Clean Sweep

By Chris Lauderback on March 13, 2011 at 5:26p

Ohio State used a 14-4 run stretched across the end of the 1st half and beginning of the 2nd to take a 36-25 lead and moments later an 8-0 spurt creating a 46-29 edge with 13:09 left on the way to a 71-60 victory over Penn State to wrap up the B1G tournament championship. The win gives the Buckeyes a pair of conference titles in the last week.

William Buford led the way with 18 on a much improved 7/14 from the field, while Jared Sullinger added a 15/11 dub-dub and Jon Diebler tossed in 15.

Diebler was key during the 14-4 run splashing a triple at the halftime horn to make it 29-23 and draining another bomb to open the 2nd half.

The 8-0 run saw Buford and Aaron Craft drop in triples after two free throws from Sullinger.

The win secures the #1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and gives OSU three B1G Tourney titles (’07, ’10, ’11).

Ohio State shot 51% on the afternoon while holding the Lions to 39%. The defense also added eight swats with Dallas Lauderdale racking up three in limited minutes along with another three from Sully.

Sullinger takes home the tournament's Most Oustanding Player Award with Buford and Diebler joining him on the All-Tournament Team. Michael Thompson, Kalin Lucas and Talor Battle also received All-Tourney accolades.



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clevelandbuckeye's picture

B1G Champs!  That being said, I am reallly starting to think this team plays to level of competition.  You would have thought we are a 10 loss team the way Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith were talking about them.  Of course Seth Davis doesn't have the stones to step and praise the Bucks like he has all year.

Going into the Tourney, the two teams that will scare me will be Syracuse and St. Johns.  I would really prefer they aren't in our region.  Playing them in Newark isn't ideal.

6 more to go!

luckynewman13's picture

So..:has Charles Barkley always hated us or is this a new development?

Matt's picture

Smith and Barkley's comments didn't surprise me.  They are used to watching NBA teams every night.  OSU doesn't play flashy, impose-your-will basketball like an NBA team.  They are fundamentally sound and don't go for the sexy, polished look.  Davis and Anthony know what they are talking about and both had them as the #1 overall seed.

luckynewman13's picture

I just hate it when commentators use arguments against one team that you could apply to every other team. Smith said something like "the teams [Ohio State] lost to will be playing in the tournament as well", and used that as an argument against them.

really? THAT is your argument for why the Buckeyes aren't equipped to go all the way? Because no other team is in the EXACT same situation in the tournament? How many home/neutral site games did Ohio State lose? hhhhhhh, I know I shouldn't be surprised, I'm just venting.

clevelandbuckeye's picture

Well apparently you need to score a 100 points, or else you really aren't a dominant bball team.  Kenny Smith agreeing to the big ten not being able to score while his Tarheels he just praised scored 58 points today.

It's the same old story tired story...the Big Ten is slow and not talented. 

M Man's picture

Congrats to the Buckeyes; a season-long superior, poised performance.

Buckrific's picture

I loved how Kenny Smith started talking about how OSU can't handle a team that presses.  Didn't we drill Florida by about a hundred at their place when the pressed the whole game?  Has Charles Barkley been doing studio work all year for CBS?  I just wonder how many college games he has watched this season?