One team finds themselves in the Elite Eight for the second time in two years. The other, well...they're back three wins from a national championship for the first time in over three decades. But whoever wins this one heads to Atlanta and the pinnacle of the sport, the 2013 Final Four.
The Wichita State Shockers, the nine seed of the topsy turvy West Region, finished the 2012-2013 season second in the Missouri Valley Conference. Their tournament road to now included a surprisingly one sided victory over bracket pool darlings Pitt (73-55), one of the upsets of the tournament against one-seed Gonzaga (76-70), and then finally, a dominant victory over another Cinderella, 13th seeded La Salle (72-58). They last made the Final Four in 1965.
The Buckeyes, on the other hand, were champions of the Big Ten's post season tournament. Since, they rolled Iona (95-70), needed an Aaron Craft buzzer beater to take down Iowa State (78-75), and then a LaQuinton Ross three with two seconds to play to escape Arizona (73-70). This would represent the Buckeyes' second straight trip to the Final Four with a win.
Now it all comes down to this.
Below is your Elite Eight Ohio State-Wichita State GameThread. Be good to each other, do your best to make everyone laugh, and we'll all go home winners. Hopefully literally.
|2013 NCAA Tournament - Elite Eight|
|Wichita State Shockers||Ohio State Buckeyes|
|Date:||March 30th, 2013 ||Location:||Los Angeles, CA |
|Time:||7:05 p.m. ET ||Arena:||Staples Center|
|TV:||CBS - Time Warner Columbus/Delaware 1010 HD/10 SD, WOW! 201 HD/10 SD, DirecTV 10, DISH 10||Spread:||Ohio State -4.5|
|Radio:||WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460||Over/Under:||129.5|
|Internet:||March Madness Live||SBN Affiliate:||Mid-Major Madness|
|Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.|