Ohio State have been the better team in the first half of the 2011 Big Ten Basketball Championship, but not by nearly as wide of a margin as most people expected. The Buckeyes have a 29-23 lead, which is hardly impressive. Taylor Battle and Penn State are hanging around, playing tough defense and making some timely shots. They've forced Ohio State to play at their pace and the Buckeyes are shooting just 38.5% from the field. However, Jon Diebler nailed a three point shot at the buzzer to extend Ohio State's lead from three to six points, possibly giving them some positive momentum going into the second half.
Penn State have been incredibly effective in containing Jared Sullinger, and that's probably the biggest reason why they're still in this game at halftime. The Nittany Lions are a very good defensive team, but really, Sullinger should be able to take over this game if he really wants to. He doesn't look cut out for this whole "three games in three days" thing, as he's breathing heavily and walking around the court.
Ohio State are in good position to win the game and lock up a No. 1 seed, but they could stand to make it a little less difficult on themselves.