COLUMBUS, Ohio – A day after the first snow of the season hit the ground in Columbus, things went cold inside of the Schottenstein Center.
Following a first half that looked like a classic heavyweight slugfest between two top-10 teams, No. 7 Ohio State struggled to find its shot after halftime, and as a result fell to No. 9 Kansas by a score of 74-66 on Saturday. The Buckeyes’ loss marked their third to the Jayhawks in the past 13 months.
“I’m not sure we have anybody’s number,” Kansas head coach Bill Self said. “Today was probably the best we played against Ohio State in the three games.”
A Deshaun Thomas 3-pointer with 18:23 remaining the game gave the Buckeyes a 40-37 lead, but also marked the last real momentum that OSU saw on Saturday. The Buckeyes went a full 10 minutes without a field goal in the second half, allowing the Jayhawks to go on a 27-12 run to not only regain the lead, but take a 12-point advantage over OSU.
“It changed when we didn’t make shots. We had great looks at the basketball, good three-point shooting shots, and they weren’t falling,” Thomas said. “They started knocking down shots, and that’s when the game started changing.”
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