Shocked: Wichita State Bounces Ohio State from the NCAA Tournament

By Kyle Rowland on March 30, 2013 at 9:41p
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Wichita State celebrates a 70-66 win over Ohio State in the Elite 8

LOS ANGELES – For 40 days and 40 nights, Ohio State had magic on its side.

An 11-game win streak included wins over top-five teams, a Big Ten Tournament championship and back-to-back buzzer-beating victories in the NCAA Tournament. But when it needed to pull a rabbit out of hat against No. 9 seed Wichita State in the West Regional final, the trick couldn’t be completed.

“As we talked about in the locker room, we played so well for such an extended period of time, and we weren’t very good to start the game,” said Ohio State head coach Thad Matta. “Give Wichita State credit. Tremendous, unbelievable basketball team. They’re playing as well as any team we’ve played this year.”

In a nightmarish 30-minute span, the second-seeded Buckeyes fell behind by 20 points, shooting poorly, lacking energy and generally being outplayed by the Cinderella Shockers. Ohio State missed its first seven shot attempts, five of which came from Deshaun Thomas, and didn’t score until nearly four minutes had elapsed.

With 12:09 left in the second half, Wichita State led, 53-33. Sensing the season was on the brink, the Buckeyes mustered a 23-6 run that cut the deficit to three points. But that was as close as they could get, losing, 70-66, at Staples Center.

“It’s as tough a loss we’ve had,” Thomas said.

Ohio State’s flaws were exposed for all to see during the game’s first 30 minutes. Poor shooting, a lack of scorers, bad offensive flow and inconsistent rebounding led to the Buckeyes being 18-7 overall and 8-5 in the Big Ten on Feb. 17.

All those wrongs were righted during the win streak. But the Shockers put an end to Ohio State’s sudden uptick in production. The Buckeyes were 8 of 33 from the field in the first half, were outrebounded, 27-17, and the defense went haywire.

“The way we shot coming into the Elite Eight, everything was falling,” Thomas said. “Today, it just wasn't our night. Nothing was falling.”

Wichita State’s guards were able to drive on Aaron Craft, and the Shockers ended the half on a 20-7 run, including a stretch of eight straight points against Ohio State’s small lineup, which had been so reliable in recent weeks.

But everything finally clicked when all hope seemed to be lost. Down 20 in the second half and 15 with less than seven minutes left, the Buckeyes nearly capped a comeback for the ages.

LaQuinton Ross scored eight consecutive points, Thomas had five and a comedy of errors befelled the Shockers at the most inopportune time. Wichita State caught a ball out of bounds, dropped a ball out of bounds and failed to make a layup. The hot-shooting Shockers also began missing shots.

They made two monumental plays in crunch time, though. First came a three-pointer when Ohio State cut the lead to 3, and with Wichita State up four with 1:34 left, the Shockers got an offensive rebound and then scored with the shot clock nearing zero to extend the advantage to six points. Both the 3 and rebound came from Tekele Cotton.

“That missed rebound is the thing sticking with me,” said Ross, the player responsible for guarding Cotton. “I can’t get that out of my mind.”

Deshaun Thomas, in perhaps his final collegiate game, scored 21 points and Ross had 19 – 15 coming in the second half. Thomas missed nine of his first 12 shots from the field. The Buckeyes shot 31 percent for the game, their lowest since falling to Kansas in December.

“(Wichita State) played Big Ten defense,” Matta said. “They loaded the box and what you have to do is be able to knock down a couple shots and get a couple points in transition. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do either.”

Both Thomas and Ross were asked about their futures. Thomas was noncommittal, while Ross said he’s returning for his junior season.

“I’m just going to go home, enjoy my family, get back in the gym, and think about this,” Thomas said. “This is a great group of guys I have around me and great coaching staff, so I’m going to enjoy my time off and not remember this loss and get back in the gym and get better.”

Said Ross: “I really haven’t even thought about leaving.”

The Buckeyes only led twice, 8-7 and 9-7. They trailed by 13 at the half, and it wasn’t largely to do with Wichita State playing well. The Shockers only shot 35.5 percent in the half, though they were buoyed by five 3s. Missing one of nine free throws also helped.

“You shoot 24 percent in the first half in the Elite Eight and you’re probably going to be down double-digits at halftime,” Matta. “Geez, we never had a feel-good moment in the first half.”

But Ohio State’s lack of forced turnovers and transition points was the main culprit in its defeat. The Buckeyes finished with zero fast break points. The aggressive, athletic and physical style Wichita State employed seemed to catch Ohio State off guard.

“We didn’t score in transition at all today, and that’s been our calling card throughout this run, getting stops and scoring in transition,” said Craft, who finished 2-of-12 shooting. “We didn’t score at all. We really didn’t get very many easy buckets tonight and it shows.”

For the fourth consecutive season, one bad half of basketball has ended a potential national championship for the Buckeyes.

“I've lost my three tournament games now by eight points combined,” Craft said. “It’s tough. It’s crazy tough. It’s very tough to grasp how important a possession is in the first half and how that can come back to haunt you in the second.

“We had quite a few of those today, just plays that we don’t usually make. We weren’t really playing our style of basketball. They took us out of our rhythm. It’s tough. Every possession counts. Every possession is important.”

Wichita State becomes the fifth mid-major program (Butler twice) to reach the Final Four since 2006 and the fifth nine seed or higher to reach the sport’s pinnacle since seeding began in 1979.

Kansas and Kansas State entered the NCAA Tournament with high seeds and Final Four hopes. Instead, the Shockers are kings of the Sunflower State. It’s their first Final Four since 1965.

“We’re happy, but I’m still shocked,” Wichita State senior and Georgia native Carl Hall said. “We’ve got a team full of fighters. I brought them all together near the end and said, ‘No matter what happens, I love y’all.’ We had to fight so hard. We’ve got each other’s backs, and it’s hard to beat a team that’s got five guys who work together like us.”

Ohio State found out on Saturday night and disappeared.

