Mar 30, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; A general view as Ohio State Buckeyes players including William Buford (44) work out during practice the day before the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball Final Four at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

NCAA Tournament 2012: Kentucky Wins Their Eighth Title, Beating Kansas In National Championship

A second half collapse against Kansas crippled the Buckeyes' chances to play in Monday's title game.

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Final Four Bracket 2012, Ohio State Vs. Kansas: Jayhawks Edge Buckeyes 64-62 In Thriller

The dream of a national championship went down the drain for Jared Sullinger and the Ohio St. Buckeyes on Saturday night, as the Kansas Jayhawks hung on to advance to Monday's finale against Kentucky.

Sullinger, who shot a frustrating 5-for-19 in the loss, was stifled by Kansas center Jeff Withey's length on the inside, and was unable to get his offense going in the second half. Freshman teammate Deshaun Thomas was hardly any better for head coach Thad Matta, as he finished just 3-for-14 from the field and 1-for-8 from behind the arc.

Kansas, who trailed by nine at half, took its biggest lead of the game (three points) with just 1:04 on the clock. The Jayhawks' win represented the largest first half deficit to come back and win from in a Final Four game since Duke over Maryland in 2001.

The No. 2 seeded Jayhawks will take on Kentucky in Monday's NCAA championship game, while the Buckeyes are expected to suffer heavy attrition with a bevy of players headed to the NBA.

For more on the Ohio State Buckeyes, check out Along The Olentangy, or follow SB Nation Cleveland's Ohio State StoryStream. For more on the Kansas Jayhawks check out Rock Chalk Talk, and for more on the NCAA Tournament you can head over to SB Nation's NCAA Tournament Hub.

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NCAA Bracket 2012 Printable: Louisville, Kentucky, Ohio State, Kansas Make Up Final Four

The NCAA Tournament's 68-team field has been narrowed down to just four teams, and all of them will play Saturday in New Orleans, La. The winners advance to play in the National Championship Game on Monday, when many bracket contests will finally have a champion.

If your bracket pool is coming down to this weekends contestant -- No. 4 Louisville Cardinals vs. No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats at 6:49 p.m. ET on CBS; No. 2 Ohio St. Buckeyes vs. No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks at 8:49 p.m. ET on CBS -- and if you're in need of a updated printable bracket, well, you're in luck as SB Nation.com has one.

All you need to do is click on the link above.

For more on the Ohio State Buckeyes, check out Along The Olentangy, or follow SB Nation Cleveland's Ohio State StoryStream. For more on the Kansas Jayhawks check out Rock Chalk Talk, and for more on the NCAA Tournament you can head over to SB Nation's NCAA Tournament Hub.

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Final Four 2012: Both Semifinals Will be Regular Season Rematches

Even though the 2012 Final Four is Big East vs. SEC on one side and Big Ten vs. Big 12 on the other, there is a degree of familiarity between all four teams. That is because both semifinals are a rematch of a regular season non-conference game.

For Louisville vs. Kentucky, it is simply the next in the high stakes rivalry in the Bluegrass State. The two played on New Year's Eve in Lexington with the Wildcats winning state bragging rights with a 69-62 victory. The rivalry was thought to lie dormant until next season's meeting in Louisville but the fans will get a rematch in New Orleans. Russ Smith had a season high 30 points for Louisville int he first game, but Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 24 to go with 18 from Anthony Davis.

For Ohio State, the Buckeyes will look to avenge a tough regular season loss in which they were forced to play without Jared Sullinger. The buckeyes traveled to Lawrence and fell 78-67 to the Jayhawks on December 10th. Thomas Robinson had 21 points and seven rebounds, but will have a much more difficult time having to face Sullinger.

For more 2012 NCAA Tournament coverage, head over to SB Nation's 2012 tourney hub page. For more on the Ohio State Buckeyes, check out Along The Olentangy, or follow SB Nation Cleveland's Ohio State StoryStream.

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NCAA Tournament 2012, Ohio State Vs. Syracuse Final: Buckeyes Survive 77-70, Headed To Final Four

Motivated after a heartbreaking loss to Kentucky in last year's tournament, the Ohio State Buckeyes are officially headed to the 2012 Final Four in New Orleans. The Buckeyes outlasted a deep, talented Syracuse team on Saturday for a 77-70 win, advancing and setting the stage for a semifinal match up with either Kansas or North Carolina next weekend.

As some expected, the Buckeyes fully dominated the rebounding battle, topping Syracuse 13 to 6 on the offensive glass, and 37 to 22 overall. Athletic wings Deshaun Thomas and William Buford each set the pace for Ohio State with nine rebounds apiece, in a game where not a single Syracuse starter grabbed more than three all night.

Despite producing only four points in the opening half, Ohio State big man Jared Sullinger came alive after the break, and feasted on a Fab Melo-less Syracuse interior defense. Sullinger's 19-point, seven rebound performance was made all the more impressive by his consistent 9-for-12 shooting day from the charity stripe. Highlights of Sullinger's huge second half below:

The Buckeyes, headed to their first Final Four since the Greg Oden-led team of 2007, will now wait anxiously to see who they will play next weekend in New Orleans.

For more Buckeyes coverage, head to Along The Olentangy. For more on the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket, stay with SB Nation's Selection Sunday StoryStream, and stick around SB Nation's NCAA Tournament hub.

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Printable NCAA Bracket 2012: Buckeyes Look For A Spot In The Final Four

The NCAA Tournament field of 68 has been trimmed all the way down to eight, and the first steps to finalizing the members of the 2012 Final Four will be decided on Saturday. Both the East and West Region finals will be played, while the South and Midwest Regional finales will be held on Sunday.

Currently, the Ohio St. Buckeyes are looking to earn their first trip to the Final Four since 2007, when they lost to the Florida Gators in the National Championship game. Also still alive is the Buckeyes opponent, the No. 1-seeded Syracuse Orange, who are looking for their first Final Four appearance since '03.

Everything on this contest can be found at this StoryStream. Meanwhile, if you need a new and updated printable 2012 NCAA bracket, there it is.

Saturday, March 24

Florida vs. Louisville, 4:30 p.m. ET, CBS
Ohio St. vs. Syracuse, 7:05 p.m. ET, CBS

Sunday, March 25

Baylor vs. Kentucky, 2:20 p.m. ET, CBS
Kansas vs. North Carolina, 5:05 p.m. ET, CBS

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Deshaun Thomas and Jared Sullinger Leading 37-25 First Half Lead for Ohio State

Ohio State and Cincinnati are facing off in the Sweet Sixteen in a battle between two in-state, out-of-conference rivals and the Buckeyes are off to a very good start.

Led by a white hot Deshaun Thomas, the Buckeyes have opened up a 37-25 lead over the Bearcats.

Thomas is 8-12 shooting and 3-for-5 from beyond the arc, finishing the first half with 20 of Ohio State’s 37 points. He’s not the only one getting it done for the Buckeyes, though.

Big man Jared Sullinger has 10 points on 3-of-6 shooting and he already has nine rebounds.

Ohio State isn’t dominating on the glass, by any means, but they only have four turnovers compared to nine for the Bearcats, who are led in scoring by forward Justin Jackson, who has eight points, five rebounds, and three blocks off the bench.

Guard Cashmere Wright has added seven points for Cincinnati which is shooting under 39 percent from the field and less than 30 percent from three-point range. Ohio State is really shooting lights out from beyond the arc at 40 percent and over 45 percent from the floor.

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