Ohio State-Wichita State Will Tip at 7:05 p.m. ET Saturday for a Berth in the Final Four

By Jason Priestas on March 29, 2013 at 12:52a
Ohio State will meet Wichita State at 7:05 p.m. ET Saturday in the West Region Final

No. 2 Ohio State will tip off at 7:05 p.m. ET Saturday in the West Regional final against No. 9 Wichita State. At stake is a berth in the Final Four.

The Buckeyes beat six-seed Arizona 73-70 Thursday night on a LaQuinton Ross three with time winding down to advance. Ross scored 14 of Ohio State's final 17 points, none more important than the final three.

Deshaun Thomas led all scorers with 20, his third 20+ point game of the tournament, while Sam Thompson chipped in with 11 points and 8 rebounds and Aaron Craft turned in 13 points, 5 assists and 5 boards.

Wichita State knocked off No. 13 La Salle 72-58 in the late game at the Staples Center to advance to the Elite 8. The Shockers knocked off the region's top seed, Gonzaga, 76-70 in the round of 32.

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bigbadbuck's picture

Gotta bring your "A" game on Saturday fellas.....No time to rest ..Wichita is gonna be another tough one...........Go Bucks!!!!!

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mitchjacobsen01's picture

Never would have predicted that I'd be nervous for a game against Wichita State.

O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

We were half asleep for first half of AZ game. We'll be awake for this one. D intensity at an all time high. Let's go BUCKS!

MediBuck's picture

I like this matchup for the S&G. O-H!!!!!

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Sgt. Elias's picture

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

buckeyestu's picture

3 down, 3 to go. Time for the buckeyes to turn up the intensity.

BuckeyeCrew's picture

The biggest concern, IMO, is getting down early, and then having to battle back.  The Buckeyes are testing their luck.   I fear that against elite teams, this "tactic" (or complacency) early on, will end up with the team buried in a 20 pt deficit, from which there is no return.

THE_JUICE's picture

The last two teams we played were both much better than most are giving them credit for.  I don't want to look too far ahead, but if we come out flat against Louisville, we could look like Miami against Marquette last night.

BuckeyeCrew's picture

Totally agree, Juice.  ISU and Arizona played better than their respective seedings.  Some of friends and coworkers think that OSU has the easiest road to the Final Four; I think they just look at the seed, and have not watched the games.  (Iona is obviouslty excluded from this statement)

mitchjacobsen01's picture

I really hope they don't shoot 25 threes against us.

osubuck57's picture

That Hall kid is a beast!! reminds me of Amare Stoudemire from the Nicks.


Doc's picture

Lets Go Bucks!  Give the Shockers the shocker!

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Baroclinicity's picture

Saturday date night with the wife:  POSTPONED.

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LadyBuck's picture

You mean going to BW3 for some drinks, wings, and the game isn't considered a date?

Tony's picture

BW3, the official hangout of the NCAA tournament?
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CALPOPPY's picture

Ha! That's a little cleaner than my first thought about asking why a night involving Shockers isn't considered a date. But of course, that's pretty crude and I would NEVER make THAT comment.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

BuckeyeCrew's picture

My wife is a crazy fan  (of Nebraska, unfortunately), but even she tries to put me in a straight-jacket and shove me into a rubber-room, when the Buckeyes play important games. 

LadyBuck's picture

I think this will be a tough game since both sides are rolling right now. We haven't played anything like this Witchita State team. They are tough and determined, and have a lot of momentum. The crowd will probably be in their favor, since people love the Cinderella. They should come out with confidence, but not cockiness, if they want to win. (Just ask Iona how that turned out for them)

buckeyedude's picture

Everything is going exactly as planned! Well. Maybe not EXACTLY as planned...but pretty damn close. Zip the Zipple.



CALPOPPY's picture

I'm hip, I'm cool!

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.


I don't fear Wichita State. I fear a letdown ala the game at Madison in February. We play at our potential and our energy ain't no way Wichita beats us. I'm just not convinced they're better than Arizona or even ISU. that's just me.

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southernstatesbuckeye's picture

Absolutely, IBLEED.  I think the two "close calls" are actually healthy.  They are a constant reminder of what can potentially happen.  This group has bought into a systemic thinking that invaded the football culture last year.  It spreads across sports platforms like this.
And that is a good thing.

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