The Ohio St. Buckeyes defeated the Wisconsin Badgers, 50-43, to claim the Big Ten tournament crown and automatic NCAA bid.
The game was vintage Big Ten basketball -- a physical, low-scoring defensive slugfest. Neither team managed to shoot 40 percent from the field. Ohio State made 38.5 percent of their field goals and Wisconsin managed 38.3 percent. The difference in the game came on the glass and at the free-throw line. The Buckeyes won the rebounding battle 37-26 and shot 9 of 12 freebies, compared to just 4 of 8 for the Badgers.
Deshaun Thomas was the leading scorer for Ohio State, finishing with 17 points and seven rebounds. He was the only Buckeye to finish with double digit points. Aaron Craft came close with nine points. As for Wisconsin, Traevon Jackson led the Badgers with 10 points and Mike Bruesewitz grabbed six rebounds.
With the win, Ohio State is probably locked into a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament. Wisconsin has an outside shot at a No. 3 spot, but will likely have to settle for No. 4 or 5.
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