“Everybody remembers the last game. I’m not going to,” Matta said. “I’m going to remember this season because I’m very, very proud of what these guys have accomplished this year.”

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smartfootballrankings's picture

If only Matta realized that he had a size advantage 30 minutes earlier in the game, we win by 20.

smartfootballrankings's picture

If the gameplan of the last 10 minutes was utlized during any part of the 20, we'd be in Atlanta.  Instead, we jack up terrible 3s and stay away from the paint like it is made of lava.

aboynamedtracy's picture

To be clear, it's the "Win by 20" that I think is absurd.

BuckeyePride's picture

Very disappointed. Great try at the end though

How Firm Thy Friendship....

Wobble in our Shoes's picture

Agree or not, I think this team overachieved with an Elite 8 trip. Obviously, I wish we would've gone longer. This is the first Matta team I can remember without a first round NBA pick (NIT year nonwithstanding). I'm proud of the boys for having the heart to come back, and hope they all return next year for feasting on a weakened B1G. 
 
How Firm Thy Friendship...

Alice in Aggieland's picture

Agree with this. It's not losing in the Elite Eight that's disappointing - let's be honest. Who thought this team would be that good down the stretch? - it's losing to WICHITA STATE that stings. 

Bolt's picture

So much my thoughts on this team. After getting over the sting of the loss and looking back on this season I'm really proud of the way they came together and the way sophomores really developed. This may turn out to be one of my absolute favorite Thad Matta teams. I loved this last month of basketball we got to be a part of, the heart they played with and the way they busted their asses for each other after all seemed lost.

Poison nuts's picture

Why, why, why did they wait til being 20 points down to start playing that well???!!! WHY???
Edit:  This is not me being negative. I'm super proud of the comeback- just frustrated that they turned it on like that after being throttled most of the game. Really could've been a different outcome otherwise...

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

ih8rolltyde's picture

Thank you Buckeyes, for more time with my family than I would have otherwise gotten. Always crushed when we lose, but applaud the effort. Proud of our guys.
 
Go Bucks!

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unknownmusketeer's picture

It took me until that time to get the right combination of shirts, pants, and socks. When I did, we came back.

Golden Buckeye's picture

"We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time" - Vince Lombardi

Buckeyeneer's picture

This one stings but like all things, it will pass. Still proud of our boys.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

Baroclinicity's picture

No matter how old you are, the losing hurts the same. I thought it might get easier over the years.
Great season, Buckeyes. Hope they all come back.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

buckeyedude's picture

Go to Hell, Barkley.

 

 

frozen buckeye's picture

+1. Yeah, I cringed when he said we'd get this one.  Greasy mojo kills. 

Brutus Forever's picture

starting the game 0/7 and going 1/14 in the first half certainly didn't help wtf mane

"I learned to dislike Michigan at a very young age.” – Urban F. Meyer

nardddd's picture

I'm just annoyed by at least 2 missed ten second violations.  The one near the end of the game ended in Wichita getting a three when OSU had gotten to within 4.  Could have changed the result.
But overall, OSU was just lucky to be in it at the end after a terrible 30 minutes.
Great season with a disappointing ending.  Who among us would have thought the Buckeyes would be in the elite eight 2 months ago?

RedStorm45's picture

At least two missed, possibly 3.  It's like the refs didn't see the shot clock.  Also you can't call timeout at 4 on the 5 second inbound count.  Should have been a turnover.  Don't discount ravenel's foul at the end of the first half.  In a four point game those were all huge.

Haybucks's picture

or the foul on Smith with Baker canning all 3 FT's.  Not a foul.  It wouldn't matter as much if we were a better free throw shooting team, though.

I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.
- Edward Gibbon
 

LouGroza's picture

Thought the theme for the game was set by DT with the quick shots and starting 0/5 out of the gate with a couple of those shots being of the WTH are you doing variety. Think Ross may have gotten a little too much attention last game for his liking. I think he still has some maturing to do in shot selection and when to shoot.

aboynamedtracy's picture

Hate to admit it but had same thought.

Bolt's picture

I kept getting frustrated in the 2nd half when it seemed like Ross would make one good play followed by one bad play, rinse, lather and repeat. But I didn't want him to stop as he was at least making something happen. 

Jelligrim's picture

Well it was better to lose with class than be sore.  This was a rebuilding year and our team did great.

Bolt's picture

Especially considering looking at all the other nat'l powers that were having rebuilding years this season. Thad and the players on this team really proved themselves this year in my opinion.

kr66osu's picture

Will Thomas come back? That's the big question now

brylee's picture

not sure why someone would down vote this...  that is the question; will he come back?  he certainly didn't help himself tonight. 
to think of next years line up...holy shit!!!

BuckeyeChief's picture

Bad game for awhile, probably the second toughest loss by a Buckeye basketball team in my life (1992 vs scum), but I am proud this team didn't pack it in, and made a game out of it.

On a side note, all you negative nancies who lacked it in when our guys were down 20 please pack it in and find another team to pull for.

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

LouGroza's picture

Yes indeed, they fought back and almost got there but it was what it was. When's football start again?

jmw's picture

There's plenty of diehard OSU fans who turned the TV off for various reasons.  I thought about it because I couldn't watch OSU get beat on the boards and shoot an abysmal ~25% from the field.  It was frustrating.
I think calling out these fans and telling them to find another team is a little extreme...especially for a "MOD". 
I think the tournament game a couple years ago against UK was my toughest loss because I thought that was the best OSU team since the Oden/Conley group. 
 
 

jw

BuckeyeChief's picture

Turning off the tv is one thing; a lot of comments made were another.

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

BuckeyeChief's picture

and this, for me, ties Kentucky.

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

brylee's picture

that was an epic comeback...no two ways about it.  we didn't get the calls, nor did we help ourselves when it was there for the taking.

Bolt's picture

Stings, but not as much as the 2011 tourney loss to Kentucky for me. I really thought that team was the best team in the country that year hands down.

