Bearcats, Buckeyes once ruled Final Four

JOE KAY AP Sports Writer Published:

CINCINNATI (AP) -- When the NCAA tournament bracket came out, George Wilson quickly scanned the draws and saw that Cincinnati and Ohio State were matched to meet in the round of 16 if they got that far.

Could it finally be? Yes.

The Bearcats and the Buckeyes are playing in the tournament for the first time since 1962, when Wilson's Cincinnati team won its second straight national title by beating Ohio State for the second year in a row.

It was a heady time for the two Ohio teams separated by 110 miles of interstate road. The Final Four was their turf before UCLA started its run of dominance under coach John Wooden in 1964. Their tournament rematch 50 years later means a lot to those players from the '60s.