An Easter basket full of Ohio State and college sports news and notes, as we await one of the sacred holidays of the year. That’s right- “Easter Chocolate On Clearance Monday”.
This afternoon, a true champion of the Big Ten Conference was crowned, as the Michigan State Spartans held on in the final minutes to defeat the Ohio State Buckeyes 68-64 for their first conference tournament championship since 2000.
Back and forth, punch for punch, strength vs. strength. For everything Michigan State threw at Ohio State, the Buckeyes responded. Every ounce of heart left on the hardwood in scarlet was matched with a stain of green pride.
In the first ten and a half minutes, there were seven lead changes.
First it was the Michigan State Spartans imposing their will. Taking a 7-2 lead early off a three pointer in the far corner from Draymond Green. The Buckeyes would respond with three turnovers in the first two minutes and sinking only one field goal in their first seven tries.
Aaron Craft would change that with a solid iso drive to the … [Read More]
Gritty defense, offensive runs, and a desire to win was the name of the game at the Breslin Center, as the team that controlled their own destiny did everything they could to keep their little brother from a share at the conference title.
Thad Matta and his Buckeye Roundballers had something to say about that in the second half. Down as much as 15, Ohio State had just the spirited effort needed in the second frame needed for a solid tournament run.
It was the often discredited senior William Buford hitting the winning fade from the top of the key with .8 seconds left in the 72-70 victory to end the regular season.
Early, it looked like turnovers, transition basketball and fast break points were going to do the Buckeyes in. Throughout the length of the first half, it was a lack of execution on offense, a breakdown on the … [Read More]
The Buckeyes and Spartans clashed in Value City Arena tonight in a battle that was a lot closer than the experts predicted. In the end, though, the Buckeyes returned to their winning ways with a 71-61 victory. Ultimately, the game was a lot closer than it should have been on the strength of Michigan State’s excellent shooting, while the Buckeyes simultaneously had a relatively poor night from the field. William Buford’s 23 points lead all scorers, to which he added 5 rebounds and a pair of assists.
Things started auspiciously for the Spartans when Durrell Summers committed two quick fouls and ended up on the bench before the first TV timeout. Summers, one of the starting guards and key scorers for the Spartans, was a critical loss early in the game for Michigan State giving the Buckeyes an advantage on the defensive end for the first half.
Both teams started … [Read More]