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Ohio State On Cruise Control: Buckeyes Win Big Ten Tournament over Penn State 71-60

Despite a valiant effort over the last few days by the Penn State Nittany Lions, and a couple of solid runs in the game, Ohio State is just too deep and too good right now. The Buckeyes were again led by their big time scoring trio of William Buford, Jon Diebler, and Jared Sullinger who all had more than 15 points.

One area the Buckeyes could stand improvement is the free throw shooting department. This is due large in part to the fact that Jared Sullinger is getting looks down low and getting hacked, and he’s not a great free throw shooter, but today they were 56 percent from the line as a team. That is not good.

Right now, the Buckeyes are going with basically a seven man rotation, and they are really hard to stop, especially for Big Ten teams which traditionally don’t have great size. The Buckeyes combine great size with Sullinger on the interior and then the three point shooting of Buford and Diebler.

In the tournament, the Buckeyes have likely locked in the top overall seed. They had the best season in school history, and appear to be poised for a deep run in the big dance.

This was a statement victory over a red hot team, and the Buckeyes just proved why they are the number one team in the country.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.