Big 10 Basketball: Ohio State Buckeyes Win Crucial Matchup With Iowa Hawkeyes

By Taylor Sturm
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With their recent run of form, it’s difficult to see how at one point earlier in the season the Ohio State Buckeyes were ranked No. 3 and undefeated with many saying they should be favorites to win both the Big 10 and the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Since then, they have lost five of their last seven games that included a loss to the Penn State Nittany Lions and Nebraska Cornhuskers. They went from a predicted No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament to a bubble team in just a few weeks.

However, OSU saved their season with an away win against the No. 14 Wisconsin Badgers and now an away win over the No. 17 Iowa Hawkeyes. Ohio State trailed the Hawkeyes at halftime 33-31, but due to a 14-point first-half performance from Aaron Craft, the Buckeyes were able to kick it into gear in the second half. Iowa’s Gabriel Olaseni was 5-for-5 from the field en route to a 14-point scoring night off the bench, but it wasn’t enough as the Buckeyes pulled off the win away from home, 76-69.

Next is a game against the No. 9 Michigan State Spartans and then the No. 10 Michigan Wolverines. Ohio State’s remaining Big 10 schedule looks to be fairly easy after that, though. If they have turned the corner from their mid-season slump, and I believe they have, then they could easily end up fighting their way back into the discussion for a top three seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes may have been down, but with back-to-back road wins against top opposition, they are far from out.

Taylor Sturm is an SEC Basketball Writer for Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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