March 15, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio -The Ohio State men’s basketball team has earned the No. 10 seed in the West Region of the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament and will face No. 7 seed VCU out of the Atlantic 10 Conference at approximately 4:40 p.m. ET Thursday in the second round at the Moda Center in Portland, Ore. The meeting Thursday, which will be televised on TNT, will be the first matchup between the two programs.
Ohio State, led by head coach Thad Matta, is making its 27th appearance in the NCAA tournament. Overall, Ohio State has a 48-25 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 Rams, led by sixth-year head coach Shaka Smart, are 26-9 on the year and defeated Dayton, 71-65, in the Atlantic 10 championship game Sunday afternoon. Senior Treveon Graham leads VCU in scoring with 16.3 points per game to go along with 7.0 rebounds per contest. Junior Melvin Johnson chips in 12.3 points for the Rams, who average 72.5 points per game as a team.
Record by Region:
In East: 14-9 (.609)
In South/Southeast: 9-4 (.692)
In Midwest: 5-4 (.556)
In West: 5-3 (.625)
The 2015 Buckeyes-NCAA Tournament Stats
The 2014-15 Ohio State roster has 30 games of combined NCAA tournament experience and 10 starts entering the 2015 NCAA Tournament. The team has a total of 111 points, 80 rebounds, 33 assists, 19 steals and 22 blocks. Senior Sam Thompson has played in 10 NCAA Tournament games to go with five starts. He has scored 64 points to go with 32 rebounds in NCAA play. Shannon Scott has been in nine NCAA games, averaging 3.3 ppg. (30 total) and 2.7 rebounds (24 total). He has handed out 22 assists and recorded 13 steals. Amir Williams has made eight appearances to with five starts in NCAA tournament games. He has tallied 21 rebounds and eight points to go along with 13 blocks. Trey McDonald has made two appearances in the NCAA tournament scoring five points and grabbing three rebounds. Marc Loving is the only other player on the Ohio State roster to suit up for the Buckeyes in NCAA competition. He made his only appearance a season ago vs. Dayton in Buffalo. He scored four points in that game.
The 2015 Buckeyes in Postseason Competition
Following the 2015 Big Ten Tournament, the Buckeyes enter the 2015 NCAA Tournament with 83 total appearances and 32 starts of postseason experience on the roster (combined Big Ten and NCAA tournament games). Sam Thompson has appeared in 21 postseason games as a Buckeye, 13 in a starting role. He averages 7.0 points and 2.5 rebounds while connecting on 52 percent from the field (53-102). Amir Williams has made 19 postseason appearances, 13 as a starter. He averages 2.3 points and 3.3 rebounds. Shannon Scott made his first postseasons state last Thursday in the Big Ten Conference opener for the Buckeyes vs. Minnesota. He has appeared in 20 postseason games (2 starts), averaging 5.2 points and 3.2 assists.