Hoops? Don't pass on The Rock, baby!

Final Four bid at stake when Ohio State, UNC, Kentucky and Marquette visit Newark

Updated: March 24, 2011, 2:12 PM ET
By Kieran Darcy | ESPNNewYork.com

The local New York metro-area teams all made early exits from this year's NCAA tournament. But that doesn't mean the fun is over.

The Prudential Center -- aka The Rock -- in Newark, N.J., will host the Big Dance's East Regional for the first time, starting on Friday night.

Here's a preview of what we're about to watch:


Ohio State (34-2, 16-2): The Buckeyes are the top overall seed in the tournament and have to be considered the odds-on favorite to advance ...

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