The 20-year-old, who finished with a team-high 23 points, missed a free throw in the final seconds of No. 2 seed Ohio State’s 72-75, opening round loss to 15th seeded Oral Roberts.
“Comments don’t get to me but I just wanna know why. I’ve never done anything to anyone in my life to be approached like this,” Liddell wrote. “This is not me saying anything negative about Ohio State fans. I love you all dearly and I’ve felt nothing but appreciated since the first day I stepped on campus.”
In one message, a person wrote to Liddell: “You are such a f—ing disgrace. Don’t ever show your face at Ohio State. We hate you. I hope you die I really do.”
Another message shows someone promising to find Liddell, then threatening to kill him.
Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith threatened to get authorities involved.
Chris Holtmann, Ohio State’s head coach, posted a statement on Saturday morning supporting Liddell.