Grant Edgell's picture

Q had the beginnings of a one-man run at the end. Proud of the whole squad to fight back, but boy was that first 30 minutes atrocious.
Football, please.

hodge's picture

Pretty damn good...for a relative rebuilding year. 
Great season, ladies and gents. Can't wait to see Thomas (he's coming back, right? RIGHT?), Craft, and Ross put it all together next year.  Can't wait to celebrate a championship a year from now, cheers!

Poison nuts's picture

I'll tell you what- if he does come back next year, and this team is all together, look the F out! They'd be pretty damn tough to beat...

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

RedQueenRace's picture

They will be tough but without Williams/McDonald developing into a viable offensive threat in the post the same issue remains:  a night where jump shots don't fall spells doom.  And they will happen.
Williams + Ravenel = 0 points, 5 boards.
Scott and Craft had 7 rebounds, and Scott had 5 of the 8 offensive boards.
Other than 4 blocks the 5 position gave us very little.

Hoody Wayes's picture

Good season. Go Bucks!
And now, we turn our attention to...Football.

BuckeyeVet's picture

F..k Wichita Effing State. I hope Louisville or Duke eats them up & shits them out. By 30. Proud of the Buckeyes season & Matta's coaching, even if that doesn't apply to this game.

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."          - Groucho Marx

 

brylee's picture

i hope they keep it going...to validate what they did to the buckeyes tonight...

BuckeyeVet's picture

@Brylee - that's a legitimate way to look at it. But I'm the vindictive sort.

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."          - Groucho Marx

 

frozen buckeye's picture

I dunno.  Don't we want to have our loss come from the big badass winner?  

DaiTheFlu's picture

Wow, just...wow. I'm pretty upset, but to be truthful, after the beat down in Madison, I certainly didn't expect to see our boys get this far. They definitely overachieved this tournament, but I really did start to believe the whole "team of destiny" thing. Wow. So disappointed.

We can't stop here; this is bat country...

BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

You don't deserve to win if you shoot like that. Good season, overachievers but still disappointing if that makes sense. On to football

Wayne Woodrow Hayes

BuckeyeChief's picture

If everyone comes back, and Amir develops, watch out...

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

Colby3333's picture

Cooper strikes again!!!!!!

buckeyedude's picture

Dude. Leave Brittney SpearsCooper alone already. The man has taken enough shit.

 

 

ATXbucknut's picture

At least we are OSU fans, which means we have FB season to look forward to!  Apart from FL, no other big time BB program can say that.  Indiana and everyone else must wait 365 days until they can get excited again.
Once Wichita loses, Shocker fans have to look for excitement in a box of Fruity Pebbles 'er somethin'. 

We are fortunate to be Buckeyes!
 

Buckeyeneer's picture

<Sheepishly raises hand> I love Fruity Pebbles

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

CALPOPPY's picture

Hell yeah, Fruity Pebbles! Nothing to be ashamed about!

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

Mr. Slick's picture

They got nothing on Cocoa Pebbles though

Squirrel Master's picture

Louisville actually can say more at the moment. both a final four last year and possibly this year too. and a BCS bowl win in football.
but point is, only 2 teams can say they are this good in both sports. 

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

BME_Buckeye's picture

If you looked at where we were to begin the year, little to no offense, couldn't beat a ranked team to save our lives, to what we've done in the past 12 games and losing by 4 after a tough comeback, I won't complain. We had our chance but missed it after we didn't get that rebound. That being said, I'm proud of this team for how far they've come after losing Sully and Buford. Hopefully, next year we can develop a scoring option. This buckeye team overachieved but came just short. Nothing to be disappointed about.
Hey look baseball season starts soon. Go Tribe! 

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

 

BuckeyeVet's picture

I was 100% with your comments until you mentioned "Go Tribe". . That should be "Go Reds"!   

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."          - Groucho Marx

 

NoVA Buckeye's picture

You mean "Roll Tribe"

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

ih8rolltyde's picture

Please, please, please. I beg of you. Don't do that.

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

DetroitBuckeye's picture

We had a great season but I think that we were the better team and we should have won.  We played pitiful in the first half and deserved to lose, although I do think that it says a lot about this teams character scratching and clawing back.  For me this is the toughest loss for The Ohio State University since the 2009 Fiesta Bowl, just that sick feeling in my gut.  We didn't lose we just ran out of time.

 
Volfen111's picture

dont go on the espn message boards..oh my god. so proud of buckeye nation..now we go to our most prideful sport..FOOTBAW SEASON.

i know only one thing thats certain..the power of human will
- joseph stalin

DaiTheFlu's picture

Yeah, I learned that after the 2007 NC game. The fact that most of the people on those boards are, presumably, adults with jobs and CHILDREN is absolutely terrifying to think about.

We can't stop here; this is bat country...

argyle182021's picture

As much as losing hurts me and the other fans, it hurts the players so much more.  These kids put everything they have into the game.  Did they play well the first half?  Not a chance.  They played hard at the end and had a chance, just didn't make enough timely plays (3 pointer and offensive rebound).  29 wins and an elite 8 appearance is a pretty great season.  Every season ending is disappointing, except those rare championship ones.  Hopefully we get one of those soon!

dbit's picture

Wasn't the best game we've ever played....
 
but an elite eight after losing Jared sullinger and William Buford...I'll take it.

buckeyedude's picture

Yes, they fell into an early, deep hole, but I am DAMN proud the way this team fought back!! I am also DAMN proud of the OSU CROWD at the game! They sounded loud as HELL on TV and although there are no moral victories in basketball, at least they(fans and players) didn't roll over.
Hell, this team could have said "F**k it" after the Wisconsin shellacking. But they didn't. They fought hard and won the B1G tourney and made it to the Elite 8.

 

 

Grant Edgell's picture

I have REALLY good news everyone...

BME_Buckeye's picture

You know what would be good news, Meyer telling us we got a new recruit after this bummer! 
 
