Ouch. In a finish to beat all finishes, Ohio State struggled back from a 13 pt deficit to tie the game with only 5 seconds left. Then, before the fans could return to their seats after the explosion of cheers, Penn State made a buzzer beater 3 pointer and won the game. It all happened so fast, some of us were in mid cheer when Penn State won.
What a finish. That is what sports is all about. Team work. Never giving up. Giving it all up to the last second. Ohio State's Keita Bates-Diop hit the game tying 3 pointer, despite being sick and under the four fouls. And for about 4 seconds, Ohio State believed we would extend our winning streak.
Ohio State was favored, but this was supposed to be a rebuilding year. When coach Thad Matta was let go last year, after a string of sub par seasons and a crumbling program - he himself was struggling with health and other issues - most didn't have faith in OSU basketball in the upcoming years.
Then OSU hired Chris Holtmann, a name few knew, and fans were willing to give him a couple years to turn things around. And what happened next? They call him the Buckeye whisperer. In his first season, he came out and slammed a massive wining streak including being undefeated in the Big Ten up to this point, with only weeks left in the regular season. A feat not often achieved.
There is no real star, save perhaps Bates-Diop. It's simply a team with a coach who knows how to use the talent. Whether OSU can make the playoffs or not remains to be seen. But it's been a season beyond anything OSU fans expected, and for that, as well as making last night's game one to remember, we have much to cheer about.