Ohio State to face off against South Dakota State in opening round

Ohio State forward Keita Bates-Diop, right, passes against Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
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The NCAA Tournament Selection Committee gave Ohio State a No. 5 seed and pitted them against South Dakota State, a No. 12 seed in the West Region.

The Buckeyes will play their first game of the tournament at 4 p.m. Thursday at Boise, Idaho. The game will be televised on TNT.

Ohio State closed its Big Ten Tournament run with a thud as the Nittany Lions (22-12) scored the final five points in beating the 13th-ranked Buckeyes for the third time this season and advanced.

Ohio State (24-8) had a chance to win after calling a timeout, but a last-second shot by C.J. Jackson was not close.

Ohio State, which was blown out by Penn State 79-56 on Feb. 15, rallied from deficits of eight points early in the second half and six with just under 8 minutes to go, riding Keita Bates-Diop, who seemingly wanted the ball on every position.

The Buckeyes finished 15-3 in the conference.

Bates-Diop led the team with 19.4 points per game and 8.8 rebounds this season, followed by Jae'Sean Tate and C.J. Jackson both averaging over 12 points apiece.

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