2013 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Video: Four Takeaways From Thursday Night
No. 4 Marquette Advances to First Elite 8 Since 2003:
The Golden Eagles stifled Miami (FL) on the defensive end as the Hurricanes struggled to score the basketball on Thursday night. With the win, Marquette advances to their first Elite 8 since 2003 where they were eliminated in the Final Four. Head coach Buzz Williams continues to have the Golden Eagles going above and beyond expectations. Remember, this team was picked 7th in the Big East Preseason Poll.
No. 3 No. 9 Wichita State Advances to the Elite 8:
The Shockers were listed as the No. 9 team in the West Region heading into the bracket and now they are one of the last eight teams remaining in the country. It’s Wichita State’s first trip to the Elite 8 since 1981 and the Shockers aren’t intending on slowing down now. The Shockers have advanced to one Final Four in their school’s history, but that came back in 1965. Wichita State is just one win from heading to Atlanta.
No. 2 Ohio State Does it Again
Off the hands of point guard Aaron Craft, the Buckeyes advanced into the Sweet 16 with a buzzer beating win last weekend. Well, they’ve done it again, but this time it came from sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross. With 2.0 seconds remaining, Ross buried the game-winning three to keep the Ohio State‘s hopes of back to back Final Four appearances alive.
No. 1 Syracuse Stifles No. 1 Indiana
Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim trusts his 2-3 zone. The Orange will play it for 40 minutes night in and night out. On Thursday, we saw why. Syracuse stifled Indiana, as the Hoosiers struggled with turnovers and poor shooting. Indiana became the second No. 1 seed to fall, as Syracuse advances to the Elite 8.