Ohio State prevents South Dakota State's bid for tourney upset


The 40 minutes of action contained plenty of back-and-forth but Buckeye seniors rose to the occasion. The last couple they tried, both by Kam Williams, helped push Ohio State into the round of 32. "He just kind of gave me his thought process when situations come up". They struggled to shoot it from three and ultimately scored just 0.92 points per possession, which was their second-lowest mark of the season. "It wasn't the game plan". "And they've really shot - some of them shot the ball well (on Thursday)". While this will be a rematch against a team the Zags beat 86-59 earlier in the season, the Buckeyes have improved tremendously and should be a tough matchup. But we've got some guys like that on our team like Tilllie, (Johnathan Williams) and Rui.

Obviously, they completely man-handled us I think it was a 27-point blowout it wasn't even close, it felt worse than that.

If Williams can continue to score like he did on Thursday throughout the rest of the tournament, Ohio State could possibly continue to shock the college basketball world. Both No. 4 Gonzaga and No. 5 Ohio State made it out of the First Round unscathed, unlike numerous teams that saw huge wins and equally huge, bracket-busting upsets.

The Bulldogs are 25th in the NCAA with 5.0 steals allowed per game while the Buckeyes are 31st with 5.1 steals allowed per game.

George Washington was making its 18th NCAA Tournament appearance.

It's time for Saturday night's main event.

"You go back and watch the game and it was a little tighter than that for longer periods than maybe the results indicate", Few said on Friday in talking to the media about the first meeting.

The Beavers (23-7), who reached the Final Four two years ago, were ranked 13th in the final AP poll but find themselves as the sixth seed in the Lexington Region.

The Buckeyes had a size in advantage inside - outside of Daum - and used it to their advantage on the offensive glass.

During their last five games, the Bulldogs have scored an average of 78.4 points per game (5.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 62.4 points per game (4.6 below their season average).

South Dakota State freshman David Jenkins Jr. had 16 points in his NCAA Tournament debut, but had to work for it. Jenkins finished 4-for-17 from the floor and 2-for-3 from the 3-point arc. Totals 24-63 12-14 73. Bates-Diop leads in rebounds with 8.8 while Jackson tops in assists with 3.9. Fouled Out-Tate. Rebounds-S. Dakota State 33 (King 9), Ohio State 44 (Bates-Diop 12).

Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff said, "It's a great venue".



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