LaQuinton's Last Second Triple Sends Buckeyes Past Arizona and Into Elite Eight

By Kyle Rowland on March 28, 2013 at 10:03p
151 Comments
LaQuinton Ross dropped a Q-bomb on the Staples Center

LOS ANGELES – Sean Miller has had nightmares of Ron Lewis for six seasons. Add LaQuinton Ross to the list.

Miller has faced his mentor, Thad Matta, twice now and each game has ended in excruciating fashion for the protégé. In 2007, Miller’s Xavier team nearly pulled off the upset of the tournament by beating top-ranked Ohio State. But Lewis made a miracle 3 at the end of regulation, and the Buckeyes controlled overtime.

An extra five minutes weren’t needed on Thursday night at Staples Center.

With the game knotted at 70, Ross caught a pass from Aaron Craft, last week’s hero, and rose and fired from beyond the arc. There was little suspense about whether it would go in or not. It was nothing but net.

“It feels great, man,” Ross said. “I think this is what every player grows up looking at on TV, wanting to hit that big shot for an NCAA tournament team. It just feels great right now.”

Two seconds remained, but Arizona’s desperation heave was picked off by Lenzelle Smith Jr., who did his best Bradley Roby imitation, setting off a wild celebration among the scarlet and gray-clad cheering sections.

Ohio State 73, Arizona 70.

“That was about as high-powered college basketball game as I’ve been a part of,” said Ohio State head coach Thad Matta. “You look at the plays that the Arizona players made, the players that the Buckeyes made. Just a battle.”

In eerily similar fashion to 2007, when Lewis broke Miller’s heart, the Buckeyes came out slowly in the next game. That year, Ohio State fell behind Tennessee by 19 points in the Sweet 16 before one of the greatest rallies in program history.

Those fans that were delirious after Ross’ shot were quiet much of the first half as the Wildcats jumped out to an 11-point lead. Making matters worse for the Buckeyes was the nature of the officiating. The game was called close, with Craft picking up two fouls in the first 11 minutes. He only missed three minutes, though, due to Arizona’s hot shooting.

But Ohio State got new life when Craft returned, ending the first half on a 14-7 run and cutting the lead to four. Arizona scored five points in the final 6:24 of the half. The 19 fouls called during the first 20 minutes caused both teams to adjust.

Defense became a major issue for the Buckeyes. In the rough and tumble Big Ten, few games are called closely. With fouls called on what seemed like every trip down the court – on both teams – the rhythm was inconsistent and Ohio State got timid.

But the Buckeyes’ surge continued after the break. They scored the first 10 points, part of a momentous 33-13 run that ended with Ohio State holding a 10-point advantage.

Arizona didn’t score its first points of the second half until 14:39 remained. Spanning the first half, it went nearly eight minutes without points. The Wildcats started the game 9 of 16 from the field, but had two turnovers and one basket on their first six attempts after the break.

Part of the stagnant offense was due to point guard Mark Lyons being held in check. He scored 10 of the Arizona’s first 22 points – all coming in the first 10 minutes of the game – but went almost 20 minutes without a single point.

“You just have to stay after it,” Craft said. “He’s a great player. You know he’s going to make his shots. He can score in a variety of ways. You just have to keep coming at him, and hopefully he’s going to miss some shots, and he did that.”

When he finally got going in the second half, Ohio State again had problems stopping him. Lyons scored 13 second-half points, most part of a late rally that was capped by a three-point play with 21.8 seconds left.

“I’m proud of our guys’ effort,” Miller said. “We tried hard, and losing in this tournament when you play hard to the end hurts more in the beginning, but I think you leave with a lot of pride knowing you played your heart out.”

After Lyons connected on a free throw to tie the game, Craft dribbled at the top of the key until five seconds remained. That’s when he swung a pass to Ross, who etched his name into Buckeye lore – the second new member in as many weeks.

“Throughout the year, we’ve had a lot of close games and haven’t always come out on top,” Craft said. “Going through those struggles and battles has helped us get these past couple games down to the wire. We do a good job sticking with one another and getting stops, rebounds and big shots when we need them.”

Ohio State had four players finish in double figures scoring, with Deshaun Thomas leading the way with 20 points – 16 coming in the first half. Ross had 17, Craft had 13 and Sam Thompson added 13.

Ross scored 14 points in the second half, continuing his recent trend of second-half success.

“LaQuinton has really grown in a lot of areas,” Matta said. “I think the biggest thing he’s done is he’s engaged himself in all the little things, and that’s made him a better basketball player. We’re proud of him.”

