March 17, 2019

No. 11 Seed Ohio State to Face No. 6 Seed Iowa State in NCAA Opening Round


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s basketball team has earned the No. 11 seed in the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament and will face No. 6 seed Iowa State out of the Big 12 Friday at BOK Center in Tulsa. The game, which will be the seventh all-time meeting between the two teams, will top off at approximately 9:45 p.m. ET Friday on TBS.

The Buckeyes and Cyclones last squared off in the third round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, a 78-75 Ohio State victory in Dayton, Ohio.

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.

The Buckeyes, led by second-year head coach Chris Holtmann, are 19-14 on the year and 8-12 in Big Ten Conference play. Sophomore Kaleb Wesson paces Ohio State with 14.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per contest while senior C.J. Jackson adds 12.2 points per game and a team-best 113 total assists. Junior Andre Wesson scores 8.8 points per game while junior Luther Muhammad averages 8.0 points per contest.

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.

Ohio State NCAA Tournament Record by Region
In East: 14-9 (.609)
In South/Southeast: 9-4 (.692)
In Midwest: 5-4 (.556)
In West: 7-5 (.583)

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 four-consecutive NCAA Tournaments (three at Butler and one at Ohio State), going 5-4 in NCAA Tournament contests. Holtmann’s teams have one at least one game in each Tournament appearance.

Buckeyes vs. 2019 NCAA Tournament Teams
Ohio State went 3-11 in the 2018-19 season against teams advancing to the NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes earned wins over Cincinnati, Minnesota and Iowa and dropped three games to Michigan State, two to Maryland and Purdue and one each against Syracuse, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin.