Ohio State Faces Dayton in NCAA South Regional Thursday in Buffalo
March 16, 2014
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COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio State men's basketball team, the sixth-seed in the South Region, will meet the 11th-seeded Dayton Flyers out of the Atlantic 10 Thursday in the Second Round of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
Ohio State, led by head coach Thad Matta, is making its 26th appearance in the NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes are 25-9 on the season, 10-8 in Big Ten play. Matta is 275-82 in 10 seasons at Ohio State and 376-113 overall as a head coach. He has led the Buckeyes to eight NCAA tournaments and owns a 17-7 record in the tournament at OSU. Matta is 56-15 in the month of March during the last 10 years, a 78.9 win percentage, fifth-best among active Division I coaches.
Dayton is led by former Ohio State assistant coach Archie Miller. The Flyers are 23-10 on the season, 10-6 in the Atlantic 10. Dayton is led by OSU transfer Jordan Sibert, averaging 12.6 points per game, and Devin Oliver, averaging 12.2 points per game. UD fell 70-67 to Saint Joseph's in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Championship Friday. Miller is 60-37 in three seasons at Dayton and is assisted by former Ohio State video coordinator Kevin Kuwik.
Ohio State and Dayton have met six times previously with the Buckeyes owning a 4-2 advantage in the series. The teams last played in the 2008 NIT Quarterfinals at Value City Arena, a 74-63 OSU win. Matta is 8-1 in his career against Dayton, 1-0 at Ohio State. He owns a 12-4 record against former assistants.
Overall, Ohio State has a 48-24 record in NCAA tournament play. The Buckeyes have played in 10 Final Fours and finished as runner-up four times, with an NCAA title in 1960. Ohio State has played in four-consecutive NCAA "Sweet 16s," a record accomplishment for the Buckeyes and the longest active streak in the country.
Ohio State is 9-3 all-time in the South/Southwest Region of the tournament in three appearances all-time. The Buckeyes advanced to the 2007 Final Four out of the South Region in San Antonio. The Buckeyes will be making their first appearance in the tournament as a No. 6 seed.
The winner of Ohio State-Dayton will face either No. 3 Syracuse or No. 14 Western Michigan Saturday.