Jon Diebler is Penn State Bane's.

Penn State and Ohio State earned the right to play each other for the B1G Tournament Title.  The Buckeyes earned their 16th straight win over the Nittany Lions 71-60, a streak stretching back to 2004.  OSU got the job done by carrying a late first half surge into a big lead early in the second before coasting it in to the finish.  Talor Battle led all scorers with 22 points, while William Buford led the Buckeyes with 16.  Sullinger completed his third straight double-double of the tournament with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

The Nittany Lions came into the game playing tough defense, very similar to the way they did against Wisconsin a couple of days before.  The Defensive look gave the Buckeyes fits on the first few possessions, allowing Talor Battle to give the Nits the lead on his first two three pointers.  It was apparant that Battle was trying to get his game going before Aaron Craft could enter the game.

The Buckeyes, however, were not going to stay down for long.  William Buford and Jon Diebler put in trey’s of their own to keep pace, on top of a Lauderdale driving hookshot to give the Bucks the lead going into the first break.  Penn State’s man-to-man defense, despite giving up a few outside looks, still did a fantastic job of limiting OSU’s offense on the interior.  The Nits simply did not want to give up easy looks.

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And then there were two.

The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions collide in the Championship Game for the B1G Tournament, an exact duplicate of the Women’s Tournament championship game.  For those who didn’t pay attention, the Buckeye Women took care of business in an upset of the #2 team in the Big Ten.

As usual, we’ll be joined by our friends at Silver Bullet, Our Honor Defend, Scarlet and Game, Men of the Scarlet and Gray, and Fox Sports Ohio.  Stop by and chat with your favorite blogging personality!

After the game, we’ll continue to run the LiveBlog through the NCAA Selection Show, so stick around and talk with us about the ludicrous decisions of the NCAA Selection Committee!

The game starts at 3:30 PM Eastern Time on CBS.  LiveBlog kicks off at 3:00 PM.

Go Bucks!

Big Ten Tournament Day 1 Preview

Written March 10th, 2011 by Eric

It's B1G!

As the sun came up today, it was the dawn of the first day of “real” conference basketball tournaments!  That’s right, folks, it is finally Day 1 of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament!

Each day this week, we will offer a brief rundown of the day’s matchups.  It’s just a little something for you to whet your appetite with while you wait for the Buckeyes to take the hardwood.

Make absolutely certain you don’t take any of these predictions to your favorite betting locale.  If you do, we’re not responsible for the results – unless you win.

The Big Ten tournament, as a whole has been a particularly unpredictable beast.  Teams at the bottom of the seeding, knowing that their fates on in their own hands and their season is coming to a premature end, tend to play beyond themselves.  It is not unusual for a team that plays in the first round to make it to the Championship game, though that’s also not particularly common either.

For our rundown of today’s games, Read More

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