Ohio State vs. South Dakota State Preview and Prediction

Ohio State vs. South Dakota State Preview and Prediction

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Ohio State vs. South Dakota State Preview and Prediction


It’s March so let the madness begin. Ohio State is in the dance for the first time in two years, and it’ll be taking on a South Dakota State team that can score with the best of them.


No. 5 Ohio State (24-8) vs. No. 12 South Dakota State (28-6) Game Preview

Broadcast, TV, Game Time

Date: Thursday, March 15
Game Time: 4:00 pm ET
Venue: Taco Bell Arena, Boise, Idaho
Network: TNT


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Okay, here we go with all the madness, and this time the Buckeyes are back after a two-year absence. That alone makes this matchup worth watching, but more than that, this is the dreaded No. 5 vs No. 12 tussle that seems to always spring an upset each year.

Will Ohio State fall victim to a layoff after stumbling a bit down the stretch, or will the time off result in an invigorated and determined team?

Ohio State Short Attention Span Game Plan

When On Offense

When you have the Big Ten’s Player of the Year, you’ve got a weapon that has to be used, especially when there is a shot at exploiting a matchup. Mike Daum is a whale of a player on the offensive end for South Dakota State, but he’ll likely be guarding Bates-Diop on the defensive end.

Ohio State should look to spread the floor, pull Daum out on Diop and create driving lanes to the hole. Diop should get plenty of opportunity to beat Daum off the ball, but since it’ll be a group defensive effort on Diop, there should be open guys to kick to for open looks. Run your offense, space it out and look to create against a team that has struggled mightily on the defensive end.

When On Defense

The Jackrabbits have a good freshman guard in David Jenkins, Jr., but South Dakota State is going to win or lose this game based on what their NBA prospect Mike Daum does.

He’s a 6-9 stud who can get points in the lane, but also step outside and bomb away with the big three when needed. Bates-Diop is the natural defender just based on position, and he should be able to bother his shot with his over 7 foot wing span on the outside.

But it’ll be important not to work Bates-Diop so hard on the defensive end that he wears down and is not as effective on the offensive side, because OSU will need his scoring in this one.

So, go fresh bodies on Daum. Let Bates-Diop bother him at times, but rotate fresh bodies with length on him to disrupt and keep him working. He’s going to get some points, but if you can make him labor to do so, the legs might get tired and shots might stop falling.

Key Player For Ohio State

It’s got to be Keita-Bates Diop in this one. He wore down a bit at the end of the year and the team suffered. He’s got to be aggressive and look for his shot early and often. There’s a quickness advantage for Diop and there should be open looks against the nation’s 220th ranked scoring defense. If the Big Ten’s Player of the Year does anything near what he’s able to do, Ohio State should be able to advance after a bit of a challenge.

How It’ll All Go Down

Don’t buy into the hype here. Yeah, the Jackrabbits have Mike Daum and can really run up the score, but they’ve struggled against physical teams like Gonzaga and Kansas. Heck, the Jayhawks blew them out by 34 points with the guards having a field day. Ohio State will be more physical, quicker on the perimeter, and Bates-Diop will go for more than 20 points. Ohio State will win a little easier than all the critics are saying.

Final Score

Ohio State 81, South Dakota State 70

Line

Ohio State – 8

 

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