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Turner’s 37-foot three-point goal helps Buckeyes escape Michigan

Evan Turner showed why he is one of the best, if not the best player in the country on Friday with his game winning shot. However, he also showed the human side by shooting 1 of 8 from the floor in the second half prior to his game winner.

With Michigan up 68-66 with 2.2 seconds remaining and the Buckeyes having to go fullcourt after the timeout to win the game, everyone knew that Evan Turner was going to take the shot, but how would he get a clean look at the basket. Surely, the Wolverines would pressure the inbounds pass and or put on a fullcourt press after the inbounds pass.

To everyone’s surprise, Michigan head coach John Beilein did none-of -the-above and it came back to bite him and his team.

David Lighty passed the ball inbounds to a surprised Evan Turner, who dribbled quickly up the right side of the court with two dribbles and with Stu Douglass defending, he shot a 37-foot desperation, 3-pointer with two-tenths of a second left to put the Buckeyes up 69-68. But hold on! The officiating crew of Ed Hightower, John Hughes and Ray Perone, went to the  monitors to take a look at the replay. Everybody on press row and the fans behind it wondered, what the officials were looking for? The scoreboard had not changed from 68-66 Michigan. The shot was clearly out of Turner’s hands before the clock went to zero and the backboards lit-up red and he was clearly in 3-point land.

After about a 30-second wait, the shot was declared good and the Buckeyes dodged a bullet that Syracuse, Villanova, Pittsburgh and Louisville couldn’t escape in the Big East Tournament, an upset!

Ohio State bench celebrates win (SI)

Most of the media and the fans at Conseco Fieldhouse wondered why the Buckeyes were on the verge of losing to a terrible Michigan team that during the regular season lost to Indiana and Penn State. But when you look at the Wolverines roster, there is some talent than can win games: DeShawn Sims, Manny Harris, Stu Douglass and Zack Novak. For whatever reason, they couldn’t win more than 15 games this season.

During Friday’s  Big Ten Conference quarterfinal game, Michigan took control of the game early on and were leading 19-10 with 9:31 to go in the first half due in part to Ohio State turning the ball over, not playing tough perimeter defense and Michigan was simply playing hard and couldn’t miss a shot.

Then Ohio State started to play like Big Ten Conference regular season champions, going on a 25-6 run which turned a 19-10 deficit into a 35-25 halftime advantage. During the run, the Buckeyes played stellar defense forcing Michigan into 6 turnovers  and the 3-point shot started to fall and reserve center Kyle Madsen grabbed some key rebounds and scored six of his eight points in the run. The game started to go the Buckeyes way.

The first nine seconds of the second half probably should’ve given everybody a glimpse that the tide was about to turn against Ohio State. Center Dallas Lauderdale picked up his 3rd foul at the 19:51 mark and with himout of the game, Michigan started to drive the lane and score some easy baskets.

Evan Turner leads the Buckeyes (AP)

Ohio State was able to maintain a sizeable lead over Michigan for most of the second half.  The score was 51-38 after a Michigan timeout with 11:40 to go in the 2nd half when things started to pick up for the Wolverines.

Manny Harris, Zack Novak and Stu Douglass started to drive the lane and forced the Buckeyes to foul and their free throw shooting cut into the lead. Aiding Michigan’s comeback were the Buckeyes themselves, Evan Turner, yes the star player, started taking bad shots; they started splitting free throw attempts and committed several turnovers.

Stu Douglass started to heat up from the floor and Michigan was able to make a game of it.

With the Buckeyes leading 59-57, Evan Turner split a pair of free throws to make it 60-57  with 3:43 to go. William Buford made a jump shot with 2:46 remaining, 62-57.

The game started to get interesting. As the Wolverines would end up making seven of their last 10 in the game. Michigan’s Manny Harris made 1 of 2 free throws, cutting the lead down to four, 62-58 with 2:16 left. A steal by Laval Lucas-Perry which led to Manny Harris scoring a 3-pointer, cut Ohio State’s lead to 62-61 with 1:52 to go.

Evan Turner was fouled by Laval Lucas-Perry with 1:22 to go and made both free throws, 64-61 Ohio State. Michigan on their next possession went down the court and tied the game at 64, on a 3-point goal by Stu Douglass.

