NCAA Tournament 2011: Is Ohio State the Next No. 1 Seed to Be Upset in Sweet 16?

Jim BerdyszCorrespondent IMarch 25, 2011

CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 20:  Jared Sullinger #0 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on during the game against the George Mason Patriots during the third of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Quicken Loans Arena on March 20, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Once there were four; now we are down to two.

What seemed like such a promise run for all four No. 1 seeds to advance far into the 2011 NCAA tournament this year, have quickly ended for two big teams: The Pittsburgh Panthers and 2010 NCAA Champion Duke Blue Devils.

With both No. 1 teams going home early, it leaves just top-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes and Kansas Jayhawks as the top two teams left in the tournament.

With a tough matchup against No. 4 Kentucky tonight though, is Jared Sullinger and the Ohio State Buckeyes the next No. 1 team to be upset in the Sweet 16?

After defeating their first two tournament opponents by a 30-point deficit, Ohio State's matchup between the Wildcats will be the first difficult task for them to overcome of late. The key for the Bucks will, of course, not only be phenom Jared Sullinger, but senior forward David Lighty as well.

Lighty will need to continue his hot hand, as he lit up the stat line in his last game against George Mason, scoring 25 points and going an unbelievable 7-of-7 from behind the three-point arc.

Kentucky coach John Calipari and his team have other ideas, though; they want to end Ohio State's possible run at a NCAA Championship right now.

The Kentucky Wildcats will come into the game still a little shaken after almost getting upset in the second round by No. 13 Princeton, 59-57. They did manage to recover in their recent matchup against No. 5 West Virginia, though, defeating the Mountaineers by eight points last Saturday. 

If they have any chance to upset the Buckeyes tonight, the Wildcats will need another big game from freshman star Brandon Knight. Coming off a career-high 30-point game against WVU, Knight will be called upon to lead Kentucky once again against Ohio State.

But he can't do it alone.

If the Kentucky can get additional solid games from big 6'8'' freshman Terrance Jones and junior Darius Miller, things could be looking very bleak for Thad Matta and the rest of Buckeye Nation tomorrow morning.

Don't be too quick to start filling in Ohio State as tonight's winner on your brackets, as the Wildcats may instead stun the Buckeyes and make it to the Elite Eight for the second straight season.

One thing is for certain, both teams will be itching for their chance to land into the Final Four, but Kentucky may come out wanting it more, hoping to advance to the big dance for the first time since 1998.