In what turned into a back-and-forth shootout that included the teams combining for 73 three-pointers, the first half concluded with the two teams tied, 43-43, heading into the locker room.
They're offering lots of specials including beer and food. "We've done a great job of playing as a team, playing together and believing in ourselves so it is a great reflection of how this season has gone". According to oddsmakers at YouWager, Ohio State is the favorite in this game, as the Buckeyes are getting odds of -7.5 points against South Dakota State. The Buckeyes and Lions should stage an epic shootout this weekend that could go down as the best one-two battle in NCAA tournament history. Buckeye Nation is heading to The Q for the NCAA Division I Wrestling Tournament, and Ryan said hold on tight. "I think that determination will really propel us forward going into this tournament".
Otzelberger also noted the experience being key. "When you look at the last competition that occurred, the Big Tens, if we can wrestle like that and our guys can compete to that level, we certainly have a shot".
DID YOU KNOW?: Holtmann has been named the coach of the year in three different conferences: the Big South with Gardner-Webb in 2013, Big East with Butler in 2017 and this year in the Big Ten with the Buckeyes.
"I was a little more emotional than I should have been", he told the team.
"We played so well in Sioux Falls, so we don't want to lose that edge and mentality", he said. It's the fifth time since 2012 they've been in the field of 68.
"And I think our mindset is such where we're focused on trying to do everything we can to be on our best (Thursday) afternoon to come out with a victory".
South Dakota State can score a ton of points.
How did they do this year?
"I think we owe it to ourselves", said King. If Daum can get rolling and they can continue to limit their mistakes, the Jackrabbits could be the latest No. 12 seed to upset a No. 5 team.
Added Daum, "it would mean a tremendous amount".
"I think it was just a lot of hard work, " Santoro said. For us, it seems like in years past if you win your conference tournament you get that automatic bid and that's considered a good season. They were 16-20 (80.0 percent), while the Buckeyes were 8-11 (72.7 percent). He turned the Buckeyes into instant Big Ten title contenders as they won 24 games and 15 in conference play. Chris Holtmann is a tremendous coach. I like where they are physically and mentally. They have a really good defensive system, and they're strong and tough and physically imposing. "And with Jae'Sean Tate, 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, really physical".
"He's a tremendous scorer; he has tremendous size for his position; he can shoot the ball well from outside; and he's using his body in the lower post", Daum said. "We've been wanting this matchup ever since the bracket came out".