Basketball down to fractions of a second
I watched The Ohio State University basketball team squeak a win past favored Michigan State University last night. OSU won in the final .7 of a second. That is seven tenths of a second.
There was a time out with 1 second on the clock. Michigan State brought the ball to the court and called time out at .7 left on the clock. That gave to them one more opportunity to put the ball in play and to sling it toward the hoop on a lucky shot.
That didn’t work.
My question is if “tenths” of seconds count after the final second, then what about all of the other tenths during the rest of game?
“No. 10 Ohio State beats No. 5 Michigan State 72-70, forging 3-way tie for Big Ten title
By Associated Press, Published: March 4
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Ohio State’s only senior ended Michigan State’s regular season on a sour note.
William Buford made a high-arcing jumper from the top of the key with 1 second left, lifting the 10th-ranked Buckeyes to a 72-70 win over the fifth-ranked Spartans on Sunday to forge a three-way tie for the Big Ten championship.
( Al Goldis / Associated Press ) - Michigan State’s Keith Appling, right, gets a steal against Ohio State’s William Buford during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, March 4, 2012, in East Lansing, Mich.
“I was fortunate to knock down the big shot of the night to give us another Big Ten title,” Buford said.
Draymond Green had a chance to put the Spartans ahead in his final home game with 32 seconds left, but missed a long fadeaway from the right wing. Just before the buzzer, Green had a heave that missed the mark.
Buford’s game-winning shot made a once-raucous arena nearly silent and gave a group of people elsewhere in the state a reason to shout with joy.
The Buckeyes (25-6, 13-5) earned a share of their third straight conference championship — and fifth in seven years. They also forced the Spartans (24-7, 13-5) to settle for just a piece of it and ended a quarter-century drought for No. 13 Michigan.
The Wolverines, who won their first Big Ten title since 1986, watched their rivals play from the school’s basketball facility in Ann Arbor after winning at Penn State earlier in the day.
“It was silent the whole time (Buford’s shot) was in the air,” said Michigan guard Trey Burke, who is from Columbus, Ohio. “Once it went in, everybody just flooded the hallway, jumping up and down.”
Michigan State will be the top-seeded team in the Big Ten tournament, which begins Thursday in Indianapolis. Michigan will be No. 2 and Ohio State No. 3.
Michigan State jumped out to a 15-point lead over Ohio State in the first half, but let the advantage slip away just as it did with a two-game lead in the Big Ten race with two games left in the regular season.
“No excuses,” Spartans coach Tom Izzo said, looking and sounding somber. “We just didn’t get it done.”
The Buckeyes seized an opportunity created when the Spartans had a seven-game winning streak snapped Tuesday night at Indiana.
“Luckily enough the Big Ten’s one of the toughest conferences in the country and it gave us a chance to get a hat and get a shirt,” Jared Sullinger said.
Buford scored just four points when Michigan State ended Ohio State’s 39-game home winning streak last month. He returned the favor with his game-winning shot and by scoring 19 of his 25 points in the second half, handing the Spartans their first loss at home this season.
“I just came in with a different mindset,” Buford said. “During that last play, I wasn’t going to miss.”
Sullinger had 14 points on 5-of-17 shooting and Deshaun Thomas scored nine of his 12 points in the second half for the Buckeyes, who rallied to beat a motivated team that desperately wanted to win an outright championship after starting the season unranked.
Green seemed too fired up about playing in his last home game, shooting a long airball on his first attempt from the baseline and finishing 6 of 18 from the field with 19 points, 12 rebounds and a game-high four turnovers.”