From the time the bus pulls out of Columbus Thursday to the action in Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, follow the men’s basketball team at the 2008 Big Ten Tournament.

Follow the game Friday vs. Michigan State with a live courtside blog.  

DAY 2:

Today is the big day here at the Big Ten tournament with eight teams in action. The first game of the day will feature Big Ten regular season champion Wisconsin and Michigan, who knocked off Iowa yesterday. After an early morining shoot around the Buckeyes headed back to their hotel to prepare for their game against Michigan State at aprox., 2:30 p.m. Ohio State will be in the second game of the day.

Live Blog Game 5 Ohio State vs. Michigan State  

Final – MSU 67, OSU 60

Indianapolis – Kosta Koufos scored 17 points, leading three Buckeyes in double digits, but Ohio State bowed out of the 2008 Big Ten Tournament with a loss to Michigan State,67-60 , in the quarterfinal round at Conseco Fieldhouse.

The Buckeyes rallied to tie the game at 30 on a Jamar Butler 3 at the end of the first half. Ohio State took a brief lead at the beginning of the second period, but trailed most of the way.

David Lighty had 12 for Ohio State and Butler netted 11.

With the loss, Ohio State falls to 19-13 on the season. MSU now is 25-7 and plays Wisconsin Saturday.

41 seconds – Hunter fouls out, sending MSU to the line for two shots up 63-56. Travis Walton hits both, MSU up 65-56.

1:17 2nd half – Neitzel’s sixth 3 of the game might be the dagger for Ohio State. He now has 28 points and the Buckeyes trail 61-55. Neitzel is 6-12 from long distance. Suton has fouled out for MSU.

2:08 2nd half –  MSU takes its third TO of the game after Hunter scored two more baskets in the paint. He has Ohio State’s last seven points and has 10 for the game, all in the second half. MSU leads 56-53.

3:32 2nd half – Hunter sends the game into the last media TO with a chance to convert a 3-point play. His basket cut the Ohio State deficit to 54-48.  Hunter netted the FT. He has six points and Ohio State trailed 54-49.

The Buckeyes have a pair of timeouts left and MSU has three.

5:03 2nd half – MSU now has its largest lead at 54-46. 

6:33 2nd half – A Butler 3 with 7:35 to play cut the MSU lead to 47-45, but five consecutive points from Durell Summers sent the Spartans to the second to last media break up 52-45. Hunter continues to play with four fouls. Koufos also has three fouls.

Key stat – MSU leads in fastbreak points 14-2. Neitzel is the only Spartan in double digits with 21.

8:57 2nd half – Ohio State called a 30 second TO after Neitzel hit a leaning jumper from 10 feet. Ohio State has two TO remaining, trailing 47-40. MSU is shooting two free throws the rest of the way.  Koufos scores his 17th point, bring the game back within 5.

9:52 2nd half – Lighty cut through the lane, spun and converted a short jumper while being fouled to cut the game to 43-40. He missed the free throw (10:08). MSU’s Raymar Mrgan answered with a possible 3-point play of his own, but also missed the foul shot, the ninth of the second half for MSU.  MSU up 45-40.

11:08 2nd half –  Hunter checks back in with four fouls before Turner makes it 41-38 on a driving score.

11:59 2nd half – Koufos scored a basket to bring the game to MSU 39, OSU 36. A charge call on the other end against the Spartans sent the game to the media break with both Ohio State, MSU and many Big Ten fans on their feet.  Koufos still leads the Buckeyes with 15. 

12:39 2nd half  MSU 39, OSU 34 –  Turner found Hunter in the lane for a two-hand slam to tie it at 34 with 14:32 left. A flurry of Ohio State fouls followed.  Kosta Koufos picked up three fouls, one a charge, in the matter of less than a minute and Hunter picked up a foul and a technical at the 12:39 mark. Neitzel hit the two technical free throws and Goran Suton hit the standard pair. Hunter now has four fouls.

15:05 2nd half –  The score remains MSU 33, OSU 32 at the first media break of the second half. Both teams have only been able to score one basket with nearly five minutes gone by in the second half.

The MSU band is playing “Jungle Boogie” during the timeout.

16:09 2nd half – Good Ohio State defense forces MSU to take a 30 second TO. The teams have started to play a little sloppy, trading turnovers in each of the last three of the last four overall posessions.

18:22 2nd half – Neitzel hit his fifth 3 of the game to break nearly a five minute scoreless streak for MSU.  Ohio State takes a TO at the 18:00 mark trailing 33-32.

Attendance was officially announced at Conseco at 15,355.

Start of 2nd half – Ohio State possession. Ohio State takes its first lead, 32-30, of the game on a baseline backdoor cut and layup from Evan Turner, his first basket of the game.


End of 1st Half – Michigan State  30, Ohio State 30  – After a 30-second TO from Ohio State, the  Buckeyes essentially played for the last shot, a made 3 by Butler coming off a screen on the wing to knot the game at 30.  

1st Half numbers – Koufos leads Ohio State with 13 points off the bench. He is 5-8 from the field and has five rebounds. Neitzel has 14, including four 3-pointers. Ohio State outshot MSU, 40.6 percent to 38.7, and rebounding numbers were identical. Both teams had 19 total and six on the offensive end.   

54 seconds 1st half – MSU called a 30 second timeout up 30-27. Koufos brought Ohio State back to within 3 with a banked jumper. He also blocked a shot in the middle of the lane on the ensuing MSU possession.

3:25 1st half – Drew Neitzel knocked down his third 3 of the first half to up the MSU lead to 27-22. He has 11 of the Spartans’ points. Lighty and Koufos have combined for 15 of the Buckeyes’ 22 so far.

