Oden rebounds from early foul trouble to lead OSU to title game
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Greg Oden ended with only 13 points but had
nine rebounds and helped spark a late second-half run, as the Ohio State
Buckeyes earned a berth in the national championship game with a 67-60 win
over Georgetown in Final Four action of the NCAA Tournament.
Mike Conley Jr. had a team-leading 15 points for Ohio State (35-3), which has
won 22 straight games and will next face either UCLA or Florida in the
championship game on Monday. The Bruins and Gators battle in the second
national semifinal in a rematch of last year’s championship tilt won by
Oden did all of his damage in the second half thanks to first-half foul
trouble. He played just over 2 1/2 minutes in the opening 20 minutes, but took
control down the stretch to help the Buckeyes advance to their first
championship game since 1962.
Roy Hibbert, Georgetown’s seven-footer, also played in foul trouble, ending
with 19 points and six rebounds. But it was the disappearing act of Big East
Player of the Year Jeff Green that was the difference for the Hoyas (30-7).
Green ended with just nine points as Georgetown failed to follow-up the
dramatics of last weekend’s Regional Final win over North Carolina with more