Ohio State basketball try to make the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2013 when the fifth-seeded Buckeyes face No. 4 seed Gonzaga in the round of 32 on Saturday. Ohio State earned its spot in the second round thanks to an 81-73 win against No. 12 South Dakota State in the first round.
The Buckeyes have a chance to avenge an embarrassing 86-59 loss to the Bulldogs in November. A win also would continue an impressive season of outperforming expectations. Picked to finish in the bottom four of the Big Ten, Ohio State finished second in the league and earned a No. 5 seed after missing the NCAA Tournament in each of the past two seasons.
2018 NCAA Tournament: Ohio State-Gonzaga date, time
Ohio State and Gonzaga play at 7:45 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 17.
Time: 7:45 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, March 17
Location: Taco Bell Arena, Boise, Idaho
2018 NCAA Tournament: Ohio State-Gonzaga TV channel
Ohio State-Gonzaga will be broadcast on CBS. Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Chris Webber (analysis) and Lisa Byington (sideline) will be on the call.
How can I watch Ohio State-Gonzaga online?
The game — and all NCAA Tournament games — will be streaming on the March Madness Live app.
How can I listen to the Ohio State-Gonzaga basketball game on the radio?
Paul Keels will have the call on 97.1 FM (WBNS) in Columbus. A full list of Buckeyes basketball radio affiliates can be found here. It also will be broadcast on Sirius 138/XM 202 for satellite radio listeners.
Ohio State-Gonzaga basketball preview
Ohio State will look to reverse its worst loss of the season when it faces off against Gonzaga. The loss showed the Buckeyes how much work they needed to do to earn a spot among the nation’s best basketball teams.
“I’ve got so much respect for them after playing them,” Buckeyes coach Chris Holtmann said Thursday. “I’d never coached against a Gonzaga team before. Mark [Few] does such a fantastic job. They’re physical. They’re tough. They’re very talented. I thought that they’re one of the top one or two teams we played all year. They are one of the very best teams we played all year. And they handed it to us. So we’ll go back and we’ll watch that.
“How much they’ve changed and we’ve changed, I don’t know, because I didn’t follow them as much. But they smacked us around pretty good.”
The Buckeyes seem to believe they’re a different team, which makes sense given how well they’ve played since an up-and-down first month. A stretch of 17 wins in 19 games helped change the team’s trajectory.
“It was a long time ago,” Buckeyes forward Keita Bates-Diop said. “We’re two completely different teams, especially us. I remember they were obviously big and long. But they killed us on the big point shooting, I’m pretty sure. That was months ago. And not even close to the same team.”
Added guard Kam Williams: “We’re nowhere near the team we were back then. We’ve progressed in so many different areas. And the whole team is excited for this one. We’ve been wanting this matchup ever since the bracket came out. Hopefully when they take the court they’ll feel us, because they didn’t feel us in the first game.”
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