Ohio State Survives Upset Bid By Iowa State

Ohio State was able to survive the upset bid by Iowa State and advance to the Sweet Sixteen in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

The Buckeyes were able to hold off the Cyclones charge thanks in large part to shooting 50 percent from beyond the three-point arc. It was actually a last second three-point shot by Aaron Craft that allowed OSU to move on in the tournament.

Had the Cyclones managed to pull off the upset, they hardly would have been alone. The section of the bracket that the two teams are in has especially seen a ton of lower seeds knocking off the higher seeded teams.

The Western portion of the bracket has seen Gonzaga (1), New Mexico (3), Kansas State (4), Wisconsin (5), Notre Dame (7), and Pittsburgh (8) all lose to lower seeded teams and fail to reach the Sweet Sixteen.

Ohio State and Arizona are the only two higher seeds that have managed to take care of business in both of their games. The three pointer that Craft managed to hit was the only one he hit today, despite the fact that the team as a whole was 9 for 18 from three-point land.

Before that Craft had been struggling, shooting just 4 for 9 from the field including a key missed jumped with about 30 seconds to go in the game.

For Iowa State, Korey Lucious did his best to help the team win. Lucious hit 5 of 7 three point attempts and finished with 19 points. Iowa State looked like it might be yet another Cinderella team after they beat Notre Dame in their first game and fell just short of yet another upset victory today.

With the win, the Buckeyes will take on Arizona next week in the only matchup that will feature the two single digit seeds in the western side of the bracket.

Can Ohio State make some noise in the rest of the NCAA Tournament?