6:00 PM ET, January 29, 2011
Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, Illinois
EVANSTON, Ill. -- No one could have blamed Thad Matta for letting out a sigh of relief. Top-ranked Ohio State's coach expected a difficult time against Northwestern, and that's exactly what the unbeaten Buckeyes got Saturday night.They also found a way to capture their 22nd straight victory, thanks to a late steal from veteran David Lighty and a tie-breaking free throw from freshman star Jared Sullinger to pull out a 58-57 victory over the short-handed and determined Wildcats.
A win is a win, right?
After a string of blowouts, Ohio State showed it knows how to win close games, too, writes Eamonn Brennan. Blog
• Ohio State improved to 22-0 this season, tying its second best start in school history.
• The Buckeyes held on to improve to 20-1 all-time against the Wildcats.
• Northwestern is now 0-15 all-time against teams ranked No. 1.
• The Wildcats were playing without leading scorer John Shurna, who was out following a concussion.
• Northwestern is now 0-7 against ranked opponents this season.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||21-37 (.568)||20-51 (.392)|
|3P Made-Attempted||2-8 (.250)||9-30 (.300)|
|FT Made-Attempted||14-20 (.700)||8-11 (.727)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||13 (0/0)||19 (0/0)|