I don’t feel much like writing about Ohio State’s nail-biter loss to Kentucky last night, and I doubt anyone feels much like reading about it, either. It must have been a thrilling, wonderful game to watch if you were a disinterested fan who just liked college basketball. The two squads were evenly matched and the game was back-and-forth and closely contested, with the teams within a few points of each other throughout the second half.
For an Ohio State fan — and even more so, I am sure, for Ohio State coaches and players — this one was a very tough one to take. Ohio State had its opportunities but could not capitalize on them; after shooting lights out for a series of games the Buckeyes struggled to put even open shots and free throws into the basket. That happens, at times, in sports. Credit must be given to Kentucky, of course. Their coaches came up with a good game plan and their players executed it.
So, for the second year in a row Ohio State bows out in the Sweet Sixteen after a tough, hard-fought loss to a talented SEC team. The loss will sting, because this group of Ohio State players was a pleasure to watch and clearly had the ability to win it all. The fact that they didn’t, however, doesn’t detract from what was really an exceptional season. I will very much miss watching these guys play.