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Wildcats’ Upset Bid Falls Short

Jared Sullinger #0 of the Ohio State Buckeyes drives inside against Alex Marcotullio #4, Luka Mirkovic #12 and John Shurna #24 of the Northwestern Wildcats during the quarterfinals of the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament.  (Credit: Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

Jared Sullinger #0 of the Ohio State Buckeyes drives inside against Alex Marcotullio #4, Luka Mirkovic #12 and John Shurna #24 of the Northwestern Wildcats during the quarterfinals of the 2011 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. (Credit: Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

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The only chance the Northwestern Wildcats had of making the NCAA Tournament was to win the Big Ten Tournament, and for a while it looked like that might happen.

The Wildcats held their own against the top-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes, but couldn’t find any more magic and lost in overtime 67-61.

NU’s John Shurna led all scorers with 23 points, he also chipped in five rebounds and shot 3-6 from three-point range for the eight-seed Wildcats.

Ohio State was held to 32% shooting from the field and 20% (3-15) from beyond the arc.

A close game from wire-to-wire the biggest lead of the game was 6 points by the Buckeyes.

Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger led the way for the Buckeyes, he scored 20 points, and pulled in 18 rebounds.

On Jan 29, in their only meeting this season, the Wildcats lost to the Buckeyes 58-57 in Evanston,

The Buckeyes will take on the winner of the Michigan-Illinois game on Saturday at 12:40 PM (CST).