NCAA Basketball: Ohio State Punches Final Four Ticket with win over Syracuse

NCAA Basketball: Ohio State Punches Final Four Ticket with win over Syracuse

<P>The Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Syracuse Orange 77-70 on Saturday night to earn the second spot in the 2012 Final Four.</P>

The Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Syracuse Orange 77-70 on Saturday night to earn the second spot in the 2012 Final Four.

The Buckeyes, the #2 seed in the east region, were led by Jared Sullinger, who had 19 points and 7 rebounds.  Lenzelle Smith, Jr. added 18 for Ohio State (31-7) who will play in the Final Four for the first time since they were the 2007 runners-up.

Syracuse, the #1 seed in the east, had defeated the Wisconsin Badgers by one point on Thursday night to advance to the elite 8.  The Orange wrap up the season with a record of 34-3.

Ohio State will face the winner of tomorrow's midwest regional final between North Carolina and Kansas in a the National Semifinals in New Orleans next Saturday night.  You can see the Final Four on WFRV, Local 5.
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