Which teams will meet in the men's title game?

March 22, 2011

Kansas and Ohio State

Shannon Ryan

Chicago Tribune

The nation's bracket sheets are torn to shreds or in ashes after a frustrating first three rounds. But the three remaining No. 1 seeds have relatively easy roads to the Final Four, and top-seeded Kansas and Ohio State will meet for the national title.

The Jayhawks could not ask for calmer seas while the rest of the bracket has been through a hurricane of upsets. They have three double-digit seeds in the Southwest Region, needing to beat No. 12 Richmond in the Sweet 16 and then either No. 11 VCU or No. 10 Florida State.

Ohio State looks like the most dominant team in the tournament. It has the size and athleticism to take down No. 4 Kentucky in the East Region, then will face either No. 11 Marquette or No. 2 North Carolina. It would take a monumental upset to derail the Buckeyes and Jayhawks from meeting in Houston.

sryan@tribune.com

Florida and Ohio State

Ben Bolch

Los Angeles Times

It will be Florida versus Ohio State in a rematch of the 2007 national championship game — and an 18-point Buckeyes victory in November on the Gators' home court.

Florida has improved significantly since then, and the Gators will reach the title game by continuing to play with an edge to refute those who said they were undeserving of a No. 2 seed in the Southeast Region.

Ohio State's inside duo of Jared Sullinger and David Lighty packed a 52-point wallop in the first meeting, and guards Jon Diebler and William Buford are capable of neutralizing Florida counterparts Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton.

The only thing left to accomplish will be for the Buckeyes' band to take the court so it can dot the i's and cross the t's.

bbolch@tribune.com

Florida and Ohio State

Jeff Otterbein

Hartford Courant

Well, it's much easier picking the final two teams now that only 16 are left.

Still, there's plenty of room to get it all wrong. In the beginning, I had Pitt winning it all on one bracket and Ohio State on another. So I'll stick with Ohio State on one side of the bracket, which means beating Kentucky and possibly North Carolina and Duke to get the title game.

On the other side, it's either Kansas or Florida. The Gators are back on the national stage and playing well, so what the heck? Let's put them in the title game. I have a feeling, don't know exactly what it is other than I once lived in the Sunshine State and they've looked good so far.

Of course, after all that, it's probably Marquette-Butler. You know we're in for more upsets.

jotterbein@tribune.com

Kansas and Ohio State

Matt Murschel

Orlando Sentinel

My Final Four bracket remains intact with Ohio State, Duke, Kansas, and Wisconsin — yes, Wisconsin. That means the two teams I have in the title game are still alive: Ohio State and Kansas. It's not a stretch for either to make it to Houston.

The Buckeyes looked impressive in the first weekend, defeating their two opponents by an average of 30 points. However, the road gets tougher with a matchup against a young Kentucky team, followed by possible meetings with North Carolina and then Duke in the Final Four.

Kansas will be playing the role of evil stepsister to some of this year's Cinderellas. The Jayhawks face Richmond and possibly Florida State or VCU, with the winner of BYU-Florida or Wisconsin-Butler waiting in the wings.

mmurschel@tribune.com

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