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Published: Saturday, 3/31/2012

Final Four Glance: 3-31



Ohio State (31-7)

Nickname: Buckeyes.

Coach: Thad Matta.

Conference: Big Ten. Bid: At large.

Region: East. Seed: No. 2.

Tournament Record: 51-26, 28 years. Last appearance: 2011.

Scoring: Team (75.0); Jared Sullinger 17.6; Deshaun Thomas 16.1; William Buford 14.4.

Rebounds: Team (37.1); Jared Sullinger 9.1; Deshaun Thomas 5.4; William Buford 4.9; Lenzelle Smith Jr. 4.6.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (14.7/11.8); Aaron Craft 4.7/2.2; William Buford 2.7/2.2; Lenzelle Smith Jr. 2.0/1.2.

3-pointers: Team (.333); William Buford 59; Deshaun Thomas 49.

Last Ten: 8-2.

The Skinny: Ohio State is making its first trip to the Final Four since 2007, when it lost in the national championship game to Florida. The Buckeyes are making their 11th Final Four appearance. Ohio State's only national championship came in 1960. Jared Sullinger sat out of the Kansas game on Dec. 10 with back spasms.


Kansas (31-6)

Nickname: Jayhawks.

Coach: Bill Self.

Conference: Big 12. Bid: At large.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 2.

Tournament Record: 92-39, 41 years. Last appearance: 2011.

Scoring: Team (74.2); Thomas Robinson 17.7; Tyshawn Taylor 16.7; Elijah Johnson 10.0; Jeff Withey 9.2.

Rebounds: Team (37.6); Thomas Robinson 11.8; Jeff Withey 6.2; Travis Releford 4.2.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (15.2/12.6); Tyshawn Taylor 4.7/3.5; Elijah Johnson 3.6/1.8.

3-pointers: Team (.345); Elijah Johnson 65; Tyshawn Taylor 57; Conner Teahan 50.

Last Ten: 9-1.

The Skinny: The Jayhawks are making their 14th Final Four appearance. Kansas has won three national titles. The last title was in 2008, when the Jayhawks beat John Calipari's Memphis Tigers 75-68 in overtime. The Jayhawks beat Ohio State 78-67 in Lawrence, Kan., back on Dec. 10.


Kentucky (36-2)

Nickname: Wildcats.

Coach: John Calipari.

Conference: Southeastern. Bid: At large.

Region: South. Seed: No. 1.

Tournament Record: 111-47, 54 years. Last appearance: 2011.

Scoring: Team (77.9); Anthony Davis 14.3; Doron Lamb 13.6; Terrence Jones 12.6; Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 12.0; Marquis Teague 10.0; Darius Miller 10.0.

Rebounds: Team (38.9); Anthony Davis 10.1; Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 7.6; Terrence Jones 7.2.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.4/11.3); Marquis Teague 4.8/2.8; Darius Miller 2.2/1.4.

3-pointers: Team (.378); Doron Lamb 73; Darius Miller 54; Kyle Wiltjer 34.

Last Ten: 9-1.

The Skinny: Top-seeded Kentucky advanced to the Final Four for the second consecutive year and 15th overall. The Wildcats have won seven national titles, second to UCLA's 11. The Wildcats' last national title came in 1998, a 78-69 win over Utah. Kentucky beat Louisville 69-62 on New Year's Eve. The two teams have played four times in the NCAA tournament, but never in the Final Four.


Louisville (30-9)

Nickname: Cardinals.

Coach: Rick Pitino.

Conference: Big East. Bid: Big East champion.

Region: West. Seed: No. 4.

Tournament Record: 64-39, 38 years. Last appearance: 2011.

Scoring: Team (68.4); Kyle Kuric 12.7; Russ Smith 11.4; Chris Smith 9.7; Chane Behanan 9.5; Gorgui Dieng 9.2; Peyton Siva 9.1.

Rebounds: Team (37.7); Gorgui Dieng 9.0; Chane Behanan 7.4; Kyle Kuric 4.2.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.5/14.1); Peyton Siva 5.65/3.5; Chris Smith 2.0/1.1.

3-pointers: Team (.317); Kyle Kuric 75; Chris Smith 66; Russ Smith 41.

Last Ten: 8-2.

The Skinny: Rick Pitino led Kentucky to a national title in 1996. Then he left for the NBA, and returned to the college ranks at Louisville, the Wildcats' rival school. The Cardinals are making their ninth Final Four appearance. Louisville has won two national titles, the last coming in 1986 with a 72-69 win over Duke.

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