That was the consensus when head coach Thad Matta and senior Sam Thompson spoke to the media on Wednesday.
The team is coming off a 64-57 road loss to Michigan, one in which they trailed by 20 in the first half, and has seen a promising shot at a top-four finish in the Big Ten erode into an unlikely outcome. Three of Ohio State’s next four games come at home beginning with a 7 p.m. game with Nebraska (13-14, 5-10) tomorrow night.
The Buckeyes (19-8, 8-6) will look to get back to their winning ways and snap their current two-game losing streak. To do so, they will need the right mindset. That, Matta said was part of the problem in the early going against the Wolverines.
Ohio State has concluded a stretch where eight of 12 games came away from Columbus. While the team is happy to be back home, Thompson said they are not using the difficulty in the schedule as an excuse for their lack of urgency.
Matta went with a small lineup at times against the Wolverines and said after that loss that it could be something that the Buckeyes use going forward. Nebraska’s starting center Walter Pitchford is more of a perimeter oriented big man, meaning that type of lineup could pay off against the Cornhuskers.