The Road To The Final Four Starts on High Street
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State University will hold a team send-off for Thad Matta and the men’s basketball team this week as they head to “The Big Easy” for the NCAA Final Four.
The University and its athletics department are encouraging Ohio State fans to line the sidewalks from High St. and Woodruff Ave. to High and West 11th Ave. on Wed., March 28th as the Buckeyes leave for New Orleans.
Rain or shine, OSU fans are encouraged to bring signs and wear Scarlet and Gray to support their team, which will drive down High Street in the team bus around 5:15 p.m. on its way to Rickenbacker International Airport.
The No 2 seeded Buckeyes will face fellow No. 2 seed Kansas on Saturday in New Orleans after knocking off Syracuse—the No. 1 seed in the East Region—this past Saturday in Boston.
Sophomore Jared Sullinger—who was named to the AP All-America first team on Monday—led the way with 19 points and seven rebounds, as Ohio State knocked off the Orange 77-70 at TD Garden in downtown Boston on Saturday evening.
One day later, the Jayhawks punched their ticket to the Final Four with a 80-67 win over North Carolina on Sunday. The win for Kansas sets up a rematch with the Buckeyes, whom they defeated 78-67 back on Dec. 10, 2011 in Lawrence.
Ohio State and Kansas will play in the later game Saturday, tipping off at 8:49 p.m. ET on CBS, while the Bluegrass matchup between Kentucky and Louisville will tip around 6:09 p.m. ET.
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