Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Perfect Buckeyes Can Win Ugly Too
The Ohio State Buckeyes are 24-0 and are the No. 1 ranked team in the nation. Anyone who has been doing NCAA Basketball Betting at BetUs knows that to earn 24 wins in a row, it’s not always going to look pretty.
The Buckeyes have mostly done the damage on the defensive end as they allow the fifth-fewest points in the country (57.8). That average also ranks them second in the Big Ten.
Speaking of conference play, the Buckeyes have won 11 in a row to start in league play for just the fourth time in school history and the first time since 1961-62. But as mentioned, not all of those wins were pretty.
After escaping Northwestern with a one-point win on January 29th, the nation notice just how close of a call the Buckeyes had but fans who follow the team regularly knew that it was nothing new.
The Buckeyes had a three-point home win over Minnesota on January 9th, which was followed by a four-point win at Michigan and a three-point home win versus Penn State. Five of their last nine games have been decided by five points or less.
Needless to say, there have been plenty of close calls.
But Ohio State should be thankful for these tight results – especially since they have been on the winning end of all of them – because this type of experience is going to pay off once the month of March hits. We all know that March Madness is a long, winding tournament and while every team would like to be play at their best in each and every round, the truth is that it’s also important to be able to win even when a team has a subpar night. Clearly, Ohio State has had some off night but they’ve still managed to come away with wins. That’s a great sing.
The Buckeyes only have three more road games remaining, which means we can start having the conversation about them finishing with a perfect season. Don’t be surprised if it happens as the versatile Buckeyes have already shown they can win close, dog fights when necessary.