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2011 NCAA Tournament: Kentucky Eliminates Ohio State 62-60, Ends Big Ten Season

The careers of three great Ohio State seniors have finally come to an end. David Lighty, William Buford and Jon Diebler, along with freshmen standouts Jared Sullinger and Aaron Craft, helmed a Buckeye team that lost won 34 games this year, and lost only three. Unfortunately, that third loss came in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen, and the national championship run of the team that has spent so many weeks atop the polls has come to an end, at the hands of the No.4 seed Kentucky Wildcats.

For as much has been said about the Big East, the Big Ten and the ACC this year, it seems as though the often derided SEC will now have two teams in the Elite Eight. Kentucky was led by its own senior tonight in Josh Harrellson who scored 17 and grabbed 10 boards to lead his team. The three Kentucky super freshmen, Terrance Jones, Brandon Knight and Doron Lamb totaled 23 points for the Wildcats and John Calipari would need every last one as UK squeaked by against OSU.

With that ends the entire Big Ten season, where seven teams made it to the tournament, five advanced to the round of 32, two to the Sweet Sixteen, but none past that. The Big Ten will have to wait yet another year for its first National Title since Michigan State in 2000.