Diebler's School Record 10 Triples Crush Lions

By Chris Lauderback on March 1, 2011 at 11:13p
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Diebs was en fuego (AP: J. Beale)Diebler's 10 triples tied the B1G conference record

Jon Diebler drained his first triple, missed the 2nd then caught fire connecting on nine straight, pouring in a career high 30 points as the Buckeyes clinched at least a share of the B1G regular season conference title by routing Penn State 82-61 tonight in Happy Valley.

Diebs had plenty of help as William Buford got going early and often scoring 21 on 9/14 shooting. Jared Sullinger added a 10 point, 10 rebound dub-dub as the Buckeyes moved to 28-2 overall and 15-2 in league play.

How sick were Diebs and the WB? Sick enough to outscore the entire Penn State team 48-47 through the first 35+ minutes of the game as Diebler's 9th trey of the evening put OSU in front 71-47 with 4:33 left in regulation.

Buford was the man early as OSU used an 18-4 spurt to turn a 9-8 lead into a 27-12 bulge just before the under 4 TV timeout. Buford unleashed his full repetoire flashing two post up bank shots, a controlled baseline leaner, a nifty dish to Sullinger form the top of the key for a layup, a breakaway dunk off a steal, and a deep jumper from the right wing off a shot fake.

His night was still overshadowed by the Diebler Show as the spot up shooter drained 5/6 treys in the 1st half. In one textbook sequence that surely gave Matta a chub, Aaron Craft stole a backdoor pass with a fundamentally dreamy left arm denial of the passing lane before racing up court and finding a wide open Diebler for three from the left wing.

Craft's effort was a microcosm of Ohio State's suffocating defensive effort in the opening 20 minutes. A focused team defense that was shredded at times in the previous contest held Penn State to just six field goals (6/23) and 26% from the floor overall. The Buckeyes also swarmed the boards recording a 20-8 edge putting a damper on senior night in State College.

Meanwhile, with WB and Diebs combining for 25 points on 10/14 from the floor with five dimes, the Buckeyes used 50% shooting to build a 33-18 lead at intermission.

The 2nd half was nothing more than a carryover as Craft stroked a triple and converted a layup in traffic before Diebler splashed two more triples, one of the I'm-on-freaking-fire-step-back variety, to cap a 13-5 blitz that pushed the cushion to 51-27 with 14:42 left in the surgical exhibition.

The game began to take on an open gym feel after that with even the PSU faithful getting into Diebler's magical night. After a Lighty tip-in and back to back midrange strokes from Buford, Diebler took a feed from WB on the break and splashed his 8th trey of the evening from the left wing giving the Buckeyes a 60-35 lead with 10:18 remaining.

With the game well beyond out of hound, Diebs connected for trey #9 with 4:33 to play and, finally, with 2:39 left Diebler bottomed his school record 10th trey of the game off a feed from Jordan Sibert putting OSU on top 77-52. Diebler's 10 treys also tied the conference record.

Led by the 19/26 combined shooting performance from Buford and Diebler, the Buckeyes shot a flammable 55% for the game and 60% in the 2nd half (18/30). Ohio State also owned the boards 31-18 including a 10-5 edge on the offensive glass.

Craft stuffed the stat sheet with five points, six assists and five steals while Lighty chipped in six points, four boards and four assists. Deshaun Thomas came back to earth but played decently with six points (2/5) and five boards in 18 minutes.

Talor Battle led Penn State with 18 points and David Jackson added 12.

The win clinched OSU's 4th regular season conference crown in the last six seasons with a chance to own the title outright Sunday in the grudge match against Moe Sizlack's Bo Ryan's Badgers.

 

 

 

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Jason Priestas's picture

The image on the front page of SI right now is nice:

 

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater's picture

What a picture.    Look at Sully's face!!   Think he is enjoying himself??  Nothing makes me happier than crushing Penn State at home on Senior Night.    Well, nothing until this Sunday when we exact our revenge on Wiscy..... 

cronimi's picture

Sully's face is what struck me from the photo too.  That kid is loving life.  Hopefully the squad will build off of this and the IU blowout and exert some much-needed revenge on the Badgers come Sunday.

