Saturday, 21 July, 2018

Ohio State continues its Florida pipeline with four-star commit Tyreke Johnson

Ohio-St-Michigan-Football-1 Ohio State continues its Florida pipeline with four-star commit Tyreke Johnson
Melinda Barton | 07 December, 2017, 15:47

However, it looks like the Buckeyes were able to win out in the big recruiting battle.

Ohio State (7-3, 2-0 Big Ten) turned on the defense in the second half while sprinting out on a blistering 19-3 run, following a 7-0 burst to end the first half.

"We couldn't score and we couldn't stop them", Beilein said.

In this year of transition - during which Ohio State has no outside expectations and less talent than nearly everyone in the Big Ten - the Buckeyes have begun league play 2-0.

It was a completely different story in the first half for MI.

The Buckeyes started chipping away by scoring seven straight points in the final 1:16 before halftime and came out firing following the break, scoring the first nine points to cut it to 43-39 with 16:23 to play.

"We knew in the first half if we kept playing like that, we would have gotten run out of the gym", Williams said. The move worked, as the Wolverines shot a woeful 5 of 29 (17 percent) from the floor after halftime.

Ohio State played six games in 12 days, and finished the run by handing Wisconsin the worst loss in the history of its building and overcoming a 20-point hole against MI with effort more than anything else.

A month into the college basketball season, Ohio State has been the surprise of the Big Ten.

With the ability to play physical press-man coverage along the boundary or serve as a rangy center fielder who can lay the wood and close on the ball in a split second, Johnson has the skills necessary to change the complexion of the Buckeyes' secondary for the better over the next few years.

"I'm sure who we played had something to do with it", Holtmann said. "That's one of the benefits of going through a six-game stretch like this".

Keita Bates-Diop scored 18 and C.J. Jackson added 17 to pace Ohio State, which beat Wisconsin by 25 points on Saturday. "We just made little adjustments, played a little harder".

The season is young and the road long, but Ohio State believes it taught itself something important with its 2-0 start to Big Ten play. "I mean, we had them where we wanted them, or at least we thought". The Times-Union's 2017 Super 24 and defensive player of the year Shaun Wade signed with the Buckeyes in last season's class.