March 11, 2007
Game Ten March 11, 2007 United Center Chicago, Ill.
#1 Ohio State 66 (30-3) vs. #2 Wisconsin 49 (29-5)
With its 66-49 victory over Wisconsin, Ohio State won its 30th game of the season (30-3). The Buckeyes are the 12th team in Big Ten Conference history to reach that plateau. Others schools that have won 30 or more games include: 2004-05 Illinois (37-2), 1998-99 Michigan State (33-5), 1975-76 Indiana (32-0), 1999-2000 Michigan State (32-7), 1974-75 Indiana (31-1), 1992-93 Indiana (31-4), 1988-89 Illinois (31-5), 1992-93 Michigan (31-5), 1986-87 Indiana (30-4), 1986-87 Iowa (30-5) and 1988-89 Michigan (30-7).
Ohio State freshman Greg Oden was the 2007 BTT Most Outstanding Player. In three games, he scored 51 points (17.0 per game), grabbed 37 rebounds (12.3 per game), blocked 12 shots (4.0 per game), shot 21-of-34 from the field and was 9-of-14 from the free throw line.
With his 12 points and 10 rebounds, Ohio State's Greg Oden recorded his 11th double-double of the season and his second of the BTT. All of his points came in the second half of play.
Oden also blocked four shots in the contest for a BTT total of 12, the most in a single tournament BTT history. Those 12 rejections ties Oden for fourth in the BTT career list with Greg Brunner of Iowa after just three BTT games. He trails Jeff Newton of Indiana for the all time mark of 16.
The four blocks that Oden had today is the most for an individual in a BTT championship game and the six the Buckeyes had as a team tied for a title game best. Illinois rejected six shots as well during the 2005 championship.
After grabbing two steals in the contest, Mike Conley Jr. of Ohio State set a new program record for steals in a season with 75. He eclipsed Curtis Wilson's record of 74, which was set during the 1986-87 season.
Conley also dished out eight assists in the victory today for a 2007 BTT total of 18. That number is good for a tie for eighth in the BTT record books for a single tournament. Frank Williams of Illinois had that many in 2002 and Jeff Horner in 2005 as well.
The seven personal fouls committed by Ohio State is the lowest single game total in BTT history. The previous low was 10, which was done on three occasions, the last being by Wisconsin against Ohio State on March 11, 2005.
With 10 points today, Alando Tucker wrapped up his BTT career with 126 total points. That total puts him in sixth place on the BTT career scoring list. During his eight BTT games, he scored 20 points or more four times. He also finished his BTT career with 44 rebounds. He added to his school record point total with his 10 points today, and now has 2,177 points in his career, including a program record 676 this season.
Wisconsin is now 1-16 all time against No. 1 ranked teams. UW's only win over a top-ranked club came on March 3, 1962, when it beat Ohio State, 86-67.
In its first two BTT games, Wisconsin trailed for just 4:55. Today, except for a 2-2 tie, the Badgers trailed for 38:20.