Chris Holtmann, Ohio State head basketball coach: Talking Buckeyes, Big Ten, NCAA, Oral Roberts and their star player, Max Abmas; OSU plays at 3 today against Golden Eagles

Chris Holtmann on sidelines (courtesy Ohio State Athletic Communications)
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NDIANAPOLIS – Ohio State (21-9) is a No. 2 seed in the 2021 NCAA Tournament and will open against No. 15 Oral Roberts (16-10) Friday in Indianapolis. The game will tip at 3 p.m. and will be played at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette. CBS Sports will televise with Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel and Jamie Erdahl calling the action.

Ohio State is making its 30th NCAA Tournament appearance.

This will be the first meeting between Ohio State and Oral Roberts. The Buckeyes have played members of the Summit League nine times and own an 8-1 record. The Buckeyes are 2-0 vs. Purdue Fort Wayne and South Dakota and 2-1 vs. Denver. Ohio State is 1-0 against both North Dakota State and South Dakota State.

Ohio State is 51-28 in NCAA Tournament games all-time with one national title in 1960. The Buckeyes have finished as NCAA Runners-up four times (1939, 1961, 1962 and 2007). Ohio State has been to 10 Final Fours, 14 NCAA Sweet 16s and 14 Elite Eights.

As the No. 2 seed all-time, the Buckeyes are 8-3 in NCAA Tournament play.

COURTESY OHIO STATE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

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