In Chris Holtmann’s first season as the head coach of the Ohio State men’s basketball team, he has done what former head coach Thad Matta had been unable to do the previous two seasons.
The 24-8 Buckeyes have received a 5-seed in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament and will open up with 12-seed South Dakota State (28-6) in Boise, Idaho on Thursday.
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The game will tip at 4:00 pm eastern and air on TNT.
If OSU gets past South Dakota State, they would be facing a possible matchup with 4-seed Gonzaga, who has already pasted the Buckeyes once this season.
This is the first NCAA Tournament appearance for Ohio State in three years.
The last time the Buckeyes were in the 68-team tourney, they were a 10-seed and opened up with 7-seed VCU. They won that game 75-72, but then lost in the second round to 2-seed Arizona, 73-58.
Ohio State is 49-26 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. The only national title in school history came in 1960. They have been to the Final Four 10 times, the Elite Eight 14 times, and the Sweet 16 14 times.
The last Final Four for the Buckeyes came in 2012, and the last Sweet 16 was 2013.
According to Ohio State’s media guide, the Buckeyes have never been a 5-seed before. (They were a 5-seed in 2001, but those records were vacated.) They are 6-4 all-time in the West Region.
We will have more on Ohio State’s opponent tonight.