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The No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes (3-0) beat the Washington Huskies (2-2) 77-66 in Uncasville, Connecticut Sunday night, claiming the Hall of Fame Tip Off tournament championship in the process.

Deshaun Thomas fueled the Buckeyes, hitting 12 of his 20 shots to tie a career high with 31 points. Thomas also grabbed eight rebounds and dished out three assists in the 11 point victory.

Washington coach Lorenzo Romar talked about Thomas’ outburst, "We haven't played against anyone like him this year. He came out, he was on fire. He couldn't miss anything."

The junior forward connected on his first seven shots from the field, scoring 15 of Ohio State’s first 19 points against Washington. Thomas cooled off a bit, but still managed to finish the first half with 21 points.

"When I knocked those first couple down it was on tonight," Thomas said. "I felt pretty good and confident. My teammates found me in the right positions."

Ohio State and Washington played each other relatively even through eight minutes of play, scorching the net as the Huskies led 18-17. That’s when the rest of the team got involved, and the Buckeyes closed the half on a 24-13 run. Ohio State didn’t commit a single turnover the first 17 minutes of the game, which helped the Buckeyes take a 41-31 lead into the locker room at halftime.


Dan Wismar

Simon Wisc3On a tough day for the nation’s unbeaten teams, the Buckeyes went to Madison and figured out a way to keep that zero in the loss column. Ohio State survived their most frustrating offensive game of the year with winning performances on defense and special teams to edge Wisconsin in overtime 21-14, and move to 11-0 on the season.

The Badgers tied the game at 14-14 with eight seconds left in regulation, but Carlos Hyde ran two yards for a touchdown in overtime and OSU safety Christian Bryant knocked down a 4th down pass by Badger QB Curt Phillips to seal the win and clinch the outright Leaders Division title for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes.

Michigan Week now begins for the Bucks, who will host the Wolverines at noon Saturday with an opportunity to complete a perfect season against their arch-rival. Wisconsin (7-4, 4-3) had already clinched the Leaders berth in the Big Ten title game, but now they’ll have to go to Indy as the place-filler for the guys wearing the division championship rings. Badgers coach Bret Bielema fell to 1-5 in his career against OSU, and his streak of 10 straight home wins in November was snapped by a Buckeye squad that once again refused to lose.


Dan Wismar

OSU Wisc2011a- Saturday, November 17, 2012

- Camp Randall Stadium - Madison, WI

- Ohio State at Wisconsin

- 3:30 PM ET

- TV: ABC / ESPN2 -

The Buckeyes take their 10-0 record to Madison, Wisconsin Saturday afternoon, the same place their perfect record and their No. 1 ranking vanished on a cool October evening two years ago. Subsequent events involving Jim Tressel and Terrelle Pryor, two of the principals that night, have caused that deflating defeat to be wiped forever from the record books...”vacated” is the term they use.

The penalties arising from those same events make Saturday’s game less consequential than it otherwise might have been, but if Ohio State can stay unbeaten, they’ll have a chance to achieve a more lasting result. The Leaders Division title is the biggest trophy the Buckeyes can win this season, and a victory over the Badgers would clinch it outright for OSU. It would also allow Ohio State to pursue a perfect season in their final game of 2012.


Noah Poinar


My life, and it’s syncopation around sports, breaks down into two halves.  The first half is spent mostly committed to Cleveland sports.  The other half is spent with the Buckeyes, of Ohio State.   Ever since the day I first began rooting for sports, the two halves of my life were destined to intersect.  It’s a constant mental struggle.  We’re talking like, Tom Hanks in Cast Away type-of-struggle.  Jim Carey in The Truman Show type-of-struggle.  You’re about to read an account of it.  I welcome...


Dan Wismar

Purdue Iowa4The Big Ten is down to its last two weeks of action, and the contenders for the conference title game have been whittled down to three. Wisconsin will represent the Leaders Division in Indianapolis on December 1st, a spot they clinched with Saturday’s win at Indiana. The Legends participant may not be determined until the final week of the season, but either Nebraska or Michigan will be playing the Badgers for the championship.

The Cornhuskers hold the tiebreaker over Michigan, and they appear to have the easier path to Indy, with remaining games against Minnesota in Lincoln and at Iowa. Michigan hosts Iowa this weekend and then travels to Columbus on the 24th.  Here’s a rundown of last Saturday’s games:



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