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Temple vs. Penn State: The last time the Temple Owls won an NCAA tournament game dates back to 2001, when they beat none other then the Penn State Nittany Lions.  Ironically enough, the same math up and same result happened Thursday in the second round in the NCAA tournament.

Talor Battle hit a deep three point shot with 16 seconds to go in the game to tie the game at 64 a piece.  Temple continued the trend of hitting a buzzer beater to win the game when Juan Fernandez hit an 18-foot leaner with 0.4 remaining to break a 62-62 tie and give temple their second straight win vs Penn State in the NCAA tournament. (more…)

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Going into the Big Ten tournament, Penn State was not even close to being in a bracket.  Then Penn State had a great run, defeating Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan State before losing to Ohio State.  After the win versus Wisconsin, Penn State was a bubble team, after beating Michigan State, they were in, no doubts about it.

Even so, you want to have a favorable match up in your first game, and the selection committee did Penn State no favors with their opponent being A-10 foe Temple.  Temple has defeated Georgetown and Georgia, both of which are tournament bound.

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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…)


In the quarter-final round of the Big Ten Tournament, the phrase “anybody can beat anybody on any given night” occurred. To start off the day, the #1 seed Ohio State barley slipped by they #8 seed Northwestern in overtime. In game 5 of the tournament the 5 seeded Michigan Wolverines upset the 4th seeded Fighting Illini by five. To be completely honest, the 6th game of the Big Ten Tournament shocked me. The 7th seeded Michigan State Spartans beat the #2 seed Purdue handily. (more…)