Ohio State beat Purdue today 63-52 in the semifinal round of the Big Ten Tournament. Greg Oden simply dominated. He had 17 points, and a record 19 rebounds (9 offensive)...as well as the usual 4 blocks. The biggest play he had was when he turned an offensive rebound into a massive dunk that broke the Boilermakers' spirit late in the game. Ron Lewis also had a good day with 13 points, including a 3 in the second half that gave the Buckeyes a 5 point lead (then the biggest of the game) and marked the beginning of the end for Purdue. Mike Conley had 11 points and 6 rebounds, Ivan Harris stepped up to score 10, and Jamar Butler had 7 points and 4 assists. The Buckeyes will play the Wisconsin Badgers tomorrow for the Big Ten Tournament Championship, though the game will have almost no impact on whether or not OSU takes a #1 seed in the NCAA tourney....it's pretty much a lock.
As for the Cavaliers, they found themselves down 89-81 late in the 4th quarter in Milwaukee tonight, but managed to come through. Anderson Varejao put the Cavs up by two with ten seconds to go, and after former Buckeye Mike Redd's tying attempt for Milwaukee fell short the Cavaliers were able to claim a 94-92 victory over the Bucks. Lebron scored 32 points with 9 assists and 8 rebounds, and Donyell Marshal had 19 points and hit 5 crucial threes. The Cavs had started the 4th quarter down by 12. Cleveland is now 37-25 and still 2 games back of Detroit.