Those visits are to Penn State, which knocked off Ohio State in Columbus last month; No. 20 MI and Indiana.
The plan was to get the ball to Big Ten player of the year candidate. A ball screen failed to shake the Buckeyes' leading scorer loose, so drove to the basket instead. Virginia closed the margin to 30-26 on Kyle Guy's 3-pointer with 26 seconds left, but Nickeil Alexander-Walker hit a 3-point at the halftime buzzer. "Maybe I need to start trusting him". If they can win their remaining five conference games, they'll claim the title.
"Are you going to lose two games in a row and move down and not win the Big Ten or are you going to win this game and control what you can control and finish this season off strong?"
It isn't hard to understand why Holtmann wasn't sure how that final possession would play out.
Latest line: Ohio State (-13.5). There are questions this team still has to answer before it can be considered a reliable threat in the conference tournament and beyond.
Haas and Purdue 7-foot-3 reserve center Matt Haarms also kept Michigan State's frontcourt in foul trouble most of the day.
In the first half, Iowa held an 18-15 lead midway through before Ohio State then reeled off eight straight points which gave it the lead for good.
"He's a load", Holtmann said of Edwards.
"We've had a lot of growth offensively and defensively since then". Haas missed on the other end, marking his first miss in more than seven minutes, and after a timeout Bridges hit his shot from near the top of the key.
"Nothing really changed (for us)", Martin said. It's a lesson he's still learning as well.
Iowa is the first team this year that gets to see Ohio State for the second time.
After barely holding off last-place Rutgers last week, Purdue-who are now projected as a No. 1 seed-let a double-digit second-half lead slip away at home against Ohio State and were dealt their first Big Ten loss of the season.
"I tried to [call glass]", Wesson joked afterward.
"I was thinking to myself about Jud's last parting shot, it's up there in the video, was how do you want to be known?"
"You've have to be able to box them out, you have to be able to guard them, and you have to be able to keep them out of transition".
The Buckeyes, for all their ahead-of-schedule success this season, had defeated only one ranked opponent before Wednesday's road upset.
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The Buckeyes' 64-63 victory at No. 3 Purdue on Wednesday night put them in the driver's seat in the Big Ten regular-season championship race. "You saw what they can do in the second half against Michigan State (on Tuesday, in a 96-93 loss)".
A regular schedule would allow the Buckeyes four days to recover from a win Thursday over Rutgers and prepare for a game Tuesday at IL, but instead Ohio State faces a wrinkle that coach Kevin McGuff acknowledged is "odd".
In that light, it's easy to understand why Holtmann remains a bit uneasy about singing his team's praises or blindly believing in his breakout superstar.