Oden leads No. 1 Buckeyes over Michigan
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Greg Oden scored 22 points and Ron Lewis added
16, leading top-ranked Ohio State to a 72-62 victory over Michigan in the
quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament at the United Center.
Mike Conley Jr. contributed 13 points and six assists for the regular-season
champion Buckeyes (28-3), who have won 15 straight games and will take on
Purdue or Iowa in Saturday’s semifinals.
Oden hit 8-of-12 shots, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked four shots for Ohio
State. The Buckeyes shot 50 percent from the floor and held the Wolverines to
a dismal 33 percent.
Dion Harris, Michigan’s leading scorer, made only 1-of-13 shots and finished
with nine points.
Lester Abram scored 13 points and Jerrett Smith chipped in 12 for Michigan
(21-12), which beat Minnesota in the opening round Thursday and needed at
least a win in this game to strengthen its slim NCAA Tournament hopes.
The Wolverines, who dropped a 65-61 decision to Ohio State last weekend in Ann
Arbor, kept this one relatively close thanks to a 47-25 rebounding margin, but
Ohio State had an answer every time Michigan threatened.
Ohio State took control early with a 7-0 run. Conley buried a jumper to snap a
6-6 tie, Lewis drilled a three-pointer and Matt Terwilliger hit two from the
The lead reached eight, at 20-12, on a layup by Daequan Cook with just over
eight minutes left in the half, but Michigan kept it close and pulled within
26-25 on a three-pointer by Harris a few moments later.
Lewis answered with a three of his own and Jamar Butler followed with a layup
to extend the Ohio State lead back to six and the Buckeyes carried a 34-29
advantage to the break.
A three-pointer by Cook five minutes into the second half gave Ohio State a
45-33 cushion, but Abram and Smith responded with threes for Michigan to cut
the deficit in half.
Abrams added another shot from beyond the arc with just under eight minutes to
play, pulling the Wolverines within 52-49, but Oden scored the next five
points and Lewis chipped in a free throw to make it a nine-point game just two
The Buckeyes continued to pull away, as two free throws by Lewis with 4:26
left increased the margin to 13. Michigan failed to threaten again.
Ohio State committed just five turnovers, while Michigan turned it over 16
times…The Buckeyes are trying to win this tournament for the first time
since their lone triumph in 2002…Ohio State won all three meetings with
Michigan this season.