Daily Archives: December 10, 2011

A moral victory for the Buckeyes

Photo courtesy of sportsillustrated.cnn.com. Ohio State came up just short today without their star Jared Sullinger (pictured above).

By Josh Kramer

Now I am fully aware that the vast majority of you are flabbergasted by the headline of this post.  How could the number two ranked team in all of the land have a moral victory?  Especially when they did not play against the number one ranked team in the country, or even a top ten ranked team for that matter.  Well let me elaborate for you.

Today, Ohio State headed to a very hostile environment to take on the number 13 ranked Kansas Jayhawks at Phog Allen Fieldhouse.  The Buckeyes first road game of the year.  A true road test right off the bat.  In addition, Kansas is no slouch of a team in the own right.  Outside of a very humbling experience at Madison Square Garden against Kentucky, this team has looked very good.  I realize that the same Duke team who Ohio State beat by 22, came in and handled the Jayhawks a couple of weeks ago, but the Jayhawks are still a very solid opponent.

Ohio State had played just one game that had stayed within single digits all year until today (W over Florida).  The Buckeyes have been a team that relies on a stifling offensive attack that is one of the most efficient in all of the land.  In other words, Ohio State is a team that hits over 50% of their shots a game.  This amazing stat is due in large part to their best player, Jared Sullinger. Continue reading

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