 

The_Lurker's picture

What exactly is Lighty doing on this play? Looks like one of those Globetrotter moves where one guy jacks the other up into the air for the dunk.

Chris Lauderback's picture

I think Lighty's whipsering to Dallas that he's got an out of control drive to the hoop planned for OSU's next possession. I kid. I love David Lighty.

RBuck's picture

Slammed it so hard the ball's out of round.

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

Kennywayne34's picture

"fundamentally dreamy left arm denial of the passing lane" This is why I come here for ALL my Buckeye info. Awesome work!!

Chris Lauderback's picture

Wasn't that an awesome sequence?! I know my HS coach had to be slobbering all over himself. Total head on a swivel by Craft then using the correct arm to deny to ensure avoiding any contact with the offender. Great play.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Any chance you have a link to video of that play?  

The_Lurker's picture

I've said it before but it bears repeating...THIS. TEAM. IS. SPECIAL. Even if it flames out in the tourney, this has been an incredible ride. If Diebs had shot well his freshman season the 3-point record would be pretty much untouchable.

Oh, and not to ruin a good story, but Diebler made his first triple (17:02) and missed his second (14:57) before hitting his next 9. :)

Chris Lauderback's picture

Ahh. dammit. Corrected. Thanks brother.

The_Lurker's picture

That's what bros are for. In a fit of boredom I summarized 3-bler's barrage in the Wed. Skull Session comments. Diebs was shooting the ball like "yeah."

Chris Lauderback's picture

Saw that summary. What a run. As I noted in the recap, for me, the most insane thing about last night was WB and Diebs combining to outscore their whole team, at home on senior night no less, for the first 35 minutes of the game. That is pure craziness.

Diebs has now quietly gone for double figures in five straight and six of seven games. I hope he didn't shoot the wad, though, with Wisky looming.

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

OK. On to crushing the Vaggers. I hope we hang 80+ on these clowns.

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BucksfanXC's picture

Ok can somebody tell me how many time-outs Thad has called this season? I've been paying attention to this since MSU game and I think he's called maybe 1 in that span during the Illini game. I would bet he's called fewer than 4 all season. IMHO this is something to look into, especiallly with all the "lack of depth" talk. I liked in the SI piece that they pointed out that TV TO's in the tourney are longer, and it seems to me that TV TO's are all Thad and the boys have needed all season to get the required rest.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

RBuck's picture

If you're on a roll during a game the last thing you want to do is call a TO and stop the momentum...let the other team do it. The BasketBucks have been on a roll most of the season.

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

BucksfanXC's picture

I agree. But I think that if he has called only 4 TOs all year, which I am suggesting that he may have -- if not fewer, then this team's physical ability to run for an entire game, with only 7 players playing, should not be questioned. It would be another piece of evidence to suggest that our lack of depth shouldn't be a concern going into the tournment.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Chris Lauderback's picture

I couldn't agree more. Corey and I have talked ever since Thad got here that he basically refuses to call timeouts. Typically, I'm all for it because I like that he puts pressure on the guys to react under pressure instead of bailing them out but sometimes he takes it too far. In games when the opponent is going on a huge run, he seemingly refuses to stop the action. That's the only time I'd like to see him do it more. Looking at the play-by-play, he used one after Wisky chopped our 47-32 lead to 47-40 at the 11:12 mark but relied on only the under-8 TV timeout until calling another one at the 5:34 mark after Wisky had put a 20-8 run on us and seized control of the game.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Yes, but if the intent is to put "pressure on the guys to react under pressure," then Matta might let them sink or swim in a regular season conference road game, with the idea that he's preparing the team to be mentally tougher come tournament time. Of course, they aim to win the conference title every year, but he also wants the team to peak in March.

Has Matta called TOs at a higher rate during the NCAA tournament, especially during the 2007 run?