Big Ten Basketball Tournament 2011: 5 Teams That Can Upset No. 1 Ohio State

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Big Ten Basketball Tournament 2011: 5 Teams That Can Upset No. 1 Ohio State
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Well, we've FINALLY reached the time of the year in college basketball where we can look back on the regular season and form a reasonably educated opinion on who the best teams in the country are.  

And at this point, I think it would be fairly difficult for anyone to argue in favor of a team other than Ohio State or Kansas as the best team in the country as of March 10th.  

That's not to say this won't change by April 4th, but as of today, those two teams have separated themselves from the pack and will be playing this weekend for the number one overall seed in the tournament.  

We're here to talk about Ohio State and the Big Ten so let's dive in a little further with the Buckeyes.

It's pretty simple when you look at OSU's resume, 29-2 overall with both losses coming on the road to teams listed in the top 10 of both the Sagarin and Pomeroy Ratings (the only two rankings that truly matter along with the semi-flawed RPI rating system).  

OSU went 9-2 against the Jeff Sagarin's top 50 teams and their strength of schedule is ranked as the 20th most difficult according to Ken Pomeroy.  

There is nothing to argue here, they have it all, beginning with a dominant post player in freshman Jared Sulinger.  And the big freshman is surrounded by upper class elite talent.

David Lighty is a fifth year senior who has won more games than any other player in the history of Ohio State basketball.  

I discovered another fun fact about Lighty as well: he trails Deon Thompson of North Carolina (2006-2010) for the most games played in NCAA history by one, 152-151.  

How about that for some senior leadership/big game experience?  

If you remember, Lighty was a freshman on the 2006 OSU team led by Greg Oden and Mike Conely that reached the Finals of the NCAA Tournament.  

Lighty can score from anywhere on the court and is considered to be one of the elite perimeter defenders in America.

On to another senior, Jon Diebler, who owns a few records himself, including most three-point field goals in Big Ten history.  

He also enters postseason play on a ridiculous hot streak, combining to go 17 for 20 from long distance over his last two games.  

Has anyone ever made 17 three-pointers over a two game stretch in NCAA history?  Not that I'm aware of.  

Let's move on to William Buford, a 6'5'', 205 pound junior with a prototypical NBA wing body.  

Buford enters the tournament averaging just under 18 points per game over his last four contests.  

Talent-wise, this fab four matches up with any group in the country, and that's without mentioning a pair of diaper dandies in Aaron Craft and Deshaun Thomas, who will be leading this team next season in Columbus.  

So enough about the Buckeyes, let's take a look at the top five teams in the Big Ten that have a chance to pull the upset in Indianapolis this weekend.    

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