March 20, 2019

No. 11 Seed Ohio State Opens NCAA Tournament Against No. 6 Seed Iowa State Friday in Tulsa


Ohio State Men's Basketball GamedayMarch 24, 2019
OpponentHouston (32-3)
SiteBOK Center (17,996)
TimeApprox. 8:40 p.m. ET
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Ohio State and The NCAA Tournament
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.

2018-19 Buckeyes in NCAA 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.

2018-19 Buckeyes in Postseason Competition
After the 2019 Big Ten Tournament, the Buckeyes enter the 2019 NCAA Tournament 37 total appearances and 20 starts of postseason experience on the roster (combined conference and NCAA Tournament games). Keyshawn Woods has appeared in seven postseason contests, including five starts, averaging 10.4 points per game while C.J. Jackson has started all six of his postseason games, averaging 13.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Andre Wesson averages 6.2 points and 2.3 boards in six postseason games, including two starts, while his brother, Kaleb, has started all five of his postseason appearances, averaging 6.4 points and 4.4 boards a game. Musa Jallow has two starts in four postseason appearances, going for 2.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per game, while Kyle Young, Justin Ahrens, Luther Muhammad and Duane Washington Jr. have each played in two postseason games off the bench.

Holtmann in the NCAA Tournament
Chris Holtmann, the 2018 Big Ten Coach of the Year, has led his teams to five-consecutive NCAA Tournaments (three at Butler and two at Ohio State), going 5-4 in NCAA Tournament contests. Holtmann’s teams have one at least one game in each NCAA Tournament appearance to date.

Starting Five

  • Ohio State is 2-2 all-time when playing in the state of Oklahoma. The Buckeyes first played in Oklahoma Dec. 18, 1954, a 102-84 win for then-No. 14 Ohio State over the Sooners. Ohio State returned to play the Sooners at Oklahoma Dec. 23, 1957. This time OU claimed a 64-55 win. Ohio State has played in Tulsa previously, splitting NCAA First and Second Round games vs. Iowa State (W, 75-64, 3/14/1985) and Louisiana Tech (L, 79-67) two days later (3/16/85). Louisiana Tech was ranked No. 8 nationally in the AP poll at the time.
  • Sophomore Kaleb Wesson was named 2019 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten by both the league coaches and media. Wesson leads the Buckeyes in both scoring (14.4 ppg.) and rebounding (6.8 rpg.). At the foul line, Wesson leads the team in both makes (118) and attempts (161) while shooting just over 73 percent.
  • With 254 wins in the last nine seasons (2010-19), Ohio State already has more victories this decade than in any other in the program’s history. Ohio State won 189 games from 1980-1989 and 188 contests from 1960-69. The winning percentage of .718 (254-100/354) in the last 10 years is the best previous winning percentage in a decade in Ohio State history. The win total is No. 14 nationally over the last 10 seasons and second only to Michigan State’s 265 wins among Big Ten teams.
  • The Buckeyes have four wins in 10 tries in 2018-19 vs. teams that made the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Ohio State defeated two of those teams on the road (Cincinnati, 64-56/Creighton, 69-60), lost at No. 5 Michigan (65-49), at No. 11 Michigan State (62-44) and at No. 14 Purdue (86-51) while taking down UCLA (80-66) on a neutral court. At home, the Buckeyes fell vs. Syracuse (L, 72-62), No. 8 Michigan State (86-77) and Purdue (79-67) and have a win over Bucknell (W, 73-71). Ohio State fell to Michigan State in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Big Ten Tournamnent (77-70) last week in Chicago.
  • Ohio State played 10 games against teams currently among the Associated Press Top 25 or receiving votes for Top 25 consideration. Five of those games were played away from Value City Arena. The Buckeyes faced No. 5 Michigan State (home/away/neutral), No. 8 Michigan (away), No. 13 Purdue (home/away), No. 21 Wisconsin (home) and No. 22 Cincinnati (away) among teams currently in the Top 25. The Buckeyes played Maryland (home/away. The Terps are currently receiving votes. Ohio State takes on current No. 24 Iowa State Friday in Tulsa.

Notable Numbers–Jackson 4 shy of 1,000
C.J. Jackson reached 100 career 3-pointers made with three makes vs. Cleveland State (11/23/18) … for his Ohio State career he is (148-402/.368) from distance … has scored 996 career points after an 8-point effort vs. Michigan State and is working to become Ohio State’s 58th all-time 1,000-point scorer … his 148 career made 3s ranks No. 8 all-time in Ohio State history … Kyle Young, who missed four games with a stress fracture in his right leg, is 78-of-114 shooting this season (.684) … he returned to action vs. Penn State Feb. 7 after suffering the injury vs. Maryland Jan. 18 … Joey Lane has appeared in 14 games this season, with one start, and is 4-for-7 from the field and 3-for-5 from 3-point range … he also has six rebounds, six assists and a pair of steals in 2.7 minutes per game.

The Ohio State vs. Iowa State Series
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.

Scouting the Cyclones
Big 12 Tournament champion Iowa State knocked off No. 17 Kansas, 78-66, in the championship game Saturday. Senior guard Marial Shayok leads four Cyclones averaging double digits in scoring at 18.6 points per game while sophomore guard Lindell Wigginton chips in with 13.5 points a game. Freshman guard Talen Horton-Tucker scores 12.1 points per game and junior forward Michael Jacobson averages 11.5 points and a team-best 6.0 boards per contest.

The Ohio State vs. The Big 12 Conference
The Buckeyes own an overall record of 26-24 against the current alignment of Big 12 teams. Ohio State is 6-0 vs. the Cyclones. The Buckeyes are 8-8 vs. West Virginia, who has faced Ohio State the most among Big 12 teams. Ohio State has never faced Baylor, the only Big 12 team without a record against the Buckeyes. Ohio State last faced a Big 12 team in the 2013 NCAA Tournament’s Third Round against Iowa State (W, 78-75) in Dayton, Ohio.