March 6, 2009
Pregame: We are court side waiting for tip-off between #1 seed and regular season Big Ten champion Ohio State and #9 Illinois ... watch on the Big Ten Network!
(20:00, 1st Half): The jump ball is up and we are under way in the third quarterfinal of the day here at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. Ohio State wins the tip.
(15:25, 1st Half): Ohio State is off to a fast start and a 13-5 lead. Ohio State is 6-of-6 from the field and has 10 points in the paint quickly. Under-16 Media timeout.
(13:11, 1st Half): Steal and a bucket and the Buckeyes are 10-for-10 from the field. They lead 22-7.
(11:50, 1st Half): Ohio State draws a charge and will get the ball leading 26-10 coming out of the media timeout. The Buckeyes are shooting and insane 92% (11-for-12) from the field and have outrebounded the Illini 6-1.
(7:18, 1st Half): Ohio State leads 28-10 and is shooting 67% from the field (12-for-18). The Buckeyes will shoot two free throws when we resume.
(2:45, 1st Half): Ohio State continues to shoot the bell very well (16-for-24, 67%) as they have opened up a 36-14 lead.
(Halftime): What a half for the Buckeyes. Ohio State leads 41-19 while shooting 67% (18-for-27) from the field.
(14:41, 2nd Half): Illinois opened the half with 6 straight points, but Ohio State has answered back and leads 47-27 at the under-16 media timeout.
(11:53, 2nd Half): Ohio State continues to pull away, now leading by 26. Ohio State 55, Illinois 29.
(7:47, 2nd Half): Ohio State 57, Illinois 37 as the Illini have held the Buckeye offense in check to cut the deficit to 20.
(3:20, 2nd Half): Goodness, this game is moving fast. 7:34 EST and we are at the under-4 minute timeout. Ohio State 65, Illinois 46.
Final Score from Indianapolis -- Ohio State 70, Illinois 53 -- Ohio State will play in the second quarterfinal tomorrow night.