NCAA Tournament Primer: #6 Ohio State vs #11 Dayton
By Tony Gerdeman
#6 Ohio State Buckeyes (25-9 overall, 10-8 in Big Ten)
#11 Dayton Flyers (23-10 overall, 10-6 in Atlantic 10)
When: 12:15 pm Thursday
TV: CBS - Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery
Where: First Niagara Center (18,690) Buffalo, NY
will be Ohio State's 26th NCAA Tournament appearance. They are 48-24
all-time in the tournament. The Buckeyes have reached the Sweet 16 four
consecutive years, which is the longest streak in the country.
current Ohio State roster has 53 games of combined NCAA Tournament
experience. Aaron Craft has played in 12 NCAA Tournament games. The
Buckeyes are 8-5 against NCAA Tournament teams this season.
will be Dayton's 15th NCAA Tournament appearance, and the first since
the 2008-09 season. Their all-time tournament record is 14-16. The
Flyers have won 10 of their last 12 games this season.
has reached the Sweet 16 six times, the Elite Eight twice, and was
national runner-up in 1967. The Flyers went 3-2 against "BCS" teams
this season, with both losses coming at the buzzer.
State is 4-2 all-time against Dayton, but have only played them once in
the last 25 years. That came in 2008 in the NIT, which Ohio State won
1/1/34 (in Dayton) Ohio State 47 - Dayton 25
12/19/85 (in Columbus) Ohio State 80 - Dayton 73
12/16/86 (in Dayton) Dayton 89 - Ohio State 86
12/19/87 (in Columbus) Dayton 81 - Ohio State 80
12/17/88 (in Dayton) Ohio State 104 - Dayton 76
3/26/08 (in Columbus) Ohio State 74 - Dayton 63
claims the series is 6-3 in favor of Ohio State, citing games played in
the 1913-14, 1914-15 and 1915-6 seasons. OSU does not recognize these
|#6 Ohio State Buckeyes (25-9 overall, 10-8 in Big Ten)|
|Led OSU in scoring, rebounds and 3FG. Avg'd 21.3 ppg and 11.3 rpg in BTT.|
|32||Lenzelle Smith Jr.||SG||6-4||28.8||.426||.336||.755||5.1||1.6||0.1||0.8||11.1|
|Led team 3FG makes and attempts. Scored 24 total points in last four games.|
|B1G Def POY. 5th all-time in B1G history in assists; 1st in steals.|
|Led B1G in FG%. Has failed to score in double figures in last 11 games.|
|Has started the last 10 games. OSU is 6-4 in that stretch and 0-2 vs Michigan.|
|All-B1G Defensive Team for second consecutive year. 18 points in B1G semi.|
|True freshman. Has scored a total of 11 points in last 8 games.|
|33||A. Della Valle||SG||6-5||12.1||.350||.324||.639||1.8||0.2||0.3||0.2||4.1|
|Energizer. Scored 12 points vs Nebraska in B1G Tournament.|
|Has played 10+ minutes in 23 of 34 games this season.|
|#11 Dayton Flyers (23-10 overall, 10-6 in Atlantic 10)|
|Leading scorer. Ohio State transfer. Second in A10 in 3FG%. Six 20-pt games.|
|Team-high 6 double-doubles. Leading rebounder. Team MVP. 3rd Team A-10.|
|Five double-doubles on the season. Career-high 24 pts vs IPFW.|
|Comes off the bench. Shot 13-14 from field in two games in A-10 Tourney. |
|7th in A-10 in 3FG%. FT% of .879 is best all-time at Datyon for a sophomore.|
|Dayton went 22-6 with Kavanaugh in the lineup, and 1-4 when he was injured.|
|Has five double-digit scoring games this season. 5-9 from 3FG on season.|
|Has scored in double figures twice this season, including 13 pts vs Georgia Tech.|
|Freshman from New York. Fourth on the team in steals with 22.|
|Known as a defensive stopper in his limited minutes.|
|Scored career-high 9 points at No. 17 Saint Louis.|
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