Ohio State Vs. Kansas, Final Four 2012: Jayhawks Advance To Championship With 64-62 Win

The Kansas Jayhawks came back from down 13 in the first half and hung on to beat Ohio State in a wild finish. SI.com Live scoreboard

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NCAA Championship 2012: How Big An Upset Was 2008 Really?

When Kansas completed a stunning comeback down nine with two minutes left against Memphis in the 2008 national title game, it dealt John Calipari his greatest defeat yet, as another of his extremely talented teams fell short in March.

However, four years later, it's hard to call Bill Self's 2008 team the underdog.

While Memphis star Derrick Rose has become an NBA MVP, none of his Tigers teammates have had more than a cup of coffee at the next level.

On the other side of the floor, three Jayhawks (Darrell Arthur, Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush) have carved out successful NBA careers as major contributors, while four more (Cole Aldrich, Sherron Collins, Sasha Kaun and Darnell Jackson) have been on NBA rosters as well.

Calipari has become known for shepherding waves of one-and-done stars to the next level, but Rose wasn't flanked by any other NBA lottery picks in 2008. Four years later, National Player of the Year Anthony Davis has two future lottery picks (Terrence Jones and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist) helping him in the front-court.

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NCAA Championship 2012: Anthony Davis Vs. Thomas Robinson? That, Or Kentucky Zones It Up

It's widely accepted that the Kentucky Wildcats have more raw talent than the Kansas Jayhawks and that Anthony Davis is the best NBA prospect that will be playing in the national title game. However, that doesn't mean that a Wildcat will have the most impact on the game. Thomas Robinson was the country's only unanimous All-America selection and provides a tough matchup for Kentucky.

When the two teams met in a 75-65 Kentucky win early in the season, Robinson wasn't given an opportunity to take a lot of shots. It was an odd game, in which his teammates couldn't buy a basket and Tyshawn Taylor got to the free throw line 17 times. Kentucky turned the ball over 19 times. Don't expect a stylistic repeat in the national title game at all.

For those who were counting on a Davis-Robinson one-on-one slugfest ... don't. Robinson is too strong to be guarded by Terrence Jones one-on-one, and if Davis takes him on, Jeff Withey is going to have a big size advantage on whatever Kentucky player guards him. What's the solution? According to John Calipari, it might be a zone. Really. Select words in bold for emphasis.

"We know how good Thomas Robinson is. We all know. We went against him in New York. He is as good as they get. He’s a vicious competitor, great around the rim, expanded his game. He can make the top of the key 3. Loves driving that thing hard left and getting to the rim. He has become a better handler and passer, rebounds. So we know how good he is. I don’t really know who is going to guard him. We may play a 2-3 zone. Those guys are so big, we may fall into a zone. I haven’t played that very often, but we may do it."

It's possible that Cal is just playing mind games with the media and Bill Self, but the idea isn't terribly far-fetched.

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Final Four 2012: Jared Sullinger Says He Hasn't Decided On NBA Future

In the immediate aftermath of the Ohio St. Buckeyes' crushing defeat to the Kansas Jayhawks, a game in which OSU star Jared Sullinger shot just 5-19, the question of Sullinger's NBA future was bound to come up. After last year's loss in the tournament, Sullinger emphatically declared that he was returning to school, and stayed true to that decision despite many projections of him as a top-five pick. This year, he wasn't so certain.

"I honestly don't know," Sullinger said after the loss. "That's something I'm going to take up with coach and just talk it over with him and talk it over with my family. I really don't know my decision yet."

Sullinger will likely be a lottery pick if he does declare for the draft. SB Nation's Tom Ziller has him going to the Milwaukee Bucks at 10th overall in his latest mock draft.

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Final Four 2012: 10 Thoughts On A Wild Saturday In New Orleans

Rivalries, rematches and flying seat cushions. Mike Rutherford recaps a wild Final Four Saturday in New Orleans.

