In case there was any doubt, the Ohio State Buckeyes all but locked up a No. 1 seed - and possibly the No. 1 overall seed - in the NCAA tournament with their 2011 Big Ten Tournament Championship victory over Penn State, 71-60. The Nittany Lions did better than many expected in staying in the game for an extended period of time, but at the end of the day, Ohio State were just too big, too athletic, and too good at hitting their deep jump shots for Penn State to contend with them for 40 minutes.
There are a lot of question marks around Ohio State's tournament prospects because of their depth, but by winning three games in three days in the Big Ten Tournament, the Buckeyes might have calmed some of those concerns. Despite the heavy volume of minutes over the weekend, everyone still looked fresh at the end of the game for Ohio State.
All three of Ohio State's top scorers, Jared Sullinger, William Buford and Jon Diebler were brilliant this afternoon, shooting better than 50% from the field. Ohio State shot 51% from the field, and at that kind of field goal conversion rate, they were always going to be difficult to beat.