2013 NCAA Tournament: Aaron Craft Buzzer Beater Sends Ohio State to Sweet 16

By David LaRose
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Aaron Craft had his struggles down the stretch of Ohio State’s round of 32 match-up against Iowa State but he came up big when it mattered the most.


Craft hit a three-pointer with 0.5 seconds remaining to send Ohio State to another Sweet 16 appearance after a rough stretch just minutes before. Ohio State blew a 13 point lead in the final few minutes to let Iowa State back in it and most of the problems stemmed from Craft.

He missed two front ends of one-and-one free throw attempts and missed layups down the stretch that he normally would hit. Perhaps the biggest play that Craft made before the buzzer beater was a charge call that he drew but frankly the call was not warranted. From replays it looked like Craft slid under Iowa State’s Will Clyburn after he already took off and it should have been called a block with the basket counting and Clyburn with a chance at a three point play.

Instead Craft and the Buckeyes benefited from the call and they were able to have an opportunity to win the game just a minute later. The last play for Ohio State was a bit of a head-scratcher because Craft basically just dribbled around and settled for a tough shot over a taller defender. If he had missed it everyone would be talking about how poor of a play that was and how they could have gotten a much better look.

But that doesn’t matter now because Craft hit the shot and Ohio State is once again headed back to the Sweet 16. Things don’t get any easier for Ohio State though as they run into a tough Arizona team who is playing with the confidence they started the season with.


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