College basketball has only been back for 24 hours, and we already have a thriller under our belts. Tuesday’s showdown between No. 17 ranked Ohio State and an unranked Akron should’ve been a cake walk for Buckeyes head coach Chris Holtmann and company. However, it took a last-second layup to end it at 67-66 Ohio State.
We love buzzer beaters — we like upsets even better.
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Akron (+1280 ML) NEARLY pulls off a massive upset against Ohio State.pic.twitter.com/9eqYDjh9W4
— FanDuel Sportsbook (@FDSportsbook) November 10, 2021
And here’s the fadeaway and-one three-pointer off the finger tips of junior guard Ali Ali that nearly sparked the upset by putting Akron ahead with six seconds remaining. A +1280 that would eventually go to waste, according to FanDuel.
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) November 10, 2021
Ohio State forward EJ Liddell led the way with 25 points that was otherwise a struggle offensively. This is what makes college hoops so entertaining. Young kids who, when heavily favored, face immense pressure that often bursts a pipe professionals tend to avoid. Last night, Akron nearly delivered a season-altering loss to a ranked team.
Welp, what could’ve been.