After dropping their third straight game this past Saturday to the Iowa Hawkeyes, the Buckeyes find themselves in unfamiliar territory for the first time in the Chris Holtmann era.
This is the first time under Holtmann that Ohio State has lost three consecutive games. The losses to Michigan State, Rutgers and Iowa have put the Buckeyes near the bottom half in the Big Ten with a 2-3 conference record.
In these three losses Holtmann was forced to utilize his bench because of early foul trouble.
One of the players finding himself in foul trouble was sophomore center Kaleb Wesson, who is the biggest offensive threat for the Buckeyes averaging 16.2 points and 6.9 rebounds a game.
Ohio State cannot afford to have Kaleb Wesson in foul trouble due to the lack of a second scoring option in the post. The Buckeyes are thin in the post after Micah Potter transferred before the start of the season and it is proving to be an issue as the season progresses.
Senior guard C.J. Jackson and freshman guard Luther Muhammad are two of the players who must step in as that scoring option when Kaleb Wesson finds himself fouls trouble.
The one bright spot in the loss is that junior forward Andre Wesson appears to have found his groove on the offensive end. In the loss to Iowa Andre Wesson scored 13 points which is his second highest total of the season.
The schedule does not get easier as the Buckeyes are back at home this Friday Jan. 18 at 6:30 P.M. against a tough Maryland basketball team that boasts a 14-3 record.
The Terrapins are coming off a 78-75 win against No. 22 Indiana.
With Selection Sunday just over nine weeks away the Buckeyes need to right the ship sooner than later.