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Ohio St. required a collective effort last Saturday to edge the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the third round of the tournament.
Four Buckeyes starters scored at least 13 points, with Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas leading the way with 18 each.
Sullinger is the motor for this Ohio St. team, who, when they get going, can be unstoppable.
But it's been sophomore forward DeShaun Thomas who has led the Buckeyes to the Sweet 16. Thomas scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the second round against No. 15 seed Loyola, and coupled that with 18 points and seven rebounds—five of them being offensive—in the third round against Gonzaga.
This Thursday at 9:45 p.m. EST, Ohio St. will take on a Cincinnati Beatcats' squad that upset No. 3-seeded Florida State in the third round of the NCAA tournament.
But Cincinnati typically starts four guards, as their tallest starter—aside from 6-9 forward Yancy Gates—is 6-4 guard Sean Kilpatrick.
That said, Ohio St. is both bigger and better than Cincinnati, giving them the edge in this game.
I think the height and physicality of Sullinger and Thomas will be too much for the Bearcats inside, and Ohio St. will dance into the Elite Eight.
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