The 2012 NCAA tournament's East Regional has officially gone chalk. The top-seeded Syracuse Orange and the No. 2 seed Ohio State Buckeyes escaped their Sweet 16 contests and will face off in the Elite Eight.
This matchup has several interesting aspects. How will Syracuse handle Jared Sullinger down low? Can Ohio State's guards penetrate the top of Syracuse's patented 2-3 zone? Will Syracuse score against Ohio State's pesky man-to-man defense?
All of these questions and more will be answered by the end of the game.
It would not be the NCAA tournament, or any big game for that matter, without predictions.
Here are five bold predictions for the East Regional's Elite Eight showdown: