You read that headline correctly, top seeded Indiana got knocked out of the Conference Tournament this afternoon, and will not be making an appearance in tomorrow’s Championship Game. Instead, Mike Bruesewitz and his hair will return tomorrow afternoon to face off against Aaron Craft’s ruddy cheeks. Here’s what you missed today:
#1 Indiana vs. #4 Wisconsin
I will admit I scoffed when Bo Ryan was handed conference Coach of the Year honors, but perhaps I snorted too soon. I didn’t think Wiscy was even going to make it past Michigan, and then they went ahead and knocked off golden boy Cody Zeller and the rest of the top seeded Hoosiers. Wiscy won the contest pretty handily, 68-56.
Zeller clocked in a double double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, but Wisconsin just kept scoring. The Badgers shot 51% overall, and were 7-18 from behind the arc. Wisconsin also had 10 blocks, and made it to the free throw line 18 times.
For the Badgers, Ryan Evans had a game-high 16 points to go with his 8 rebounds. Sam Dekker, Ben Brust and Jared Berggren were also in double figures (11,12,11).
The Hoosiers were down by just 3 with 6 minutest to go, but they let the game slip away. A free throw from Evans with 50 seconds to go lifted the Wiscy lead to 10, and the Hoosiers didn’t have a chance. No word yet if Coach Tom Crean verbally assaulted anyone on the Wisconsin team or coaching staff, but perhaps he just does that when his team wins?
#2 Ohio State vs. #3 Michigan State
Now, this game was much more exciting at the end, as the teams were evenly matched throughout. In the end, Ohio State earned the victory, 61-58.
Craft, who I also grumbled about when he was named First Team All Big Ten, showed me who is boss by scoring 20 points, dishing 9 assists and stealing the ball 4 times. Ohio State was up by just 1 point with 1:27 to go, but Derrick Nix was called for a flagrant 1 foul against Craft, giving Ohio State two free throws and the ball. Craft only connected on one, but Deshaun Thomas was able to make a bucket with the possession, extending that lead to 4.
Michigan State just couldn’t get a shot off, until Denzel Valentine came through with just 1 second to go. It was too little to late, and the game went to Ohio State. For more on the OSU win, visit The Poisonous Nuthouse.
Ohio State will face Wisconsin in the Championship Game tomorrow at 2:30 on CBS