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NCAA Tournament 2013: Wichita State holds off Ohio State, advances to Final Four

It'd be too easy to say Wichita State are having a shocking tournament run, but the Shockers are moving on to the Final Four after defeating Ohio State in a run few expected.


The lowest-seeded team still in the tournament continues its magic, as the No. 9 Wichita State Shockers held off the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes for a 70-66 victory and are headed to the school's first Final Four since 1965.

Up 56-36 with 11:01 left in the second half, Wichita State looked in complete control before the Buckeyes began a frantic comeback, getting as close as 62-59. However, Tekele Cotton drained a cold-blooded three from the left wing and on the next possession, after an offensive rebound, Fred Van Vleet's runner in the lane touched every part of the rim before dropping in.

The Shockers shot just 37% from the field, but made up for it by earning 23 trips to the line (making 18) and grabbing 10 offensive rebounds. Malcolm Armstead led the team with 14 points while Cleanthony Early and Van Vleet each added 12.

Wichita State held Buckeyes point guard Aaron Craft to nine points on 2-12 shooting from the field, one of which came on a meaningless three in the closing seconds.

Tied at 13 early on, Wichita State closed the first half on a 22-9 run and took a 35-22 lead into halftime.

The last time a No. 9 seed reached the Final Four was in 1994, when Boston College made it. The Shockers will face the winner of the Louisville/Duke game next weekend in Atlanta.