Friday, 23 March, 2018

Buckeyes return to NCAA tournament, face South Dakota State in opener

Ohio State Jonathon Cooper-Buckeyes football Rushmen-defensive line-depth chart After playing a reserve role so far at Ohio State Jonathon Cooper will be counted on more often this season
Melinda Barton | 13 March, 2018, 05:15

The Ohio State men's basketball team has earned the No. 5 seed in the West Region of the 2018 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament and will face No. 12 seed South Dakota State out of the Summit League Thursday at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho.

The Ohio State Buckeyes got their invite to the national tournament thanks to a 24-8 overall record, including a 15-3 record in Big Ten play, good enough for the #2 seed and a double bye in the conference tournament.

The Buckeyes seem to be returning to their old ways.

The Buckeyes haven't played a basketball game in nine days, and while they will have to wait four more before they hit the hardwood again, they finally know their opponent.

The NCAA Tournament Selection Show will begin at 6 p.m. E.T. It's being televised on TBS this year.

The NCAA Tournament teams are known with the bracket completely unveiled. Defensively, Ohio State yields 66.7 points per game against the opposing teams. The Colonials finished the regular season with the fifth-best record in their conference and have gone 10-2 in their last 12 games after starting the season at 9-11. Freshman guard David Jenkins Jr. chips in 16.1 points per contest while senior forward Reed Tellinghuisen adds 12.0 points per game. Jae'Sean Tate has started all six of his postseason appearances, averaging 9.9 points and 6.0 boards per game. Give Ohio State credit, for hanging with and taking down some tough competition like North Carolina, Clemson, Butler, Stanford and Gonzaga. Stephanie Mavunga averages 16.5 points per contest, while grabbing 10.8 rebounds as well.