Craft's Late Dagger Sends Buckeyes Past Cyclones and into the Sweet 16

By Kyle Rowland on March 24, 2013 at 2:33p
217 Comments
Craft's late triple was the winner

DAYTON – The obituary was already being written. Aaron Craft, Ohio State’s do-everything point guard, had wilted down the stretch. Turnovers, missed free throws and untimely fouls made a 13-point Buckeye lead disappear.

Over the past month, during Ohio State’s nine-game win streak, Craft developed into a national darling for his style of play, looks and penchant for coming up big in critical moments.

With the season on the line, it was Craft, a defensive ace, waving off the Big Ten’s leading scorer, Deshaun Thomas. The scoreboard read Ohio State 75, Iowa State 75 with less than two seconds left in the game.

Craft stood behind the three-point line and released the ball, this time without a hitch that usually accompanies his shots. Time seemed to stand still in UD Arena, 13,000 spectators all clad in some hue of red holding their breath.

Swish.

The game clock still had 0.5 seconds remaining, but the result was final. 78-75, Buckeyes. Craft had just lifted Ohio State to one of its most dramatic wins in program history.

The Cyclones failed to get a shot off, and it was California Dreamin’ on such a winter’s day.

“That was a big-time shot by a big-time kid and a big-time player,” said Ohio State head coach Thad Matta.

It will go down in Buckeye lore as one of the greatest shots ever. The play was drawn up for Thomas, the same play that Ohio State used against Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament a week ago. It worked that day, and it worked again on Sunday. It just so happened the triggerman was a different person.

When Georges Niang backed off of Craft and gave him space to shoot, the ball was going to go up.

“He did the same thing the possession before,” Craft said. “I knew I was going to have space and didn’t have to rush it. I just tried to stay as calm as possible.”

What preceded Ohio State’s version of “The Shot” was a momentous collapse. The West Region has been one implosion after the other and the Buckeyes were about to join the region’s 1, 3, 4 and 5 seeds, all losers before the Sweet 16.

Ohio State grabbed a 13-point lead with six minutes left in the game, after LaQuinton Ross did his best LeBron James impersonation, scoring 10 consecutive points for the Buckeyes. But it was all gone in the blink of an eye.

The rugged Big Ten style did no favors for Iowa State. The Cyclones turned the ball over 16 times, contributing to 18 Ohio State points. Still, Iowa State broke through Ohio State’s pressure to hit several must-make 3s.

“In the huddle, we told each other we’ve got to dig down and get stops,” Iowa State guard Will Clyburn said. “If we get stops, we knew we were going to make plays on the offensive end, and we did after we got our stop. That's kind of what changed it.”

Iowa State scored 13 points over the next 1:57 to tie the game. It led by two with three minutes left thanks to six second-half 3s. Craft’s own miscues also contributed to the late-game collapse. He missed three free throws down the stretch, including twice on the front end of one-and-ones, and turned the ball over two times. Craft also missed a jumper with 30 seconds left that would have given Ohio State the lead.

“I was just trying to do the best job I could moving on to the next play, just staying poised,” he said. “All the things that were going on that I don’t normally do, we were still in the game. That’s what it’s all about down the stretch. Deshaun did a great job forcing the turnover out of bounds. The ball just happened to be in my hands at the end.”

The closing minute featured a role reversal of sorts. Thomas made a crucial steal with 58 seconds left on what looked like a wide-open Cyclone basket. Instead, it gave the Buckeyes possession of the ball until Craft drained his 3.

“That was one of the best defensive plays I’ve ever had,” Thomas said, laughing. “It was just showing heart and competing out there. I knew they were going to run that play.

“They call me the crimestopper now.”

There were three lead changes in the final four minutes, and Craft outscored Iowa State, 7-2, in the last 2:37. The Buckeyes march on to the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight year, the first time that’s been accomplished in school history.

Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg was overcome with emotion during his postgame news conference and found it difficult to speak.

“I told those guys I love them,” he said. “It’s heartbreaking for those six seniors who won’t put on an Iowa State uniform again.”

Thomas led Ohio State with 22 points, Craft added 18 and Ross had 17. This is the first time the Buckeyes have been able to escape Dayton unharmed during Matta’s tenure. Upsets have been the theme in the previous two trips down I-70.

That history and the theme of the West Region were hanging over the entire game. When Ohio State took a commanding lead and limited the nation’s best three-point shooting team to under 35 percent from beyond the arc, travel agencies in Columbus were putting together itineraries for Los Angeles.

Then a Cyclone roared through Dayton.

“They hit tough shots,” Thomas said. “We kind of backed down a little bit. But we kept our composure. Coach said, ‘This is it. We have to show heart.’”

Iowa State’s biggest issue was missing so many two-point baskets. They held an overwhelming 36-22 advantage in rebounds and 10-3 in second-chance points. Misses close to the rim, though, loomed large as the clock wound down. So, too, was the one rebound Iowa State had to have with 30 seconds left that glanced off the hands of two Cyclones.

