Ohio State looks ugly again in loss at Illinois

Ohio State looks ugly again in loss at Illinois

And so the rhythm continues. After doing a lot of really good things in a home win against Iowa, the Ohio State basketball team was back to what we had seen in the five game losing streak leading up to the game against the Hawkeyes.

The offense was again stagnant and lacking in creativity, and the energy on both ends of the floor was well below what it needs to be for a Big Ten contest in an ugly 69-60 loss at Champaign on Tuesday night. The score was not indicative of how solidly the Buckeyes were beaten.

At this point, it’s hard to see this team finding a way to stop the slide it’s in unless there’s an unexpected and immediate realization of what it takes to play college basketball at a winning level.

Fresmhan Brice Sensabaugh again led the Buckeyes in scoring, but it wasn’t a great night. He made just 5 of 13 shots from the field. Justice Sueing (10 points) was the only other OSU player in double figures on a night in which Ohio State shot just 35.6% from the floor.

We could continue. Ohio State was outrebounded (44-30), made just 12 of 20 free throws and had just eight assists in the entire game. Those are not winning numbers, no matter who you face in the Big Ten.

With the loss, OSU drops to 11-9 overall and a very alarming 3-6 in conference play. It doesn’t get any easier, either, because Ohio State goes on the road to play Indiana on Saturday.

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