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Ohio State Keeps Tourney Hopes Alive with Big 68-64 Win Over #8 Iowa

In a season in which no team in college basketball wants to be dominant on a weekly basis, that theory held true again Sunday as the unranked Buckeyes topped number eight Iowa 68-64 in Columbus.

The Buckeyes got 25 from Marc Loving, who also hit a two free throws with less than two seconds to play to seal the win.

With the win, Ohio State is now 19-11 overall, 11-6 in the Big Ten. Keita Bates-Diop added 19 for Ohio State, and Kam Williams put in 11 for the Buckeyes, who ended the game on a 12-2 run to get the upset win.

The other key play was Bates-Diop blocking Mike Gesell’s layup with under 5 seconds to go, which kept the Buckeyes in the lead.

Ohio State turned it on as they were trailing 62-56 with 4:07 left, and from there started the run that gave them the win.

How does the win translate for the Buckeyes in terms of tournament play? With their second win over a Top 10 team (they also beat number
number four Kentucky), their hopes of getting to the dance stays alive, even slightly.

It’s also the fifth win for Ohio State in their last last six games. Ohio State has another chance to make an impact as they hope to reach the NCAA tourney, as they play Saturday at No. 6 Michigan State.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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