College Basketball Capsules: NCAA Tournament, Second Round

Ohio State is through to the second round of the NCAA tournament, but the Buckeyes' tough road to the second weekend now gets more hard. His 39 points and buzzer-beating game-winning layup is what has the Cougars at this point. He points out a win is a win, and he's right.

McGuff called the game an "anomaly" for Mitchell. "Being able to play somewhere where we're comfortable is really going to be an advantage for us".

"But I don't know that they've made dramatic changes, they've just gotten better and better, as you would expect one of Mark's team to be". Both No. 4 Gonzaga and No. 5 Ohio State made it out of the First Round unscathed, unlike numerous teams that saw huge wins and equally huge, bracket-busting upsets. Reed Tellinghuisen added 10 points and seven rebounds. Totals 24-63 12-14 73.

It was a day where what could go wrong for Ohio State, nearly certainly did with Nathan Tomasello and Micha Jordan both falling to shift the balance towards Penn State's favor.

Ohio State jumped ahead on a 10-3 run, but GW managed to tie it at 12 near the end of the first period on 3-pointers from Camila Tapias and Mei-Lyn Bautista. After injuring his ankle in the first half, he went absolutely bananas in the second.

The game got out of hand for the Colonials from there as they missed eight straight shots in a stretch of the third period.

It's what has happened since that will determine the outcome of Saturday's rematch in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. "Once we got a little rhythm, we as a coaching staff understood more of our guys' strengths and that really helped us".

If Williams can continue to score like he did on Thursday throughout the rest of the tournament, Ohio State could possibly continue to shock the college basketball world.

After an impressive start in the Big Ten, the Buckeyes have been struggling over the last month. Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams said.

"It was just a different team", said George Washington coach Jennifer Rizzotti, the former UConn star who is in her second season at the school.

"I don't know if I did a great job early figuring out our personnel and how they fit", Holtmann said.

McGuff watched No. 11 Central Michigan upset No. 6 LSU in the first game.

"There was no doubt that I could make the adjustments", Snyder said at NCAA Championships Media Day.

  • Joey Payne