Ohio State and Michigan State meet today at 3:30 PM EST on CBS for the Big Ten Tournament Championship Game!  First seeded Michigan State defeated the Wisconsin Badgers to earn their way into the final game.

After the Buckeyes and Spartans play, we will continue to run the liveblog until and through the NCAA Selection Show!  So stick around and share your thoughts about the bracket with us!

While you wait for the game, go check out our friends in the Buckeye Bloggers Network! the Buckeye BlogOSU Silver BulletBuckeye House CallOur Honor Defend, and Men of the Scarlet and GrayFox Sports Ohio also joins us as usual.

Go Bucks!

Pregame Glance: B1G Tourney Final vs. Michigan State

Written March 10th, 2012 by Eric

Only two teams remain in the season-ending tournament of the toughest conference in the country. The Ohio State Buckeyes, fresh off a strong victory over the Michigan Wolverines, are set to do battle with the Michigan State Spartans for the second time in a week. Again, much like the previous duel, championship implications ride on the result, making the game significantly more important than it already would have been.

Overall, the Spartans have only participated in two Tournament Championship games in the 15 years the tournament has run. Michigan State last played for the championship in 2000 where they defeated the 4th seeded Fighting Illini 76-61. They also won in 1999 over the 11th seeded Illini 67-50. When the Spartans make it to the final game, they certainly make the most of the opportunity.

The Buckeyes are only the third team holding the number three seed to make it to the tournament final. The first occurrence was in 1998, the first year of the tournament, when #3 Purdue lost to #4 Michigan 76-67. The second time was in 2009 when #3 Purdue defeated fifth seeded Ohio State 65-61.
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Pregame Glance: B1G Tourney Semifinals vs. Michigan

Written March 10th, 2012 by Eric

For the first time ever the top four seeds of the Big Ten tournament have advanced to the semi-finals. The three co-champions are still in, and still have an opportunity to prove that they are indeed the best team in the Big Ten.

Ohio State and Michigan get to prove it on the court today.

Today is the rubber game in this season’s series. Both teams split the regular season meetings, with the Buckeyes taking a 64-49 win at home, while Michigan emerged victorious in Ann Arbor 56-51.

But this game has even more historical significance. The Buckeyes and Wolverines have encountered each other repeatedly over the last several years in the Big Ten Tournament. Last season, the Bucks handled Michigan in the semi-finals 68-61 by opening up a significant lead halfway through the second half and coasting to the win. The year before saw Evan Turner’s last second buzzer beater sink Michigan’s hopes of upsetting the #1 seed in the quarterfinals, ending a fairly close game 69-68.
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BBN Basketball LiveBlog: Michigan State II

Written March 4th, 2012 by Eric

The Buckeyes and Spartans meet up at 4:00 PM EST on CBS today to play for either a share (for the Buckeyes) or an outright claim (for the Spartans) of the Big Ten Regular Season Championship!

While you wait, go checkout our friends in the Buckeye Bloggers Network! the Buckeye Blog, OSU Silver Bullet, Buckeye House Call, Our Honor Defend, and Men of the Scarlet and Gray. Fox Sports Ohio also joins us as usual. The liveblog will kickoff at 3:30 PM EST.

Go Bucks! Let’s win that ol’ conference now!

Wisconsin “Badgers” the Buckeyes at Home 63-60

Written February 26th, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

The Wisconsin Badgers came into Columbus looking for a big win on OSU’s Senior Day. They managed to pick it up in the last minutes of the game 63-60 on the shoulders of timely shooting from Jordan Taylor and Jared Berggren. DeShaun Thomas, despite having a big game with 21 points and 7 rebounds, was unable to put down a rushed shot with 14 seconds left to try to take the lead. Jordan Taylor scored 9 of his 19 total points in the final 10 minutes to put the Buckeyes away.

William Buford was going to have to score only eight more points than Sammy Prahalis to break the single game record set by Gary Bradds on February 10, 1964 against Illinois. This being his last home game in the scarlet and gray, it would have been something to see the two lone seniors of each squad pull it off.

