Jay Bilas breaks down UK vs. Ohio State

ESPN analyst Jay Bilas held a teleconference to give his thoughts on the NCAA Tournament, which of course includes UK and Ohio State. He thinks Ohio State is the favorite not only in this game, but to win the title as well. Here are some of his thoughts:

“Ohio State is the better of the two teams, because they’re a lot older. And they’re really balanced. Having that kind of experience and the talent they have is a terrific combination. Kentucky has talent, but it’s inexperienced talent.”

Bilas talked about the matchup problems freshman center Jared Sullinger creates for defense:

“If he gets a foot in the lane, he’ll score or get fouled or both. I think you only go on Sullinger once he puts it on the deck. But once he does, he’s usually in a move pretty quick. You have to push him out a little bit, catch it off the block.”

On the potential strategy of doubling down on Sullinger:

“If you’re going to double on Sullinger, you will give up open shots.”

On who UK could possibly leave to help on Sullinger:

“Certain shooters you have to stay with. Diebler is a no-leave guy. You have to find him and not leave him. Cannot (take a player) off of him. Lots of teams have doubled off (Aaron) Craft. But you have to mix it up.”

Speaking of Craft, the freshman point guard:

“Aaron Craft is beyond his years. I haven’t seen a guard put better pressure on the ball than he does and be a better defender.”

On Ohio State’s short but talented rotation:

“They’re not deep, but they can go deep with (Dallas) Lauderdale, or they can go small and bring Deshaun Thomas off the bench. He’s had 22 in a big game. Really good 7-man roster.”

On Josh Harrellson:

“Underrated. Had a really good year. Had a really good job on the glass. Been really impressed by second and third effort on the glass. Finishes plays and takes advantage of plays.”