There is a delay in the action to see if Neitzel’s last 3 was behind the arc.  It was determined his shot was a 2. Score is 27-22.

4:30 1st half – Butler checks back in the game (5:24) and knocks down a free throw after a converted bucket and foul to cut the OSU deficit to 24-22. Butler has made 20 consecutive FT.   

7:22 1st half – Down 18-11 at one point, Ohio State has closed to within 20-16 after a Lighty 3-pointer (10:20) and a Koufos dunk on the break (8:50). Matt Terwilliger almost brought Conseco to its feet, including fans for all teams, with a near follow-up slam off a missed 3 from Butler (8:12). The ball caromed to almost halfcourt. Butler checked out of the game at (8:10).

Both teams are struggling from the floor. Ohio State is shooting 39 percent and MSU 33.

Koufos knocked down 1-2 free throws coming out of the break. MSU is up 20-17.

11:33 1st Half – Consecutive turnovers by Ohio State led to a 16-11 Michigan State advantage at the second media break. MSU’s Raymar Morgan finished off the first Ohio State miscue with a fastbreak dunk and Jamar Butler picked up his second personal foul on the next turnover. The Ohio State band and cheerleaders have the floor during the timeout.

2:35 p.m. – Kosta Koufos stepped behind the 3-point line and buried a shot to knot the game at 9.  

2:33 p.m. – Michigan State leads, 9-6, at the first media break. The Spartans scored on a layup in the lane, sparking Buckeye head coach Thad Matta to smack the scorer’s table. David Lighty netted the Buckeyes’ last bucket on a nice knifing drive through the lane. 

2:27 p.m. – Tip off – Michigan State possesssion. Drew Neitzel opens the scoring for MSU with a 3-pointer from the top of the key. Ohio State’s Matt Terwilliger, starting his second straight game, answered with a jumper from the top of the key.


Game 4:

2 p.m.  – The Buckeyes arrived at Conseco Fieldhouse via police escort through dowtown Indy. Ohio State watched part of the Michigan vs. Wisconsin quarterfinal. The Badgers finished off the Wolverines, 51-34.

1:15 p.m. : The first game of the day has been all about defense Wisconsin leading with 13:41 to go 37-28.

Noon: Wisconsin opens the second day of action inside Conseco Fieldhouse aginst Michigan. The winner will advance to the semi-finals to take on the winner of Ohio State and Michigan State.  

DAY 1: 

That rounds out day one in Indianapolis with Michigan advancing to take on Wisconsin to open action tomorrow at noon. Followed by the Buckeyes taking on Michigan State at 2:30 aprox., then Purdue will take on Illinois at 6:30 aprox. and the night cap will be Indiana taking on Minnesota at 9 p.m. aprox.   

Despite the fact that Ohio does not tip-off with Michigan State until Friday at 2:30 the presence of the Scarlet and Gray can be felt. One of the first people though the media work room door of Conseco Fieldhouse in the in Indianapolis, Ind., was Paul Keels, the voice of the Buckeyes. 

 Game 3:

7:05 p.m. : Minnesota (19-12) rallies to defeat Northwestern (8-22). After being down as many 16 points in the first half Minnesota came back to defeat Northwestern 55-52. The Gophers were led by Craig Moore, who led the team in scoring with 15 points. Minnesota used its defense in the second half just as the Wildcats had used their in the first half. The Gophers limited Northwestern to 6-of-22 shooting in the second half. 

6;00 p.m. : Northwestern had a solid first half lead over Minnesota of 34-21. The Wildcats have done it with defense as the Gophers 21 first half points is a season-low. So far today all the lower seeds have won their games.  

5:20 p.m. : The final game of the day features Northwestern and Minnesota. Minnesota won both of the regular season meetings but at the 11:59 mark of the first half it is the Wildcats with a 14-9 lead. The winner of game 3 will take on three seed Indiana tomorrow.


4:30 p.m: Chester Frazier connected on a layup with four seconds left to give Illinois (14-18) the 64-63 victory and a date with Purdue at 6:30 tomorrow. The layup came off an inbound pass in which Penn State (15-16) double teamed the hot shooting Trent Meacham, leaving Frazier open under the basket for the win. Brain Randle led Illinois before fouling out, as he scored 17 points. Taylor Battle was the high point man for Penn State with 17.     

3:30 p.m. : The second game of the day is very tight Illinois leads 39-37 at halftime. The game has has been very high tempo with Taylor Battle of Penn State atescoring just before the half to make it a two point game. The winner of this game will advance to play second seeded Purdue at 6:30 tomorrow.    

2:30  p.m. :The second game of the day features Penn State and Illinois. Illinois holds the record for the  most wins in the Big Ten tournament with 18, while Penn State holds its best seed in school history in the Big Ten tournament.  

GAME 1: 

2 p.m. : Michigan (10-21) defeated Iowa (13-19) 55-47 to advance to day two of the tournament and play #1 seed Wisconsin. Michigan is now 3-0 all-time against iowa in the Big Ten tournament. Michigan was led by Manny Harris, who scored 19 points and DeShawn Sims, who recorded a double double (14 points 10 rebounds). Iowa was led by Cyrus Tate who led the Hawkeyes with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

1 p.m. : Michigan leads after the first half 34-25. The Wolverines opened up a 14 point lead at one point in the first half but Iowa trimed the lead to nine by break.

Noon : The first game of the tournament has just tipped off and features the eight seed Iowa against the nine seed Michigan. The winner will advance to play seeded Wisconsin tomorrow at noon.