Game Notes from Overtime Win over Northwestern
By Brandon Castel
INDIANAPOLIS — Jared Sullinger had some impressive numbers in Friday’s win over Northwestern.
Not only did he score 20 points, but Sullinger grabbed 18 rebounds in 45 minutes of action as the Buckeyes held on for a 67-61 victory in overtime.
As impressive as the numbers look, Sullinger was juts 2-of-12 from the floor against Northwestern, which means 16 of his team-high 20 points came at the free throw line.
In fact, his only two made baskets came in the first half, when he was 2-of-9 from the floor. Sullinger was 0-for-3 in the second half and did not attempt a field goal in the overtime period, which is rather impressive considering he scored 10 of Ohio State’s 15 points in overtime.
More Sullinger Notes:
-Jared Sullinger’s 16 free throws are the most in a Big Ten Tournament game (previous record was 12 by five players, including Ohio State’s Brian Brown).
-His 18 free-throw attempts are also a Big Ten Tournament single-game record (previous record was 17 by four players).
-Sullinger’s 16 free throws made are also tied for the third most in a game in Ohio State history. He continues as the Buckeye’s all-time freshman leader in free throws made, now with 167.
-Sullinger’s 18 rebounds were one off his career best of 19, set vs. South Carolina (12/18/10) and the second most in a Big Ten Tournament game (record of 19 is held by Greg Oden, Ohio State vs. Purdue on 3/10/07).
-Sullinger became Ohio State’s all-time freshman rebound leader, passing both Herb Williams (308) and Greg Oden (306), now with 320 for the season.
-Sullinger posted his 17th double-digit rebound game, 29th double-digit scoring game and 16th double-double of the season.
Ohio State Player Notes:
-Jon Diebler tied Jamar Butler for second on Ohio State’s games played list with 139. Dallas Lauderdale tied Jerry Francis for fourth on that list, playing in his 133rd game.
- Aaron Craft’s 17 points were two off a career high (19 vs. Penn State, 1/15/11) and his six field goals made were one off a career high (7 vs. Penn State, 1/15/11).
Ohio State Team Notes:
-With the win, an Ohio State team has won 30 games for the second time in school history (won 35 in 2006-07).
-Ohio State has won 11 of its last 14 games in the Big Ten Tournament, dating back to 2006. The Buckeyes have reached the finals in four of the past five tournaments, winning two of them.
-The Buckeyes won their 15th Big Ten Tournament game, second most by any team at the Big Ten Tournament.
-Ohio State has won 15 of the last 16 meetings against Northwestern.
-Ohio State had its best team rebound margin against a Big Ten opponent this year, out-rebounding the Wildcats 48-27 (previous best was +14 vs. Purdue.) This is the seventh time this season that Ohio State has out-rebounded an opponent by double digits and the third time the Buckeyes have out-rebounded an opponent by as least 20 (+38 vs. North Carolina A&T and +21 vs. UT-Martin).
-The seven turnovers were the fewest by an Ohio State team in a Big Ten Tournament game, while the teams combined for 12 turnovers, the fewest combined in a Big Ten Tournament game.
-Ohio State led at half for the 25th time in 32 games this season. The Buckeyes are 24-1 when leading at the half.
Notes on Head Coach Thad Matta:
- Thad Matta has the highest winning percentage of any head coach in the Big Ten Tournament (12-4, .750)
-Ohio State is 34-9 in the month of March under Thad Matta.
-This marks the sixth overtime game in Big Ten Tournament history, the first involving Northwestern and the second involving Ohio State. Prior to last season, the lower seed had won the first four. #1 seed Ohio State def. #5 Illinois 88-81 in 20T in the 2010 semifinal, thus the Buckeyes win today makes the higher seed 2-4 in Big Ten Tournament overtime games.
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