NCAA Final Four: Kansas vs. Ohio State Preview

By Adam McGill

Game:  (2) Kansas vs. (2) Ohio State 3/31 6:09 PM ET

Game Analysis:  Even though it is vastly being labeled the “Other Final Four Game ”, the Kansas versus Ohio State game is very evenly matched.  Both squads rely on the dominating presence of their big men in the paint and also on the decision making of their experienced point guards.  This will be a back and forth game and will be much closer than the other Final Four matchup.

Matchup to Watch:  PG Aaron Craft, Ohio State vs. PG Tyshawn Taylor, Kansas – This game is the much better point guard battle of the Final Four matchups.  Both point guards have lead their teams’ offense down the stretch and will be critical to the outcome of either side.  Craft has shown that he can spread the court with 27assists in four games this tournament.  He has become a household name this month and the rosy-cheeked kid knows how to feed the ball to his big men down low.

Tyshawn “TNT” Taylor is much more explosive then Craft, and will constantly test him by trying to drive the lane.  However, Craft is much better at seeing the floor and will end the game with more assists than Taylor.  Advantage: Kansas

Matchup to Watch:  F Jared Sullinger, Ohio State vs. F Thomas Robinson, Kansas – Sullinger is an amazing post player.  He is great at getting down the court in transition and is not afraid of using his 265 pounds down low to gain position against defenders.  Sullinger will however be facing a more much more athletic forward then he is accustomed to, in Thomas Robinson.  The Ohio State forward does outweigh Robinson by 28 pounds, so the size difference could eventually tip the scales in Sullinger’s favor.  “T-Bone” has incredibly long arms and is not afraid to bounce around down low for rebounds, as he has racked up 50 boards in four games alone.  Robinson is much quicker than Sullinger, so his speed will cause a mismatch at first, but expect the bigger Sullinger to eventually win the battle down low.  Advantage: Ohio State

Prediction:  Kansas 64 – Ohio State 60

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