In 2005, a first year Buckeye coach named Thad Matta coached Ohio State to a program changing upset of No. 1 Illinois. Chris Holtmann is hoping history has repeated itself.
The first year Ohio State coach got a signature win, as the Buckeyes used a 12-0 over the last two minutes of the first half to take control of the game. They maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second half and knocked off No. 1 Michigan State 80-64.
Keita Bates-Diop scored a career-high 32 points with seven rebounds and three steals to lead the Buckeyes to another Big 10 victory. Ohio State is now 4-0 in the conference and 13-4 overall and could find itself in the top 25 this week.
Among the key moments of the game was back-up guard Andrew Dakich's buzzer-beating 3-pointer from just inside mid-court at the end of the half to give the Buckeyes a 12-point cushion.
Michigan State (15-2, 3-1 Big 10) never seemed to recover and saw its 14 game winning streak snapped.
C.J. Jackson had 14 points for Ohio State, Jae'Sean Tate added 13 and Kam Williams scored 10.
Ohio State is back in action Thursday, at home, against Maryland.
Check out some of the highlights and the reaction after the Buckeye win.
The Nut House rushes the floor after Ohio State's 80-64 upset of #1 Michigan State pic.twitter.com/f974wfnUat— Matt McCoy (@MattMcCoyZone) January 7, 2018
Buckeye hoops players sing Carmen Ohio after taking down #1 Michigan State pic.twitter.com/BofetwF6WQ— Matt McCoy (@MattMcCoyZone) January 8, 2018