Dr. Science came over to watch the game yesterday, and while munching on Hills pizza and other goodies we watched the Ohio State men’s team beat Georgia Tech, 75-66, to advance to the Sweet 16. The Buckeyes were led by Evan Turner, who bounced back from a subpar first-round game to lead the Buckeyes in scoring, Jon Diebler, who repeatedly hit three-pointers in the second half to build the Buckeyes’ lead, and David Lighty, whose fearless drives to the bucket and tough defense helped to keep the Yellow Jackets at bay as the game drew to a close. Dallas Lauderdale was a stalwart force in the middle and William Buford contributed 9 points and 8 rebounds. The win was a true team effort.
The Buckeyes next will play Tennessee on Friday night. In the meantime, they get to enjoy a week of extra basketball, of recognition that this has been a season of great accomplishment for the team and its players, and of intense focus on the next match-up that could prove to be the gateway to even greater achievement. For fans like me, this week is like a surprise present. No one takes advancing to the Sweet 16 for granted, so when it happens you just enjoy basking in the glow of the team’s success and participating in a bonus week of happy basketball chatter with other fans.
Of all the fine basketball teams in the nation, only 16 are still alive and competing for the NCAA championship. When your team is one of those 16 teams, it is a sweet week indeed. Go Buckeyes!