Final Four

Kansas vs. Ohio State: Game Time, TV Schedule, Spread Info and Predictions

ST LOUIS, MO - MARCH 25:  Travis Releford #24 of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts late in the second half against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Midwest Regional Final at Edward Jones Dome on March 25, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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David DanielsSenior Writer IMarch 26, 2012

Kansas vs. Ohio State—at least now only one team can choke.

Two teams with a history of falling short in the NCAA tournament are set to face off in the Final Four.  Only two victories stand between each squad and a national title. Here is everything you need to know about their current matchup:

Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La.

When: Saturday, March 31st at 8:49 p.m. EST

Watch: CBS

Listen: 97.1 The Fan

Betting Line: Ohio State -2.5, according to RJ Bell.

Key Injuries

Kansas

No Injuries to Report

Ohio State

No Injuries to Report

 

What’s At Stake?

Everything.  Win or go home has been the motto since the Big Dance tipped off.  But the stakes are even higher now that the loser watches the winner play in the national championship.

 

What They’re Saying

Anup Patel tweeted why so many are rooting for Thomas Robinson to succeed, saying:

 

Kansas' Thomas Robinson lost his mother, grandfather & grandmother in 1 month back in 2011.Happy for him given what he's been through.

— Anup Patel (@Anup_Patel) March 25, 2012

 

The Columbus Dispatch’s Bob Baptist noted that in the Buckeyes’ loss to Kansas earlier this season, Jared Sullinger didn’t play. Baptist tweeted:

 

Rematch next Saturday in New Orleans: Kansas vs #Buckeyes, who will have Sullinger this time. #buckbk

— Bob Baptist (@BBaptistHoops) March 25, 2012

 

Most Important Player to Watch

ST. LOUIS, MO - MARCH 23:  Tyshawn Taylor #10 of the Kansas Jayhawks brings the ball up court in the first half against the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Midwest Regional Semifinal at Edward Jones Dome on March 23, 20
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Tyshawn Taylor.

He is the third-most productive player in this game and that’s why he’s the X-factor. His success or failure to match his average of 16.6 points and 4.7 assists a game will swing the game’s outcome either way.

Everyone will be talking about the showdown down low, but Taylor possesses the ability to take over on the perimeter.

But on that note…

 

Key Matchup

Thomas Robinson vs. Jared Sullinger will be an epic matchup. 

This is must-watch television, folks. Two future NBA stars go head-to-head in the biggest game of each player’s basketball career. Robinson averages 17.7 points and 11.9 rebounds a game while Sullinger averages 17.6 and 9.1.

Whichever big wins this matchup will likely lead his team to victory.

 

Prediction

Robinson is the best player in the nation, so he’ll win that matchup. His performance will give the Jayhawks the edge in a thriller over the Buckeyes. 

Kansas 75-74

 

David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.

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