12:15 PM ET, March 24, 2013
University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio
DAYTON, Ohio -- Aaron Craft dribbled in place at the top of the arc, watching to see if any of his Ohio State teammates were getting open near the basket for a game-winning shot.Nothing there.The point guard had a clear look at the clock as it raced toward zero atop the backboard. He realized what he had to do -- take a little Ohio State tournament history into his hands.
Beat Iowa State, Win National Title?
Second-seeded Ohio State's victory over Iowa State on Sunday might be an omen of great things to come in the 2013 NCAA tournament.
The last three single-digit seeds to beat Iowa State in the NCAA tournament won the national championship -- 2012 Kentucky, 2005 North Carolina and 2000 Michigan State.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
NCAA Mens Tournament
DAYTON, OH - MARCH 24: Chris Babb #2 of the Iowa State Cyclones handles the ball against the Ohio State Buckeyes...(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||23-52 (.442)||25-49 (.510)|
|3P Made-Attempted||12-25 (.480)||9-18 (.500)|
|FT Made-Attempted||17-23 (.739)||19-26 (.731)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||20 (0/0)||20 (0/0)|
|» Mar 24, 2013||@OSU 78, ISU 75||Recap|
Deshaun Thomas now has 162 career points in the Men's Basketball Championship, tied for the 2nd-most in Ohio State history.[+]
Most Career Points - Ohio State Men's Basketball Championship History
Iowa State had 12 3-pointers vs Ohio State, the 2nd-most vs any Buckeyes team in the Men's Basketball Championship.[+]
Most 3-Pt FG vs Ohio State - Men's Basketball Championship History
With his game-winning 3-point field goal against Iowa State, Aaron Craft joins Vander Blue as the only players in the last two Men's Basketball Championships to make a potential game-tying or go-ahead field goal in the final 10 seconds of a game. Players are a combined 2-for-20 on such attempts.[+]
Potential Game-Tying or Go-Ahead FGA, Last 10 Seconds
Ohio State scored 18 points off 16 Iowa State turnovers in its 78-75 win Sunday. The Buckeyes are now 19-1 this season when they score at least 15 points off turnovers. The one loss was to Kansas on Dec. 22.
Ohio State shot 51 percent from the floor and 50 percent from the 3-point line in its 78-75 win against Iowa State. Ball movement was the key. The Buckeyes shot 65.4 percent when having three or more passes on a play. When Ohio State did not have three passes before a shot, it made less than 35 percent.[+]
Ohio State by Number of Passes on Play
Aaron Craft was a 29 percent 3-point shooter this season entering today. That was his first 3-point attempt of the game. Craft was 4-for-15 on 3-pointers in the NCAA Tournament in his career before that shot.
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