Ohio State loses in NCAA Tournament, USC women’s basketball won’t have March Madness rematch with Buckeyes

The USC Trojans received an important message on Sunday, while they rested before their second-round NCAA Tournament game against Kansas: Beware of the March Madness upset. Ohio State was ambushed. USC needs to avoid the same fate.

USC is the No. 1 seed in its NCAA Tournament region. Ohio State was drawn as the No. 2 seed in USC’s region. The two teams met in the very first game of the season on November 6 in Las Vegas, so the bracket provided the possibility of a rematch. Now that possibility won’t happen after OSU lost at home to Duke in the second round on Sunday.

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“Things looked good at first, with OSU leading by as many as 16 points in the first half, but the second half was a different story. Duke used its effort on the defensive end to halt the Ohio State defense to a grind, eventually grabbing the lead late in the third quarter and doing enough down the stretch in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 75-63 victory.”

USC must be vigilant against Kansas, and the Trojans need to be sharper than they were against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday.

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