Another trend: winning. Ohio State has now gone 11 games and 39 days without a loss. The Buckeyes have won handily, closely and with too much comfort for some during the streak. But in a win-or-go-home system, victory is all that matters.

The West Region has been full of upset after upset. So far, Ohio State has been immune to the madness unfolding around them. A berth in the Final Four is on the line Saturday, with the Buckeyes taking on the winner of Wichita State and La Salle.

“We’re making our own destiny,” Smith said.

In a jubilant postgame locker room, dreams were coming true. Down the hall, a night full of terror was setting in.


 

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yrro's picture

Sean Miller must really, really hate Thad about now.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

What time do we play on Saturday?

DefendYoungstown's picture

7:05PM

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

Chet Stedman's picture

Cold Blooded ONIONS!!!!!

DannyBeane's picture

Longest 40 seconds of my life.

BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

Holy Ross Boss Buckeye! Amazing! What a game! I love the fucking Buckeyes soooo much! Hell yeah hahhahaa

Wayne Woodrow Hayes

ohiowhitesnake's picture

We are watching a special team. Ice water in their veins and Q is growing up right in front of us...we need more Thurple

OSUgrunt0311's picture

not to mention Amir Played really wel compared to his normal out put. 

grcunning's picture

Wow, my heart is still beating 120 bpm.
The question I have is, what happened to the live threads we had during football? I could just sit and watch the comments pop up. I don't like having to refresh every 10 seconds to see if someone had something to say. It basically makes me not even watch the comments.  Is there a technical reason that you can't do that during basketball?

AngelHeartsBuckeyes's picture

Wondered that too. Really miss those.

Buckeye born and bred. Buckeye til I'm dead.

Ramzy Nasrallah's picture

CoverItLive costs a ton of money. That's why we only use it for football Saturdays. Open threads, while less dynamic, are more economical.

harleymanjax's picture

You are watching the 2013 National Champion Buckeyes!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

BUCKfutter's picture

QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ

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

gumtape's picture

Q-Money is on fire~!

just another psycho, irrational, delusional Ohio St fan

Hovenaut's picture

Elizabeth, I'm comin' to see ya.....

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Wow, that game was awesome!  This is one that will go down in Buckeye history as an all time great win!  Super intense game!

PhillyBuckeye27's picture

Holy crap that was AWESOME!  3 down - 3 to go

M Man's picture

A 23-foot long dagger.  Go Bucks.  Saving my bracket.

buckeyedude's picture

B1G! B1G! B1G!

 

 

Idaho Helga's picture

I shall root for your team but with disdain and and further, my heartiest "MEH".  But if an asteroid hits, I shall not waive in sadness the destined hand of Providence.
(Just promise me I can hit the mute button without fail if you brought the band tonight.)
This is all the love I can muster for thee.
Sincerely, Your humble and obedient servant,
18th Century Idaho Helga
 
 

okiebuck's picture

Helga; well put in a poetic kind of way....

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

Idaho Helga's picture

thanks.  I always love how in the really old days they could tell their rival how much they hated them, their dog and everything they every voted on but so nicely and always end it with "your faithful (etc)  and obedient servant" blah blah.
It kept it civil.  We could use that in congress these days. (no, I'm not getting political!)

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

LOL, I stopped worrying about my bracket about Sunday.  Miami royally f**ked mine by losing...they were my national runner-up.  Damn you Davidson!  Sure I picked Marquette to beat you but it wouldn't have f**ked my bracket so hard if you pulled that upset.

Class of 2010.

xrox's picture

I'M PUTTING ON DRAGONFORCE STRAIGHT UNTIL THE NEXT GAME!
THROUGH THE FIRE AND THE FLAMES WE CARRY ON

Geraffi's picture

Love this team. 

BuckeyeChief's picture

Agreed, man it's a helluva ride so far!

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

GoBucks713's picture

Someone please make DT's laughs in the post game into gifs for everyone to enjoy!

-The Aristocrats!

BuckeyeChief's picture

OMG, man my heart is on fire! I had to watch on the app, going nuts! when he hit the 3, it kinda skipped until I SW the ball go through , every one go nuts, and a three posted, man this team doesn't quit!

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

AngelHeartsBuckeyes's picture

I said once before this team reminded me of the football Buckeyes:
THEY REFUSE TO LOSE!!!!

