The Stat Line of the Night – 3/14/10 – Evan Turner
This one didn’t come down to the wire like their earlier two Big Ten Tournament tournaments, but Turner handed in a 3rd consecutive player of the year performance yesterday. On Friday, he his the game-winner from near halfcourt with time expiring. On Saturday, he had 31 points and 10 rebounds en route to a double overtime victory over Illinois.
Sunday, he needed no such last-second heroics. All he needed was 31 points on 12 for 18 shooting with 3 three-pointers, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists. The Buckeyes had an all around dominant performance in the 2nd half to win 90-61. Even with all the help all weekend long, it was Evan Turner who lifted the team to the next level. Although Ohio State was not rewarded with a #1 seed in the tournament, they have shown they are a force to be reckoned with come the big dance.
Turner was awarded the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament after his 22 point second half explosion yesterday. He will be leading his Buckeyes into the real tournament next weekend and if he keeps performing at this high level (and keeps those turnovers down), he will be winning many more awards. For today, his “Stat Line of the Night” goes nicely with his Big Ten Player of the Year Award and Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player Award.