Ohio State Basketball: How Will Their Season End?

Sean JacksonContributor IIIFebruary 4, 2011

CHAMPAIGN, IL - JANUARY 22: Dallas Lauderdale #52 of the Ohio State Buckeyes dunks over D.J. Richardson #1 of the Illinois Fighting Illini at Assembly Hall on January 22, 2011 in Champaign, Illinois. Ohio State won 73-68. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Last night the Buckeyes won a close game over their rivals. Now at 23-0 and their toughest stretch of the season standing in their way, how will the Buckeyes’ season end?

For many, talks center on the possibility of the Buckeyes finishing undefeated. It seems a possible outcome. For one, Ohio State played in close games and has found ways to win. Whether it was defense, a clutch perimeter shot from Jon Diebler or making free throws down the stretch, the pressure doesn’t seem to bother them.

The Buckeyes have a very tough stretch ahead of them. With two huge road games at Minnesota and Wisconsin, there is a possibility that soon the Buckeyes will fall. Depending on what side you are on, it would be interesting or depressing to see Wisconsin knock off Ohio State, given that the Badgers knocked off the Buckeyes in football back in October.

When you think big picture, an undefeated season would be nice, but it isn’t necessary.

The truth is Ohio State’s record doesn’t matter. What matters is what they are doing to improve on a daily basis.  As you can tell from these games, their margin of error is slim. This means they have to play their best game each night.

It is likely that they may lose a game or two. Still, even several losses won’t diminish their season. They would still receive a No. 1 seed, and given the way this team has played in tough games, there’s a high likelihood we’ll see them in Houston in April.

How do you think Ohio State’s season will end?