The Buckeyes get the ball to Evan Turner and he drives the lane but misses a layup and in a scramble for the rebound, the ball goes off of Ohio State; Michigan ball with 45.1 seconds in regulation.

Manny Harris kept Michigan in the game (UM)

Michigan having gained momentum and confidence, ran their offense and found Manny Harris for a jump shot, which put them in the lead for the first time since the middle of the first half, 66-64 with :29 seconds left.

David Lighty drives into the lane for a jumper, Ohio State ties it at 66 with :13 seconds remaining. Michigan calls a timeout with :09 seconds to go.

After the timeout Michigan, they wasted no time getting the ball to the person most responsible for their second half comeback, Manny Harris. He drained a 15-footer from the right wing, making it Michigan 68 Ohio State 66 with 2.0 seconds remaining. Ohio State called a timeout to set up the Evan Turner game-winning half court shot. After reviewing the monitors, the officiating crew made the official time 2.2. Those extra two-tenths of a second were crucial, because Evan Turner let the ball go at exactly two-tenths remaining on the clock.

Ohio State improves to 25-7 and will play Illinois in the 1:40 p.m. semifinal game on Saturday. The other semifinal has Purdue up against Minnesota, who upset Michigan State. That game will start around 4:00 p.m.

Ohio State was led in scoring by Evan Turner with 18, followed by David Lighty and William Buford with 15 apiece and Jon Diebler with 11. They shot the ball well throughout the game, 56% in the first half, 48.1% in the second half and 51.9% for the game. The Buckeyes took selected 3-point shots, making 7 of 12 for 58.3%. They were outrebounded, 28-23 on the boards.

The Wolverines shot the ball just as good: 45.8% in the first half, 52% in the second half and 49% for the game. Manny Harris led the way with 26 points, Stu Douglass and DeShawn Sims each scored 16.

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

44 526 Evan Turner His release of the shot came at .2 seconds was he conscious of that

44 529 David Lighty OSU Up 51-38 with 10 minutes to go was it not playing in 10 days

44 531 Evan Turner Conseco Fieldhouse is an NBA environment did he like that moment

44 536 Thad Matta OSU coach The process in helping Evan Turner decide stay or go

44 537 Thad Matta Discussion in huddle with 2.2 left how fitting is it Evan does it again

44 540 Manny Harris Michigan Emotions in final seconds go up 2 but lose by 1

44 541 Zack Novak Michigan He and his teammates had a high intensity level

44 542 DeShawn Sims Michgan down 13 and came back to match OSU basket for basket

44 545A DeShawn Sims Michigan Playing with Manny Harris for the last time

44 545B Manny Harris Michigan On playing last game with De Shawn Sims

GAME NOTES

OHIO STATE BUCKEYES

* The Buckeyes are now 12-8 all-time in Big Ten Tournament games. The Buckeyes are now 6-2 as number 1 seed.

* With three rebounds, Evan Turner tied Frank Howard’s for 14th on the Ohio State all-time career rebounding  list, now with 635.

* Evan Turner’s eight assists tied the most by an Ohio State player in a Big Ten Tournament game (previous best was eight by Mike Conley and Scoonie Penn).

* The Buckeyes are a perfect 16-0 this season when shooting 50 percent or better.

* Ohio State has reached the semifinals for the fifth time overall and the fourth time in the last five years.

* Jon Diebler had 11 points, and now needs just 11 more for 1,000 in his career.

* William Buford has 55 points and 28 rebounds vs. Michigan in three games this season.

* The 68 points by Michigan were the second-most given up in a Buckeye win this season (70, California).

MICHIGAN WOLVERINES

* DeShawn Sims (24, 11, 16) and Manny Harris (24, 10, 26) have scored in double figures in each of the three meetings with Ohio State this year.

* 2010 marks the fourth straight year that Michigan has lost in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament. Two of those losses have come to Ohio State.

* DeShawn Sims has played in a school-record eight Big Ten Tournament games, and his 106 career points are the second-most in the Big Ten Tournament to LaVell Blanchard’s 107. His 43 field goals are tops on that list.

Jon Diebler and David Lighty celebrate with Evan Turner (AP)



Ohio State men’s Basketball clinch Big Ten Conference Title

When Ohio State was 0-2 and 1-3 to start the Big Ten Conference earlier in the season, everybody thought, no way was this team going even be in the hunt for a championship. Then when Evan Turner was out due to the back injury, it was a very uneasy feeling of an accident waiting to happen. But the weathered all of those obstacles including the guard Walter Offutt quitting the team because of a lack of playing time.

