Sunday, March 24, 2013
B1G Final Four Still Alive, But Barely
Ohio State and Indiana both had scares in Dayton, but found ways to win. In the case of Ohio State, everything that Aaron Craft did would have been the reason had the Buckeyes won or lost. Aaron Craft missed layups and multiple free throws down the stretch; the main reason Iowa State was able to rally from a 13 point deficit to take the lead late. Then he took a controversial charge which could have made the Cyclones lead to 4 and finally hit the game winning 3 at the buzzer. They avoided joining the West Region Dumpster Fire and have their eyes directly set for Atlanta, by way of Los Angeles.
Ohio State mostly led against Iowa State; Indiana on the other hand mostly trailed against Temple. The Hoosiers had no answer for Khalif Wyatt, who scored 31 for the Owls. Problem with Temple was that only four players were able to score, whereas Indiana had three who scored double figures and Christian Watford scored 9. Victor Olapido hit the dagger 3 with 14 seconds left.
Both teams winning now have the Big Ten at 10-1 in the tournament with four of their five best teams in the Sweet 16. An all-Big Ten Final Four is still a possibility.