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Illinois coach John Groce. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Emma’s Big Ten Power Rankings: Conference’s Bubble Grows Larger

Somewhat miraculously, Illinois and Indiana have climbed into NCAA Tournament contention.

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Lenzelle Smith, Jr. #32 of the Ohio State Buckeyes handles the ball against Will Clyburn #21 of the Iowa State Cyclones. (Credit: Jason Miller, Getty)

No. 2 Ohio State Beats Iowa State 78-75

Aaron Craft hit a 3-pointer with a half-second left, and Ohio State escaped Dayton — a place of heartaches — as the lone high seed left in the NCAA tournament’s wild West Regional, beating Iowa State 78-75 on Sunday.

03/24/2013

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Iona Takes Aim At Major Upset; Can The Gaels Take Down Mighty Ohio State?

Even though Ohio State hasn’t fared all that well in Dayton since he’s been the head coach — never made it through the opening weekend of the NCAA tournament intact — it’s still the place for his fondest college basketball memory.

03/22/2013

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Rothstein: 68 Reasons To Be Excited For The NCAA Tournament

Louisville’s pressure. Jim Boeheim’s postgame press conferences. HAVOC. Coach K’s drive for five. Get pumped, people — it’s tourney time!

03/19/2013

Traevon Jackson of the Wisconsin Badgers guards Aaron Craft of the Ohio State Buckeyes. (Credit: Johnathan Daniel, Getty)

Ohio State Beats Wisconsin For B10 Title

DeShaun Thomas scored 17 points and No. 10 Ohio State used its stout defense to beat No. 22 Wisconsin 50-43 on Sunday for the Big Ten tournament title.

03/17/2013

Deshaun Thomas of the Ohio State Buckeyes shoots against Adreian Payne #5 and Derrick Nix of the Michigan State Spartans. (Credit: Johnathan Daniel, Getty)

Craft Leads Ohio State Past Spartans, 61-58

Aaron Craft came on strong in the second half to finish with 20 points and lead No. 10 Ohio State past No. 8 Michigan State, 61-58 on Saturday in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament.

03/16/2013

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Buckeyes Beat Illini 68-55 On 19 By Deshaun Thomas

Deshaun Thomas, playing perhaps his final home game for No. 14 Ohio State, scored 19 points Sunday to lead the Buckeyes to a 68-55 victory over Illinois, keeping alive their hopes of a Big Ten title tie.

03/10/2013

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Hoosiers’ Big 3 Lead Way To 81-68 Win Over OSU

Victor Oladipo scored a career-high 26 points, Cody Zeller added 24 and Christian Watford 20 to lead No. 1 Indiana back from a demoralizing loss to a huge road win in beating No. 10 Ohio State 81-68 on Sunday.

02/10/2013

Michigan Wolverines guard Tim Hardaway Jr. celebrates during the first half while playing the Ohio State Buckeyes at Crisler Center on February 5, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

No. 3 Michigan Beats No. 10 Ohio State 76-74 In OT

Tim Hardaway Jr. kept Michigan in the game when the Wolverines weren’t playing a whole lot of defense. Then he ended it by smothering Ohio State’s final chance of overtime.

02/05/2013

Deshaun Thomas #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes drives to the basket to score two of his game-high 25 points past Mike Bruesewitz #31 of the Wisconsin Badgers in the second half on January 29, 2013 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Wisconsin 58-49.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Thomas Scores 25 To Lead Buckeyes Over Badgers

Deshaun Thomas scored 25 points, including 10 during a game-breaking 15-0 second-half run, to lead No. 11 Ohio State past Wisconsin 58-49 on Tuesday night.

01/29/2013

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Thomas Has 20, OSU Hands Michigan 1st Loss, 56-53

Deshaun Thomas had 20 points and scored the first and last baskets in a 16-0 first-half spurt to help No. 15 Ohio State beat second-ranked Michigan 56-53 on Sunday, denying the Wolverines their first No. 1 ranking in more than 20 years.

01/13/2013

Tracy Abrams of Illinois and Aaron Craft of Ohio State battle for a loose ball. (Credit: Getty)

Illinois Rebounds With Win Over Buckeyes, 74-55

Brandon Paul scored 19 points and No. 11 Illinois bounced back from a tough loss in its Big Ten opener to beat No. 8 Ohio State 74-55 on Saturday.

01/05/2013

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Ohio State Beats Chicago State 87-44

Deshaun Thomas scored 17 points and No. 10 Ohio State regained its shooting touch with an 87-44 victory over Chicago State on Saturday, the Buckeyes’ final tuneup before beginning Big Ten play.

12/29/2012

Jared Sullinger #0 and Deshaun Thomas #1 (C) of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts in the second half against Robert Sacre #00 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 17, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Ohio State Pulls Away From Gonzaga For 73-66 Win

Jared Sullinger scored 18 points, including two big baskets in the final 3 minutes to lead Ohio State past Gonzaga 73-66 on Saturday and into the round of 16.

03/17/2012

Northwestern Wildcats. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

Last-Second Shot Nudges Buckeyes Past Wildcats, 75-73

Jared Sullinger banked in a turnaround shot with 3.1 seconds left Wednesday night and No. 10 Ohio State recovered after squandering a 13-point second-half lead to beat Northwestern 75-73.

02/29/2012

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Berggren’s Late Points Lift Badgers Over Buckeyes

Jared Berggren scored Wisconsin’s final five points – including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 31 seconds left – and the 16th-ranked Badgers beat No. 8 Ohio State 63-60 on Sunday.

02/26/2012

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Illini Drop Sixth Straight With 83-67 Loss To No. 8 Buckeyes

Deshaun Thomas scored 19 points and No. 8 Ohio State regained its shooting touch, rolling over Illinois 83-67 on Tuesday night to remain in the thick of the Big Ten race.

02/21/2012

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No. 17 Michigan Beats No. 6 Ohio State 56-51

Michigan coach John Beilein had one of the longest days of his career on Saturday. He couldn’t have asked for a better ending.

02/19/2012

Ohio State Buckeyes forward Jared Sullinger. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

No. 4 Ohio State Beats No. 20 Michigan 64-49

Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored 17 points and had a career-high 12 rebounds as No. 4 Ohio State flexed its muscle inside to beat No. 20 Michigan 64-49 on Sunday, keeping the Buckeyes in a first-place tie in the Big Ten.

01/29/2012

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No. 1 Buckeyes Hold Off No. 22 Fighting Illini

The No. 22 Fighting Illini made a game of it, but couldn’t pull out the win against the No. 1 Buckeyes on Saturday, commiting a late turnover as Ohio State pulled out the 73-68 win over Illinois.

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