The Final Four and Ohio State didn’t seem like a likely combination earlier in the season but it’s happening now. The Buckeyes just finished paying for their Final Four tickets with a convincing win over Syracuse last night, a victory that not only sends them to New Orleans but gives them their first Final Four berth in 5 years. It also puts paid to doubters who called for the Buckeyes to bow out no later than the regionals, where they’ve been stuck the last couple of years.
Heading to New Orleans should help erase the memories of a late season swoon that has some people wondering how Ohio State could ever have been the #2 team in college basketball. The victory comes over a Syracuse team that favored but saw their hopes go down the tube in a barrage of fouls, including a technical against Head Coach Jim Boeheim. Having Fab Melo might have made a difference for Syracuse his problems in class kept him off the court.
So now the Buckeyes head for New Orleans and there’s no reason they can’t play for a national championship. Either North Carolina or Kansas stands between them and that opportunity. We’ll see how it pans out tonight.
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