To sum up the start of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, the excitement of upsets and surprises have carried the momentum, but what the bracket had been lacking was a game-winning buzzer beater.
The Buckeyes virtually went 2-for-0 down the stretch in the final minute of the ball game as a shot on the first of two possessions in the final minutes rimmed out. The loose rebound however, bounced off of Iowa State, so Ohio State retained possession.
Off the timeout called by Buckeyes’ head coach Thad Matta, Craft took the ball and slowed things down. Ohio State used the entire clock, which was expected, and then Craft made the biggest shot of the tournament thus far.
Craft waved off a potential screen with five seconds to play, dribbled low and pulled up from the three point line.
Craft and the Buckeyes are moving on to the Sweet 16. Take a look at the final segment below:
With the victory, Ohio State becomes the only team in the NCAA Tournament to advance to four consecutive Sweet 16s. That’s quite the accomplishment and a real testament to Matta and his program. In fact, Ohio State is hoping to advance to their second straight Final Four, coming out of a West Region that has been highlighted by upsets and surprises.
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