NCAA Tournament 2012: Kansas Jayhawks vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

Jeff GrantContributor IMarch 25, 2012

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 22:  Aaron Craft #4 and Jared Sullinger #0 of the Ohio State Buckeyes talk against the Cincinnati Bearcats during their 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball East Regional Semifinal game at TD Garden on March 22, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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The Kansas Jayhawks (31-6) and Ohio State Buckeyes (31-7) have both reached the Final Four as No. 2 seeds in the 2012 NCAA Tournament and will now battle it out on Saturday in New Orleans for a chance to play in the championship game.

Las Vegas oddsmakers have established the Buckeyes as two-point favorites, which isn't surprising due to their 77-70 win over the Syracuse Orange in the Elite Eight on Saturday.

Ohio State has covered three of four games in the Big Dance up to this point and total bettors will find that each contest went "over" the posted total.

Revenge will certainly be a significant storyline in the "Big Easy," as the Buckeyes will be seeking payback from an earlier 78-67 defeat to the Jayhawks as 1.5-point road underdogs on Dec. 10.

The fourth-seeded Louisville Cardinals will also possess this type of motivation when taking on the top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats on the other side of the bracket.

Kansas took care of business against an out-manned North Carolina Tar Heels side, pulling away in the final minutes with an 80-67 win in front of a partisan crowd with the game being played inside the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

The Jayhawks' offensive outburst against the Tar Heels was a bit surprising due to averaging just 62.7 points in the first three games of the tournament.

Bettors will likely shy away from backing the Jayhawks due to their 4-7 against-the-spread record on a neutral court this season.

I don't see Ohio State slipping up in the rematch, especially since the first meeting was the program's first road game of the 2011-12 season.

Handicapper Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -4