It’s been 50 years since Ohio State and Cincinnati last met in NCAA tournament play, but their rivalry has more than geography to recommend it. Both previous postseason meetings between these two schools came in the national title game (won by the Bearcats both times).
This year’s edition is for slightly lower stakes but features some post players who would do their predecessors proud. The Buckeyes’ Jared Sullinger is a consensus All-American, but he’ll still get a run for his money from Cincinnati standout Yancy Gates, the hero of the team’s second-round win over Texas.
Read on for a look at which of the two great defenses has the edge in this game, plus a position-by-position breakdown of the matchups that will determine who heads back to Ohio and who moves on to the Elite Eight.