PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 17: Jared Sullinger #0 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates on the bench late in the first half against the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 17, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Watch as Yancy Gates and Jared Sullinger attempt to beat the living crap out of each other.
The Ohio State Buckeyes didn't really have a rooting interest in the Cincinnati Bearcats - Florida State Seminoles game. Either way, they were going to get a nasty defensive team that attempted to get them to play rugby instead of basketball. Leonard Hamilton's team fell apart in unfortunate fashion, so it's Cincinnati for OSU instead.
Though Gonzaga gave them a challenge, Ohio State looked very good in both of their first two games and seems to be the favorite to reach the Final Four out of the east. Yancy Gates and Jared Sullinger should be locked up in a tough battle all game long, which should open up opportunities for Deshaun Thomas. He's been Ohio State's most effective player in their first two games, and Cincy might struggle to find an answer for both Sullinger and Thomas at the same time.
Game Date/Time: Thursday, March 22, 9:45 p.m. ET
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
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