As of Sunday, March 24, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Preview: Iowa State vs. Ohio State
Ohio State managed to avoid any of the pitfalls that has plagued the top seeds in its second-round game on Friday. The second-seeded Buckeyes now look to advance to the Sweet 16 when they face Iowa State in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament West Regional at Dayton, Ohio on Sunday. The Buckeyes have failed to make it out of Dayton in their two previous NCAA appearances, however, going 1-2 overall.
No. 10 Iowa State posted a convincing win over Notre Dame in its tourney opener. The Cyclones' defense put the game away late in the first half, forcing 14 turnovers before the break on the way to a surprisingly easy win. Iowa State hopes its powerhouse offense, ranked fourth in the nation in scoring, is on track for a long run in the tourney.
TV: 12:15 p.m., ET, CBS
ABOUT OHIO STATE (27-7): Court general and defensive wizard Aaron Craft did the job on Iona's Lamont "Momo" Jones in the opener. Jones, who entered the game third in the nation in scoring, was limited to nine points on 3-of-14 shooting as the Buckeyes rolled 95-70. Craft had a season-high six steals. Ohio State has now won nine straight games, four of them coming against ranked teams. "We have a lot of confidence," said Sam Thompson, who scored a career-high 20 points against the Gaels. "We know that if we come out and do the things we're supposed to do on both sides of the ball, we could beat any team in the country." Ohio State didn't score over 74 points in any conference game this season but relished the frantic pace of Iona to scored a season high.
ABOUT IOWA STATE (23-11): The Cyclones have reached the Round of 32 for the second straight year under coach Fred Hoiberg. Iowa State was bounced 87-71 by eventual national-champion Kentucky last year. The Cyclones used a balanced attack against Notre Dame, getting a team-high nine first-half points from Will Clyburn. The Big 12 newcomer of the year didn't score after the break, but he didn't need to - Iowa State hit 12 of its first 14 shots in the second half and eventually built a 27-point lead. The Cyclones hit nine 3-pointers in the contest, one under their season average.
Ohio State is 8-7 against RPI Top 50 teams. Iowa State is 45th in the RPI.
The Buckeyes have advanced to three straight Sweet 16s.
Iowa State has four transfers on its new-look roster.
PREDICTION: Ohio State 70, Iowa State 64