Sullinger Asserts Leadership Role

John Kuntz/Cleveland Plain Dealer

When the second half started Saturday night, Ohio State got its All-American back. When the Buckeyes needed him most in the last month of the season, they got him back then, too.

After first-half trouble stuck him on the bench, Jared Sullinger's 15 points in the second half of the East Region final against Syracuse -- made by drawing fouls through the Orange defense and hitting skilled post moves over it -- carried Ohio State into the Final Four, where the Buckeyes will face Kansas on Saturday at about 8:50 p.m.

In the last week, Sullinger has defiantly called out anyone who had doubted the Buckeyes, but a month ago there was no guarantee this Sullinger would be showing this game again. Even coach Thad Matta intimated that Sullinger wasn't engaged as he needed to be, but his ability to get back to his former ways helped put the Buckeyes on this new...

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