Ohio State Buckeyes Basketball: Why Their Season Is Nothing Short Of Amazing

Joye PruittSenior Analyst IJanuary 30, 2011

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 26: William Buford #44, Jared Sullinger #0, David Lighty #23 and Aaron Craft #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate after a basket before a timeout in the game against the Miami RedHawks at Value City Arena on November 26, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 66-45. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Three point five seconds left. Sullinger’s at the line. He shoots his first free throw, he misses and every stomach in Ohio drops to the floor.

He gears up to shoot his next, he shoots, he hits it!

Of course the free throw would have been much less awe worthy if it had not had been to give the Buckeyes a one point advantage over Northwestern, but it did, so all members of the Buckeye nation rose to their feet in front of televisions sets everywhere.

There is no escaping the fact that Jared Sullinger was the key to the close victory that has OSU at a 22–0 start heading into February, but why is it that people are still questioning the validity of their season?

Close wins

Their games against Minnesota, Michigan, Penn State, Illinois and Northwestern seemed like struggles for the Buckeyes.

Their wins came in the range of one to five points and needed the freshman forward from Columbus to finish things off.

The only problem with that argument is that people do not understand in only two of Sullinger’s games this season has he scored below ten points in a game.

He plays to a maximum offensive level every night, but it only comes under the scope of the media when OSU seems to be behind and in need of it.

Any game in sports is unpredictable whenever the top seed gets knocked out of the Australian Open, two teams that were not even ranked in the preseason make trips to the BCS Championship game, and the worst team in the NBA beats the Eastern Conference Champions.

Every game cannot be their greatest, but the ability to close a game, as shown tonight, and to make your defensive presence known when it means the most is what makes this team so special. Because no matter how tiny the margin of victory, a W is a W.

Losing is inevitable

I guess you could say that they have got to lose sometime. Even the UConn women’s basketball team fell on their own sword against the Stanford team who they were dealt their last lost by.

And Ohio State does have to make a complete round trip to three of the four teams listed in the previous paragraph. Time and a lot more Buckeye ball play could help those players exploit the weaknesses that they did not know about before.

People always say the losing team has the advantage in a replay. Unfortunately, that may not be the case when the winning team gets home court advantage.

Even though Penn State and Minnesota’s game will be played at their courts, the most intense college sports rivalry with Michigan will be renewed at home and so will a rematch of their scariest game ever with Illinois. Never underestimate the drive and adrenaline fans can thrust into a game.

Ohio State’s season is as valid as Duke’s praise. As much as you would like to deny their run this year you have to respect it.

Their rankings in the top ten of assists per game and field goal percentage have not come from them sitting on the ball and waiting for magic to happen.

Every game is a grind and them rallying from behind each and every time should add more fuel to the fire their undefeated start has earned them.

The fact that they do not lax on the court because of it and refuse to underestimate any team they come across shows heart that I can only recall being in the 1990-91 squad of the UNLV Runnin' Rebels.

Yes, I said it!