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Sully's Court: Previewing Saturday's NCAA Tournament games

Posted by Joe Sullivan, Globe Staff  March 23, 2012 06:53 PM

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A preview of Saturday’s NCAA Tournament games.

East Region
Syracuse (34-2) vs. Ohio State (30-7)

Both teams looked powerful on Thursday night. Both teams had some bad moments, letting their opponents back in the game. Lots of things I’m looking forward to. How will Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger fare against Syracuse's zone defense? How will the Syracuse guards fare when hounded by Aaron Craft and the other tough Ohio State defenders? Will Deshaun Thomas just shoot over the Syracuse zone? Does Ohio State have the athletes to keep up with the fleet Orange? The answer is yes. It should be entertaining and close, but based on Thursday night’s performances, Ohio State looks ready to advance to the Final Four.

West Region
Louisville (26-9) vs. Florida (26-10)

It’s surprising that either of these teams is in this position. Louisville has been a revelation since the Big East Tournament started. Rick Pitino doesn’t have this team playing his usual jack-and-hack style. These Cardinals want to play a half-court game and make it a low-scoring defensive battle. The defense is anchored by 6-11 Gorgui Dieng, who has become a shot-blocking force. Overall, Florida is the more talented team The Gators are battled tested from playing and losing at Ohio State and Syracuse. They’ve had some strange losses, but are playing well now. Florida’s swift guards need to push the pace and make this a track meet.

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