Aaron Craft Leads Buckeyes to Elite 8
Aaron Craft is not particularly known for his premiere shooting touch or his ridiculous athletic ability, but he's become the countries' best floor general and has taken his Ohio State teammates all the way to the Elite 8. Ohio State took on the Arizona Wildcats Thursday night, in front of a rawkus Staples Center crowd. The Buckeyes edged the Wildcats, hitting on a three pointer with 2 seconds remaining to take the lead and the game 73-70.
In Ohio State's last game against Iowa State, Craft nailed a buzzer beater to end a thrilling up and down battle. He's been clutch all season and has become one of the biggest stars in all of college basketball.
When Craft goes, Ohio State goes. He deferred most of the scoring to teammates Deshaun Thomas and LaQuinton Ross, who combined for 37 points in the game. Craft assisted Ross on the last shot, making it his 5th assist in the contest.
Arizona was led by Mark Lyons. The former Xavier star has taken Arizona to a new level this year. He scored 23 but didn't record an assist. Though Lyons is considered one of the top guards in the country, the game Thursday showed the difference between most college guards and Craft. Craft plays with an intensity that no other player he goes up against can match.
Ohio State reaches its second straight Elite 8 and will go on to face the winner of Wichita State vs La Salle. The Buckeyes should be heavily favored no matter who they're playing next, and if Craft is on his game, they'll be headed to the Final Four.