I stayed up for it, and I’m glad. Let the snow fall, and the winter storm roll in. I’ll take it, because the Ohio State Buckeyes have beaten the Indiana Hoosiers in one of the most improbable victories we’ve seen in a while.
Remember, this is the Indiana team that manhandled the Buckeyes in Columbus. But tonight, the Ohio State backcourt of Shannon Scott and Aaron Craft controlled the game. Every time you looked up, Craft was driving to the hoop for a clutch bucket, or Scott was making an unbelievable steal to keep the Buckeyes in control. And the Hoosiers lost.
It’s unimaginable, really, that Ohio State would beat Indiana in Bloomington, on Senior Night, with the Big Ten championship on the line — but they did. They neutralized Victor Oladipo, kept Cody Zeller from domination, and controlled the entire second half.
It was an awesome performance by the Buckeyes, and an awesome coaching job by Thad Matta and his staff. If I weren’t a working man, I’d watch it again right now. But I am . . . which means I’m watching it again, tomorrow night. Awesome performance, Buckeyes!
(I’ll also repeat what I’ve said earlier. This year’s Big Ten is one of the greatest, most competitive college conferences ever. It’s just been terrific basketball.)
College-aged daughter had the server tune one of the close-by TVs to the OSU game at the burger joint we went to tonight. She and the bride paid attention. Not me. College sports turn me way, way off. Coaches making mid 7-figures. Coddled athletes. I don’t like institutions which have a different set of rules for their supposedly-equal members.