This article is part of our Final Four Preview series.
Final Four Preview: Ohio State vs. Kansas
OHIO STATE VS. KANSAS
Matchup: Two powerhouse programs clash in this national semifinal with the Buckeyes facing off against the Jayhawks. Jared Sullinger forewent the NBA last season to get a crack at the Final Four in 2012; he got his wish as Ohio State took down No. 1 seed Syracuse in the Elite Eight. Meanwhile, Kansas coach Bill Self is back in the Final Four for the first time since winning the nation title in 2008 with Rock Chalk. Kansas won a series of nail-biters in the tourney, including the Midwest Regional final against the Kendall Marshall-less North Carolina Tar Heels.
Who will come out on top? Let's take a closer look and break down the strengths and weaknesses of each squad.
Ohio State Buckeyes, East Region No. 2 seed
Backcourt: Point guard Aaron Craft is the definition of the term "pesky." The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year harkens memories of "The Glove," Gary Payton. His suffocating defense, incredible instincts and aggressive play makes him the heart and soul of this Ohio State squad. Make no mistake, though, he can also dish effectively, averaging 4.6 dimes per tilt. And Craft can knock down an open shot or two as well. Lenzelle Smith Jr. is perhaps the most underrated player on the squad. He can score when needed, as witnessed by his 35 points combined in the last two tournament games. He also grabbed eight