Final Four: Initial Thoughts and More Text Messages

By - March 31, 2007

David and I have navigated our way down to the interview room to await Ohio State then Georgetown. My pretty angry friend Billy, a lifelong Connecticut fan who doesn't even like Georgetown, keeps sending text messages expressing his outrage at the officiating. (His most recent offering: Ohio State has been handed this entire tournament on a silver platter and it is disgusting.) While mine may not be on par with the degree of his sentiments, I have seen better-called games and there's no question that the discrepancy at the foul line made the difference in the score: Georgetown was 3-for-8 (37.5 percent) while Ohio State was 13-for-19 (68.4 percent) -- making good on more than twice as many chances.

With Matta, Oden and Conley, Jr., coming to the dais any moment, here's a quick look at three more numbers that jump off the box score:

  • In a game that saw so many Ohio State freshmen step up to secure the victory, no one came up smaller than Georgetown first-year stud DaJuan Summers. The McDonough alum finished with four points on 1-for-10 shooting.

  • The Hoyas got bupkis from its bench: a giant goose egg. Ohio State's reserves outscored Georgetown's, 13-0.

  • Ohio State's advantage on the glass (a 37-30 margin) was earned on the offensive end, where the Buckeyes outrebounded the Hoyas, 16-9.

Posted by at 08:27 PM on March 31, 2007

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