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What a year for the state of Ohio.
Ohio State is coming off a nail-biting game against Gonzaga. The Buckeyes have a lot of scoring options with Jared Sullinger, William Buford and Deshaun Thomas but don't have a lot of depth.
The Buckeyes should be a tough out for anybody unless they encounter foul trouble.
Enter Cincinnati's defense.
The Bearcats play smash-mouth defense and tend to frustrate players into committing dumb fouls on the other end.
Cincinnati has had quite a strange year, starting with the brawl with Xavier and including an unexpected run to the Big East tournament finals.
Cincinnati won a defensive-dominated game over Florida State to get to the Sweet 16 and will need an equally strong defensive showing to beat the Buckeyes.
The winner of this game will meet either Syracuse or Wisconsin, setting up another great matchup.