Ohio State-Gonzaga NCAA Tournament 2018 score: Buckeyes’ surprise season ends in second round

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Ohio State‘s first season under Chris Holtmann came to an end in a 2018 NCAA Tournament loss to Gonzaga on Sunday.

Below is our running commentary from throughout the game.

Ohio State-Gonzaga basketball score, live updates

Final score: Gonzaga 90, Ohio State 84. The Buckeyes didn’t make this easy, dragging the final minute out as long as possible, but Gonzaga was just too much. Keita Bates-Diop swished a three at the buzzer after a Gonzaga fast-break dunk to end it.

Gonzaga 86, Ohio State 74, 41 second left: Ohio State looks totally cooked here.

Ohio State isn’t going easily. Here’s Musa Jallow leaving it all on the floor going for a lose ball:

Gonzaga 78, Ohio State 70, 1:46 left: Zach Norvell is on fire for Gonzaga, and Jae’Sean Tate just fouled out. Ohio State’s season is on life support all of a sudden.

Gonzaga 73, Ohio State 67, 2:19 left. Rui Hachimura made four 3-pointers all season coming into this game, so naturally he sunk a trey with the shot clock winding down to extend Gonzaga’s lead. That’s bananas.

Gonzaga 70, Ohio State 67, 4:35 left: The Zags have swerved back into the lead. Ohio State’s gone on a bit of a scoring drought, but Keita Bates-Diop is still doing all he can for OSU. He has 23 points, which ties him for the game lead with Gonzaga’s Zach Norvell.

Ohio State 58, Gonzaga 54, 10:11: Ohio State is on a 12-2 run, and Gonzaga hasn’t scored in over two minutes of game time. The No. 4-seed Zags are only 4-for-12 this half, while Ohio State is 10-for-19. Gonzaga has 5 turnovers to OSU’s 2 in this half.

Gonzaga 54, Ohio State 53, 11:31 left: Folks, this looks like it’ll be a nerve-racking second half. The Buckeyes got within one point on a Keita Bates-Diop layup, which gives him 16 points for the day. Those shooting percentages are evening out, as Ohio State is at 44 and Gonzaga is at 52.

Gonzaga 49, Ohio State 46, 17:24 to go: Hello! Ohio State is getting real close thanks to a 13-5 run to start the half. Kam Williams has two buckets so far this half to bring his total to 12.

Second half time!

Halftime: Gonzaga 44, Ohio State 33. The Buckeyes probably shouldn’t have let Gonzaga score the first 15 points of the game, in my opinion. OSU’s shooting 39 percent, while the Zags are at a scorching 58. That’ll need to even out for Ohio State to have a chance.

Gonzaga 34, Ohio State 25, 3:45 left: Gonzaga’s still keeping the Buckeyes at an arm’s length. Zach Norvell has 12 points for the Zags, and Ohio State’s 5-for-8 shooting on threes doesn’t make up for its 4-for-16 shooting on twos.

Gonzaga 27, Ohio State 16, 7:45 left: Ohio State is creeping back, and Gonzaga hasn’t made a field goal in over two minutes. Keita Bates-Diop (7 points) and Kam Williams (8) are the Buckeyes’ leading scorers so far.

Gonzaga 19, Ohio State 11, 11:46 left: Ohio State made four shots in a row after missing its first seven. This is becoming a game again, which is nice because I was beginning to worry. OSU’s now 3-for-11 from the field, while Gonzaga is 8-for-14.

Gonzaga 17, Ohio State 8, 13:06 left. Ohio State is finally getting some points! It was bound to happen eventually, and the Buckeyes are finally on the scoreboard.

Gonzaga 13, Ohio State 0, 15:24. Oof. This is looking a lot like the November matchup between these teams, which Gonzaga won comfortably. The Bulldogs look comfortable and are knocking down shots. The Buckeyes can’t do much on offense, and aren’t providing much resistance on D.

Gonzaga 7, Ohio State 0, 16, 16:37 left. The Zags are off to a decidedly better start, as Ohio State can’t seem to find the bottom of the net. Kaleb Wesson has OSU’s best shot attempt, but his layup attempt swirled around, almost went down, then rimmed out. Wesson then received a flagant foul for hitting a Gonzaga player above the neck.

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Alright, tipoff incoming. Ohio State vs. Gonzaga for a spot in the Sweet Sixteen. The winner will face Xavier or Florida State.

We’re getting close to tipoff. Chris Holtmann is having some staffers wear the polos from the PK80 Tournament, where Ohio State lost to Gonzaga earlier this season. That’s something.

The polos aren’t it, either. Holtmann has a theme.

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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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