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Turner has an “off’ night; Buckeyes roll behind Diebler and Buford’s shooting

compiled by staff and wire reports

Dallas Lauderdale Ohio State (osu)

Jon Diebler Ohio State (osu)

Evan Turner proved that he is human and can have an “off” night. The Buckeyes have proven all season that they are not a one-man team and can win games without Turner scoring 20 or 30 points and if he’s injured.

Ohio State jumped on the backs of Jon Diebler and William Buford and the defensive prowess of Dallas Lauderdale, for a 68-51 victory over pesky and persistent California-Santa Barbara in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night.

Diebler scored 23 points and Lauderdale blocked a career-high eight shots and grabbed 12 rebounds for the #2 seeded Buckeyes who up their record to 28-7.

Diebler’s play was very impressive due in part that spent the whole week fighting off symtoms of the flu.

Turner scored only nine points on 2-of 13 shooting from the floor. He did pull down 10 rebounds. He seemed to have trouble playing against the Gauchos matchup zone defense.

The Buckeyes advanced to play Sunday against the number 10 seed Georgia Tech, who upset seventh-seeded Oklahoma State 64-59 on Friday.

Orlando Johnson scored 20 points for the number 15 seed UC Santa Barbara, who end the season at 20-10.

Ohio State blows out Minnesota to win Big Ten Tournament title

Indianapolis, IN- The Ohio State Buckeyes, who proved to their fans, the opposition and college basketball, that a team doesn’t necessarily need a bench to win, beat Minnesota Sunday in the Big Ten Conference Tournament Finals. 90-61. This time, Ohio State didn’t need any last minute heroics from Evan Turner to bail them out.

The score is surprising, if you consider that the Gophers are tall in the frontcourt with 6’11 Ralph Sampson, III and 6’10 Colton Iverson. Minnesota was making its first appearance in tournament championship game.  Their march to the title game was remarkable. As a sixth seed, they were expected to beat Penn State, but they upset Michigan State and Purdue.

Ohio State celebrates title (Mega Sports News.com)

The championship game in the beginning didn’t look like the best teams in the tournament were playing. The play was sloppy, with several turnovers and bad shot selection probably due to the fact that Minnesota was playing its fourth game in 4 days and the Buckeyes were play their third game in 3 days.

Minnesota knew they didn’t want to get into a run-and-gun affair with Ohio State so they worked the shot clock down and would shoot inside of 7 seconds. They tried to get the ball inside to Sampson, III and Iverson but all the Buckeyes did was double-team those two and forced outside shooting with Lawrence Westbrook keeping them in the game.

With the score 18-18, Ohio State started to take off. William Buford score a fast break layup, Evan Turner and Jon Diebler each hit 3-point goals causing Minnesota to call a timeout with 4:58 remaining.

After the timeout, the Buckeyes kept it going, Jon Diebler scored on a fast break dunk and a 3-point goal to make it 33-25. However, Devoe Joseph made a 3-point goal at the buzzer for the Gophers and the halftime score was 33-30 Ohio State. The old saying is that when a team score on a buzzer-shot before halftime, usually has the most momentum for the second half.

Evan Turner & David Lighty address the media (mega sports.com)

However, Ohio State came out of the locker room and was the aggressor. Turner scored a basket, Jon Diebler made a 3-point goal off the left wing and William Buford canned a 3-pointer off a fast break, an 8-0 run made the score 41-30 with Minnesota calling a timeout.

Minnesota came out of the timeout and made a run of their own, 7-0 to cut the deficit to four, 41-37 at the 15:47 media timeout.

There was another media timeout at the 11:59 mark and afterwards Ohio State got down to business to put the game away. With David Lighty and Jon Diebler leading the way. Turner scored on a 3-pointer, David Lighty scored on a layup and a fast break drive and the lead was 11 at 51-40 with Minnesota calling a timeout.

For an eight minute stretch Dave Lighty just kept scoring at will helping the Buckeyes push the lead to 20, 65-45 and the rout was on.

The Buckeyes would win another tournament championship, their second. They defeated Wisconsin in 2007 and their record is 2-3 in the title game.

