Arizona didn't want to let Aaron Craft hit his second game-winning shot of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. He didn't. But LaQuinton Ross nailed his first to send the Wildcats home.
With the score level, 70-70, the Buckeyes' point guard dribbled the ball toward the top of the key as the clock ticked under five seconds. Ross arrived to set a screen, bringing his defender along with him. But Ross slipped out to the left wing and both defenders in the vicinity stuck with Craft, who had drained a game-winning shot on Saturday to lift Ohio State into the Sweet 16.
Bracketed by defenders, Craft swung the ball out to Ross and the 6' 8" sophomore swingman sank a "cold-blooded three" with less than three seconds remaining.WATCH VIDEO BELOW
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"Coming in my freshman year, I think I was kind of immature as far as my thinking," Ross said, via The Associated Press. "'Why am I not playing? Why am I not doing this?' I think everything paid off, and all the hard work is paying off in this tournament."
On the 21st anniversary of Christian Laettner's epic shot in the Elite Eight, Arizona found itself needing a similar feat just to reach the Regional Finals. They couldn't replicate the Duke miracle as Ohio State broke up the long inbounds pass following Ross' basket.
By way of another dramatic finish, Ohio State advances to the Elite Eight to face No. 9 Wichita State.