Tough out: ESPN's Seth Greenberg says Ohio State may be team to beat in NCAA Tournament
Not many teams are playing as well as Ohio State right now, especially in the B1G. The Buckeyes are riding a five-game winning streak and recently became the first team to notch five victories over ranked opponents during the season.
After Monday’s victory over Maryland, ESPN analyst and former head coach Seth Greenberg had a glowing review of Chris Holtmann’s team, saying they might be one of the tougher teams to knock out of the NCAA Tournament in a month.
The experience and team chemistry is what is setting the Buckeyes apart right now, Greenberg recently said on ESPN’s SportsCenter.
“Guys that are in the rotation are juniors and seniors, and two of them are fifth-year seniors,” Greenberg said. “So they have a maturity — mentally, physically, emotionally. No. 2 is they have versatile players that have versatility within their offense. And finally these are experienced players that embraced their roles. What I mean by embracing their roles is they do what they do well. They don’t show people what they don’t do well. All they do is champion what they do well.
“So everyone plays to their strengths, they share the ball, they have maturity, a physicality, a toughness like last night — (sophomore forward) E.J. Liddell, their leading scorer, had seven points. You know what? Four other guys are in double figures. Everyone does what they do well and they have a toughness about them that only maturity can bring.”
Ohio State is 16-4 on the season and jumped up to No. 4 in the Associated Press poll this week. The Buckeyes currently own the longest-active winning streak in the B1G and have a 10-4 record in conference play.
The Bucks are back in action on Saturday against Indiana.