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ICYMI Roundup 3.6.13: The Buckeyes Put the Finishing Touches on Their Resume

The Indiana Hoosiers have clinched at least a share of the B1G title with the loss... wait, what?
The Indiana Hoosiers have clinched at least a share of the B1G title with the loss... wait, what?

It was pretty much all set up for Indiana, right? Senior night and the potential to see off a few underclassmen who are going to the NBA next year most likely which led to a raucous crowd at Assembly Hall. On the other side, your opponent was an excellent, but not quite elite, Ohio State squad that had yet to prove it could play on the road. On top of all that, a win secured at least a portion of the B1G Regular Season crown in what is arguably the most loaded this conference has been ever. This was a statement game for the NCAA Committee that said, "Hey, don't even worry about the Conference Tournament, just give us the overall #1 and let all roads to the title go through Indy." This was a perfect scenario that even the most avid Hoosier Hater could see as a good story.

Of course, nobody really told the Buckeyes they should roll over and play dead.

Look, I know that you could argue officiating played a bit of a part in the game last night. That would also assume that officiating hasn't been a factor in every Big Ten game this season and that we all need to just kind of deal with it and adjust. The bottom line is that Ohio State got physical, just like other teams who have knocked the Hoosiers down before, and Cody Zeller and company did not respond. This is not to say either team is not built for a run to the Final Four, but it does at least make you pause before slating in Indiana.

Anyhow, the best part of all of this -- in my opinion, that is -- is that as long as Michigan takes care of business tonight against Purdue, Sunday at 4:00 PM Eastern becomes one of the most interesting games of the season with Indiana still controlling their own fate, but with a lot of other teams becoming Michigan fans for forty minutes. I think that is the gift of this season, every night has brought something new and interesting to the table and we as fans, no matter who your team, have been able to sit back and enjoy the party.

As a sidenote, as the picture above implies, Indiana definitely had a party to celebrate their clinching of a share of the B1G Title last night. I didn't realize this happened until today. I know why they did it, but it seems so lame to go through with it in a loss. Maybe the prep for the party was a bad omen for things to come. Either way, I second the sentiments in the article linked in saying that this was definitely a weird move for the Hoosiers.

On to what you missed on OTE this past week. Remember to vote for who was best! It was a little quiet this week, but with March Madness and Spring Football, expect it to really pick up around here soon. Also, continue to write pieces in Fan Posts. I still think user-submitted is some of the most interesting stuff we have going here. I know that there are hockey tournaments coming up, so if anyone is attending, please write something up. I was at the Wisconsin-UNO Badger sweep and was impressed by Wisconsin's ability to be as obnoxious on defense on the ice as they are on the football field and basketball court. It was pretty remarkable. Have a great Wednesday!

We Have One Section This Week, So There:

Jim Bollman is a Hot Commodity - by Boiler Bandman

  • This was a really short piece, but I did want to include it because I do believe my favorite GIF related to Bollman made the comments. There's not much else to say, but bravo on that.

The Perks of Being a Penn State Fan - by apy5000

  • When Penn State knocked off Michigan to erase the distinction of a winless team in conference play, it was such a perfect scene. It is extremely difficult to follow a team when you feel like nobody is behind you -- even administration. When I read this piece, I could totally understand the feelings that go along with those few amazing wins. Excellent piece here all around.

To the Victors go the Spoils - by Graham Filler

  • Trey Burke. That is really enough reason to like the Wolverines this season. That kid came back with a vengeance this year and has proven he is good enough to be in the NBA. Graham took the first swing at what this game means to the Wolverines and the Spartans going into this final stretch.

Burke Stars as Michigan Holds off Michigan State - by Brian Gillis

  • Brian dropped a piece this morning that goes just a little bit further than Graham in talking about Trey Burke's play of the game to seal the deal for the Wolverines. While we're here, wouldn't it be the most Michigan thing ever to lose to the Boilers tonight? I mean, this team gets a measure of success and goes ahead and fails miserably. I don't know if that is the youth coming out after a long, tough season, but I would not feel supremely confident if I were a Michigan fan. Then again, I have no doubt that Michigan can win by 40 tonight as well, so there's that.

  • Okay, while I still think the metrics are terrible on this and I intend to write a follow up once life settles down for a few moments, I do understand the thought process. What the most remarkable thing about any of this data, though, is the fact that Alabama might be the most properly rated team ever, borderline underrated, which is crazy. They are continually ranked and have been dominant when people think they will be. It is a really impressive run.

BONUS BONUS BONUS: Quotes from the Links - by Mike Jones
Last week, 'Is Tere' (a literary masterpiece) by ICEICETHATGUY dominated the votes with 45% of the population crowning it champion. Go check it out for about the twentieth time just because it can't do anything but make you smile. As for this week, don't forget to vote and enjoy whatever else we come up with here at OTE. Have a good Wednesday. Oh, and before I forget... Here is perhaps the most ridiculous and awesome thing I found on the internet yesterday. Enjoy.