Buckeyes advance to Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive season
When Ohio State’s Sweet 16 bid came down to the last shot, there was seemingly no way Aaron Craft wouldn’t be the one take it.
Craft gave the 2013 NCAA Tournament its first game-winning three-pointer in the final second when the Buckeyes point guard hung onto the ball for the final shot with less than a second remaining to defeat Iowa State 78-75.
Craft’s composed three-pointer atoned for his shaky play down the stretch which turned a 13-point Ohio State in the final 6:07 into a nailbiter. One of the most sound players in the country, Craft had a meltdown in the final minutes missing a layup, turning the ball over twice and missing the front end of two one-and-ones.
Yet Craft gave Ohio State a go-ahead score on a three-point play, tied the game at 75 on a free throw and then passed on getting the ball to Ohio State’s best offensive player, Desahaun Thomas, to take the game-winner himself.
Meanwhile, the close calls continued for Iowa State.
On Feb. 25, the Cyclones lost 108-96 in overtime to Kansas thanks in part to questionable calls at the end of regulation.
Against Ohio State, officials called a charge on Will Clyburn, negating a layup that would have given Iowa State a three-point lead with 1:41 left. Replays indicated Craft’s feet were not on the ground when Clyburn drove to the basket for a layup, meaning the offensive player could not be called for a charge.
On the charge call, college basketball refs repeatedly call charges on clear blocks. It is an epidemic, and a failure. We can do better.— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) March 24, 2013