The Buckeyes had a lot to celebrate on Friday thanks to a C.J. Jackson miracle three-pointer to win the game in double overtime on the road against Indiana.

They also had a lot to celebrate on Monday as the team moved up three spots in the AP Poll to No. 13 in the country.

Ohio State‘s Monday still got sweeter as the team was able to rest up after earning the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten Tournament. To put the icing on top the Big Ten awards came out and the Buckeyes dominated the competition.

Redshirt junior Keita Bates-Diop won Big Ten Player of the year and first-year coach Chris Holtmann won Big Ten Coach of the Year.

In addition Bates-Diop was an unanimous first-team All-Big Ten pick. Meanwhile senior Jae’Sean Tate was a second-team All-Big Ten coaches pick. Finally freshman Kaleb Wesson was an all-freshman selection.

Bates-Diop was second in the conference in scoring with 19.2 points per game. His play this season is the reason why Ohio State is the No. 13 team in the nation.

Bates-Diop shared his thoughts on being named Big Ten Player of the Year:

“I was really excited. Put a lot of work in and it’s been a rough couple years. To win player of the year, it has all paid off. Haven’t called anyone yet and my phone is vibrating right now but I’ll call my Mom right after this.”

Also behind Ohio State’s basketball resurgence is head coach Chris Holtmann who nearly led the Buckeyes to the Big Ten regular season title.

Holtmann shared his though on being named Coach of the Year:

“I’ve got an outstanding staff and it’s a collaborative effort. Those guys are important. I want them to feel a part of this and share this award.”

After all of this the Buckeyes should have plenty of momentum heading into the Big Ten Tournament, held at Madison Square Garden this year.

Ohio State will play this Friday at 6:30 P.M. against either Northwestern or Penn State.

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I am recent graduate of The Ohio State University who is currently following his dream of sports writing. I was born in Wayne, New Jersey and played football in high school all four years. In college I stuck to intramural basketball. Although not much of a scorer, I liked to consider myself a real gritty “bring your lunch pale to work” power forward with playing style being described as a mix between Reggie Evans and Rick Mahorn. I am a lifelong Denver Broncos and New York Yankees fan, a skeptical yet optimistic New Orleans Pelicans fan, and above all else a die hard Ohio State fan. @DSmythTheMyth18
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I am recent graduate of The Ohio State University who is currently following his dream of sports writing. I was born in Wayne, New Jersey and played football in high school all four years. In college I stuck to intramural basketball. Although not much of a scorer, I liked to consider myself a real gritty “bring your lunch pale to work” power forward with playing style being described as a mix between Reggie Evans and Rick Mahorn. I am a lifelong Denver Broncos and New York Yankees fan, a skeptical yet optimistic New Orleans Pelicans fan, and above all else a die hard Ohio State fan. @DSmythTheMyth18

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