-BEST GUTS: Aaron Craft, Ohio State. The heady point guard made the play of the game against Iowa State. Twice. First he stepped in at the last second to take a charge, a call that Iowa State fans will dispute for a long time, as the Cyclones’ Will Clyburn was driving for the go-ahead basket. Then he took, and made, his only 3-pointer of the game just before time expired to push the Buckeyes into the regional semifinals, where they will meet Arizona.
”The moment’s a lot bigger than me,” Craft said. ”It just happened to be in my hands at the end.”
-BEST CONFERENCE: The Big Ten. It’s been advertised as far and away the best conference in the country all season long, and the big boys have backed up the hype with some exceptional play in the tournament. Four teams – Ohio State, Indiana, Michigan and Michigan State – are in the regional semifinals for the second straight season. Prior to last season, the Big Ten hadn’t accomplished that much since 1999. Wisconsin was the only team in the conference to not win a game.
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