Three things we think we learned from Ohio State basketball’s win over Penn State

Five things we think we learned from Ohio State basketball’s win over Penn State on Sunday. #GoBucks

Ohio State got back in the win column on Sunday. It was a game that wasn’t what you’d watch your kid for a basketball clinic, but OSU did what it needed to win a slow and scrappy type of game against the Penn State Nittany Lions.

As with any game, there are some things we can take from what we saw with all the action on the hardwood, and we’re going to do our level best to make sense of what we saw in this key Big Ten matchup. It might have looked like a game the Buckeyes were lucky to win, but there are some good things to take out of this result.

Here are three things we think we learned about this Ohio State basketball team as we watched all the action this weekend.

WATCH: What Penn State head coach Micah Shrewsberry said about Ohio State postgame

Penn State head coach Micah Shrewsberry was quick to compliment Ohio State after the game Sunday. #GoBucks

Ohio State got an ugly win on Sunday, but Big Ten teams are finding out that’s how you have to beat Penn State these days. The Nittany Lions have gotten much better at defending and look to grind things out on the offensive end. As a result, OSU’s shooting wasn’t stellar, but the team was able to employ a similar style and will itself to a win.

Count Penn State head coach Micah Shrewsberry in the camp that is impressed with the Buckeyes’ personnel and how they were able to make things difficult on the Nittany Lions’ efforts to steal a game on the road.

Shrewsberry met with the media postgame to discuss what he saw and was proud of his team but was quick to compliment Ohio State. If you didn’t get a chance to hear what the Penn State head coach said about the Buckeyes after the game, click on the below and listen to Shrewsberry compliment OSU’s individual skill, desire, ability to get after 50/50 balls, and more.

The video is courtesy of the GoPSUTV YouTube channel.

I have to say, after watching Penn State earlier in the year and how much the team has improved, as well as how Shrewsberry conducts himself after games, he’s a coach to watch.

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Ohio State basketball holds off tough challenge from Penn State

It wasn’t pretty, but put one in the left side of the column. #GoBucks

It was far from a beauty pageant on hardwood, but the Ohio State basketball team played good defense, took advantage of a bad shooting day from Penn State, and did just enough on the offensive end to win an ugly game against the Nittany Lions on Sunday 61-56.

The Buckeyes managed to score just 61 points on 17-of-44 (38.6%) shots from the field. Fortunately, Penn State experienced shooting just as bad, knocking down just 21-of-53 (39.6%). OSU took advantage of 36 attempts at the free-throw line, knocking down 24 at the charity stripe to just eight for the Nittany Lions.

It was a game Ohio State led almost entirely after absorbing a quick start from the Nittany Lions, who were without their leading scorer, swing-man Seth Lundy. Despite it all, things stayed pretty close throughout, including the second half. The lead never reached more than ten, and never got back to one possession.

Penn State did have a desperate flurry to make the game closer than what it may have appeared down the stretch, but it was all a little too late.

E.J. Liddell led all scorers with a somewhat quiet 19 points. He made 6-of-11 field goals, including 1-of-2 from beyond the arc. He could have poured in more if it weren’t for going just 6-of-12 from the free-throw line.

With the win, Ohio State improves to 1-4 overall, and 5-2 in the conference to stay within arm’s reach of the league leaders. The Buckeyes are next in action against IUPUI at home on Tuesday.

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Al Washington headed to Notre Dame

Looks like there will be another former Buckeye headed back to the ‘Shoe for the first game of 2022. #GoBucks

Former Ohio State linebackers Al Washington is headed to Notre Dame to join Marcus Freeman’s staff according to news first reported by ESPN. He is expected to join the team on the defensive side of the ball as the run game coordinator. Other reports have since confirmed the hire.

Washington was a recent casualty of all the moves on the defensive side of the ball by head coach Ryan Day over the last few weeks. With Jim Knowles taking over as the defensive coordinator in Columbus, there has been a domino effect of current staff members moving on from the program, Washington being one of them.

So now, the first game of the season in 2022 takes on even more significance. Not only will former Ohio State linebacker Marcus Freeman be making a return to Columbus after some eyebrow-raising comments, but Washington will also be in tow.

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Ohio State leads Penn State in slow first half

The Buckeyes lead at the half, but it’s a tenuous one against Penn State. #GoBucks

Ohio State and Penn State are locked into a basketball contest that is the furthest thing from an offensive clinic. The Buckeyes have gotten the slightly better run of play to lead 27-22, but it has been a difficult game to watch.

Both teams are struggling from the field. OSU is shooting just 9-of-27 (33.3%) and Penn State is even worse, only knocking down 8-of-27 (29.6%) shots in the first twenty minutes.

The bright spot for Ohio State is that it is playing sound, team defense, often forcing the Nittany Lions to take desperate heaves with the shot clock running down. The Buckeyes also lead on the boards (21-18), and at the free-throw line (making seven to Penn State’s four). The team has also more or less taken care of the ball, turning it over just three times.

E.J. Liddell leads Ohio State with nine points on 3-of-6 shooting, and also has two blocks and three assists.

You have to believe Penn State will shoot the ball better in the second half. OSU would be well-advised to do the same and try to stretch this lead out a little in the second half, especially with the Nittany Lions making the trip without their leading scorer, Seth Lundy. This game simply can’t get away.

