Ohio State-UNC: Buckeyes Keep It Close But Fall Short, 77-73

Drew GatewoodAnalyst INovember 19, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 14:  Jon Diebler #33 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on against the Michigan State Spartans during their semifinal game of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 14, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Buckeyes once again show that they just aren’t ready to compete with college basketball’s elite teams.

On a night where OSU would have to play the perfect game, they were riddled with turnovers and poor shooting. Midway through the second half four Buckeyes had four fouls. All four players were starters and the team quickly found themselves down 19.

They scrapped and clawed their way back, but fell short in the end, 77-73.

The main area of concern for OSU was the post play, and it continued to become a larger concern as both Madsen and Lauderdale combine for six points, seven rebounds, and eight fouls.

Evan Turner once again did all he could to carry the Buckeyes. He was the teams leading scorer with 23 points and eight rebounds. Unfortunately he also led in another category, turnovers. He had 10 to lead all players.

Jon Diebler was a bright spot for OSU at times and ended up with 17 points and four rebounds. His 4-13 shooting performance was his lowest of the season, but he did make some big shots on several OSU scoring runs. David Lighty added 13 points and six rebounds for the Buckeyes as well.

The Tar Heels showed why they are the No. 4 team in the country. Shooting 49 percent from the filed and 46 percent from behind the arc, North Carolina never let up and had a double-digit lead most of the game. They also got a boost from their bench to the tune of 17 of their 77 points.

Will Graves had 14 points and five rebounds while Marcus Ginyard added 10 points. Deon Thompson had a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

The Tar Heels had another very impressive performance against a talented OSU team. This win should be very beneficial for North Carolina come Selection Sunday.

OSU (2-1) will go back to the drawing board against Lipscomb (0-3) on Tuesday. That should be another easy non-conference warmup game before they get tested once again by Florida State and Butler in the upcoming weeks.