Ohio State NCAA Tournament Capsule: Team making third straight appearance is 1st-round foe

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Here is a look at the Ohio State Buckeyes and their first-round NCAA Tournament opponent South Dakota State:

  • WHEN/WHERE: Thursday March 15 at 4 p.m. EDT in Taco Bell Arena, Boise, Idaho.
  • TV NETWORK: TBS.
  • SECOND-ROUND OPPONENT FOR WINNER: Winner of No. 4 Gonzaga (30-4) vs. No. 13 UNC-Greensboro (27-7) on Saturday March 17 at time TBA.
  • NCAA TOURNAMENT BRACKET: Click here.


OHIO STATE BUCKEYES

  • RECORD: 24-8.
  • NCAA TOURNAMENT SEED: No. 5.
  • HOW THEY EARNED BERTH: At-large selection.
  • HEAD COACH: Chris Holtmann (7th season overall, 138-93 record; 1st season at Ohio State, 24-8 record; 4th NCAA Tournament appearance overall, 4-3 record; one Sweet 16 appearance).
  • NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES (* - vacated by NCAA): 32 (55-30 record; 1 NCAA title - 1960; 4 runner-up finishes - 1939, 1961, 1962; 2007; 11 Final Four appearances - 1939, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1968, 1999*, 2007, 2012; 15 Elite Eight appearances - 1939, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1950, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1968, 1971, 1992, 1999*, 2007, 2012, 2013; 15 Sweet 16 appearances -1960, 1961, 1962, 1968, 1971, 1980, 1983, 1991, 1992, 1999*, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013).
  • TOP FIVE SCORERS: Jr. F Keita Bates-Diop (19.4 ppg); Sr. F Jae'Sean Tate (12.4 ppg); Jr. G C.J. Jackson (12.2 ppg); Fr. F Kaleb Wesson (10.8 ppg); Sr. G Kam Williams (8.2 ppg).
  • TEAM WEBSITE: OhioStateBuckeyes.com.


SOUTH DAKOTA STATE JACKRABBITS

  • RECORD: 28-6.
  • NCAA TOURNAMENT SEED: No. 12.
  • HOW THEY EARNED BERTH: Automatic by winning Summit League Tournament championship.
  • HEAD COACH: T.J. Otzelberger (2nd season overall and at South Dakota State, 46-23 record; 1 NCAA Tournament appearance, 0-1 record).
  • NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES: 4 (0-4 record).
  • TOP FIVE SCORERS: Jr. F Mike Daum (23.8 ppg); Fr. G David Jenkins, Jr. (16.1 ppg); Sr. G Reed Tellinghuisen (12.0 ppg); Jr. G Tevin King (9.3 ppg); Sr. G Skyler Flatten (7.0 ppg).
  • TEAM WEBSITE: GoJacks.com.
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