NCAA tournament 2018: Ohio State vs

South Dakota State University's men's basketball team came up short in its first round NCAA Tournament game yesterday.

And because of that Cleveland connection, Ryan believes there will be no shortage of motivation, and he is hopeful for Tomasello can end his run at Ohio State with a return trip to the top of the podium at the NCAA Championships.

After the run-trading second half, the Buckeyes found a way to make the plays down the stretch, leaving the Jackrabbits 0-5 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.

Although they were taking way too many threes because South Dakota State was playing off of them, wanting Ohio State to do just that, the Buckeyes eventually began attacking the hoop, even if it meant turning down an open three-pointer.

This is actually the second meeting between the teams as they squared off in the PK80 Invitational early in the season. And I'm hopeful that we can do a better job of getting our guys ready for that. "When you look at the last competition that occurred, the Big Tens, if we can wrestle like that and our guys can compete to that level, we certainly have a shot". But they are one of the nation's hottest teams, having won 27 of their last 28 games, and are ranked 23rd in the final AP poll.

Gonzaga did not play well versus UNC Greensboro and that has to change against Ohio State.

The Buckeyes have plenty of roots in Northeast Ohio, particularly as it pertains to redshirt senior 125-pounder Nathan Tomasello, who grew up in Parma and went to Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy in nearby Cuyahoga Falls.

At the time of the loss to Gonzaga, Holtmann said "more than anything I want to see how we respond to moments like this".

Ohio State's top-seeded 197-pounder Kollin Moore was swept off his feet and pinned in just 1:30 by Kent State's unseeded Kyle Conel. Bates-Diop averages over 19 on the season, and put up 24 in their tournament opening win over South Dakota State. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Ohio State football, recruiting, basketball and more.

Quotable: "They've got a lot more shooters out there, a lot more confidence". Give them a lot of credit for how they played. I think they have the potential to pull off the upset. The Zags went to the national title game past year, and they will have a bit of a home-court advantage, playing about 6½ hours south of Spokane, Wash.

And South Dakota State is an excellent shooting team overall.

"I think our focus will continue to just remain on doing what we can to improve every day and be at our best", said Otzelberger. Totals 24-63 12-14 73.

The Jackrabbits are riding an 11-game winning streak and are 19-1 in their last 20 games. Fouled Out-Tate. Rebounds-S. Dakota State 33 (King 9), Ohio State 44 (Bates-Diop 12).

Ohio State, which was tied for 287th nationally with 612 3-point attempts, went 12-for-40 from the arc. Assists-S. Dakota State 8 (Key 4), Ohio State 15 (Jackson 5).

Keita Bates-Diop, but for several reasons, not just scoring.

  • Salvatore Jensen