Ohio State Wins Big Ten Shooty Hoops Championship

Posted by Vico in Hoops |

Diebler's hot shooting carried the day.
Diebler's hot shooting carried the day.
The Buckeyes started 1-3 in conference play but have rebounded, lost only once since and, with the victory over the Illini on Senior Day, have now clinched at least a share of the Big Ten championship.  It is Thad Matta’s third Big Ten championship in six years and the third time in which the Buckeyes have won Big Ten championships in football and the two shooty hoops in the same academic year (’05-’06, ’06-’07, ’09-’10).

While the Buckeyes got their championship moment, at home, and gave an appropriate send-off to people like Kyle Madsen, Jeremie Simmons, Danny Peters, PJ Hill and Mark Titus1, it was a trying game there for stretches.  Evan Turner did not have a banner day.  He finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists, but had a few unsightly turnovers (4 in total) and it looked the Illini had him bottled up and were going to take away his opportunities to attack the basket.  Further, Dallas Lauderdale looked like he was playing with cement hands for most of the game.  However, David Lighty and Jon Diebler deserve praise for having kept the Buckeyes afloat through critical stretches of the first half when the Illini were sinking their shots and when Demetri McCamey was too much for the Buckeyes to handle.  Jon Diebler was 7/14 from 3, finishing with 21 points.  David Lighty, on the other hand, played like a man possessed.  Much of his 15 points came from attacking the basket, drawing fouls and finishing strong.

There were times where it looked difficult, but the Buckeyes made the relevant adjustments and played strong on defense in the second half.  Eventually, the Illini ran out of steam.  Now, the Buckeyes celebrate clinching a well-earned share of the Big Ten championship (1-1 against Purdue, won lone meeting against Sparty (at Sparty), 1-1 against Wisconsin).  The Buckeyes next tip off in the Big Ten tournament, more than a week from now.

For the meantime, let’s party Columbus.

  1. …whose senior day introduction was touching. []

 

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Vico is the nom de guerre of the founder and current website chair of Our Honor Defend. He is currently living in exile in Alabama.

 

2 Responses to “Ohio State Wins Big Ten Shooty Hoops Championship”

  1. 1 Fear the Elf

    Might as well call him Threebler

  2. 2 Ken

    Good description of Lighty. He was all over the floor, in a good way. As a defender it must be pretty scary seeing Lighty, Turner and Buford screaming down the floor on a fast break.

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