, Hokies headed to NCAA men's basketball tournament

, Hokies headed to NCAA men's basketball tournament

This is the 11th time in program history and the first time since 2013 that the Wildcats are headed to the NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes are a No. 5 seed in the NCAA tournament.

It's the same position the Buckeyes occupied after an early exit from the Big Ten tournament and is right about where you'd expect a No. 5 seed should be. Defensively, Ohio State yields 66.7 points per game against the opposing teams.

Ohio State enters the NCAA Tournament with a 27-6 overall record and earned the automatic bid from the Big Ten by winning the conference tournament. Ohio State also must find a way to stop South Dakota State's 6-foot-9 forward Mike Daum, the conference player of the year after averaging 23.8 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.

On the season, Ohio State basketball averages 75.8 points, 36.6 rebounds and 14.8 assists per game.

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Awaiting the Wildcats in the first round will be South Dakota State, who has won 26 games this season and captured the Summit League championship.

The Buckeyes haven't played a basketball game in nine days, and while they will have to wait four more before they hit the hardwood again, they finally know their opponent. (16.1), Reed Tellinghuisen (12.0) and Tevin King (9.3). Andrew Dakich has played in nine postseason games off the bench while Keita Bates-Diop has averaged 7.3 points and 2.6 rebounds in his seven postseason games, three in a starting role. The last two were wins over Buffalo and West Virginia in the first two rounds of the 2016 tournament.

The victor of the Ohio State-South Dakota State game will play the victor of No. 4 Gonzaga and No. 13 North Carolina-Greensboro.

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