The Ohio State Buckeyes have not been challenged much this season, which made the game against Michigan State all that more important. Not like the game needed any more importance, but still. The Buckeyes may have took the contest to overtime, but they still ended up losing their only real test of the season. However, they are still worthy of a top 10 ranking.
Both teams showed that they are elite, but the Spartans had the crowd on their side, which is always a huge advantage in a Big Ten showdown.
Ohio State came into this matchup undefeated. Its best wins have come against Notre Dame and Maryland. You could probably throw the game against Marquette in there as well, just for the fact that the Golden Eagles were ranked at the time.
The Buckeyes may have lost their biggest challenge of the season so far, but they proved that they are going to compete for a conference title. It’s not easy coming back from 17 down, especially against the No. 5 ranked team in the country… on the road.
Thad Matta‘s team is really good at defense and that is the bottom line. They are not going to blow you away with individual talent, but they are going to play very, very tough defense.
Say what you want about the Buckeyes’ resume, but they are still 15-1 on the season and almost came away with the victory against Tom Izzo‘s squad.
As for Michigan State, well, it won. The Spartans have beaten two top five teams (at the time) and they have managed to go 14-1 in a very challenging schedule.
Regardless, both teams are talented enough to win a title and both will be playing in the postseason in March–better known as the NCAA tournament.