After winning the last two games over Iowa State and Arizona on last-second shots, Ohio State’s luck finally ran out. The Buckeyes dug themselves a hole they couldn’t dig out of vs. Wichita State and saw their 11-game winning skein and season end in the Elite Eight. Blame it on poor shooting, which plagued the Buckeyes most of the night, particularly in the first half. Ohio State missed its first seven shots and hit just two of its first 10. The Buckeyes shot 24 percent in the first half (8-of-33), trailing by 13 points at intermission—35-22. Wichita State built its
Malcolm Armstead scored 14 points, Fred Van Vleet bounced in a big basket with one minute left, and ninth-seeded Wichita State earned its first trip to the Final Four since 1965 with a 70-66 victory over Ohio State on Saturday. Van Vleet scored 12 points as the Shockers (30-8) followed up last week’s win over top-ranked Gonzaga with a nail-biting victory over the second-seeded Buckeyes (29-8), whose 11-game winning streak ended one game short of their second straight Final Four. Wichita State roared to a 20-point lead with 11 minutes to play after Ohio State played an awful first half,
The NCAA tournament is all about unforgettable late-game heroics, and the Big Ten has provided its fans with several where-was-I-when-that-happened moments. Honestly, who’s going to forget some of the dramatic 3-pointers we’ve seen this tournament? Watch Aaron Craft, Victor Oladipo, LaQuinton Ross and Trey Burke’s big-time treys in this post. Which one was the best? Vote below: Aaron Craft vs. Iowa State VIDEO – #Buckeyes Aaron Craft drills late 3-pointer to down Iowa State. #MarchMadness http://t.co/m0606vfFg2 — Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) March 30, 2013 Victor Oladipo vs. Temple VIDEO – #Hoosiers Victor Oladipo drains trey to help Indiana down feisty Temple.
Coming in, most felt Duke needed to win the battle at the 3-point and free-throw lines, while the Spartans needed to win the clash in the paint. Which team could impose its will on the other? It was the Blue Devils. Scoring came much easier for Duke, which was propelled by the sweet shooting of Seth Curry, who tallied a game-high 29 points and hit 6-of-9 3-pointers. And the Blue Devils played good defense, especially in the second half. At one point, MSU went almost 14 minutes between field goals in the second half. The Spartans won the battle on
Seth Curry shot Duke right into the regional finals – and put Mike Krzyzewski on the verge of another major milestone. Curry scored 29 points to lead the second-seeded Blue Devils past third-seeded Michigan State 71-61 on Friday night and into the Midwest Regional final. If Duke (30-5) beats top-seeded Louisville (32-5) in Sunday’s regional final, Krzyzewski would tie John Wooden’s record with 12 Final Four trips. Michigan State (27-9) just couldn’t keep up with Curry and Duke’s shooters. The Spartans were led by Keith Appling with 16 points and Adreian Payne with 14. Catch up on all the NCAA
Time and again, Michigan looked dead in the water. But the Wolverines never stopped fighting, rallying from 14 points down to force overtime and win in the extra session. Trey Burke played like the national player of the year. He went 0-for-4 in the first half and didn’t score. But he came alive after intermission, scoring 23 points (five in OT) to save the day. For most of the game, Kansas utterly dominated in the paint, scoring its first 22 points of the game in the lane. In fact, the Jayhawks scored 34 of their 40 first-half points in the
It’s a shot Michigan fans won’t soon forget. Down 76-73 in the final seconds of Friday’s Sweet 16 game vs. Kansas, Trey Burke hit a deep 3-pointer to force overtime. The Wolverines, of course, went on to win the game and advance to the Elite Eight. See a couple photos of the shot in this post, plus the tweet with the video moment from NCAA.com. [ FACEBOOK: What were you doing when clock hit 0.0? ] Have a look at these poster-worthy photos from USA Today Sports: And here’s the tweet with the video: VIDEO – Can you believe it!?!?
Trey Burke scored all 23 of his points after halftime, including a long, tying 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation, and Michigan rallied to beat Kansas 87-85 in the South Regional semifinals Friday night. The fourth-seeded Wolverines wiped out a 10-point Kansas lead in the last 3 minutes of regulation, and Burke gave them their first lead since early in the game with another long 3 to open Michigan’s scoring in overtime. Michigan (29-7) reached the regional finals for the first time since the Fab Five era 19 years ago, the last time they were in the round of
With its 2-3 zone defense disruptive from start to finish, and Michael Carter-Williams pouring in 24 points, fourth-seeded Syracuse upset No. 1 seed Indiana 61-50 Thursday night to reach the NCAA tournament’s East Regional final. Syracuse limited Indiana to its lowest point total of the season, forced 19 turnovers, compiled 10 blocks and held the normally efficient Hoosiers to 33 percent shooting. After getting past preseason No. 1 Indiana, Syracuse (29-9) will face No. 3 seed Marquette on Saturday night in an all-Big East matchup for a berth in the Final Four. Get Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to the Indiana-Syracuse
For the second game in a row, Ohio State needed a last-second shot to pull out victory. Aaron Craft did the honors vs. Iowa State in the third round. This time, LaQuinton Ross threw the dagger that killed Arizona to lead the Buckeyes to their 11th victory in succession. Read more about this game: [ BOX | AP PREVIEW | SCORES | ALL PHOTOS | CONNECT | RAPID RECAPS | B1G DUNKS ] Why Ohio State won: Ohio State never had come back from a double-digit deficit all season but did so tonight, trailing by as many as 11 points