Saturday, March 31, 2007
Buckeyes advance to National Championshiop Game!
Today was by far the biggest win for the Ohio State Men's Basketball program in my lifetime. For the first time since 1962 the Buckeyes will play for the national title. To get there, they had to defeat a fine Hoya team from Georgetown University, and it was quite a battle. Greg Oden quickly racked up 2 fouls in the first 3 minutes, and as a result sat out the rest of the first half. However, the rest of the team played very well without him, and took a 27-23 lead into halftime. In the second half the momentum of the game went back and forth like crazy. Georgetown would come back and take a lead for a bit, then OSU would take it back, then G'town would tie it, then OSU would extend another lead, then G'town would come back and make it close. This kept going on until the last few minutes when the Buckeyes took control and held on to it. In the final minute Ohio State hit the free throws it needed to and the final score ended up being 67-60. Mike Conley lead the team with 15 points and had 6 assists. Oden scored 13, all in the second half, and grabbed 9 boards. In fact all 9 buckeyes who played in the game scored. Butler had 10, Harris and Lewis each had 9, Lighty had 5, and Hunter, Cook, and Terwilliger each had 2. All in all it was a great team effort that resulted in this huge win. The Buckeyes are now 35-3 and will play the winner of UCLA/Florida in the NCAA National Championship Game on Monday night.
Also today, the Cavaliers beat Chicago 112-108 in overtime. LeBron had 39 points and Houghes and Pavlovic each scored 21. Cleveland was down 108-104 late in OT, but James would lead a 8-0 run to finish the game and improve the Cavs record to 44-29.