 

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

 

DaiTheFlu's picture

Damn right, brother. I'm disappointed as hell right now, but it is one hell of a privilege to be a Buckeye!

We can't stop here; this is bat country...

dbit's picture

I only have one up vote to give... 

brylee's picture

i can't believe all these downvotes...wow!!! 

Roger's picture

I have even better news: we're all still alive, have lots of things in our lives to live for, and Ohio State sports to look forward to for the rest of our lives.

I don't know about you, but I'm going to go hug my daughter, kiss my wife, and settle in for some late-night relaxation. 

Poison nuts's picture

Yeah - you're right. I'm going to do all those things myself...minus the relaxation part of course! ;)

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

ih8rolltyde's picture

I have no kids, and my girlfriend is at work. What do I do?
 
(Rhetorical..... Drugz an Alkyhol, duh)

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

ih8rolltyde's picture

Whoever downvoted the Meyer pic should not only be banned; but also have his/her smartphone, tablet, laptop, pc,ps3, xbox360, psp, or any other internet capable device confiscated immediately.

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

BuckeyeVet's picture

Obviously a scUM fan.

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."          - Groucho Marx

 

ih8rolltyde's picture

Ahh yes, quarantine is the only option then. That disease is incurable.

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

CALPOPPY's picture

I think you underestimate the power of the dumpy digit.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

ih8rolltyde's picture

We can only hope, I believe we had a troll in and around this thread.

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

CALPOPPY's picture

Could be...I was just being optimistic that it was an accident that someone would down vote a benign UMeyer photo. I don't understand the random down votes at all so I assume some are just silly accidents.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

sloopy88's picture

Thank you for that, friend.

Geraffi's picture

Great season, Buckeyes. Fun ride, sad that it ended tonight. 
Spring game only 2 weeks away!  

buckeye4life050233's picture

funny how the ticky tacky bs fouls that gave Wstate like 4 free throws to close out the first half really made a difference

CALPOPPY's picture

That stupid foul on Rav was...just...IDK. It was stupid.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

Tim's picture

No more shocked, shocker, shocking, or any other shock-related puns please.  Go Louisville.

thedecline19's picture

Good season guys. Went way farther than expected this year, especially after that start to the year.
Next time though I just want an effort. I've never seen a team seem to care less about a game than Ohio State did for the first 30 minutes tonight.
Good luck to the Shockers the rest of the way

Bucks43201's picture

Tough way to go out. Valiant comeback effort. Damn good dagger 3-ball by that kid from WSU with a few minutes left, and that offensive rebound with about 1:20 left was killer. Give em credit.
But, man, I've never seen us play that bad for 30 minutes.
And, to boot, those refs did blow. Those two fouls at the end of the first half were flat out crap calls, (against Craft and Ravenel). That was like giving them 4 free points, and guess what...we lose by 4 points.
But, we lost that game ourselves.
Two more observations: WOW! How much did # 23 for WSU push off!?! They finally called it, but one time wasn't enough.
And, second, wishful thinking here - but maybe Tank will come back for his Senior year.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

ATL_Buckeye's picture

Played pretty much the whole first half 3 on 5 offensively, can' t win like that. Gotta play your best 5

BuckeyeChief's picture

***SERIAL DOWNVOTER ALERT!!!!****

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

BuckeyeVet's picture

That's ok - I'll be the serial up voter 

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."          - Groucho Marx

 

ATT2121's picture

This is going to sting for a while. That said, I'm awful proud of this team.

 
 

"It all goes so fast, and character makes the difference when it's close."
Jesse Owens
 

ArizonaBuckeye's picture

Welp, they made one hell of a run after that Wisconsin loss late in the season. Hold your head up high fellas. Disappointed, I really hope this team stays together because next yr they should be the BIG favorite. IF DeShaun leaves I wish him the best! That being said...BRING ON BUCKEYE FOOTBALL!!

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

Buckeye Chuck's picture

OK, sore subject alert, but when folks in the national media ding the Big Ten for coming up small in March (as they deservedly will now unless Michigan wins their next 3 games, and let's not think about that), which team bears the brunt of this over the last several years?    
Thad is getting the job done the first four months of the season, but this makes 5 losses to lower seeds in 7 NCAA tournaments for his teams (to put that into some perspective, Michigan State has lost 4 times to lower seeds since they won their national championship, and one of those losses was to a #2 seed in the Final Four). We've lost to a #6, a #7, and a #9 as a second seed. It's the third time in 4 years we've lost as the highest seed remaining in our regional. 
Yeah, "you can't win 'em all," but it's getting hard not to notice that the stunning upset to end our season has become the norm.

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

CALPOPPY's picture

I don't care. I'll take it.
And if you want to make that point, I would want to know how Matta compares to every other coach, then, not just Matta. Izzo is a special, special coach. The sample size is a little small for my liking. Most coaches don't even get the opportunity to have the losses.
and I wasn't stunned by the upset. Neither was I when UK beat the Buckeyes. The teams are here for a reason....they're good.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

True, we've been in position to get those high seeds to begin with, and Matta deserves credit for that (though keeping the momentum going against revitalized Indiana and Michigan programs won't be easy). He seems to be superior preparing for conference opponents and games that are pre-scheduled, but not nearly as good preparing for the uncertainty of a national tournament (if Wisconsin had won their half of the regional, I think we beat them tonight).
While Kansas had the bad loss to Northern Iowa and UConn fell to George Mason, fans of those teams have recent titles to remember too. Until Thad wins his, there are going to be doubters, and it's safe to say I'm one of them. 

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

CALPOPPY's picture

But I guess I would ask how many coaches have won titles overall and how likely is it that we get a better coach at OSU. This winning is unprecedented at Ohio State and OSU will never be considered as a destination without an incredibly strong foundation. So I don't know if OSU will win a title with Matta but I'm happy with his tenure. He's raised the level of the program.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

brylee's picture

going 11-1 in the final part of the season, b1g tourney, and ncaa tourney is pretty fucking outstanding if you ask me...i'll take that in a rebuilding year...

