Evan Turner is a son of a bitch.
The first half was a punch-counterpunch tale. Michigan was strong on offense, getting key contributions in jumpshot form from Stu Douglass and Zack Novak while Deshawn Sims contributed with fadeaways from the baseline. Michigan jumped out to the early 9-point lead. Expressed in the parlance of a boxing match, Michigan got their best punch in early in the first half. Ohio State responded with repeated kicks to the jimmy. The Buckeyes closed out the first half 25-6, taking a 10 point lead into intermission.
This mostly held in the second half. Even when Michigan would nominally make the right decisions, or Ohio State would make bad ones, Michigan would get within four and Ohio State would respond back. This changed as Michigan got in the bonus. Empty possessions for Ohio State resulted in free throws for Michigan, who ultimately turned the course of the game. A double digit lead became only a four point deficit. Michigan made the right decision to ride Manny Harris the rest of the way, who ultimately hit what would have been the game winner with 2.2 seconds remaining.
But Evan Turner: Evan Turner is a son of a bitch.
Turner, relatively quiet on the scoreboard (but with 8 assists), took the inbound pass and let a long three pointer fly with a tenth of a second remaining. He sank it, winning the game and, hopefully, vanquishing Michigan from the public consciousness forever. The Buckeyes advance to the semifinals, facing the winner of today’s 4-5 game tomorrow (Wisconsin or Illinois).
For those who did not watch the game, you can relive it here in all its glory.