Ohio State Basketball Swept By Penn State, But Fans Shouldn't Worry

By Josh Paulisin
LaQuinton Ross vs Penn State
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When Ohio State lost to Penn State back on Jan. 29, the Buckeyes went on to win six of their next seven games.

With March right around the corner, a similar streak wouldn’t be such a bad idea.

No. 24 Ohio State was rolling before it came to State College, but will leave with yet another loss to Penn State as the Buckeyes fell 65-63 on Thursday night at the Bryce Jordan Center.

It was senior night for the Nittany Lions (14-14, 5-10) as they celebrated highly acclaimed point guard Tim Frazier‘s last home game. He didn’t disappoint. Frazier finished with 16 points while his counterpart D.J. Newbill led the way for Penn State with 23 points.

Ohio State (22-7, 9-7) was led by LaQuinton Ross who scored 19 points and added five rebounds. Senior guard Aaron Craft chipped in 10 points, but had a team-high five turnovers.

In a game that was important for Big Ten tournament seeding, the Buckeyes laid an egg. They shot a miserable 5-of-17 from behind the arc and also struggled at the free throw line, shooting 67 percent. Ohio State was also heavily out-rebounded by a margin of 36-25.

Despite losing twice to one of the weaker teams in the Big Ten, there is no need to panic in Columbus. These games happen, especially considering the Big Ten is an elite conference where teams beat each other up on a nightly basis.

Need any comforting? Look no further than last year’s Michigan Wolverines.

Buckeye fans may not like the comparison to their arch-rivals, but how many remember poking fun at then-No. 4 Michigan one year ago today after its humiliating loss to winless Penn State? Did that loss matter as the Wolverines stormed through the NCAA tournament to the national championship game?

Regular season losses hurt, especially when you’re expected to win, but it’s all about what happens in March.

College basketball isn’t like college football. One loss doesn’t hurt or ruin your season. No time to panic Buckeyes fans. That is, until your team walks to the free throw line.

Josh Paulisin is a College Basketball writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @JoshPaulisin and add him on Google.

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