DetroitBuckeye's picture

Oh yeah like that big upset loss we had against kansas last year.

 
 
rdubs's picture

Just an FYI, the Lion King is on ABC Family.  If you want to watch a comeback story that ended a little better...

osubuck57's picture

Good season,bad ending.If they want to be better for next year,all they have to do is remember tonight.Should give all of them the motivation to get better in the off-season

SCOTTC.

CALPOPPY's picture

Disappointed in the game, but not in the players. We were struggling but WSU had a lot to do with that. Proud the Buckeyes made a run. Reminded me of the OSU-Indiana game from 1992 or so when we were down by 20 at half and then made a run but lost at the end when we ran out of energy.
And Matta and Craft and Thomas were the epitome of classy in their post game interviews. Crean should have to watch the interviews to learn humility.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

nickma71's picture

I do believe our Bucks now have a 12 game win streak to talk about, and how to improve. Although the minor talk about Thomas not going pro would be very interesting to me if he gets his degree.

dubjayfootball90's picture

gave up 70+ points in each game this tournament, it was bound to bite us in the ass sometime. Damn.
 
Great season buckeyes. Got a great scorer coming in and hopefully DT comes back to get his stock back up, I think it dropped a little, albeit slightly, after this game (shooting woes). Only time will tell. On to next year, and lets go Football!

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

buckeyestu's picture

Great season imo. 2nd place in the league, won league tourny, elite 8. Next year will be one to look forward to, with or without thomas.

frozen buckeye's picture

I'm a basketball Buckeye.  You want to bitch about a player?  This game falls squarely on Craft.  He was left open and failed throughout the game to step up.  DT was double and triple teamed.  DT is a grown ass man and played despite it.  Amir, Ross, and Scott showed grit and glimpses of next year.  Craft failed. Epically. 

Hovenaut's picture

So be it.

But I'll still take Aaron Craft every day of the week. He wasn't the only one who had it tough tonight.

CALPOPPY's picture

Easy, dude. Just enjoy life a little. The team failed to move on. Nobody played their best game...that happens in life.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

ih8rolltyde's picture

Dude, Craft had a shit game, ( a REALLY shit game) but was a major reason we were this far. Chill out and back off. You obviously never played any significant amount of actual sports. How about the time Craft laid out like a shortstop on that late fast break to try to give (I believe) his last foul. Craft gave more to tOSU in one play than I bet you ever have. Piss off.

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

frozen buckeye's picture

Offer to blow him.  Then go read posts where ppl bitch about other players.  

ih8rolltyde's picture

Tough interweb type, eh?

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

Poison nuts's picture

Weak sauce Frozen Buckeye...

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

BuckeyeVet's picture

I love Craft. But he has GOT to develop a jump shot & a clutch free throw ability. Still want him on my team any day of the week.

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."          - Groucho Marx

 

BME_Buckeye's picture

You want Burke because of his success? He was never offered because we had Scott and he was originally committed to Penn State before choosing Michigan. I'll still take Craft over Burke! 

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

 

ih8rolltyde's picture

Trey Burke (and bitchigan) folded NUMEROUS times in the B1G regular season and in NO WAY would Ohio State basketball be better with him on the roster. DT is already a volume shooter and Craft was here, and established (B1G Defensive POY) while Burke was in high school. Scott (a player that will be on tOSU roster next year, who was much more highly regarded) was chosen over Burke. Trey Burke will likely lead piss-and-tears to the title game, to lose to Duke or Louisville. Good for him. He will be a high NBA pick, and bring them EXACTLY what the fab 5 did, zero banners. (stops yelling)
 

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

BME_Buckeye's picture

Who needs haters and enemies with fan(s) like you! I'm sure you were the same person jumping out of your seat when Craft hit the game winning three and when he made the game winning assist. Get bent, no one is perfect in life or in sports!

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

 

frozen buckeye's picture

Why settle in basketball for what you won't accept in football? 

tennbuckeye19's picture

since when is an elite 8 finish considered settling?

BuckeyeVet's picture

Touché

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."          - Groucho Marx

 

frozen buckeye's picture

We seem to expect National Championship game for football.  The other bowls are taken as a slight or an indication as an 'off year'.  I agree the team had a good season but think we have different standards for basketball and football.  

DetroitBuckeye's picture

Do you know why?  This isn't a basketball school, it isn't our thing.  We aren't a national program but a regional brand.  Comparing our football team to our basketball team is lunacy.  We don't have 100+ years of football tradition to demand the very best recruits, what Thad Matta does is incredible.  Maybe you need to realize that as a brand and a program we aren't Kentucky.

 
frozen buckeye's picture

Reread your post for errors. 

CALPOPPY's picture

Well Detroit Buckeye, in all fairness, that's kinda what the post said...that we have different standards for FB and BB.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

DetroitBuckeye's picture

It isn't about the standards though, fans can't dictate how good the teams are.  It is about reality and comparing the football team to the basketball team is just dumb.  Frankly it's unfair to the basketball team to hold them to the same standards as the football team.

 
chinooker97's picture

This one stings, it's like the Bucks realized as soon as they were down 20 that they were bigger and more athletic and maybe should start taking it to the rack every possession.  Still a great season, but a very disappointing loss.  Time for football season!

"Because we couldn't go for three."

Jim's picture

Let's be honest....this team won the last two games with lucky 3-point shots at the buzzer.  They pulled an easy draw and neither of those games should have been that close.  When it comes down to the very end, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.  Tonight it didn't work.

Bucks43201's picture

No way. That's dishonest. How were those 3's lucky?
 

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

DetroitBuckeye's picture

All of those threes were taken when the game was tied.  If we miss those shots who says that we don't win the game in ot.

 
brylee's picture

those were actually pretty easy three's..all things considered...it was either hit it or go to OT....no pressure there!

