Saturday, March 10, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Ohio State 77, Michigan 55
By Myron Medcalf
INDIANAPOLIS -- Reaction from Ohio State's dominating 77-55 victory over Michigan in a Big Ten tournament semifinal.
Overview: Pure dominance for Ohio State. That’s all. The Buckeyes jumped out to a 16-3 lead. They shot 51 percent from the field on their way to a halftime lead of 34-21. They held Michigan to a 1-for-13 clip from beyond the arc in the first half, too.
The carnage continued in the second half. Five minutes after halftime, the Buckeyes possessed a 20-point lead. The Wolverines could not neutralize Ohio State’s talent as they were dismissed from the tourney with a lopsided loss. And now we’ll see a matchup between the two best teams in the league, Michigan State and Ohio State, in the Big Ten tournament championship. The Buckeyes will have a chance to win their third consecutive title. Michigan State hasn’t reached the title game since 2000.
Turning point: The moment that Ohio State put on its uniforms. This looks like the Ohio State squad that so many assumed it could be at the start of the year. The Buckeyes have had some struggles in recent months. But right now, they’re playing like one of the best teams in the country.
Key player:Jared Sullinger’s mean streak continues. He scored 24 points, grabbed six rebounds and recorded two blocks. Deshaun Thomas added 22 points and six rebounds.
Key stat: Michigan went 4-for-25 (15 percent) from the 3-point line. The Wolverines didn’t have a chance against the Buckeyes without the 3-ball.
Miscellaneous:Trey Burke scored 30 against Minnesota Friday. He had 5 points against the Buckeyes Saturday.
What’s next: Ohio State will play Michigan State Sunday for the Big Ten tournament championship, a game that could have major NCAA tournament seeding implications. Michigan will get ready for the NCAA tournament.