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Final Four Bracket 2012, Ohio State Vs. Kansas Final Score: Jayhawks Hang On For 64-62 Comeback Win

At one point in the national semifinal between the Kansas Jayhawks and Ohio State Buckeyes, KU trailed by 13 points. They took the lead at 2-0, promptly lost it, and didn't reclaim it until 2:48 remained in the game. In a wild final minute that featured bad errors by both teams, Kansas made more plays and fewer bad mistakes to hold on for a 64-62 win.

Kansas took the lead for good with 1:35 remaining, but they didn't exactly hold onto it in conventional fashion. Shortly after Travis Releford made two free throws to put his team up 60-59, Elijah Johnson expanded it by grabbing a defensive rebound, then going coast-to-coast to make a stunning acrobatic layup and extend his team's lead to three.

On Ohio State's next possession, Thomas Robinson grabbed a steal and appeared to have a clear path to a dunk, but Aaron Craft hustled back and stripped the ball clean, knocking it out of bounds. Kansas used the entire shot clock on the ensuing half-court possession and set up Jeff Withey for a layup, but Withey was called for traveling. The call was a bad one; Withey took two steps before catching the ball, when it was close to his hands, and did not travel before taking the shot.

The Buckeyes' next possession consisted of Deshaun Thomas flailing around like a madman, completely unaware of the score, time on the clock, and overall situation. He jacked up a bad three-point shot, grabbed his own rebound, then jacked up another bad three. He started doing this with a full 20 seconds remaining. On his second miss, William Buford grabbed the offensive rebound and threw down a dunk to cut the Kansas lead to one.

Lenzelle Smith fouled Tyshawn Taylor on the inbound, and he made both free throws. On the Ohio State inbound, Smith turned the ball over to Taylor. That should have effectively ended the game, but Taylor threw a pass to no one, out of bounds, gifting possession back to Ohio State. With the Buckeyes down three points, Kansas opted to foul Craft instead of giving OSU a chance to shoot a three-pointer.

Craft made the first shot, then attempted to pass to himself with the second. He missed intentionally and tried to catch everyone off guard by getting his own rebound, but he was called for a lane violation. This time, the referees got it right -- Craft crossed the free throw line before his "shot" hit the rim.

The Buckeyes players were baffled by the call and still complaining to the referees when Kansas inbounded the ball. As a result, they missed the chance to foul and extend the game, gifting Kansas a two-point win and a date with the Kentucky Wildcats without any further work.

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VIDEO: Aaron Craft's Lane Violation Leads To Confusing Ending

The lane violation -- the dreaded lane violation -- struck again on Saturday night. It's been a theme throughout the 2012 NCAA Tournament, with players getting whistled for what may be the most uncommon rule violation out there. And it was Aaron Craft trying to make a play at the end of the game -- intentionally missing a free throw -- that sparked a whole lot of confusion at the end of Saturday night's Final Four matchup between Ohio State and Kansas.

Here's Craft getting called for a lane violation. He tried to quickly throw the ball off the rim, gather the rebound and put it back. But he, apparently, left a bit too early (and missed the follow anyway).

Craft block the plane of the free throw line -- it is not, apparently, whether the shooter's foot hits the ground -- thus the lane violation. And then ... confusion.

Kansas quickly inbounded the ball in the aftermath of the lane violation and that was that. No fouls, the clock ran out, and the game was over. A weird ending, to be sure.

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ANIMATED: Aaron Craft Tries A Cut Block

Aaron Craft is the kind of player that's just going to annoy his opponent all game long. He's going to frustrate them while pulling some ridiculous things out of nowhere. Whether he's diving into the seats or making one of those little plays that gives his team an edge, Craft simply finds a way to make others mad -- not that it's a bad thing.

So it shouldn't be a surprise that he tried a cut block.

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I mean, yeah, we can play it off and act like Craft was falling, but this was so blatant. He clearly was trying to cut off Jeff Withey by diving at his ankles. And you know what? Ain't nothing wrong with it either.

Later, he came up with this nice hustle play, making a clean strip, as well.

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2012 Final Four, Ohio State Vs. Kansas Score: Close Game Could Make For Fantastic Finish

Back and forth, and back and forth: this is how Ohio State-Kansas has gone in the second half, with the Buckeyes building small leads and Kansas erasing them. And it has produced a very close game at the under-four media timeout, with Ohio State leading 55-53.