Ohio State’s short lineup has developed into the most reliable unit, and playing against a run-and-gun team allowed Matta to use that setup. It contributed to the lack of rebounds, but also led to 51 percent shooting from the field.

The last one pushed them over that 50 percent threshold.

“Fortunately enough, it went in,” Craft said.

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Mush's picture

Come on Clark, don't be a Herbie

Chief B1G Dump's picture

What cajones by Craft!  You could tell that he wanted that shot all along by how long he waited. He was probing the D like the velociraptors did to the fences at Jurrasic Park. 
 
My buckeye boner is fully extended right now. It could be used as a land bridge for fans to walk out to LA!
 
Go Bucks Go B1G. 

buckeyemondo's picture

holy buckeye, part deux.

MN Buckeye's picture

damn, damn, damn, my heart

Rapping Bum's picture

Thank you Aaron Craft.

Help is on the way.

Wobble in our Shoes's picture

I screamed at Craft for taking that shot, then screamed at the basket. Scared everyone on the 3rd floor of Kettering Hospital, but it was worth it. That's destiny shit right there.

Dean's picture

I love how Thomas went from looking aggrieved because he couldn't get open for the pass to looking absolutely elated.  Unbelievable game.  Go Bucks!

Northbrook's picture

Tough matchup for the Buckeyes but they still should have beat them by 10 if they didn't have a few brain cramps. Craft, you magic.

TheBadOwl's picture

THANK YOU BASEDGOD

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

ARMYBUCK's picture

After missing the front end of those 1-1s he owed that one to his team.  Gotta love the kid.  GO BUCKS!

WiliestBuckeye's picture

I love you Aaron Craft, you beautiful rosy cheek devil, you.

"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."

captain obvious's picture

TEAM OF DESTINY

I'm a friend of thunder is it any wonder lightning strikes me

Squirrel Master's picture

AGAMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! CRAFT IS LEGEN....WAIT FOR IT.......KEEP WAITING...........BECAUSE IT AIN'T GOING TO STOP............BECAUSE IT CAN'T BE STOPPED.............DARY! 
BREAK YOURSELF LOOSELESS!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

toad1204's picture

Respectivly, And for once the .gif highlight is not Sam Thompson throwing it down.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

JPBucks3's picture

Dear lord everyone on this site please up vote toad for me!! Damn iPhone!! My apologies toad 

toad1204's picture

Who was guarding him when he hit it... This guy...

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

Best part of that was when the guy extended his hand and Craft pushed it away.

IBleedSandG's picture

Oh, it's so glorious!

We don't give a damn for the whole state of Michigan, we're from O-HI-O!

Buckeye in Illini country's picture

He did a little Wesley Snipes imitation from White Men Can't Jump.
 
"I think I'll leave it up there.  It's pretty.  So pretty."

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!

IBleedSandG's picture

After watching this a few 100 times. I think Lenzelle may have been able to get a tip-in at the buzzer if the shot was missed short left.

We don't give a damn for the whole state of Michigan, we're from O-HI-O!

farmerbuck's picture

Congrats Boys!! Gave Me A Sroke, TheyStruggled But Didn't Give Up!!

You have to hate losing more than you love winning! GO BUCKS!!

osubuckeye4life's picture

For the rockers out there:
 

Basso Profondo's picture

But we sure are not going to California with an ache in our heart.  Here's to the close but sweet victory!

Poison nuts's picture

I'm not going to California, but that game caused a bit of an ache in my heart...but it's feeling better now!

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

AngryWoody's picture

While we're doing the California songs heres some Phantom Planet. California here we come!

Our Honor Defend!

JLBNYC's picture

Here is another one -- short and sweet.
"Out there having fun, in the warm california sun!"
 
 

 

Buckeye Chuck's picture

The shooting stats were practically even. They had more turnovers but also more rebounds, which is why it came down to one shot.
I can't say I come away from today crazily optimistic--Iowa State isn't all that good, and the way we let them back into the game late was shocking--but sometimes you need to get away with one you maybe should have lost. They will need to be much better against Arizona, and Sean Miller should know how to play a Thad team.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

Basso Profondo's picture

I have to respectively disagree.  The Cyclones may have not had a fantastic regular season, but I think they were kind of a sleeper team; did you see how they dismantled ND?! ISU looked like a great team to help us prep for the ultra-competitive match-ups that are coming if we keep winning.  We should not have let them back in, but they also came back on skill.  I have a lot of respect for that team now.

