Offensive Consistency Is Necessary For Ohio State To Win In Big Ten

Greg Bartram – USA Today Sports

One of the biggest reasons why the Ohio State Buckeyes lost their first game of the 2013-14 season to the Michigan State Spartans on Tuesday night was because of their lack of offensive consistency.

The Buckeyes shot 41 percent against the Spartans but were held to a three-point shooting percentage of 22 percent. They also turned the ball over a season-high 21 times, which led them to not having a player score in double digits until there was less than four minutes left in regulation. Sam Thompson scored six straight on the Buckeyes’ late run and finished with 18 points, and freshman Marc Loving finished with 10. The lackluster three-point shooting by Ohio State, their inability to make shots late in overtime when they needed to, and their many turnovers led to their first loss of the season.

Ohio State was looking to rebound from this tough loss with a win over the No. 20 Iowa Hawkeyes on Sunday afternoon in Columbus. They were not able to do that, thanks in part to sloppy play late in the game. The Buckeyes were otherwise pretty consistent for most of the game. Their improved offensive consistency would have been a big key to their success if it wasn’t for a lack of it when it really mattered. Unlike their loss to the Spartans, the Buckeyes had a double-digit scorer before halftime, as LaQuinton Ross put up 10 points and grabbed four rebounds in the opening half. Lenzelle Smith Jr. and Thompson each had eight points at halftime. For the game, three Buckeyes, Ross, Smith Jr. and Amir Williams scored in double-digits with Ross leading the way at 22 points. It was a great improvement from their loss to the Spartans. They also improved in their shooting and three-point shooting and did not commit as many turnovers. The Buckeyes shot close to 45 percent, shot 33 percent from three-point range, and had 17 turnovers against Iowa. Ohio State’s turnovers and late struggles are what led to their 10-point loss to Iowa.

Despite their losses to Michigan State and Iowa, Ohio State is still one of the best teams in the country and in the Big Ten. Now, they need to prove that to doubters all over the country by being more consistent offensively and learning how to hold onto the ball.

The next Big Ten test for the Buckeyes will come on Thursday in Minneapolis against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Jenna Aquino is a Big Ten Football writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter, “Like” her on Facebook, add her to your network on Google, or reach her by e-mail at starz9815@hotmail.com.

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