It's not close to actually getting to play in and ultimately win the NCAA Tournament, but hey---it's something. The Washington Post ran a simulation of "March Madness," using statistics and analytical data, and Chris Holtmann's Basketball Buckeyes emerged as the champion, beating Baylor in the simulated national championship game.
With a simulated national championship on his resume, does Coach Holtmann get a simulated bonus check?
"I think that's exactly what it would be, a simulated bonus check, whatever that looks like," Holtmann said Wednesday morning when he joined me on 610 WTVN. "What it did speak to is that our numbers were very good as the year finished."
Ohio State wound up 21-10 overall and 11-9 in the Big Ten, recovering from a January slump that saw them drop 6 of 7 games and open conference play at 2-6. Holtmann spent time with us discussing the turnaround when the Buckeyes won 9 of their last 12, the disappointment associated with the coronavirus induced end to the season, whether the NCAA should grant an additional year to Andre Wesson and other seniors and also what is in store for next season, including whether junior Kaleb Wesson will be back. Thanks so much to Coach Holtmann for spending some time with us in what was a fun interview full of good information.
Because of our podcasting system, the interview with Coach is in two parts on our podcast page. To listen to part 1, dealing with the simulated championship and the abrupt end to the season click here. You can access the final two minutes, dealing with next year's team, Kaleb Wesson's future and more by clicking here.