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

And Thad should know how to play a Sean Miller team.

nmaxwell's picture

props to craft to end the game on his terms.  had to be frustrated after those missed front ends and turnovers.  very uncharacteristic of him.  biggest play (besides the final shot) was his drawing of the offensive foul where his hell hovered over the restricted zone but never touched down.  great defense

Squirrel Master's picture

SHUT THE F UP BARKLEY! YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT! EAT YOUR F'ING WORDS! 
YOU JUST DID HATE ON OSU! YOU JUST DID!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

argyle182021's picture

All Barkley did was blame the refs the whole time.  Unreal.

Squirrel Master's picture

and was complaining about a false charge while a missed charge was playing in the replay while he said it! Barkley is only talking about one side of the calls. 

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Mush's picture

The ref was looking at Craft's upper body which was set and the right heel was out of the ref's line of site. This is the hardest call in sports. You cannot blame the ref on this WIN !

BuckGnome's picture

He even said the out of bounds call that gave us last possession was off Thomas, not Iowa State LOL.
#butthurt

GA-Buckeye's picture

My poor ticker can't take more of those...thanks for the W!!

TLB's picture

It's the big one Elizabeth!

Northbrook's picture

Turrible call says the BITCH.
 

Chet Stedman's picture

Chuck blaming the refs for ISU losing...then Greg Anthony brings reality that there were bad calls throughout the game.

captain obvious's picture

Barkley is a JOKE

I'm a friend of thunder is it any wonder lightning strikes me

TLB's picture

Worst officiated game of the tourney.
40 total fouls

brylee's picture

B1G refs don't get in the way of games, like this crew did during the whole game.  No reason to think it won't be more of the same next week either...

bdegroff's picture

Hey Barkley, eat Crow!!! Refs sucked all day! Get over it!
 

smithwessonBuckeye's picture

Is it because of the game winner by Craft or the fact that R. L. Stine was a Buckeye that I have all of these goosebumps!

poop's picture

Sir Charles hates on Ohio State then follows it up with, "But I don't wanna hate on Ohio State". Suck it Barkley!

Buckabroad's picture

I can't stop shaking. What an incredible win!

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

dr green's picture

Suck it, Barkley!!!

Gametime's picture

...I too dream in color and in rhyme
So I guess I'm one of a kind in a full house
Cause whenever I open my heart, my soul or my mouth
A touch of God rains out...

SC Buckeye's picture

Charles Barkley is to college basketball as Mark May is to college football.  Both have no clue what the hell they are talking about...

MN Buckeye's picture

I think Barkley is different in that he talks just to talk with no clue about anything.  May hates just to hate.

BUCKfutter's picture

I hope we beat his precious wildcats by 50

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

lamplighter's picture

curious - did OSU ever beat Auburn when he played there, did an OSU alum embarrass him in he NBA, or is he just a BIG hater?

xrox's picture

Barkley right about the calls. This was the first really closely called game all tournament. And that blocking zone call has been inconsistent all weekend.
Still.
Aaron Craft is COLD-BLOODED.

Squirrel Master's picture

but he should be talking about more than the one bad call. If you are going to complain about them, then complain about all of them. Not just the one you think was the difference maker because they all are difference makers. The taunting call was when OSU could have had a double digit lead and taken charge of the game but when it was called, it stayed to a 4 point game and soon was tied. Big difference!
he just needs to stop trying to be controversial and start saying stuff that makes sense!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

buckeyedude's picture

How about when that dude intentionally bumped into Craft? The WHOLE WORLD AND THE REFS saw it and did NOTHING! Should have been a technical on ISU.

 
 

MN Buckeye's picture

Barkley:  babble, babble, babble, one side, the other side, babble, babble, turrible, babble, babble, blah blah blah, don't wanna hate but . . . , babble, turrible, babble, whatever I am getting paid, where am I?, babble, babble, Craft, blah blah blah, referees, babble, babble, that school, babble, damn I put $250Gs on ISU, babble, babble, babble, turrible . . . 

Citrus's picture

Yeah singling in on that one call is classic pro hoc ergo propter hoc.

Northbrook's picture

Terrific and Turrible

CALPOPPY's picture

A-W-E,
S-O-M-E!
Awesome, Awesome, Totally!

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

Chet Stedman's picture

Greg Anthony keeps smacking down Chuckwagon...

DetroitBuckeye's picture

As much of a jerk as Barkley is being, Greg Anthony is all class.  It was a charge get over it Chuck

 
BME_Buckeye's picture

In honor of beating the CYCLONES lets play, "Moves her body like a cyclone"

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

buckeyenut10's picture

Also, can people please stop getting upset at Craft for taking the last shot? Seriously. The kid's a playmaker and during the game seriously makes most of those jumpers. If Deshaun can get a shot, obviously got to him, but otherwise there's not another kid on this team I'd rather have the ball with clock winding down.

LouGroza's picture

Iowa State can shoot the ball. OSU will face no better shooting team in this tourney.
 

keith7456's picture

F*** Barkley, he should get all those D***s out of his mouth.

ATXbucknut's picture

Mmm...delicious Cyclone tears...
 

