UPSET: No. 18 Ohio State Buckeyes defeat No. 4 Michigan State Spartans
Sunday was a great day to be a Buckeye. The No. 18 Ohio State Buckeyes beat No. 4 Michigan State Spartans, 68-60.
It was Aaron Craft’s game with his career-high 21 points and every Ohio State fan was thrilled to see him break out again, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
For the Spartans, it was Gary Harris with 14 points, Derrick Nix with 12 points, Adreian Payne also with 12. It was not enough for Craft and the Buckeyes who needed this win.
Ohio State beat Michigan in early December and with this win it is the first time that Ohio State has beaten two teams in the top five in one season.
Craft was not the only one who put points on the scoreboard for the Buckeyes. Deshaun Thomas had 14 points, 12 of which were in the second half. Evan Ravenel added 10 points but more importantly had the game saving block in the final minute.
Tom Izzo made a comment about Craft, reports the Associated Press.
He said, “Give Aaron Craft credit. In the second half, he tore us apart. It was Aaron Craft. He beat us every way you could beat us.”
Craft shares the credit with his teammates saying that the whole team played more aggressively.
He said, “We saw some things we thought we could take advantage of. The first game I don’t think we did a good job of challenging their bigs. It really helps when guys are knocking down shots from the outside because it opens lanes up. We made some layups today.”
It was a big game for the Buckeyes and hopefully a sign of an improved team before March Madness sets in.