Wichita State players, including Cleanthony Early (11), celebrate their upset of Ohio State. "This really happened," Early said after scoring 12 in the win.
LOS ANGELES - Cleanthony Early kept stealing glances down at the hat in his hands while he waited for his turn to climb the stepladder, scissors in hand. The Wichita State forward seemed stunned at the words embroidered on his new ballcap: "Final Four Atlanta."
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.
LOS ANGELES - Thad Matta and Sean Miller chatted quietly Wednesday, the first time since last summer the two old friends had seen each other in person.
Arizona Wildcats basketball
LOS ANGELES — Sometimes the other guy is so good that you leave the gym aware you could've gone no further. Bad draw, bad luck, bad day to be a Wildcat.
Ohio State forward Deshaun Thomas, conferring with coach Thad Matta in a second-round win over Iona, averages 19.7 points and 6.1 boards a game.
LOS ANGELES - Deshaun Thomas is different things to different people.
The truth, the whole truth, half-truths, shades of the truth and other items admissible as Sweet 16 munchies:
UA coach Sean Miller and Ohio State's Thad Matta met as assistants at Miami (Ohio) in 1994 under head coach Herb Sendek, now at ASU.
Out of coach Lute Olson's heartache - and a tiny office in Oxford, Ohio - grew a friendship that will be renewed again Thursday in Los Angeles.
Ohio State's Sam Thompson throws down a second-half dunk. He had 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Buckeyes cruised to their ninth straight win.
DAYTON, Ohio - Sam Thompson reached back with his right hand, snared the slightly off-target pass and dunked it in one forceful motion, providing Ohio State with its grandest slam.
BERKELEY, Calif. - Chiney Ogwumike scored 26 points to help No. 5 Stanford pull away from seventh-ranked California for its 81st straight win against a conference opponent, 62-53 over the Golden Bears on Tuesday night.
TEMPE - Brandon Young scored 18 points and had nine assists Wednesday night in leading DePaul to its fifth consecutive win, a 78-61 decision over Arizona State.
Joe Guzman, an Eloy-born boxing trainer working at the U.S. Olympic team's camp this week, was told Friday he is traveling to London for the Games.
Located about 1,200 miles away, the University of Kansas campus qualifies as the westernmost school remaining in the Final Four.