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Watch Ohio State basketball commit Bruce Thornton score at will

Ohio State hoops commit, Bruce Thornton, dropped 34 points in the Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Champions. #GoBucks

The future looks bright for the Ohio State basketball team. Four-star point guard, Bruce Thornton, is primed to head to Columbus next year but has some unfinished business to tend to in high school before making the transition.

Thornton’s Milton (Ga.) high school team played in the Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Champions in Springfield, Missouri over the weekend where they took home third place over Chicago’s Whitney Young high school. The bigger story was Thornton who dropped 34 points in the win.

The game’s leading scoring almost equaled Whitney Young’s entire output as the Dolphins only scored 37 total points. In case you’re wondering, Whitney Young is no slouch either, boasting multiple D1 players including AJ Casey who has committed to the Miami Hurricanes.

Take a look at the incoming point guard, who looks to be one of the top scorers in the country.

Thornton is the No. 6 ranked point guard in the country according to 247Sports composite rankings and a top 50 player overall.

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Latest USA TODAY mock NFL draft has two Ohio State players going in first round

USA TODAY believes these two teams will select a Buckeye in the first round of the 2022 NFL draft. #GoBucks

Now that the college football season is over, we’ll soon turn our attention to the upcoming 2022 NFL draft. There’s still some NFL playoff football to watch, but the annual spectacle that is the draft will consume everyone’s attention in the not-too-distant future.

On that note, whenever we talk about sending players to the NFL, Ohio State is generally in whatever equation computes to players walking across the stage each year. With another crop of talented American football types leaving OSU and headed to the highest level of play, that’s sure to be the case again in 2022.

We’ve already had some mock drafts making the rounds months before all the shenanigans take place in Las Vegas, and we’ve got our latest first-round update from USA TODAY’s Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, complete with a projection of which teams select in what slot.

Middlehurst-Schwartz has two Ohio State players going in the first round and we’re here to keep you informed on what he thinks with his ear to all the whispers going on.

Here are the two players that he believes will go in the first round, who will select them, and what he says about each.

Kerry Coombs releases statement thanking ‘Buckeye Nation’

Kerry Coombs releases a statement thanking “Buckeye Nation.” We shouldn’t be surprised. #GoBucks

There was a flurry of coaching moves last week that Ryan Day made to potentially make Ohio State better on the field. Most of that came by way of the defensive staff, and that meant that not everyone that had a hand in the last couple of years would be able to stay on the banks of the Olentangy.

One of those staff members that will be moving on to other things is now former defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs. He’s meant a lot to football in the state of Ohio, both as a celebrated high school coach, and during his time with Ohio State. Because of that, it was no doubt a bittersweet moment to see a new defensive coordinator Jim Knowles hired to bring the silver bullets back to the form everyone has been accustomed to after two subpar seasons.

One of the things you have to admire about Coombs is his ability to take everything in stride with grace and appreciation. He had some comments that were the model of what you’d want to teach young people about adversity when asked about his playcalling duties being delegated to Matt Barnes, and now he’s come out and thanked “Buckeye Nation” for his time in the OSU program.

“As I prepare for the next mission in my life, I want to thank Buckeye Nation for allowing my family and me to share in some truly incredible experiences,” Coombs said in a statement released on Twitter. “I remain most grateful for the family of extraordinary young men I have been privileged to serve, as well as the men I have worked alongside. I will look back at the Shoe, the fans, the championships, and mostly the players with great fondness, while also looking forward with great anticipation to what God has in store for me.”

Coombs then of course added several long hashtags to what he laid out. We’ve grown accustomed to that, just like we’ve grown accustomed to what type of person he is. Good luck to Coombs and there’s no doubt he’ll land on his feet soon.

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Ohio State on shortlist of teams favored to win college football national championship next season

Here is what Tipico Sportsbook has as the college football teams with the top sixteen odds to win the national title in 2022. #GoBucks

Now that the college football season is complete, we’re starting to get some early odds and returns for the teams that are favored to win the whole thing in 2022. You would expect Ohio State to be there as it most normally has been over the last couple of decades, and that is certainly the case again.

In fact, according to the popular sportsbook Tipico, the Buckeyes own one of the top three odds to win the College Football Playoff national championship behind two familiar combatants.

Clearly, Alabama and Georgia are still expected to be in the picture, but there are other teams that you might be surprised about. Here are the top sixteen teams that Tipco has set with the best odds to win the national championship in 2022.

All Betting Lines are Courtesy of Tipico Sportsbook

Ohio State football roster announced for Madden 22 Campus Legends

A look at all 32 Ohio State players that are a part of EA Sports NFL Madden 22’s Campus Legends mode. Active now.

In case you missed some pretty significant news — at least if you have been missing EA Sports’ NCAA Football, Madden NFL 22 has brought Ohio State to its Campus Legends mode. That’s right, you can once again play a football video game using the scarlet and gray, but only for a limited time, through January 31.

The opportunity began on January 14 and we weren’t originally sure what former Buckeye greats would be included until now. We’ve now got the entire 32-man roster you can choose from. It’s a literally who’s who of mainly recent Buckeye stars, and we’re sure you are going to enjoy every moment of it if you haven’t taken part already.

Here is a look at all former Ohio State football players that are a part of the roster for NFL Madden 22’s Buckeye roster. Go have some fun.

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