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All That Matters in March Madness Basketball for Ohio State: Survive and Advance

It doesn't matter if it's beautiful, ugly, or a combination of both. All that matters this time of year is finding a way to play again.

The phrase “survive and advance” was created for a reason during March Madness… and the last 48 hours for the Ohio State men’s basketball team is another strong example why.

The Buckeyes nearly blew Thursday’s second-round game with Minnesota, winning 79-75 after leading by 14 in the closing minutes. Ohio State then needed overtime to somehow hold off Purdue in the quarterfinals, despite holding an 18-point lead at intermission.

Ohio State made just three field goals over 15 minutes in the second half… so what? They scored 49 points in the first half.

Kyle Young had 18 points before halftime and then unfortunately left early in the second half. That’s tough, but injuries happen all of the time.

Purdue star Trevion Williams practically shot the same percentage from the floor (.522) than his collective team did from the free-throw line (.556). All of these weird things can happen in postseason basketball.

All that matters, at the end of the game, is your team figuring out a way to have more points than the other team. Basketball is a game of runs, and sports are an arena of momentum swings.

Dissect the game as much as you want. That’s part of the fun, whether it be for your job or just alongside your friends. It can be sexy, or ugly, or many times a combination of both. Just remember… this time of year, all that really matters is surviving and advancing.

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