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.
What a crazy finish!!! The Buckeyes win thanks to a C.J. Jackson three!!! pic.twitter.com/5Soej8VTrB— Armchair Ohio State (@ArmchairOhioSt) February 24, 2018
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.
BUCKEYES TAKE THE LEAD! pic.twitter.com/A7LAQod0Nf— Armchair Ohio State (@ArmchairOhioSt) February 8, 2018
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.