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Big Ten Tournament 2012, Purdue Vs. Ohio State Recap: Buckeyes Roll Into Semifinals

The no. 3 seed Ohio State Buckeyes ended a day of quarterfinal action at the 2012 Big Ten Tournament with a blowout win over no. 6 seed Purdue. Ohio State stumbled down the stretch in the conference, but Thad Matta's club got a huge win on the road at Michigan State to end their season and take some momentum into the postseason.

That momentum was on full display Friday night, as the Buckeye offense was firing on all cylinders. OSU was red hot from the field, hitting 61 percent from the floor and getting uncontested buckets at will against the Boilermakers. The Bucks pounded Purdue on the glass, out-rebounding Matt Painter's club by 12. Jared Sullinger had a dominant game, scoring a game-high 30 points on an efficient 12 of 17 from the field. Sullinger did it all, grabbing 12 boards and even stepping back and drilling a three-pointer from the left wing.

Ohio State will now face arch-rival and no. 2 seed Michigan on Saturday in the semifinals.

For the latest on the Big Ten Tournament, be sure to stay tuned to SB Nation Pittsburgh and check out BT Powerhouse, SB Nation's Big Ten basketball blog. Also, stay tuned to SB Nation Pittsburgh for wrap-ups of Penn State's season in the coming weeks.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.