Ohio State Slays Wisconsin to Claim B1G Tourney Title

By Chris Lauderback on March 17, 2013 at 5:22p
75 Comments
CHAMPS, BITCHES.

Trailing by two points with exactly seven minutes to play, the Buckeyes closed on an 11-2 run to win yet another B1G tournament title, 50-43, over the Wisconsin Badgers as Thad Matta improved to 50-12 in the month of March during his tenure at Ohio State. 

Deshaun Thomas led the charge with 17 points and Aaron Craft added nine. 

In the decisive 11-2 spurt, the Buckeyes got 5/6 free throw shooting from Thomas, a pair of clutch buckets by LaQuinton Ross and a Craft layup off a steal by Shannon Scott while harassing Wisconsin into 0/6 shooting with two turnovers. 

Both teams shot just 39% on the afternoon but Ohio State won the glass, 36-26, posting a dominant 13-4 edge in second-chance points. 

Craft was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player and Thomas was awarded a spot on the 1st team. 

Ohio State took a 13-6 lead in the early going but Wisconsin responded with an 18-2 blitz featuring a couple bombs from distance and some isos of Ryan Evans on the block while holding the Buckeyes to 1/12 shooting with three turnovers to take a 24-15 lead with 3:22 left in the half.

It looked like things might be getting away from the Buckeyes but they countered with an 8-0 spurt to close the half, cutting the Badger margin to 24-23.

Deshaun, who had missed six of seven shots to that point, hit three of four during the run off an aggressive drive down the lane following a hella ball screen from Amir Williams, a flat-footed tip-in of a Craft miss, and a midrange jumper.

The late burst from Thomas gave him eight points at intermission. Sam Thompson added six (3/5 FG), Lenzelle Smith Jr. grabbed six boards and Craft, despite two turnovers, managed four points and four assists.

Ohio State shot a sketchy 37% in the opening 20 minutes, including 0/5 from downtown, but turned it over just three times. Wisconsin couldn’t stretch their nine-point lead thanks largely to 2/10 shooting from distance.

The Buckeyes outscored Wisconsin, 27-19, in the second half, holding them to 1/8 from distance with five turnovers. 

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

The troops rallied and ended the year year as one of, if no THE, hottest team in the country.
Kudos to Thad Matta. What a good job.

Wobble in our Shoes's picture

Deshaun getting those dagger free throws just seals it for me!
On to a 2 seed!!

BCOM's picture


with a special shoutout to Q for a couple key buckets!

Hovenaut's picture

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2012-13 B1G Tournament Champions.

Well done boys!

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart.

Red Shirt Ensign's picture

And Boom goes the Dynamite!
 
Awesome Tourney Buckeyes!!!

"Captain, over here, I've found someth... AHHHH!!!!!!"

 

highwire's picture

Get the scissors!

BME_Buckeye's picture

Wait Indiana already cut the nets down! Too late. 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

argyle182021's picture

Congrats to The Ohio State men's basketball team: B1G tournament champs!  Love that they're playing their best ball of the year right before tournament time.  I thought Matta did a good job switching to the smaller lineup when nothing else seemed to puts points on the board.

BME_Buckeye's picture

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

M Man's picture

On behalf of the rest of the Big Ten Conference, please accept my congratulations and thanks for beating Bo Ryan and his eye-gougingly-boring brand of basketball.

Hovenaut's picture

+1.....common ground for a moment M Man. Good luck in the tourney.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart.

Earle's picture

And if by "good luck", you mean "I hope you lose in the first round", I agree completely!

Common ground only goes so far. Beyond a shared disdain for Ryan and Crean, there's not much there. And that is as it should be (with respect to M Man).

Just say no to italics abuse.

Hovenaut's picture

I stated common ground for a moment.

The moment has passed.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart.

Earle's picture

Out! Out, brief candle!

Just say no to italics abuse.

BuckeyeUro's picture

YESSSSSSSSSSSS, That's why I love being a Buckeye!! 

BuckeyeChief's picture

WHOO! HOOO!

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

OSUNuge's picture

Q was a tremendous lift off the bench the entire tournament. Thompson appears to have developed a jumper to go with his ridiculous athleticism, and we're headed in the right direction at the right time. Deal with it, Bo!

Geraffi's picture

Sweet!!!  Way to go Buckeyes!

Hovenaut's picture

Nerd alert.....come on CBS, no douche free post game?

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart.

