Adds Up to #1

One of the more enjoyable parts of my job lately has been to take a win streak and look at the numbers.

Well, ok, it’s math, and math isn’t my strong suit; but winning math is better than losing math.

In the same spirit with which we dissected the Blue Jackets 5-straight victories, let’s now look at the Ohio State men’s basketball team and their run in the Big Ten Tournament.

The Buckeyes…

Went 70/153 from the field (.457)
And 17/56 from behind the arc (.304)
Made 25 of their 38 free throws (.658)
Outrebounded opponents by a combined 88 to 86
Recorded 45 assists on their 70 made baskets
Stole the ball 26 times (an average of almost 9 a game) while adding 8 blocks
Combined for a total of 25 turnovers

Deshaun Thomas led the Buckeyes in scoring with 53 points, even though he was 17/47 from the field (.362), while making 3 of his attempted 20, three-pointers (.150).

Aaron Craft was named the Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player as he scored 36 points, went 16/27 from the field (.592) and 2/8 from deep (.250). He also went 2/3 from the line; grabbed 10 boards; accounted for 18 assists and 6 steals.

Overall, the Buckeyes have won 8 in a row and will play Iona in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday. The game is in Dayton, Ohio.

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