COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 29: Jared Sullinger #0 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates with fans after the game against the Duke Blue Devils at Value City Arena on November 29, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Duke 85-63. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
The Ohio State Buckeyes came to play and ran through the No. 3 Duke Blue Devils, led by Jared Sullinger.
After the game, Mike Krzyzewski didn't sugarcoat Duke's performance. "Sometimes you just get your butt kicked," he said. "We were getting our butt kicked. I've had my butt kicked before. We've kicked some butt. Tonight my butt's sore."
The Buckeyes took an early lead over the Blue Devils, going up 11-0 on Duke in the first four minutes before a jumper by Mason Plumlee finally got the Blue Devils on the board. The Buckeyes poured it on in the first half taking a huge 47-28 lead into halftime.
"They just jumped on us from the beginning," Plumlee said. "We weren't ready to play."
The Blue Devils battled back in the second half, but it just wasn't enough to overcome the early Ohio State onslaught. It was a team effort from the Buckeyes, led by Jared Sullinger, who scored 21 points with eight boards. William Buford added 20 points, with Deshaun Thomas and Aaron Craft scoring 18 and 17, respectively.
"This basketball team is special," Sullinger said.
In the loss, the Blue Devils were led by Austin Rivers' game-high 22 points and Plumlee's 16.