The Ohio State Buckeyes are experiencing the “Big Easy”, knowing they have Kansas standing in their way from playing in the National Title game.
Thad Matta has a good mix of young talent. Players who think the club is more than All-American Jared Sullinger and super stick ’em defender and leader, Aaron Craft. “I am thankful that we have guys who want to take those shots and make those plays because that’s what it’s all about,” said Matta.
The shots have fallen, and the stage is set. Kansas comes to the Superdome having flown a little bit under the radar. Many consider them the underdog on Saturday.
“I don’t know if you are a serious underdog when you have won 31 games and won your league by two games,” stated Bill Self, the Kansas coach.
Ohio State was the overall number one seed in last year’s tourney, but was shown the door in stunning fashion by the Kentucky Wildcats in the Sweet Sixteen.
“This year we took a different approach. We was focused, and now we are here,” said Sullinger, who understands the Bucks are facing a team with a nice blend of talent. The Jayhawks have a fantastic player in Thomas Robinson.
“My eyes, the college player of the year,” opined Sullinger, who did not face the Jayhawks earlier in the season as Kansas beat Ohio State.
“He plays hard. He plays smart. Strong. Physical,” said Sullinger.
Last year, folks felt Buckeye coach Thad Matta stuck to a rotation of too few players, and that perhaps, it caught up with him.
“I think that’s what we have been able to do this year. Develop some depth at certain positions,” said Matta, in meeting with national media on Friday.
Ohio State and Kansas won’t get the blood boiling like the in-state grudge match between Kentucky and Louisville, but it figures to be a very tight affair. Nothing easy about this one in the “Big Easy.”