LOS ANGELES – During Ohio State’s journey to the Final Four last season, Aaron Craft learned the importance of focusing on the next 40 minutes, not the three-week trip.
So Craft didn’t realize the highest seeds in the West Regional were dropping like dominoes until earlier this week. He purposely didn’t learn much about ninth-seeded Wichita State until Thursday night, when the powerful Buckeyes found out they’re facing the unheralded Shockers today for another ticket to the Final Four.
“I think that really helped a lot – just getting caught up in the moment and thinking about where you are and what you need to do to get out,” Ohio State’s star point guard said. “It wasn’t until after we played Iowa State that I realized our bracket was being destroyed number-wise, and really realizing how tough every team was.”
Neither team has any doubt Wichita State (29-8) belongs on the same court with the mighty Buckeyes (29-7).
“What I love is the fact they’re not really bouncing off the wall,” coach Gregg Marshall said of his Shockers. “They seem to be legitimately unsatisfied thus far.”