The NCAA Final Four takes place Saturday evening in New Orleans. Louisville plays Kentucky, followed by Kansas and Ohio State. Kentucky and Kansas are favored to win. Both Final Four games will be televised by CBS.
The remaining four teams in the 2012 NCAA tournament – Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville and Ohio State – have emerged as one of the strongest Final Four fields in recent years. In speed and athleticism, attention to fundamentals and stinginess on defense, these teams have not only thrived, but have seemingly improved throughout this month-long annual battle of attrition. After Saturday night’s games in New Orleans, the field will be narrowed to two teams, who will play Monday night for the national championship.
In Saturday’s East region final in Boston, the absence of Fab Melo finally caught up with Syracuse, as Ohio State defeated the Orange 77-70. Forward Deshaun Thomas scored 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds for Ohio State (31-7). Thomas has been a tower of offensive power for the Buckeyes all tournament, averaging 22 points in their four games. In the process, Thomas has exhibited extraordinary versatility, as he’s been able to score both in the post with jump hooks as well as from beyond the three-point arc. This has come as a great relief to the Buckeyes’ other strong forward, Jared Sullinger, who has been the team’s most prolific and powerful scorer all season, averaging nearly 18 points per game.
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