COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s basketball team has earned the No. 11 seed in the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament and will face No. 6 seed Iowa State out of the Big 12 Friday at BOK Center in Tulsa. The game, which will be the seventh all-time meeting between the two teams, will top off at approximately 9:45 p.m. ET Friday on TBS.
The Buckeyes and Cyclones last squared off in the third round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, a 78-75 Ohio State victory in Dayton, Ohio.
Ohio State makes its 29th appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2019. Overall, Ohio State has a 50-27 record all-time in NCAA Tournament play. The Buckeyes have advanced to play in 10 Final Fours, have finished as the runner up four times (1939, 1961, 1962, 2007) and own one title (1960). Ohio State finished third four times (1944, 1945, 1946, 1968). The Buckeyes played in four-consecutive NCAA “Sweet 16s,” a record accomplishment for Ohio State and the longest streak in the country from 2010-13. Ohio State last accomplished three-consecutive “Sweet 16s” from 1960-62. The Buckeyes have made 14 “Sweet 16” appearances in NCAA Tournament play.
The Buckeyes, led by second-year head coach Chris Holtmann, are 19-14 on the year and 8-12 in Big Ten Conference play. Sophomore Kaleb Wesson paces Ohio State with 14.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per contest while senior C.J. Jackson adds 12.2 points per game and a team-best 113 total assists. Junior Andre Wesson scores 8.8 points per game while junior Luther Muhammad averages 8.0 points per contest.
Big 12 Tournament champion Iowa State knocked off No. 17 Kansas, 78-66, in the championship game Saturday. Senior guard Marial Shayok leads four Cyclones averaging double digits in scoring at 18.6 points per game while sophomore guard Lindell Wigginton chips in with 13.5 points a game. Freshman guard Talen Horton-Tucker scores 12.1 points per game and junior forward Michael Jacobson averages 11.5 points and a team-best 6.0 boards per contest.