William Buford's 17 points have helped keep the Buckeyes' noses out in front. And Jared Sullinger's somehow accrued 13 points despite 5-of-18 shooting on the night.

But Kansas' star, Thomas Robinson, leads all scorers with 17 points, and the Jayhawks have battered Ohio State on the boards, with 37 rebounds to the Buckeyes' 26.

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2012 NCAA Tournament, Ohio State Vs. Kansas Score: Travis Releford Carrying Jayhawks

Kansas has trailed for much of the 2012 Final Four's second game, but the Jayhawks have closed to within one point of Ohio State at 49-48 at the under-eight timeout in the second half, and they have Travis Releford to thank.

Releford has 11 points to Thomas Robinson's 15. But, Robinson's points have come on seven shots to Robinson's 14, and he's actually outrebounded his larger counterpart, six to five, and his steal-to-layup sequence brought the Jayhawks back within a point.

Ohio State's been able to stay ahead of Kansas because of William Buford's fine game. He has 15 points, leading the Buckeyes, and well ahead of Lenzelle Smith's 10.

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Ohio State Vs. Kansas, 2012 Final Four: Back And Forth In New Orleans

Ohio State and Kansas seem to be settling in for a close stretch run in New Orleans. The Buckeyes lead, 43-40, at the under-12 media timeout.

William Buford remains Ohio State's leading scorer, with 12 points, and has propped up a Buckeyes offense that has been struggling since the early going, shooting 35 percent from the field. And Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas are a combined 7-for-26, depriving the Bucks of the typical production from their two best offensive options.

Kansas has made its rally from double-digit deficits in the first half by shooting better in the second period. Thomas Robinson has improved from an awful start and has 12 points, and the Jayhawks are 7-for-12 as a team in the half.

Both teams also have significant players in foul trouble: Elijah Johnson of Kansas is sitting with four fouls, as is Ohio State's Thomas.

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VIDEO: Thomas Robinson Is Very Angry

This sounds like the scene in Full Metal Jacket where the Drill Sargent played by R. Lee Ermey asks to hear Joker's war cry. Thomas Robinson threw down a huge dunk early in the second half of the Kansas Jayhawks' national semifinal game against the Ohio State Buckeyes, and besides coming at a crucial time in the middle of a KU run, it's awesome because of the yell. And CBS showed four consecutive replays with sound, so you can hear the yell over, and over, and over, and over again.

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

LET ME HEAR YOUR WAR CRY.

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2012 NCAA Tournament, Ohio State Vs. Kansas: Jayhawks Coming Back In Final Four

Kansas ended the first half of its 2012 Final Four matchup with Ohio State by forcing a turnover and getting a layup to cut Ohio State's lead to single digits. The Jayhawks have built on that in the second half, going on an 8-2 run to begin the period and cutting Ohio State's lead to 36-33.

Thomas Robinson is finally waking up for the Jayhawks, and has a game-high 12 points. But Jeff Withey's defense is also spurring them: the lanky center has five blocks.

Ohio State, on the other hand, has gone cold, with Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas, in particular, struggling. Sullinger is 3-for-13 from the field; Thomas is 3-for-10.

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Final Four 2012, Ohio State Vs. Kansas Halftime Score: Buckeyes Lead, 34-25

It has been a downright ugly first half for the Kansas Jayhawks. They're having a little bit of trouble finding clean looks for Thomas Robinson and he's not getting a lot of help from his teammates. It hasn't just been poor offense -- the Ohio State Buckeyes deserve a lot of credit for their defense -- but Kansas doesn't have a whole lot of ideas when Robinson isn't making offense by himself. On the other end, Ohio State is shooting the ball well, and they lead 34-25 at the half.

The Jayhawks did get a boost going to the locker room, though. Aaron Craft drove into the lane in the dying seconds for Kansas and had his shot blocked by Jeff Withey. KU got out on the break and Travis Releford made a layup at the buzzer to cut the lead to single digits.

