Final Four 2012 Schedule: Jared Sullinger and Stars Who Will Flop on Big Stage

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistMarch 27, 2012

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 22:  Jared Sullinger #0 of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts after a basket against 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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Being a star player in the NCAA tournament can be a humbling experience—or a coming out party, depending on how the player and team performs. There are a few high-profile studs left dancing in the Final Four, but their luck will likely run out on Saturday night. 

There are a lot of reasons for a player to struggle—bad matchup, playing poorly at the wrong time, not peaking at the right time, etc. The trick is to make sure that other players around them step up so the team doesn't suffer. 

With that in mind, here are the biggest stars playing this weekend who will have a lot of problems playing up to their potential. 


Jared Sullinger, Ohio State

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 11:  Jared Sullinger #0 of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts against the Michigan State Spartans during the Final Game of the 2012 Big Ten Men's Conference Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 11, 2012 in Indiana
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As great as Sullinger has been for the Buckeyes throughout his career, the Final Four will not be his stage to shine.

Being matched up against Thomas Robinson is not likely to make things easy for Sullinger, either. He doesn't have the athleticism that the Jayhawks star forward does. He is going to be throwing up contested shots all game long. 

Even if Sullinger is able to get his points, his overall shooting will leave a lot to be desired. In what could end up being his final college game, Sullinger will not make it one to remember. 


Tyshawn Taylor, Kansas

OMAHA, NE - MARCH 18:  Tyshawn Taylor #10 of the Kansas Jayhawks looks up from the court in the first half as the Purdue Boilermakers pick up the dribble during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at CenturyLink Center on March 18
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On the opposite side of the court, Taylor will make his final appearance in the Final Four. The senior guard has been outstanding all season for the Jayhawks. His all-around game just keeps getting better and better. 

However, he has not had a banner tournament up to this point. He has scored more than 10 points just once, against North Carolina in the Elite Eight. 

Teams have geared up to stop him on the perimeter, which is making it difficult for him to find open shots. He had success against the Tar Heels because they don't play defense. 

It won't happen for him against Ohio State on Saturday night. 


Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 23:  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist #14 of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts after falling on the first half against the Indiana Hoosiers during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball South Regional Semifinal game at the Georgia Dome on March 23, 2012 in A
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After a slow start to the tournament, Kidd-Gilchrist has finally hit his stride with two great performances against Indiana and Baylor.

He did look great, but those teams tried to run with the Wildcats. Louisville knows that it can't keep up with them offensively, so that lock-down defense Rick Pitino has instilled in this team is going to make life miserable for Kentucky. 

Kidd-Gilchrist is going to be forced to pass the ball or take bad shots and hope they go in. 


Final Four Schedule (Times Listed As EST)

No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 4 Louisville at 6:09 p.m. on CBS

No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 2 Kansas at 8:49 p.m. on CBS