The Ohio State Buckeyes had a challenge on their hands as they faced the Northwestern Wildcats. Challenge taken, as the undefeated Buckeyes protected their number one spot with a win over the Wildcats.
The Buckeye victory means that Northwestern is now 0-16 against Big 10 teams. Northwestern briefly had a lead over Ohio State in the first half, but had difficulty in executing plays as the game progressed. Part of this Wildcat struggle was the absence of one of their strongest players, John Shurna, due to a concussion.
As the second half continued, things did not improve for the Wildcats when Drew Crawford took a seat on the bench for excessive fouling. Northwestern’s numerous rebounds were not enough to knock the Buckeyes off their game. Sullinger, Buford, and Craft led the Buckeyes to victory scoring an impressive combined total of over 50 points.
Northwestern tightened the score gap at the end of the second half, an improvement for the Wildcats compared to their 20 point loss against the Buckeyes last season. Northwestern had a shot in the last 3.5 seconds of the game, but was unable complete the play, despite having more 3-pointers and rebounds than the Buckeyes.
A force not to be reckoned with is Jared Sullinger who scored 21 points for the Buckeyes with eight rebounds. The final score sets at Ohio State 58 and the Wildcats 57. This one point victory means Ohio State remains the only undefeated division one team.
The rival game is next for the Buckeyes as they host the Michigan Wolverines on February 3rd.