Final home game for one of the best to wear the Gray's

The story early on was Wisconsin running with the Buckeyes. At the first media timeout, DeShaun Thomas had 9 of the 11 first points, while Buford had not even taken a shot. Evan Ravenel and Shannon Scott came in for Sullinger and Craft, and Thad Matta’s new rotations kept rolling.  William Buford hit his first two baskets at 13:23 and 13:03 of the first half for 5 points. Buford would leave the game with an injury to his right arm for a short time, but returned and hit a three shortly thereafter.
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BBN Basketball LiveBlog: Wisconsin Part II

Written February 26th, 2012 by Eric

It’s Senior Night in Columbus!  The Bucks are facing the Wisconsin Badgers in what will be William Buford’s last home game of his college career! The game tips at 4:00 PM EST on CBS.  Hopefully we get Clark Kellogg…

Keep your eyes open on this game – the #Hop2TheRafters shirts should make a reappearance.  The University may have responded, but that doesn’t mean the campaign is over!  It’s not over until Hop (and, now, all of the legendary Buckeye Shooty Hoopers) get recognized!

While you wait, go checkout our friends in the Buckeye Bloggers Network! the Buckeye Blog, OSU Silver Bullet, Buckeye House Call, Our Honor Defend, and Men of the Scarlet and Gray. Fox Sports Ohio also joins us as usual. The liveblog will kickoff at 3:30 PM EST.

Go Bucks!

Pregame Glance: Wisconsin II

Written February 25th, 2012 by Eric

Bo Ryan can't resist watching the train-wreck the end of this season has become.

The Badgers are visiting Columbus tomorrow for the Buckeye’s last home game of the season and are looking for a measure of revenge. The Badgers lost to the Buckeyes on February 4th in the Kohl Center 58-52, and would like nothing more than to pay the Buckeyes back. With Ohio State’s recent struggles, both at home and on the road, the Badgers likely feel good about their chances to pull the upset – but they have to escape their own history first.

The Badgers started out their Big Ten season in ugly fashion. After a win over Nebraska, Bucky discovered themselves on a three game losing skid starting with a bad loss at home to a mid-level Iowa team. But the ship righted itself, allowing the Badgers to win six straight games heading into the beginning of February and the first matchup with the Buckeyes.

After the Bucks escaped the Kohl Center with their first win since 2000, Wisconsin has only been able to break even. The Badgers first visited rival Minnesota and walked away with a tough 68-61 overtime victory. Unfortunately, they had to follow that difficult game with a battle against Michigan State in East Lansing – a battle that saw the Spartans defeat the Badgers by 14.

Since that game in East Lansing the Badgers have split games against Penn State (65-55 W), and at Iowa (67-66 L), leaving Wisconsin at 9-6 overall in the Big Ten. Amazingly, a 9-6 record at this point in the season is good enough for fourth place in the conference. That puts the Badgers two games back behind Michigan and Ohio State (who are tied for second), and a game ahead of fifth place Indiana at 8-7.
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Ohio State Defeats Illinois 83-67

Written February 21st, 2012 by Eric

The student section was rocking the #Hop2theRafters t-shirts.

Coming off their fifth loss of the season, the Buckeyes looked to bounce back at home against the struggling Fighting Illini. Unfortunately for Illinois, they simply did not have the horses to keep up with the intense Ohio State attack, and fell 83-67 in Columbus. Meyers Leonard of Illinois led all scorers with 21 points, while Deshaun Thomas led the Buckeyes with 19. William Buford and Aaron Craft rounded out the OSU double digit scorers with 17 and 11 respectively – a solid game from the Buckeye’s leaders.

The Buckeye Nuthouse was proudly sporting shirts that read “Retire #32″ tonight. The shirts were in honor of Dennis Hopson and his excellent career for the Scarlet and Gray in the mid-80′s. To see the students supporting OSU history so enthusiastically was amazing, and I’m proud of the passion that they have shown for Hopson.

The Buckeyes came out of the gate very determined to earn the win tonight. The team played with amazing energy and intensity from the outset. Their passes were sharp and crisp, and placed where only the intended recipient could recieve it. Even better, the Buckeyes were finding open shooters and making great shot selection. The best was William Buford’s shot fake from above the charity stripe that turned into a pass to an open Aaron Craft for three, putting Illinois down by double digits and forcing Bruce Weber into an early timeout.

Thad Matta mixed up the bench rotations in a big way. Instead of having Shannon Scott come in solely for Aaron Craft as we have seen all season long, Scott came in and played the two for Lenzelle Smith. That allowed the Buckeyes to have a pair of good ball control point guards in the game. We also saw Sam Thompson come into the game for Buford early and get quality playing time, including an amazing one handed tomahawk ally-oop from the aforementioned Scott.
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