The Final NCAA Tournament Projections For Ohio State

South Dakota State Men Open NCAA Tournament With Ohio State

The Jackrabbits are 0-5 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.

The game, which will be the first between the two teams, will tip-off at 4 p.m. ET Thursday on TNT.

The Ohio State Buckeyes got their invite to the national tournament thanks to a 24-8 overall record, including a 15-3 record in Big Ten play, good enough for the #2 seed and a double bye in the conference tournament.

Chris Holtmann, the 2018 Big Ten Coach of the Year, guided Butler to the NCAA Tournament in each of his three seasons as head coach of the Bulldogs.

The depth of the Villanova roster has been the team's recipe for success this season. Three other players, senior forward Jae'Sean Tate (13 points per game), junior guard CJ Jackson (12 points per game), and freshman forward Kaleb Wesson (11 points per game), average in double figures. Kam Williams has appeared in 10 postseason games, including four starts, averaging 5.8 points and 1.6 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Kelly Jekot and junior guard Adrianna Hahn average 11.3 and 10.7 points per game, respectively.

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The women's tournament starts March 16, with first round games games running through March 19. In their 10 previous appearances in the NCAA Tournament, the Wildcats have tallied a 7-10 record.

Junior forward Mike Daum is second in the NCAA in defensive rebounding (9 per game), third in double-doubles (21), sixth in points per game (24), and ninth in total rebounding (353). Villanova was previously a No. 8 seed when it last made the tournament five seasons ago.

On the season, South Dakota State basketball averages 84.9 points, 39.0 rebounds and 13.5 assists per game.

Brutus Buckeye, the mascot for the Ohio State Buckeyes, performs in the first half against the Wisconsin Badgers during the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The winners of each game will meet in the second round on Monday. Defensively, South Dakota State yields 74.1 points per game against the opposing teams.