Buckeye born and bred. Buckeye til I'm dead.

tdible2132's picture

The Qnami has hit LA! I have to feel for Sean miller though. To heartbreaking defeats to his mentor in the NCAA tourney.

Iron_Buckeye's picture

I love this friggin movie, one of my favs!

“The minute we stop expecting greatness from our football program, we become Wisconsin.” Craig Krenzel

buckeyedude's picture

Damn. Two great frickin games. Really had me worried this time, Buckeyes!

 

 

TLB's picture

Dont know how but I love it

LouGroza's picture

How about winning the next game by at least six or seven, eh Bucks? Can't take any more of this. But I guess I can if I absolutely have to.

BuckeyeChief's picture

I feel you. last Super Bowl the Giants were in, as well as last years edition of "the Game" was brutal on me, more relieved it was over and I co old breathe than anything else....tonight was one of those nights, great game in retrospect, but the clock drug on.

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

captain obvious's picture

TEAM OF DESTINY

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

kr66osu's picture

This team is damn exciting to watch
Now it's time to cheer for indiana to lose

captain obvious's picture

as much as I cant stand Crean
I still would love to see a a BIG final 4

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

buckeyedude's picture

Agreed. Would love to see a B1G Final 4, however unlikely!
 

 

 

kr66osu's picture

I refuse to cheer for any Crean coached team no matter the situation. F*** him

Kevbo714's picture

All I can say is...

Tom Crean listens to Nickelback...

Squirrel Master's picture

Unreal! Absolutely Unreal!

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

Powers's picture

The open thread cover photo is magic!!!

buckeyedude's picture

RELAX, YOU FOO! WE WON THE GAME!

 

 

Hovenaut's picture

I could still push yo face in some dough and make some Wildcat cookies......

BrewstersMillions's picture

Q is in beast mode this tourney.

Do I come off as arrogant? Shame on me, I was hoping it would more obvious.

OSUStu's picture

DT ain't goin nowhere.  He's just a junior. ;)

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

Sgt. Elias's picture

I love these guys. Cold as ice.

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

Sgt. Elias's picture

/tips cap

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

osubuck57's picture

What a game!! Thought this would be another ISU game,but not this close.They do love those 3's with less than a minute to go.lol

SCOTTC.

oregonianbuckeye's picture

From the SS comments this morning. If only I had the money to gamble.
"Prediction- Another maalox masher. tOSU 72 Zona 70."

Buckeye Chuck's picture

Good things about the game:
1. Free throw shooting.
2. Kept poise after the fast Arizona start.
3. Ross now consistently stepping up--that we can now count on Q and Scott to give us valuable minutes every game is the biggest difference between the Bucks of the first 2/3 of the season and the current Bucks.
4. Arizona has the sort of athletes we're going to be seeing in the Final Four, and I think it was important to re-accustom ourselves to that, given that the more talented teams in the bracket have been disappearing.
5. Charles Barkley. MWAHAHAHAHAHA
 
Bad things about the game:
1. Defense is still hit-or-miss compared to what we were seeing in conference play.
2. This is two straight games where a last-second shot was needed precisely because we allowed a decent-sized lead to disappear late.

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

Triv's picture

Notice most of Marquette's runs came with Craft on the bench. He has such an impact on the defensive end and more of an impact on offense than people give him credit for.
Although if he makes 50% of his layups tonight we win by 6 or 8

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

Firmthyfriendship's picture

Hell yeah. He's THAT good! He'll screw your offense up across the continental US.

Bucks43201's picture

LOL

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

ATXbucknut's picture

I'm sure he's just drunk.

Triv's picture

Hahaha my bad, no clue where Marquette came from. Arizona
Don't hate the drunk college kid with no class tomorrow

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

William's picture

Damn you. I have a paper due and a 4:00 class tomorrow. 

UpNorthBuckeye's picture

Would love to see an OSU/Marquette matchup in the finals. It would be great if our first canceled game would be "made up" at the end. Not trying to get too ahead of myself though, ELITE 8!

"Love my State, hate the football"

M Man's picture

Would love to see an OSU/Marquette matchup in the finals.

 
You guys.  Somewhere along the line, I think you'll have to play somebody better than at least a #6 seed.  Not sure when, but I think there must be a rule that you can't win it all by just playing #10-seed mid-majors.
Edit - oops; I see Marquette is 3-seed.  lulz.

MediBuck's picture

UM looked really good eviscerating a strong VCU squad. I doubt the Wolvies will be making it to the finals, but if so...