Bucks43201's picture

LOL

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

TLB's picture

Why do we have to look at him?

Hovenaut's picture

They just have to ruin the moment.

Is his team coming out to cut down nets? Oh wait.....

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart.

Urbanmania's picture

Ohio State has proven that right now they are the best team in the BIG.

Bucks43201's picture

There's how you play defense, Bo!
Wiscy went 0 for life that last 7 minutes to close out the game, without a field goal.
Anybody else notice how CBS kept botching the graphics with errors. About 5 times they put up a that graphic stat about how the largest lead of the game was 9-7, but Wiscy had us down 8 or 9 in the first half.
They had Craft's stats wrong, too

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

Baroclinicity's picture

If Aaron Craft can score with the dribble-drive, I sincerely think we can beat anyone.
Proud to be a Buckeye.  Well done, boys!

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

B1G CHAMPS BABAY!!!!!!!  Gotta love it!  Beating MSU, Wisconsin, TSUN/IU via the transitive property...huge tournament.  That's got to be my favorite tournament title of all since it was so unexpected, as well as how strong the B1G is this year.  Get the Big Dance started tomorrow, I can't f***ing wait!

Class of 2010.

Geraffi's picture

Wish CBS would have stuck with the post game rather than switching to an interview with  Crybaby Crean. 

yrro's picture

Awesome to see Ross coming around, and huge game from Deshaun. Ice cold at the end there.
Quick stat lookup - was this the most boring Big 10 tourney championship ever? It wasn't just good defense, it was some pretty painful offense as well on both sides. OSU didn't crack 50 until junk time free throws :P
 

kr66osu's picture

HOW ARE THEY DOING THIS
THIS TEAM SCARES ME

Clmm297's picture

A great coach , who finally got his guys to play together with defined roles that they all accepted....

SilverBulletNYC's picture

Wow. Great heart. I hope this shuts up the Thad-haters for a while. Just WOW!

The South will NOT rise again!

BuckeyeChief's picture

Guinness all around!

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

Zallton's picture

That is the Big Ten Coach of the Year not being able to adjust to Matta's own in-game adjustment of the small lineup. But who cares about the accolades when you get the big W!

yrro's picture

Seriously. We go small, and so they start throwing up threes? They couldn't even out-rebound us in that lineup.
You think in that situation you go to the block, and you go quick. Hell, they had Craft matched up against their center and couldn't manage an entry pass.

ArizonaBuckeye's picture

YEAAAAAA BUDDY!!!! Big Ten Tourney Champs!!!! GO BUCKS!!!! Take this momentum into the Big 64!!

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." -Woody Hayes-

DallasTheologian's picture

To go 2-1 against both UW and MSU is pretty awesome.

JakeBuckeye's picture

And splitting against Indiana (one road win) and Michigan... Pretty awesome. Proves once again for the 976th straight year how ridiculous some people on here sound when writing the basketball Buckeyes off in January and February. 

741's picture

ADV's hair > Bruesewitz's hair

Brutus's picture

Speaking of Brusewitz's hair, this is a guy that took lemons and made lemon juice.  He has clearly given up on life.  The Afro looked bad, the shaved head wasn't better, but with the Kramer, he's now just mocking himself.  I get that he gets he's ugly, but in the words of Cris Carter, c'mon man.  At least try to be presentable.

hetuck's picture

Kudos to Thad Matta for outcoaching Mr. Grinch. It showed amazing adaptability. Now going forward, I hope the players realize officiating may change and react accordingly. 

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

Vince Lombardi

tdible2132's picture

It has been a common theme lately that this team is really coming into their own including a lot of individuals. The only player I am truly disappointed in is Lenzelle Smith. When he is on the bench, this team is final four good. With him out there it gets a lot more dicey. I really hope he doesn't hinder this team in the tournament but that is my biggest fear right now. 

Bucks43201's picture

When LQ-R is aggressive and he wants to score, it's hard to stop him.
I hope he keeps up with that kind of play.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

OSUStu's picture

Matta flexes his tourney muscles again! Go Bucks!

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

osu07asu10's picture

We'll done buckeyes! Great job coaching Thad and staff! Best staff in the B1G!

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

lamplighter's picture

this is really pretty amazing - a month ago I was expecting a low seed at the big dance.  Tremendous turn around after the drubbing by Wisky earlier.
Nicely done.

