03/24/2012 06:43 pm ET

Ohio State vs. Syracuse: LIVE SCORES, UPDATES From NCAA Tournament Elite Eight

The Cinderella upsets (Lehigh over Duke!) may get the most attention during the NCAA Tournament. And the off-the-court storlyines (pupil vs. mentor with Donovan and Pitino) may provide great talk radio fodder. But, ultimately, we're all here to see the best teams in the nation face off in a win-or-go-home situation. To that end, this matchup between No. 1 seed Syracuse and No. 2 seed Ohio State is what March Madness is all about.

The Buckeyes have proven too big and powerful for opponents as they've rolled to the East regional final. Coming off an an 81-66 win over intra-state rivals Cincinatti in the Sweet 16, Ohio State will take the floor again in Boston as a slight betting favorite. Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas have been dominating in the frontcourt while Aaron Craft has been a pest in the backcourt.

Craft will have his hands full tonight defending Syracuse's guard Scoop Jardine as he attempts to initiate the multi-faceted Orange attack. After stumbling out of the gates against No. 16 UNC-Asheville, Jim Boeheim's Orange seemed to find its bearings against Kansas State. Playing without defensive anchor Fab Melo due to eligibility issues that arose just before the tournament, Syracuse was given all it could handle (again) by Wisconsin in the Sweet 16.

"I think that was the best game anybody has ever played against us and didn't beat us," Boeheim said after the game.

Will Ohio State be able to top that?


03/24/2012 9:27 PM EDT

@ JohnGasaway :

That was 40 minutes and 48 fouls.

03/24/2012 9:27 PM EDT


Thomas sinks a pair of free throws to get our final score of 77-70 and that is all for the East regional.

03/24/2012 9:26 PM EDT

Jardine Three!

Very, very likely it's too little too late but it's 75-70 with 2 seconds left.

03/24/2012 9:25 PM EDT

OSU 75 - 67 CUse

Buford cans a pair of threes and this should do it.

03/24/2012 9:25 PM EDT


After Triche misses drifting shot.. Syracuse eventually (but not immediately) fouls. Waiters done. Free throws good for OSU.

03/24/2012 9:23 PM EDT

@ TimCowlishaw :

Announcers can't stop gushing over Craft who, uh, did commit 5 FOULS IN THE SECOND HALF and isn't on floor when OSU needs him.

03/24/2012 9:22 PM EDT


He misses the first and hits the second. 71-67 with 33.1 seconds left. Timeout Ohio State.

03/24/2012 9:22 PM EDT

OSU 70 - 67 Cuse

No inbounds steal or quick trap. Foul and Sullinger at the line.

03/24/2012 9:21 PM EDT


Waiters drives... spins around Sullinger.. shot up.. good. whistle! Hoop and the harm. He hits! 70-67.

03/24/2012 9:21 PM EDT

Smith Fouled

Pure on first.. 69-64.. same on second.. 70-64