The Ohio State Buckeyes are champions of the Big Ten. Period. They have now won both the regular season and tournament titles. To win the title, the Buckeyes had to get past the Wisconsin Badgers, who are the only Big Ten Team to beat OSU this year, as well as the team OSU had to beat (49-48) to clinch the regular sason title on Feb. 25th. The game was low scoring and defensive at first, with the halftime score being 26-20 in favor of OSU. Then in the second half the Buckeyes took control. There were a few times where the Badgers were able to close the gap to 4, but eventually the Bucks proved to be too much for Wisconsin. The final score was 66-49, but it could have been much worse, given that OSU squandered numerous prime scoring opportunities. Greg Oden was not quite as productive as yesterday, but still managed to score 12 points, grab 10 rebounds, block 4 shots and have a few put-back slam dunks. Mike Conley was the player of the game, with his 18 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists....he pretty much controlled the flow of the game. Ron Lewis was also outstanding, hitting a couple of big 3's and scoring 17 points. Ohio State has now been confirmed as the #1 seed in the South Regional Bracket and will play #16 seed Central Connecticut State in the first round on Thursday in Lexington, Kentucky.
The Cavs also won today, beating the Indiana Pacers 99-88 at home. LeBron James had 26 points and 7 rebounds, Larry Houghes had 23 points and 7 assists and Drew Gooden added 19 points and 8 boards. This was the Cavaliers 5th straight win, improving their record to 38-25.
Also, the Indians beat the Yankees 4-3 today in spring training play. Fausto Carmona had 3 scoreless innings pitched and David Delucci (new to the Tribe this year) had a solo home run.