Disappointing. Disheartening. Perplexing.
Pick the adjective and that would describe Ohio State’s performance in the first 30 minutes of its 70-66 loss to Wichita State in the Elite Eight. The Buckeyes, who had to be considered formidable favorites heading into a contest with the Shockers of the Missouri Valley Conference, played one of their worst games of the season at the most inopportune time.
As a result, a golden opportunity to reach the Final Four for the second straight year went up in flames. Instead, the real Cinderella story of the tournament (sorry Florida Gulf Coast) will be dancing on the sport’s grandest stage.
The biggest question looking back on the game has to be where Ohio State’s urgency was until it was basically too late. Thad Matta’s squad looked thoroughly unprepared for much of the contest, and Wichita State took full advantage.
A late charge, which highlighted how the Buckeyes could have played from the opening tip, only made it…
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