Buckeye Basketball: OSU staying grounded after mauling top-ranked Michigan St.
Ohio State basketball coach Chris Holtmann doesn't want to be a one-hit wonder and certainly not his surging Buckeye basketball team still unbeaten in the Big 10 at 4-0.
The Buckeyes last started 4-0 in the Big Ten during the 2011 conference season with 11-consecutive wins to start the league season. Chris Holtmann is the first Ohio State coach to start the conference season 4-0 in his first year in Columbus.
The Big Ten portion of the schedule continues vs. Maryland Thursday. The 14-4 Terps beat Iowa by 18 in their last outing but lost at Michigan State by 30 on Jan. 4th.
Ohio State travels to Rutgers Jan. 14, Northwestern Jan. 17 and then to New York to face Minnesota Jan. 20 at Madison Square Garden.
Keita Bates-Diop was named the Big Ten Conference Player of the Week Jan. 8 after earning the honor Dec. 11 as well. Most recently, Bates-Diop averaged 29.5 points and 10 rebounds in wins at Iowa and at home vs. No. 1 Michigan State.
He poured in a career-high 32 points vs. the Spartans after a 27-point effort at Iowa. His earlier award also followed a pair of Ohio State victories. In the 97-62 win over William & Mary Dec. 9, Bates-Diop scored a then career-high 27 points after an 18-point, nine-rebound effort against Michigan Dec. 4. For that week, Bates-Diop connected on 62 percent of his shots from the field (16-26), 50 percent from 3-point range (4-8) and 90 percent at the foul line (9-10). Against William & Mary, the Buckeyes made 10-consecutive field goal attempts early in the second half, Bates-Diop made five of those buckets, all from inside the arc, to help Ohio State to a commanding lead.