Despite ejection from Michigan State game, Ohio State's Chris Holtmann doesn't get specific on officiating in presser
Anyone watching the end of Thursday night’s tilt between No. 4 Ohio State and Michigan State probably stayed up a few extra minutes for Chris Holtmann’s press conference. After being ejected from the game with a second left, everyone thought the Buckeye head coach would speak his mind about the officiating in East Lansing.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t really the case.
Ohio State dropped a 71-67 decision to Michigan State on Thursday, dropping back-to-back games against the Wolverines and Spartans. Frustrated by some of the calls throughout the game, Holtmann earned two technical fouls, with the second coming at the end of the contest.
After the game, Holtmann said the reason for the first technical was because he “thought plays that were normally called fouls in most of every Big Ten game were not being called fouls.” That was a consistent theme throughout the game in Holtmann’s mind.
Holtmann didn’t want to get into specifics.
“I’m not going to talk specifically about the officiating,” Holtmann said after the game. “Give [Michigan State] credit. They played more physically, played with more force. It’s my fault with the technicals.”
Ohio State was a projected No. 1 seed for the NCAA tournament, but that might be in jeopardy with back-to-back losses. The Buckeyes are 18-6 on the season and 12-6 in B1G play. They have just two games left, playing No. 9 Iowa and No. 5 Illinois to end the year.
Two wins would put Ohio State back in the conversation for a top seed.