On the heels of running off 10 straight games, the Buckeyes of Ohio State will look to make their second straight Elite Eight Thursday evening when they take on the sixth seeded Arizona Wildcats in a West Regional semifinal game from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. U of A is seeking their second Elite Eight berth in three seasons.
The Buckeyes, the West's two seed, haven't loss since they headed to Madison February 17th and were railroaded by long since eliminated from the NCAA Tournament Wisconsin, 71-49. The Buckeyes have looked impressive ever since, winning the post-season tournament of the toughest league in the country, the Big Ten, and doing just enough to get past a plucky Iowa State team in the round of 32, 78-75 – helped in no small part by a buzzer beater from star point guard Aaron Craft.
The Wildcats, on the other hand, shook off a semifinal loss to UCLA in the Pac-12 tourney to throttle upset favorite Belmont, 81-64, before routing Ivy League underdog Harvard, 74-51, in the NCAA Tournament's 3rd round. The Pac-12's fourth seed and head coach Sean Miller look to play spoiler against his former mentor (and close friend) Thad Matta and the Buckeyes.
Below is your Arizona-Ohio State Sweet 16 GameThread. If you've never joined us for one of these before, welcome. Be courteous to everyone else, bring your best l.o.l.z. and we'll have no problems. A proclivity towards (or at worst, tolernace of) GIFs will do you just nicely.
|2013 NCAA Tournament - Sweet 16|
|Arizona Wildcats||Ohio State Buckeyes|
|Date:||March 28th, 2013 ||Location:||Los Angeles, CA |
|Time:||7:47 p.m. ET ||Arena:||Staples Center|
|TV:||TBS - Time Warner Columbus/Delaware 1202 HD/17 SD, WOW! 232 HD/17 SD, DirecTV 247, DISH 139||Spread:||Ohio State -3.5|
|Radio:||WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460||Over/Under:||132.0|
|Internet:||March Madness Live||SBN Affiliate:||Arizona Desert Swarm|
|Arizona looks like a battle on Mars.|