Jim's picture

There is no such thing as an easy "3".  A good three point shooter typically shoots in the 30-40 percent range.

Hovenaut's picture

This one hurts.

Deep breaths, and I'm taking the high roads here.

Congrats to Wichita State, you earned it.

Proud of our guys, good year overall. Thanks for your efforts, good luck Evan Ravenel. Hope to see everyone else back next year to give it another go.

Good and bad, go Buckeyes!

Hovenaut's picture

And to hell with any Matta backlash - the man did a hell of a job (again) this year.

He will get this school there before he's done.

frozen buckeye's picture

Matta is a great coach.  We are fortunate to have him.  Hope the school doesn't go MinnesotaDumb and do anything rash...

Buckeye Chuck's picture

Nothing like that is going to happen, obviously. And the "great season, guys!" response to today's loss is a big part of the reason why. At a school where basketball was top dog, continually being upset in the NCAAs, let alone losing to a team that couldn't beat Evansville at home, would be a much bigger deal.

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

frozen buckeye's picture

Agreed.  Just pointing out other good coaches have been let go--wrongly let go.  

BME_Buckeye's picture

Matta just got a raise and is making 3.1 million a year. Do you think the school is about to fire someone they just gave a raise to, who just won the Big Ten tournament title who team came up short in the elite 8? Matta will still be the coach. 

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

 

frozen buckeye's picture

You missed my point.  Other schools have let guys go for less.  And that's ridiculous.  

brylee's picture

dude has tenure...

ih8rolltyde's picture

HOVE tryin to save this thread with a voice of reason.

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

Hovenaut's picture

Just my two pennies.....four straight 16s (a first for the school), back-to-back 8s for the first time since '61-'62.....

The program was heading into 'afterthought' territory a decade ago imho. Matta will break through one of these years yet. Call me a homer, but he held together a team that won the toughest conference tourney and reached the final eight. Plenty of other coaches out there nowhere near getting results close to that.

#ENDRANT

CALPOPPY's picture

Yep, he's elevated the program. That's great.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

ih8rolltyde's picture

Preach on HOVE, the Buckeyes will be better next year. I feel sorry for the people that let hate, anger, and greed rule their lives. To each their own.

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

ek68's picture

Tough to win when you shoot so badly. I admire the Buckeyes effort. They never gave up.

 

 

 

d5k's picture

I think I know what Craft is going to be working on for the next 5 months (already knew).  If he could just step into a 3 when guys blatantly play off under screens, we win this game easily.  

Braxton2Devin's picture

Like I said, our trend of horrific first-halfs were bound to bite us in the ass at some point, and it happened to be today, against a team that would actually take advantage of that.

d5k's picture

Anyone else immediately have the thought "so whatcha gonna do Deshaun?"  The team of the last month+ could easily carry over into a top 5 team next year all year.  Particularly with what Indiana is likely losing (and maybe Michigan too, especially if they win tomorrow and keep going).

Sgt. Elias's picture

We came back and then:

Gonna drink the pain into a sunshine....

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

allbucksallthetime's picture

After last year and losing JS and WB, who would have thought the Buckeyes would have been back in the Elite 8 this year?  Or, for that matter, won their last 11 games to get there?
It was a very good season for our Buckeyes.  Some games you just aren't at your best.  Today was one of those games and the effort to get back into the game gave the Buckeyes chances late.  That is exactly why I am proud of this group.  They did not quit at any point this year.  Today was no exception.  Go Bucks!

Mr. Slick's picture

This is probably me being a huge homer and maybe I'll feel differently in a few minutes but...
 
We got hosed, Tommy!
I'm too pissed to do it but I would love for someone to make a list of all the RIDICULOUS calls that went against the bux.  Not the 50/50 calls - but the ones that should get refs into a new line of work.
 
 

Mr. Slick's picture

The refs may not have been great but even after falling behind by 20 we had chances down the stretch.  A made shot here, a rebound there, or don't turn the ball over and we have chance to win this game. 
What a roller coaster of emotions.  And while I feel like crap now it was a very exciting game to watch.  I know games like tonight are why I love sports and why I love the Buckeyes.

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Great year. Poor timing. I can't wait for next year. Always cheering. 

Read my entire screen name....

WiliestBuckeye's picture

We played like crap, plain and simple. These types of loses are the most frustrating. The ones you KNOW that your team is superior, but they stink up the court and wind up losing. We had a heck off a season, but going out like that really blows, it does not matter who the opponent is. Hopefully we are a much improved offensive team next year, cause these types of games are torture to watch.

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

tennbuckeye19's picture

Yes. It sucks to lose. It really does. I hate that we lost. I hate that OSU played so bad for 30 minutes and came up short in their comeback attempt. But this was a great season. Do you know how many teams can say they made it to the Elite 8 this year? Only 8. And did anyone in their right mind think this team could make it this far when they were getting throttled on February 17th in Madison? I highly doubt. So yeah I'm pissed about the loss, but I am pretty freakin' proud of this team for a great year. They finished 2nd in the B1G regular season (thanks for nothing UM :) . They won the B1G tournament. And they made it to the Elite 8. 

Sean N's picture

Was Wichita State ever ranked in the AP poll at any point this season?  Face it, we got ass-kicked by an Iowa level team.  Sure, they've been hot lately but I find that pretty shitty.

BME_Buckeye's picture

They were ranked and they did beat an Iowa level team. O wait they did beat Iowa and I watched the game.... Yuck!

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

 

brylee's picture

they also beat gonzaga.

Sean N's picture

I didn't think the Bucks should have lost so badly to Illinois either.