Squirrel Master's picture

I can easily make a case for a 1 seed (2nd place regular season in B1G, tourney champs, avenge 5 of 7 loses and actually go 7-7 against teams they lost to) but I gues we'll have to play the no respect card and deal with a 2 seed. 
Ross, Thompson and Scott are really making a difference on this team. I could even make a point that Amir had some early plays that kept this game closer than it was for a bit there. I will take 5 good minutes from him and run with it!
Get your brackets ready. Tip, Buckeyes don't get upset by lesser teams. They do struggle against better teams though. So if they are the favorite, take them. If not, up to you!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

captain obvious's picture

Good to hear Matta giving Q props during the postgame. I can see Q having a big tourney.

I'm a friend of thunder is it any wonder lightning strikes me

ArizonaBuckeye's picture

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." -Woody Hayes-

Ohio1St81's picture

Everyone stop what you're doing and listen to Charles Barkley: the Mountain West and Pac-12 are better than the Big Ten. 

argyle182021's picture

Charles Barkley must be high.  He just said the Mountain West and PAC-12 are better than the B1G.

ArizonaBuckeye's picture

Tell him to make another dumb Capital One commercial. He's an idiot.

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." -Woody Hayes-

Bucks43201's picture

Charles Barkley may or may not have gotten another DUI on the way to the CBS studios this morning.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

741's picture

Bigger troll: Charles Barkley or Mark May? 
Discuss...

Chief B1G Dump's picture

Barkley, May and Skip Bayless are shock jocks...
I usually am at least amused by Barkley...but come on man, if you're going to make a dumb argument, at least bring something interesting to support it.

Hovenaut's picture

May. Barkley spreads his 'knowledge', May is in love with hating tOSU.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart.

TheShookster's picture

Seriously how can you not love this team. We deserve a 1 seed

Bucks43201's picture

That other dude is likely high. He puts down the B1G, then follows up with how he thinks Kentucky should be in. Ooooooookay

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

johnblairgobucks's picture

Rex looks to be a few cheeseburgers over his 1990's playing weight.

Colorado Buckeye's picture

Robert Morris.... nuff said!

Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory lasts forever!

TheShookster's picture

Charles Barkley is to college basketball what deshaun Thomas is to giving a f what shot he throws up 

toad1204's picture

Go home Barkely, youre drunk.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

Squirrel Master's picture

Charles Barkley needs to stick to ranking donuts! He doesn't know what he is talking about when it comes to college basketball. He couldn't even think of another team outside of UM when they are the 5th best team in the conference based on record. 
When the B1G has 2 teams in the final four and one becomes the champion, they are going to eat their words. There is no Kentucky this year so its not going to be the uber talented team to dominate the NCAAs, it will be the team that has been more battle tested. No team in college has been more battle tested than a B1G team. OSU could actually be the best team in the NCAA based on what they did the last month, 8 games. I don't see anyone being able to stop that small lineup from scoring. Matta has it now, Buckeyes are going to surprise many folks out there. This is not the same team that lost those games early. 

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

toad1204's picture

Or eating cookies off his forehead.

 
 
 

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

armybuckinva's picture

I liked the moment when his colleagues questioned his thought process and the only thing he coukd do was "Uhhhhhhh uhhhhhh". Turrible, just turrible.

armybuckinva's picture

Off topic, but Charles Barkley is the dumbest ass ever.
 

TheShookster's picture

I survived the riot police at UD today and I love this website and I love the buckeyes. We've always had the best damn band in the land. And we have best damn website in the land too!

Squirrel Master's picture

At least Duke got a 2 seed. It would have been a shame if they got a 1 seed. 

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Braxton2Devin's picture

This team reminds me A LOT of UCONN. Got hot at the end of the season, wins conference tourney, wins the Dance

RedQueenRace's picture

With good guard play.  Another similarity we can hope plays out.

FLBuckeye's picture

And was put in the West Region!

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Way to go Bucks!  Big Ten Tournament Champions!!  Thad For President!!

81Alum's picture

So, the BIG championship streak is alive!! Four straight regular season or tournament championships for the awesome Buckeyes.

CSAR Buckeye's picture

I am so very proud of this Ohio State Buckeye team.  They've overcome adversity and come together as a team.  What a ride so far!  Best of luck in the Big Dance!
It's 3:02 a.m. here on deployment in Africa, the Buckeyes are Big Ten tourney champs, and Michig*n still sucks!

thatlillefty's picture

where do we get these goofy pics?