Big Ten Basketball Tournament: Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Northwestern

Joye PruittSenior Analyst IMarch 11, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 11:  Jared Sullinger #0 of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts after he made a first half basket against during the quarterfinals of the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 11, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
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Ohio State 28, Northwestern 23

Not making shots will not win the Big Ten Championship trophy or take you all the way in the NCAA tournament. Ohio State Buckeyes Jon Diebler has not sunk any of his three-point attempts but no fear. Aaron Craft is here.

The littlest guy of them all was the last player to get his finger tips on the ball as it went up and in right at the buzzer to give the Buckeyes a five-point lead at halftime. 

Jared Sullinger of course is handling the business he has made a major part of his game this entire season, boards. He already has 11 rebounds, and that last play that pushed up Ohio's lead was arguably made possible because of him. Sullinger threw the ball up allowing his teammates to get their fingers on it and make the play. 

However, Northwestern is not going away that easily. They were in front a majority of the first half and Drew Crawford may not have the most points on his stat sheet, but he is undeniably the play maker necessary to get things going.

John Shurna challenging Sullinger's dunk was just a show of what is to come. The Wildcats are not shaken by the fact that they were beaten by this same team before, or that the team is now the number one in the country.

A disappointment is a possibility if the Buckeyes do not begin banking their shots and getting more defensive stops on the perimeter.