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Twitter Reacts as Wichita State Knocks No. 2 Seed Ohio State out of Tournament

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Tim KeeneyContributor IMarch 30, 2013

Wichita State had a massive early lead and survived a late Ohio State comeback, escaping with a 70-66 win.

It also secured the first ever spot in the Final Four for a No. 9 seed since the tournament expanded to 64 teams.

After some early back-and-forth, the Shockers went on an 18-7 run in the final eight minutes of the first half to enter the locker room with a 35-22 lead. 

Gregg Marshall's squad started the second half with the same physicality and energy, completely dominating the Buckeyes and pushing the lead to 20 points with just 11 minutes to play.

However, this is March, so spots in the Final Four don't come easily.

The Buckeyes went on a mad dash and cut the lead to three with three minutes remaining, but Tekele Cotton came up with some massive plays down the stretch to seal it for the Shockers. 

As it tends to go with scintillating, instant-classic-type games, Twitter was fairly interested. 


Twitter Reaction

This perfectly sums up Wichita State's approach and style (via CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd):

Of course, in addition to the Shockers' strong, physical play that made OSU uncomfortable, it also helps having an elite head coach. As ESPN's Dick Vitale pointed out, Marshall has done a historically masterful job of rebuilding this season:

Josh and Mike from the Big Ten Network even included Marshall in the conversation with one of the hottest up-and-coming coaches in America:

While the Shockers became the first No. 9 seed to ever make the Final Four since expansion, ESPN Stats & Info broke it down into a broader group that they are now a part of:

Aaron Craft had a rough night on the offensive side of the floor, and this tweet from Rush the Court's Andrew Murawa seemed appropriate:

It wasn't a magical Elite Eight for Deshaun Thomas, either, even though he finished with 23 points (via CBS Sports' Jeff Borzello):

But not so fast.

Despite controlling Ohio State and its two stars for the first 30 minutes, the Shockers found out that things are never as easy as they appear in March (via ESPN's Myron Medcalf):

Of course, judging by Friday night's mayhem between Michigan and Kansas, maybe it's less about March and more about there being something in the water in Kansas (via Bleacher Report's C.J. Moore):

But with the lead down to three, Cotton and Fred Van Vleet came up with some gargantuan plays in the final minutes (via Borzello and Medcalf):

It's not all gumdrops and lollipops, though.

If Louisville advances, the Shockers proved down the stretch that they have some work to do in Atlanta (via Grantland's Shane Ryan):

Yahoo! Sports' Andy Glockner noted that this is just another of many recent accomplishments for mid-majors:

Thank you, indeed. 

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