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

M Man's picture

Cool story; Brian Cook totally called that game.  It's remarkable.  He scripted it a day before.  He said don't worry.  It was how we matched up.  We were VCU's nightmare opponent.  But the way that VCU had demolished Akron (very badly diminished, it turned out) by 40, and running full court pressure even in a blowout, had a lot of folks worried.
As good as the VCU matchup was, Kansas is a bad matchup for us.  I think we are going to need heroics from McGary, or Jordan Morgan, or Jon Horford, or most likely all three.
My bracket (its always the damn bracket) has Kansas over Michigan.

AngelHeartsBuckeyes's picture

Carrier Classic that should have been.

Buckeye born and bred. Buckeye til I'm dead.

UpNorthBuckeye's picture

That would be a horrible rule. If the top seeds can't take care of business and end up losing to "mid-majors", then they don't deserve to be there. That's what makes the tourney so fun to watch.

"Love my State, hate the football"

SweetBabyJames's picture

i gotta tell ya, i was calm cool collected, at this point in the game boys, from Sylvester and Lewis, to now Craft and Ross, The "Mississippi Mamba" you just gotta know the college basketball gods always love to see some clutch plays!
This team is Elite!

IBleedSandG's picture

Mississippi Mamba... I like it! +1!

"You pick up the rifle and go as hard as you can possibly go."
-UFM

House804's picture

Q either pulls up for a 3 or drives right EVERY TIME and nobody can stop it.  It's incredible.  Love the kid.  The drive from almost half court, shot clock winding down, absorbs contact, finishes.  LIKE A BOSS!  Huge play.

We talkin' bout practice?!  Not the game I love...the game I die for.  Practice?!

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I've agreed ten years in two games. GO BUCKEYES!!

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

DetroitBuckeye's picture

I feel like I am having dejavu during this tourney, seeing Q wake up during the tourney reminds me a lot of Thomas a couple of years ago.  He could be our big time scoring threat next year.

 
chicago12's picture

Great game..wow....looks like we will be back in the final four!

Basso Profondo's picture

Let's not get ahead of ourselves now...

bergy22's picture

I was so glad for Amir to make some big plays and contribute it a bigger way than I think most of us thought. Keep it going!

buckeyedude's picture

Agreed. He's been taking a lot of heat lately, and it probably has been deserved. I like to see Buckeyes redeem themselves though. I'm willing to cut Amir more slack than many others are.
He'll come around. And guess what? He'll prolly stay for 4 years! When's the last time a big guy did THAT at OHIO STATE?

 

 

tennbuckeye19's picture

I'm not sure if my heart can handle any more games like the last two. The clutch shots are awesome and add drama and all, but it would nice to hold onto a lead down the stretch. But a win is a win and I love this team! 
Go Bucks! 

BuckeyeChief's picture

What time is Saturday's game?

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

tennbuckeye19's picture

Not sure if you're really asking or not, but the time hasn't been set yet. 

BuckeyeChief's picture

Seriously asking..my wife was already mad I tried to scam out of church to watch Sunday's game, and we are planning on Easter mass Saturday night.

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

bgohio22's picture

Believe either 4:30 or 7:10.  Will find out later tonight.  Would expect the late game since they're out west but who knows.

Poison nuts's picture

And the 11W pre game photo comes through yet again!!!

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

wayneo's picture

my thpughts exactly,detroit.he may just turn out to be a very special player
 

Idaho Helga's picture

Didn't read all the comments yet, but can I go change my vote on "most improved player"???
 
You go QQQQQQ!

Poison nuts's picture

QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqq​qqqqqqqqqqqqqqq.......

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

TLB's picture

'Cuse is in da house!
Oh my god, Oh my god!

Basso Profondo's picture

We got some great minutes from a lot of players today... Got to be proud of this team effort.

ODEEZ330's picture

Q ross is the boss bec he paid the cost

O'Deez330
stark county football

Firmthyfriendship's picture

This has become the NC-dagger-A. GG Bucks!!!
 

Squirrel Master's picture

Let's hear what the Loud Mouthed Snook has to say about this B1G team beating the all powerful Pac12! 

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

Ultrabuckeyehomer's picture

it's clear, the tourney is not about defense, which no team is allowed to play ... we have to keep scoring to win. this isn't the big ten, they won't allow either team to play defense. Arizona simply missed in the second half, it had nothing to do with out defense. we didn't play better defense, because you are not allowed to. we have to keep scoring to advance. the tourney is about offense plain and simple.  we scored in the second half, that"s the  difference. 