BED's picture

How can someone downvote this?

The Ohio State University, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2006
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

JozyMozy's picture

because it's kinda classless? Nothing entertaining about ISU fans genuinely sad that they lost a game like that. If you're gonna make a "delicious tears" post, at least include irrational conspiracy theorists, ref-blamers, etc. As it is, this just makes me feel bad.

Basso Profondo's picture

I'm with you.  They played a great game and hey, if something went a little differently, we could be knocked out right now.  Their fans may have been trolling on us and disrespecting, whatever, I just do not want to validate their trash talk by being cruel in return.  We let our play shut them up, but that's just my two cents. 

BED's picture

Nah. Schadenfreunde is the best.

The Ohio State University, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2006
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

Citrus's picture

Iowa St fans are corn-fed giving their tears a sweet high-frutouse syrupy flavor. Delicious

sloopy88's picture

Yeah, I just know these feelings too well to enjoy them.  If they had been higher ranked, or if these people had been jerks, or if they were being jerks now, that'd be different.  But as is, I just feel for them.  Almost everybody ends their season with a loss, and it's always painful, especially when it's so close.

ATXbucknut's picture

Except that ISU fans were jerks the past 2 days, Sloopy. If you did not notice, you were not paying attention.  And they're still trolling hard on Twitter with stuff like this...

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Two wrongs don't make a right. I would just suggest that we act like we been here before. 

yrro's picture

That's not a bad shop. Michigan fans should save that one in case they ever beat us again.

GregB's picture

If this gets under your skin you need  a thicker skin.
Besides, I think we were a little over rated to be honest.  We were not a top 8 team at years end. We played well down stretch and were rewarded for our Tourney title in Chicago but personally I saw us as a a low 3 real high 4 seed.  The same could be said of Gonzaga as well.  Seeding does not always directly relate to where you would stand in a power rating. 

Michael's picture

Humble in victory, gracious in defeat?

ATXbucknut's picture

I disagree, Jozy and Michael.  If you were on Twitter the past 2 days you saw how hard ISU fans were trolling us and declaring how overrated we were. 
Turnabout is fair play.
It's not as if I tweeted anything directly to ISU fans to rub it in their faces. I embedded a few of their tweets on an Ohio State message board.

bukyze's picture

Why the hell should anyone care what ISU fans are saying on twitter?  It's Iowa State for crying out loud!  Let them say whatever they want.  I'll never understand why so many people get so uptight this shit.  It's like listening to children whining about he said this, she said that ...  We won.  That's all that matters.  Congrats to ISU and the 99% of their classy fans on a great game.  Hoiberg is a great coach, and ISU should continue to do well in the future.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Num num num

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

Thad. Matta.

That is all.

Northbrook's picture

Can I up vote again?
 

BED's picture

The Ohio State University, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2006
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

penult's picture

Do Barkley tears count as a vegetable?

armybuckinva's picture

No, they're too sweet.

buckeyedude's picture

I wonder if Barkley SHOULD START WEARING WOMEN'S CLOTHES? Maybe he won't be so uptight?
update: is that you Sir Charles? trolling 11W?
2nd update: I see you brought your boyfriend, Mark.

 
 

TLB's picture

Chuck's allowed to have his opinion.  It was a close call, tough call.
I'd be pissed if it went the other way.
But whatever, it's all so SWEET

keith7456's picture

Opinions are fine. I just HATE when "analysts" like him focus in on ONE bad call in a 40 min game. There were bad calls both ways all game.
 

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Hoiberg with a classy interview. 

keith7456's picture

I'm beginning to think Mark May and Charles Barkley are in fact the same person.
 

urbanmdg's picture

Brother from a different mother....

Go Buckeyes

LouGroza's picture

Matta wants a statue of Craft put up when he leaves. Good stuff.

buckeyenut10's picture

I'd be fine with this. Every time I come back after graduation I would still be able to #swoon.

Vico's picture

I can't believe I ate the whole thing.

Alice in Aggieland's picture

That this was made with a pic of Freshman Aaron Craft makes me feel like a dirty old lady. Someone please update.

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

Ok, we need the ability to up vote staff. Unreal, Vico. Kudos.

Jonnferrell's picture

Clear explanation of the charge and that the call was difficult.  Wow.  I guess we won.

"I'm still hungry." --Brady Hoke

KE's picture

Heel over the line is considered on the line? That's crazy. That cannot be true.

Todd-Not Boeckmann's picture

As a basketball official, I can tell you it absolutely IS true.
 

Rule 4-56
Section 56. Restricted Area
The restricted area is defined as the area bounded by the outer edge of the restricted area arc, which has a 3-foot radius measured from the center of the basket and extending to the face of the backboard (See court diagram in Rule
1). A secondary defender is considered to be in the restricted area when any part of either foot is in or above this area.

