2022 Ohio State University
It was a tale of two very different stories this week for No. 25 Ohio State men's basketball, as they took a visit to Durham, North Carolina to play No. 17 Duke on November 30th. They then played host to St. Francis (PA) on December 3rd. They finished the week (1-1) with a loss to Duke and win against St. Francis.
The Top-25 matchup against Duke was a close battle the Blue Devils had control of most of the way through. Despite a great effort from the starting five of OSU, who accounted for 63 of the teams 72 points, the Buckeyes fell on the road 81-72. Player of the Game went to Zed Key, who finished with a game high 21 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks.
Their game against St. Francis went as could as it could ahead of their first conference game against Rutgers next week. Ohio State got out to a large lead early in the first half. However, they pulled off the gas, and St. Francis was able to find their way back into the game, as they brought their deficit down to single digits at halftime, but the Buckeyes jumped right back into form in the second half. They defended their home floor with a 96-59 win. Player of the Game went to Brice Sensabaugh, who dropped three 3-pointers and a team high 15 points.
Their only game of the week next week is the matchu[p mentioned earlier against Rutgers on Thursday, December 8th at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Rutgers has the same record as Ohio State, sitting at 6-2 with their biggest win coming against No. 10 Indiana on December 3rd 63-48.
2022 Ohio State University
The women of Ohio State have been on a terrific roll to start out the season. They came into the week ranked as the No. 4 team in the nation and only added on to what has become an impressive resume. They added wins against North Alabama and No. 18 Louisville to stay perfect with an 8-0 record.
Their win over North Alabama came last Sunday (November 27th), as they dropped 105 points over the much smaller school. They only allowed 67 points to the Lions and forced another 20 turnovers. Player of the Game went to Rebeka Mikulasikova, as she dropped a game high 23 points with just four missed shots all night long. Freshman Cotie McMahon had the best game of her career, putting up 20 points alongside Mikulasikova. With Jacy Sheldon missing the game, Taylor Thierry stepped up in a big way, grabbing five steals for Ohio State alongside 13 points and seven rebounds.
Their second win of the week came in a blowout against the Cardinals. Ohio State won 96-77 after trailing Louisville at the half 45-37. They dropped nearly 60 points in the second half. Taylor Mikesell had a game high 26 points for Ohio State, but it was Sheldon who took home Player of the Game, as she earned 22 points and forced three steals and two blocks. The Buckeyes forced another 24 turnovers, bringing their season total to a nation leading 203.
They will hit the road to take on Rutgers on December 4th at noon ET on the Big Ten Network. They will then return home to play host to New Hampshire on December 8th at 11:00 a.m. ET. on ESPN+.