It's been an atypical start to the 2011 Big Ten Basketball Championship, with Penn State and Ohio State both looking to push the pace early. Not surprisingly, both teams look very physical and are very willing to take outside shots. Taylor Battle has already hit a couple of three point jumpers for the Nittany Lions, while the Buckeyes' variety of outside shooters are very willing to pull the trigger early. Ohio State are obviously trying to get Jared Sullinger involved as well, but he's been ineffective in the opening four minutes.
In order to nullify Sullinger, Penn State started in a 2-3 zone defense, but has shown a willingness to play man to man defense as well. It wouldn't be too shocking to see them switch throughout the game. If Penn State plays a lot of zone, the opportunities will be there for William Buford, David Lighty, and Jon Diebler to hit shots from behind the arc. It could be a good way for Penn State to contain Sullinger, but it could also be a recipe for disaster.
Ohio State leads 8-6 at the under 16 minute media timeout with 15:55 remaining in the first half.