Ohio State Men's Basketball Headed Back To NCAA Tournament

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The matchup with South Dakota State is Ohio State's first tournament game since 2015, when they were one of the last at-large teams picked by the selection committee.

Ohio State, led by first-year head coach Chris Holtmann, is making its 28th appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

On the season, Ohio State basketball averages 75.8 points, 36.6 rebounds and 14.8 assists per game. Some teams have an easy route to a deep run, this year's Ohio State basketball team was not so lucky.

The Buckeyes have other position battles going on this spring, starters to find, productive players who will soon be NFL Draft picks to replace. They will play No. 12 South Dakota State at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, ID.

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The Buckeyes are led by junior Kieta Bates-Diop, scoring 19.4 points per contest, and pulling down 8.8 rebounds.

Due to the early start of the Big Ten tournament this season, the Buckeyes will have a 12-day gap between games before facing the Summit League-champion Jackrabbits. Kam Williams has appeared in 10 postseason games, including four starts, averaging 5.8 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.

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.

If Ohio State were to advance past South Dakota State, they will face the victor between Gonzaga, the 4-seed, and 13th-seeded UNC-Greensboro.

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