Loyola Chicago Ramblers (25-7, 13-5 MVC) vs. Ohio State Buckeyes (19-11, 12-8 Big Ten)
Pittsburgh; Friday, 12:15 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: EVEN; over/under is 132.5
BOTTOM LINE: The Ohio State Buckeyes and Loyola Chicago Ramblers meet in the NCAA Tournament opening round.
The Buckeyes have gone 12-8 against Big Ten teams. Ohio State ranks seventh in the Big Ten in team defense, giving up 68.5 points while holding opponents to 41.9% shooting.
The Ramblers’ record in MVC games is 13-5. Loyola Chicago ranks fourth in the MVC with 24.6 defensive rebounds per game led by Lucas Williamson averaging 4.2.
TOP PERFORMERS: E.J. Liddell is averaging 19.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.5 blocks for the Buckeyes. Jamari Wheeler is averaging 1.1 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Ohio State.
Williamson is averaging 14 points for the Ramblers. Braden Norris is averaging 7.0 points over the last 10 games for Loyola Chicago.
LAST 10 GAMES: Buckeyes: 5-5, averaging 72.1 points, 28.2 rebounds, 9.7 assists, 4.1 steals and 3.7 blocks per game while shooting 47.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 72.3 points per game.
Ramblers: 7-3, averaging 68.4 points, 37.4 rebounds, 11.8 assists, 8.7 steals and 1.3 blocks per game while shooting 43.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 55.5 points.
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.