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LOS ANGELES Aaron Craft was joking about a tweet referencing him the other day from a former Ohio State teammate. It was a riff on the popular Chuck Norris tough-guy theme.
I believe it said I would kick Chuck Norris butt, Craft said.
Then he would shave his head to look more like me. Norris will not coverBuckeyes junior guard Craft in the NCAA West regional game Thursday. Nick Johnson will, at leasta majorityof the time. The way Johnson has played defense the last three weeks, Craft might hope for Norris instead.
The Wildcats (27-7) excelled at the defensive end in a sweep of Belmont and Harvard in the second round of the tournament in Salt Lake City last week, limiting them to a combined 33 percent shooting from the field. Harvard made 27.6 percent in the UAs 74-51 victory on Saturday, the lowest percentage by an opponent in the Wildcats 76-game NCAA tournament history.
Johnson has had a lot to do with it, and it starts with taking ownership on the defensive end.
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Ohio State's Aaron Craft and Arizona's Nick Johnson are among the rarest type of college basketball players.
They're defensive stoppers - and they'll be on the same court together Thursday night.
That's when Craft and the Buckeyes meet Johnson and the Wildcats in the NCAA tournament's West Region semifinals at Staples Center in 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.
So Craft didn't realize the highest seeds in the West Regional were dropping like dominoes until earlier this week. He purposely didn't learn much about ninth-seeded Wichita State until Thursday night, when the powerful...
Aaron Craft has a lot of the characteristics that former Duke guards J.J. Redick, Jon Scheyer, Greg Paulus, Steve Wojciechowski and Chris Collins exhibited. He’s a scrappy white guard who isn’t the biggest, strongest, fastest or most talented player, but he does what it takes to will his team to win. Some appreciate them. Others find them incredibly annoying. ESPN’s Rick...
Aaron Craft and Deshaun Thomas paid attention last weekend when the highest-seeded teams in their regional started toppling like so many dominoes. The Ohio State stars both wondered whether any big names could survive the wild West.
Now that they're on the brink of a second straight trip to the Final Four, Craft and Thomas are confident they won't be the next marquee program...
Last Sunday Aaron Craft hit a game winning three point shot to give the Buckeyes the win. This time it was LaQuinton Ross’s turn. With Ohio State and Arizona tied at 70, Craft found Ross off a pick and roll and Ross buried the three pointer.
The three gave the Buckeyes the 73-70 lead with 2.4 seconds left, and the Buckeyes held on.
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Ohio State has another postseason hero.
After Aaron Craft made the game-winning three-pointer to defeat Iowa State in the round of 32, LaQuinton...
I still can’t belive what I saw at the end of Ohio States’ game against Iowa State. You could have told me that Aaron Craft would step up at the end of the game to make a big shot. However if you told me that shot would be a 3 pointer after he had waived off the leading scorer in the Big Ten (Deshaun Thomas). I woukd have said, “My boy Aaron Craft must have been feeling...
So apparently Ohio State has a flair for the dramatic. In its third-round matchup against Iowa State, Aaron Craft hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to put away the Cyclones.
Tonight in the Sweet 16, Craft was playing the role of distributor — on the Buckeyes’ last possession, he dished the ball to LaQuinton Ross, who was way behind the three-point arc — but that didn’t stop...
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ohio State needed another last-second shot, and Aaron Craft had the ball at the top of the key again.
But last week's hero gave it up to the hottest hand on the floor, and LaQuinton Ross sent the Buckeyes to the brink of their second straight Final Four.
Ross hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2 seconds to play, and Ohio State advanced to the West Regional...
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