Bates-Diop helps Ohio State slay No. 1 Michigan State

BuckeyesOhio State upsets Michigan State 80-64 to stun the top-ranked Spartans Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

The Ohio State basketball team capped off the weekend with a big win at home, pulling off an upset that will lead to a new No. 1 team in the updated rankings on Monday.

After missing the NCAA Tournament the last two seasons, roster shake-ups and a coaching change, Ohio State surged back toward national relevance with a signature win over the country's top-ranked team. Six of those losses came in conference games. In that game, Michigan State's Miles Bridges and Joshua Langford each had 17 points.

Jackson is in the midst of a revelatory season as the junior guard has looked poised in his 29.4 minutes per game.

"I didn't like the way we handled it", Izzo said. "I think we've got work to do in years, but I think a moment like this, if you're saying does it give you a glimpse about what this place can feel about a moment like this, sure". "We weren't making smart plays". I liked our attitude.

As the first week of January concluded, a different question is on the table for Ohio State.

Michigan State finished with just 12 turnovers, but the Spartans also had just 13 assists on 23 made field goals.

In spite of the chaos of third period and the Spartans pressing hard, Rohlik said he never felt as though Ohio State was on its heels. That said, the entire team played above what everyone had thought they would. They don't play like they're better than their opposition. Murphy added two more double-doubles this past week, going for 17 and 17 in a win vs. IL and 18 and 10 in a loss vs. Indiana. We were helping when we shouldn't have helped, or digging too low and letting them get opportunities that they just knocked down time and time again. Besides Michigan State, second-ranked Duke surrendered 96 points in a loss at NC State, fourth-ranked Arizona State fell in overtime at Colorado and fifth-ranked Xavier played from behind from almost start to finish in a loss at Providence.

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Michigan State The discombobulated Spartans let the game slip away at the end of the first half and couldn't adjust in the second.

"Yeah, coaches get surprised", he said. The things we did in that game were kind of mental lapses.

The Buckeyes showed a connectivity and chemistry that hasn't been seen from guys in scarlet and gray since former coach Thad Matta's best days. This program is going to be good and they have to stay the course. With Rutgers coming to Breslin Center on Wednesday, followed by rival MI on Saturday, Izzo just hoped the game was the latest fluke upset in a college basketball season that's seen plenty of them.

The win was the sixth in a row for the Buckeyes (14-4-4, 7-4-1-0 B1G), who travel to Penn State Jan. 12-13.

Holtmann said Thursday that he hasn't watched a lot of the Spartans yet. We were pretty level-headed. We were around the net. We only had four points off the bench.

Izzo chalked that up to a team that's still young and still not used to life as the No. 1 team in the country. "Everyone came into the game and gave us some great stuff".

"We're a very good team".

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