The Basketball Buckeyes are coming off arguably their best win of the year, a 90-70 victory over Iowa Tuesday and are about to play arguably their toughest game of the year, at Big Ten leading Purdue Saturday at 2 pm on ESPN. Friday morning Buckeye coach Chris Holtmann visited with Joel Riley and me on WTVN. It was a fun conversation with the coach that touched on multiple subjects including, the Tuesday night 29 point scoring outburst by freshman Justin Ahrens, the Buckeyes NCAA tournament hopes, the strength of the Big Ten, Ohio State's senior class and more. Among the tidbits from our conversation.
When asked by Joel who the next under the radar bench player he's going to put in to score 29 points (like Justin Ahrens against Iowa) Holtmann replied with a laugh: "I think we're running out of options there."
Coach Holtmann, on the Buckeyes NCAA tournament resume: "We know that in all likelihood, we're in really good position, but we've got work ahead of us... We have to continue to play well and find a way to win games."
On the strength of the Big Ten: "It's the deepest, best league in the country...I don't think you can make an argument that it's not...It's pretty easy to get beat up in this league."
On the Buckeyes, hanging in there despite some rough patches this season: "I'm really proud of our guys and their approach these last couple months. We obviously had a difficult January but our guys have plowed through it and put themselves in position that quite honestly, a lot of people would like to be in right now in terms of having something to play for in March."
On Senior guard C.J. Jackson's ability to make crazy buzzer beating and shot clock beating shots: "It really is uncanny..He's more accurate in those situations then when he's wide open"
It was a fun and informative interview. A big thanks to Coach Holtmann for taking time to join us. We really enjoyed it. If you missed it, you can check out the conversation here.