Ohio State Goes Into NCAA Tournament On A Roll

Ohio State Goes Into NCAA Tournament On A Roll
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Ohio State Goes Into NCAA Tournament On A Roll

Ohio State basketball just won a portion of the Big Ten title by beating number 5 Michigan State on the road on a last second shot by senior Will Buford, and is trying to keep it going during the NCAA tournament. This enabled them to share the conference title with the two Michigan teams-the Spartans and the upstart Wolverines.

Buford had 25 points in the game. He had been looking forward to the rematch with Michigan State due to the poor game he played against them in Ohio State’s home loss to the Spartans earlier in the year. In fact, that game ended their 39 game winning streak at home. Therefore, it gave Buford some measure of satisfaction in what has been a slightly disappointing final year for him.

Buford only shot 42.9% overall for the year, and many people started criticizing him when he did not even reach double digits in 3 of their 5 losses in Big 10 play. In fact, his dad actually predicted his struggles before the year started, claiming his son would have his toughest year because he was not going to be the focal point of the offense. However, he said he would get the majority of the blame for the losses since he was the only senior on the team.

That might be true. However, he stepped up to the challenge during the Michigan State game, particularly when the game looked out of reach. The team was down 9 at halftime. Usually that lead would be manageable. However, the team had only scored 29 points in the first 20 minutes, and the 9 point deficit felt a lot larger.

However, Buford came through in the second half. He scored 19 points after the intermission, and basically put the team on his shoulders when Jared Sullinger had to leave the game with 4 fouls and still over eight minutes left. Due to the win, Buford is one of the few players in the team’s history who can say he won 3 consecutive Big 10 championships.

Overall, the Big Ten is one of the top leagues around the nation in 2011-2012. Even though they probably will not get a single number 1 seed, they have a number of teams that will be 4 seeds or lower.

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Ohio State 2018 Football Schedule

Jan 1st Rose Bowl v Washington
ESPN 5:00pm ET

Sep. 1 Oregon State Beavers
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH Noon ET

Sep. 8 Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH 3:30pm ET

Sep. 15 at TCU Horned Frogs
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX

Sep. 22 Tulane Green Wave
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH

Sep. 29 at Penn State Nittany Lions
Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA

Oct. 6 Indiana Hoosiers (HC)
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH 3:30/4pm ET

Oct. 13 Minnesota Golden Gophers
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH

Oct. 20 at Purdue Boilermakers
Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN

Nov. 3 Nebraska Cornhuskers
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH Time 12:00pm

Nov. 10 at Michigan State Spartans
Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI Time TBA

Nov. 17 at Maryland Terrapins
Maryland Stadium, College Park, MD Time TBA

Nov. 24 Michigan Wolverines
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH Noon ET

Dec. 1 Big Ten Championship Game
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN 8:00pm ET