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Game: Ohio State at Kansas Mar 31 2012 8:45PM
Grade: Winner (100)
Reason: The linesmakers are have given the edge to Ohio St. in this matchup and the main reason for that is the road these two teams have taken to get here. The Buckeyes have covered three of their four tournament games with the only non-covering being by just a bucket. Kansas meanwhile struggled in two of its games, as it narrowly defeated Purdue and NC State while needing a 12-0 closing run against North Carolina to win by 13 points. At this point, all of those games can be tossed which gives us value on the Jayhawks. Heading into the tournament, Kansas had an RPI of six, Ohio St. an RPI of seven, and the strength of schedules are nearly similar. Heading into Saturday, Kansas has the slightly better record (31-6 to 31-7) while also possessing a better road/neutral record. All of these numbers are so close that the line should be dead even in my opinion yet the Buckeyes come in as a possession favorite. Kansas has not been the same Kansas team in this tournament so the best is yet to come. These teams met earlier in the season in Kansas and the Jayhawks were able to pull away late for the victory but Ohio St. played that game without Jared Sullinger so pretty much every aspect of that game can be tossed out when looking toward this game. Ohio St. can provide some tough matchups for many teams but Kansas is not one of those as the Jayhawks can matchup up at every position and actually have an edge with their bench witch is something they normally do not have. Kansas point guard Tyshawn Taylor matching up against Ohio St. point guard Aaron Craft is the match up to watch even though everyone is talking about Sullinger against Thomas Robinson. Craft is a true point guard that plays great defense and Taylor needs to make him work. Taylor came into the North Carolina game averaging 7.8 ppg on 40 percent shooting and had nearly as many turnover (39) as assists (43) through 12 NCAA Tournament games. He erupted for 22 points with six boards, five assists and five steals. Taylor came into the tournament shooting 43.5 percent from long range but he is 0-17 in this year's Big Dance. While that is enough to scare a lot of people off, something says that won't last. Even with Craft's heads up defense, Taylor can go off again, especially if they can get out in transition. Because of the horses on offense, people tent to forget about Kansas' defense as the Jayhawks have excellent perimeter defenders that contest shots and limit open looks from the outside. Inside, Robinson and Jeff Witey can block shot and rebound well and while they won't shut down Sullinger, they can certainly slow him down. Overall, Kansas has the best two-point defense in the country, holding teams to 40 percent shooting inside the arc. Senior guard William Buford is slumping huge for Ohio St. as he went 4-20 from the floor the last two games and has not hit above 50 percent of his shots in a game since the regular season finale. This has the makings of a game that can come down to the last possession and if so, we are golden with our generous point spread. I really don't think it will come down to that though as we could see the Jayhawks finally put together a full game on offense while putting a clamp on the Buckeyes offense. Both of these teams are special but Kansas matchups up exceptionally well with Ohio St. and without a lot of depth, the Buckeyes could be in for a longer than expected night. 10* (820) Kansas Jayhawks