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March 31, 2007
Ohio State's 7-foot freshman and Georgetown's 7-2 junior will face off in an old-style low-post matchup the tournament hasn't seen in the Final Four in decades.
The 7-foot center has been phased out of the college game either by the best high school centers going to the NBA out of high school or big players looking to play farther from the basket.
"We have two guys here who like the fact they are low-post players," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said.
Oden and Hibbert enter the Final Four playing their finest basketball of the tournament. Oden controlled the paint in the second half against Memphis, and Hibbert played a major role in Georgetown's 10-point comeback in the final six minutes against North Carolina.
"Teams that make it to Final Four have a couple of big post players," Matta said. "That was something that was evident to us that we need as much size as we can get."
Ohio State will take on Georgetown in the national semifinal in Atlanta at 6:07 p.m. Eastern. The game will be televised on CBS.
David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.