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Buckeyes hold off GU, 73-66

Good evening from Pittsburgh. Gonzaga gave Ohio State everything it could handle but the second-seeded Buckeyes made the key plays in the closing minutes to pull out a 73-66 win. Here's my game story, notebook, John Blanchette's column and Chris Anderson's photos.

Ohio State 73, Gonzaga 66

Gonzaga's Robert Sacre, center, tries to squeeze a shot between Ohio State's Evan Ravenel (30) and Lenzelle Smith, Jr., left in the first half of an East Regional NCAA tournament third-round college basketball game on Saturday in Pittsburgh. Game story & boxscore here. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Then There Was One WCC Team Left

Purdue's Robbie Hummel, center, is fouled by Saint Mary's Stephen Holt (14),  Jorden Page, right, and Rob Jones, rear, in the second half of an NCAA tournament second-round college basketball game at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., Friday. Purdue won 72-69. On Thursday, BYU lost, leaving the Gonzaga Bulldogs as the only WCC team and only team in the Pacific Time Zone left in the NCAA Tournament. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

In his March Madness column today, John Blanchette/SR writes: “This is about the stage of March Madness when the Gonzaga apostle begins peeking at Faust’s bracket and weighing the bargain. Do you give up everything you have for just one shot at having it all? It’s a mostly specious question anyway, as each inch of real estate in the NCAA basketball tournament must be fully earned. Deals with the devil are generally not third-party accommodations, and so the Bulldogs must play straight up with the seventh-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes today with passage to the Sweet 16 at stake. And that’s a pretty good deal, too, if you think about it. “Lot of teams would like to change places with us,” Zags center Rob Sacre pointed out unnecessarily.” More here.

Question: What would you sacrifice to see Gonzaga reach the Final 4?

Zags ready for showdown with Ohio State

Good evening from Pittsburgh. Here's most of our report for tomorrow's S-R, in various forms.

Here's a link to my GU-Ohio State preview (with a capsule glance at both teams running down the left side). Below, you'll find my unedited notebook. Here's John Blanchette's column.

PM: Kustra Denounces OSU Prez

Boise State University president Bob Kustra addresses members of the media during a news conference in Boise, in this file photo. Kustra said today that his counterpart at Ohio State’s claim that Big Ten and Southeastern Conference teams play a “murderer’s row” schedule “is the greatest exaggeration I think we’ve heard this year in college football.” See story below. (AP Photo/Idaho Press-Tribune Press-Tribune, Charlie Litchfield, File)

Ohio State Prez Disses Boise St, TCU

Even if TCU and Boise State run the table, they still don’t deserve to be in the Bowl Championship Series title game, Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee said Wednesday. In an interview with The Associated Press, the president at the university with the largest athletic program in the country said that TCU and Boise State do not face a difficult enough schedule to play in the national championship game. “Well, I don’t know enough about the Xs and Os of college football,” said Gee, formerly the president at West Virginia, Colorado, Brown and Vanderbilt universities. “I do know, having been both a Southeastern Conference president and a Big Ten president, that it’s like murderer’s row every week for these schools. We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor. We play very fine schools on any given day”/Associated Press. More here. (AP file photo of Boise State football coach Chris Petersen)

Question: Do you agree with Ohio State prez E. Gordon Gee that Boise State and TCU play ‘Little Sisters of the Poor’ in beefing up their football records?

Final: Ohio 26 Oregon 17

Oregon’s LaMichael James scores a touchdown during the first quarter of Thursday’s Rose Bowl-clinching win.

ROSE BOWL:

Today: Oregon vs. Ohio State, 2 p.m. TV: ABC Radio: 700-AM

LOS ANGELES – Oregon was pronounced dead by the college coroner the Thursday before Labor Day after the Ducks played like pond scum in a horrific season-opening defeat at Boise State.

Ohio State allegedly packed it in Sept. 12 when it lost at home to USC and forfeited all credibility with the civilized world in “prove-it” games against schools outside the comfy Big Ten confines.

The Rose Bowl was listing toward USC and the winner of Iowa-Penn State and there was nothing anyone was going to do about it.

OK, so how did we get here? More.

I’d like to go on the record as stating “Ducks” is a horrible name for a football team. (Yes, I can hear the gnashing of teeth from the newsroom). Anyone care to predict the outcome of today’s game?