14, 598 at Conseco Fieldhouse saw the Buckeyes put on a good shooting display, 48.1% in the first half,  65.6% in the second half and 57% for the game. They shot 54.5% from 3-point land (12-22).

Ohio State outrebounded the taller Gophers, 37-23 with Evan Turner grabbing 11.

The Buckeyes had balanced scoring with Evan Turner leading the way with 31 points followed by David Lighty with 20, Jon Diebler 19 and William Buford with 13.

Ohio State defensively shut down Minnesota’s twin towers, Ralph Sampson, III and Colton Iverson who scored only 6 points apiece. But had trouble containing their two jump shooters in Lawrence Westbrook who scored 17 and Devoe Joseph with 14.

The All-Tournament Team has three Buckeyes: William Buford, David Lighty and Evan Turner as your most outstanding player. Also on the team. Illinois’ Demetri McCamey and Devoe Joseph of Minnesota.

Both teams will now focus their attention on the NCAA tournament as Ohio State will play California-Santa Barbara  and Minnesota will take on the Xavier Musketeers.

SOUNDS FROM THE POST GAME PRESS CONFERENCE (to listen to the audio file, click on the number)

44 576 Tubby Smith Minnesota coach On expanding the field to 96 teams

44 577 Tubby Smith The problems thar David Lighty presents to opponents

44 581 Tubby Smith On Devoe Joseph what he has to do to be All-Big 10 guard

44 586 David Lighty OSU guard On his unconcious play for eight minutes.

44 588 Evan Turner OSU guard On playing in Milwaukee Wisconsin

44 589 B Evan Turner On David Lighty being on the SI all glue team

44 596 Thad Matta Ohio State coach Expanding to 96 teams for NCAA Tourney

44 597 Thad Matta On David Lighty’s offensive game improving.

GAME NOTES

Ohio State:

* Ohio State played in its fourth championship game in the last five years.

* Ohio State’s four Big Ten Tournament championship game appearances are the second-most by any conference school.

* Coach Thad Matta is 11-4 all-time in tournament play.

* Evan Turner tied for the third-most points in a Big Ten Tournament game after scoring 31 against Illinois and Minnesota.

* Ohio State is 5-0 in tournament semi-finals matchups.

* The Buckeyes are 76-55 all-time vs. Minnesota.

* Coach Matta is 28-8 overall during March Madness at Ohio State.

* The Buckeyes are 14-8 all-time in Tournament action, 8-2 as the number 1 seed.

Minnesota

* Head Coach Tubby Smith is 6-3 in Tournament games.

* The Gophers are 54-5 under Smith when leading at halftime.

* Minnesota was the second number 6 seed to play in the championship game, Iowa won the Tournament in 2001 as the number 6 seed.

* Are 12-13 in all Tournament games.

* Leads the Big Ten Conference in blocked shots (188, 5.5 bpg), steals (269, 8.0 apg), assists (569, 16.8), and scoring offense (73.3 ppg).

* Al Nolen is out for the rest of the year after being declared academically ineligible by the NCAA.

* Finished 9-9 in the Big Ten Conference for the second year in a row, its first back-to-back .500 of better seasons since 2001-02 & 2002-03.

* Has posted three consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time in school history.

* The 63 combined wins in Tubby Smith’s first three seasons are the most in a three-year span in Gopher history.

* Reached 20 total wins for just the 10th time in school history.

* Senior co-captain Lawrence Westbrook against Michigan State on January 23, became the school’s 35th member of the 1,000-point club.

Big Ten Conference

* The Big Ten Conference Tournament drew 81,625 fans in attendance at the four-day event.

* The conference has once again surpassed the two-million mark in total attendance and the one-million mark in conference games. The conference has welcomed 2,334,825 fans in 187 home contests. This is the 18th season in which Big Ten has seen more than two million spectators pass through the turnstiles. For the 33rd season, attendance at Big Ten contests has eclipsed the one-million mark as 1,331,185 fans have attended 99 games.  The Big Ten is on pace to once again lead the nation in average attendance.