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Ohio State and Dayton will battle it out in a first round NCAA Tournament game scheduled to take place on Thursday, in the Buffalo South Regional. We saw the Ohio State Buckeyes take the five seed in this season's Big Ten Tournament. They are however a number six seed in the South Regional after having gone 13-0 out of conference and 3-1 in neutral site games.
With an average of 15.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, Laquinton Ross leads the Ohio State Buckeyes this season. Second is Lenzelle Smith Jr. with an average of 11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Averaging 9.6 points is Aaron Craft, then Amir Williams at 8.0 points average and 5.8 rebounds. This puts the Ohio State Buckeyes at an average of 69.8 points, shooting 44.9 percent, with opponents averaging 40.5. Defensively, they allow 59.8 points and are hoping to fly high in this year's NCAA Tournament under head coach Thad Matta.
The Dayton Flyers is a team to watch out for in this year's NCAA Tournament, having won 10 of the last 12 games they played, getting a tie at fifth place in A-10. In non-conference games, Dayton is 12-3 and 3-2 in the neutral site games and 1-2 against ranked teams. Averaging 12.5 points per game is Jordan Sibert leading the Flyers. Devin Oliver averages 12.1 points and 7.5 rebounds, followed by 11.1 points and 5.6 rebounds for Dyshawn Pierre, while Vee Sanford comes at 9.9 points average. This puts Dayton at an average of 73.4 points, shooting 46.6 percent and defensively allowing 67.6 points per game.
Having longed for this opportunity, NCAA Tournament this year gives Dayton a chance to play against Ohio State Buckeyes. The last five NCAA Tournament games put Ohio State at a spread of 1-4. The last six games at 0-6 and 3-9 against loss. While Dayton is 8-2 in the last 10 non-conference games, 4-1 in last five neutral site and 5-2 against winning record team.
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