Syracuse - Ohio State matchup at 7:00 Saturday on CBS5
Fri, 23 Mar 2012 10:45:28 GMT —
The Syracuse Orange will face the Ohio State Buckeyes in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night in Boston. The winner of the East Regional final will earn a berth in next weekâ??s Final Four in New Orleans.
The SU-OSU game will air on WTVH CBS5 in Syracuse beginning at 7:00 p.m. This is the first Elite Eight appearance for the Orange since their run to the National Championship in 2003.
C.J. Fair broke out of a scoring slump with 15 points and top-seeded Syracuse held on for a 64-63 victory over fourth-seeded Wisconsin at the TD Garden.
The Badgers had two shots at the win after Kris Joseph, a 75 percent free throw shooter, missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 18.9 seconds left and the Orange leading by a point. Jordan Taylor came down and missed a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left and Josh Gasser's desperation shot from the corner was off, at the buzzer.
Scoop Jardine added 14 points for the Orange (34-2).
Taylor and Jared Berggren both had 17 points for the Badgers (26-10). Wisconsin, which made 14 3-pointers in the game, missed its last five from beyond the arc after hitting six straight during one stretch of the second half.
In the nightcap in Boston, Deshaun Thomas scored 26 points and Jared Sullinger had 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead second-seeded Ohio State to an 81-66 victory over No. 6 seed Cincinnati on Thursday night, putting the Buckeyes in the East Regional finals.
Aaron Craft added 11 points - all in the second half - with five assists and six steals, taking charge during a 17-1 second-half run that turned a four-point deficit into a double-digit lead.
Cashmere Wright scored 18 and Sean Kilpatrick had 15 for the Bearcats, who were attempting to match Big East rival Syracuse by beating a Big Ten opponent to advance to the round of eight.
It's the first trip to the regional finals for Ohio State (30-7) since 2007, when it lost in the national championship game to Florida.
(Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.)