No. 5 Ohio State 81 (25-8, 15-3 B1G), No.12 South Dakota State 73 (28-7, 13-1 Summit)
Mar. 15, 2018
Taco Bell Arena– Boise, Idaho
– The game marked the first matchup between Ohio State and South Dakota State.
– The Buckeyes made their 28th appearance in the NCAA tournament, and their first since the 2015 season.
– The Buckeyes entered the tournament as a No. 5 seed for the first time in program history.
– Ohio State holds a 50-26 all-time record in the NCAA tournament.
– The Buckeyes hold a 7-4 record all-time when playing in the West region.
– Ohio State attempted a season-high 40 3-pointers in the contest. The 40 attempts from deep were also the most in program history in the NCAA Tournament far surpassing the previous high of 26 set against George Mason in 2011.
– The Buckeyes attempted more 3-point field goals than 2-point field goals in the contest.
– Ohio State is 4-0 this season when making 10+ 3-pointers in a contest.
– Ohio State outscored South Dakota State 18-2 on the fast break.
– The Buckeyes recorded their third double-digit steal total of the season by snatching 10.
– Ohio State is 12-1 in games in which Keita Bates-Diop records a double-double this season, and 18-1 all-time in such contests.
– The Buckeyes are 3-0 in contests in which they are tied at the half.
– Ohio State is 20-3 in games in which they outrebound their opponents.
– The Buckeyes nabbed 15 offensive board leading to 19 second chance points.
– Chris Holtmann has made the NCAA tournament four consecutive years (three at Butler, one at Ohio State).
– Holtmann holds 5-3 overall record in the NCAA tournament including a 4-3 record at Butler.
– Keita Bates-Diop scored a team-high 24 points while grabbing 12 rebounds and adding an assist and a block in the contest.
– Bates-Diop recorded his 13th double-double of the season, and the 19th of his career.
– Bates-Diop’s 24 points bring his career total to 1,244 and move him up to the 34th spot on Ohio State’s all-time scoring list.
– Jae’Sean Tate scored eight points, while adding seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals.
– Tate’s eight points give him 1,501 for his career and moves him past Troy Taylor (1,497) for the 19th spot on Ohio State’s all-time scoring list. He now needs 16 points to reach Evan Turner who sits at the 18th spot on the list with 1,517 career points.
– Kam Williams scored a season-high 22 points, adding five rebounds, two assists, and a season-high three steals.
– Williams’ 22 points give him 1,038 points for his career and bump him up to the 51st spot on Ohio State’s all-time scoring list.
– Andrew Dakich scored five points, adding four rebounds, three assists, and a career-high three steals for the Buckeyes.