Big Ten Tournament: Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Penn State Set to "Battle"

James EvensCorrespondent IMarch 12, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 12:  Talor Battle #12 of the Penn State Nittany Lions drives against Mike Kebler #20 of the Michigan State Spartans during the semifinals of the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 12, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Jared Sullinger and the No. 1 team in the nation, the Ohio State Buckeyes, will go to battle against Talor Battle and the Penn State Nittany Lions on Sunday of the Big Ten tournament.

Penn State was able to keep it close in Columbus, but was blown out at home. 

For a team that was on the bubble coming into the tournament this run in the Big Ten tournament has been a huge win for the program and a great step forward for Penn State.

In 2009 this team, led by Talor Battle, was able to win the NIT.

This season however it will be very difficult for the Nittany Lions to pull of the upset of the No. 1 team in the nation, but with the heart they have been playing with, anything can happen.

Although Battle gets most of the attention, a lot of this success in the tournament can be contributed to the role players such as Jeff Brooks and Tim Frazier.

Ohio State on the other hand is very much established.

The Buckeyes' six-man rotation has led to success all season and don't expect to see anything less than the best from them tomorrow afternoon.

Look for Penn State to really try to limit Diebler from three-point land and try to limit the inside post presence of Jared Sullinger.

On the offensive end, look for Penn State to use Tim Frazier and Talor Battle to try to take over the game and get a huge win for the Nittany Lions.

With both of these teams playing extremely well right now, look for this one to be a close Big Ten matchup.  

Ohio State is by far the better team in the battle, but it is March, and as everyone knows, anything can happen in March.

Tune in to CBS on Mar. 13 at 3:30 p.m. ET to see the championship game in what has been an exciting tournament so far in Indianapolis. 

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