Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals -Buckeyes Escape, Turner Stuns Michigan
Is there any question about who’s the best player in college basketball? There shouldn't be.
Evan Turner has been superb all season in leading the Ohio State Buckeyes to the number one seed in this week's Big Ten Conference Tournament, and on Friday afternoon, Turner added to his historic season.
The clocked showed 2.2 seconds and the Buckeyes were down by two points inbounding from underneath their opponent’s basket. They would have to go the length of the floor to tie or win the game.
Turner received the inbounds pass, took a couple of dribbles and pulled up for a 37 foot desperation 3-pointer which he buried to give the Buckeyes a 69-68 victory of the Michigan Wolverines.
The Big Ten Player of the Year, Turner modestly spoke about the shot, “2.2 seconds is a long time. They did a great job throwing the pass. Jeremie Simmons did a great job of creating a diversion and I was just trying to get the ball up and get it in shooting range and keep my follow through, and it went in.”
Just how close were the Buckeyes to being knocked off in the second round of the conference tournament? The shot was reviewed and the ball had released from Turner’s hand approximately .2 seconds before the final buzzer went off.
“I was really conscious,” explained Turner when asked if he knew how much time he had to get a shot off. “I was very conscious. What my coaches told me, you probably only have two dribbles, so I knew by my second dribble I had to get it up, and that was pretty much it.”
Turner finished with 18 points and eight assists for the Buckeyes while David Lighty and William Buford contributed 15 points apiece.
Jon Diebler rounded out the double digit scorers for Ohio State by bucketing 11 points. Diebler along with Turner, Buford, and Lighty played the entire game.
Michigan’s Manny Harris, who would have been the hero had it not been for Turner’s heroics, finished with a game-high 26 points in a losing effort.