Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Ohio State continues its Florida pipeline with four-star commit Tyreke Johnson

Ohio State continues its Florida pipeline with four-star commit Tyreke Johnson

Keita Bates-Diop scored 18 and C.J. Jackson added 17 to pace Ohio State, which beat Wisconsin by 25 points on Saturday.

"We knew in the first half if we kept playing like that, we would have gotten run out of the gym", Williams said. "We had really bad fouls to put them in the one-and-one early", Beilein said.

"As good as we were in the first 18 minutes of the first half, I think we were equally as bad in the second half", MI coach John Beilein said. Johnson (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) is the second marquee Trinity defensive back in as many years to pick Ohio State. Moritz Wagner led MI with 14 points and nine rebounds, but the Wolverines (7-3) have struggled to find consistent offensive weapons this season.

Moritz Wagner had 14 points and nine rebounds, and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Zavier Simpson each scored 11 for MI (7-3, 1-1), which shot 5-for-29 in the woeful second half and was outscored 15-2 over the final four and a half minutes. Beilein cited other miscues from Monday's meltdown, including a reckless pass Wagner threw to open the second half that had a "10 percent chance" of success, senior guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman drawing two defenders on a ball screen and not passing it to an open Wagner, and a blown up play out of a timeout that resulted in Wagner taking a poor shot with plenty of time still left on the shot clock. MI led by as many as 20 in the half, but the 7-0 run - capped by a monster dunk by JaeSean Tate - pulled it closer.

Although Ohio State did not make a single 3 in the second half, the Buckeyes used their bothersome defense to take control of the game. "We just did not play well in the second half". "We could have had this win today".

In this year of transition - during which Ohio State has no outside expectations and less talent than nearly everyone in the Big Ten - the Buckeyes have begun league play 2-0.

"I'm sure who we played had something to do with it", Holtmann said. "When things got a little tough, we really had trouble stepping up".

The season is young and the road long, but Ohio State believes it taught itself something important with its 2-0 start to Big Ten play. He finished with three points.

The Wolverines are in a stretch where they play North Carolina, Indiana, Ohio State, UCLA and Texas in five straight games.

Ohio State lived an entire lifetime in 40 minutes.

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