2011 Ohio State Basketball
Buckeyes Live Up to No. 1 Billing
At the start of this week, the Ohio State Buckeyes were named the No. 1 Men’s College Basketball team in the nation.
How would the Buckeyes respond in their first game with the No. 1 ranking since last topping the polls in the final three weeks of the 2006-07 regular season?
In front of another packed house at the Value City Arena, the Buckeyes blew out the Iowa Hawkeyes 70-48 Wednesday night, preserving their undefeated 19-0 record, the third best start in school history.
The Hawkeyes fall to 2-19 against teams ranked No. 1.
A little over two week ago, the Hawkeyes gave the Buckeyes all they could handle before falling 73-68 in Iowa City. This time, the game wasn’t as competitive.
Dallas Lauderdale, the Buckeyes starting center, set the tone early for the Buckeyes. He had seven points -- he came in averaging 4.5 -- in the opening 5:37 as Ohio State opened a 12-4 lead.
After that, the Buckeyes got going in transition. William Buford, who had 11 points in the first half, and Lighty, who added eight, pushed the ball down the court or whipped it around the perimeter for easy baskets.
Taking a commanding 40-23 at halftime, the Buckeyes reeled off seven of the first nine points of the second half to push the lead to 22. The outcome wasn't in doubt the rest of the way.
Buford finished with 15 points as freshman phenom Jared Sullinger added 13 for the Buckeyes.
Despite the blowout victory, the Buckeyes will have to work on taking care of the basketball.
The Buckeyes committed a season-high 20 turnovers, but their defense maintained their sizeable lead.
OSU will have some time to fix their turnover as they face their next big test on Saturday at Illinois (No. 22 ESPN/USA Today, No. T-23 AP).
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