The state of Ohio is on full display as March Madness resumes Thursday night when the No. 2-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes (29-7) face the No. 6-seeded Cincinnati Bearcats (26-10) at TD Garden in Boston in the Sweet 16.
The tipoff takes place at about 9:45 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on CBS.
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Ohio State won a tight contest on Saturday against Gonzaga, 73-66. Thad Motta's squad found a way to edge the Bulldogs behind a trio of sophomores. Deshaun Thomas scored 18 points and added seven rebounds, while Aaron Craft had 17 points, to go along with 10 assists.
Jared Sullinger, perhaps the best player in college basketball, also added 18 points against Gonzaga. Cincinnati will focus on containing the big man, as Ohio State have a strong presence inside with the 6'9 sophomore.
The Bearcats were able to squeak by No. 3 Florida State on Sunday, 62-56. It was a rather ugly game, but the Bearcats aren't exactly known for winning pretty.
Mick Cronin's squad doesn't shoot the ball particularly well, but they limit their turnovers, and have a knack for coming down with key rebounds. Cincinnati have one of the better defensive teams in the nation, and the Bearcats will need to contain a well-balanced offense.
While the Buckeyes have a notable big man in Sullinger, the Bearcats have bulk inside with Yancy Gates. The 6-foot-9 senior is averaging 12.4 points per game, and 9.2 rebounds. Cincinnati will need more than Gates, though. The Buckeyes are an efficient team, and can score in bunches.
The winner will meet No. 1-seed Syracuse.
PREDICTION: Ohio State should pull off the win if they take care of the ball. Craft and Thomas are capable of getting hot, and that could spell doom for the Bearcats. If Cincinnati can hit the glass and get second-chance points, they will likely pull off the upset. But Ohio State's offense should be too much for the Bearcats to keep up with.
PREDICTED SCORE: Ohio State over Cincinnati, 66-55