Ohio State Basketball: 5 Things We Learned from the Buckeyes' Loss to Kansas

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Ohio State Basketball: 5 Things We Learned from the Buckeyes' Loss to Kansas
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Ohio State didn't fare as well as many had hoped in their first road test of the season. The Buckeyes were taken down by No. 13 Kansas 78-67 in Lawrence. They looked poised to make a comeback several times throughout the matchup, but the Jayhawks held strong as they led the entire way.

The Buckeyes were playing without their best player, Jared Sullinger, who sat out due to back spasms. This wasn't the only reason they lost, but it definitely hurt their chances of defeating Kansas on the road, something that has proven difficult to accomplish in years' past.

Looking at the shooting percentages from the game, it's easy to find one key that led to their loss: Ohio State shot just 39 percent from the floor, while they allowed Kansas to shoot 58 percent. No team is going to win with these numbers.

Sullinger's absence was apparent down low, as Thomas Robinson dominated the paint for the Jayhawks, putting in 21 points and seven rebounds.

There are still plenty of road games left for the Buckeyes to improve upon, but for now, what did we learn from this one?

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