On the wall guarding the North Coast from all Weasel invasions.

tennbuckeye19's picture

I understand the rule and while OSU did benefit from it, that's an extremely hard foul to call in real time and judge if a foot is raised over the line. 

Todd-Not Boeckmann's picture

Welcome to our world.  Think about that the next time you want to criticize officials.

On the wall guarding the North Coast from all Weasel invasions.

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

Jaywalking is illegal, but cops don't issue tickets for the infraction.

buckeyedude's picture

That absolutely is a stupid rule, IMHO. And I'm not saying that just because OSU may have benefitted from a non-call. It's stupid. Too many rulz. Let 'em play.

 
 

BUCKfutter's picture

according to barkley indiana has a player named olapeedo. idiot

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

millertime2011's picture

I hate people talking about the refs. The officials had been TERRIBLE in favor of iowa state all game. 

TLB's picture

Fouls were 20-20, but they seemed to take away the flow of the game whenever tOSU started to take control

millertime2011's picture

That can be misleading, though. OSU attacked the rim a lot more so ISU would more than likely get more fouls called on them. We had TONS of weak fouls called on us (Lenzelle had 2, Thompson had 1 and that's just in the last few minutes). Refs were terrible both ways all game, though I really do think they favored ISU for the most part. 

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Yea. Lenzelle got called for fouls when he boxed out a few times. 

gobucks96's picture

Asking the refs to get this charge call right after missing so many others is a bit hypocritical...
You could also make the claim that Thomas was in position to take the charge on the play as well. The player was out of control and ran into Thomas and Craft..

TLB's picture

This idle chatter is what we get when they don't schedule multiple games during the afternoon.

osu_kuhnke's picture

No, No, No, No.......YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  About sums up my out loud conversation I had with myself the last 5 seconds of the game.

captain obvious's picture

opinions are like assholes
Chuck is also an asshole

I'm a friend of thunder is it any wonder lightning strikes me

penult's picture

Would up vote twice if I could

johnblairgobucks's picture

so, is Chuck an opinion?
4 straight Sweet 16's.  Fantastic.

Buckrific's picture

That is pretty funny. If I new how to upvote I would.

mitchjacobsen01's picture

Props to ISU for the great game today.  They could have given a lot of teams trouble.  Very deadly shooters.

captain obvious's picture

they backed up their talk
but Craft wears Scarlet and Gray

I'm a friend of thunder is it any wonder lightning strikes me

cplunk's picture

Why make free throws when you can make magic?

d1145fresh's picture

Why are they focusing so much on the charge/block call. There were no less than 5-10 really bad calls in that game. Some for Ohio State and some against them. Blaming one call for the loss of a game is just lazy. 

penult's picture

And just more evidence that CBS/Turner should get rid of Barkley for their tourney coverage. He doesn't bring much and needs to grow up.

Hovenaut's picture

Sorry, I was napping.

What'd I miss?

"Success - it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

TLB's picture

LOL.....It's a good thing, you would have had the big one

Hovenaut's picture

Lamont, is that you?

Lol, nice work.

"Success - it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

Idaho Helga's picture

It was almost Aunt Esther but she fouled out.

Hovenaut's picture

Now she's making Cyclone cookies.

Where's Chuck at? I gotta put five across his lip.......

"Success - it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

captain obvious's picture

nothing really
boring game
predictable finish

I'm a friend of thunder is it any wonder lightning strikes me

btalbert25's picture

I actually wanted Craft out of the game with his play in the last 5 minutes.  After he missed the layup he had a turnover, a dumb foul, missed the foul shots, and just looked TERRIBLE.  In my opinion, he single handedly let them back in the game.  It was like that version of Aaron Craft we saw down the stretch and in OT against Michigan.  
That's why I'm glad he did take that shot.  He was largely responsible for blowing it, he needed redemption, and when he waved DT off, I knew he was going to drill that shot!  Great job.  Now let's go beat those Wildcats. 

captain obvious's picture

never want Craft off the floor and never want Tank to pass up a shot
Thats how this team wins

I'm a friend of thunder is it any wonder lightning strikes me

RollBucks's picture

He could have maybe used a possesion off the ball to calm down a bit, but I would never take him out of the game. Not to compare him to Kobe or Lebron but if they were to make a few bad plays you would never want them out of the game. Craft is our Kobe/Lebron. You can not pull him.

Roll with it.

Idaho Helga's picture

When you think about it, it was a very smart play for Craft to take the last shot with almost no time.  They might have seen Thomas pointing to his chest saying, "me. I'll take it".  If they didn't they would have thought it is going to him.  Thomas was hanging around the hoop so the pressure is off Craft.  Then if you look at the replay, Thomas is positioned for the rebound.  If it wasn't a called play, it should have been.   ISU was looking for Craft to pass. 
IF Craft missed, we're in position for a rebound or we're in overtime.  Not a bad gamble.
 

