Saturday was certainly the day for upsets, not only in the BigTen, but the entire nation. Five of the top ten teams, including Illinois, were upset as conference play started. Although, Iowa's loss did not look like an upset because Ohio State simply played the better game and looked like the more talented team.
Throughout the game, the main difference between the two teams was the penetration Ohio State was able to get to find the open shooter. This resulted many times in some key 3's that helped open up the OSU lead.
Another key difference in this game was the battle of turnovers. The Hawkeyes had a season high 22 turnovers, which helped lead to a flurry of Ohio State fastbreak opporunities which might have been a season high, also. Ohio State only committed 13 turnovers, some coming in the closing minutes while already holding a commanding lead.
Brian Brown led the Buckeyes in scoring with 19 points. Three other Buckeyes scored in double digits to help show the ball movement that was displayed by this Buckeye team.
Evans was the Hawk's leading scorer with 18 points. Recker follwed with 11 and Pierre Pierce dipped into double digits with 10 points, but that was off 3 for 10 shooting and some poor shooting on the free throw line. Pierce did make his first three point shot this season very late in the game. His shooting could become very valuable and important late in the season.
January 5th, being my 19th birthday, did not turn out to be a bright birthday wish for my beloved Hawks. However, now the Hawks will once again be asked to rebound strongly these next few BigTen games, including a big game with Indiana on the 13th.