While the Kentucky-Louisville rivalry may get all the hype and attention, the Ohio State-Kansas rematch is considered to be the better basketball matchup. The game lacks the outsized coaching personalities of the Commonwealth clash, but it does pit two evenly-matched teams led by two of the best power forwards in the country. While many in the media may focus on the 'Cats and Cards, Andy Glockner of Sports Illustrated writes that there's a reason CBS chose to schedule this game second in primetime. He provides some of the best reasons for why this game should have a spotlight of its own:
We get to see the Sullinger-Robinson showdown, even if Jeff Withey and Deshaun Thomas get involved more than you'd like to see as a neutral. We also get to see how many turnovers Tyshawn Taylor can commit being guarded by Aaron Craft (while still somehow having a 20-point game). Each of the coaches has a big mark in play. Thad Matta can trump Cal and win his first crown, capping off an impressive last six seasons at the helm in Columbus, while Bill Self can take another step toward the Pantheon with a second title. That's a big differentiator. When you join a list that includes Dean Smith, Roy Williams (who you just vanquished in a KU pride match) and Mister Iba, you're in elite company. We may also get to see the fewest subs ever in a Final Four game and all 10 starters play about 37 minutes.
This is just one answer to "10 burning questions" Glockner has heading into Saturday night's Final Four. Of course, more than a few of those questions focus on Kentucky-Louisville. But with the Buckeyes favored by less than three points, the second game of the night may have all the on-court drama which hoops fans will be talking about on Sunday.
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