Buckeyes Lose to Michigan State in Big 10 Quarterfinals

The Michigan State Spartans beat the Ohio State Buckeyes 67-60 in the Big 10 Quarterfinals in Indianapolis in the Conseco Fieldhouse Friday afternoon.

Kosta Koufos lead the Buckeyes shooting 8-of-13 from the field with 19 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks.  Kosta Koufos shot the best from beyond the arc, shooting 2-of-3 and tied for making the most three pointers beyond the arc for the Buckeyes in the game.  David Lighty scored 12 points, Jamar Butler added 11 points, and Othello Hunter scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. 

However, the 4 Ohio State players scoring in double digits was not enough to beat Drew Neitzel and Michigan State.    Drew Neitzel shot lights out shooting 9-of-17 from the field, 6-of-12 from beyond the arc, and 4-of-4 from the free throw line for a game-high 28 points.

Ohio State went into the half tied with Michigan State 30-30.  The Buckeyes only lead in the game would be the first basket in the second half on a David Lighty layup to make it 32-30.  Michigan State regained the lead for the rest of the game after a Drew Neitzel 3 pointer to make it 33-32.  The Buckeyes kept it close the rest of the game, but couldn’t take the lead and capitalize.

Ohio State finished the regular season with a 19-13 (10-8) record. Ohio State will have to wait for Selection Sunday and hope they hear their name called for the NCAA tournament. 

Let me tell you why Ohio State will be in the NCAA tournament.  The Ohio State Buckeyes have AD Gene Smith as 1 of the 10 people on the NCAA Selection Committee.  Of course, any school’s athletic director is going to put their own school as 1 of the teams in the NCAA tournament.  I have more confidence and faith that even after losing to Michigan State today, that the Ohio State Buckeyes will still be playing in the NCAA tournament than I do in the Dayton Flyers playing in the NCAA tournament.

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