Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop shot 5-of-17 from the field in the Buckeyes’ 74-62 loss to Michigan on Feb. 18 in Ann Arbor. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentANN ARBOR, Mich. — The path to a Big Ten championship always seems to go through Michigan for Ohio State. The 2011-12 and 2012-13 teams suffered losses in Ann Arbor, Michigan, that ultimately dashed any outright regular-season conference title hopes.The same likely happened Sunday at the Crisler Center.After vanquishing the Wolverines in a 20-point comeback at home on Dec. 4, the eighth-ranked Buckeyes didn’t have the same formula for a victory against their rival the second time around, losing 74-62 to No. 20 Michigan, therefore falling a game behind first-place Michigan State in the Big Ten standings.In October, it isn’t likely many people predicted back-to-back road games against Penn State and Michigan in February to be the most challenging stretch of conference play for the Buckeyes. It was equally difficult at the time to foresee the position in which the team was in coming into this stretch — leading the Big Ten with four games to play.However small those odds were, that was Ohio State’s reality. But it has proved a burden for one of college basketball’s biggest surprise teams of the season.“If you’re a college player and you go into a couple games on the road against good teams, and you expect it to be easy, or you expect not to deal with some adversity — we haven’t had a whole lot of that through the Big Ten season, but everybody goes through that,” Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said. “This is what we’ve signed up for. That’s what they signed up for when they signed up to play in the Big Ten. This is what we signed up for to coach in.”Back-to-back, double-digit losses in the home stretch of the season has put Ohio State in a position where winning its final games against Rutgers and at Indiana would not be enough to win the outright conference crown without a pair of losses from the Spartans and a loss by Purdue.Holtmann continued to stay quiet about the team’s prospects of winning the conference following his team’s latest defeat. But it’s clear there have to be adjustments moving forward when opponents get their second or third look at an Ohio State team that doesn’t overwhelm any team with athleticism, size or shooting.“If this beats us down, shame on us,” Holtmann added. “We’ve had a heck of a start and we got to figure out a way to make steps toward playing better.”Michigan is a sound defensive team with enough offense to possibly win the conference tournament in two weeks in New York, as well as make it past the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. And Penn State has multiple NBA-caliber players, including potential Big Ten Player of the Year Tony Carr, and a legitimate shot to sneak into the field of 68 in March.Those losses are explainable, but they hurt nonetheless.“Like I said last [game] when we played Penn State, we’re either going to learn from it or it’s going to keep happening, and tonight it did,” senior forward Jae’Sean Tate said. “They came out more physical. They made the right plays and they got the win. It’s the same thing. We got to learn from this one.”Ohio State last swept Michigan in the regular season in the 2010-11 season, which featured arguably the best team the program has ever had and the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. This season, everything had been going right for the Buckeyes. To think they were possibly about to achieve something that hadn’t been done since that team would’ve added to the lunacy of trying to explain this team’s successes.But there is a feeling that reality is now setting in for Ohio State.Teams are beginning to pressure junior C.J. Jackson and redshirt senior Andrew Dakich at point guard, a known weakness for the Buckeyes. With the exception of Tate, Holtmann said the team is struggling to play through physicality in the half-court offense, which starts with Big Ten Player of the Year contender Keita Bates-Diop, who has shot 9-of-28 from the field the past two games.It’s not the end of the road for Ohio State. It remains one of the best teams in the conference and deserving of a strong seed in the NCAA Tournament, but this stretch has been realized as a potential killer to a regular-season title.“We got to continue to have the same mindset,” Tate said. “Hope it works out. If it don’t, it doesn’t. At the end of the day, we’re just trying to look at the game in front of us.”
She said: “My son has disappeared – so somebody please, if anyone knows anything, get in touch, get in touch with Suffolk Police.She asked Suffolk residents to check their gardens and said her son may have decided to “have a sleep” before making his way home. She said: “Check your gardens, check your own properties please, but leave the proper searching to the police and people who know what they are doing.”SAC McKeague was described as fit and healthy and he had spent the night drinking with RAF comrades. He regularly walked home on his own after a night out drinking and police said he would not have considered the nine mile trek a significant distance.His mother said: “The boys that were with him are not responsible for Corrie. Corrie does the same thing every time he goes out. Once he goes out he is an absolute creature of habit. He will leave absolutely on his own, that’s not unusual.”He will go and get food and if he has to lay down and have a sleep before he goes home then he will. It’s looking more and more suspicious as time goes on that they’re not actually finding himmother Nicola Urquhart An image from CCTV footage of Corrie McKeague in Bury St EdmundsCredit:EPA/SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY Police say searches have now been extended for Corrie McKeague, who was last seen in Bury St Edmunds early on September 24Credit:EPA/SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY The mother of an RAF gunner missing for more than a week after disappearing on a night out drinking has pleaded for local people to check their gardens and properties for him.Senior aircraftman Corrie McKeague of II Sqn RAF Regiment was last seen in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk and is believed to have set out to walk nine miles back to his base.Search teams have since been retracing his possible route back to RAF Honington after he was last seen at around 3am on September 24. Bury St Edmunds is about 30 miles from RAF Marham, where two men tried to kidnap a serviceman in July Electronic records from the lorry show it did not pick up anything heavy enough to be a person.SAC McKeague is described as white, 5ft 10ins, of medium build, with short light brown hair. He is believed to have been wearing a pink Ralph Lauren polo shirt and brown suede Timberland boots when he went missing. Brown suede Timberland boots that Corrie McKeague was believed to have been wearing when he vanishedCredit: Suffolk Police Detectives and commanders say they fear he had an accident or was hit by a car along the way. There is no sign of foul play or any link to the attempted kidnap of an airman from RAF Marham in July, they said.His family said the 23-year-old who is originally from Dunfermline in Fife usually kept in close contact and had appeared happy in his last phone call with his brother.Mr McKeague’s mother Nicola Urquhart, 47, a police officer with Police Scotland made an impassioned plea for information on Monday A pink Ralph Lauren shirt that Corrie McKeague was believed to have been wearing when he disappearedCredit:Suffolk Police “Nothing in his behaviour was even remotely unusual and the boys that he was with would not have been able to stop him from doing that. Because that’s what he does.”Detectives have also seized a commercial bin lorry after they traced SAC McKeague’s mobile phone to its collection route during the early hours of September 24.They believe the phone may have been discarded and ended up in the lorry on its route from Bury St Edmunds to Barton Hills. The vehicle has been seized, but the Nokia phone has not yet been found. Police outside RAF Marham in Norfolk, after a serviceman was threatened with a knife near to the base in JulyCredit:Chris Radburn/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.