South Region - Second Round
(25-9, 10-8 Big Ten)
Ohio State Buckeyes
What You Need To Know: The Buckeyes aren't as powerful offensively as they’ve been in the past, but they’re a tough defensive team that will create mismatch problems for opponents in the NCAA Tournament. Guard Aaron Craft is one of the best defenders in the country. A top floor general, he’s always the smartest guy on the court and fearless in crunch time. A fantastic passer, he sees the game a step ahead of everyone else. That said, he's not a 40-minute offensive threat and lacks a consistent jumper. LaQuinton Ross and Lenzelle Smith, Jr., are both good scorers, but they can be streaky. Ross is quick and can get opponents in foul trouble, and Smith is a solid drive-and-kick player. Amir Williams provides a post presence, but he isn't wildly skilled and does his damage on putbacks off of offensive rebounds.
Strengths: Scoring Defense, Turnover Margin, Steals
Weaknesses: Three Point Shooting, Assists, Scoring
(23-10, 10-6 A-10)
What You Need To Know: Dayton is filled with long, athletic players who are disruptive on the floor. The team boasts a versatile squad that’s tough to beat when it turns up the defense, and it knows how to battle when needed with wins over Georgia Tech, Gonzaga, Saint Louis and Cal. Head coach Archie Miller goes deep into his bench, and his patient, efficient offense can lull opponents to sleep, but this isn't a just a grind-it-out club. Jordan Sibert and Devin Oliver both love to run, and they can knock down the open three to stretch the defense. Oliver also is a quality rebounder, getting help from forward Dyshawn Pierre on the glass.
Strengths: Three Point Shooting, Rebounding, Field Goal Percentage
Weaknesses: Blocked Shots, Free Throw Shooting, Steals