The Buckeyes are the Big Ten Conference Champions after a convincing 73-57 victory over the Illinois Fighting Illini, last night before a raucous crowd of 16,177 at Value City Arena.

Ohio State is the first Big Ten school since the 1957 Wisconsin Badgers to overcome a 1-3 start in conference play and win the championship. The Buckeyes closed the conference schedule winning 13 of 14 games. It is their 18th Big Ten title in the programs history.

Senior night at the Value City Arena under Thad Matta have been truly amazing and phenomenal. All of the games have been exciting culminating in Ohio State winning the conference Championship three of those six seasons.

Tuesday night’s game was the home finale for five seniors, Kyle Madsen, P.J. Hill, Jeremie Simmons, Danny Peters and Mark Titus. Peters and Titus are not stars on the team but they’re very popular with the fans and media because of their hard work on and off the court and their interaction with the fans and community. They have been a part of a record-tying 105 victories during their four years in uniform. One more win and they will be the winningest players in program history. So goes to show that you don’t have to be a star athlete to be a part of a record or to be recognized.

The Buckeyes (24-7, 14-4) had hold off a highly motivated Illinois team who was still seething from losing on their home court on February 14, 72-53 to the champions.

Early in the game, Ohio State tried to play a man-to-man defense against the Illini and at times it wasn’t working. The Buckeyes were guilty of too much ‘ball watching”, allowing too many open shots especially 3-pointers and not being able to contain Evan Turner’s former high school teammate, Demetri McCamey who scored 12 points in the first half.

Ohio State junior Jon Diebler kept his team in the game because Illinois had trouble containing him from the 3-point line as he scored 15 points on  5 of 8 shooting, all 3′s.

With the Illini leading 19-13, the Buckeyes suddenly kicked it into high-gear going on a 15-2 run. David Lighty scored on a 3-pointer; William Buford stole a pass and sprinted down the court in time for an alley-oop dunk off a pass from David Lighty; Jon Diebler tied it at 21 with a 3-point goal;  William Buford had another slam dunk off the fast break; another 3-point goal from Jon Diebler and a layup from Evan Turner made it 28-21 Ohio State.

Thad Matta wins third Big Ten title (AP)

After a TV timeout at the 7:16 mark, Illinois went on a run of their own to tie the game at 30 with Demetri McCamey and Mike Tisdale leading the charge and Ohio State trying too much jump shooting instead of working the offense and shot clock to their advantage. But the Buckeyes gathered themselves and were able to go into halftime leading 37-33.

The halftime stats showed both shooting the ball well from 3-point land well: Illinois 6 of 13 for 46.2% and Ohio State 6 of 12 for 50%. The Buckeyes were dominating the backboards, 22-15, 7-1 on the offensive glass which led to them having a 9-0 advantage on second chance points. The Illini’s bench is far better than the Buckeyes and it showed with a 9-0 advantage.

Illinois stayed right with Ohio State early in the second half. It was 48-45 Ohio State with 13:09 to go and the Buckeyes showed why they are 17-1 at home this season. After two David Lighty free throws, the Buckeyes put on a fullcourt press which rattled Illinois. It was the Buford and Lighty show leading OSU to increase the from 51-45 and expanding it  to 65-51 and the Big Ten title was secured.

Each of the starters came out of the game late in the second half to get well-deserved applause as Coach Matta cleared the bench.

The Buckeyes had a nice distribution in scoring led by Jon Diebler with 21 points on 7 of 14 shooting, all threes; William Buford 17 points, 9 of 11 free throws, 7 rebounds and 6 assists; Evan Turner 16 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and David Lighty 15 points, 6 of 8 free throws, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. The Buckeyes dominated Illinois on second chance points, 17-5.

Illinois (18-12,10-7) was led by Demetri McCamey with 18 points, Brandon Paul scored 11 followed by Mike Tisdale with 10. Mike Davis led the way with 11 rebounds.

Ohio State will go into the Big Ten tournament in nine days with the #1 seed and a first round bye.

