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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)