December 1, 2021

Buckeyes Take Down #1 Duke!


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the better part of the game, it didn’t look like it was going to be Ohio State’s night vs. top-ranked Duke. But the Buckeyes hung in and used a 14-1 run over the final five minutes to knock-off the No. 1 Blue Devils 71-66 in front of a sellout crowd at Value City Arena at the Schottenstein Center.

This was the Buckeyes’ 10th win all-time vs. an AP No. 1 and it lifts them to 5-2 on the season. The loss was the first of the season for Duke.

Sophomore Zed Key had his best night as a Buckeye, powering in a career-high 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting. Graduate Cedric Russell was also huge in the closing moments. He was 3-of-3 from long range, had three rebounds and was 3-of-4 from the line, sealing the victory in the final seconds. Russell finished with 12 points on the night.

Junior E.J. Liddell had another all-round great game. He notched his second double-double of the year with 14 points and 14 rebounds. He also dished-out a career-high six assists and swatted three shots.

Freshman Malaki Branham was big in the first half, keeping the Buckeyes in the game early. He was 4-of-6 shooting and had eight points and two rebounds. Senior captain Justin Ahrens was 2-of-7 from long range and was one-off his career-high with six rebounds.


  • E.J. Liddell notched his second double-double of the season and the sixth of his career, finishing with 14 points and 14 rebounds. He also dished-out a career-high six assists.
  • Zed Key was 8-of-15 shooting and finished with a career-high 20 points.
  • Justin Ahrens has made two or more three-pointers in six of the seven games this season after making a pair tonight.
  • Cedric Russell was 3-of-3 from long range and 3-of-4 from the line, finishing with 12 points, his most as a Buckeye
  • This was Ohio State’s 10th win all-time over a No. 1 ranked team and it was their eighth win in the last 11 tries against the country’s top-ranked team
  • Ohio State is now 9-11 all-time in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, having won its matchup each of the last three seasons
  • Duke had won 185 consecutive games when leading by 10 or more points at half time (via ESPN Stats and Info)
  • This was the fourth meeting all-time between the Buckeyes and Blue Devils in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The teams are now even at 2-2 in the challenge and 4-4 in the all-time series.

Up Next

The Buckeyes will open Big Ten play this weekend with a trip to State College, Pa., to take on Penn State. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. on Sunday night and BTN will have the coverage.