IOWA CITY, Iowa — Ugly.
That’s the best word anyone could use to describe Saturday’s game between No. 16 Ohio State and Iowa.
Ohio State’s losing streak extended to three games on Saturday as the Buckeyes fell to Iowa on the road, 72-62.
It was a sloppy game in Iowa City on Saturday as Ohio State and Iowa traded almost as many turnovers as they did made baskets.
It was a close game for the entirety of the first half, with no team taking more than a four-point lead over the other in the first 20 minutes as the Hawkeyes took a slight 26-24 lead over the Buckeyes into halftime.
The opening few minutes of the second half proved to be close as well before the Hawkeyes finally started to pull away, eventually ending in a 72-62 victory for Iowa over the 16th-ranked Buckeyes.
It was an ugly game for Ohio State statistically as only two Buckeye players reached double figures in scoring during the loss to Iowa.
Andre Wesson led the Buckeyes with 13 points on 4-of-7 shooting while grabbing three rebounds and dishing out four assists. Wesson also had four fouls on the day.
C.J. Jackson was the only other player to reach double figures as he barely cracked ten points down the stretch on 3-of-7 shooting. Jackson also had four rebounds and three assists before fouling out of the game.
Ohio State had a season-high in turnovers as the Buckeyes turned the ball over 21 times in Iowa City, crushing their previous season-high of 19 when they played Illinois at the United Center in Chicago.
The basketball Bucks also shot just 37% from the field in Saturday’s loss, their second-lowest shooting percentage of the season, trailing only their loss to Syracuse for that mark.
First Major Losing Streak Of Holtmann Era
For the first time since Chris Holtmann set foot on the campus of The Ohio State University in the summer of 2017 to take over as head coach, the men’s basketball team has hit a serious losing streak as the Buckeyes lose three games in a row for the first time in the Holtmann era.
In fact, the last time Ohio State hoops even lost two straight games was last February when Ohio State lost at Penn State and at Michigan in back-to-back contests.
Holtmann had only lost two games in a row twice in his 47 games with the Buckeyes heading into this current three-game losing streak.
With the loss, Ohio State falls to 12-4 overall on the season and fall to a losing record of 2-3 in the Big Ten Conference, the first time the Buckeyes have had a losing conference record in Chris Holtmann’s tenure in Columbus.
Ohio State will look to rectify their recent losses as they return home this Friday, January 18th to take on Maryland. Tip-off between the Buckeyes and Terrapins is scheduled for 6:30pm ET and the game will be televised on FS1.
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