The Buckeyes don’t make it easy on their fans. But they are still dancing!
The win tonight against Arizona was a tough, hard-fought battle — just what you would expect from two great programs and two deep teams. Arizona looked very good for most of the game and built a big lead in the first half. But the Buckeyes rode Sam Thompson and Deshaun Thomas — whose icy shots kept Ohio State within range — and stayed close in the first half. The Buckeyes then played nails defense to start the second half, Aaron Craft made some great plays, the Buckeyes got out to a lead, built it, and then held on as their latest clutch shooter, LaQuinton Ross, made bucket after bucket to keep the Buckeyes ahead. Ross eventually made the game winner that advanced the Buckeyes to the Elite 8.
I give lots of credit to Arizona, which played a tremendous, gutty game — as befits a gutty team with a gutty coach. But the Buckeyes made the shots and now get the chance to move on, and the Wildcats have to go home.
LaQuinton Ross is my new hero . . . but boy, watching these games is tough duty.