21 March 2011

Ohio State Schools George Mason, 98-66

Buckeyes stomp into Sweet 16...

After a faltering 2-11 start last night, the Scarlet-and-Gray made plain why they're the top-seeded team in this year's NCAA tournament in their dispatching of the George Mason University Patriots... by 32 points. 

Thrilling the Cleveland Quicken Arena crowd, any upset hopes harbored by plucky opponent GMU were systematically dismantled by the Buckeyes...

The Buckeyes were trailing and appearing vulnerable in the early moments of Sunday's third-round game. 

The Patriots were getting physical, talking trash and taking it right at the East regional's top-seeded team -- the team with no obvious weaknesses -- and Sullinger, who had three quick turnovers.

That's when Ohio State's center bumped Patriots forward Ryan Pearson from behind and whispered some shocking news.
"It's over, yo," Sullinger said, waving his hands. And it was, yo.

Cleveland native David Lighty made all seven of his 3-pointers and scored 25 points, Sullinger and William Buford added 18 apiece and Ohio State made 16 3s while again showing that it's the team to beat in this NCAA tournament with a jaw-dropping 98-66 win.

Sullinger chalked up his comment to Pearson as "the heat of battle." In the postgame news conference, the freshman made yet another startling comment. "We can play better," he said.

Oh, dear.

It would be hard to imagine a better performance than the one Ohio State put on before thousands of its fans, who didn't miss any opportunity to fill Quicken Loans Arena with chants of "O-H-I-O." With ruthless precision, the Buckeyes (34-2) took apart the eighth-seeded Patriots (27-7), who created some March mayhem a few years ago and hoped to follow Butler's lead by taking out a No. 1 seed in this tourney...

For a lifelong OSU fan, how sweet it is... more at Bucknuts.com

Updated tournament bracket -here-

Photo: OSU

You know, this could be the Buckeye hoopsters first 
national championship in 50 years... and we want it

Photo: Bucknuts

Photo: Sports Illustrated

Photo: The Ozone

Photo: The Ozone

Photo: OSU

This feature proudly submitted to the infamous