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Buzzer Beater Keeps Akron From Embarrassing Buckeyes

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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.

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.

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.

 

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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