Squirrel Master's picture

Which is why it is great that they are averaging 82 point per game in the tourney! Now that is amazing.

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

xrox's picture

I think the tourney is always about good (efficient) offense. It's why good regular season teams like Wisconsin get knocked out early.
I was wondering before the game tonight, and even more now...is OSU the highest-scoring team in the tourney so far?

Bucks43201's picture

Eat a fat one, Sir Chuck! We heart Q!!!

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

BuckeyeChief's picture

What did he say post-game?

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

Bucks43201's picture

Didn't hear him yet...just know he picked against us again; and I'm still a little bitter from last game's post-commentary.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

AngelHeartsBuckeyes's picture

Wonder if he'll blather on about the free time out Arizona got at the end. Cause refs can only change games that have over a minute left in them..

Buckeye born and bred. Buckeye til I'm dead.

buckeyedude's picture

Where's Barkely? Is he STILL sitting at the airport because he didn't use his Cap One Platinum points?
Poor guy.

 

 

Ekes42's picture

Let's go!!!!!!  Love how they responded down 11 to finish the half only down 4 and then they came out with intesity and took the lead.  Awesome game.

Iron_Buckeye's picture

Heart attack inducing game! There was a lid on the rim for all of Crafts layups, shizz was crazy! Glad we won, onto the next one!
 

“The minute we stop expecting greatness from our football program, we become Wisconsin.” Craig Krenzel

hodge's picture

No words. I'm just in awe. 
I also feel like I've eaten too much bacon (and rendered bacon fat) to survive this shit. 

nickma71's picture

After watching the game, and the first half of Indiana and Syracuse, the fix is in against Delany and his Big Ten. Don't think for a second that isn't common in high school and college basketball. It isn't the zone, it is the hard fouls on every possession. And then those horseshit announcers "clean block". That pisses me off to no end. This is part of why I don't watch basketball much any more. And then there is the traveling.

okiebuck's picture

You might be right Nick; the refs in the Bucks game sucked from beginning to end with ticky tack fouls and what the hell did they have to review after Q hit the winner; he was three feet behind the arc???

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

xrox's picture

NCAA Tournament is always called closer than the B1G league. I've noticed that. I think it makes for higher-scoring games than what you'd normally see: more free-throws and less pressure on defense for fear of fouling. Probably creates more interest in the games for the casual fan. Refs may have even gotten notice to call things even closer after all those 60-55 games the first weekend.
So it's not necessarliy refs being against the B1G....BUT...I think this DOES affect B1G teams more though, since it's more of an adjustment for them than, say, an ACC or PAC team.
And that last video review was to get the correct time on the clock. Sucks for the Buckeyes, but I'm not going to complain about refs using video replay whenever they're allowed. Should be more of it.

Bucks43201's picture

Sean Miller really resembles Vince Vaughn, who turned 43 today by the way. Happy birthday Wes Mantooth.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

tdible2132's picture

Who would you guys rather face next? I'm gonna say La Salle only because I like our matchup against them especially with Craft and Scott on the floor at the same time. I think our small lineup would match up quite well with La Salle

zbd's picture

Wichita State at 7:05 PM Saturday March 30th on TBS.

MediBuck's picture

Phenomenal game from the Bucks. Q stepped up in a huuuuge way.

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

okiebuck's picture

Buckeyes hung tough even after they blew the lead; thanks to  the B1G regular season preparation. However,  I have a hard time with all of you Negative Nancy's who probably never played anything; slamming Craft for missing a few lay ups and FT's; after all he's done for this program. Craft and Smith, and Q taking the ball to the bucket turned the tide in this game along with the D.

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

Ultrabuckeyehomer's picture

while agree with you that people negative of craft and matta (which is common here) are idiots, it;s not like you played sports at a higher level than  any of us. I wouldn't pull the "never probably played anything" card on the internet ... you are faceless, nameless and without credibility to questions anyone else's athletic  achievements 

mitchjacobsen01's picture

Everybody relax.  Life is good.  We won.  We root for the same team and live and die by these guys.  Enjoy things when they're good.

TLB's picture

guilty
but it is part of fandom.
and when watching alone, gotta vent somewhere

DetroitBuckeye's picture

I am willing to say that am the worst basketball player on the planet, have horrible hand eye coordination and have to really focus to dribble.

 
OhioKris's picture

and a 3, right on Q. 

