Conley held the ball as long as he could as the Buckeyes hoped to take as late a shot as possible. He made a great shimmie move, drove the lane, and was fouled by the Vols' JaJuan Smith with six seconds remaining.
Conley hit the first free throw. UT called timeout to apply the ice. Conley missed the second free throw. Tennessee freshman guard Ramar Smith rebounded it and moved upcourt quickly to try and get a game winning shot off. He was defended brilliantly as he raced down the court by Conley ... who forced him out of the key and into a really tough 10-12 foot runner. And his high school mate Oden, after a really rough night, had the last laugh as he swatted that final shot away, setting off a rampant celebration at midcourt.
Oden finished with just nine points, attempting just two shots from the floor all night, and grabbing only three rebounds. He played just 18 minutes due to the incessant foul trouble he found himself in throughout the entire game.
With two of the most improbable comebacks in recent NCAA Tournament history now booked in back to back games, one has to start wondering if this just might be a team of destiny. The Bucks will face the second seeded Memphis Tigers on Saturday afternoon, with a trip to the Final Four awaiting the winner. Memphis edged #3 seed Texas A&M 65-64 in the early game in San Antonio. The Tigers have won 25 straight games. The Buckeyes have won 20 straight.