Posted: 5:22 p.m. Sunday, March 17, 2013
By Luke Zimmermann
Despite lackluster long range shooting from both sides, Ohio State outslugged Wisconsin in the basketball equivalent of a fifteen round title fight that went to the judge's decision. Deshaun Thomas, like everyone else in the contest, was ice cold from beyond the arc, but still managed to be the leading scorer in the game. Ohio State jumped out to an early lead in the first half, but Wisconsin claimed a lead of their own before the two went back and forth for much of the second.
Traevon Jackson, the son of Buckeyes legend Jim Jackson, managed to lead the way in part for the Badgers, in a game that saw lead change after lead change in a tight second half. Super sub Sam Dekker also played a pivotal role in helping Bo Ryan's side stay in it with the Buckeyes. The trio of Ryan Evans, Mike Bruesewitz, and Ben Brust also gave their best efforts to counter those of Thomas, Aaron Craft, and Sam Thompson.
This mark's Thad Matta's fourth Big Ten men's basketball tournament championship and third in four years. Now the only question that remains for the Buckeyes is whether or not they played their way into the two seed line as some experts have projected. Ohio State will find out in just under an hour where they're headed, whom they'll be playing, and whether or not they'll kick off 2013 NCAA Tournament play on Thursday or Friday.