Bucks Let Shot at Title Slip Away

By Chris Lauderback on March 31, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Up 59-56 with just over two minutes left after blowing a 13 point lead, Ohio State simply failed to execute down the strech and Kansas took advantage closing on an 8-3 run to defeat the Buckeyes 64-62, earning a shot at Kentucky in Monday night's national championship. 

Kansas flat out killed the Buckeyes in the paint posting a 32-16 scoring advantage and OSU shot a miserable 24% in the 2nd half (8/33) while poor transition defense helped the Jayhawks hit on 54% of their shots in the final 20 minutes as they outscored the Buckeyes by 11 points to erase a 34-25 halftime deficit. 

William Buford led the Buckeyes with 19 points but OSU couldn't overcome a combined 8/33 shooting effort from Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas. 

You have to say this young team still had an outstanding season but it's hard not to think of what might have been after watching the 2nd half collapse. 

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