Northbrook's picture

The officiating was horrible the second half. Complaining about one call is idiotic. Good hard fought game, Bucks win. All  is right in the world.

btalbert25's picture

The call? Eh, we'd be upset if roles were reversed I'm sure, but I'm never one to blame the refs for a loss.  A call in the first half is no different than a call in the last couple minutes.  If it's a blown call it impacts the game EXACTLY the same.  This is only being discussed because it happened in the closing minutes and kept Iowa State from pushing their advantage out farther.  
If Ohio State lost this game and there were a controversial call, I would be blaming the 7 turnovers late in the game, not one bad call. 

skid21's picture

I didn't think this win could get any sweeter and then Barkley got pissed about it. Now that is some pure joy right there.

Kevbo714's picture

Ugh... I am not rooting for IU... I am supporting the B1G

Tom Crean listens to Nickelback...

btalbert25's picture

Let's get 6 to the sweet 16, then they can all lose by the Buckeyes.  That would be a fuck you to Charles! 

Northbrook's picture

One of the best things Iowa St had going for them was long rebounds.

trukjo's picture

3 B1G teams in - time to cheer for 3 more!

captain obvious's picture

Its hard to root for Crean
hes such an obnoxious little prick

I'm a friend of thunder is it any wonder lightning strikes me

TLB's picture

seeing a few recent tweets, all you that worry what the talking heads say better prepare yourself for column after column about the "wrong call".

brumon's picture

can we get a gif on the ISU player crying, unable to get up after craft makes the basket?

PWLafferty. TBDBITL. TRow.'s picture

In forty years, Chuck Barkley will still have no NBA Championship, yet this will still be a 'W' in the books

"I'm up there with Chris and Dave Pass, getting ready to broadcast that game, and that band came out of that tunnel, I was wiping tears out of my eyes and all the memories came back." ~Urban Meyer

osubuckeye4life's picture

A little food for thought.
The last 3 single-digit seeds to beat Iowa State in the NCAAs won Nat'l Champ: 2012 Kentucky, 2005 UNC and 2000 Michigan St.
 
 

BuckeyeChief's picture

That buzzer beater is right up there with Ron Lewis in 07.

 

"Clutch has no boundaries"

Sgt. Elias's picture

"Okay -- I've got an El Camino full of rampage here." 

RBuck's picture

To kind of paraphrase Barkley: I guess it could have been a good call but it was a bad call because there's no way the refs could see it.
Dear Dumbass: The first rule of officiating is that you don't call what you don't see.

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

Seabass1974's picture

I can't believe how hard some of the CBS announcers are trying to take away this win by Ohio State. WTF! There were so many bad calls in that game for both sides but they always focus on the one at the end.

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. - Woody Hayes

Baroclinicity's picture

So I'm just caught up to speed... I was sleeping and DVR'd the game.  Hate giving up a 13 point lead in the last few minutes like that, and it was an amazing shot by Craft.
But I can't believe how much CBS is poo-pooing that call from the other end.  There were lots of iffy calls in that game.  And if it takes CBS to zoom into the foot/line area to see exactly where it was, at real game speed, how can you expect perfect calls in those situations?
 

armybuckinva's picture

LOL I find that funny.  They have to hit the zoom button four times in order to formulate the argument. 

TLB's picture

you guys all know that Chuck and Jim Foster are pretty close friends?  That might explain his dislike

BuckeyeTrappedInSouth's picture

How bout the call for the bigs ( Williams and Ravenel) playing only a combined 22 minutes?  Smart move in my opinion.

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Matt M.'s picture

Trying to eat and watch the Bucks play:

Thank God Craft hit that shot. 

buckeyedude's picture

ROFL @ THAT^^^^^ Was doing the same thing. LOL.

 
 

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Probably like the vast majority of us - I was screaming at Craft to stop doing everything - he was just turrible!  If you're going to have a completely turrible day - erase it in style like that!!!

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armybuckinva's picture

I want Auburn on our schedule 3 to 5 times a season just to beat the ass off of Chuck's alma mater.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

I'm not sure we can afford the hit to our RPI. We already schedule enough nonconference cupcakes.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

keith7456's picture

Iowa St: We live by the 3.
Craft: You die by my 3.
 

Jelligrim's picture

Capital One Card.....cancelled!!!!  Thanks Chuck.

buckeyedude's picture

If I was Thad Matta(I'm not, obviously), I want the ball in Aaron Craft's hands, but for God's sake, don't take the last shot! Not from beyond the 3-point line especially! That's Thomas' job.
Maybe drive to the basket and draw a foul? Wow! JUst WOW, CRAFT! 
That may have been Craft's most important basket in his career, as a Buckeye, to this point.
 

 
 

Sgt. Elias's picture

Yeah, agreed. But he felt the moment and drained it. That shot will give opposing coaches and players another thing to think about moving forward. Notice how his shot motion was not "hinky" on that stroke? You could tell it was going in. 

