The Basketball Buckeyes have pulled off a rare feat...but it's not one to boast about. Ohio State, once No. 2 in the AP poll, have lost 5 of their last 6, to fall out of the top 25 completely. Bill Landis of "The Athletic" notes that the sharp decline is extremely unusual.
Bill's last note is a potential positive for Ohio State, who have an NCAA tournament resume but currently don't look like an NCAA tournament team. The Buckeyes have lost their way on both ends of the floor, struggling to find consistent offense, while at the same time, failing to come up with key defensive stops when they're needed. In the Buckeyes latest loss, Penn State shot 54% from the floor including 47% from 3-point range and blitzed Ohio State 90-74 last Saturday. On Basketball Bucksline Monday, former Buckeye Captain and 610 WTVN analyst Tony White discussed Ohio State's slump at length and says the number one issue for Chris Holtmann's team is a lack of toughness.
"This team is soft. Mentally and physically right now they're soft," Tony said. "Maybe that's an off-shoot of some of the youth but right now, the number one thing, if I could fix anything on this team, I would make them a lot tougher because if you make them a lot tougher, mentally and physically, a lot of things would solve themselves because of that fix."
It was a lively show with a lot of interaction. If you missed it, you can check out the Basketball Bucksline podcast by clicking here. Ohio State hopes to regain its form this week. OSU has two winnable games, as they host Minnesota at 6:30 Thursday (on FS1) and visit Northwestern at 6:30 Sunday (on BTN.)