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No. 5-seed Ohio State (19-13, 10-8 Big Ten) 60, No.4-seed Michigan State (25-7, 12-6 Big Ten) 67
March 14, 2008
2008 Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal Game
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Ind.
Attendance: 15,355

Postgame Notes

  • The quarterfinal game Friday was just the second time Ohio State and Michigan State have met in the Big Ten tournament. In 2003, the Buckeyes edged the Spartans 55-54 also in the quarterfinals. The two games are the only times Ohio State and Michigan State has met on neutral courts.
  • The matchup against the 191th-ranked Spartans was the fifth nationally-ranked opponent for the Buckeyes in their last six games (2-3).
  • Ohio State and Michigan State split their regular-season series with the Buckeyes winning 63-54 in Columbus (March 9) and the Spartans winning 66-60 in East Lansing (Jan. 15).
  • Ohio State is 9-7 all-time in the Big Ten tournament.
  • The teams went into halftime tied at 30 after Jamar Butler hit a 3-pointer with five seconds remaining. It was the fourth time this season the Buckeyes have been tied at the half with a 1-3 record in those games.
  • The Ohio State defense held Michigan State scoreless for a span of 4:33 (from 2:57 left in 1st half to 1:36 into 2nd half), during which the Buckeyes went on a 7-0 run.
  • The Buckeyes took their first lead of the game (32-30) at 19:50 of the second half on a David Lighty lay-up.
  • Freshman Kosta Koufos led the Buckeyes in scoring with 19 points, including a team-high 13 points in the first half on 5-of-8 shooting. He was 8-of-13 FG shooting for the game, including 2-of-3 from beyond the arc. Koufos also had two blocked shots and five rebounds.
  • Koufos had double-digit points for the 14th time in the last 15 games.
  • With his two blocked shots, Koufos moved into third in the OSU freshman records with 59 blocks.
  • Senior Matt Terwilliger made his second-consecutive start vs. Michigan State. They are the first two starts of his career.
  • With his start vs. the Spartans, Butler became the all-time leader in career games played at Ohio State with 134, surpassing the record set by Jerry Francis (1986-89).
  • Butler was a perfect 3-of-3 from the free-throw line to extend his made FT streak to 22. For his career, he has converted on 29-of-29 FT against Michigan State.
  • Butler had four assists for a total of 189 assists this season, the second-most in a season for Ohio State. Butler owns the OSU career assists record with 549.
  • With his 11 points, Butler moved up one place in career scoring at Ohio State, standing at No. 26 with 1,224. He surpassed John Havlicek (1960-62) at 1,223 points.
  • After going scoreless in the first half, senior Othello Hunter scored 10 points in the second on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting. He had a span of 3:34 when he scored eight points in a row (3 FG, 2 FT).
  • Hunter led the Buckeyes with five blocks, just one shy of his career high, and seven rebounds.
  • The 9 minutes played by sophomore P.J. Hill were the most for him since he played 9 minutes vs. Michigan State (Jan. 15).
  • For the second-consecutive game, the Buckeyes had four players with double-digit points: Koufos (19), Lighty (12), Butler (11) and Hunter (10).
  • Michigan State entered the game shooting 48.6 percent on the season, but the Buckeyes held them to 36.7 percent (22-of-60).
  • Ohio State had a 30-22 advantage in points in the paint, including a 20-8 margin in the second half.