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NCAA Basketball Tournament 2011: Ohio State Falls to Kentucky

And then there was one.

In one of the most back and forth games you will see all tournament, the fourth seeded Kentucky Wildcats got the better of top ranked and top seeded Ohio State on Friday night. Guard Brandon Knight hit a shot with a little more than five seconds remaining to put Kentucky up 62-60 after Jon Diebler hit an NBA-range three pointer to tie the game. Both teams had timeouts remaining, but neither team chose to use any.

Ohio State missed a three pointer at the horn to win the game, and their journey will end at the Elite Eight.

Jared Sullinger had another excellent performance with 21 points and 16 rebounds on the night, and Diebler added 16 including four three pointers. Still, it was a very poor shooting night for the Buckeyes, who are one of the more efficient offensive units in the country. They shot a mere 32.8 percent from the field, and it proved to be their downfall.

For Kentucky, Josh Harrellson and DeAndre Liggins picked up the slack for poor shooting performances from Terrence Jones and Brandon Knight. The two big men combined for 32 points and 16 rebounds, but it was Knight who hit the game winner.

Kentucky will face North Carolina in the elite eight, a game where the winner will be the sole owner of the most victories in NCAA tournament history.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.