741's picture

Great run post the loss up in Wisconsin, and very excited about the emergence of Q. But it was tough to see how badly Thad was out schemed in this loss. Had fun for the last 10 minutes or so though. GO BUCKS!

chimes3899's picture

This loss was a combination of a few "questionable calls", our inability to make a few wide open jumpers especially craft, and our lackadaisical approach to attacking the hole. 
If we return everyone next year we could be very very good. In order to win a title though we would need craft and scott to develop a jumper, mcdonald or williams to develop, ross and thomas to improve their defense and thomson and smith to work on their offense. 
I think with the addition of loving and i forget the other kids name (williams?) we could be really really good. Also della valle should hopefully develop too

Poison nuts's picture

Now that it's sinking in & I'm calmed down a bit, I have some thoughts...The thing that stings most about this game is that OSU showed that they were a very capable team when they got down 20 & had the fortitude to fight all the way back to within 3. That last 8 minutes, they played like they were the better team. I will give credit to Witchita State...they played a hell of a game, but I have to stop short of saying the better team won (may sound a little salty, but that's my honest opinion). Had The Buckeyes played with that sense of urgency from the beginning, that game has a different outcome. I don't feel as though OSU over-achieved this year, I felt they played beautifully at the end of the season & very much deserved to be the 2 seed that could have gone all the way. This loss does not fall on Matta, it was just a terrible shooting performance by a group who to me, looked like they thought this one was going to be easier than it was. When they needed to get back in the game, they did - just a little late with the effort. Damn if only that game was a minute longer!!..Oh well - congrats to them for going as far as they did. The sweet 16 & beyond will always be an accomplishment & the competition will always be beyond difficult to win.
I am hoping everyone is back next year with the addition of Marc Loving. That could be an amazing team with high, high expectations. Goodnight fellow fans, this one hurts a bit, but that's life. They'll be back.
 

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

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Yeah, this one definetly stings.  They way they fought back and got it to 4 there at the end I thought that they were going to do it.  Where I was watching we were talking about how a few years back the Bucks were down by 20 to Tenn in the tournament and came back to win that one.  THey just came up a bit short in this one.  Tough shooting night all the way around.  Give credit to Witchita, they did what they had to do to win.  We didn't get much help from the refs either but what can you do.  All I can say is that if we looked back to how this year started off in the B1G and someone said to us that our Buckeyes would win the B1G tournament and make it to the Elite 8 I think most of us would have thought that would be pretty outstanding.  I am proud of what this team did this year and how they fought back even on a poor shooting night.  I think we will have a great base for next year's team. 
Love the Buckeyes no matter what!

741's picture

I'm almost positive DT will move on (and obviously Ravenel has used up his eligibility). I think Q becomes the heir to DT and probably doesn't miss a beat. Very excited for next season.

Apex Q's picture

The first half sucked but I am proud of the team for coming back and at least making a game out it. What bothers me is the foul called on Lenzelle Smith on a 3 point attempt by Ron Baker; when Lenzelle literally didn't even make contact. 

Buckeye till I die....I bleed scarlet and grey

BuckeyeVet's picture

YES! Phantom foul. WTF.

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."          - Groucho Marx

 

FitzBuck's picture

With the way the season started hard not to think this was another great season.  Big tournament champs, elite 8.  
They were tired tonight but I still loved the effort to close out the game.  
Back to football.....go bucks 

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

Spirit's picture

We got out shot, out hustled, out defended, yea, out played, Coach Matta is a treasure, we are blessed to have him. Next year, we'll take it one step further. We'll be a better team, then!

Spirit

Sean N's picture

I wish there was some tape of me talking to people at a party the afternoon after that Wisconsin game.  I HATED this team.  They definitely worked their way into my heart and provided some real exciting moments. This is what makes this all the worse.  Disappointing, but they really found some things that worked and they should be really good next year.

zbd's picture

Getting to the Elite 8 with these players was a success.  I am worried about not bringing in top recruits. With Thomas going pro, next year won't have any scorers.  Could be a long season.

Poison nuts's picture

Thomas may not go & even then, Ross really stepped up in the tourney...Scott, Craft, Thompson & Ross will be back as fairly seasoned vets. They'll be fine. If DT stays - they'll be more than fine IMHO.

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

BrewstersMillions's picture

Who had "Amir Williams" in the "Keeping the Bucks alive in the 1st half pool"? Come collect your money. Ol' brick hands kep that lead from really getting out of hand. What can you say? OSU nearly over came the worst game of the year, forced WSU into a bad case of TBS (Tight Butt Syndrome) and we saw what Q can be-a focal point of the offense. It sucks, but winning out the way they did, taking the B1G tourney, and running to the elite 8 is not a bad year. Of course you want more, but 300 some odd schools are eligible for the tourney, OSU basically took 7th.

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

buckeye4life050233's picture

I am very dissatisfied with the offensive sets in the half-court all year....with the type of guys we have it would have made more sense to backcut and slip screen a lot more and then let dt work on the weak side in iso plays and force double teams......instead we live and die by defensive stops and jumpshots way to often......the style of offense is completely wrong for the players like thompson and lenzelle......and yet another loss to a lower ranked team in the tournament who played like they were the 2 seed.........

TNbuckeye91's picture

Oh yeah btw. Im kris ha im dumb

BuckeyeChief's picture

can't sleep, ugh.

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

LABuckeye's picture

Just got home. Tried to cheer them on. Fell short. Apologies...

KBonay's picture

Same here, bro. We did our best to get them going. 

LABuckeye's picture

My perspective at the game was that they seemed to start out energetic and doing their thing, but the shots just weren't falling. That resulted in the team getting deflated and the flat play that kept on until it was too late for a comeback.

KBonay's picture

Where did you sit?  I was 5 rows back across from shockers bench. Buckeyes just seemed frustrated with every miss. 

LABuckeye's picture

Section 108, Row 13. Opposite side of the court from you...

KBonay's picture

Ouch..with the shockers? I sat there Thursday, row 5. 

