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Ohio State Kansas Betting - Ohio State Aims For Final Four Revenge Against Kansas

Posted by Washington Tucker on 2/11/2014 1:21:14 AM

The Louisville Cardinals and Kentucky Wildcats regularly play during the regular season. Ohio State and Kansas don't, but they did play in December of 2011, setting up their rematch.

2012 NCAA Final Four – Game 2 Preview

National Semifinal: Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Kansas Jayhawks - Saturday, March 31
Sports betting line: No line

Why Ohio State Will Win

When you do your homework and assess your sports bet on this game, you must realize that two simple facts are working in favor of the Buckeyes. First of all, they'll have at least a little bit of revenge on their minds. They lost to Kansas on Dec. 10 by a score of 78-67. That game is something that both teams will be thinking about this week leading up to their night fight in New Orleans (it's the second national semifinal at roughly 8:50 p.m. Eastern time, following Louisville-Kentucky), but it will be especially paramount in the minds of the Buckeye players, who were tossed around and overwhelmed at Phog Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas.

Ohio State will want to make a better showing this time around, and since the game will be played on a neutral floor and not on KU's home court, the odds are certainly better for the Buckeyes. The second key fact is that OSU big man Jared Sullinger did not play against Kansas. He was injured, making it that much easier for Kansas to establish a pronounced advantage at both ends of the floor. Kansas will have a hard time handling Sullinger in the low post, not just because Sullinger is a prime-time player, but because the Jayhawks will find it hard to adjust to the experience of playing Ohio State with all of its weapons intact.

Kansas has already game-planned and schemed for Ohio State, beating the Buckeyes once this season, but that time came with Sullinger on the bench. Kansas can say all it wants about prepping for Sullinger, and yes, the Jayhawks have an excellent coach in Bell Self who will give them a good plan, but it will still be hard for KU to actually put that plan into operation. Ohio State should have more leverage, more motivation, and more confidence in this contest. Those claims point to a Buckeye victory.

Why Kansas Will Win

The college basketball betting experts who follow the sport will tell you that Ohio State probably has an advantage here, but they will also tell you that Kansas has surpassed all odds in getting to this point. The Jayhawks are not as deep or as talented as they've been in past years. They underachieved in the past two NCAA tournaments but have overachieved this time around. Most specifically, big man Jeff Withey has surprised everyone in the sport, emerging as a force near the rim as a shot-blocker and rebounder. Withey is the X-factor who can stop Sullinger and shift the calculus of this game in the Jayhawks' favor.

Who Will Win

This is not a lock, but it's not a toss-up, either. Ohio State's quest for revenge, plus the addition of Sullinger to this contest, will give the Buckeyes two hard-to-deny advantages. Kansas could limit Ohio State in the paint, but Buckeye guard Aaron Craft is likely to shut down KU point guard Tyshawn Taylor. OSU has better matchups at all five positions on the floor. Take the Buckeyes.

College Basketball Betting Pick: Ohio State

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