In a thrilling back and forth contest between two evenly matched teams, the Ohio State Buckeyes tipped the top-seeded Syracuse Orange 77-70 in the finals of the Eastern Regional to advance to next weekend's Final Four.
Jared Sullinger, the Buckeyes sophomore forward who returned to school this year for a shot at a national championship, paced Ohio State with 19 points, while a trio of other Buckeye starters added double digits as well.
The Orange, who were dealt a massive blow in the days leading up to the tournament when starting center Fab Melo was ruled ineligible. After struggling through a second round matchup with UNC-Asheville, the Orange seemed to be back on track with consecutive wins over Kansas State and Wisconsin. Scoop Jardine, one of Syracuse's respected senior leaders, finished his career with an 11 point, six assist outing for the Orange.
Ohio State joins Louisville in the Final Four, with the remaining two entrants to be determined on Sunday.
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