Kansas shot just 38 percent from the floor in the first half and didn't find their way to the free throw line until there were 24 seconds remaining in the half. That's indicative of a team that isn't just struggling to shoot the ball, but struggling to create offense. If Robinson isn't dominating, Kansas needs to get out on the break to score, and they haven't done any of that. Ohio State is rebounding and controlling the tempo well, and the slow pace has been bad for Kansas.

Jared Sullinger is having a solid game with seven points and five rebounds. The Buckeyes haven't relied on him or any player in particular, as they're doing an excellent job of spreading the ball around and looking for whoever is open. William Buford leads the Buckeyes with eight points on 3-3 shooting. Kansas' Robinson is the game's joint-leading scorer with eight points of his own.

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2012 NCAA Tournament, Ohio State Vs. Kansas Score: Buckeyes Rolling In Final Four

Ohio State's been better than Kansas throughout the NCAA Tournament. In their 2012 Final Four matchup with the Jayhawks, the Buckeyes are proving it, building a 28-17 lead at the final media timeout of the first half.

William Buford leads Ohio State with eight points, but Jared Sullinger is close behind with seven. And Deshaun Thomas and Aaron Craft have five points each.

But the Buckeyes' most important advantage has been on the defensive end. Ohio State's limited Kansas to 32 percent shooting, and kept Thomas Robinson in check, holding the talented Jayhawks forward to just four points.

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2012 Final Four, Ohio State Vs. Kansas Score: William Buford Playing Well For Buckeyes

Ohio State's made it to the 2012 Final Four without much help from senior shooter William Buford. Now, on the biggest stage of the season, Buford seems to be coming out of a slump against Kansas. He's staked Ohio State to a 21-13 lead with under eight minutes to go in the first half.

Buford's eight points have come on two threes and another field goal, and he's also grabbed four rebounds. He leads Ohio State in both categories, though he's tied with Jared Sullinger (five points, four rebounds) for the lead on the board.

Kansas hasn't been able to keep up so far, either. The Jayhawks are a miserable 6-for-21 from the field.

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Ohio State Vs. Kansas, 2012 Final Four: Buckeyes Lead, Jayhawks Cold

The team wearing red has come out of the gate hotter than the team in blue in the second Final Four game of Saturday night. But Ohio State's only got a 12-7 lead at the under-12 timeout.

Jared Sullinger has four points to lead the Buckeyes, and Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith have each hit threes, but Ohio State is shooting an unimpressive 41.7 percent from the field.

On the flip side, though, Kansas is shooting 30.8 percent, and no player has made more than one shot. Trevor Releford's three gave him the Jayhawks' scoring lead, and Thomas Robinson's two points have required five shots.

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2011 NCAA Tournament Final Four, Ohio State Vs. Kansas: Buckeyes Leap Out To 7-2 Lead

Kansas and Ohio State seem to be playing the undercard matchup in the 2012 Final Four. The Jayhawks have had the slow start that confirms that those who called it an undercard know what they are talking about; Ohio State, though, has taken a 7-2 lead at the first media timeout.

Jared Sullinger has two points for Ohio State, which responded to Kansas scoring first by reeling off a 7-0 run.

Thomas Robinson, Kansas's national player of the year candidate, has the Jayhawks' only bucket of the night. But he's failed to follow the jumper he made to open scoring with any other free throws.

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ANIMATED: Deshaun Thomas Loves Crossovers

A challenger to Anthony Davis's dance moves has emerged, and it's Deshaun Thomas. Unlike Davis, though, Thomas actually performed a basketball move in his prepackaged video ahead of the player introductions in New Orleans. And it was the goofiest basketball move ever.

Here's Thomas's crossover, which says "gotcha" and "I love this game," all at the same time.

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Can't even be mad about being taken off the dribble by that smiling face.

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Final Four 2012, Ohio State Vs. Kansas: TV Schedule, Game Time And More

The Kansas Jayhawks and Ohio St. Buckeyes clash in New Orleans for a spot in the 2012 NCAA Tournament title game.

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