"Okay -- I've got an El Camino full of rampage here." 

Squirrel Master's picture

Plus Craft being as smart as he is knew the refs were not making proper calls. All he knew he could have gotten a charge and they would have had 2 FT on the other end for nothing! 
Craft did exactly the right thing! He also got a bit lucky it went in. I think he was just expecting the work the clock to at the very least get into OT!

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dubjayfootball90's picture

just amazing man, unbelievable, exciting game. wow. That was great

BuckeyeChief's picture

I just saw a stat that said the last 3 teams to beat Iowa st as a single digit seed have gone on to win it all, fwiw.

 

"Clutch has no boundaries"

The TresselMeyer's picture

They actually won the rebounding battle 35-20, not 36-32.
If you would have told me before the game that the Buckeyes get outrebounded by 15, and Iowa St. hits 12 out of 25 threes, I'd say that's a game we're probably going to lose. Glad we were able to withstand their run to move on. 

Brady Hoke's reaction to the Urban Meyer hire: "Not good."

IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

The charge foul debate is going to be all over the news this coming week. We'll hear more about that than we will about Arizona.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

Northbrook's picture

The officiating sucked in the second half. Do not make a big deal about this one call! This is unfair and it is being done on purpose.
 
 

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Whew!  Crazy game.  Was getting a little worried there while our lead was evaporating, but Craft came through at the end.  Made up for those missed free throws. 
On to the Sweet 16!
Go Bucks!!!

SC Buckeye's picture

Barkley is calling Craft the best leader in college basketball, yet a few days ago he said that most of the teams in the BIG only had good players, not great players.  Once again, Charles is talking out of both sides of his mouth...

Defiance J's picture

That entire crew is awful. 

Jonnferrell's picture

Yeah, the problem is we can't start expecting Barkley to really make sense or be consistent about anything.  He's a poophead.

"I'm still hungry." --Brady Hoke

PWLafferty. TBDBITL. TRow.'s picture

solid usage of 'poophead'

"I'm up there with Chris and Dave Pass, getting ready to broadcast that game, and that band came out of that tunnel, I was wiping tears out of my eyes and all the memories came back." ~Urban Meyer

BeijingBucks's picture

I see what you did there... 'solid' and 'poop' in the same sentence referreing to Sir Chuck

armybuckinva's picture

Why does Greg Anthony continually use his brain to come up excellent explanations!! So annoying!!  We need more people like Chuck.

toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

Barkley will be whining and sniveling about that charging call after Ohio State beats Arizona on Thursday night. Someone at CBS should check Charles' underwear. It must be too tight in the you know where place. His brains are getting squeezed.

ARMYBUCK's picture

I was just listening to Sir Charles again and hes straight up pouting!  He must have lost a lot of money on this game!

GregB's picture

Well Barkley isnt put out there as an impartial journalist, he's a color man....... and colorful he is.
Hate to say it but he is very typical of athletes who are of SEC descent.  I see it ALL THE TIME down here. He is a hater (of sorts) of Big Ten/midwest sports.  All these SEC guys, every last one of them, is programmed to think that midwest athletes are slower, sometimes stronger (but not as powerful), less athletic future coach types. Its a very strong stereotype down here.
These southern athletes really buy into the myth that they are the ones with the true natural gifts and that our guys are just gritty, competitive, blue collar guys.  They also want to believe that he with the best athletes SHOULD win (because they are better) so that it comes down to coaching and refs if they lose.
I've been witnessing this crap for 30 years. I know how these guys think.  They really cant help it its been placed in their heads by their culture, not unlike their religious beliefs.

Craft to the Rafters's picture

once again, i'd like to insert my handle into the discussion

Idaho Helga's picture

I do have one criticism of this game.  Or two.  Why did Ross not get more time?  And how do you  let a 13 pt lead flitter away without a timeout...especially when in the tourney you are getting more time outs due to TV anyway?  Matta consistently lets the MO for the other team get out of hand.  I'd be interested in how many time outs we still had at the end of these close games. 
Bobby Knight had a policy that after an 8 pt run by the opposition he called a timeout. He's right.
Matta is a great coach but you just can't allow these runs (which the Buckeyes do way, way, too much) to go unchecked/unadjusted.  Especially when the opponent is a 3 pt shooting team.
 

Michael Citro's picture

Ross played 21 minutes, his highest total since 22 in the Feb. 20 win over Minnesota. That game and the OT game at Michigan are the only two games he's gone for more minutes since the B1G schedule began.

zbd's picture

Ross played great.

AMSS's picture

I agree that Thad should have called a timeout but it only took 1:56 to lose the lead. Also there aren't any extra timeouts in the tournament. Same TV timeouts every 4 minutes.