WiliestBuckeye's picture

Attention Everybody, please congratulate Amir Williams for performing his first ever offensive move in an actual game!

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

OhioKris's picture

i just saw this exact same comment on espn's chatroom board for that game. 

Dougger's picture

Lenzelle Smith Jr was the firecracker that started the second half surge. Kudos to him for getting the ball rolling, and Amir Williams actually doing stuff!!!!!!!! 

I like football

tennbuckeye19's picture

Yes, there was an Amir Williams sighting in this game. And Smith stepped things up when he needed to. 

DetroitBuckeye's picture

I think that there is a correlation between the increased fouls and our scoring increasing.  I think that it is causing both of the defenses to back off and not defend as well.  This leads to easier and more efficient shooting.  I like how our buckeyes can play multiple styles and adjust accordingly.

 
Colorado Buckeye's picture

LaQuinton Boss! Somebody get me a Doctor...

Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory lasts forever!

osubuckeye4life's picture

Scarlet Mamba (Smith) really stepped his game up tonight!
Craft badger was doing work.
Tank got his usual 20.
Amir showed signs of life too!
Slam keeps playing very good!
Q is getting it!
 
So proud of these guys!

Mr. Slick's picture

Anyone have any idea where I can see some of the post game presser?
 
Thanks in advance.

Huth's picture

Olidipo not looking like defensive player of the year vs. Carter Williams
 

zbd's picture

How did he get voted defensive player of the year over Craft?  Crean must have been the only voter.

ArizonaBuckeye's picture

LaQuinton BOSS!!

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." -Woody Hayes-

Idaho Helga's picture

I like Sparty's chances tomorrow over TTun's.    Zeller looks soft again in a game and it kills Indy.  The guy gets position and should have 20 pts. 

Huth's picture

Crean sore loser again I see.
 

Huth's picture

Icy handshake with Boheim
 

skid21's picture

Yet another blow by. Crean is such a pathetic little man.

tennbuckeye19's picture

In my mind IU not making it to the Final Four is a huge disappointment for them. Everyone pretty much annointed them the best team in the country this year and I loved watching them lose this game.

tennbuckeye19's picture

FYI: It was just announced, OSU plays @ 7:05 Eastern on Saturday .

kr66osu's picture

Indiana comes up short, not surprising the way they limped into the tournament

d1145fresh's picture

Don't get me wrong. Q deserves the love. But can we give some affection to Amir. Best game of his career tonight. Overall great team effort. Time to take care of Wichita State. 

ToTheHouse's picture

WICHITA ST SHOCKERS GO'N DOWN NEXT....GO BUCKS !

JakeBuckeye's picture

Boy, what a run. As awesome as last years' run was, its just a 1000x better when you have TWO game winners to remember for the rest of your life.

zbd's picture

Sure glad Indiana lost. I can't stand Crean and his famous in-laws. Now ttun with their terrible coach should be next. Go Kansas.

NoVA Buckeye's picture

I'd just like to point out I had Illinios in my Elite Eight. I don't feel the least bit sad that Miami lost tonight.

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

RedStorm45's picture

Anyone else tired of blowing double digit 2nd half leads?  Gotta do a better job of maintaining a lead.
 
Deshaun is just begging for a last second shot.  We never run one for him.  Incredible.

ATLBuckeye09's picture

My dream goes like this here on out.... tOSU beating Florida in the NC Game here in Atlanta 6 years later AND THEN UFM leading tOSU Buckeyes to beat an SEC team out in OUR ROSE BOWL Next January! It started 6 years ago and I was there in Glendale watching Troy take it on the chin and then 3 months later Oden, Connley and the boys lost to Florida here in Atlanta for the NC.
That's what I call B1G  justice!!!!! F*ck the SEC!!!!!

Because they wouldn't let me go for 3!
Woody Hayes 1913-1987

BeijingBucks's picture

The Night is Dark and full of Terrors
... add Q Boss to the list of terrors!

 

 

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

Buckabroad's picture

Simply unbelievable. The Buckeyes have developed incredibly well over the season, but the heart, determination and ultimate execution come from each individual player's own fighting spirit. I do not think a coach can teach these qualities.

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

gobucks96's picture

Man, what did Thad say in the locker room?! This team came out on fire and dominated the 2nd half...

Oyster's picture

He informed them that they would not be going to the beach today and would be on a plane home, their choice as to what they wanted to do.  Bikinis in SoCal or Parkas in Columbus.

May you R.I.P. Otsego, but know this. Gaylord Rocks!