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Buckeyes come up just short at Final Four

By John Marshall

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, April 1 2012 2:05 p.m. MDT

Ohio State's Jared Sullinger looks on after an NCAA Final Four semifinal college basketball tournament game against Kansas Saturday, March 31, 2012, in New Orleans. Kansas won 64-62.

Mark Humphrey, Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — After making an unexpected run to the Final Four, Ohio State should be in good shape next season.

Well, if everyone comes back.

Coming off a 64-62 loss to Kansas at the Final Four on Saturday night, Ohio State now must wait as sophomore forwards Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas decide whether to stay or leave for the NBA.

Despite being projected as a lottery pick last year, Sullinger returned for a chance at a national title. He came up just short and now has until April 10 to decide whether he wants to try again or give the NBA a shot.

If they both return, Ohio State would be in good shape with senior William Buford the only player not returning.

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