I really believe this Ohio State team could have done a deep run. I don’t think they would have passed Baylor in the Elite Eight, but I think they could have quite easily gone this far. Heck, Oral Roberts almost did.
Not to mention that the Buckeyes were really unlucky. That’s not an excuse; it’s a fact. Oral Roberts was a disastrous game from the start and the Buckeyes came into that game without Kyle Young, who would have made a huge difference to Kevin Obanor downstairs. Not to mention, as we have since learned, Young didn’t play and Seth Towns and Liddell weren’t very healthy. Looking back, you could almost see it coming.
This game was weird because – to be quite honest – I never thought the Buckeyes were going to lose until the final buzzer sounded in overtime. It was just like one of those games where they would struggle, but ultimately live to fight another day. Who knew it was more like a last fight. I just feel bad for the players. It’s hard to watch your failures play out on national television and it’s even more difficult when you’re 18-21 and everyone is enjoying it.
Some might call this regency bias. I say, “Who cares? ” Pain.
Which Ohio State basketball loss hurt you the most?
Tony Carr’s (Connor) Buzzer Beater 2018
Oral Roberts winner in March (Justin)
A different game hurts more and I can’t believe you didn’t mention it
18 votes in total