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article imageOhio State Posts Biggest Ever Sweet 16 Halftime Comeback

By Baseball in a Cubicle     Mar 23, 2007 in Sports
Ohio State posted the biggest ever half-time comeback in NCAA Sweet 16 history on Thursday night, defeating the Tennessee Volunteers 85-84.
Ohio State overcame a 17-point halftime deficit to defeat the Tennessee Volunteers 85-84 in one of the most thrilling games of this years tournament. A 17-point halftime lead is the largest ever blown in a sweet 16 or later game. UNLV overcame a 16-point Iowa lead in 1987 to advance to the Final Four.
Trailing by as much as 20 in the first half, a Greg Oden-less Buckeye team showed the same grit from thesecond-round Xavier game to grind out a win. Oden was plagued by foul trouble early in the first half and was a non-factor until the last second of the game when he swatted away Ramar Smith's desperation runner as time expired. However, unlike most of Ohio State's noteworthy basketball stories this year, this day belongs to everyone besides Oden. Mike Conley was sublime in his ability to get to the basket and draw contact. This had a two fold effect as Conley was hitting his FT's and he was putting Tennessee's big men on the bench. This was one of the biggest keys to the game because Ohio State had to play small with Oden and Othello Hunter in fould trouble. Ron Lewis took over in the second half, pouring in 17 of his 25 points and Conley did the rest from the line.
The Buckeyes will face the Memphis Tigers Saturday at 4:40pm EST. The Tigers used the free throw line as well to defeat the Texam A&M Aggies 65-64 in the game preceding the Ohio State-Tennessee clash.
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