ROSEMONT, Ailing. (AP) – Chris Holtmann figured an off-night from Keita Bates-Diop was inevitable. So, too, is the Ohio State coach’s first Huge Ten loss.
Nevertheless it didn’t coincide along with his star participant’s first subpar efficiency in weeks.
Holtmann turned the primary coach in 95 years to win his first seven Huge Ten video games as No. 22 Ohio State defeated Northwestern 71-65 on Wednesday evening. Holtmann is the third Huge Ten coach to win his first seven convention video games, becoming a member of Wisconsin’s Walter Meanwell (1911-12) and Iowa’s Sam Barry (1922-23). Holtmann changed Thad Matta, this system’s all-time wins chief, this season.
“It actually doesn’t imply something,” Holtmann mentioned. “I believe that is a mirrored image on the gamers as a lot as something. We have got a gaggle that basically likes one another. And it is easy to love one another once you’re on the streak that we’re on proper now, however I sensed that they even appreciated one another after we had some tough spots earlier within the 12 months.”
C.J. Jackson had 12 factors and eight assists, Micah Potter scored 13 factors off the bench and Bates-Diop, the Huge Ten’s main scorer and reigning two-time participant of the week, had 10 factors and eight rebounds for the Buckeyes (16-Four, 7-Zero), who received their sixth straight total.
Vic Legislation scored 14 factors and Scottie Lindsey had 13 for Northwestern (11-9, 2-5) because the Wildcats suffered their second straight double-digit loss.
Picked to complete 11th within the Huge Ten in a preseason media ballot, the Buckeyes have been the story of the convention thus far this season. Coming off successive routs of then-No. 1 Michigan State, Maryland and Rutgers, Ohio State led Northwestern by as many as 15 within the second half earlier than holding off a late Wildcats cost.
Northwestern bought inside three at 68-65 on a Three-pointer by Lindsey with 43 seconds left, however Jackson sealed the victory from the foul line.
“Clearly I am upset in the results of the sport, however I used to be really very happy with my group tonight,” Northwestern coach Chris Collins mentioned. “I beloved our combat. If you happen to would have mentioned to me we have been going to carry them to 70 factors and maintain Keita to 10 factors, I might have most likely lived with that consequence.”
Ohio State: Whereas successful has develop into routine for the Buckeyes, pulling out shut video games has not. This was the smallest margin of Ohio State’s 16 victories, 14 of which have been by double digits.
“We did not at all times play our greatest, however man, that is one we’ll be ok with,” Holtmann mentioned. “You are taking part in on a group’s dwelling court docket, they’re most likely going to make photographs, they’re most likely going to make a run.”
Northwestern: With 4 starters again from this system’s first NCAA Event look, the Wildcats have fallen far in need of expectations and are going to have flip issues round in a rush to make a case for one more invitation to the dance.
Holtmann praised the general play of Bates-Diop, who was averaging 20.Three factors total and 23.Three in Huge Ten play earlier than going Four of 12 from the sector and a couple of for Four from the road in opposition to Northwestern.
“Nobody within the nation, that I’ve seen, has went by way of the sort of stretch that he is had by way of effectivity,” Holtmann mentioned. “It is unbelievable, and I hope we now have a full appreciation for the way good he is been on this stretch. And he will have an evening or two the place it would not go his approach. However the truth that he stayed in there and competed, I am so happy with him.”
Northwestern ahead Aaron Falzon was faraway from the beginning lineup a couple of minutes earlier than tip with a again harm. Falzon, a 6-foot-Eight sophomore, averages 6.Eight factors. His substitute, Gavin Skelly, had 11.
Northwestern didn’t make a shot from the perimeter within the closing 14:14 of the primary half. The Wildcats missed 12 straight soar photographs throughout that stretch as Ohio State turned a 12-6 deficit right into a 33-25 halftime lead.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes host Minnesota on Saturday.
Northwestern: The Wildcats host Penn State on Saturday.
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