Jared Sullinger is still a force to be reckoned with in the middle.
The 6'9", 265-lb. sophomore controlled the paint against Cincinnati on Thursday night, scoring 23 points and grabbing 11 rebounds as the Buckeyes advanced to the East Region finals on Saturday against Syracuse.
After an outstanding freshman season that saw him selected as the national freshman of the year, Sullinger, to many people's surprise, came back to campus to work on his game and help Ohio State do exactly what they are doing: making a deep run again in this year's NCAA tournament.
One facet of his game that he has improved this year is shooting beyond the arc. One of the knocks on his game last year is that he really didn't show that he could face the basket and still be much of an offensive threat.
On the season, Sullinger hit 42 percent of his three-pointers. So far, he has knocked down 3-of-5 in the three tournament games.
How Sullinger plays in the rest of the tournament may influence at what level of the NBA Lottery he might be chosen in the 2012 draft.