Ohio State fans, feel free to savor the flavor for a moment. The Buckeyes are back in the Elite Eight for the second straight season and third time during Thad Matta's tenure.
Another dramatic late-game shot sent second-seeded Ohio State surging past Arizona in the Sweet 16. Sophomore LaQuinton Ross buried a game-winning three-pointer with two seconds remaining just four days after Buckeyes guard Aaron Craft connected on a go-ahead three-point shot in the final moments of a victory over Iowa State.
Ohio State has won 11 consecutive contests and continues to display a championship mentality in crucial game-deciding moments. The Buckeyes advance to face ninth-seeded Wichita State in the Elite Eight.
Matta is on the doorstep of his third Final Four appearance since 2007, but the upstart Shockers represent a significant hurdle on the way to fulfilling lofty expectations in Columbus. Wichita State won its Sweet 16 matchup against La Salle Thursday evening and busted brackets across the country with a victory over top-seeded Gonzaga on Sunday.
Ohio State is flying high for now, but the Shockers represent a significant test. Wichita State is a dangerous foe on the verge of program history, so prepare for a nerve-racking Saturday showdown in Los Angeles.