Arizona advances to Sweet 16 with 73-58 win over Ohio State
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Gabe York made five 3-pointers and finished with 19 points, T.J. McConnell also scored 19 points and second-seeded Arizona advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third straight year with a 73-58 victory over 10th-seeded Ohio State on Saturday.
The Wildcats (33-3) overcame a sluggish start until their outside shooting busted the Buckeyes’ zone defense, which they rarely used during the regular season but broke out for the NCAA Tournament. The Pac-12 champions went ahead by 15 points with 6:34 remaining and held off Ohio State (24-11) in the closing minutes.
Arizona will face the winner of Xavier-Georgia State in the West Regional semifinals Thursday in Los Angeles.
The Buckeyes gave the Wildcats all they could handle, even with standout freshman and likely NBA lottery pick D’Angelo Russell struggling with his shot. Russell scored nine points and made just 3 of 19 shots after going for 28 points in Ohio State’s overtime win over VCU in its tournament opener.