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Watch this: Aaron Craft buzzer beater sends Ohio State to Sweet 16

Thad Matta's right. Go ahead and build a statue for Aaron Craft.

Ohio State dug deep in on defense against one of the most frantic offenses in college hoops, and despite missing some late free throws, hit a timely, late game shot to advance to their fourth straight Sweet 16. Though the Cyclones averaged nearly 80 points a game ranking eighth in the nation in offensive efficiency coming into the contest, they didn't have quite enough down the stretch. The Cyclones had an impressive offensive showing, but nearly every possession was an absolute battle between the two sides.

Deshaun Thomas led the way for Ohio State with 22 points though was hobbled down the stretch with cramps. Surprising breakout brench player LaQuinton Ross chipped in with 17 points, while Craft had 18 points and six assists including the game deciding shot.

Former Michigan State Final Four point guard Korie Lucious paced the Cyclones with 22 points. Will Clyborn added 17 points (and frustrated Ohio State fans all afternoon), Tyrus McGee had 14 and Melvin Ejim added a double-double in the losing effort with 10 points and 11 board.

With the dramatic victory, Ohio State now moves on to face former Thad Matta assistant Sean Miller and Arizona in the Sweet 16. The two teams will square off at the Staples Center, home of the NBA's Lakers and Clippers, in Los Angeles on Thursday.