The Buckeyes squared off against the Wolverines this afternoon in the first of today’s B1G Tournament semifinal games. In a game reminiscent of yesterday’s game, OSU battled back from a substantial deficit, but lost 72-69 as a last second, game-tying shot slipped out of Aaron’s Craft’s hands. And, now the B1G season is over, and Buckeyes and their fans await the NCAA’s Selection Sunday process.
Before I get into the recap, I want to tip my hat to the UM Drama Department. They did a wonderful job of scripting the game to produce a historical re-enactment of events on the day more than 2,000 years ago, as the Wolverines struck repeated 3-point daggers into the Buckeyes’ hearts. The part of Brutus was ably played by Nik Stauskas, and his team mates were cast as the roman Senators.
It was a tough game. The Buckeyes battled back against some unworldly UM shooting, persisted despite poor late free throw shooting, and yet still had a shot to tie the game. It was a gutty performance by the team, and despite portions of the game where it appeared they were on the verge on being put out to pasture, they came back, and came back, and came back some more. It was a disappointing end to the Big Ten season, but now we move to the NCAA’s. If this team shows the same tenacity that they’ve shown the past two weeks, it could be a good tournament run.