Hoop dreams are bad for OSU nowadays.

It's a relentlessly fast-paced list of endeavors where one can get close and not get any substantial results by slightly missing the intended goal.

Substantially absent is falling agonizingly fast in a Big Ten basketball game, whether at home or on the street, that Ohio State has attempted this week without

Scoreless through the first five minutes Sunday at Rutgers, OSU scored the next 15 points and then struggled to score regularly enough to avoid a 68-64

The Buckeyes (10-7, 2-4) have now dropped four immediately via total 16 points, including close calls against No. 1 Purdue (71-69) and Minnesota (70-67)

The losses to Purdue and Minnesota were one-possession disappointments that ended in Ohio's kingdom in the end, as was the loss to Rutgers 

Freshman Brice Sensabaugh had a chance to win it for OSU, but his 3-pointer from the key slammed into the backboard and rim six seconds later.

OSU received ownership of that try by rebounding a Rutgers DNF with 19 seconds left, electing now not to take their final timeout to set up a game-winning try.

Sensabaugh's miss ended with Rutgers Cam Spencer just past the arc at the alternate end, but his shot at him at the buzzer also missed.

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