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

44 374 David Lighty Ohio State guard he took over game when it was 48-45…..44 375 Jon Diebler Ohio State His hot shooting fueled the team in the first half…..44 376 Evan Turner Ohio State G Celebrating with the OSU….. 44 378 David Lighty OSU G Looking back over season did they think Big 10 title…..44 379 Evan Turner Ohio State G Fans chanting One more year as a Buckeye…..44 381 Thad Matta Ohio State Coach 3rd title in 6 years does it get any better…..44 382 Thad Matta His team wasn’t suppose to be Big Ten champs starting at 1-3…..44 384 Thad Matta Ohio State Coach Did he think that win at Purdue would be a key…..44 394 Thad Matta Ohio State Coach On senior night being special with 3 tiles won…..44 398 Thad Matta Football 5 titles Women’s BKB 6 titles and Men’s BKB 3 titles in 6 years.

GAME NOTES

* Ohio State has won conference championships in football and men’s and women’s basketball the same year in three of the past five years. They are the only Big Ten school to accomplish this feat even once.

* Ohio State’s starting lineup of Evan Turner, David Lighty, Jon Diebler, William Buford and Dallas Lauderdale is 19-3 this season.

* The Buckeyes went 17-1 in Value City Arena this season. The winning percentage of 94 percent is the second-highest since Ohio State has been playing in the arena. It is also the second-most wins in a season in Value City Arena (2006-2007, 1.000 percent, 18-0).

* The Big Ten championship is the sixth conference title for Thad Matta in his 10 seasons as a head coach.

* Coach Matta’s .740 winning percentage is tops in Ohio State history with Fred Taylor being second at .653.

* Thad Matta is 151-53 in his sixth season at Ohio State.

* Coach Matta is 69-33 (.676) in Big Ten games, also the highest percentage all-time at OSU.

* At home against unranked opponents under Matta, Ohio State is 87-2 overalll and 15-0 for the 2009-2010 campaign.

BIG TEN CONFERENCE NOTES

Remaining regular season games.

* Wednesday March 3

Indiana at Purdue

Chicago State at Northwestern

Iowa at Wisconsin

* Thursday March 4

Penn State at Michigan State

* Saturday March 6

Northwestern at Indiana

Purdue at Penn State

Sunday March 7

Wisconsin at Illinois

Michigan at Michigan State

* First Round Byes

Ohio State, Michigan State, Purdue, and Wisconsin are the only teams to clinch a first-round bye for the 2010 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. Illinois and Minnesota are vying for the remaining spot.

*Scoring Title Chase

With the last week of the Big Ten play upon us, Ohio State’s Evan Turner remains in first place among the conference’s scoring leaders with 20.4 points per game in Big Ten contests only. Following Turner is Northwestern’s John Shurna (19.5ppg) and Penn State’s Talor Battle (19.1 ppg). If the Buckeyes sharpshooter closes out the 2009-2010 season leading the pack, he would become the first player to pace the conference in scoring in back-to-back seasons since Purdue’s Glen Robinson (1993-94) and the first Buckeye to garner the honor since Gary Bradds (1963-1964).

David Lighty kisses the Big Ten trophy (AP)


Team USA defeats Canada in Olympic Classic

I sat down last night and flipped on the USA-Canada Olympic Hockey Game on MSNBC?! (we’ll get to that later) with every intention of taking notes for today’s column about Ohio State’s gigantic win Sunday afternoon in the Breslin Center over Tom Izzo, Sparty & Co. when something strange happened.

I got absolutely no work done.

Transfixed by the most engaging sporting event since Tiger’s press conference, I found myself completely engrossed in Olympic hockey Sunday evening. The underdog Americans defeated Canada in Olympic hockey for the first time since many, many decades before I was born and it truly made for fantastic television. 

En route to a 5-3 win Sunday night over Canada, Team USA was outshot 45-23, including 14-4 during a third period barrage from the Canadians as they tried desperately to even the score. Even so, Canada was unable to deliver the knock-out blow to goaltender Ryan Miller who was magnificent, stopping 42 shots.

And when Ryan Kesler added an empty-netter at the 19:16 mark of the final period, the decidedly pro-Canada crowd was left completely shell-shocked.

The good news got even better for the Americans after last night’s late-game when Sweden defeated Finland, 3-0, giving the Americans the top seed in the entire tournament. Consequently, Team USA gets a bye into the quarterfinals Wednesday afternoon when it will take on either Belarus or Switzerland–the same team that took Canada into a shootout in the second game of the preliminary round last week.

