|Written by Michael|
The game, which will be broadcast on TNT, will be at Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are the #2 seed in the East region. The Buckeyes were favored by many to reach a #1 seed but lost it after losing in the Big Ten tournament championship to Michigan State. However, the Buckeyes finished the year with a 27-7 record and have victories over Florida, Duke and Michigan back up the record.
Jared Sullinger, a sophomore forward, has been dominant for the Buckeyes with 17.6 points per game and a 53.9% field goal percentage. There are concerns that he may get out of Ohio State early to get into the NBA after the tournament. Senior guard Willian Buford has 14.7 points per game and is 76-91 in free throws.
The Loyola Maryland Greyhounds got into the tournament as a #15 seed. The Greyhounds won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament in order to get in. The Greyhounds are 24-8 but are only 1-3 against other teams that made the tournament. This includes a 1-1 record against Iona, the other MAAC school to have made the tournament.
The Greyhounds have won their last four games. This includes three games in three days during the tournament. The team has four players who are averaging double digit scoring in each game. Erik Etherly, a junior forward, is the team's leader with 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in each game while netting a 53.1% field goal average.
Ohio State is the clear favorite to win this game, according to the college basketball odds. The Buckeyes are a -17 favorite to win the game. The over/under is listed at 130. The Buckeyes are expected to have an easy win but there is always the potential for Loyola Maryland to win. After all, four #15 seeds have won in the NCAA tournament with the last one being in 2001.