Buckeyes_Terrapins's picture

Today my boy became a man. So proud.

Brutus's picture

Anyone know where I can find a replay of the game, preferably online? I was on a plane during the entire game and hate myself for traveling today.  Then again, I probably saved 3 or 4 years of my life.

Brutus's picture

Much obliged.  The app doesn't have the entire game replay up yet, but I got a good recap.  I'll try again later tonight.

Lincoln's picture

Lets stop focusing on the ringless troll. All thoughts should be on Aaron "God Dream Beast Boat" Craft and the crazy Q run in the second 1/2.

Bucks43201's picture

Is Tank okay? saw him limping...hope he's okay!

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

Defiance J's picture

Looked like he walked it off at the end. Not sure though.
 

Dean's picture

I think the announcers said he knocked knees with somebody right before that - probably no big deal if that's so.  He seemed to be moving ok on the last play.

tennbuckeye19's picture

I thought they said something about him "cramping up" in the 2nd half.

captain obvious's picture

The sideline reporter said Thomas was complaining of muscle cramping

I'm a friend of thunder is it any wonder lightning strikes me

Buckeye1996's picture

Oladipo our DPOY is getting schooled by Wyatt of Temple.

740buckeye's picture

If you ask Barkley that's Mr. Olibido to you

740buckeye's picture

Team. Of. Destiny.

Spirit's picture

We've lost some of these, before. We saw 2 great teams give their all, today. GO BUCKS - DESTINED TO WIN - 2013

Spirit

Dougger's picture

Fans,
Unfortunately I was just able to watch this game- I knew how it turned out so i thought the last seven minutes would give good insight into the madness.
First off I did not see Rav play at all. Probably due the athleticism of ISU? Craft had several mental mistakes down the stretch as stated but my god... onions bro. The crowd sounded so incredibly loud!
Destiny

I like football

dubjayfootball90's picture

just a great finish to a very entertaining game. Real pumped for the Sweet 16. This next game is going to be a tough one with AZ, that is for sure.

WezBuck28's picture

We NEED a dominant post player.. We would be that much better..

BuckWylde's picture

Champions are the one who are just as comfortable in the 3 point dogfight, as they are in the 25 point laughers . . . taking on all comers, and coming on all takers!  It's 'bout winnin' baby!
GO BUCKS!!!!

BuckWylde

southernstatesbuckeye's picture

Just logged on...saw the poll...and I was the 777th voter.  My vote went to the National Championship.  There is always something magical about 777.  I have spoken.
And will now shut up.
Except for...uh...Go Bucks!!!
Now I shut up.
"Shut up shuttin up!" 
Ok, ok.  I get it.
Pooof.
 
The Time Traveler

Colorado Buckeye's picture

Love that is was Georges "cheap shot" Niang that was guarding Craft when he sank the 3 pointer for the win... paybacks a bitch my man and so are you! 

Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory lasts forever!

whalewars's picture

Is anyone else worried that Amir Williams has basically become a negative when he is on the floor? He has become useless in every aspect of the game. 
 

Bucks43201's picture

Hey - I don't know if you anybody else noticed this, but --- did you know that little guy (Chris Babb) for Iowa State was hurt during the second half?
Yeah, CBS only showed him on the sidelines about 53 times! during the second half.
Just wanted to make sure everyone's aware.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

whalewars's picture

Turn on TRU TV, they can't go one possession without saying Marshall Henderson.
 

zbd's picture

LaQuinton Ross was the real reason the Bucks won. With his timely points and second effort, he put them in the final 16.  Announcers Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg were terribly biased against the Bucks.  Always pulling for Iowa State.  Kellogg should not announce Bucks games again.

Dougger's picture

Damned if you do damned if you dont

I like football

Bucks43201's picture

Great points

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

bigbadbuck's picture

Great Win!  There is one thing that I can't be positive about after this game and it's how BADLY the Buckeyes got out rebounded........35-20...........I'd like to know how many second chance points the Cyclones got today. If the Bucks get a few more rebounds we probably wouldn't have been holding our collective breaths  at the end of the game. We will lose to Arizona if we get beaten that badly on the boards Thursday night

Battles are sometimes won by generals; wars are nearly always won by sergeants and privates. Football is no different, the guys down in the trenches win the games, not the coach.            

Brutus's picture

I apologize if this has already been noted, but it just occurred to me that on Thursday we're going to have a coaching rematch of that epic OSU-Xavier game in 2007. And Miller is going to have another shot at beating his mentor.  Interesting subplot.

buckeyestu's picture

Great game, aaron craft is awesome.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Bruce Pearl on ESPN analyzing and talking about Aaron Craft's play today... I felt awkward just watching...

input4u's picture

What has Sir Charles ever done to be crowned anything?  All he did is get a few rebounds in the NBA.  He has never had the heart and the relentless effort that craft brings every possession. 
Jealous Hater is all he is !!!