The Hoosiers MVP all season Victor Oladipo drained this 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down in the final minute as #1 seeded Indiana survived tough #9 Temple, 58-52 to advance to the Sweet 16. Indiana trailed the entire second half until the final two minutes. Christian Watford perhaps saved the season when he made this incredible block with Temple clinging to a 2-point lead. The Owls didn’t score again, and Indiana closed the game on a 10-0 run.
After Iowa State cut Ohio State’s lead to one with just under 12 minutes left in the second half, the Buckeyes called timeout. As Aaron Craft was walking to the OSU bench, you can see Georges Niang size up Craft and “accidentally” lower a shoulder into him.
Niang, a freshman who was a high school teammate of Nerlens Noel, quickly tried to tell Craft it was on accident, and extended his hand in a peace offering. Craft, who knew it was on purpose, slapped his hand away.
Aaron Craft held out for the last shot and drained a three with a fraction of a second remaining. Ohio State staved off Iowa State’s upset bid 78-75. He also made the other key play, sliding under an Iowa State player to draw a dubious charge. March Madness, everyone.
Ohio State (28-7) needed Craft’s only 3-pointer of the game — an arching shot over 6-foot-7 defender Georges Niang from the top of the key — to avoid yet another upset in the oh-so-wild West Regional. Four of the top five seeds fell fast and hard in the first weekend.
Ohio State’s 10th straight win sent the Buckeyes into the round of 16 for the fourth straight year, a school record. They’ll play sixth-seeded Arizona on Thursday in Los Angeles.
#9 Wichita State jumped on #1 Gonzaga early, but the Bulldogs came all the way back to take an 8 point lead in the second half. Then, Wichita State got hot from outside, Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker scored 16 points apiece and Wichita State hit a season-high 14 3-pointers, including seven straight late, to knock the top-ranked and No. 1 seeded Bulldogs out of the NCAA tournament 76-70 on Saturday.
The Shockers (28-8) advanced to the Round of 16 for the first time since 2006, while Gonzaga becomes the first top seed to be eliminated.
The Shockers face the winner of Sunday’s game between La Salle and Ole Miss. Wichita State dances after knocking off No. 1 Gonzaga.