Ohio State Tops Arizona to Reach the Elite 8

Chris FeatherstoneFeatured ColumnistMarch 28, 2013


In a game that was determined by a last-minute, three-point shot, the Ohio State Buckeyes defeated Arizona by the score of 73-70, being the second team to reach the Elite 8.

OSU looked to be mismatched in the first half of the game. With a 2-0 advantage being their only lead, the Buckeyes trailed as much as 11 in the first half. Thankfully, Deshaun Thomas kept them in the game when it seemed as if the momentum would not shift from Arizona.

Aaron Craft was also an instrumental part of the first half, assisting Thomas in an OSU comeback after being on the sidelines for a portion of the half with two quick fouls.

Not only did the Buckeyes recover from the deficit, they regained the lead in the second half due to the perseverance of Sophomore LaQuinton Ross. Ross volunteered to put the burden of tournament pressure on his shoulder, scoring 14 of his 17 attempted points in the second half.

The Wildcats managed to bounce back and tie the game with seconds left, leaving the Buckeyes with an opportunity to duplicate their Sweet 16 victory against Iowa State with a last-minute shot. Against ISU, Craft was the savior in the final seconds.

In this game, however, LaQuinton Ross exhibited his ability the handle pressure by making the final three-point basket, causing the Buckeyes to win their 11th straight game.


Real-time highlight: @ohiostatehoops with "a cold-blooded three" to beat @azathletics and advance. #MarchMadness - snpy.tv/XlQWGF

— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 29, 2013

The Buckeyes will play Wichita St. to vie for a spot in the Final Four.

Now, Wichita St. is no slouch, but with the heart that Ohio State is playing with this year in the tournament, their is a good chance that we could see them in the Final Four for the second straight season.

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Chris Featherstone is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @chrisprolific.