LABuckeye's picture

Nope... on the opposite side of the court from either of the benches.

osubuckeye4life's picture

It was a good season and I honestly thought the team overachieved.
The future looks bright for this team. They will learn from this game.
Congrats to Wichita State they definitely deserved the win.

theobi's picture

This stings. I'm trying to be positive but I just don't see any silver linings, other than football. I'm terrified to see this team without Thomas next year. Hard, hard loss.

teddyballgame's picture

Just an awful shooting night for the whole team basically.  We were always probably a little too dependent on DT for offense though.   
Overall, I think Thad did a hell of a job with this group and I was really pleased with how the team came together in March especially.  I'm hoping we can keep DT (he could chase some scoring records?) and make another run next March.

buckeyedude's picture

Read most of the comments, and quite a few of you have said that this one "hurts more than vs. Kentucky."
I don't get that. This OSU team wasn't even supposed to compete for a B1G championship or tournament championship, much less go to the Elite 8.
It hurts, but you know what REALLY hurts?----> $3.89/gal of gasoline. And that one hurts every time I fill up, which is about once a week.

 

 

LABuckeye's picture

In Southern California we'd throw a giant street party if we could get gas for $3.89.

Bucks43201's picture

haha ... but really I shouldn't laugh...it's sick --- with the natural resources in this country, we shouldn't be paying more than $1.50-$1.90 for a gallon of gas. Frustrating.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

UrbanCulture's picture

This one stings really badly for a couple reasons. I believed that this was our year. No dominant team in the NCAA, our bracket was shaping out nicely, and we seemed to win close games. Destiny was being thrown around. When we pulled within three I was almost positive the game was ours. And then it wasn't.
Next year with Kentucky signing the best recruiting class in history has me worried if something like this is going to be possible again. I hope it is, but I just don't know
Anyway here are my thoughts on the game. The Buckeyes took about 30 minutes too long to realize that they are not a jump shooting team and that driving to the hoop and picking up the defensive pressure is the key to our success. Also, the refs played a huge role. Two calls at the end of the first half gave WSU 4 free points, and a phantom call on a 3 point shooter gave another 3 free points. Granted, if we could shoot the ball these calls shouldnt matter, so still not a viable excuse. In all, it just hurts that all it takes is one guy to have a 2/12 type of night to end our season (Buford vs UK, DT vs KU, Craft tonight). Just hurts real bad right now. So proud of this team and the way they fought, and how classy they handled the loss, but it just hurts so bad.

buckeyedude's picture

Every time you lose in the Dance, it stings. It stung last year.
But we knew it was going to be REBUILDING YEAR. At least I did.  Q. How do you replace Jared Sullinger? A. You can't. You can't just expect DT to shoot more to make up for loss  of the inside presence of  Sully.
I think the best team we had was when we had Diebler shooting lights out 3s, with Lighty, Sullinger, Lauderdale, Buford and Craft at the point.
That was the team that should have gone all the way.
Not this one.

 

 

osubuckeye4life's picture

That and the 2006-2007 Oden, Cook, Conley Jr, Lighty, and Hunter team. We would have won if the entire FL roster didn't come back to repeat.

buckeyedude's picture

Yeah, that was a pretty talented team too. Agreed.

 

 

RBuck's picture

Well, it was one helluva run while it lasted. Thank you BasketBucks for a surprising and enjoyable season.

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

Jack Fu's picture

The offense just tanked. Wichita knew that Thomas always goes left when he catches it in the post, and they took away the baseline spin in the left block and had a guy in the middle waiting to double when he caught it on the right. He never once spun right and played into the defense's positioning every time. 37% from the floor, 0-6 on threes, and 5 turnovers. A nightmare game from DT, mitigated by hitting a ton of foul shots.
Craft just had a horrendous game. I love the kid but good lord. Buzzer-beating triple against ISU aside, his late-season offensive resurgence (or just surgence?) has been based on penetration. WSU went under every ball screen and wasn't afraid to let him shoot jumpers. He did, and he missed them. 16.7% from the floor, and 60% from the line. Plus WSU's guards were able to get by him consistently in the first half. Terrible game.
The bigs ... yeesh. As someone said farther up the thread, Shannon Scott had two more rebounds than Williams and Ravenel combined. Williams was his typical passive self and Ravenel hardly played because the team got down so fast that Thad started relying on his small lineup a lot. What little time Ravenel played, he didn't look good either. WSU's bigs were clearly and unambiguously better than OSU's.
Ross was his usual mixed-bag self. He was bad in the first half, with at least three missed layups and an ugly turnover. He was better offensively in the second half, mostly from the line (as was true for most of the team), but he had two huge brainfarts on defense late in the game. When OSU cut the lead to three with a couple minutes left, Ross was inexplicably sagging in the paint off of Cotton, who was at the three-point line, when the ball was at the top of the key. Simple pass to Cotton, wide-open three-pointer because Ross was nowhere near him, and all of a sudden the deficit was 6 again. Deshaun made a layup to cut it to 4 with 2:10 left. WSU dribbled out the entire shot clock before shooting, and Ross didn't box out his man, Cotton again, who got the rebound. They wasted another 30 seconds before Vanvleet made his gross floater to push it back to 6 with a minute left. Game over, and that sequence was almost totally on Ross.
Smith and Thompson were basically anonymous. Scott provided energy but, like the rest of the team, just couldn't make anything. 31% from the floor, 35% eFG. Going home in March, having lost to a 6-seed or worse, just like '06, '09, and '10.
What sucks about this is that yes, in a vacuum, this team "overachieved" by making the Elite 8, meaning that, especially in mid-February, any OSU fan would have happily taken an Elite 8 exit. But circumstances changed. They had to beat a 9-seed to get to the Final Four. You want to know how often you're going to have the opportunity to get the Final Four by beating a 15, a 10, a 6, and a 9? Hint: it ain't often. The sea parted for this team, and they didn't take advantage of it, and that is the most frustrating part.

BuckGnome's picture

Excellent post.    Watching that game was so infuriating.   I wasn't expecting a championship from this team, but between the way things played out in the West Region and how much this team grew toward the end of the season, getting bounced in the Elite 8 is a disappointment.
To say Ohio state had an off night a would be a massive understatement.  At the end of the day, though, 62 other teams will have had an off night by the time this tournament is through.