The 2013-14 season for Ohio State was not at all what fans of the scarlet and grey expected. Ranked as high as third in the country before Big Ten play began, the Buckeyes were a disappointment in the conference and bowed out of the NCAA tournament in their first game.
The season was not without its dramatic moments, though, and junior LaQuinton Ross provided fireworks in Ohio State's Big Ten tournament game against Nebraska. In a game in which the Buckeyes found themselves trailing by 18 points midway through the second half to the Huskers, Ross ignited a comeback with a little shove.
After opening the second half down down by just three, a series of missed shots, errant free throws, and sloppy defense put Ohio State in a big hole. In a moment of frustration, Ross was called for a technical foul after pushing a Nebraska player. The play seemed to ignite ignite the forward from Jackson, Mississippi.
Ross knocked down a three-pointer and a driving layup, cutting the deficit to 13. After some back and forth, the Buckeyes still trailed by eight with ten minutes to play. Ross scored the next eight points for Ohio State, trimming Nebraska's lead and giving the team new life.
The Buckeyes' leading scorer would eventually tie the game with a pair of free throws in the game's final two minutes, and put Ohio State ahead for good with another pair of free throws a minute later. When the final horn sounded, Ross had career highs with 26 points, 16 of which came in the second half, and 13 rebounds, leading the Buckeyes to an improbable 71-67 victory.
Depending on the source, Ross, who decided to forego his senior season to enter the NBA draft, is projected as anywhere between a mid-first round pick and going undrafted. Though his time in Columbus had its rocky moments, the 6'8" Ross proved that he has the ability to be a smooth scorer, a fact that was on full display in the second half against the Huskers in Indianapolis.