Ohio State Buckeyes: Worst 10 NCAA Heartbreaks

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Before moving to the Schottenstein Center, Ohio State played its home games at St. John’s Arena. Jimmy Jackson led some high profile teams for the Buckeyes during early 19990s under coach Randy Ayers.

1991 Regional Semifinal: St. John’s 91, Ohio State 74

The 1990-1991 Buckeyes were co-Big Ten Champions, and hadn’t lost a game by more than 14–until their date with St. Johns at the Silverdome.

The Runnin’ Redman entered the game as the No. 4 seed, while the Buckeyes were No. 1 in the Midwest Region. At the time, the 17-point defeat was the worst in Ohio State’s 44 tournament games (The 2006 team, which lost to Georgetown by 18, now holds that distinction).

If St. John’s was going to play the game of their life, this was it, as the squad shot a sizzling 63 percent from the floor as five Redman had double-digit scoring totals in the box score. The most recognizable name on that St. John’s team belonged to Malik Sealy, who scored 22 to contribute to the domination of OSU.

The Buckeyes had three starters with double-digit point totals, as Jimmy Jackson led the way with 19. The Bucks even got 19 points from their bench, but it just wasn’t enough to match the hot hands of St. Johns.

Jackson, and these Buckeyes would be back the next year, advancing further into March Madness, but a Fab 5 of freshman were waiting.

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