A day short of the 30th Anniversary of the “Miracle on Ice” and donning duds nearly identical to those worn by the ’80 team, the Americans played  an inspired brand of hockey we have not seen since the last time the Team USA took gold in the Olympics, at Lake Placid.

The similarities don’t end there, either. 

Often referred to as young, inexperienced kids the 1980 team was littered with college students with no professional experience playing in their very first Olympic Games. Though much is often made about the fact the U.S. Olympic Hockey Confederation now uses NHL players to fill its international rosters, the reality of the situation is the average player on the 2010 edition of Team USA is 26 years old and 20 of the 23 players on the squad have no Olympic experience whatsoever.

There’s more, American defenseman Ryan Suter is the son of Bob Suter, who was a defenseman on the 1980 team and defenseman Brooks Orpik is said to be named after Herb Brooks–the head coach of the “Miracle on Ice” team; my goodness, the similarities are endless. 

Perhaps even more impressively, in 1980 the Americans were playing on home ice and thus served as the darlings of the dance. Last night Team USA, playing in rival Canada, was treated to a level hostility not unlike when American soccer plays in Mexico City.

I don’t want to get too carried away. After all, this wasn’t even a medal game and it certainly wasn’t the “Miracle on Ice” but last night’s contest was nothing short of classic.

How classic? Yanks versus Canucks made me switch the focus of this column from the aforementioned Buckeyes road win at Michigan State yesterday, which is saying quite a bit because that was an extremely important victory for Ohio State. 

By defeating the Spartans Sunday afternoon, the Buckeyes grab firm hold of second-place in the Big Ten with three pretty-winnable games remaining on their regular season schedule. Ohio State remains a game behind fourth-ranked Purdue for Big Ten supremacy, but the Boilers still have to travel to tournament-minded Minnesota and host Michigan State.

The Buckeyes hit the road to face Penn State Wednesday night before coming home to play Michigan Saturday afternoon. The Buckeyes then host Illinois a week from tomorrow in the conference finale.

In retrospect, perhaps it was a bit presumptuous to expect Ohio State to go 3-0 at Illinois, home to Purdue and at MSU as I did. To escape that little gauntlet 2-1 with road victories in Champagne and East Lansing, a season-split with the Boilermakers and the tie-breaker against Michigan State is actually quite good.

photo: Sports Illustrated

To finish 3-0 the rest of the way would ensure Ohio State no worse than a second-place conference finish and if Purdue stubs its toe down the stretch, the Bucks could even wind up with a share of the conference crown.

It was a tremendous victory for the Buckeyes yesterday afternoon. On a day when Evan Turner was forced to play with flu-like symptoms and was therefore not himself and both post-players, Kyle Madsen and Dallas Lauderdale, were plagued with foul trouble the Buckeyes were able to hang on for the victory. Nevermind the fact they blew an 11-point halftime lead and trailed by a point with three minutes to play.

That’s how big Team USA’s win over Team Canada was last night. It was one for the ages, for the record books, a true Olympic classic that you may one day tell your kids about–as long as you had access to cable television.

Let us all in unison give a hearty “do better!” to NBC for failing to air last night’s classic nationally on its network.

Holy crap, MSNBC?! What a joke. Though, Keith Olbermann isn’t bad.

Ring. Ring.

Nate: Hello?

Nate’s lawyer: Nate! You don’t want to make political jokes in your columns. You’ll end up systematically alienating your entire readership, including your mother, sisters and future in-laws.

Nate: Whatever. Only like five people read me, anyways.

If I’m NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman right now, I ain’t too happy. C’mon, you have a television contract with NBC, last night’s game was almost exclusively NHL players, as a league you’ve worked tirelessly trying to restore your image and get people watching the game again and the network doesn’t air the game nationally. Not a good effort out of NBC in that regard.

Other than that glaring error, the telecast was quite good. Mike Emrick is perhaps the best play-by-play guy on television regardless of sport. He’s absolutely brilliant and you should check out Olympic hockey if for no other reason than to listen to Mike Emrick call the game. It’s pure poetry.

Fortunately, the Olympic hockey action is just heating up and the top-seeded Americans are in fine position to play for a gold medal. Heck, it’s not inconceivable they could rematch with Canada. If that happens, maybe NBC will air the game nationally.