NCAA: OSU Advances to Sweet 16
The top seeds in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament had the luck of the Irish on their side on Saturday. After a number of upsets on Friday night, which included two 15 seeds beating #2 seeds, Saturday’s action was a little more subdued.
The biggest scare came in the Indiana-VCU game. The Hoosiers actually trailed by as many as nine points in the second half, but went on a 10-2 run in the closing minutes to hold off VCU 63-61. Indiana advances to the Sweet 16 for the first time in a decade.
Marquette was another team that used a comeback to advance to the Sweet 16. Marquette used a 14-2 run as the Golden Eagles beat Murray State 62-53
Ohio State and Gonzaga battled it out on the hardwood for the first time ever. Gonzaga jumped out a 7-point lead in the first half, but the Buckeyes quickly closed the gap. Gonzaga had another run left in them in the second half. They tied the game at 61 before Jared Sullinger took over. Sullinger hit two baby hooks in the final minutes to seal a 73-66 win. Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas each had 18 points as the Buckeyes advance to the Sweet 16 for the third straight year.
Top-seeded Syracuse had no problem with Kansas State. The Orange are also headed to the fourth round of the NCAA tournament. Scoop Jardine had 16 points and 8 assists. Dion Walters had 18 points and James Southerland had 15 for the Orange who improved to 33-2 on the season.
Baylor, Kentucky and Wisconsin all won their third round games and are headed to the Sweet 16.