Not a true rivalry? Jared Sullinger begs to differ.
Sullinger, Ohio State’s sophomore forward didn’t hesitate when asked if he considered the University of Cincinnati a rival even though the two schools have played each other only once in the past 50 years.
“Yes,” he said, “a tremendous rival, because we know that they stopped Ohio State from winning the national championship in ’61 and ’62. That right there says a lot about the rivalry.”
While the UC players and coaches have downplayed the historical angle in today’s East Region semifinal between the No. 2 seed Buckeyes (29-7) and the No. 6 seed Bearcats (26-10), Sullinger readily embraced it Wednesday at TD Garden.
“We don’t want them to stop our run again,” he said.