NCAA Project 64 – Final Four: Ohio State

h2. (2) Ohio State

Michael Periatt (@MichaelPeriatt)

Assistant sports editor, The Lantern

*1) How has your perception of this Ohio State team changed since before the tournament began?*

Before the tournament began, I didn’t think OSU could beat quality opponents without William Buford playing well. But with Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas playing so well and the emergence of Lenzelle Smith’s offense, that perception has completely changed.

*2) What was the single greatest reason Ohio State made the Final Four?*

Consistency. For the first time all season, you can have a pretty good idea of what each player is going to do game-to-game.

*3) What surprised you most about its run to the Final Four?*

Lenzelle Smith’s offense against Cincinnati and Syracuse (35 points combined) was shocking. He hasn’t strung together two games like that all year.

*4) What do you predict will happen in the Final Four?*

I think Ohio State will win by three and Deshaun Thomas will be the difference.

*5) What about Kansas poses a threat to Ohio State?*

This sounds corny, but they’re experience and composure poses a big threat. I think that’s their biggest advantage against Ohio State. Bill self may have a tactical advantage over Thad Matta, too.

*6) Which team represents a better matchup for Ohio State should it reach the title game?*

I think the only team that can beat Kentucky is Kentucky. Nobody wants to play the Wildcats.