Live updates from Ohio State-Wisconsin
March 10, 2007
4:27 p.m.: Ohio State's Greg Oden was neamed the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Joining Oden on the All-Tournament team are teammate Mike Conley, Jr., Wisconsin's Alando Tucker and Kammron Taylor, and Purdue's Carl Landry
4:18 p.m.: The awards ceremony is being set up while the team speaks with Jim Nantz and Billy Packer on CBS.
4:16 p.m.: (Ohio State 66, Wisconsin 49) Ohio State is the 2007 Big Ten Tournament Champion and has earned the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
4:14 p.m.: (Ohio State 66, Wisconsin 49) Ohio State is working to run the clock out currently and is sending in a mass group of subs, with all starters now out of the game for both teams.
4:07 p.m.: (Ohio State 62, Wisconsin 45) At the final scheduled time out, OSU may have putten the game out of reach with its most recent 12-2 run and only 3:23 left on the clock.
4:02 p.m.: (Ohio State 53, Wisconsin 43) Michael Flowers just picked up his fourth personal foul and has headed to the UW bench.
4:00 p.m.: (Ohio State 47, Wisconsin 41) Kammron Taylor took over the team lead in scoring for Wisconsin with a three to pull the Badgers back within six.
3:58 p.m.: (Ohio State 47, Wisconsin 38) With 7:37 remaining in the second half, Wisconsin currently has three players with three fouls - Jason Bohannon, Michael Flowers, and Greg Stiemsma. No OSU player has more than two fouls at the moment.
3:53 p.m.: (Ohio State 45, Wisconsin 38) Field goal shooting for the game has nearly evened out. OSU is shooting 42.2% (19-45), while Wisconsin is shooting 37.2% (16-43).
3:47 p.m.: (Ohio State 43, Wisconsin 35) After a pair of Cook free throws, OSU has re-established an eight point lead.
3:43 p.m.: (Ohio State 41, Wisconsin 35) Daequan Cook at least temporarily stopped the run of the Badgers with a three for the Buckeyes.
3:40 p.m.: (Ohio State 38, Wisconsin 34) Wisconsin's hot streak continues and the Badgers have pulled within four at the second media time out of the half thanks to a Kammron Taylor three-pointer.
3:37 p.m.: (Ohio State 34, Wisconsin 29) After a 6-0 run by the Badgers, the crowd has begun to get a lot louder in support of Wisconsin, prompting an OSU timeout.
3:35 p.m.: (Ohio State 34, Wisconsin 23) Greg Stiemsma just energized the Badger faithful in attendance with a blocked shot on Greg Oden.
3:30 p.m.: (Ohio State 34, Wisconsin 23) Oden finally got his first points of the game, collecting a rebound near the rim on a missed shot and dunking it home emphatically.
3:28 p.m.: (Ohio State 28, Wisconsin 23) Jamar Butler coverted the first basket of the second half for Ohio State, while Michael Flowers answered with a three for the Badgers.
3:26 p.m.: Second half starters:
3:23 p.m.: Some stats from the halftime box score. Wisconsin continues to control the boards, holding a 21-11 edge in that area. Ohio State shot 11-24 from the field in the first half (45.8%) while UW shot 9-27 (33.3%). Oden has played just six minutes with his two fouls and has two blocked shots and two rebounds. In addition to tying for the team lead in scoring with seven points, Alando Tucker also leads the Badgers in rebounding with five.
3:13 p.m.: Halftime entertainment is the "Red Panda Acrobat" assisted by Bucky Badger. She does an bowl balancing act while riding a very tall unicycle. The most impressive portion of the act is that she balances bowls on one of her feet while staying balanced on the unicycle and kicks them up to the bowls balanced on her head, catching them there, progressively adding more bowls each time.
3:11 p.m.: (Ohio State 26, Wisconsin 20) Tucker tied Bohannon for the team lead in scoring on Wisconsin's last possession. At the half, OSU takes a six-point lead to the locker room.
3:10 p.m.: (Ohio State 24, Wisconsin 18) Bohannon continues to lead Wisconsin in scoring with seven points so far and is shooting 60% from the field.
3:07 p.m.: (Ohio State 21, Wisconsin 15) At the final scheduled break of the first half, Wisconsin holds a 19-11 rebound edge over OSU. Seven of the nine UW players that have taken the court have at least one rebound already.
3:05 p.m.: (Ohio State 21, Wisconsin 15) Mike Conley, Jr. has been a large reason for the early Ohio State lead. Conley has 10 of OSU's points so far. Also, Tucker has started to come alive for the Badgers, scoring their last four points.
3:01 p.m.: (Ohio State 18, Wisconsin 11) Wisconsin's new career leading scorer, Alando Tucker, is still looking for his first point with five minutes remaining in the first half and is 0-5 from the field at the moment.
2:58 p.m.: (Ohio State 16, Wisconsin 9) At the current break, a quick look at some of the stats of the game. Wisconsin is having its shooting troubles at the moment. The Badgers are 4-18 from the field (22%), while OSU is shooting 7-14 (50%). Additionally, Oden did pick up his second foul immediately prior to that timeout and has returned to the bench.
2:52 p.m.: (Ohio State 14, Wisconsin 7) Give round one of the battle between torunament Most Outstanding Player favorites Greg Oden and Alando Tucker to Oden after he blocked a shot from the Big Ten Player of the Year.
2:51 p.m.: (Ohio State 14, Wisconsin 7) Oden returned to the game after the timeout. One of two free-throws and a Mike Conley lay-up have given the Buckeyes their largest lead of the game.
2:49 p.m.: (Ohio State 11, Wisconsin 7) After a layup by David Lighty and a three-pointer from Matt Terwilliger, Bohannon struck again with a three-pointer of his own. Ohio State will be going to the line for two shots when the game returns from its second break.
2:47 p.m.: (Ohio State 6, Wisconsin 4) Jason Bohannon ended the Badgers' scoreless run taking a feed for an easy lay-up from Trevor Hughes who had picked off an errant ball at mid-court.
2:45 p.m.: (Ohio State 6, Wisconsin 2) We're now over four minutes from the last field goal by either team, as the level of defensive intensity from both teams is amazing.
2:40 p.m.: (Ohio State 6, Wisconsin 2) At the first media timeout, it's clear that both of these teams' defenses are amped up, and good looks at shots are few and far between. On Wisconsin's last possession before the timeout, OSU forced a shot clock violation.
2:38 p.m.: (Ohio State 6, Wisconsin 2) Ohio State head coach Thad Matta subbed Matt Terwilliger for Greg Oden after Oden picked up an early offensive foul and came dangerously close to getting a second on an offensive rebound try.
2:34 p.m.: (Ohio State 6, Wisconsin 2) Ron Lewis has been very active on both ends of the floor so far, and had a beautiful lay-up on a baseline drive early.
2:32 p.m.: (Ohio State 2, Wisconsin 2) Ohio State won the opening tip, and Ron Lewis scored on the first field goal attempt of the game. Marcus Landry followed with one of his own to tie after a missed shot by Alando Tucker.
2:27 p.m.: It's tough to tell which fan base has more support here with both schools having reddish colors as their primary color. If the crowd reaction is to be believed however, the crowd will be heavy in favor of the Badgers judging from when the teams took the floor.
2:20 p.m.: The championship game of the 2007 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament is here. The starters for the battle between top seeds Ohio State and Wisconsin are as follows:
Ohio State - Ivan Harris, Greg Oden, Mike Conley Jr., Jamar Butler, and Ron Lewis