In their first game since being ranked No. 1, Ohio State backed it up with a quick and easy triumph over Iowa, 70-48.
In a film session earlier this week, several OSU players told head coach Thad Motta the team could play better defense and suggested they should put in a little extra practice time polishing it up. The players backed that up as well, holding Iowa to 23 first half points, 40% shooting on field goals, forced 22 Iowa turnovers and had 11 steals including seven by Aaron Craft.
The Buckeyes came flying out of the gate in the first half pushing the ball upcourt at every opportunity and went in at halftime up 40-23. It was a solid team effort as four Buckeyes had four assists apiece. David Lighty led OSU with 18 points and also played in his 139th game for the Buckeyes, tying the all-time record. Jared Sullinger fell just short of a double-double with 13 points and nine boards.
Andrew Brommer did what he could coming off the bench for Iowa with 12 points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocked shots. Iowa starters Jarryd Cole and Eric May finished with no points at all and spent most of the second half comfortably on the bench.
Ohio State remains unbeaten at 19-0 and improved to 6-0 in the Big Ten. Iowa is now 0-6 in conference play and 7-11 overall.
The competition will get a little tougher for the Buckeyes though. Seven of their next nine games are against ranked opponents, including a trip to Champaign this Saturday to tangle with No. 23 Illinois in a nationally televised game on CBS that is sure to have the Orange Crush in a frenzy for the top-ranked team in the country.