Ohio State entered the season as one of the true national championship favorites. The Buckeyes had the best returning big man along with a well-rounded and talented roster.
Tonight, as a disappointing No. 2 seed, Ohio State went into battle with No. 1 seed Syracuse with a Final Four appearance on the line.
Ohio State had lofty expectations from the start. Syracuse seemed the team to beat for a large chunk of the season.
Both teams ultimately stumbled at times—Ohio State due to injury; Syracuse to ineligibility. One team would survive and advance. The other would leave Boston in disappointment.
In the end the Buckeyes squeezed the Orange by a score of 77-70. Here is what we learned.