Ohio State University defeated the sixth-seeded University of Arizona 73-70 to advance to the regional finals in men’s college basketball’s national championship.
The second-seeded Buckeyes rallied from an 11-point first-half deficit against the Wildcats and will play the winner of tonight’s game between ninth-seeded La Salle and No. 13 Wichita State for a place in the Final Four of the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament.
After Arizona tied it at 70-70 with 21.8 seconds to play, LaQuinton Ross hit the winning 3-pointer with two seconds to play.
Also tonight, Indiana, the No. 1 seed in the East, will play fourth-seeded Syracuse for the right to face Marquette in the regional finals. Third seed Marquette beat second seed Miami 71-61 in tonight’s first game.
Tonight’s meeting between the Hoosiers and the Orange is the first in the NCAA tournament since Indiana beat Syracuse in the 1987 title game.
The Buckeyes reached the Final Four in 2012, their second visit to the national semifinals in five years, and won their only NCAA title in 1960.
Marquette advanced to the regional finals for the seventh time. The Golden Eagles won the title in 1977, were runner-up three years earlier, and have reached the Final Four three times, most recently in 2003.