COLUMBUS — Ohio State men’s hoops is struggling, losing their fifth-straight game Wednesday night at home to Purdue after the Buckeyes began the year 12-1. Chris Holtmann’s crew has been winless since the new year began, and for what seemed like the first time since he arrived in Columbus, Holtmann showed real signs of frustration on the sideline during the loss to the Boilermakers.
Despite a somewhat rare show of emotion, Holtmann acknowledges the struggle but continues to be confident in his squad.
“I believe in our guys, and I believe in their approach and their willingness to kind of fight through this,” Holtmann said following the defeat. “Listen, the results are the results right now, and they’re not what any of us want. It’s certainly been the hardest stretch of my coaching career, but I believe in our guys, and I’m confident that we’ve got a group that if we can just stay committed to this process of getting better and learning from this, then hopefully we’ll see better days.”
Ohio State has 13 games left in the regular season to right the ship heading into the Big Ten tournament before the Buckeyes look to earn a second-consecutive NCAA Tournament berth. Sitting at 12-6, the Scarlet and Gray still look to be in OK position to make the dance but quickly have to get things figured out in order to make their outlook brighter.
Next up for the Buckeyes is Nebraska on the road, and before the matchup, Holtmann and a few players met with the media to preview the matchup.