Several members of the Ohio State team that lost to Kentucky in the 2011 NCAA Tournament are playing together this summer in The Basketball Tournament.
Recently, the group of players spoke about their stunning 62-60 loss to the Wildcats.
Check out an excerpt of their comments:
“I’m not bitter about it, but at the same time I feel like we lost that game,” he said. “I feel like there were some things that we did that we shouldn’t have done leading up to the game and we got a little ahead of ourselves. I don’t think we had our full, 100 percent focus on that game and it was clear by the way we came out. I don’t think the game should’ve been that close.”
Six years removed, Lighty still remembered Ohio State’s shooting percentage against Kentucky: 32 percent. Yet, Diebler’s three-pointer in the final minute pulled the teams even at 60 before Brandon Knight — who finished 3 for 10 from the field — hit a tough, pull-up jumper over Craft to set the final score.
Craft still blames himself for the basket.
“I let him go right, and that’s on me,” he said. “He hit a game-winner during the tournament against Princeton going right, and that was my fault. I shouldn’t have let him get to his right hand. He made a good shot, but I think I could’ve made it different.”
When it was pointed out that Knight still had to hit a tough shot, Craft replied, “Not tough enough.”
Remember this highlight from the 2011 game?