Wichita State shocks Buckeyes
Malcolm Armstead scored 14 points, Fred Van Vleet bounced in a big basket with 1 minute left, and ninth-seeded Wichita State earned its first trip to the Final Four since 1965 with a 70-66 victory over Ohio State on Saturday.
Van Vleet scored 12 points as the Shockers followed up last week's win over top-ranked Gonzaga with a nail-biting victory over the second-seeded Buckeyes, whose 11-game winning streak ended one game short of their second straight Final Four.
Wichita State roared to a 20-point lead with 11 minutes to play after Ohio State played an awful first half, but LaQuinton Ross scored 15 of his 19 points after halftime, leading a ferocious rally to within three points in the final minutes. However, it was not enough.
Wichita State forward Cleanthony Early says the Shockers are thrilled to be in the final four, but understand that work lies ahead.
"I just think it's mixed emotions of feelings. Like we're excited, we're happy, and we're just ready to play in Atlanta. We got to continue to stay focused, and work hard, and get better."
Wichita State will play either Duke or Louisville on Saturday.
The Shockers are the first Missouri Valley Conference Team to reach the final four since Indiana State made it in 1979 with Larry Bird.
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