Ohio State falls to Virginia Tech, misses out on NCAA Final Four

SEATTLE — Thirty years after its first, and so far only, trip to the Final Four, Ohio State won’t be heading back.

With a win over Connecticut on Saturday, the Buckeyes advanced past the Sweet 16 for the first time since being the national championship runner-up in 1993. But in Monday’s Elite Eight game against Virginia Tech at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, Ohio State came up 10 points short as the Hokies won 84-74.

“(Virginia Tech was) outstanding tonight,” Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff said. “They played a great game. I have a lot of respect for (coach) Kenny (Brooks) and his staff and their program. They were good. They were a little bit better than we were tonight and they made some huge plays.

“Disappointed for our kids, obviously. We wanted to advance and play in the next game, but we ran into a really good team today and we’ll learn some lessons from this and we’ll be back.”

March 27, 2023; Seattle, WA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies guard Georgia Amoore (5) is guarded by Ohio State Buckeyes forward Taylor Thierry (2) during the second half of an NCAA Tournament Elite Eight basketball game at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle on Monday. 
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The first half was played at a blistering pace. Ohio State applied its full-court press on the first three possessions, but Virginia Tech guard Georgia Amoore easily dribbled through it, and the Hokies’ offense worked effectively in transition. They started the game with three straight 3-pointers, and the two teams combined for eight straight made baskets to open the first quarter.

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