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Opinion: Don’t be shocked if Ohio makes a run in NCAA Tournament after its master class against Virginia

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No. 13 Ohio shocks No. 4 Virginia 62-58, knocks out men’s NCAA Tournament defending champion

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — One of the great mysteries of this college basketball season is how it impacted teams when they had to shut down for a COVID-19 case, even for a week. 

What Virginia was trying to pull off coming into the NCAA men’s basketball tournament was unprecedented. Having been removed from the ACC tournament last Friday due to a positive test, the Cavaliers weren’t able to practice at all until their quarantine was lifted Thursday.

Was that the reason No. 4 seed Virginia lost to No. 13 seed Ohio, 62-58, in Assembly Hall on Saturday? Was it heavy legs? Lack of practice time? Or were the Bobcats just a better team that exposed a Cavaliers team that had vulnerabilities all season? 

We’ll never know for sure. 

What we can say with certainty is that the Ohio Bobcats, who tore through the Mid-American Conference Tournament last week to earn their NCAA bid, executed better down the stretch and earned every bit of this upset. They’ll advance to the Round of 32 to play No. 5 seed Creighton in the West Region. 

UCLA goes from First Four to second round of men’s NCAA Tournament after upset against BYU

INDIANAPOLIS — Since the UCLA Bruins are at the men's NCAA Tournament, they might as well stick around for a while.

After skidding into the First Four on a four-game losing streak, UCLA is in the second round after a 73-62 upset of sixth-seeded BYU on Saturday night. Johnny Juzang showed no signs of the sprained ankle he aggravated against Michigan State on Thursday night, leading the 11th-seeded Bruins with 27 points on 10-of-16 shooting, while Jules Bernard added 16 and Jamie Jaquez Jr. had 13 points and eight rebounds.

The Bruins will play the winner of Abilene Christian-Texas on Monday.

UCLA appeared to be safely in the tournament at the end of last month, only to put itself squarely on the bubble with those four consecutive losses. Granted, they all were to NCAA Tournament teams, and the Pac-12 is looking better and better with each day. But the Bruins had blown second-half leads in each of those games, and there was little reason to be assured they’d turn things around if they made it to Indianapolis.

How good is Ohio? Three reasons the Cinderella can go on deep March Madness run

At least one Ohio team is still dancing. The Ohio Bobcats took down reigning champion Virginia on Saturday in a bracket-buster – a day after the state's powerhouse program, Ohio State, got bounced by 15th-seeded mid-major Oral Roberts. 

Ohio (17-7) won the Mid-American Conference Tournament to secure its bid in these NCAAs but was hardly the best team in that mid-major league throughout the season – finishing in fifth place. So, a one-win wonder, right? Wrong. 

Ohio has the firepower and winning momentum – having won 10 of 11 games – to knock off Creighton, a No. 5 seed that barely avoided an upset to UC Santa Barbara in a one-point win to advance to the second round. 

Here's a look at why Ohio is far from finished in its Cinderella run and a Sweet 16 ticket is in store:

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Opinion: Don’t be shocked if Ohio makes a run in NCAA Tournament after its master class against Virginia

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Ohio’s Jason Preston was double-teamed, backing up toward the half-court line, maybe an inch or two away from the kind of turnover that so often crushes the dreams of underdogs in March.

Games in this tournament are decided on such small margins. If you go back through the history of every big upset or near-upset, it’s almost comical how many times one possession, one bounce of the ball, one call, can swing everything. 

With 1:12 remaining and No. 13 seed Ohio leading by four against No. 4 seed Virginia, Preston had no choice but to get rid of the ball or else be called for a backcourt violation. So he launched it high to the left sideline to Ben Vander Plas, who immediately reversed it to Ben Roderick on the opposite side of the floor. With time running down and Virginia’s Reece Beekman flying at him, Roderick freed space with half of a shot fake and squared up for an open look as the shot clock hit zero. 

Swish.