The 11-seed Ohio State Buckeyes (19-14, 8-12) will play the 6-seed Iowa State Cyclones (23-11, 9-9) in the First Round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes enter this game following a 77-70 loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals. Iowa State, on the other hand, ran through the Big XII Tournament, coming out as champs. Their last time out, they defeated No. 17 Kansas 78-66 in the tournament championship game.
Who: Ohio State vs. Iowa State
What: Men’s Basketball
Where: Tulsa, OK — BOK Center
When: 9:45ish pm (TBS)
Why: Because you can’t win six in a row without getting that first one.
Line: Iowa State -5.5
+ Ohio State makes its 29th appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2019. Overall, Ohio State has a 50-27 record all-time in NCAA Tournament play. The Buckeyes have advanced to play in 10 Final Fours, have finished as the runner up four times (1939, 1961, 1962, 2007) and own one title (1960). Ohio State finished third four times (1944, 1945, 1946, 1968). The Buckeyes played in four-consecutive NCAA “Sweet 16s,” a record accomplishment for Ohio State and the longest streak in the country from 2010-13. Ohio State last accomplished three-consecutive “Sweet 16s” from 1960-62. The Buckeyes have made 14 “Sweet 16” appearances in NCAA Tournament play.
+ The 2018-19 Buckeyes have nine games of NCAA experience and five starts entering the 2019 Tournament. C.J. Jackson, Andre Wesson, Kaleb Wesson and Musa Jallow have each played two games while Keyshawn Woods played in one while at Wake Forest. Jackson and Kaleb Wesson each have a pair of starts while Woods started his lone game. Jackson averages 19 points and four rebounds in his two games.
+ Ohio State is 6-0 all-time vs. the Cyclones of Iowa State, including two wins in NCAA Tournament play. The Buckeyes and Iowa State first met in the 1985 NCAA Tournament First Round in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a 75-64 win for the Buckeyes. The teams then scheduled a home-and-home series in 1965 and 1966. Ohio State won 87-70 in Columbus in 1965 and then again in Ames, Iowa, the following year 79-77. The teams met in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2005, a 70-67 victory for the Buckeyes before an OSU home win in 2006 (75-56) and the most recent NCAA meeting March 24, 2013 when Ohio State’s Aaron Craft hit a late 3-pointer to give the No. 7-ranked Buckeyes a 78-75 victory.
Ohio State vs. Iowa State Series
3/14/85 W 1-vs. Iowa State …………… 75-64
12/20/65 W Iowa State …………………… 87-70
12/3/66 W @Iowa State ………………… 79-77
12/17/05 W 2-vs. Iowa State …………… 70-67
12/19/06 W Iowa State ………………. 75(3)-56
3/24/13 W 3-vs. Iowa State ……….. 78(7)-75
1-NCAA First Round, Mabee Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma
2-Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa
3-NCAA Third Round, UD Arena, Dayton, Ohio
The Iowa State Cyclones
What You Need To Know
+ Iowa State enters the tournament with a 23-11 record after winning the Big 12 Championship last weekend in Kansas City, Missouri. The
Cyclones defeated three NCAA Tournament qualifiers (Baylor, Kansas State, Kansas) to earn the league’s automatic bid for the fourth time in
the last six years. ISU, Kentucky and Villanova are the only schools in the nation’s top-6 league’s to win four conference tournament’s in the last six years. The Cyclones were 9-9 in Big 12 play during the regular season, finishing in fifth place.
+ Marial Shayok was named the Big 12 Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player (18 ppg). Lindell Wigginton (14 ppg) and Michael
Jacobson (9.7 ppg, 9.3 rpg) joined Shayok on the all-tournament team.
+ Steve Prohm is in his fourth season at Iowa State and eighth overall as a head coach with a career mark of 187-81, ranking him among the
nation’s top-30 coaches (five years of experience) in career winning percentage. He is 83-52 at ISU, leading it to the postseason three times.
He has coached his teams to 20 wins in seven of eight seasons as a head coach and won two Big 12 Tournaments. Prohm has coached the Cyclones to 16 wins against the AP Top-25 (7 vs. AP Top-10) in his first four seasons in Ames, which leaves him behind only Johnny Orr (24) and Fred Hoiberg (23). ISU has 34 wins against the top-25 since 2013-14, the fourth-most nationally.
+ ISU’s strong offensive season shows in the Big 12 statistics. It leads the league in scoring (77.4), field goal percentage (47.7) and free throw
percentage (73.2), while also ranking third in 3-point field goal percentage (36.5). No team has led the Big 12 in three of the four categories
since Missouri in 2011-12.
+ Iowa State is a No. 6 seed for the second time in school history. The only other time the Cyclones were a 6-seed was in 1997. ISU advanced to the Sweet 16 that season, defeating Illinois State and Cincinnati in Auburn Hills, Michigan before falling to UCLA in overtime in San Antonio. The highest seed ISU has ever earned is a No. 2 seed (2000 and 2001).
+ ISU’s roster has five players that have redshirted a season in college. Among the nation’s top-6 leagues, only Wisconsin has more players that redshirted with eight. Other top-6 league teams with five include Florida, Iowa and Michigan State.