Michigan Notebook: Madsen, Ron Lewis And More

Ohio State now turns its focus ahead to a Saturday contest with Illinois, but not before BuckeyeSports.com takes another look back at Friday's last-second victory against Michigan. Check out notes on Kyle Madsen, Ron Lewis and head coach Thad Matta's thoughts on another win against the Wolverines.

INDIANAPOLIS --Until Evan Turner hit his shot, junior guard Manny Harris figured to be the hero in Friday's game.

Harris hit a contested jumper with 2.2 seconds left, giving his Michigan squad a 68-66 lead against Ohio State that held up until Turner's three-pointer at the buzzer set the final score. Harris' basket capped a personal second-half scoring surge that saw him net 22 of his game-high 26 points, and the question at the timeout with nine seconds remaining was which Buckeye would try to guard him.

The answer was all of them. During the huddle, head coach Thad Matta instructed his players to switch on all screens involving Harris, ensuring that at least one player would remain in front of him at all times.

It sort of worked. After catching the inbounds pass, Harris drew OSU junior guard Jon Diebler as his defender. He then cut right and used a pick by DeShawn Sims to try and see some daylight.

That meant junior center Dallas Lauderdale – the Big Ten's leading shot-blocker and a member of the all-defensive team – was there. The 6-8 big man cut him off, but the 6-5 Harris pulled up and connected a contested shot from the right elbow.

"He came off with so much speed I was playing catch up," Lauderdale said. "He hit a great shot. He hit a big shot."

Asked if there was anything he could do differently, Lauderdale said, "Tough shot. He just hit it."

More than just the Michigan fans thought the game was over. Standing in a tunnel waiting to take the court for the next game was Illinois guard Demetri McCamey, who had a good look at the final seconds.

"We were in the tunnel getting ready to come out because after Manny hit it, we thought it was over," he said. "Evan, he's such a great player and he made the shot."

McCamey and Turner were prep teammates at Chicago St. Joseph's, but he said he had never seen the future Buckeye hit a shot like that growing up.

"I usually took all the big shots," he said with a grin.

Stopping Sims: Although Harris heated up late, the player OSU had little answer for in the early going was Sims. The 6-8 forward had the first eight points for his team, four of which came on contested jumpers with Lauderdale guarding him.

He finished with 16 points and was guarded by Lauderdale – who finished with four fouls in 16 minutes of action – and senior reserve Kyle Madsen, who had three in 24 minutes. Sims varied his plan of attack depending on who was in the lineup for the Buckeyes.

"Dallas and I are completely different players," the senior said. "He was trying to come at me more with the spin moves an the layups whereas with Dallas he was turning around and shooting the jump shot, which was a smart move on his part."

Big Night For Madsen: In addition to being limited to his shortest performance against a conference opponent this season, Lauderdale was held to two points on one shot. Picking up the scoring slack in the paint was Madsen, who finished with eight points on 3 of 3 shooting.

"He played great," Lauderdale said. "It makes us that much better. Teams are focusing on our four guards so when Kyle and I can step up and do something big it makes us that much better."

Added Madsen, "I think those were some points that we needed."

Where Were You? Turner's basket drew comparisons to the one Ron Lewis hit in the second round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament. That three-pointer against Xavier knotted the game at the buzzer, and the Buckeyes went on to win in overtime.

The only player to see action in the Michigan game on the roster for that one was junior forward David Lighty, then a freshman. That time, he was on the bench when the shot went up.

Madsen was also on the roster but was sitting out the season to satisfy NCAA rules after transferring from Vanderbilt prior to the season. He was not allowed to travel with the team and saw Lewis' basket from his couch.

"I was watching it on TV," he said. "I was going nuts with my family."

Junior guard Jon Diebler was then a senior in high school, and he did not get to see the shot.

"I think we had a tournament game," he said. "I think we were playing in the regionals. That was right before our game."

And Finally… With the win, Matta improved to 11-2 against the Wolverines. Although he has often said the Buckeyes have a number of rivals on the hardwood, he was asked about earning another victory against Michigan.

"Men's basketball isn't quite at the level as football is, but I know Buckeye fans always like to win this and so do I," he said.

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