Deshaun Thomas has always had a scorer's mentality. That hasn't changed, but his willingness to look for his teammates and become a complete player has helped Ohio State reach the next level.
This is not a Final Four for the meek or mild. With Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville and Ohio State involved, it's as big as it gets. And New Orleans is the perfect host for this party.
Saturday's game between Ohio State and Syracuse offers a classic contrast -- a football school against a basketball school.
Ohio State's path to New Orleans was supposed to be easy. Instead, the Buckeyes took a long, detoured route to the Big Easy.
The Sweet 16 still matters, but it's just not as sweet for everyone as it used to be. Once the barometer for success, the regional semifinals are now as much a measure of failure.
Time to break down why it will go well -- or poorly -- for each of the tourney teams.
The comparisons of coaching and parenting, Champ Week and teams sealing their own fate are in the spotlight.
Get up to speed on the all the players, games and storylines in the East Region.