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Key moment: The Buckeyes held a 10-point edge at halftime, and they pushed it to 22–64-42, the largest of the night to that point–just over five minutes into the second half on a thunderous Sam Thompson dunk. From there, the Buckeyes romped with four players in double-figures and 33 points from the bench.
Key player: Sam Thompson. The high-flying sophomore had several sensational slam dunks—one of the one-handed variety—en route to scoring a career-high 20 points. He hit 6-of-10 shots and had a game-high 10 rebounds. Thompson continues to get better and better. How good can he be? It’s scary to think about.
Key number: 24, points by Deshaun Thomas. He’s a quiet assassin, draining 8-of-13 shots with a game-high 24 points.
What’s next: The Buckeyes will take on the winner of No. 7 Notre Dame-No. 10 Iowa State tilt on Sunday for the right to go to the Sweet 16. The West bracket is becoming a mess, with No. 3 New Mexico, No. 4 Kansas State and No. 5 Wisconsin already knocked out.
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