Ohio State Basketball: 2019-20 takeaways from Buckeyes blowout win over UNC

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CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA – DECEMBER 04: Kaleb Wesson #34 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates with fans after their win against the North Carolina Tar Heels at the Dean Smith Center on December 04, 2019 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Ohio State won 74-49. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Ohio State Basketball pulled away in the second half for a 74-49 rout of North Carolina. Here are the biggest takeaways from the Buckeyes statement win.

Ohio State Basketball has already put together a few dominant performances throughout the first month of the season, but they saved their best for North Carolina.

The Buckeyes controlled the game from start to finish and, after shaking the turnover bug, pulled away in the second half for stunning 74-49 victory over the Tar Heels at the Smith Center. It was UNC’s worst home loss since 2002, a season in which they went 8-20.

The Big Ten also clinched the Big Ten/ACC Challenge with Ohio State’s victory.

However, the lasting impact of this game might be most felt by the Tar Heels, who lost star freshman big man Armando Bacot to an ankle injury in the first half. Though Bacot still has to undergo further evaluation, Roy Williams didn’t sound too optimistic about the injury after the game.

“It’s a sprained ankle. It was swollen by the time he got back to the locker room. It looks like he’ll be out a while.”

Both teams will now head into conference play this weekend on different notes. Ohio State solidified itself as one of the best teams in the country, while North Carolina suddenly has a lot of questions to answer.

What else did we learn from Wednesday’s top-10 matchup? Here are the three biggest takeaways from Ohio State’s blowout victory.

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