Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes head into B1G semis as rivalry underdog

Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes head into B1G semis as rivalry underdog

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E.J. Liddell and the Buckeyes will face Michigan again. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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Buckeyes head into B1G semis as rivalry underdog

Ohio State wanted a rematch with rival Michigan after losing to the Wolverines in their lone matchup last month.

“They’re a really good basketball team,” Buckeyes guard Duane Washington said directly after that loss to Michigan. “We’ll definitely see them again.”

That’s exactly what the Buckeyes are getting Saturday at 1 p.m. inside Lucas Oil Stadium and on CBS. After beating Purdue in an overtime thriller to advance, the Buckeyes will battle the No. 1 seed Wolverines in the Big Ten Tournament semifinal. And they’ll do so as a six-point underdog, according to the folks at Oddshark.

The Buckeyes had to exhaust plenty of energy to edge Purdue in the quarterfinal, but they advanced. Now, they find themselves playing against one of the best teams in the country for a right to play for the Big Ten title. If Ohio State can beat the Wolverines, they’ll play the winner of Iowa and Illinois on Sunday in Indianapolis.

The underdog Buckeyes will have to get past Michigan first.

Buckeyes survive Purdue in overtime

For the second straight game in the Big Ten Tournament, the Buckeyes allowed a huge second-half lead dwindle away. And for the second-straight game, Ohio State survived and advanced.

The Buckeyes lost to Purdue in January and again in February. But not in March. In the third matchup of the season, the Buckeyes built a massive first-half lead Friday, let it slip away but hung on for a 87-78 overtime victory over the Boilermakers inside Lucas Oil Stadium to advance to the Big Ten semifinal, where they’ll meet rival Michigan.

Forward Kyle Young scored 18 first-half points to lead the Buckeyes before being injured with what appeared to be a head injury early in the second half. From there, the Buckeyes began to see their huge lead slowly slip away from them as they had just three made field goals in the final 15 minutes of regulation. Once the game went into overtime, Ohio State found its footing again.

The win was the 200th career victory for Buckeyes coach Chris Holtmann.

Before the Buckeyes can turn their full attention to the semifinal matchup with their rival, Lettermen Row broke down Three Points on how Ohio State narrowly advanced past Purdue, and that can be found here.

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Woody Hayes Athletic center back open after brief shutdown

The Buckeyes still don’t have the full team back together. But after initially expecting to pause all activities for the program for seven days starting on Tuesday, additional testing since then indicated it was safe to allow players and coaches back into the indoor facility for workouts in small-group settings.

Ohio State never anticipated a change to the spring camp schedule, which begins next Friday. But now it remains fully on track to begin the first of 15 workouts leading up to the spring game in the Horseshoe next month.

“Based on multiple negative tests with players this week, we determined players could return and work out socially distanced and safely in small groups,” Ohio State spokesman Jerry Emig said.

For more on the shutdown — and reopening of the football facility for Ohio State, click here.

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