It was a back-and-forth game, with overlapping penalties and goals that came in batches.
With a young roster that isn't quite deep enough, there may be more leads blown in the second half the way the Buckeyes did against Butler and Clemson during the first month of the season.More news: Christmas sales surprise for Next
Ohio State's physical defense sealed off Miles Bridges from driving and creating, handcuffed Nick Ward with double-teams in the post and prevented clean entry passes from the perimeter by being physical all night. Woodson helped lead MI to the 1997 national championship as he became the first primarily defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy. I liked our attitude. "But it depends if in that game, were we doing things that could carry over to the next couple games?" "That was the attitude of our guys tonight".
Over on the Michigan State side, they're sitting at 15-2 on the year. It wasn't because Thad Matta was a bad coach-he is arguably the best coach in program history-but there needed to be a new face leading the Buckeyes, one that would bring some much-needed energy and a new look to Ohio State basketball. As for Michigan State, they put up a head-scratching 64 points in that Ohio State game and simply looked lost. The Spartans entered the year as a legitimate national championship contender and were a unanimous pick to win the conference in a poll conducted by The Dispatch and the Athletic; the Boilermakers were pegged to challenge the rest of the league as runners-up. With a No. 1 ranking in hand, they continue to welcome their opponents' best efforts. Murphy added two more double-doubles this past week, going for 17 and 17 in a win vs. IL and 18 and 10 in a loss vs. Indiana.
"When they continued to get excited off it, that's just hard", freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. said. Michigan State coach Danton Cole said that he saw a definite improvement in the Spartans in this rematch and the key was "starting a little quicker". "Coaches get surprised. I got surprised".More news: Pope Francis invites new mothers to breastfeed in the Sistine Chapel
I'm still excited to see what happens when Purdue and Michigan State meet next month. Are you really that screwed up that you think we're just some powerhouse that can do all that? MSU's seven-game win improvement from last season established a school record for the biggest turnaround in program history. After Joshua scored unassisted at 11:00 to make it 4-2, Freddy Gerard scored at 12:52 to give the Buckeyes a 5-2 lead, and Saliba's second goal at 13:28 brought the final score to 5-3.
The tone for the game was set by the wild 3-pointer made at the first half buzzer by senior guard Andrew Dakich.
The Bearcats (14-2, 3-0) have won 35 straight home games on two courts. This is a very good team. We were around the net. "We'll see. We don't know at this point".More news: Arpaio bid for Senate shakes up already tumultuous primary campaign
And it worked right into Ohio State's defensive game plan. "We've had a down couple years, obviously, but this is the start of what we - inside this locker room and inside this place - wanted to get to by the end of the season". "There was no thinking we're better than we are". Michigan State was edged by Bowling Green, 194.000-193.350, while No. 22 Ohio State opened 2018 with a 196.250-193.200 loss at No. 6 UCLA.