The Ohio State Buckeyes edged out 10th seeded Iowa State in Dayton yesterday to advance to the Sweet 16, 78-75. Ohio State led by two after the break, but would push the lead out to as many as 13 midway through the second half. However, the Cyclones came roaring back to take the lead with three minutes left. But with seconds remaining on the clock, Aaron Craft stepped back and drained a three to send Ohio State to the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight year. The Buckeyes were led by Deshaun Thomas with 22 points and Craft finished with 18 points and 6 assists. Ohio State will now face off with Arizona on Thursday in Los Angeles.
In other NCAA tournament action yesterday, #1 Indiana outlasted #9 Temple, 58-52. #1 Kansas blew past #8 North Carolina, 70-58. #3 Florida handled #11 Minnesota, 78-64. Florida Gulf Coast became the first 15-seed to advance to the Sweet 16 with an 81-71 win over #7 San Diego State. #13 LaSalle clipped #12 Ole Miss, 76-74 and #2 Miami edged #7 Illinois, 63-59.
In Spring Training action yesterday, the Cincinnati Reds fell to the Texas Rangers, 7-2. Bronson Arroyo gave up three runs with nine hits in 5 1/3 innings in the game, but left in the sixth after getting hit on his pitching hand by a line drive. X-rays did not detect any break and Arroyo plans to make his next exhibition start. The Reds will now take on Seattle today at 4.
Also, the Cleveland Indians fell to the Chicago Cubs yesterday, 4-3. Ubaldo Jimenez looked solid for the Tribe on the mound, throwing seven innings and giving up three runs. Mike Aviles led the Indians offense, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a double. The Indians also announced that they have released pitcher Daisuke Matzusaka from his minor league contract, but they are expected to re-sign him with a new deal that would send him to Triple-A to start the season. Cleveland will battle Colorado tonight at 10.
In NBA play yesterday, Philadelphia blew past Sacramento. 117-103. Dallas bested Utah, 113-108. Chicago defeated Minnesota, 104-97. Oklahoma City handled Portland, 103-83. Houston clipped San Antonio, 96-95. Miami dominated Charlotte, 109-77. Atlanta topped Milwaukee, 104-99 and Brooklyn slipped past Phoenix, 102-100.
In NHL action last night, Detroit snuck past Anaheim, 2-1. Calgary clipped St. Louis, 3-2. Pittsburgh bested Philadelphia, 2-1 in overtime. Vancouver ousted Colorado, 3-2. Winnipeg defeated Tampa Bay, 3-2. Washington edged the New York Rangers, 3-2 in a shootout and the New York Islanders blanked Florida, 3-0.
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