2012 Big Ten Tournament: Ohio State Falls To Michigan State 68-64 In Final

The Ohio St. Buckeyes advanced past Michigan in the semifinals, besting the Wolverines 77-55. For more on the Buckeyes, go to Along The Olentangy.

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2012 Big Ten Tournament: Ohio State Defeats Purdue 88-71

Purdue never had an answer for Jared Sullinger, who had 30 points and 12 rebounds for Ohio State, but it was Deshaun Thomas who started a key run for the Buckeyes. leading only 65-61, Thomas collected a key offensive rebound and scored on a putback with 6:18 left to start a 14-0 run for the Buckeyes. Ohio State then pulled away for an 88-71 win.

D.J. Byrd led the Boilermakers with 20 points while Terone Johnson had 15, but the Boilers could not slow down Jared Sullinger and Thomas. Thomas finished with 22. Aaron Craft had 10 points and seven assists, but William Buford scored nine critical points during Ohio State's big run after being held to two in the first half.

For more on the Boilermakers, head to Hammer & Rails. For more on the Buckeyes, visit SB Nation's Along the Olentangy. For more on the Big Ten, be sure to visit SB Nation's BT Powerhouse, and make sure to visit SB Nation NCAA Basketball for more as we go deeper into March Madness.

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2012 Big Ten Tournament: Buckeyes Lead Purdue 40-36 At Halftime

Jared Sullinger has scored 15 points and has been virtually unstoppable for Ohio State as the Buckeyes took a 40-36 lead into the locker room at halftime of the 2012 Big Ten Tournament. Deshaun Thomas also has 14 for Ohio State, who has shot 60% from the field so far at 18 of 30.

The Boilermakers once trailed 13-3 early in the first half, but scratched back to tie the game at 24-24 thanks to 10 points off the bench from D.J. Byrd. Lewis Jackson has also contributed eight points for Purdue, who was only 13 of 32 from the field and missed nine of its first ten shots.

The Boilermakers have done a great job of containing William Buford, who has just two points so far.

For more on the Boilermakers, head to Hammer & Rails. For more on the Buckeyes, visit SB Nation's Along the Olentangy. For more on the Big Ten, be sure to visit SB Nation's BT Powerhouse, and make sure to visit SB Nation NCAA Basketball for more as we go deeper into March Madness.

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Big Ten Tournament: Number One Seed at Stake?

This could be one of the best and most competitive Big Ten tournaments in recent history. With five teams in the top 15 and a three way tie for first place in the conference, this promises to be March Madness at its finest.

The Ohio State Buckeyes actually had the best overall record in the Big Ten, but they will be the third seed in the tournament. The outcome of this tournament is going to be huge for whatever team winds up winning, and it could be a huge loss for the team that falls short.

Between Michigan, Ohio State, and Michigan State, I think a top seed is potentially on the line here for the tournament later this month. These teams have been incredibly competitive all year long, all have quality wins, and all have questionable losses. To win the Big Ten tournament this year is not just an automatic ticket punch to the dance, it’s also potentially a top seed for three different teams who share the conference title.

Heck, you could even include the Wisconsin Badgers in the discussion for the top seed. What if Indiana wins the Big Ten tournament? Is there body of work enough to be a one seed? All of these teams will make the tournament, but matchups matter this time of year.

The Big Ten usually sends a bunch of teams to the tournament, but I can’t remember the quality of competition being this strong in recent years. Whoever wins this tournament is going to get a very favorable review by the selection committee.

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