2013 NCAA Tournament: Four Big Ten Teams Advance to the Sweet 16

By Trevor Lowry
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The No. 4 Michigan Wolverines and No. 3 Michigan State Spartans were the first Big Ten teams to make it to the Sweet 16, but there were two other Big Ten teams to join them today.

The No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers and No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes both won today and will be playing in the round of 16 in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

Indiana needed some Victor Oladipo magic at the end of the game for the Hoosiers to knock off the No. 9 Temple Owls. Temple looked really good and only held Indiana to 58 points, which is not an easy feat. However, like all good teams usually do, Indiana made a run at the end of the game and was able to pull off the victory. The Hoosiers won despite letting Khalif Wyatt score 31 points.

The Buckeyes were also in a close one against the No. 10 Iowa State Cyclones. However, in the end Aaron Craft came up clutch by knocking down a three with almost no time left. Deshaun Thomas was a scoring machine like usual, scoring 22 points against the Owls.

There are still two other Big Ten teams left in the No. 11 Minnesota Gophers and No. 7 Illinois Fighting Illini, but both will have to be great to make the Sweet 16.

Minnesota is currently playing the No. 3 Florida Gators, while Illinois will be taking on the No. 2 Miami Hurricanes later on tonight. If either team wins, it would be a pretty huge upset and it would be an even bigger statement for this conference, since it does already have four teams playing in the Sweet 16.


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