March 26, 2020

2019-20 Season in Review

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Complete 2019-20 Season in Review (PDF)

  • It may be cliché to refer to a season as “up and down” or a “roller coaster” but there truly is no other was to describe the 2019-20 season for the Buckeyes other than it was a roller coaster.
  • The year started with so much uncertainty with seven freshmen and junior transfer Braxtin Miller who wasn’t ruled eligible until two days before the season-opener.
  • Playing meaningful basketball together for the first time, it took a little while for everyone to get comfortable, but a competitive game with UConn in late November provided a good bit of confidence.
Ohio State Buckeyes
  • A tough two games in Las Vegas at the South Point Shootout was followed by a thrilling 67-60 victory over then No. 2 Louisville in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. That showed not only the team, but the country, that this Buckeye squad was capable of big things.
  • The Big Ten season started with a thud as the Buckeyes were beaten at home by Purdue in a game that they were never really in. But the very next game, on the road at No. 24 Minnesota, the team rallied and gave the Gophers just their second loss of the season.
  • A disappointing second half at Maryland gave way to a breakout performance from freshman Madison Greene in a 78-69 win over rival Michigan.
  • The finish to the month of January wasn’t fun as the Buckeyes lost three of four, including a loss at Michigan State and a 20-point setback at home to Maryland.
  • A 15-point overtime comeback victory at Nebraska on Feb. 2, which was led by 17 points from Braxtin Miller, was the jumpstart the team needed. The Buckeyes reeled-off six victories in a row. The most thrilling in that run was an 80-76 win at No. 23 Indiana, one in which the Buckeyes rallied from a 10-point hole with less than eight minutes to play.

  • After a couple of tough losses, the team finished the regular season with a thumping of Purdue in West Lafayette, in a game with plenty of NCAA Tournament implications.
  • Entering the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 6 seed, the Buckeyes handled Minnesota in the second round and then blitzed No. 3 seed Iowa 87-66. The game was never close as the Buckeyes roared out to a 25-5 lead behind hot shooting from beyond the arc and never looked back.

  • In the semifinals, the Buckeyes again took down rival Michigan, 66-60, sending the team to the championship for the 11th time in program history. Despite a loss to Maryland in the finals, which was the Buckeyes’ fourth game in four days, confidence was high heading into the NCAA Tournament.
  • But the season came to an abrupt end as the sports world was halted on March 12. In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the country began social distancing and limiting large gatherings. The NCAA Tournament was canceled and everyone was left with an empty feeling.
Ohio State Buckeyes
  • What made the Buckeyes tough this season was the scoring came from anywhere. Sophomore forward Dorka Juhasz was the team’s most consistent player, averaging 13.2 points, 9.4 rebounds and had 10 double-doubles. That’s why she was named first team All-Big Ten. But everyone else also had their moments. Ohio State was the only team in the country to have more than six players average between 6.8 and 13.2 ppg and the Buckeyes had eight.
  • Just like the season, the Buckeyes’ three-point shooting was up-and-down. They started the season as one of the worst teams in the Big Ten from beyond the arc but finished as one of the best. Eight different Buckeyes made double-digit threes on the year and OSU was one of just nine teams nationally with seven players at 17 or more makes from deep. And the three-point shooting wasn’t just limited to the guards as Juhasz was one of three players 6-4 or taller in the country with 40 or more three-pointers made.

 

Ohio State Buckeyes
  • Head coach Kevin McGuff hit a milestone during the season as he collected his 400th win as a head coach. He also won 20 games in a season for the 15th time in his 18 seasons as a head coach.