Wichita State better hope its Elite Eight matchup with Ohio State doesn't come down to the final seconds. The Buckeyes have already had plenty of practice -- and success -- in those situations already.
In the wildest region of the bracket, Thad Matta's team faces the Shockers of Wichita State with a spot in the Final Four up for grabs. No. 9 Wichita State shocked No. 1 Gonzaga in the third round and then overwhelmed No. 13 La Salle in the Sweet 16.
"We have to go out there and play our hearts out," Cleanthony Early of Wichita State said ahead of the game, via The Associated Press. "So regardless if their facilities are a little bit bigger than ours, they've got to lace up their shoes just like us."
In addition to playing their hearts out, Early and the physical Shockers will need to figure out to contain Deshaun Thomas. Can this No. 9 seed score another upset and reach Atlanta?
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03/30/2013 9:43 PM EDT
@ JonRothstein :
College basketball. Where the unexpected becomes the ordinary.
03/30/2013 9:42 PM EDT
@ jeffborzello :
Prior to this season, the only 9-seed to ever make the Final Four was Penn back in 1979.
03/30/2013 9:41 PM EDT
@ AndyGlockner :
Fifth mid-major in the Final Four in eight seasons. Thank you, George Mason.
03/30/2013 9:41 PM EDT
Cotton misses both but it doesn't matter. WICHITA STATE IS GOING TO THE FINAL FOUR, BEATING OHIO STATE 70-66.
03/30/2013 9:40 PM EDT
Wichita State goes for the touchdown pass again as Cotton gets behind Craft and then draws a foul on a dunk attempt. 4.6 seconds left.
03/30/2013 9:39 PM EDT
Craft knocks down a 3 from the center of the key after Cotton went 1/2 from the line. 70-66 Wichita State with 6.8 seconds left.
03/30/2013 9:37 PM EDT
Shockers break the full court press but Baker missed the layup. Ross missed a 3 on the other end and Wichita State got the ball back. Cotton will go to the free throw line with 11.6 seconds left.
03/30/2013 9:35 PM EDT
Baker gets trapped in the corner and Wichita State has to call its last timeout. 38 seconds left.
03/30/2013 9:33 PM EDT
Wichita State calls a timeout.
03/30/2013 9:32 PM EDT
Scott gets an offensive rebound and makes a basket in the paint to make it 69-63 with 40.9 seconds left.