Ohio State No. 17 In AP Poll Heading To NCAA Tournament

Ohio State guard Kelsey Mitchell right dribbles the basketball while being defended by Maryland guard Kaila Charles during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the finals of the Big Ten conference tournament

South Dakota State Men Open NCAA Tournament With Ohio State

It'll be the first time Tech will make back-to-back appearances in the NCAA tournament since the 1985 and '86 seasons.

The Atlantic 10 Champion George Washington women's basketball team has earned a No. 14 seed in the Spokane Regional and will open the NCAA Tournament with a First Round game against No. 3 Seed Ohio State on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. ET at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

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To do what it takes to have that impressive run, Ohio State was able to step back, regroup, and prepare accordingly for the NCAA Tournament. Redshirt junior guard Macy Miller leads a high-powered South Dakota State offense which is averaging 78.3 points per game.

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits (28-6) had conquered the Summit League after beating South Dakota, 97-87 in the final game of the conference.

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The Ohio State Buckeyes (24-8) are coming from a 69-68 loss to Penn State in the early round of Big Ten Tournament. (16.1), Reed Tellinghuisen (12.0) and Tevin King (9.3).

Head coach Kevin McGuff is making his fourth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance with the Buckeyes and his 10th appearance overall as a head coach. Junior forward Keita Bates-Diop led the Big Ten on the defensive glass and ranked 20th in the nation in that category.

Four Buckeyes average at least 11 points per game this season and seven players average at least 18 minutes per contest. The last two were wins over Buffalo and West Virginia in the first two rounds of the 2016 tournament.

Being the fifth seed in the west, Ohio State and their fans should be cautious as their game versus 12th seed South Dakota State should be on upset alert.

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