When Penn State defeated Ohio State, 82-79, sophomore guard Tony Carr was unstoppable.
On the night Carr shot a ridiculous 10-14 from the field for a total of 28 points. However, Carr’s last shot of the game on Jan. 25 was the biggest.
Thanks to Carr’s late game heroics, the Nittany Lions earned a signature win and still have a shot at making the NCAA Tournament. However, at 18-9 on the year and sixth in the Big Ten, the Nittany Lions will have their work cut out for them. Another win against the Buckeyes would be huge for Penn State’s postseason hopes.
The two teams battle again on Thursday.
As Buckeye fans already know, Carr is one of the best players in the Big Ten. In fact, he is second in the conference in scoring, averaging 19.2 points per game.
The one player Carr trails in scoring? That, of course, would be Ohio State forward Keita Bates-Diop, who averages 19.9 points per game.
Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann had some high praise for Carr after both teams played in January:
“You look at them, and they’re really talented. I think Carr is clearly a pro. He will be a first round draft pick here at some point. He was 10-for-14 and four-for-five tonight.”
Carr is not the only player the Buckeyes need to focus on. The entire Penn State team shot 78.6 percent against Ohio State a few weeks ago.
Sophomore forward Lamar Stevens gouged the Buckeyes for 15 points the last time both teams played. Meanwhile, junior forward Deividas Zemgulis was also another unsung hero who provided excellent energy as a starter and was pest everywhere for Ohio State.
It is still unknown if currently suspended guard Kam Williams will play.
“I will probably address Kam’s situation this week,” Holtmann said in his weekly radio show.
The Buckeyes could certainly use Williams, as he scored 10 points against Penn State this year. If Williams does not play, Andre Wesson will most likely get the start again.
Although the Buckeyes will be away, the team has been able to get some much needed rest with a full four days in between games as opposed to only two the last time they played Penn State.
Expect a very fresh and motivated Ohio State attempt to make a statement after cracking the top 10 in the rankings for the first time in four years.