No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 2 Memphis

Ncaa Tournament

March 24, 2007|By ORLANDO SENTINEL

Site -- San Antonio

Time, TV -- 4:40 p.m., chs. 13, 9

Records -- Ohio State 33-3, Memphis 33-3

Line -- Ohio State by 1

How they got here -- Ohio State def. No. 16 Central Connecticut State, 78-57; No. 9 Xavier, 78-71 (OT); No. 5 Tennessee, 85-84; Memphis def. No. 15 North Texas, 73-58; No. 7 Nevada, 78-62; No. 3 Texas A&M, 65-64

The buzz -- Memphis has won 25 in a row, Ohio State 20 in a row. Both survived close games Thursday - Ohio State winning in a shootout with Tennessee and Memphis out-toughing Texas A&M in a defensive battle. While Ohio State played a lot of grind-it-out affairs late in the regular season, the Buckeyes have the athletes - especially on the perimeter - to run with Memphis, which favors a fast pace. Still, the Buckeyes seem more comfortable with the game in the high 60s/low 70s, games in which C Greg Oden has more of an impact. The Tigers substituted liberally and wore down Texas A&M, and look for more of the same today as they'll attempt to tire out Oden. Memphis is strong in the low post, so the biggest subplot to this game is how effective the Tigers can be with Oden in their way. One thing to watch: Joey Dorsey is Memphis' best low-post threat, but he's also foul-prone. If Oden can coax Dorsey into foul trouble, Memphis is in big trouble. Both teams are strong on the perimeter; Ohio State has four good three-point shooters, the Tigers three. Ohio State is less sloppy with the ball than Memphis, and neither is particularly proficient from the line. Memphis, though, has been money from the line the past two games.

The pick -- Ohio State

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