The Buckeyes lost to a gutty, hard-working Wichita State team tonight. It’s a tough loss to take.
It’s tough because the Buckeyes looked lost in the first half of this game. They settled for three-pointers, couldn’t throw the ball in the ocean, and played listlessly as Wichita State went out to a big lead. The lead got even bigger in the second half, as the Shockers built a 20-point lead. 20 points! But this loss also is tough because Ohio State didn’t quit and kept coming back. It made me proud, but it also made me wonder how the game might have gone if Ohio State had played with that kind of effort for the full 40-minute game.
It’s tough to end the season on the cusp of the Final Four, losing to a lower-seeded team. It’s tough because I’ve enjoyed watching this team this year, and I hope their journey would last just a little longer, and I could watch Deshaun Thomas, and Aaron Craft, and LaQuinton Ross, and the other Buckeyes who wouldn’t throw in the towel during the season or during this game.
All credit to the Wichita State Shockers for playing a fine game . . . but this loss is tough to take.