Aaron Craft and the Buckeyes Sink Iowa State with Buzzer Beater in Round of 32

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMarch 24, 2013

COLUMBUS, OH - JANUARY 13:  Sam Thompson #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes sails in for a slam dunk after stealing the ball from the Michigan Wolverines in the first half on January 13, 2013 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Michigan 56-53.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Aaron Craft meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

The Buckeyes floor general missed free throws, turned it over and committed a costly foul down the stretch of the game against No. 10 seed Iowa State. It looked like Ohio State was going to collapse after holding a 13-point second half lead as a result.

And then Craft redeemed himself with two big time plays. He drew a charge with his heel millimeters away from the semi-circle and then with .5 seconds remaining drilled the shot that every kid dreams about to put the Buckeyes up for good 78-75.

Had Iowa State held on, it would have been the first time in NCAA tournament history that the top four seeds in a single region were eliminated before the Sweet 16.

As for the Buckeyes, they will travel to Los Angeles to face Arizona in the next round and have a great chance to reach the Final Four. Iowa State is forced to take another heart-breaking loss, which has to be tough to swallow for the Cyclone players and fans.

What a game.

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