INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 13: Jon Diebler #33 of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the championship game of the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 13, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Ohio State Defeats Penn State For Second Straight Big Ten Tournament Title

The Big 10 Tournament takes place at the Conseco Field House in Indianapolis, Indiana this week

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Ohio State Defeats Penn State For Second Straight Big Ten Tournament Title

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – William Buford led the way with 18 points and Jon Diebler finished with 15 points and six rebounds, as top-ranked Ohio State won the Big Ten Tournament title with a 71-60 decision over Penn State.

Freshman sensation Jared Sullinger posted a double-double with 15 points and 11 boards for No. 1 seeded Ohio State (32-2), which beat Minnesota in last year’s Big Ten championship game. Diebler made 3-of-5 from three-point range and added six rebounds.

The Buckeyes, who were playing in their fifth Big Ten title game in the last six seasons, earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. But as the No. 1 team in the country, they were going no matter what.

Talor Battle ended with a game-high 24 points for sixth-seeded Penn State (19-14), which had downed Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan State to earn its first-ever appearance in the conference title game. Jeff Brooks was the only other Nittany Lion to score in double-figures, finishing with 19 points and six boards.

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Big Ten Tournament Bracket: Penn State Upsets Michigan 61-48

The Penn State Nittany Lions upset Michigan State in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament and may very well have punched their ticket to the big dance as well. Just one day after they managed just 36 points in a win over Wisconsin, the Penn State offense looked far more effective as they scored an emphatic 61-48 upset win over the Spartans.

Talor Battle led the Nittany Lions again with 25 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore guard Tim Frazier also had a big night with 22 points, 8 boards and 6 assists. After ending the first half tied at 26, Penn State came storming out with a 16-7 run to open the second half. They never relinquished that lead and down the stretch the game was never really in doubt.

The win means Penn State secures its first ever Big Ten championship game appearance. They will face the conference and the nation’s #1 seed Ohio State. With a win, Penn State earns the conference’s automatic bid tot he NCAA tournament. However, their performance in the tournament may have already earned them an at large bid even if they lose.

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