Big Ten Tournament 2018: Scores, analysis, picks, latest from Madison Square Garden

CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander is on the scene at the Big Ten Tournament and is providing updates and insider analysis all weekend. Be sure to frequently check in for the latest news, highlights and discussion from Manhattan. 

NEW YORK — Chris Holtmann would be fine with never seeing MSG in early March again.

Not only is Holtmann 0-4 in his career in conference tournament play at the World’s Most Famous Arena, but every single loss has come as a result of his team having a bye. Second-seeded Ohio State was knocked off, 69-68, by No. 7 Penn State after Tony Carr found Josh Reaves on this gorgeous play in the closing seconds of their Friday night quarterfinal.

Holtmann told CBS Sports afterward that, athletically, Penn State was a bad matchup for Ohio State — as has been the case all season. In fact, one NBA scout told Holtmann that PSU is the second most impressive team, physically, in the Big Ten. Ohio State has won many more games than originally expected this season for a few reasons, but its team’s athleticism is not high on the list. Against the Nittany Lions, Ohio State ran a stagnated offense around the perimeter and got beat on the offensive boards a lot.  

“We did not have an answer for Carr,” Holtmann

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