Rapid Reaction: Ohio State 68, Michigan 61

March, 12, 2011
3/12/11
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Ohio State answered a second-half Michigan threat with an overpowering 16-0 run on its way to a 68-61 victory. The score was deceptive, as Ohio State watched an 18-point lead unravel at garbage time; the Wolverines never had a realistic chance at winning. The Buckeyes advance to the Big Ten tournament final while Michigan figures it has done enough to earn an NCAA tournament bid.

Star player: Jon Diebler was aggressive early and William Buford assertive late, but the consistently immovable presence of Jared Sullinger was more than the Wolverines could handle inside. Sullinger had 14 points and 13 rebounds, giving him 34 points and 31 rebounds for the tourney. Unlike Friday, Sullinger did not shoot well at the foul line, which limited his scoring output.

Turning point: After Michigan pulled within two at 47-45, Ohio State counterpunched with a 16-0 run keyed by defense and offensive rebounding. The Wolverines had seven straight empty possessions and Buford scored six straight points in that stretch.

Key stat: Michigan never could get anything established inside and wound up shooting 30 2-point shots and 29 from 3-point range.

What's next: Ohio State plays the winner of Michigan State-Penn State for the Big Ten tourney title. Michigan goes home to learn its NCAA seeding, location and opponent Sunday.

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