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No. 24 Ohio State comes back from 18-point deficit to beat Nebraska 71-67

  • Ohio State forward Sam Thompson dunks in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Conference tournament Friday, March 14, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Ohio State forward Sam Thompson dunks in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Conference tournament Friday, March 14, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nebraska forward David Rivers, left, tries to steal a ball from Ohio State forward LaQuinton Ross in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Conference tournament Friday, March 14, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Nebraska forward David Rivers, left, tries to steal a ball from Ohio State forward LaQuinton Ross in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Conference tournament Friday, March 14, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)  (The Associated Press)

LaQuinton Ross had 26 points and 13 rebounds and No. 24 Ohio State rallied from an 18-point second-half deficit to beat fourth-seeded Nebraska 71-67 on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.

The victory sends No. 5 seed Ohio State (25-8) into a semifinal matchup with No. 1 seed Michigan on Saturday. The Wolverines defeated No. 9 seed Illinois 64-63 in another quarterfinal on Friday.

Amedeo Della Valle added 12 points for the Buckeyes, who led for all but the final minute of the first half, then had to rally past the Cornhuskers (19-12).

Terran Petteway led Nebraska with 20 points, but fouled out while defending Ross late in the game.