How they got here:
- Not a single bench player played more than 11 minutes against Gonzaga. Four of the five
starters have played at least 71% of the teams minutes, and that includes missed time for Sullinger. Ohio State has the best defense in the nation. They’ve allowed .847 points per possession, which is the lowest mark since Ohio State two years ago. Florida State
- Last season
Ohio Statewas a one seed, and they lost in the Sweet 16 to . The previous season they were a two seed, and they lost in the Sweet 16 to Kentucky . Tennessee
- They’re below average at shooting the 2; they’re below average shooting the 3; and they’re horrible from the line. Yet, despite this, they have a top-50 offense. So how do they do it? First, they don’t turn the ball over (10th nationally), so they end up putting up more shots than their opponents (+131 vs their opponents). Second, they’re a very good offensive rebounding team (42nd).
- The Bearcats are a bad defensive rebounding team (261st). Whereas the Buckeyes are a very good offensive rebounding team (38th). There should be plenty of missed shots in this game. One key is which team rebounds their own misses.
is one of the smallest teams in the nation. Pomeroy has their effective height ranked 290th. Cincinnati
Aaron Craft, 6-2, SO,
Yancy Gates, 6-9, SR,
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Last Elite-8 appearance:
: 2007 Ohio State : 1996 Cincinnati