The last lingering heavy weight in the NCAA's Lynch-ian West Region, the two seeded Ohio State Buckeyes, advance to their second straight Sweet 16 to take on the nine seeded Wichita State Shockers. The two teams will tip at 7:05 p.m. EDT Saturday night from the Staples Center in Los Angeles with the game to be aired nationally on CBS. While Ohio State is looking for their second straight appearance in the Final Four, Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall and company will be looking for their first ever berth in the upper echelon of the sport in the modern era (and their first since 1965).
The Buckeyes repeated the drama of last Sunday's nail-biting buzzer beating victory over Iowa State by needing a long three pointer with two seconds to play to dismiss the sixth seeded Arizona Wildcats, 73-70. The Shockers cruised to a relatively comfortable 72-58 victory over 13th seeded La Salle. Previously WSU had taken down the #1 seed in the region, the Gonzaga Bulldogs, as well as the 8 seeded Pitt Panthers.
Ohio State's struggled to get consistent play from their interior bigs, but sophomore center Amir Williams stepped up with timely play on both ends of the court for the Buckeyes against U of A. He and principle backup senior Evan Ravenel will need to be on their games as the Shockers' Cleanthony Early and Carl Hall are both more than capable of causing headaches down low.