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Kentucky Downs No.1 Overall Seed Ohio State

Posted: March 26, 2011 by Austin Bramley in Ohio State Basketball

The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Kentucky Wildcats matched up in the sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. With Kentucky being a four seed and starting three freshman and Ohio State being the one seed and starting three seniors, this game could almost be categorized as a David vs. Goliath contest.

Entering the sweet 16 the Buckeyes have rolled their way through the first two games of the big dance as they have out scored their opponents 173 to 112 defeating University of Texas-San Antonio and George Mason.

Kentucky has an impressive young squad themselves. Like I said previously they are starting three freshman and if they could just get by the number one overall seed in Ohio State, they would reach the elite eight for the second straight year. The only other team to repeat this year is Butler. Also if Kentucky could pull of the upset they would have reached the elite eight 17 times, only trailing North Carolina who has 18 appearances.

These two squads have faced off five times in the NCAA tournament previous to this game. Ohio State won all of those contents. (more…)

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Big Ten Nation staff Austin Bramley, Sayre Bedinger, and myself will be taking a look at each Big Ten round three match-up.

Ohio State vs George Mason:

Austin: Ohio State

Sayre: Ohio State

Nick: Ohio State

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William Buford and Jared Sullinger Celebrate

The Big Ten rolled on the second day of round two, going undefeated in four games.  Michigan, Ohio State, Illinois, and Purdue all go onto round three with wins today. We will recap all the Big Ten games of today below.

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Eric Doughan, a journalism student at the University of Iowa recently joined our staff. Due to technical difficulties  we could  not get him registered as a contributor at the moment. This is piece is written by Eric Doughan.

The Big Ten got 7 teams into the field of 64, or 68, or whatever you want to call it now. Ohio State was deservedly awarded the number one overall seed in the big dance. Purdue, Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan St., Illinois, and Penn State also got invitations to the tourney as well. How far can these Big Ten teams go in the NCAA tournament? Lets take a look at each teams first round matchup and possible matchups in later rounds. (more…)


March Madness has come to Big Ten Country

The Big Ten fared very well on selection Sunday sending seven of eleven teams to the Big Dance.  Only the Big East fared better, sending eleven teams albeit with a much bigger conference. 

Earning the overall number one seed and playing in the East region is the Ohio State Buckeyes.  The Buckeyes have been impressive all season and should make a deep tourney run.  Leading the Buckeyes is freshman forward Jared Sullinger, who will likely make the jump to the NBA after this season.  No reason not to expect at least an elite eight appearance by the Buckeyes this season.

Two Big Ten teams will be making an appearance in the West region this year.  The eighth seeded Michigan Wolverines will be facing the ninth seeded Tennessee Volunteers to start off.  This is an intriguing match-up as both teams are very solid so it should be one of the better round two games this year.

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Jared Sullinger led the Buckeyes with 15 points and 11 rebounds to help the Buckeyes beat Penn State 71-60 to win the Big Ten Tournament title and prove to the country that they deserve to be the number 1 overall seed. I said in my preview that if Sullinger had a double double if would be extremely tough for Penn State to play good enough defense to stop Jon Diebler’s three-point attack as well as guard the post which they obviously struggled to do.

Penn State shot an  under achieving 39 percent from the field but Talor Battle did lead the game in scoring with 24 points. Ohio State shot 51 percent from the field with three players scoring in double digits. Sullinger had 15, William Buford had 18 and Jon Diebler had 15, not to mention Aaron Craft who had nine.

Both teams cashed in seven three-point attempts, Penn State is lucky that Diebler didn’t get any hotter than he got because he is very capable of hitting seven threes by him self. Penn State is also lucky that the Buckeyes didn’t shoot any better from the free throw line or the game could have got way uglier at times with Ohio State only making 12 of their 20 free throws they attempted.

Bottom line, in this game Penn State did just enough to keep the game somewhat interesting. They had their runs at times but Ohio State did a great job of hitting a big shot to keep their “home town” crowd in the game and drain any confidence Penn State had.

Ohio State will be the number one overall  seed in this years NCAA tournament and will need to find away to put teams away in order to avoid a team that they should beat, upsetting them. In my opinion the Big Ten will get seven teams in the big dance. Any other year that would be good enough to have the most teams in the tournament but not this year. The Big East will likely have 11 teams in. Who will have more teams in the sweet 16? The elite 8? The final 4 or the national championship game?  I think Ohio State has the ability to be the 2011 NCAA Mens Basketball Championship.  

 


I’m not sure that anyone predicted that Ohio State and Penn State would be playing Sunday night in Indianapolis for the Big Ten championship. If anyone did project this matchup, I’d like to meet to meet them.  Ohio State would be a logical pick to play in championship game of the Big Ten tournament but Penn State? Unless you’re a Penn State fan, that’s a pretty unrealistic pick. Until they beat Michigan State of course. Penn State is the 6th seed and will be making their first appearance in the final round of the Big Ten tournament.

How Penn State got this far is unbelievable. They beat Indiana handily before they shocked the 13th ranked team in the country, the Wisconsin Badgers in a pitchers duel. Once Penn State beat the Spartans in the semi finals they found themselves as a near lock for the NCAA tournament but would love nothing better than to shock the world and give Ohio State their 3rd loss of the season for the Big Ten championship.

Penn State has 19 wins on the year, whether they get win number 20 or not, they are a lock of the NCAA tournament. In my opinion Penn State has a great shot to win perhaps the biggest game in their basketball programs history. (more…)