A few weeks ago, I got a great seat to watch two of the hottest college basketball teams battle for free. For the last two years, Ohio State has offered free tickets for one of their more exciting early-season basketball games, and that was an opportunity my friends and I couldn’t pass up. I’ve
written here before about how I enjoyed going to the basketball games last year as the team enjoyed a resurgence under new coach Chris Holtmann, and I was excited to go to my second game of the 2018-19 season free of charge. We had great seats in the student section behind the Ohio State bench, close enough to hear the players talking during warmups.
In addition to being an exciting game, the night was extra special because at halftime Ohio State honored former basketball coach Thad Matta with a banner that hangs alongside those honoring the Buckeyes’ greatest players and seasons. Having grown up watching teams coached by Thad, it was great to see him back on the court and hear from his former players who talked about how much Thad influenced them.
Coach Thad Matta looking sharp in his vest and retirement beard after the game in a press conference. Credit: The Marion Star
Unfortunately, the rest of the night didn’t go so great for the Buckeyes, as they lost to the Orange (Really, Orange? That’s the name you go with, ‘Cuse?) by a score of 72-62, for their first loss of the year. With several new freshmen players and another graduate transfer, I expected a few hiccups during the beginning of the year from the basketball team, especially against an up-and-coming team like Syracuse, and as of this writing, it’s the Buckeyes’ only loss on the year. I’m looking forward to go to even more games with better results second semester!
Ohio State’s Kaleb Wesson struggled against Syracuse’s relentless defense. Credit: Land Grant Holy Land